2015 the busiest launch year for Florida since 2003


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The competition heats up: With 17, Florida had more rocket launches in 2015 than it has had in more than a dozen years.

Russia once again had the most launches in the year, with 29 (including 3 failures). Overall, launches worldwide were down, from 92 in 2014 to 87 in 2015. However, the uptick in the U.S., spurred I think by SpaceX, suggests that the U.S. numbers will continue to rise, and in in a few years the U.S.will take the lead.

Note also that when the shuttle was retired many thought that — with the loss of that government operation — it would be the end of the Florida launch business. Competition and private enterprise have instead shown that a dependence on government is not the only way to do things, and is in fact not the best way to do things.

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  • Tom Billings

    “Competition and private enterprise have instead shown that a dependence on government is not the only way to do things, and is in fact not the best way to do things.”

    Not the best for who? Certainly government funding is the best for the congressional committee members who want leverage to squeeze campaign contributions and votes out of dependents in their home States. The difference in incentives for those of us in civil society and those of us in government hierarchies are still too seldom acknowledged throughout a population “educated” by the academicians of the tenured class.

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