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A joint Chinese/French ocean research satellite was successfully launched by China today using its Long March 2C rocket.
The leaders in the 2018 launch race:
7 Europe (Arianespace)
China now leads the U.S. 30 to 26 in the national rankings. Its 30 launches this year smashes its previous launch high of 20 successful launches, and suggests that China is going to come close to its predicted 40 launches for 2018.