For the first time in 2020 India has launched a rocket, successfully placing ten satellites into orbit using its PSLV rocket.
The primary payload was an Indian Earth resource satellite dubbed EOS-1.
When the year started ISRO, India’s space agency, had predicted it would complete twelve launches in 2020, which would have been a record for their nation. Then the panic over COVID-19 set in, and they canceled everything for months on end. This long stand down will likely cause delays in all their long term programs including their effort to launch their own astronauts on their own rocket in their own capsule.
The leaders in the 2020 launch race remain the same:
4 Europe (Arianespace)
4 Rocket Lab
The U.S. remains ahead of China 30 to 28 in the national rankings..
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