Globally, more than 100 orbital launches took place in 2018,  the highest rate in two decades. China, flying from Xichang, Jiuquan and Taiyuan, led the way, followed by U.S. companies launching from Cape Canaveral AFS; Vandenberg AFB, California; Kennedy Space Center, Florida; Wallops Island, Virginia; and a privately owned spaceport in New Zealand.  Russia, which still launches mostly from ...

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