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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Many Spaceflights Planned in 08

The global array of spaceports will witness a challenging year ahead with nearly 100 civil, military, and commercial space launches planned for 2008 by several nations and at least one private firm - SpaceX.

The space shuttle fleet may fly six times during the course of the 2008 calendar year while commercial launch firm SpaceX seeks to boost two Falcon-1 flights (including space burial) and begin testing the Falcon-9 for a subsequent ISS resupply in 2009 or 2010.

India and the United States will boost two more orbiters around the moon in 2008 joining the Japanese and Chinese platforms already in operation. The Chinese may also conduct their first human spacewalk by fall 2008.

Flight International has a take on the 2008 space launch forecast as a "record breaker" or a bust.

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