Happy Launch Drought Day to all of you

From: Ruben Velasco (heston@arrakis.es)
Date: Sun Nov 25 2001 - 07:07:38 EST

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    Congratulations!  At 19:30 UTC Sunday you are entering
    the biggest period without orbital launches since January
    26, 1962, beating the 1993 record of 31.3306 days.
    
    Only at these moments in space history there has been a
    bigger "drought":
    
    Date TimeUTC DaysSinceLast LaunchNo LaunchesLast365days
    19620126 2030  035.0542 0079 035
    19590413 2118  041.6722 0015 009
    19610131 2021  041.9924 0044 019
    19580317 1215  044.3528 0004 003
    19590217 1555  045.9681 0012 008
    19580515 0700  049.5569 0006 005
    19600810 2037  049.6132 0032 015
    19610616 2302  050.3653 0057 026
    19581206 0544  055.8764 0009 006
    19580726 1500  072.3333 0007 006
    19581011 0842  076.7375 0008 006
    19580201 0347  090.0535 0003 002
    19600311 1300  111.7326 0025 010
    19590807 1423  115.7118 0016 008
    19571004 1928  ---.---- 0001 000
    
    If we count launch failures, we have to go back to Jan 1961.
    
    Other trivia:
    
    -We have the lowest number of launches for a year, just 50 in
    2001 as of this writing. The latest record for a 50th launch
    was Sep 26, in 1995.
    
    -For the last 365 days there have been only 56 launches. That
    didn't happen since
    
    19640129 1625  004.1014 0210 056
    
    -The year 2001 will probably end with less that 60 launches,
    also a record since 1963 (55, not counting failures!). Even
    in 1962 there were 72 launches.
    
    Don't call this post off-topic because what we see up there
    has to come from somewhere after all...
    
    Thanks to Jonathan McDowell for the raw data (the launchlog
    file at his web site).
    
    --
    Ruben Velasco <heston@arrakis.es> 37.3906N 6.0008W +39m 
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