Relationship of worldwide rocket launch crashes with geophysical parameters
Earth and related Environmental sciences
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A statistical comparison of launch crashes at different worldwide space ports with geophysical factors has been performed. A comprehensive database has been compiled, which includes 50 years of information from the beginning of the space age in 1957 about launch crashes occurring world-wide. Special attention has been paid to statistics concerning launches at the largest space ports: Plesetsk, Baikonur, Cape Canaveral, and Vandenberg. In search of a possible influence of geophysical factors on launch failures, such parameters as the vehicle type, local time, season, sunspot number, high-energy electron fluxes, and solar proton events have been examined. Also, we have analyzed correlations with the geomagnetic indices as indirect indicators of the space weather condition. Regularities found in this study suggest that further detailed studies of space weather effects on launcher systems, especially in the high-latitude regions, should be performed.
CitationRomanova, N.; Crosby, N.; Pilipenko, V. (2013). Relationship of worldwide rocket launch crashes with geophysical parameters. , International Journal of Geophysics, Vol. 2013, 297310, DOI: 10.1155/2013/297310.