- Each point represents a launch
- The color indicates the manufacturing country
- The position indicates the location of the launch site
- The lines indicate the origin of the launch service provider
Space travel has long since ceased to be the focus of general attention. One reason for this is the sharp
decline in launches since the end of the Cold War. It was important to me to show with this chart how space
travel has been experiencing a new boom for over the past few years. According to the planned launches, 2020
should be the year with the most launches ever. In contrast to the past, Russia and America are no longer solely
responsible for this quantity. In 2018, China has sent 39 rockets into orbit, taking over global leadership for
the first time. In addition, many smaller nations (e.g. Iran) have their own space program now. I also wanted to
show that global collaboration has increased significantly since the moon landing. It is not unusual today for a
rocket to be built in one country and launches in another with a launch service provider originating from a
On Wikipedia Timeline of spaceflight extensive data on this topic is available in tabular form. This provided
the basis for the visualization.
Regular expressions were used to convert the html tables into JSON objects and then generate the graphics with
The biggest challenge was to organize the large number of launches (6,968) with their detailed and diverse data.
This was achieved by selecting only data that contributes to the desired statement and by identifying derived
data (e.g. starts per year) rather than presenting them separately.
The height of each shapes shows global number of launches per year. The edges show the number of launches for
The first attempt to show the manufacturing and launch countries separately by connection lines (shape shows
The Fibonacci pattern was used to achieve a grouping based on the launch country.