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For the last 14 years (2001-2014), the number of annual space launch attempts has increased, according to the Space Launch Statistics dataset. The number of space launches increased by almost 50 percent during the period.

The largest operational launch facility is located in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, but leased to Russia. During the period from 2001 to 2014, the Baikonur Cosmodrome made 271 successful attempts, while the second most active facility, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA, initiated half as many at 147 successful attempts. The third largest number of successful attempts was recorded at Kourou, French Guyana, with a total of 103 during the same period. Some countries - China, Japan, Russia, and the US - use more than one spaceport. As a result, China's share of total launches ranks it third worldwide, despite individual Chinese spaceports registering lower operational volume than Cape Canaveral and Kourou.

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