Lots of launches worldwide this month. Here are videos of ten of them:
** Dec.21: Today in French Guiana, ArianeSpace launched an Ariane V rocket with two commercial communications satellites going to geostationary orbit
** Dec.20: On Wednesday the Japanese space agency JAXA successfully launched a small Epsilon rocket with the Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) science mission comprised of “nine cutting-edge instruments designed to study the Van Allen belts”.
** Dec. 18: United Launch Alliance launched an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral with the EchoStar 19 satellite, which will provide home broadband Internet services.
** Dec. 15: Orbital ATK air launched a Pegasus rocket from a L-1011 aircraft. The rocket deployed 8 satellites for hurricane studies.
** Dec.11: The Chinese space agency launched a weather satellite on a Long March-3B rocket:
** Dec.9: The Japanese space agency JAXA launched a H-11B rocket with the HTV-6 vehicle carrying cargo to the ISS:
** Dec 7: United Launch Alliance launched a Delta IV rocket with a USAF communications satellite. (Note the flames around the base of the rocket just at liftoff. This is a standard occurrence with the Delta IV LOX/Hydrogen engines).
** Dec.7: The Indian space agency ISRU launched a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) with the Resource Sat-2A earth observation satellite:
** Dec.5: Arianespace launched a Vega rocket with a Turkish earth observation satellite:
** Dec.1: The Russian space agency Roscosmos launched a Soyuz rocket with a Progress spacecraft carrying cargo to the ISS. However, out of range of the cameras a problem occurred with the upper stage, and the Progress crashed into the ground: