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This article outlines notable events occurring in 2006 in spaceflight, including major launches and EVAs. 2006 saw Brazil, Iran, and Sweden all get a national into space for the first time.

2006 in spaceflight
Atlas V 551 roars into blue sky.jpg
Launch of New Horizons, the first probe to Pluto, on the first Atlas V 551
Orbital launches
First19 January
Last27 December
Total67
Successes62
Failures5
Partial failures0
Catalogued63[a]
National firsts
Satellite Kazakhstan
Space traveller Brazil
 Iran
 Sweden
Rockets
Maiden flightsAtlas V 411
Atlas V 551
Long March 4B-II (4C)
Falcon 1
H-IIA 204
Soyuz-2.1b
RetirementsTsyklon-2
M-V
Crewed flights
Orbital5
Total travellers26

LaunchesEdit

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
Payload
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks

JanuaryEdit

18 January
11:48[1]
 Sounding Rocket V  Jiu Peng Air Base  NSPO
NSPO/NCU Suborbital Ionospheric research 11:57 Successful
Apogee: 282 kilometres (175 mi)
19 January
19:00:00
 Atlas V 551  Cape Canaveral SLC-41   International Launch Services
 New Horizons NASA Galactocentric Pluto flyby In orbit Operational
Maiden flight of Atlas V 551, first spacecraft to visit Pluto and explored the Kuiper belt. First spacecraft launched directly to sun-escape velocity
22 January
04:00
 S-310  Uchinoura  JAXA
 Furoshiki JAXA Suborbital Technology 22 January Successful
Apogee: 130 kilometres (81 mi)
24 January
01:33
 H-IIA 2022  Tanegashima LA-Y1   JAXA[4]
 Daichi (ALOS) JAXA Sun-synchronous Remote Sensing In orbit Partial spacecraft failure
Operational
Poor quality images returned due to attitude control and noise problems[2] was resolved by software adjustment.[3]

FebruaryEdit

6 February  Dong Feng 21  Xichang  PLA
PLA Suborbital ASAT 6 February Spacecraft failure
Apogee: 800 kilometres (500 mi), missed satellite
8 February
18:47
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
 MOSES Suborbital Solar 8 February Successful
Apogee: 282 kilometres (175 mi)
15 February
23:34:55
 Zenit-3SL  Ocean Odyssey  Sea Launch
 EchoStar X EchoStar Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
16 February
08:01
 LGM-30G Minuteman III  Vandenberg LF-10  US Air Force
 SERV-3 US Air Force Suborbital Missile test 16 February Successful
Apogee: 1,300 kilometres (810 mi)
18 February
06:27
 H-IIA 2024  Tanegashima LA-Y1  RSC[5][6]
 MTSAT-2 MILT/JMA Geosynchronous ATC/Weather In orbit Operational
Last launch conducted by RSC
21 February
21:28:00
 M-V  Uchinoura  JAXA
 Akari (ASTRO-F) JAXA Sun-synchronous IR astronomy In orbit Operational
 Cute-1.7+APD TiTech Low Earth Amateur radio In orbit Operational
Cute-1.7+APD is a 2U CubeSat
23 February
16:09
 UGM-27 Polaris (STARS)  Kodiak  Sandia
 FT-03-1 Suborbital Target 23 February Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
28 February
20:10:00
 Proton-M/Briz-M  Baikonur Site 200/39   International Launch Services
 Arabsat 4A Arabsat Intended: Geosynchronous
Achieved: Medium Earth
Communications 24 March[7] Launch failure
Upper stage malfunction left payload in useless orbit, deorbited after attempts to raise orbit failed

MarchEdit

8 March
08:45
 RIM-161 Standard Missile 3  USS Lake Erie, PMRF  US Navy
  JCTV-1 US Navy/MDA/JMSDF Suborbital Missile test 8 March Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
11 March
22:33
 Ariane 5ECA  Kourou ELA-3  Arianespace
 Spainsat Hisdesat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
 Hot Bird 7A Eutelsat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
22 March
14:03
 Pegasus-XL  Stargazer, Vandenberg  Orbital Sciences
 ST-5A NASA Low Earth Technology In orbit Successful
 ST-5B NASA Low Earth Technology In orbit Successful
 ST-5C NASA Low Earth Technology In orbit Successful
All three satellites deactivated on 30 June
24 March
22:30
 Falcon 1  Omelek  SpaceX
 FalconSat 2 USAF Academy Intended: Low Earth Plasma research T+60 seconds Launch failure
Maiden flight of Falcon 1, rocket lost power shortly after launch due to engine fire caused by corrosion of a nut on a fuel line.
25 March
03:15
 Terrier-Orion  Woomera LA-2  Queensland
 Hyshot-3 Queensland Suborbital Hypersonic research 03:25 Successful
Apogee: 325 kilometres (202 mi)
30 March
02:30:20
 Soyuz-FG  Baikonur Site 1/5  Roskosmos
 Soyuz TMA-8 Roskosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS Expedition 13 29 September
01:13
Successful
Manned orbital flight with 3 cosmonauts, first Brazilian in space
30 March
02:40
 Terrier-Orion  Woomera LA-2  Queensland
  Hyshot-4 Queensland/JAXA Suborbital Hypersonic research 30 March Launch failure
Apogee: 290 kilometres (180 mi), nosecone failed to separate

AprilEdit

7 April
13:00
 LGM-30G Minuteman III  Vandenberg LF-26  US Air Force
 GT-190GM US Air Force Suborbital Missile test 7 April Successful
Long-range test, aimed at Guam, apogee: 1,300 kilometres (810 mi)
12 April
18:10
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
 EUNIS NASA Suborbital Solar 12 April Successful
Apogee: 318 kilometres (198 mi)
12 April
23:29:59
 Zenit-3SL  Ocean Odyssey  Sea Launch
 JCSAT-5A (JCSAT-9, N-STAR d) JCSAT Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
13 April  SR19-SR19  PMRF  Sandia
 FTC-02B MDA Suborbital Target 13 April Successful
Apogee: 200 kilometres (120 mi)
15 April
01:40:00
 Minotaur I  Vandenberg SLC-8  Orbital Sciences
  COSMIC-FM1 (FORMOSAT-3A) NASA/NSPO Low Earth Atmospheric In orbit Operational
  COSMIC-FM2 (FORMOSAT-3B) NASA/NSPO Low Earth Atmospheric In orbit Partial spacecraft failure
Operational
  COSMIC-FM3 (FORMOSAT-3C) NASA/NSPO Low Earth Atmospheric In orbit Partial spacecraft failure
Operational
  COSMIC-FM4 (FORMOSAT-3D) NASA/NSPO Low Earth Atmospheric In orbit Operational
  COSMIC-FM5 (FORMOSAT-3E) NASA/NSPO Low Earth Atmospheric In orbit Operational
  COSMIC-FM6 (FORMOSAT-3F) NASA/NSPO Low Earth Atmospheric In orbit Operational
Power system and solar panel malfunctions on FM2 and FM3, control issues with FM6 during 2007
20 April
20:27:00
 Atlas V 411  Cape Canaveral SLC-41   International Launch Services
 Astra 1KR SES Astra Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
Maiden flight of Atlas V 411, final ILS Atlas launch
22 April
16:40
 Kosmos-3MR  Kapustin Yar Site 107/1  RVSN
 PBS-2 RVSN Suborbital REV test 22 April Successful
Apogee: 675 kilometres (419 mi)
24 April
16:03:25
 Soyuz-U  Baikonur Site 1/5  Roskosmos
 Progress M-56 Roskosmos Low Earth (ISS) Logistics 18 September Successful
ISS flight 21P
25 April
16:47:16
 Start-1  Svobodny Site 5  United Start
 EROS B ImageSat Low Earth (polar) Imaging In orbit Operational
Final launch from Svobodny Cosmodrome
26 April
22:48
 Long March 4B-II (4C)  Taiyuan LC-1  CNSA
 Yaogan 1 CAST Low Earth Imaging In orbit Operational
Maiden flight of Long March 4B-II, redesignated Long March 4C by November 2007
28 April
10:02:16
 Delta II 7420-10C  Vandenberg SLC-2W  Boeing IDS
  CALIPSO NASA/CNES Sun-synchronous Climatology In orbit Operational
 CloudSat NASA Sun-synchronous Climatology In orbit Operational
Both satellites part of the A-train constellation, spacecraft study aerosols and clouds respectively
28 April  SR19-SR19  PMRF  Sandia
 FTC-02 MDA Suborbital Target 28 April Successful
Apogee: 200 kilometres (120 mi)
29 April  Shaheen-II  Sonmiani  Army of Pakistan
Army of Pakistan Suborbital Target 29 April Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

MayEdit

2 May
06:16
 Maxus (Castor 4B)  Esrange  EuroLaunch
  MAXUS 9 ESA/SSC Suborbital Microgravity 2 May Successful
Apogee: 702 kilometres (436 mi)
3 May
17:38
 Soyuz-U  Plesetsk Site 16/2  RVSN
 Kosmos 2420 (Kobal't-M) VKS Low Earth Optical imaging In orbit Operational
10 May
08:12
 VSB-30  Esrange  EuroLaunch
  TEXUS-43 DLR/SSC Suborbital Microgravity 10 May Successful
Apogee: 237 kilometres (147 mi)
11 May  THAAD  White Sands  US Army
 FTT-02 MDA Suborbital ABM test 11 May Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi), simulated intercept
22 May
09:30
 Terrier-Orion  White Sands  NASA
 ACS NASA Suborbital Test 22 May Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
22 May  Shahab-3  Shahrood  IRG
IRG Suborbital Missile test 22 May Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
24 May
22:11:00
 Delta IV-M+ (4,2)  Cape Canaveral SLC-37B  Boeing IDS
 GOES 13 (GOES-N) NASA/NOAA Geostationary Weather In orbit Operational
26 May
18:50
 Shtil'  K-84 Ekaterinburg, Barents Sea  VMF
 Kompass 2 Roskosmos Low Earth Earthquake detection 28 December 2011 Partial spacecraft failure
Control and power problems made satellite unusable. Written off on 29 May 2006. Problems cleared by November, and satellite re-activated.[8]
27 May
21:09
 Ariane 5ECA  Kourou ELA-3  Arianespace
 Satmex 6 SatMex Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
 Thaicom 5 Shin Satellite Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
Record for heaviest dual-payload to geosynchronous transfer orbit, stood until May 2007

JuneEdit

5 June
16:05
 Terrier-Orion  White Sands  NASA
NAWC Suborbital Target 5 June Successful
Apogee: 130 kilometres (81 mi)
7 June
22:00
 Terrier-Orion  PMRF  NASA
NAWC Suborbital Target 7 June Successful
Apogee: 130 kilometres (81 mi)
8 June
16:00
 Terrier-Orion  White Sands  NASA
 DUNDEE NAWC Suborbital Target 8 June Successful
Apogee: 130 kilometres (81 mi)
14 June
08:22
 LGM-30G Minuteman III  Vandenberg LF-04  US Air Force
 GT-191GM US Air Force Suborbital Missile test 14 June Successful
Carried three Mk. 21 re-entry vehicles, Apogee: 1,300 kilometres (810 mi)
15 June
08:00:00
 Soyuz-U  Baikonur Site 1/5  Roskosmos
 Resurs-DK-1 Roskosmos Low Earth Remote sensing In orbit Operational
17 June
22:44:05
 Proton-K/DM-3  Baikonur Site 200/39  Khrunichev
 KazSat-1 JSC KazSat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Spacecraft failure
First Kazakh satellite, satellite suffered control problems and was unusable by October 2008
18 June
07:50
 Zenit-3SL  Ocean Odyssey  Sea Launch
 Galaxy 16 Intelsat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
Launched for PanAmSat, transferred to Intelsat before entry into service due to merger
21 June
22:15
 Delta II 7925  Cape Canaveral SLC-17A  Boeing IDS
 USA-187 (MiTEx-A) US Air Force/DARPA Geostationary Technology In orbit Operational
 USA-188 (MiTEx-B) US Air Force/DARPA Geostationary Technology In orbit Operational
 USA-189 (MiTEx Carrier) NRL/DARPA Geostationary Technology In orbit Operational
22 June
22:00
 MRT (Castor 4B)  PMRT  US Navy
 FTM-10 Target US Navy/MDA Suborbital Target 22 June Successful
Intercepted by SM-3, apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
22 June
22:04
 RIM-161 Standard Missile 3  USS Shiloh, PMRF  US Navy
 FTM-10 US Navy/MDA Suborbital ABM test 22 June Successful
Intercepted MRT, apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
23 June
23:02
 Terrier-Orion  PMRF  NASA
 TRACKEX NAWC/MDA Suborbital Target 23 June Successful
Apogee: 130 kilometres (81 mi)
24 June
15:08:18
 Soyuz-U  Baikonur Site 1/5  Roskosmos
 Progress M-57 Roskosmos Low Earth (ISS) Logistics 17 January 2007 Successful
ISS flight 22P
25 June
04:00
 Tsyklon-2  Baikonur Site 90/20  VKS
 Kosmos 2421 (US-PU) VMF Low Earth ELINT 20 March 2008 Partial spacecraft failure
Final flight of Tsyklon-2 rocket. One of satellite's solar panels failed to deploy,[9] ceased operations in February or March 2008 and destroyed in orbit on 20 March. Spacecraft carried KONUS-A gamma-ray astronomy experiment for Roskosmos
28 June
03:30:00
 Delta IV-M+ (4,2)  Vandenberg SLC-6  Boeing IDS
 USA-184 (Improved Trumpet) NRO Molniya ELINT In orbit Operational
First EELV launch from Vandenberg, carried SBIRS-HEO-1 and TWINS-A instruments for the US Air Force and NASA respectively, NRO Launch 22
30 June
06:25
 R-29RMU Sineva  K-84 Ekaterinburg, Barents Sea  VMF
VMF Suborbital Missile test 30 June Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)

JulyEdit

1 July
06:39
 Terrier-Orion  Andøya  Andøya/NASA
 / SPIRIT-III ESPRIT Suborbital Ionospheric
Plasma research
1 July Successful
Apogee: 200 kilometres (120 mi)
1 July
06:39
 Terrier-Orion  Andøya  Andøya
 HotPay-1 Andøya Suborbital Aeronomy 1 July Launch failure
Apogee: 40 kilometres (25 mi)
4 July
18:32
 Hwasong-6  Kittaeryong  KPA
KPA Suborbital Missile test 4 July Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), first of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
4 July
18:37:55
 Space Shuttle Discovery  Kennedy LC-39B  United Space Alliance
 STS-121 NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS assembly 17 July
13:14
Successful
  Leonardo MPLM ASI/NASA Low Earth (ISS) Logistics Successful
Manned flight with 7 astronauts, second Return to Flight mission after Columbia accident
4 July
19:04
 Rodong-1  Kittaeryong  KPA
KPA Suborbital Missile test 4 July Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), second of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
4 July
20:01
 Taepodong-2  Musudan-ri  KPA
 Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 KPA Intended: Low Earth
(unconfirmed)
Weather/Communication +42 seconds Launch failure
Maiden flight of Taepodong-2, rocket failed shortly after launch, reaching an apogee of 4 kilometres (2.5 mi), intended as an orbital launch attempt,[10] but later North Korea claimed for a suborbital missile self-destruct test and destruction success (not launch failure),[11] third of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
4 July
22:31
 Rodong-1  Kittaeryong  KPA
KPA Suborbital Missile test 4 July Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), fourth of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
4 July
22:12
 Hwasong-6  Kittaeryong  KPA
KPA Suborbital Missile test 4 July Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), fifth of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
4 July
23:20
 Rodong-1  Kittaeryong  KPA
KPA Suborbital Missile test 4 July Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), sixth of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
5 July
08:20
 Rodong-1  Kittaeryong  KPA
KPA Suborbital Missile test 5 July Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), last of seven North Korean launches in fourteen hours
9 July
05:33
 Agni III  Integrated Test Range LC-4  DRDO
DRDO Suborbital Missile test 9 July Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
10 July
12:08
 GSLV  Satish Dhawan  ISRO
 INSAT 4C ISRO Intended: Geostationary Communications T+60 seconds Launch failure
Loss of control due to LRB engine failure, self-destructed 60 seconds into flight
12 July
11:17
 Hera  White Sands  US Army
 FFT-4 Target US Army/MDA Suborbital Target 12 July Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi), Intercepted after reentry by endoatmospheric THAAD launched at 11:20
12 July
14:53:36
 Dnepr  Dombarovskiy  ISC Kosmotras
 Genesis I Bigelow Low Earth Technology In orbit Operational
First unmanned prototype of a commercial space station module
21 July
10:14
 LGM-30G Minuteman III  Vandenberg LF-09  US Air Force
 GT-192GM US Air Force Suborbital Missile test 21 July Successful
Carried three Mk.21 reentry vehicles, apogee: 1,300 kilometres (810 mi)
21 July
04:20:03
 Molniya-M  Plesetsk Site 16/2  VKS
 Kosmos 2422 (Oko) VKS Molniya Missile defence In orbit Operational
26 July
19:43:05
 Dnepr  Baikonur Site 109/95  ISC Kosmotras
 BelKA NAS Intended: Low Earth Observation T+74 seconds Launch failure
 Unisat-4 Sapienza Intended: Low Earth Technology
 Baumanets Roskosmos Intended: Low Earth Technology
 PicPot PoliTo Intended: Low Earth Technology
  SACRED Arizona
Montpelier
Alcatel
Intended: Low Earth Radiation
 ION Illinois Intended: Low Earth Technology
Ionospheric
 Rincon 1 Arizona Intended: Low Earth Technology
 ICECube-1 Cornell Intended: Low Earth Technology
 KUTESat Pathfinder Kansas Intended: Low Earth Technology
 SEEDS Nichidai Intended: Low Earth Amateur radio
 nCube-1 NSSP Intended: Low Earth Technology
 HAUSAT-1 HAU Intended: Low Earth Technology
 MEROPE Montana Intended: Low Earth Technology
 CP2 CalPoly Intended: Low Earth Technology
 AeroCube-1 Aerospace Intended: Low Earth Technology
 CP1 CalPoly Intended: Low Earth Technology
 Mea Huaka'i (Voyager) Hawaii Intended: Low Earth Technology
 ICECube-2 Cornell Intended: Low Earth Technology
First-stage engine hydraulic pump failure, thrust termination system activated
28 July
07:05:43
 Rokot/Briz-KM  Plesetsk Site 133/3   Eurockot
 Arirang-2 (KOMPSAT-2) KARI Low Earth Earth Observation In orbit Operational

AugustEdit

3 August
10:38
 RT-2PM Topol (RS-12M)  Plesetsk   RVSN
RVSN Suborbital Missile test 11:04 Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi), impacted Kura Test Range
4 August
21:48:00
 Proton-M/Briz-M  Baikonur Site 200/39   International Launch Services
 Hot Bird 8 Eutelsat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
11 August
22:15
 Ariane 5ECA  Kourou ELA-3  Arianespace
 JCSat 10 JSAT Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
 Syracuse 3B DGA Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
21 August
14:30
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
MDA Suborbital Target 21 August Successful
Apogee: 380 kilometres (240 mi)
22 August
03:27:01
 Zenit-3SL  Ocean Odyssey  Sea Launch
 Koreasat 5 KT/ADD Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
25 August
14:30
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
MDA Suborbital Target 21 August Successful
Apogee: 382 kilometres (237 mi), THAAD target

SeptemberEdit

1 September
17:22
 UGM-27 Polaris (STARS)  Kodiak  Sandia
 GMD FTG-02 target MDA Suborbital Target 1 September Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi), intercepted by GBI
1 September
17:39
 Orbital Boost Vehicle  Vandenberg LF-23  Orbital Sciences/MDA
 GMD FTG-02 MDA Suborbital ABM test 1 September Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi), intercepted STARS
4 September  Dong Feng 31  Taiyuan  PLA
PLA Suborbital Missile test 4 September Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
7 September
15:50
 RSM-56 Bulava (R-30)  RFS Dmitriy Donskoy, White Sea  VMF
VMF Suborbital Missile test 7 September Launch failure
Apogee: 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), first stage malfunction
9 September
07:00
 Long March 2C  Jiuquan LA-4/SLS-2  CNSA
 Shi Jian 8 CASC Low Earth Biological 24 September
02:43
Successful
Investigated exposure of seeds to microgravity and radiation, spacecraft recovered after reentry
9 September
11:20
 R-29RMU Sineva  K-84 Ekaterinburg, North Pole  VMF
VMF Suborbital Missile test 9 September Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
9 September
15:14:55
 Space Shuttle Atlantis  Kennedy LC-39B  United Space Alliance
 STS-115 NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS assembly 21 September
10:21
Successful
 ITS P3/4 Truss NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS component In orbit Operational
Manned orbital flight with 6 astronauts, first ISS assembly mission since 2002
9 September
22:17:00
 Nike-Orion  Andøya  Andøya
  ECOMA-1 Andøya/DLR Suborbital Atmospheric 9 September Successful
Apogee: 130 kilometres (81 mi)
10 September
14:50
 R-29R Volna  K-433 Svyaity Georgiy, Simushir  VMF
VMF Suborbital Missile test 10 September Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
11 September
04:35
 H-IIA 202  Tanegashima LA-Y1  JAXA
 IGS-3A CSICE Low Earth Optical imaging 29 October 2016
12 September
16:02
 Long March 3A  Taiyuan LC-1  CNSC
 ChinaSat 22A ChinaSat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
13 September
10:30
 Hera  White Sands  US Army
 FFT-5 Target US Army/MDA Suborbital Target 13 September Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi), THAAD target
14 September
13:41:00
 Soyuz-U  Baikonur Site 31/6  VKS
 Kosmos 2423 (Don) VKS Low Earth Optical imaging 17 November Successful
Ceased operations on 14 November, self-destructed 3 days later
17 September
21:06:46
 Nike-Orion  Andøya  Andøya
  ECOMA-2 Andøya/DLR Suborbital Atmospheric 17 September Successful
Apogee: 129 kilometres (80 mi)
18 September
04:08:42
 Soyuz-FG  Baikonur Site 1/5  Roskosmos
 Soyuz TMA-9 Roskosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS Expedition 14 21 April 2007
12:31
Successful
Manned orbital flight with 3 cosmonauts including the first female space tourist and Iranian-born space traveller
22 September
21:36:00
 M-V  Uchinoura  JAXA
 Hinode (SOLAR-B) JAXA Sun-synchronous Solar In orbit Operational
 HIT-SAT HIT Low Earth Technology 18 June 2008
08:48
Successful
 SSSAT JAXA Solar sail 26 September Spacecraft failure
Final flight of M-V rocket and Mu family, SSSat failed to establish communications with ground[12]
23 September
15:17:54
 Black Brant XI  Wallops Island  NASA
NASA Suborbital Test 23 September Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
25 September
18:50
 Delta II 7925  Cape Canaveral SLC-17A  Boeing IDS
 USA-190 (GPS IIR-15/M2) US Air Force Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
25 September
20:14
 SpaceLoft XL  Spaceport America  UP Aerospace
Various Suborbital Various T+60 seconds Launch failure
Maiden flight of SpaceLoft XL sounding rocket, first flight from Spaceport America, rocket went out of control and failed to reach space, apogee: 12 kilometres (7.5 mi)

OctoberEdit

13 October
20:56
 Ariane 5ECA  Kourou ELA-3  Arianespace
 DirecTV-9S DirecTV Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
 Optus D1 Optus Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
 LDREX-2 JAXA Geosynchronous transfer Technology 30 September 2010
02:23[13]
Successful
19 October
16:28:13
 Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat  Baikonur Site 31/6   Starsem
 MetOp-A EUMETSAT Sun-synchronous Weather In orbit Operational
Maiden flight of Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat
23 October
13:40:36
 Soyuz-U  Baikonur Site 1/5  Roskosmos
 Progress M-58 Roskosmos Low Earth (ISS) Logistics 27 March 2007
22:44
Successful
ISS flight 23P, antenna stowage issues on 26 October initially prevented full mechanical docking, second attempt was successful.
23 October
23:34
 Long March 4B  Taiyuan LC-1  CNSA
 Shi Jian 6-2A CASC Low Earth Environmental In orbit Operational
 Shi Jian 6-2B CASC Low Earth Environmental In orbit Operational
25 October
13:05
 RSM-56 Bulava (R-30)  RFS Dmitriy Donskoy, Beloye More  VMF
VMF Suborbital Missile test 25 October Launch failure
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi), first stage malfunction
26 October
00:52:00
 Delta II 7925  Cape Canaveral SLC-17B  Boeing IDS
 STEREO-A NASA Heliocentric Solar In orbit Operational
 STEREO-B NASA Heliocentric Solar In orbit Operational
28 October
16:20
 Long March 3B  Xichang LA-2  CASC
 Sinosat-2 Sinosat Intended: Geosynchronous
Achieved: Subsynchronous
Communications In orbit Spacecraft failure
Solar panels and communications antenna failed to deploy
28 October
17:58:00
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
 LASP Suborbital Solar 28 October Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
30 October
23:48:59
 Zenit-3SL  Ocean Odyssey  Sea Launch
 XM-4 "Blues" XM Satellite Radio Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational

NovemberEdit

2 November  Shahab-3  Shahrood  IRG
IRG Suborbital Missile test 2 November Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
4 November
13:53
 Delta IV-M  Vandenberg SLC-6  Boeing IDS
 USA-191 (DMSP F17) US Air Force/NOAA Sun-synchronous Weather In orbit Operational
7 November
19:30
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
 USC-7 Suborbital Solar 7 November Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
8 November
20:01:00
 Proton-M/Briz-M  Baikonur Site 200/39   International Launch Services
 Badr-4 (ARABSAT 4B) ARABSAT Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
9 November
08:51
 M51  Biscarosse  French Navy
French Navy Suborbital Missile test 9 November Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
9 November
11:35
 UR-100NU  Baikonur Site 175/2  RVSN
RVSN Suborbital Missile test 9 November Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
16 November  Terrier-Orion  PMRF  US Navy
 ARAV-B US Navy Suborbital Target 16 November Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
16 November  Ghauri  Tilla  Army of Pakistan
 Haft-5 Army of Pakistan Suborbital Missile test 16 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
17 November
19:12:00
 Delta II 7925  Cape Canaveral SLC-17A  Boeing IDS
 USA-192 (GPS IIR-16/M3) US Air Force Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
21 November
02:00
 Black Brant IX  White Sands LC-36  NASA
 CyXESS Suborbital XR Astronomy 21 November Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
21 November  UGM-133 Trident II (D5)  USS Maryland, ETR  US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Missile test 21 November Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
21 November  UGM-133 Trident II (D5)  USS Maryland, ETR  US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Missile test 21 November Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
26 November  Prithvi  Integrated Test Range LC-3  DRDO
DRDO Suborbital Missile test 26 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
27 November
04:45
 Prithvi  Integrated Test Range LC-3  DRDO
DRDO Suborbital Target 27 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi), intercepted by another Prithvi
27 November
04:46
 Prithvi  Integrated Test Range LC-4  DRDO
DRDO Suborbital ABM test 27 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi), intercepted another Prithvi
29 November  Shaheen-I  Sonmiani  Army of Pakistan
 Haft-4 Army of Pakistan Suborbital Target 29 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

DecemberEdit

7 December  Aries  PMRF  US Navy
 FTM-11 Target US Navy/MDA Suborbital Target 7 December Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi), AEGIS target
8 December
00:53
 Long March 3A  Xichang LA-2  CASC
 Feng Yun 2D CMA Geosynchronous Weather In orbit Operational
8 December
22:08
 Ariane 5ECA  Kourou ELA-3  Arianespace
 WildBlue 1 WildBlue Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
 AMC-18 SES Americom Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
10 December
01:47:35
 Space Shuttle Discovery  Kennedy Space Center LC-39B  United Space Alliance
 STS-116 NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS assembly 22 December
22:32
Successful
 Spacehab LSM NASA Low Earth (STS) Logistics Successful
 ITS P5 Truss NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS component In orbit Operational
 ANDE-MAA US Naval Academy Low Earth Technology 9 February 2007 Partial spacecraft failure
 ANDE-FACL US Naval Academy Low Earth Technology 9 February 2007 Successful
 RAFT1 US Naval Academy Low Earth Calibration In orbit Operational
 MARScom (NMARS) US Naval Academy Low Earth Calibration In orbit Operational
 MEPSI-2 DARPA Low Earth Technology 8 March 2007 Successful
Manned orbital flight with 7 astronauts, including the first Swedish space traveller; ISS crew exchange.
ANDE-MAA failed to deploy after becoming stuck in launch canister, but still transmitted data; RAFT1, MARScom, and MEPSI-2 were cubesats.
11 December
23:28:43
 Proton-M/Briz-M  Baikonur Site 200/39   International Launch Services
 MEASAT-3 MEASAT Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
14 December
21:00:00
 Delta II 7920-10  Vandenberg SLC-2W  United Launch Alliance
 USA-193 NRO Low Earth Radar imaging
Technology
(unconfirmed)
21 February 2008
03:29
Spacecraft failure
NRO Launch 21, first launch to be conducted by United Launch Alliance. Satellite failed to contract ground, destroyed by SM-3 ASAT on 21 February 2008.
16 December
12:00:00
 Minotaur I  MARS LP-0B  Orbital Sciences
 TacSat 2 NRL Low Earth Optical imaging
Technology
5 February 2011 Successful
 GeneSat NASA Low Earth Biological 4 August 2010
20:43[14]
Successful
First launch from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Little or no imagery returned by TacSat due to political dispute. TacSat lost contact with ground in January 2008.
18 December
06:32
 H-IIA 204  Tanegashima LA-Y1  JAXA
 Kiku-8 (ETS-VIII) JAXA Geosynchronous Technology In orbit Successful
Maiden flight of H-IIA 204, full spacecraft antenna deployment one day late[15]
19 December
14:00:19
 Kosmos-3M  Plesetsk Site 132/1   COSMOS International
 SAR-Lupe 1 Bundeswehr Low Earth Radar imaging In orbit Operational
24 December
08:34:44
 Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat  Plesetsk Site 43/4  VKS
 Meridian 1 (11L) VKS Molniya Communications In orbit Operational
24 December  RSM-56 Bulava (R-30)  RFS Dmitriy Donskoy, Beloye More  VMF
VMF Suborbital Missile test 24 December Launch failure
Apogee: 1 kilometre (0.62 mi), first stage malfunction
25 December
20:18:12
 Proton-K/DM-2  Baikonur Site 81/24  VKS
 Kosmos 2424 (GLONASS-M) KNITs Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
 Kosmos 2425 (GLONASS-M) KNITs Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
 Kosmos 2426 (GLONASS-M) KNITs Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
27 December
14:23:38
 Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat  Baikonur Site 31/6   Starsem
 CoRoT CNES Low Earth Astronomy In orbit Operational
Maiden flight of Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat
Unknown  UGM-133 Trident II (D5)  Submarine, WTR  US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)
Unknown  UGM-133 Trident II (D5)  Submarine, WTR  US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 1,000 kilometres (620 mi)

Deep Space Rendezvous in 2006Edit

Date (GMT) Spacecraft Event Remarks
15 January Stardust First sample return mission from comet space capsule landing on Earth with cometary samples
15 January Cassini 10th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 2,042 kilometres (1,269 mi)
27 February Cassini 11th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 1,812 kilometres (1,126 mi)
10 March Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Areocentric orbit injection
18 March Cassini 12th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 1,947 kilometres (1,210 mi)
11 April Venus Express Cytherean orbit injection
30 April Cassini 13th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 1,853 kilometres (1,151 mi)
20 May Cassini 14th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 1,879 kilometres (1,168 mi)
2 July Cassini 15th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 1,911 kilometres (1,187 mi)
22 July Cassini 16th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 950 kilometres (590 mi)
4 September SMART-1 Lunar impact
7 September Cassini 17th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 950 kilometres (590 mi)
23 September Cassini 18th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 950 kilometres (590 mi)
9 October Cassini 19th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 950 kilometres (590 mi)
23 October MESSENGER 1st flyby of Venus Gravity assist
25 October Cassini 20th flyby of Titan Closest approach: 950 kilometres (590 mi)
12 December Cassini 21st flyby of Titan Closest approach: 950 kilometres (590 mi)
28 December Cassini 22nd flyby of Titan Closest approach: 1,500 kilometres (930 mi)

EVAsEdit

Start Date/Time Duration End Time Spacecraft Crew Function Remarks
3 February
09:55
5 hours
43 minutes
16:27 Expedition 12
ISS Pirs
 William S. McArthur
 Valery Tokarev
Released SuitSat-1, retrieved the Biorisk experiment, photographed a sensor for a micrometeoroid experiment, and tied off the surviving umbilical of the Mobile Transporter.[16]
1 June
23:48
6 hours
31 minutes
2 June
06:19
Expedition 13
ISS Pirs
 Pavel Vinogradov
 Jeffrey Williams
Repaired a vent for the Elektron unit, retrieved a Biorisk experiment, retrieved a contamination-monitoring device from Zvezda, and replaced a malfunctioning camera on the Mobile Base System.[17]
8 July
13:17
7 hours
31 minutes
20:48 STS-121
ISS Quest
 / Piers Sellers
 Michael E. Fossum
Installed a blade blocker in the zenith Interface Umbilical Assembly (IUA) to protect the undamaged power, data and video cable, rerouted the cable to prepare for the second EVA. Tested the combination of the Shuttle's Canadarm(SRMS) and the Orbiter Boom Sensor System as a platform for astronauts to make repairs to a damaged orbiter.[18]
10 July
12:14
6 hours
47 minutes
19:01 STS-121
ISS Quest
 / Piers Sellers
 Michael E. Fossum
Restored the Mobile Transporter to full operation, and delivered a spare pump module for the station's cooling system.[19]
12 July
07:11
6 hours
20 minutes
13:31 STS-121
ISS Quest
 / Piers Sellers
 Michael E. Fossum
Used an infrared camera to shoot 20 seconds of video of selected reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) panels on the shuttle wing's leading edge, and then moved to the payload bay to test a shuttle tile repair material known as NOAX on pre-damaged shuttle tiles that were flown in a test container.[20]
3 August
14:04
5 hours
54 minutes
19:58 Expedition 13
ISS Quest
 Jeffrey Williams
 Thomas Reiter
Installed the Floating Potential Measurement Unit, two MISSE containers, a controller for a thermal radiator rotary joint on the S1 truss, a starboard jumper and spool positioning device on S1, a light on the truss railway handcart, and installed and replaced a malfunctioning GPS antenna. Tested an infrared camera designed to detect damage in a shuttle's thermal protection tiles. Inspection and photography of a scratch on the Quest airlock hatch.[21]
12 September
10:17
5 hours
26 minutes
15:43 STS-115
ISS Quest
 Joseph R. Tanner
 Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
Initial installation of the P3/P4 truss. Connected power cables on the truss, released the launch restraints on the solar array blanket box, the Beta Gimbal Assembly, and the solar array wings. Configured the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, and removed two circuit interrupt devices to prepare for STS-116.[22] Piper became the 7th American and the 8th female spacewalker.
13 September
09:05
7 hours
11 minutes
16:16 STS-115
ISS Quest
 Daniel C. Burbank
 Steven MacLean
Continued installation of the P3/4 truss onto the station, and activated the SARJ.[23]
15 September
10:00
6 hours
42 minutes
16:42 STS-115
ISS Quest
 Joseph R. Tanner
 Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper
Installed a radiator onto the P3/4 truss, powered up a cooling radiator for the new solar arrays, replaced an S-Band radio antenna, and installed insulation for another antenna. Tanner took photos of the shuttle's wings using an infrared camera.[24]
22 November
23:17
5 hours
38 minutes
23 November
04:55
Expedition 14
ISS Pirs
 Mikhail Tyurin
 Michael Lopez-Alegria
"Orbiting golf shot" event sponsored by a Canadian golf company. Lopez-Alegria put the tee on the ladder outside Pirs, while Tyurin set up a camera, and then performed the golf shot. Inspected and photographed a Kurs antenna, relocated an ATV WAL antenna, installed a BTN neutron experiment, and jettisoned two thermal covers from the BTN.[25]
12 December
20:31
6 hours
36 minutes
13 December
03:07
STS-116
ISS Quest
 Robert Curbeam
 Christer Fuglesang
Installed the P5 Truss, and replaced a video camera on the S1 truss.[26]
14 December
19:41
5 hours 15 December
00:41
STS-116
ISS Quest
 Robert Curbeam
 Christer Fuglesang
Reconfigured channels 2–3 on the P3/P4 truss to take advantage of the new solar arrays, relocated two handcarts that run along the station's main truss, put a thermal cover on the station's robotic arm, and installed bags of tools for future spacewalkers.[27]
16 December
19:25
7 hours
31 minutes
17 December
02:57
STS-116
ISS Quest
 Robert Curbeam
 Sunita Williams
Reconfigured channels 1 and 4 on the P3/P4 truss to take advantage of the new solar arrays, installed a robotic arm grapple fixture, and positioned three bundles ofdebris shield panels outside Zvezda. Additional time was spent trying to help retract the P6 solar array panel by shaking the panel's blanket box from its base.[28] Williams became the 8th American and the 9th female spacewalker.
18 December
19:00
6 hours
38 minutes
19 December
01:38
STS-116
ISS Quest
 Robert Curbeam
 Christer Fuglesang
Assisted ground controllers with retracting the P6 solar array panels.[29]

Orbital launch summaryEdit

By countryEdit

China: 6Europe: 5India: 1International: 5Japan: 6North Korea: 1Russia: 25USA: 18 
Country Launches Successes Failures Partial
failures
Remarks
  China 6 6 0 0
  Europe 5 5 0 0
  India 1 0 1 0
  International 5 5 0 0 Sea Launch
  Japan 6 6 0 0
  North Korea 1 0 1 0 Disputed
  Russia /
  CIS
25 23 2 0
  United States 18 17 1 0
World 67 62 5 0

By rocketEdit

By familyEdit

Rocket Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks
Ariane   Europe 5 5 0 0
Atlas   United States 2 2 0 0
Delta   United States 9 9 0 0
Energia   Ukraine 5 5 0 0
Falcon   United States 1 0 1 0 Maiden flight
GSLV   India 1 0 1 0
H-IIA   Japan 4 4 0 0
Long March   People's Republic of China 6 6 0 0
Minotaur   United States 2 2 0 0
Mu   Japan 2 2 0 0 Retired
Pegasus   United States 1 1 0 0
R07R-7   Russia 12 12 0 0
R14R-14   Russia 1 1 0 0
R29R-29   Russia 1 1 0 0
R36R-36   Ukraine 3 2 1 0
Space Shuttle   United States 3 3 0 0
Topol   Russia 1 1 0 0
Unha   North Korea 1 0 1 0 Maiden flight, disputed
Universal Rocket   Russia 7 6 1 0

By typeEdit

Rocket Country Family Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks
Ariane 5   Europe Ariane 5 5 0 0
Atlas V   United States Atlas 2 2 0 0
Delta II   United States Delta 6 6 0 0
Delta IV   United States Delta 3 3 0 0
Dnepr   Ukraine R-36 2 1 1 0
Falcon 1   United States Falcon 1 0 1 0 Maiden flight
GSLV   India GSLV 1 0 1 0
H-IIA   Japan H-II 4 4 0 0
Kosmos   Russia R-12/R-14 1 1 0 0
Long March 2   People's Republic of China Long March 1 1 0 0
Long March 3   People's Republic of China Long March 3 3 0 0
Long March 4   People's Republic of China Long March 2 2 0 0
M-V   Japan Mu 2 2 0 0 Retired
Minotaur I   United States Minotaur 2 2 0 0
Molniya   Russia R-7 1 1 0 0
Pegasus   United States Pegasus 1 1 0 0
Proton   Russia Universal Rocket 6 5 1 0
Shtil'   Russia R-29 1 1 0 0
Soyuz   Russia R-7 8 8 0 0
Soyuz-2   Russia R-7 3 3 0 0
Space Shuttle   United States Space Shuttle 3 3 0 0
Start   Russia Topol 1 1 0 0
Tsyklon   Ukraine R-36 1 1 0 0
Unha   North Korea Unha 1 0 1 0 Maiden flight, disputed
UR-100   Russia Universal Rocket 1 1 0 0
Zenit   Ukraine Energia 5 5 0 0

By configurationEdit

By launch siteEdit

Site Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks
Baikonur   Kazakhstan 17 15 2 0
Barents   Russia 1 1 0 0 Launched from K-84 Ekaterinburg submarine
Cape Canaveral   United States 7 7 0 0
Dombarovsky   Russia 1 1 0 0 First launch
Jiuquan   People's Republic of China 1 1 0 0
Kennedy   United States 3 3 0 0
Kwajalein Atoll   Marshall Islands 1 0 1 0
Kourou   France 5 5 0 0
MARS   United States 1 1 0 0 First launch
Ocean Odyssey   International 5 5 0 0
Plesetsk   Russia 5 5 0 0
Satish Dhawan   India 1 0 1 0
Svobodny   Russia 1 1 0 0 Final launch
Taiyuan   People's Republic of China 2 2 0 0
Tanegashima   Japan 4 4 0 0
Tonghae   North Korea 1 0 1 0
Uchinoura   Japan 2 2 0 0
Vandenberg   United States 6 6 0 0 One launch used Stargazer aircraft
Xichang   People's Republic of China 3 3 0 0

By orbitEdit

Orbital regime Launches Successes Failures Accidentally
Achieved
Remarks
Low Earth 35 32 3 0 8 to ISS, Includes disputed North Korean launch failure
Medium Earth 3 3 0 1
Geosynchronous/transfer 24 22 2 0
High Earth 3 3 0 0 Including lunar transfer and Molniya orbits
Heliocentric 1 1 0 0 Including planetary transfer orbits
Galactocentric 1 1 0 0

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