Last Update: February 6, 2003

December 5 02:42Z     
     

Atlas 2A
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Cape Canaveral (U.S.)
Atlas 2A (AC-144)
International Launch Services
Version final flight. Delayed from Oct. 29, Nov. 21 and 23
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
TDRS-10 (TDRS-J)
Tracking & Data Relay
NASA (U.S.)
Boeing Satellite Systems
Boeing 601
3,190 kg

December 10       
     

RS-18
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Baykonur (Kazakhstan)
RS-18
RVSN
Suborbital - Delayed from Nov. 1, Dec. 5
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:

[Dummy Warhead]
ICBM Test
RVSN (Russia)


December 11
08:26Z
    
     


Minuteman 2

Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Vandenberg (U.S.)
Minuteman 2 (OSP/TLV-5?)
Orbital Sciences Corp.
Suborbital
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
IFT-10
Missile Defense Technology, Dummy Warhead
U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command (U.S.)
Sandia National Laboratory

December 11
08:46Z
    
     


PLV

Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Kwajalein (Marshall Islands)
PLV
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space

Suborbital - Failure
Last flight

Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
EKV Prototype
Missile Defense Technology, Interceptor
Missile Defense Agency (U.S.)
Boeing Missile Systems & Tactical Weapons
55 kg

December 11
22:22Z
    
     

Ariane 5ECA
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Kourou (French Guiana)
Ariane 5ECA (V157)
Arianespace
Version maiden flight - Failure
Delayed from October, Nov. 20 and 28
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Hot Bird 7
Direct Broadcasting
Eutelsat (France)
Astrium
Eurostar 2000+
3,350 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Stentor
Experimental Communications
CNES (France)
Alcatel Space
Custom Spacebus
2,210 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Launch mass:
Ballast
Dummy Mass
1,960 kg

December 14
01:31Z
    
     

H-2A/202
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Tanegashima (Japan)
H-2A/202 (F4)
NASDA
First SSO Mission
Delayed from November, Dec. 10
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
Midori 2 (Adeos 2)
Environment Monitoring, Aeronomy
NASDA (Japan)
Mitsubishi Electric
3,730 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
µ-Labsat
Science, Technology
NASDA (Japan)
NASDA
65 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
Fedsat 1
Aeronomy, Magnetometry
Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (Australia)
Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems
58 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
WEOS "Kanta-Kun"
Ecology
Chiba Institute of Technology (Japan)
Chiba Institute of Technology
50 kg

December 17
23:04Z
    
     

Ariane 44L
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Kourou (French Guiana)
Ariane 44L (V156)
Arianespace
Delayed from late November, Dec. 12
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
NSS-6
Communications
New Skies Satellites (International)
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space
A2100AX
4,575 kg

December 20 17:00Z     
     

Dnepr 1
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Baykonur (Kazakhstan)
Dnepr 1
MKK Kosmotras
Delayed from Nov.4 and Dec.15, 2001, Dec. 4
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
LatinSat 1 (AprizeSat 3?)
Messaging
Aprize Satellite Argentina (Argentine)
Aprize Satellite
12 kg?
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
LatinSat 2 (AprizeSat 4?)
Messaging
Aprize Satellite Argentina (Argentine)
Aprize Satellite
12 kg?
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
SaudiSat 1C (SaudiSat 2)
Science
Riyadh Space Research Institute (Saudi Arabia)
Riyadh Space Research Institute
10 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
UniSat 2
Science
"La Sapienza" University of Rome (Italy)
"La Sapienza" University of Rome
10 kg
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Launch mass:
Rubin 2
Messaging Technology
OHB-System (Germany)
OHB-System
45 kg?
Payload:
Mission:
Launch mass:
2001 Trailblazer
Dummy Spacecraft
420 kg

December 24 12:20Z     
     


Molniya M

Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Plesetsk (Russia)
Molniya M/2BL
TsSKB-Progress
Delayed from September, Oct. 22
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Kosmos 2393
Early Warning
VKS (Russia)
NPO Lavochkin
US-KS (Oko)
1,900 kg?

December 25

10:37Z
    
     

Proton K/DM-2
Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Baykonur (Kazakhstan)
Proton K/DM-2
GKNPTs Khrunichev
Return to flight
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Kosmos 2394 (Uragan)
Positioning
KNITs (Russia)
NPO Prikladnoy Mekhaniki
11F654 Uragan (Glonass)
1,480 kg?
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Kosmos 2395 (Uragan)
Positioning
KNITs (Russia)
NPO Prikladnoy Mekhaniki
11F654 Uragan (Glonass)
1,480 kg?
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Kosmos 2396 (Uragan)
Positioning
KNITs (Russia)
NPO Prikladnoy Mekhaniki
11F654 Uragan (Glonass)
1,480 kg?

December 29 16:40Z  
     


CZ-2F

Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Jiuquan (China)
CZ-2F
China Great Wall Industry Corp.?
Delayed from September, Dec. 28
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Shenzhou 4
Manned Spacecraft Test
China Aerospace Corp. (China)
China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology?
Shenzhou
7,800 kg

December 29 23:17Z     
     

Proton M/Breeze M

Site:
Vehicle:
Launch provider:
Baykonur (Kazakhstan)
Proton M/Breeze M
International Launch Services
Moved from Atlas 5
First operational flight
Payload:
Mission:
Operator:
Prime:
Platform:
Launch mass:
Nimiq 2
Direct Broadcasting
Télésat Canada (Canada)
Lockheed Martin Commercial Space
A2100AX
3,600 kg

     

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