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2011 Chronology

2011 January 13 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-47/GF04 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

2011 January 20 - . 12:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLBF.
  • Elektro-L - . Mass: 1,700 kg (3,700 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: Navigator bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37344 . COSPAR: 2011-001A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,285 km (21,925 mi). Inclination: 0.4000 deg. Period: 1,423.50 min. First launch of a new generation Russian geosynchronous weather satellite using the Lavochkin Navigator bus. Equipped with a scanning visible/infrared radiometer, solar environment monitor, and a COSPAS-SARSAT search-and-rescue transponder system..

2011 January 20 - . 21:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4H.
  • USA 224 - . Payload: EIS-6 / NROL-49. Mass: 17,000 kg (37,000 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: EIS. USAF Sat Cat: 37348 . COSPAR: 2011-002A. National Reconnaissance Office satellite placed into 252 km x 1023 km x 97.9 deg polar orbit, consistent with reports that it is was an Improved CRYSTAL type (KH-11 derivative) imaging reconnaissance satellite..

2011 January 21 - .
2011 January 22 - . 05:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima Y2. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIB.
  • Kounotori 2 / HTV-2 - . Mass: 16,000 kg (35,000 lb). Nation: Japan. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20. Spacecraft: HTV. Duration: 67.00 days. Decay Date: 2011-03-30 . USAF Sat Cat: 37351 . COSPAR: 2011-003A. Apogee: 355 km (220 mi). Perigee: 350 km (210 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.60 min.

    Second Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle, delivering equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Detached from the station by the station's robot arm and released into space on 28 March at 15:46 GMT. Following retrofire burned up over the Pacific Ocean on 30 March at 03:09 GMT on 30 March.


2011 January 22 - . 06:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). ABM target..

2011 January 28 - . 01:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-09M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 409 / ISS-41P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 88.00 days. Decay Date: 2011-04-26 . USAF Sat Cat: 37359 . COSPAR: 2011-004A. Apogee: 345 km (214 mi). Perigee: 270 km (160 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 90.70 min. Undocked from the Pirs module of the ISS on 22 April at 11:41 GMT and deorbited over the Pacific on 26 April..

2011 January 28 - . 10:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.257UG - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 240 km (140 mi). Ultraviolet astronomy payoad..

2011 Feb - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Sejjil. Launch Vehicle: Sejjil-2.
  • Sejjil-2 - . Nation: Iran. Agency: IR. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

2011 Feb - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Nodong 1. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 3.
  • Nation: Iran. Agency: IR. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2011 February 1 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/3. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • Cosmos 2470 - . Payload: Geo-IK-2 No. 11. Mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Earth. Type: Geodetic satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. Decay Date: 2013-07-15 . USAF Sat Cat: 37362 . COSPAR: 2011-005A. Apogee: 1,030 km (640 mi). Perigee: 302 km (187 mi). Inclination: 99.5000 deg. Period: 98.10 min. Stranded in transfer orbit when the Rokot launch vehicle's Briz-KM upper stage failed to restart for its second burn..

2011 February 5 - . 08:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.256UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi). Earth atmosphere probe..

2011 February 6 - . 12:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC8. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1.
  • USA 225 - . Payload: RPP. Mass: 235 kg (518 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Aquila-M1. Spacecraft: RPP. USAF Sat Cat: 37364 . COSPAR: 2011-006A. National Reconnaissance Office Rapid Pathfinder Program technology satellite, probably placed in polar orbit. Built in less than two years for under $20 million to test classified sensors..

2011 February 14 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-48/05GC-CC07 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2011 February 15 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-49/05GC-CC08 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2011 February 16 - .
2011 February 16 - . 21:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ES.
  • ATV-2 Johannes Kepler - . Mass: 19,712 kg (43,457 lb). Nation: Europe. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20. Spacecraft: ATV. Duration: 125.00 days. Decay Date: 2011-06-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 37368 . COSPAR: 2011-007A. Apogee: 347 km (215 mi). Perigee: 343 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. ISS resupply; second European Space Agency Automated Transfer Vehicle. Docked with the ISS Zvezda module on 25 February. Undocked on 21 June at 14:46 GMT. Retrofire the same day at 20:04 GMT sent it to burn up over the Pacific Ocean..

2011 February 22 - . 12:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • REXUS 9 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi). Microgravity experiments..
  • EURO REXUS 9 - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: EUROL. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

2011 February 23 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: MLP. Launch Vehicle: R-UNK.
  • Arrow 2 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: IAI. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2011 February 23 - . 06:32 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arrow. Launch Vehicle: Arrow 2.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: IAI. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2011 February 23 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • REXUS 10 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi). Microgravity experiments..
  • EURO REXUS 10 - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: EUROL. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

2011 February 24 - . 21:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-133 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Barratt, Boe, Bowen, Drew, Lindsey, Stott. Payload: Discovery F38 /. Mass: 121,840 kg (268,610 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20, STS-133. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.80 days. Decay Date: 2011-03-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 37371 . COSPAR: 2011-008A. Apogee: 355 km (220 mi). Perigee: 318 km (197 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.30 min.

    Final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. The spaceplane docked with the International Space Station at 19:14 GMT on 26 February. The ELC-4 Express Logistics Carrier 4 was transferred from the Shuttle to the S3 station truss on 27 February. The station's SSRMS robot arm moved the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module from the shuttle to the nadir port of the Unity module between 13:46 and 15:05 UTC on 1 March. Following cargo unloading and three spacewalks devoted to station repair and assembly, Discovery undocked from the station for the last time at 12:00 GMT on 7 March, landing at the Kennedy Space Center at 16:57 GMT on 9 March.


2011 February 26 - . 03:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Cosmos 2471 - . Payload: Glonass-K No. 11. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Ekspress-1000. USAF Sat Cat: 37372 . COSPAR: 2011-009A. Apogee: 19,147 km (11,897 mi). Perigee: 19,111 km (11,875 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.70 min. First launch of the Glonass-K satellite using the Ekspress-1000 bus. The second would not come until 2014..

2011 February 28 - .
  • EVA STS-133-1 - . Crew: Bowen, Drew. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20, STS-133. Installed a backup power cable between Unity and Tranquility; moved failed ammonia pump removed in August to Quest airlock; worked on the rail cart system on the S3 truss..

2011 March 1 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg WTR. Launch Platform: SSBN 733. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • 8 x Mk 5 RV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Operational test.

2011 March 2 - .
  • EVA STS-133-2 - . Crew: Bowen, Drew. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-01M, Soyuz TMA-20, STS-133. Adjusted thermal insulation at various places around the exterior of the ISS and the Dextre robot..

2011 March 2 - . 13:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Juno test vehicle.
  • Patriot Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

    Orbital Patriot Target Vehicle (PTV); served as an intercept target for the Lower Tier Project Office Patriot missile defense system. The PTV was launched from Fort Wingate Launch Complex-96 into White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. It flew a southerly trajectory over New Mexicoand was intercepted by the Patriot Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor system during reentry.


2011 March 4 - . 10:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg 576E. LV Family: Taurus. Launch Vehicle: Taurus 3110. FAILURE: Fairing failed to separate..
  • Glory - . Mass: 545 kg (1,201 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: Leostar-1. Second failure of this vehicle in a row due to fairing not separating. NASA satellite that would have used an aerosol polarimetry sensor (APS) to provide a global map of aerosol particulates (soot and sulphates) to help calibrate climate change models..
  • E1P - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Explorer 1 Prime, Montana State University Cubesat. Was to have duplicated Explorer 1's discovery of the van Allen radiation belts in 1958 using a geiger counter..
  • Hermes - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Cubesat. Spacecraft: Hermes Cubesat. 1U cubesat for University of Colorado at Boulder..
  • KySat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. University of Kentucky Cubesat..

2011 March 5 - . 22:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 501.
  • USA 226 - . Payload: OTV-2 F1. Mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft: X-37. USAF Sat Cat: 37375 . COSPAR: 2011-010A.

    Second unmanned Orbital Test Vehicle X-37B reusable spaceplane. Possibly placed in a 400 x 420 km x 40 deg orbit like that used by OTV-1; mission expected to last 9 months with automatic landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Centaur AV-026 upper stage was deorbited over the Indian Ocean on the first orbit.


2011 March 6 - . 04:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC3. LV Family: S-75. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi.
  • AAD Target - . Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2011 March 6 - . 04:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC4. Launch Vehicle: AAD.
  • AAD Interceptor - . Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi).

2011 March 9 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Talos Castor.
  • ARAV-C++ - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2011 March 11 - . 04:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Platform: INS-P51. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Dhanush.
  • Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2011 March 11 - . 05:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2011 March 11 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(4,2).
  • USA 227 - . Payload: NROL-27. Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Quasar. USAF Sat Cat: 37377 . COSPAR: 2011-011A. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,440.00 min. Probable classified Satellite Data System communications satellite inserted into geostationary orbit..

2011 March 15 - . Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: Fateh-110. Launch Vehicle: Kavoshgar K110.
  • Kavoshgar-4 - . Nation: Iran. Apogee: 135 km (83 mi). Fourth in Kavoshgar series of biology missions; Capsule C recovery test..
  • Kavoshgar Class C - . Nation: Iran. Agency: IRSA. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

2011 March 16 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-B Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2011 March 23 - . 18:50 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.275UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi). Solar EUV instrument.

2011 March 29 - . 05:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VSB-30.
  • TEXUS 49 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 268 km (166 mi). Microgravity experiments..

2011 April 4 - . 22:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-21 - . Call Sign: Tarkhany / Gagarin. Crew: Borisenko, Garan, Samokutyayev. Backup Crew: Burbank, Ivanishin, Shkaplerov. Payload: Soyuz 7K-STMA s/n 231. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-21. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 164.24 days. Decay Date: 2011-09-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 37382 . COSPAR: 2011-012A. Apogee: 347 km (215 mi). Perigee: 343 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min.

    ISS EO-27 crew. The Soyuz docked at the Poisk module of the ISS at 23:09 GMT on 6 April, and undocked at 00:38 GMT on 16 September 2011, eight days later than planned due to the Progress M-11M launch failure. A dropout of communications after the reentry burn caused concern, but the crew landed safely in Kazakhstan at 03:59 GMT.


2011 April 6 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-52/CC09 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2011 April 7 - . Launch Site: San Francisco. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-53/CC10 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2011 April 9 - . 20:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3A.
  • Beidou IGS 3 - . Payload: Beidou DW8. Mass: 2,600 kg (5,700 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Beidou-IGSO. USAF Sat Cat: 37384 . COSPAR: 2011-013A. Apogee: 35,874 km (22,291 mi). Perigee: 35,696 km (22,180 mi). Inclination: 55.3000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. Third satellite placed in the Beidou-2 inclined geosynchronous orbit constellation; placed in Plane 1 at 118 deg E. This completed population of the first plane of the IGSO component..

2011 April 14 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-55/CC11 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

2011 April 15 - . 04:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC3E. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 411.
  • USA 229 - . Payload: Intruder 9 / NROL-34. Mass: 3,250 kg (7,160 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Naval signals intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Intruder. USAF Sat Cat: 37386 . COSPAR: 2011-014A. Apogee: 1,200 km (700 mi). Perigee: 1,010 km (620 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg. Period: 107.40 min. Probable naval ocean surveillance satellite cluster; normally operate in 1100 km circular orbits with 63 deg inclination and carry equipment to track ships and aircraft via their radio transmissions..
  • USA 229 P/L 2 - . Payload: Intruder 9 / NROL-34. Mass: 3,250 kg (7,160 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Naval signals intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Intruder. USAF Sat Cat: 37391 . COSPAR: 2011-014B. Apogee: 1,200 km (700 mi). Perigee: 1,010 km (620 mi). Inclination: 63.4000 deg. Period: 107.40 min. Probable naval ocean surveillance satellite cluster; normally operate in 1100 km circular orbits with 63 deg inclination and carry equipment to track ships and aircraft via their radio transmissions..

2011 April 15 - . 06:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein Meck. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: LV-2.
  • FTM-15 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2011 April 15 - . 07:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: DDG-77. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: SM-3.
  • FTM-15 KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Interceptor..

2011 April 20 - . 04:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota PSLV. Launch Vehicle: PSLV.
  • Resourcesat 2 - . Mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb). Nation: India. Program: IRS. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: IRS. USAF Sat Cat: 37387 . COSPAR: 2011-015A. Apogee: 825 km (512 mi). Perigee: 820 km (500 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 101.30 min.

    Surveillance satellite. Carried the LISS-4 camera, a 6-meter-resolution imager, which was to be used for both military reconnaissance and civilian remote sensing. It also carried the lower resolution LISS-3 (23 m resolution) and AWIFS (56 m resolution), and an AIS Automatic Identification System payload for Comdev of Canada for tracking ships at sea.

  • Youthsat - . Mass: 92 kg (202 lb). Nation: India. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Youthsat. USAF Sat Cat: 37388 . COSPAR: 2011-015B. Apogee: 823 km (511 mi). Perigee: 803 km (498 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 101.20 min. Joint Indian-Russian student satellite. Carried experiments to study solar-terrestrial relationships..
  • X-Sat - . Mass: 105 kg (231 lb). Nation: India. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft Bus: SI-100. Spacecraft: X-Sat. USAF Sat Cat: 37389 . COSPAR: 2011-015C. Apogee: 822 km (510 mi). Perigee: 803 km (498 mi). Inclination: 98.8000 deg. Period: 101.10 min. Nanyang Technological University Singapore satellite; carried a 10-meter-resolution multispectral imager..

2011 April 22 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-56/GF05 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

2011 April 22 - . 21:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Intelsat New Dawn - . Mass: 3,000 kg (6,600 lb). Nation: USA. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37392 . COSPAR: 2011-016A. Apogee: 35,786 km (22,236 mi). Perigee: 35,782 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min.

    Communications satellite with C/Ku hybrid payload, and, to have been stationed at 32.8 deg E for coverage of Africa. New Dawn Satellite Co. Ltd. was a joint venture of Intelsat and Convergence Partners, Johannesburg, South Africa. Couldn't deploy its C-band antenna, although the Ku-band deployed and was functional.

  • Yahsat 1A - . Mass: 5,965 kg (13,150 lb). Nation: UAE. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 37393 . COSPAR: 2011-016B. Apogee: 35,799 km (22,244 mi). Perigee: 35,773 km (22,228 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite, stationed at 52.5 deg E over the Indian Ocean, with C- and Ku-band payload for Al Yah Satellite Communications Company, Abu Dhabi..

2011 April 26 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-84. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Sineva.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Operational test.

2011 April 27 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-57/GF06 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

2011 April 27 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.278GT - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 339 km (210 mi). Operational test.

2011 April 27 - . 13:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-10M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 410 / ISS-42P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-20, Soyuz TMA-21. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 185.00 days. Decay Date: 2011-10-29 . USAF Sat Cat: 37396 . COSPAR: 2011-017A. Apogee: 347 km (215 mi). Perigee: 343 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min. Docked with the ISS Pirs module at 14:28 GMT on 29 April. Undocked at 09:04 GMT on 29 October. Following retrofire at 12:10 GMT it was destroyed on reentry over the Pacific at 12:48 GMT..

2011 April 27 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2011 May 4 - . 14:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-58/GF07 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 May 4 - . 17:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Meridian 4 - . Payload: Meridian No. 14L. Mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Glonass. Spacecraft: Meridian. USAF Sat Cat: 37398 . COSPAR: 2011-018A. Apogee: 39,739 km (24,692 mi). Perigee: 968 km (601 mi). Inclination: 62.8000 deg. Period: 724.90 min. Communications for the Russian Defense Ministry, and replacing the older Molniya satellites..

2011 May 6 - . 23:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Hainan. Launch Vehicle: Tianying-3C.
  • Kunpeng-1 - . Nation: China. Apogee: 197 km (122 mi).

2011 May 7 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • USA 230 - . Payload: SBIRS GEO-1 / A2100M. Mass: 4,500 kg (9,900 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 37481 . COSPAR: 2011-019A. Apogee: 35,872 km (22,289 mi). Perigee: 35,851 km (22,276 mi). Inclination: 6.2600 deg. Period: 1,439.93 min.

    First geosynchronous element of the Space-Based Infrared System, an expensive new multispectral early warning and tracking system that forms part of the American missile defense system. The system also include payloads installed on Molniya-orbit signals intelligence satellite (USA 184 and USA 200). The spacecraft carry an infrared telescope with a large focal plane infrared array to monitor large areas of the Earth at once. An internal moving mirror scans the visible disk of the Earth to detect and track possible missile launches. It also has capabilites to track high-altitude aircraft and thermal events on the surface. The new SBIRS network will succeed 23 DSP satellites launched from 1970 to 2007. GEO-1 was inserted into geostationary transfer orbit by the booster and used its own on Leros-1 apogee motor to maneuver into geosynchronous orbit.


2011 May 10 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-59/GF08 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 May 11 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • Camurupim - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2011 May 16 - . 12:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-134 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Chamitoff, Feustel, Fincke, Johnson, Gregory H, Kelly, Mark, Vittori. Payload: Endeavour F25 / ELC-3 / AMS-02. Mass: 121,830 kg (268,580 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-21, STS-134. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 15.74 days. Decay Date: 2011-06-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 37577 . COSPAR: 2011-020A. Apogee: 345 km (214 mi). Perigee: 337 km (209 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.40 min.

    Final space station assembly mission. Also delivered spare parts. Endeavour docked with the Station at 10:14 GMT on 18 May. The ELC-3 carrier was unberthed from the shuttle at 13:27 GMT and installed on the Station's truss at 16:09 GMT. The AMS-02 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer was unberthed at 06:59 GMT on 19 May and bolted to the Station's S3 truss at 09:46 GMT. Cargo Bay Manifest:

    • External Airlock/ODS: 1800 kg
    • EMU spacesuits 3004, 3018: 260
    • RMS arm 201: 410 kg
    • Orbiter Boom Sensor System: 382 kg
    • Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (particle detector to search for antimatter): 6917
    • STORRM (lidar to test rendezvous and docking technology for the Orion spacecraft): 17 kg
    • PPSU-2 electronics box: 17 kg
    • SPDU: 17 kg kg
    • ROEU 755 umbilical for ELC-3: 90 kg
    • ROEU 751 umbilical for AMS-02: 78 kg
    • MISSE carriers (3): 171 kg
    • MISSE 8 experiment (studies the effect of exposing various materials to space): 45 kg
    • Express Logistics Carrier:
      • ELC-3 plus support hardware: 3207 kg
      • Cargo Transport Container: 476 kg
      • SASA-2R S-band antenna: 116 kg
      • SASA-3R S-band antenna: 116 kg
      • SPDM Arm 3/OCTM: 342 kg
      • SPDM support hardware: 269 kg
      • HPGA oxygen tank: 552 kg
      • ATA-2 ammonia tank: 772 kg
      • STP-H3 experiment package (set of US DoD Space Test Program experiments, including thermal control systems and space environment sensors): 500 kg
    • Total Payload: 16,554 kg

2011 May 18 - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: RH. Launch Vehicle: RH-200.
  • Meteo Chaff - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

2011 May 19 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-60/GF09 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 May 20 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-84. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Layner.
  • 4 x RV - . Nation: Russia. Operational test..

2011 May 20 - .
  • EVA STS-134-1 - . Crew: Chamitoff, Feustel. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-21, STS-134. Retrueved MISSE 7 experiments and replaced them with MISSE 8, and performed maintenance on the station exterior..

2011 May 20 - . 13:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL.
  • SL-5 - . Nation: USA. Education/burial mission.

2011 May 20 - . 14:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-84. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Layner.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2011 May 20 - . 19:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. Launch Pad: LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Telstar 14R - . Mass: 4,970 kg (10,950 lb). Nation: USA. Program: Telstar series. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 37602 . COSPAR: 2011-021A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ku-band direct-broadcast satellite providing satellite television to Brazil. Failed to fully deploy one of its solar arrays..

2011 May 20 - . 20:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • GSAT-8 - . Mass: 3,150 kg (6,940 lb). Nation: India. Program: Insat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: I-3K. USAF Sat Cat: 37605 . COSPAR: 2011-022A. Apogee: 35,816 km (22,254 mi). Perigee: 35,757 km (22,218 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite with a GAGAN navigation payload..
  • ST-2 - . Mass: 5,090 kg (11,220 lb). Nation: Japan. Program: Singapore, Taiwan. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: DS2000. USAF Sat Cat: 37606 . COSPAR: 2011-022B. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Singapore-Taiwan 2 communications satellite with both C and Ku band transmitters..

2011 May 22 - .
2011 May 25 - .
2011 May 25 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-61/GF10 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 May 26 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: FTB. Launch Vehicle: FTI.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 56 km (34 mi).

2011 May 27 - .
  • EVA STS-134-4 - . Crew: Chamitoff, Fincke. EVA Duration: 0.31 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-21, STS-134. Moved the Orbiter Boom Sensor System from the shuttle to an ISS truss. Completed other external work on the Dextre arm and the PMM module. This EVA completed assembly of the US segment of the ISS..

2011 May 27 - . 17:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: FTB. Launch Vehicle: FTI.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

2011 June 7 - . 20:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-02M - . Call Sign: Eridanus. Crew: Fossum, Furukawa, Volkov, Sergey. Backup Crew: Kononenko, Kuipers, Pettit. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 702. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 167.26 days. Decay Date: 2011-11-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 37633 . COSPAR: 2011-023A. Apogee: 403 km (250 mi). Perigee: 374 km (232 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.30 min. Carried the EO-28 crew to the station. Docked with the ISS at the Rassvet on 9 June at 21:18 GMT. Undocked from the same port on 21 November at 23:00 GMT, followed by landing of the crew in Kazakhstan at 02:26 GMT on 22 November..

2011 June 9 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-62/CC12 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 June 9 - . 03:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC3. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Test - . Nation: India. Agency: ISFC. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2011 June 10 - . 11:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.096GT - . Nation: USA. Technology mission. Carried high data rate X-band telemetry system and an 0.4-meter SMART microsatellite bus..

2011 June 10 - . 14:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7320-10C.
  • SAC-D/Aquarius - . Mass: 1,350 kg (2,970 lb). Nation: Argentina. Program: SAC. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: SAC-D. USAF Sat Cat: 37673 . COSPAR: 2011-024A. Apogee: 655 km (406 mi). Perigee: 653 km (405 mi). Inclination: 98.0000 deg. Period: 97.80 min.

    Argentinian 'Satelite de Aplicaciones Cientificas-D' satellite. Carried NASA Aquarius L-band radiometer/scatterometer map sea salinity; a Ka-band microwave radiometer; a an infrared scanner to measure sea surface temperature; a high sensitivity camera to study light sources at night; and an Italian experiment which measured atmospheric deflection of GPS signals to determine air temperature and humidity.


2011 June 13 - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: B-52H. LV Family: ATACMS. Launch Vehicle: X-51A.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: AFRL. Air dropped in Point Mugu Drop Zone..

2011 June 14 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-64/GF11 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 June 15 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-65/GF12 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 June 15 - . 09:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Nodong 1. Launch Vehicle: Safir.
  • Rasad - . Mass: 15 kg (33 lb). Nation: Iran. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Rasad. Decay Date: 2011-07-06 . USAF Sat Cat: 37675 . COSPAR: 2011-025A. Apogee: 299 km (185 mi). Perigee: 236 km (146 mi). Inclination: 55.7000 deg. Satellite with an imaging payload..

2011 June 16 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2011 June 17 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2011 June 20 - . 16:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3BE.
  • Zhongxing 10 - . Payload: Chinasat 10. Mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb). Nation: China. Program: Chinasat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-4. USAF Sat Cat: 37677 . COSPAR: 2011-026A. Apogee: 35,812 km (22,252 mi). Perigee: 35,764 km (22,222 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.20 min. Chinese communications satellite, stationed over 103.5 deg E. AKA ChinaSat 10, Xinnuo-5, and Sinosat-5..

2011 June 21 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-66/GF13 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 June 21 - . 14:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-11M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 411 / ISS-43P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M, Soyuz TMA-21. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 71.79 days. Decay Date: 2011-09-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 37679 . COSPAR: 2011-027A. Apogee: 383 km (237 mi). Perigee: 343 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.80 min.

    ISS resupply. Also carried the 40 kg Chibis satellite. Docked with the Zvezda module of the ISS on 23 June at 16:37 GMT. Undocked from Zvezda at 09:38 GMT on 23 August. After several maneuvers to carry out the Radar-4 experiment, deorbited over the Pacific at 09:34 GMT on 1 September.


2011 June 22 - . 13:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF10. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • GT204 RV - . Nation: USA. Operational test; single reentry vehicle from Vandenberg to Kwajalein..

2011 June 23 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-67/GF14 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 June 23 - . 10:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.095UO - . Nation: USA. Educational mission..

2011 June 27 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-68/GF15 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 June 27 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC16/2. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Cosmos 2472 - . Mass: 6,700 kg (14,700 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Yantar. Spacecraft: Yantar-4K1. Duration: 191.20 days. Decay Date: 2011-10-24 . USAF Sat Cat: 37726 . COSPAR: 2011-028A. Apogee: 338 km (210 mi). Perigee: 217 km (134 mi). Inclination: 81.4000 deg. Period: 88.90 min.

    Optical surveillance satellite. First launch into this inclination since 1994. Probably jettisoned two recoverable film capsules during the mission. Six reboosts during the mission maintained a 210 km x 250 km observation orbit. The main spacecraft landed at 20:48 GMT on 24 October.


2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 2.
  • Shahab RV - . Nation: Iran. Operational test..

2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 1.
  • Shahab RV - . Nation: Iran. Operational test..

2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 2.
  • Shahab RV - . Nation: Iran. Operational test..

2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: Nodong 1. Launch Vehicle: Ghadr 1.
  • Nation: Iran. Agency: IR. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 1.
  • Shahab RV - . Nation: Iran. Operational test..

2011 June 28 - . Launch Site: Semnan. Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 2.
  • Shahab RV - . Nation: Iran. Operational test..

2011 June 28 - . 11:55 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-535. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • RV x 6 - . Nation: Russia. Operational test; from the White Sea to the Kura test range in Kamchatka. This was the first launch from the new 955-class submarine K-535 Yuri Dolgorukiy..

2011 June 30 - . 03:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0B. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1.
  • USA 231 - . Payload: ORS-1. Mass: 450 kg (990 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Road Runner/NGMB/SN-200. Spacecraft: Tacsat ORS. USAF Sat Cat: 37728 . COSPAR: 2011-029A. Apogee: 409 km (254 mi). Perigee: 396 km (246 mi). Inclination: 40.0000 deg. Period: 92.60 min.

    Prototype optical surveillance satellite developed under the USAF Operationally Responsive Space program. Derived from Tacsat 3. Objective is to deploy small satellites to support military operations on short notice, either to provide a surge capability or to replace malfunctioning or disabled primary assets.


2011 July 6 - . 04:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • SJ-11-03 - . Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-11. USAF Sat Cat: 37730 . COSPAR: 2011-030A. Apogee: 702 km (436 mi). Perigee: 691 km (429 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.70 min. Military satellite, believed to be equipped with infrared sensors, perhaps for ballistic missile launch detection..

2011 July 8 - . 07:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • PSSC-2 - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: PSSC. Decay Date: 2011-12-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 37752 . COSPAR: 2011-031B. Apogee: 338 km (210 mi). Perigee: 307 km (190 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.00 min. Picosatellite Solar Cell Testbed 2. Ejected from STS-135 prior to re-entry..
  • STS-135 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Payload: Atlantis F33 / Rafaello MPLM-2. Mass: 120,000 kg (260,000 lb). Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M, Soyuz TMA-21, STS-135. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 12.77 days. Decay Date: 2011-07-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 37736 . COSPAR: 2011-031A. Apogee: 385 km (239 mi). Perigee: 371 km (230 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.10 min.

    Final Space Shuttle flight, denoting the end of the space age. Atlantis docked with the Harmony module of the ISS on 10 June at 15:07 GMT. Primary payload was the Raffaello MultiPurpose Logistics Module delivering consumables and spare parts to the station sufficient to support the six crew members through the end of 2012 should delays occur in NASA's commercial robotic resupply program. Main crew task while docked with the station was to unload Rafaello and return of the station's failed coolant Pump Module for analysis. Atlantis undocked on 19 July at 06:28 GMT. The Picosat Solar Cell Experiment satellite was released from the cargo bay on 20 July. Atlantis made the final shuttle landing at the Kennedy Space Center on 21 July at 09:57 GMT. Payload delivered was:

    • External Airlock/ODS: 1800 kg
    • EMU spacesuits 3015, 3006: 260 kg
    • RMS arm 301: 410 kg
    • Orbiter Boom Sensor System: 382 kg
    • MPLM-2 Rafaello: 11,556 kg
    • SPDU: 17 kg
    • ROEU 755 umbilical for MPLM: 78 kg
    • Lightweight MPESS Carrier: 1050 kg
    • Robotic Refuelling Mission: 300 kg
    • Picosat Launcher: 22 kg
    • PSSC-2/MTV Aerospace Corporation Picosat Solar Cell Experiment satellite: 4 kg
    • Total payload: 15,879 kg

2011 July 9 - . 02:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SRALT.
  • FTX-17 - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2011 July 10 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.090GE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 158 km (98 mi). Ionosphere mission..

2011 July 10 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VC.
  • NASA 21.140GE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 158 km (98 mi). Ionosphere mission..

2011 July 11 - . 15:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Gradicom 1. Launch Vehicle: Gradicom 2.
  • Gradicom - . Nation: India. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

    Test mission; GRAndes DImensiones COMpuestos (Large Size Composite propellant); the main motor, tested to 40 km on 2009 Dec 17 from Serrezuela, is 0.32m dia 2.5m long. The new vehicle appears to have a booster stage of the same diameter; it is 7.7m long 0.32m dia and has a total mass of 933 kg.


2011 July 11 - . 15:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3C.
  • Tianlian 1-02 - . Mass: 2,300 kg (5,000 lb). Nation: China. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-3. USAF Sat Cat: 37737 . COSPAR: 2011-032A. Apogee: 35,804 km (22,247 mi). Perigee: 35,769 km (22,225 mi). Inclination: 0.8000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Data relay satellite to support the Shenzhou-Tiangong docking mission and later manned space station missions..

2011 July 12 - .
  • EVA STS-135-1 - . Crew: Fossum, Garan. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M, Soyuz TMA-21, STS-135. Final EVA from a shuttle. The astronauts moved a failed pump module to the shuttle bay, and deployed several experiments on the outside of the ISS..

2011 July 13 - . 02:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Globalstar M08 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 37739 . COSPAR: 2011-033A. Apogee: 932 km (579 mi). Perigee: 920 km (570 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min.
  • Globalstar M08 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 37740 . COSPAR: 2011-033B. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 114.10 min.
  • Globalstar M09 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 37741 . COSPAR: 2011-033C. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 114.10 min.
  • Globalstar M08 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 37742 . COSPAR: 2011-033D. Apogee: 931 km (578 mi). Perigee: 916 km (569 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min.
  • Globalstar M08 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 37743 . COSPAR: 2011-033E. Apogee: 1,178 km (731 mi). Perigee: 1,103 km (685 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 108.10 min. Second batch of six second-generation Globalstar low-orbit communications satellites launched on a single booster..
  • Globalstar M08 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 37744 . COSPAR: 2011-033F. Apogee: 932 km (579 mi). Perigee: 916 km (569 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min.

2011 July 15 - . 11:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota PSLV. LV Family: PSLV. Launch Vehicle: PSLV-XL.
  • GSAT-12 - . Mass: 1,410 kg (3,100 lb). Nation: India. Program: Insat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: I-1K. USAF Sat Cat: 37746 . COSPAR: 2011-034A. Apogee: 35,806 km (22,248 mi). Perigee: 35,768 km (22,225 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite; used on-board propellant to reach geosynchronous position..

2011 July 15 - . 23:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • SES 3 - . Payload: Orbital Star-2.4E. Mass: 3,112 kg (6,860 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37748 . COSPAR: 2011-035A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,775 km (22,229 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. C/Ku band communications payload..
  • Kazsat 2 - . Mass: 1,330 kg (2,930 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Yakhta. USAF Sat Cat: 37749 . COSPAR: 2011-035B. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ku-band communications payload. Operator Kazakhstan National Center for Space Communications..

2011 July 16 - . 06:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(4,2).
  • USA 232 - . Payload: Navstar 66 / GPS SVN 63 / IIF-2 / Sirius. Mass: 1,630 kg (3,590 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Boeing. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Navstar. Spacecraft: GPS Block 2F. USAF Sat Cat: 37753 . COSPAR: 2011-036A. Apogee: 20,188 km (12,544 mi). Perigee: 20,177 km (12,537 mi). Inclination: 55.0000 deg. Period: 718.00 min. Second Block IIF Global Positioning System satellite..

2011 July 18 - . 02:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLBF.
  • Spektr R - . Mass: 3,660 kg (8,060 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Astronomy. Type: Radio astronomy satellite.. Spacecraft: Navigator bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37755 . COSPAR: 2011-037A. Apogee: 303,108 km (188,342 mi). Perigee: 27,499 km (17,087 mi). Inclination: 58.4500 deg. Period: 11,799.00 min. Russian astronomical space observatory. Carried 10m diameter radio telescope observing at 92, 18, 6 and 1.35 cm wavelengths; solar wind and cosmic dust detectors; and laser corner reflectors for tracking..

2011 July 21 - . 02:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC3. Launch Vehicle: Prahaar.
  • Prahaar - . Nation: India. Agency: IDRDL. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

2011 July 21 - . 07:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: KirunA MRL. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Improved Orion.
  • SSC PHOCUS - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 107 km (66 mi).

2011 July 21 - . 11:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.092GO - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Education mission..

2011 July 26 - . 21:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3A.
  • Beidou IGS 4 - . Payload: Beidou DW9. Mass: 2,600 kg (5,700 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Beidou-IGSO. USAF Sat Cat: 37763 . COSPAR: 2011-038A. Apogee: 35,864 km (22,284 mi). Perigee: 35,698 km (22,181 mi). Inclination: 55.2000 deg. Period: 1,435.80 min. Fourth satellite placed in the Beidou-2 inclined geosynchronous orbit constellation; placed in Plane 2 at 95 deg E..

2011 July 27 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-84. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Sineva.
  • RV x ? - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test mission. Launched from the Barents Sea to the Kura test range..

2011 July 27 - . 10:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF04. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • GT205 RV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Test mission. Destroyed over the Pacific five minutes into flight..

2011 July 29 - . 07:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • SJ-11-02 - . Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-11. USAF Sat Cat: 37765 . COSPAR: 2011-039A. Apogee: 705 km (438 mi). Perigee: 688 km (427 mi). Inclination: 98.1000 deg. Period: 98.70 min. Believed to carry infrared surveillance system sensors..

2011 August 3 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-27-1 - . Crew: Samokutyayev, Volkov, Sergey. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M, Soyuz TMA-21.

    Cosmonauts Volkov and Samokutyaev, in Orlan suits, entered space from the Pirs module. They deployed the RadioSkaf-V amateur radio satellite and installed the BTLS-N lasercom terminal on the Zvezda module and the Biorisk-MSN exposure package outside the Pirs module.


2011 August 5 - . 16:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 551.
  • Juno - . Mass: 3,625 kg (7,991 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Outer planets. Type: Outer planets probe. Spacecraft: Juno. USAF Sat Cat: 37773 . COSPAR: 2011-040A.

    Jupiter Near-polar Orbiter, accelerated by the AV-029 Centaur to a hyperbolic escape orbit at 17:15 GMT into a 1.0 AU x 2.26 AU x 0.1 deg solar orbit. A 500-km flyby of Earth on 9 October 2013 pumped this orbit towards Jupiter. It is planned to enter Jovian orbit in July 2016, and be commaned to bun up in Jupiter's atmosphere in October 2017. Payloads included magnetometers, plasma and particle instruments, UV auroral imagers and spectrometers, and the JunoCam imager. The probe has a massmof 1593 kg and carries a further 2032 kg of propellant. Its three large solar arrays span around 22 meters; it is the first spacecraft to fly to the outer solar system without radioisotope power sources.


2011 August 6 - . 22:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Astra 1N - . Mass: 5,350 kg (11,790 lb). Nation: Luxembourg. Program: Astra. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 37775 . COSPAR: 2011-041A. Apogee: 35,802 km (22,246 mi). Perigee: 35,769 km (22,225 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. Geosynchronous communications satellite to be stationed at 19.2 deg E for direct television broadcasting to Europe..
  • BSAT-3C - . Payload: A2100A. Mass: 2,910 kg (6,410 lb). Nation: Japan. Program: BSAT. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 37776 . COSPAR: 2011-041B. Apogee: 35,791 km (22,239 mi). Perigee: 35,782 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Japan's Broadcast Satellite Systems Corporation communications satellite..

2011 August 11 - . 14:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC8. LV Family: Peacekeeper. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur IV Lite.
  • HTV-2b - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission. Hypersonic glider was launched from Vandenberg across the Pacific. The mission ended prematurely with loss of signal three minutes into the glider's free flight..

2011 August 11 - . 16:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3B.
  • Paksat 1R - . Mass: 5,120 kg (11,280 lb). Nation: Pakistan. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-4. USAF Sat Cat: 37779 . COSPAR: 2011-042A. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,779 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. Communications satellite to replace Paksat 1, the former Palapa C1..

2011 August 15 - . 22:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Complex: Taiyuan LC2. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4B.
  • HY-2A - . Payload: Haiyang 2A. Mass: 443 kg (976 lb). Nation: China. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: CAST968. USAF Sat Cat: 37781 . COSPAR: 2011-043A. Apogee: 967 km (600 mi). Perigee: 966 km (600 mi). Inclination: 99.4000 deg. Period: 104.40 min. Oceanographic satellite with a microwave radiometer, a radar altimeter and a radar scatterometer to monitor ocean conditions..

2011 August 17 - . 07:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Complex: Taiyuan LC2. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: Dnepr.
  • EDUSAT - . Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: Italy. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: EDUSAT. USAF Sat Cat: 37788 . COSPAR: 2011-044A. Apogee: 698 km (433 mi). Perigee: 639 km (397 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.10 min. Technology satellite built by the Universita di Roma la Sapienza..
  • Nigeriasat 2 - . Mass: 268 kg (590 lb). Nation: Nigeria. Agency: NSRDA. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: SSTL-300. USAF Sat Cat: 37789 . COSPAR: 2011-044B. Apogee: 718 km (446 mi). Perigee: 693 km (430 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.90 min. Observation satellite with a 2.5-m resolution imager for Nigeria's National Space Research Development Agency..
  • Nigeriasat X - . Mass: 86 kg (189 lb). Nation: Nigeria. Agency: NSRDA. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroSat-100. USAF Sat Cat: 37790 . COSPAR: 2011-044C. Apogee: 699 km (434 mi). Perigee: 656 km (407 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.30 min. Technology demonstration satellite built by Surrey Satellite with participation by Nigerian engineers..
  • RASAT - . Mass: 95 kg (209 lb). Nation: Turkey. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: RASAT. USAF Sat Cat: 37791 . COSPAR: 2011-044D. Apogee: 699 km (434 mi). Perigee: 666 km (413 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.40 min. Turkish Earth observation satellite with a Korean-built imager, built for TUBITAK, the Turkish science research council and UZAY, the Space Technology Research Insitute in Ankara..
  • Aprizesat 5 - . Mass: 14 kg (30 lb). Nation: USA. Program: AIS. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Aprizesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37792 . COSPAR: 2011-044E. Apogee: 697 km (433 mi). Perigee: 610 km (370 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 97.80 min.

    Aprizesat 5 and 6 were built by SpaceQuest for exactEarth Ltd. Equipped with AIS (maritime Automatic Identification System) payloads for ship location tracking. The exactEarth system also included the SpaceQuest AprizeSat 3 and 4, and a payload attached to ISRO's ResourceSat-2 satellite.

  • Aprizesat 6 - . Mass: 14 kg (30 lb). Nation: USA. Program: AIS. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Aprizesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37793 . COSPAR: 2011-044F. Apogee: 698 km (433 mi). Perigee: 627 km (389 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 98.00 min. Part of a constellation of small LEO satellites for global fixed and mobile asset tracking. Also carried an AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver monitor naval vessel locations..
  • Sich 2 - . Mass: 175 kg (385 lb). Nation: Ukraine. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Sich. USAF Sat Cat: 37794 . COSPAR: 2011-044G. Apogee: 703 km (436 mi). Perigee: 684 km (425 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.60 min. Ukrainian remote sensing satellite built by Yuzhnoye..
  • BPA-2/SL-24 - . Nation: Russia. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. USAF Sat Cat: 37795 . COSPAR: 2011-044H. Apogee: 1,296 km (805 mi). Perigee: 692 km (429 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 105.00 min.

    Yuzhnoye launch vehicle engineering payload which remained attached to the post-boost maneuvering upper stage after deployment of the other six satellites on the launch. 16 minutes after launch, at an altitude of 700 km, the upper stage dispensed the six satellites at two-minute intervals, then maneuvered into itself into a higher orbit.


2011 August 17 - . 21:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M. FAILURE: Cause was a timing error in the inertial platform, leading to incorrect orientiation of the stage during the later burns.. Failed Stage: U.
  • Ekspress AM-4 - . Mass: 5,775 kg (12,731 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. Decay Date: 2012-03-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 37798 . COSPAR: 2011-045A. Apogee: 20,389 km (12,669 mi). Perigee: 674 km (418 mi). Inclination: 51.1000 deg. Period: 364.70 min.

    Communications satellite delivered to an incorrect orbit when the Briz-M upper stage malfunctioned. The first two Briz-M burns, to a 173 km x 173 km, and then to a 270 km x 4998 km orbit, were successful. The third burn, at 00:52 GMT on 18 August, seemed to have gone wrong, with early separation of the wrap-around DTB propellant tank. A fourth burn left the payload stranded in a 694 km x 20242 km orbit. Cause was a timing error in the inertial platform, leading to incorrect orientiation of the stage during the later burns.


2011 August 18 - . 09:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C. FAILURE: Second stage vernier engine suffered a mechanical failure.. Failed Stage: 2.
  • SJ-11-04 - . Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-11. Fourth satellite of the SJ-11 infrared surveillance system failed to reach orbit when the second stage vernier engine suffered a mechanical failure..

2011 August 24 - . 13:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB. FAILURE: Five minutes and 25 seconds into flight, during the burn of the booster's third stage, the engine's gas generator failed and the engine shut down. The upper stage and spacecraft crashed in the Gorno-Altai region.. Failed Stage: 3.
  • Progress M-12M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 412 / ISS-44P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M, Soyuz TMA-21. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M.

    ISS resupply mission. The Progress M failed to reach orbit. Five minutes and 25 seconds into flight, during the burn of the booster's third stage, the engine's gas generator failed and the engine shut down. The upper stage and spacecraft crashed in the Gorno-Altai region of Russia. First ever failure of a Progress spacecraft to dock with a space station in its 135-mission history. The six crew aboard the ISS had sufficient supplies, but the mishap delayed the launch of the Expedition 29 replacement crew until the cause of the failure was understood and the Soyuz launch vehicle cleared again for manned launches. The return to Earth of the first half of the Expedition 28 crew has also delayed to mid-September, meaning the station would be reduced to a three-person crew for a time.


2011 August 27 - . 03:20 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-535. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • RV x 6 - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test mission. Launched from the White Sea to an impact point in the Pacific Ocean..

2011 August 31 - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: FTB. Launch Vehicle: FTI.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 39 km (24 mi).

2011 September 1 - . 13:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Target for SM-3 Block IB interceptor..

2011 September 1 - . 13:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard. Launch Vehicle: SM-3-IB.
  • Aegis KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Interceptor mission. First test flight of the Block IB version of the SM-3 missile interceptor. Failed to hit its target..

2011 September 2 - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: FTB. Launch Vehicle: FTI.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 52 km (32 mi).

2011 September 3 - . 09:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test mission, launched from Plesetsk to the Kamchatka peninsula impact area..

2011 September 7 - . Launch Site: Semnan. Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: Fateh-110. Launch Vehicle: Kavoshgar K110.
  • Kavoshgar-5 - . Nation: Iran. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi). Fifth in Kavoshgar series of biology missions; Capsule C recovery test; crashed on recover, monkey killed..
  • Kavoshgar Class C - . Nation: Iran. Agency: IRSA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

2011 September 8 - . 13:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 MRL. Launch Vehicle: Terrier.
  • Terrier Mk12 Test Flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: GSFC. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2011 September 10 - . 13:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17B. Launch Pad: SLC17B. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920H.
  • Grail A Ebb - . Mass: 202 kg (445 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar probe. Spacecraft: LM-300. Decay Date: 2012-12-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 37801 . COSPAR: 2011-046A.

    NASA dual-spacecraft lunar gravity mapping mission. Grail A was deployed from the Delta upper stage at 14:28 GMT and Grail B at 14:37 GMT. The spacecraft reached the Sun-Earth L1 point 1.5 million km from Earth and then fell back towards the Moon. Lunar orbit insertion was at 01:00 GMt on 1 January 2012 for Grail A, and at 02:00 GMT on 2 January for Grail B. After completing their mission, the satellites were intentionally crashed onto the lunar surface at 75.62 deg N / 26.63 deg W on 17 December 2012 at 22:29 GMT.

  • Grail B Flow - . Mass: 202 kg (445 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar probe. Spacecraft: LM-300. Decay Date: 2012-12-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 37802 . COSPAR: 2011-046B.

2011 September 17 - . 16:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3B.
  • Zhongxing 1A - . Payload: Chinasat 1A / Feng Huo 2-1. Mass: 5,100 kg (11,200 lb). Nation: China. Program: Chinasat. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-4. USAF Sat Cat: 37804 . COSPAR: 2011-047A. Apogee: 35,794 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.5000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Military communications satellite. First of the Feng Huo 2 series for secure digital data and voice tactical military communications..

2011 September 20 - . 22:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Cosmos 2473 - . Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Garpun. USAF Sat Cat: 37806 . COSPAR: 2011-048A. Apogee: 35,794 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. First launch of the Garpun military communications and data relay satellite, built by Reshetnev..

2011 September 21 - . 21:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • SES 2 - . Payload: Orbital Star 2.4. Mass: 3,200 kg (7,000 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37809 . COSPAR: 2011-049A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite with 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, and a US Air Force infrared surveillance sensor experiment..
  • Arabsat 5C - . Mass: 4,630 kg (10,200 lb). Nation: Arab States. Program: Arabsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 37810 . COSPAR: 2011-049B. Apogee: 35,790 km (22,230 mi). Perigee: 35,784 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. C-band/Ka-band communications satellite for television broadcast to Arab countries..

2011 September 23 - . 04:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • IGS 6A - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 37813 . COSPAR: 2011-050A. IGS Optical-4 satellite to replenish Japan's military reconnaisance satellite constellation..

2011 September 24 - . 09:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC3. LV Family: K-15. Launch Vehicle: Shourya.
  • R&D - . Nation: India. Agency: DRDO. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2011 September 24 - . 20:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiritimati. Launch Platform: Odyssey. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SL.
  • Atlantic Bird 7 - . Mass: 4,600 kg (10,100 lb). Nation: Europe. Program: Eutelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 37816 . COSPAR: 2011-051A. Apogee: 35,804 km (22,247 mi). Perigee: 35,769 km (22,225 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Eutelsat's communications satellite. First mission by Sea Launch from the Odyssey floating launch platform after emerging from bankruptcy..

2011 September 26 - . 03:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC3. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Prithvi RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Test mission..

2011 September 27 - . 07:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Rubezh. FAILURE: Failed at a few kilometers altitude. Failed Stage: 1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi). Test mission of a new Russian ICBM type, launched from Plesetsk but failed at a few kilometers altitude..
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

2011 September 27 - . 15:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Peacekeeper. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur IV-Plus.
  • Tacsat 4 - . Mass: 460 kg (1,010 lb). Nation: USA. Program: Tacsat. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Road Runner/NGMB/SN-200. Spacecraft: Tacsat ORS. USAF Sat Cat: 37818 . COSPAR: 2011-052A. Apogee: 12,010 km (7,460 mi). Perigee: 742 km (461 mi). Inclination: 63.6000 deg. Period: 238.90 min.

    Naval Research Laboratory UHF communications satellite, equipped with a 3.7-meter-diameter communications antenna to support military handheld satellite telephones. Launch used an uprated Minotaur IV with an ATK Star 48V motor replacing the Orion 38 upper stage.


2011 September 29 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-114. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Layner.
  • 10 RVs - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). R&D mission. Second test flight of the R-29MU2.1 Layner missile from submarine K-114 Tula. The R-29MU2.1 is a version of the R-29MU2 Sineva missile but carrying up to 10 reentry vehicles..
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: VMF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2011 September 29 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-73/GF16 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2011 September 29 - . 13:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2FT1.
  • Tiangong 1 - . Mass: 8,500 kg (18,700 lb). Nation: China. Class: Manned. Type: Manned space station. Spacecraft Bus: Shenzhou. Spacecraft: Tiangong. USAF Sat Cat: 37820 . COSPAR: 2011-053A. Apogee: 339 km (210 mi). Perigee: 330 km (200 mi). Inclination: 42.8000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    First Chinese manned space laboratory. Placed initially into a 198 km x 332 km x 42.8 deg orbit. Maneuvered to a 336 km x 353 km operational orbit by 30 September in preparation for arrival of the Shenzhou 8 spacecraft that would dock with it.

    On Mar 21 2016 China announced the end of "data service" with the Tiangong 1. The 8500 kg lab was in a 377 x 394 km x 42.8 deg orbit; it had made reboost manuevers about twice a year, the most recent on 2015 Dec 16.


2011 September 29 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Quetzsat 1 - . Mass: 5,514 kg (12,156 lb). Nation: Mexico. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 37826 . COSPAR: 2011-054A. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,774 km (22,228 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ku-band communications satellite to be leased to Echostar..

2011 September 30 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC4. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 2.
  • Agni RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 220 km (130 mi). Test mission over Bay of Bengal..

2011 Q4? - . Launch Site: Palmachim. LV Family: Arrow. Launch Vehicle: Arrow 3.
  • Canister eject test - . Nation: Israel. Agency: IDF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

2011 October 2 - . 20:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Cosmos 2474 - . Payload: Glonass-M No. 42 / Uragan-M sn 742. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 37829 . COSPAR: 2011-055A. Apogee: 19,156 km (11,902 mi). Perigee: 19,104 km (11,870 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.70 min. Glonass-M navigation satellite. The Fregat upper stage maneuvered from a 60 km x 220 km orbit on release from the Soyuz third stage; then to 220 km x 220 km, 250 km x 19,100 km and then to the deployment orbit of 19,235 km x 19,667 km x 64.8 deg..

2011 October 5 - . 05:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SRALT.
  • FTT-12 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target mission. Probably an SR-19 based Coleman Aerospace SRALT dropped out of a C-17 airplane..

2011 October 5 - . 05:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: MLP. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • FTT-12 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target mission. Probably a Scud surrogate of some kind launched from the Mobile Launch Platform ship (former USS Tripoli) off Kauai..

2011 October 5 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: THAAD.
  • THAAD KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Intercept mission. THAAD antimissile system tested against two target missiles. The THAAD missiles were launched from a truck on the Barking Sands missile base on the Kauai shore..

2011 October 5 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: THAAD.
  • THAAD KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Intercept mission. THAAD antimissile system tested against two target missiles. The THAAD missiles were launched from a truck on the Barking Sands missile base on the Kauai shore..

2011 October 5 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Intelsat 18 - . Payload: Orbital Star-2.4E. Mass: 3,200 kg (7,000 lb). Nation: USA. Program: Intelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 37834 . COSPAR: 2011-056A. Apogee: 35,736 km (22,205 mi). Perigee: 35,725 km (22,198 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,433.20 min. Ku and C band communications satellite for Pacific Ocean communications, including special coverage for French Polynesia..

2011 October 7 - . 08:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3BE.
  • Eutelsat W3C - . Payload: Spacebus 4000C3. Mass: 5,400 kg (11,900 lb). Nation: Europe. Program: Eutelsat. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 37836 . COSPAR: 2011-057A. Apogee: 35,791 km (22,239 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite..

2011 October 8 - . 10:25 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.225UG - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Astronomy mission. PICTURE payload attempted to image an exoplanet..

2011 October 11 - . 21:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.094UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmospheric sciences mission. CHAMPS flights, one nighttime and one daytime, to study meteoritic dust in the upper atmosphere..

2011 October 12 - . 05:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota PSLV. Launch Vehicle: PSLV.
  • Megha-Tropique - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: India. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: IRS. USAF Sat Cat: 37838 . COSPAR: 2011-058A. Apogee: 868 km (539 mi). Perigee: 853 km (530 mi). Inclination: 20.0000 deg. Period: 102.20 min. Joint Indian-French remote sensing satellite; carried a MADRAS microwave imager, a Saphir water vapor profile instrument, and a ScaRaB radiation budget scanner..
  • JUGNU - . Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: India. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37839 . COSPAR: 2011-058B. Apogee: 866 km (538 mi). Perigee: 839 km (521 mi). Inclination: 20.0000 deg. Period: 102.00 min. 3U cubesat for the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. Micro-imaging system, near infrared camera to observe vegetation, and GPS Receiver to aid tracking. Successful..
  • Vesselsat 1 - . Mass: 29 kg (63 lb). Nation: Luxembourg. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Vesselsat. USAF Sat Cat: 37840 . COSPAR: 2011-058C. Apogee: 868 km (539 mi). Perigee: 847 km (526 mi). Inclination: 20.0000 deg. Period: 102.10 min. OHB LuxSpace of Luxembourg satllite to provide AIS (ship tracking) services for Orbcomm..
  • SRMSAT - . Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: India. Class: Earth. Type: Climate satellite. Spacecraft: SRMSAT. USAF Sat Cat: 37841 . COSPAR: 2011-058D. Apogee: 868 km (539 mi). Perigee: 850 km (520 mi). Inclination: 20.0000 deg. Period: 102.10 min. SRM University in Chennai satellite for greenhouse gas monitoring..

2011 October 13 - . 13:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.093UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmospheric sciences mission. CHAMPS flights, one nighttime and one daytime, to study meteoritic dust in the upper atmosphere..

2011 October 19 - . 18:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Viasat 1 - . Mass: 6,740 kg (14,850 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 37843 . COSPAR: 2011-059A. Apogee: 35,798 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Ka-band broadband data satellite for North American service. Coverage included 9 Canadian spot beams owned by Telesat and 63 US beams owned by ViaSat..

2011 October 20 - . Launch Site: Natal. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2011 October 21 - . 10:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELS. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-ST-B.
  • GalileoSat-1 - . Payload: Galileo-PFM / Thijs. Mass: 640 kg (1,410 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Galileo Navsat. USAF Sat Cat: 37846 . COSPAR: 2011-060A. Apogee: 23,307 km (14,482 mi). Perigee: 23,234 km (14,436 mi). Inclination: 54.7000 deg. Period: 846.80 min. First Galileo navigation satellites launched to establish an autonomous European navigation satellite constellation. First Soyuz booster launch from the new Ensemble de Lancement Soyuz pad in Kourou..
  • GalileoSat-2 - . Payload: Galileo-FM2 / Natalia. Mass: 640 kg (1,410 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Galileo Navsat. USAF Sat Cat: 37847 . COSPAR: 2011-060B. Apogee: 23,274 km (14,461 mi). Perigee: 23,228 km (14,433 mi). Inclination: 54.7000 deg. Period: 845.90 min.

2011 October 28 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-535. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • Bulava test - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test mission. Launched from the White Sea to the Kura range..

2011 October 28 - . 09:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920-10C.
  • NPP - . Mass: 1,976 kg (4,356 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: BCP-2000. USAF Sat Cat: 37849 . COSPAR: 2011-061A. Apogee: 823 km (511 mi). Perigee: 818 km (508 mi). Inclination: 98.7000 deg. Period: 101.30 min.

    NPP Preparatory Project weather satellite, using payloads from the cancelled National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System. The NPP provided a stopgap between the last of the Advanced TIROS-N polar weather satellites and the first Joint Polar Satellite System satellite to be launched in a few years.

  • AubieSat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37854 . COSPAR: 2011-061E. Apogee: 817 km (507 mi). Perigee: 457 km (283 mi). Inclination: 101.7000 deg. Period: 97.50 min. Auburn University, Alabama 1U cubesat. First CubeSat from Auburn University. Successful..
  • DICE-X - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37851 . COSPAR: 2011-061B. Apogee: 816 km (507 mi). Perigee: 458 km (284 mi). Inclination: 101.7000 deg. Period: 97.50 min. Utah State University 1.5U cubesat. Deployed 10-m span electric field antennae to study magnetosphere..
  • DICE-Y - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37852 . COSPAR: 2011-061C. Apogee: 816 km (507 mi). Perigee: 458 km (284 mi). Inclination: 101.7000 deg. Period: 97.50 min. Utah State University 1.5U cubesat. Deployed 10-m span electric field antennae to study magnetosphere..
  • Explorer-1 PRIME Flight Unit 2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2011-11-29 . USAF Sat Cat: 37856 . COSPAR: 2011-061G. Apogee: 815 km (506 mi). Perigee: 458 km (284 mi). Inclination: 101.7000 deg. Period: 97.50 min. Montana State University 1U cubesat. Carried one of Van Allen's original Geiger tubes..
  • M-Cubed - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 37855 . COSPAR: 2011-061F. Apogee: 815 km (506 mi). Perigee: 457 km (283 mi). Inclination: 101.7000 deg. Period: 97.40 min. University of Michigan 1U cubesat. Michigan Multipurpose Mission. Objective was to obtain a mid-resolution image of the earth covering at least 60% land mass and a maximum of 20% cloud coverage from a single CubeSat platform..
  • RAX-2 - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2011-11-29 . USAF Sat Cat: 37853 . COSPAR: 2011-061D. Apogee: 817 km (507 mi). Perigee: 456 km (283 mi). Inclination: 101.7000 deg. Period: 97.50 min. University of Michigan 3U cubesat. National Science Foundation funded Radio Aurora Explorer..

2011 October 30 - . 10:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Progress M-13M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 413 / ISS-45P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-02M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 87.00 days. Decay Date: 2012-01-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 37857 . COSPAR: 2011-062A. Apogee: 403 km (250 mi). Perigee: 374 km (232 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.30 min.

    Space station resupply. Docked with the Pirs module of the ISS on 2 November. This restored resupply of the station after the Progress M-12M launch failure and two intermediate successful flights of the Soyuz booster. Also carried the Chibis-M subsatellite.


2011 October 31 - . 21:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan SLS. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2F.
  • Shenzhou 8 - . Mass: 7,800 kg (17,100 lb). Nation: China. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Spacecraft: Shenzhou. Duration: 16.57 days. Decay Date: 2011-11-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 37859 . COSPAR: 2011-063A. Apogee: 338 km (210 mi). Perigee: 328 km (203 mi). Inclination: 42.8000 deg. Period: 91.20 min.

    Unmanned test of Shenzhou manned spacecraft. Automatically docked with Tiangong 1 space laboratory at 17:28 GMT on 2 November. Undocked on 14 November at 11:27 GMT, backed off 140 m, and conducted a second successful automatic docking at 11:53 GMT. Undocked the final time at 10:30 GMT on 16 November and landed in China at 11:32 GMT on 17 November.


2011 November 2 - . 07:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Palmachim. LV Family: Jericho. Launch Vehicle: Jericho III.
  • Jericho III test - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). Test mission. Believed to be second test of an improved Jericho missile..

2011 November 3 - . 06:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Topol test - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Test mission. Launched from Plesetsk to the Kura range..

2011 November 4 - . 12:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Cosmos 2476 - . Payload: Uragan s/n 743. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 37867 . COSPAR: 2011-064A. Apogee: 19,173 km (11,913 mi). Perigee: 19,087 km (11,860 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.70 min. Replenishment of Glonass navigation satellite constellation..
  • Cosmos 2477 - . Payload: Uragan s/n 744. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 37868 . COSPAR: 2011-064B. Apogee: 19,168 km (11,910 mi). Perigee: 19,092 km (11,863 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.70 min.
  • Cosmos 2475 - . Payload: Uragan s/n 745. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 37869 . COSPAR: 2011-064C. Apogee: 19,175 km (11,914 mi). Perigee: 19,021 km (11,819 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 674.50 min.

2011 November 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.264UH - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi). Astronomy mission. Fifth flight of the Wisconsin / GSFC X-ray Quantum Calorimeter (XQC) payload to observe the X-ray background and demonstrate the detector technology..

2011 November 8 - . 20:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-2SB.
  • Fobos-Grunt - . Mass: 13,500 kg (29,700 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Mars. Type: Mars orbiter. Spacecraft Bus: 5MV. Spacecraft: Fobos 1F. Decay Date: 2012-01-15 . USAF Sat Cat: 37872 . COSPAR: 2011-065A. Apogee: 274 km (170 mi). Perigee: 199 km (123 mi). Inclination: 51.4000 deg. Period: 89.20 min.

    Failed soil-return mission to Martian moon Phobos. The main propulsion system, which was to have boosted the probe out of earth parking orbit to trans-Mars insertion, failed to ignite. Attempts to communicate with the spacecraft partially succeeded but it could not be commanded to conduct an engine burn at a later opportunity. Destroyed on reentry into the earth's atmosphere.


2011 November 9 - . 03:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4B.
  • Tianxun 1 - . Mass: 58 kg (127 lb). Nation: China. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Tianxun. Decay Date: 2016-02-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 37874 . COSPAR: 2011-066A. Apogee: 489 km (303 mi). Perigee: 477 km (296 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg. Period: 94.30 min. Technology satellite built by the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with a small Earth observing CCD camera..
  • Yaogan 12 - . Payload: Jianbing 8. Mass: 2,800 kg (6,100 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-10. USAF Sat Cat: 37875 . COSPAR: 2011-066B. Apogee: 497 km (308 mi). Perigee: 486 km (301 mi). Inclination: 97.4000 deg. Period: 94.40 min. Military optical surveillance satellite..

2011 November 14 - . 04:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-22 - . Call Sign: Astraeus. Crew: Burbank, Ivanishin, Shkaplerov. Backup Crew: Acaba, Padalka, Revin. Payload: Soyuz 7K-STMA s/n 232. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-22. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 165.31 days. Decay Date: 2012-04-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 37877 . COSPAR: 2011-067A. Apogee: 410 km (250 mi). Perigee: 376 km (233 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.40 min.

    Launch delayed two months to verify booster after launch failure of Progress M-12M in August 2011. After successful launch of Progress M-13M on 30 October, Soyuz TMA-22 was cleared for launch. Delivered the EO-29 crew to the ISS, docking at the Poisk module of the station at 05:24 GMT on 16 November. Undocked on 27 April 2012 at 08:15 GMT and landed in Kazakhstan at 11:45 GMT.


2011 November 15 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Platform: F-15D. Launch Vehicle: Black Sparrow.
  • Aster 30 Target - . Nation: France. Agency: IDF. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2011 November 15 - . 03:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 4.
  • Agni test - . Nation: India. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi). Test mission. Missile previously known as Agni II Prime..

2011 November 17 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • AHW Flight 1A - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Advanced Hypersonic Weapon test. The boost-glide vehicle reentered the atmosphere over the Pacific and flew a long hypersonic glide trajectory to the Kwajalein Island impact area..

2011 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg WTR. Launch Platform: SSBN UNK. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • - (136ss) - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2011 November 20 - . 00:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2D.
  • Chuangxin 1-03 - . Mass: 88 kg (194 lb). Nation: China. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: CX-1. USAF Sat Cat: 37930 . COSPAR: 2011-068A. Apogee: 805 km (500 mi). Perigee: 784 km (487 mi). Inclination: 98.5000 deg. Period: 100.80 min. Store-dump communications satellite developed by China Academy of Science, Shanghai Academy of Space Technology, and Shanghai Telecomm..
  • Shiyan 4 - . Mass: 204 kg (449 lb). Nation: China. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources satellite. Spacecraft: Shiyan. USAF Sat Cat: 37931 . COSPAR: 2011-068B. Apogee: 803 km (498 mi). Perigee: 784 km (487 mi). Inclination: 98.5000 deg. Period: 100.70 min. Civilian resource satellite with digital imaging system capable of stereo Earth-terrain mapping..

2011 November 25 - . 19:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • AsiaSat 7 - . Mass: 3,750 kg (8,260 lb). Nation: China. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 37934 . COSPAR: 2011-069B. Apogee: 34,313 km (21,321 mi). Perigee: 11,873 km (7,377 mi). Inclination: 0.3000 deg. Period: 839.20 min. Communications satellite for Asiasat of Hong Kong..

2011 November 25 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • Orion V05 - . Nation: Brazil. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
  • Brasil-Alemanha - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2011 November 26 - . 15:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 541.
  • MSL - . Mass: 3,839 kg (8,463 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Mars. Type: Mars rover. Spacecraft Bus: Mars Rovers. Spacecraft: MSL. Decay Date: 2012-08-06 . USAF Sat Cat: 37936 . COSPAR: 2011-070A. Apogee: 319 km (198 mi). Perigee: 161 km (100 mi). Inclination: 28.9000 deg. Period: 89.30 min. Mars Science Laboratory; 899 kg Curiosity Rover to be landed on Mars surface in August 2012..

2011 November 27 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VSB-30.
  • TEXUS 48 - . Nation: Germany. Apogee: 270 km (160 mi). DLR/Astrium microgravity payload..

2011 November 28 - . 08:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Cosmos 2478 - . Payload: Glonass-M No. 46. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 37938 . COSPAR: 2011-071A. Apogee: 19,157 km (11,903 mi). Perigee: 19,102 km (11,869 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 675.70 min.

2011 November 29 - . 18:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • Yaogan 13 - . Payload: Jianbing 7. Mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-7. USAF Sat Cat: 37941 . COSPAR: 2011-072A. Apogee: 511 km (317 mi). Perigee: 504 km (313 mi). Inclination: 97.1000 deg. Period: 94.80 min. Military optical surveillance satellite. Probably operating in conjunction with the YW-6 radar satellite..

2011 December 1 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC4. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 1.
  • Agni RV? - . Nation: India. Agency: ISFC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2011 December 1 - . 21:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3A.
  • Beidou IGS 5 - . Payload: Beidou DW10. Mass: 2,600 kg (5,700 lb). Nation: China. Agency: SISE. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Beidou-IGSO. USAF Sat Cat: 37948 . COSPAR: 2011-073A. Apogee: 35,866 km (22,286 mi). Perigee: 35,705 km (22,186 mi). Inclination: 55.2000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min. Fifth satellite placed in the Beidou-2 inclined geosynchronous orbit constellation; placed in Plane 2 at 95 deg E. This ended launches into the IGSO component for the next several years..

2011 December 2 - . 22:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30.
  • VS30 V08 - . Nation: Brazil. Apogee: 173 km (107 mi).

2011 December 3 - . 07:21 GMT - . Launch Site: SvalRak. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30/Orion.
  • ICI-3 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 354 km (219 mi).

2011 December 4 - . 18:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. Launch Pad: VLA LC1. Launch Vehicle: STIG-A.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: ARMAD. Apogee: 43 km (26 mi).

2011 December 10 - . 10:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • CODEX - . Nation: USA. Agency: GSFC. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

2011 December 11 - . 11:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Amos 5 - . Payload: Ekspress-1000N. Mass: 1,600 kg (3,500 lb). Nation: Israel. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Ekspress-1000. USAF Sat Cat: 37950 . COSPAR: 2011-074A. Apogee: 36,056 km (22,404 mi). Perigee: 35,690 km (22,170 mi). Inclination: 0.1000 deg. Period: 1,440.50 min. Communications satellite operated by IAI Spacecom..
  • Luch 5A - . Payload: Ekspress-1000A. Mass: 1,148 kg (2,530 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft: Ekspress-1000. USAF Sat Cat: 37951 . COSPAR: 2011-074B. Apogee: 36,012 km (22,376 mi). Perigee: 35,672 km (22,165 mi). Inclination: 4.9000 deg. Period: 1,438.90 min. Tracking and data relay satellite..

2011 December 12 - . 01:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • IGS 7A - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 37954 . COSPAR: 2011-075A. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). Perigee: 500 km (310 mi). Inclination: 97.0000 deg. Military surveillance radarsat..

2011 December 15 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • FTX-16 Event 3 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2011 December 17 - . 02:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELS. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-ST-A.
  • Pleiades HR1 - . Mass: 970 kg (2,130 lb). Nation: France. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Pleiades. USAF Sat Cat: 38007 . COSPAR: 2011-076A. Apogee: 692 km (429 mi). Perigee: 676 km (420 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.50 min. High resolution military surveillance satellite..
  • Elisa 1 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 38008 . COSPAR: 2011-076B. Apogee: 692 km (429 mi). Perigee: 675 km (419 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.40 min.

    Quartet of electronic intelligence satellites, which succeed Essaim as France's next space-based SIGINT demonstrator. Like Essaim, Elisa consists of four Myriade microsatellites equipped with electronic intelligence instruments to intercept radar transmissions from space. Elisa was to offer a pre-operational capability until a fully operational space-based intelligence capability would be deployed in 2016.

  • Elisa 2 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 38009 . COSPAR: 2011-076C. Apogee: 693 km (430 mi). Perigee: 681 km (423 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.50 min.
  • Elisa 3 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 38010 . COSPAR: 2011-076D. Apogee: 693 km (430 mi). Perigee: 674 km (418 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 98.40 min.
  • Elisa 4 - . Mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Nation: France. Class: Surveillance. Type: ELINT. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 38011 . COSPAR: 2011-076E. Apogee: 616 km (382 mi). Perigee: 601 km (373 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 96.90 min.
  • Fasat-Charlie - . Mass: 50 kg (110 lb). Nation: Chile. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 38012 . COSPAR: 2011-076F. Apogee: 612 km (380 mi). Perigee: 597 km (370 mi). Inclination: 98.2000 deg. Period: 96.80 min. Imaging satellite for the Chilean Air Force..

2011 December 19 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: MR-12. Launch Vehicle: MR-30.
  • MR-30 - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 304 km (188 mi). First launch of the Russian weather service's new MR-30 weather rocket..

2011 December 19 - . 16:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Complex: Xichang LC2. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3BE.
  • Nigcomsat 1R - . Mass: 5,200 kg (11,400 lb). Nation: Nigeria. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-4. USAF Sat Cat: 38014 . COSPAR: 2011-077A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 18.4900 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Replacement for failed NigComSat-1, launched in 2004..

2011 December 20 - . 08:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 53T6.
  • Test - . Nation: Russia. Agency: PRO. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2011 December 20 - . 08:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Complex: Kagoshima K. Launch Vehicle: S-310.
  • Nation: Japan. Agency: JAXA. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

2011 December 21 - . 13:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-03M - . Call Sign: Antares. Crew: Kononenko, Kuipers, Pettit. Backup Crew: Hoshide, Malenchenko, Williams. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 703. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-03M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 192.79 days. Decay Date: 2012-07-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 38036 . COSPAR: 2011-078A. Apogee: 405 km (251 mi). Perigee: 375 km (233 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.40 min. Docked at the Rassvet module of the ISS at 15:19 GMT on 23 December. Undocked from the ISS on 1 July 2012 at 04:47 GMT and landed in Kazakhstan at 08:14 GMT..

2011 December 22 - . 03:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4B.
  • ZY-1 02C - . Mass: 2,100 kg (4,600 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Phoenix Eye. USAF Sat Cat: 38038 . COSPAR: 2011-079A. Apogee: 775 km (481 mi). Perigee: 773 km (480 mi). Inclination: 98.5000 deg. Period: 100.30 min. Military imaging payload with a resolution of 2.4 m..

2011 December 23 - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-535. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • Bulava test - . Nation: Russia. Salvo test into Kura test range..

2011 December 23 - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Platform: K-535. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • Bulava test - . Nation: Russia. Salvo test into Kura test range..

2011 December 23 - . 12:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B. FAILURE: Third stage shut down at 7:01 after launch. Stage and payload crashed in Siberia..
  • Meridian - . Mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Glonass. Spacecraft: Meridian. Was to have been fifth launch of Meridian military communications satellite..

2011 December 27 - . 12:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: UR-100NU 15A35.
  • UR-100NU test - . Nation: Russia. Carried experimental reentry vehicle..

2011 December 28 - . 17:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Globalstar M084 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 38040 . COSPAR: 2011-080A. Apogee: 926 km (575 mi). Perigee: 921 km (572 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min. Replenishment of Globalstar MEO constellation..
  • Globalstar M080 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 38041 . COSPAR: 2011-080B. Apogee: 926 km (575 mi). Perigee: 920 km (570 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min.
  • Globalstar M082 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 38042 . COSPAR: 2011-080C. Apogee: 926 km (575 mi). Perigee: 918 km (570 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min.
  • Globalstar M092 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 38043 . COSPAR: 2011-080D. Apogee: 926 km (575 mi). Perigee: 916 km (569 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.40 min.
  • Globalstar M090 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 38044 . COSPAR: 2011-080E. Apogee: 926 km (575 mi). Perigee: 917 km (569 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.40 min.
  • Globalstar M086 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 38045 . COSPAR: 2011-080F. Apogee: 926 km (575 mi). Perigee: 919 km (571 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 103.50 min.


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