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1904 November 17 - .
  • Birth of Aleksandr Fedorovich Tveretskiy - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Tveretskiy. Russian officer. First Commander of Special Purpose Brigade (precursor to the Strategic Missile Forces), 1946-49..

1907 November 17 - .
  • Birth of Albin Wittmann - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Wittmann. German-American engineer. Member of the German rocket team, went to America after the first group. As of 1960, Head of Electrical Systems Analsyis Branch, Quality Division, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Died at Huntsville, Alabama..

1944 November 17 - . Launch Site: V-2 Battery SS Abt 500. Launch Complex: V-2 Battery SS Abt 500. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • V-2 launched at Tournai, Hasselt, Luttich and Maastricht - . Nation: Germany. Agency: Wehrmacht. 1./485 moved from The Hague to Burgsteinfurt two days later begain operations against Tournai, Hasselt, Luttich and Maastricht..

1944 November 17 - .
  • Birth of Dr John David Francis Bartoe - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bartoe. American astrophysicist payload specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-51-F..

1952 November 17 - . Launch Site: Hammaguira. Launch Complex: Hammaguira Bechar. Launch Vehicle: Veronique. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: LRBA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1953 November 17 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LA. Launch Pad: LA?. Launch Vehicle: Matador.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1954 November 17 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC4. Launch Vehicle: Redstone. FAILURE: Ground programmed yaw maneuver caused missile control loss at 80 sec causing power plant erratic behavior. Human error in selection of yaw maneuver impulse.. Failed Stage: G.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). Missile test failure. Missed aimpoint by 166,300 m..

1955 November 17 - . 09:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee RTV-N-10.
  • Meteorites / ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 105 km (65 mi). Night airglow, meteors research. Launched at 0200 local time. Reached 105 km..

1956 November 17 - . 16:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee Hi.
  • NRL NN3.12 Aeronomy / chemical / solar lyra-alpha spectrometry / x-ray mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 209 km (129 mi). Atmospheric structure research. Also known as IGY NN3.12. Launched at 1048 local time. Reached 195 km..

1957 November 17 - .
  • Birth of Michael Edward Hoffpauir - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hoffpauir. American Army geologist payload specialist astronaut, 1990-1992..

1958 November 17 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Platform: B-47. Launch Vehicle: Bold Orion.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1959 November 17 - .
  • Based on the 23 September decision, all Defense Department satellite and space vehicle programs were to be reassigned to the military services of primary interest. - . Spacecraft: WS-117, Midas, Samos.

    The Discoverer, MIDAS, and SAMOS programs were approved for transfer back to AFBMD from ARPA. All three programs were originally part of the WS 117L program that AFBMD had managed from inception in 1956 until the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) had assumed responsibility on 30 June 1958.


1960 November 17 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun.
  • SBE 12 Magnetosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1960 November 17 - . 10:06 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 152 km (94 mi).

1960 November 17 - . 10:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. Launch Vehicle: Skylark.
1960 November 17 - . 13:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150.
  • Ultraviolet detector Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 217 km (134 mi).

1960 November 17 - . 20:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Palmdale Omni DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003.
  • X-15A test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi). Maximum Speed - 2018 kph. Maximum Altitude - 16688 m. Lower XLR-11 shutdown but restarted. Air dropped in Palmdale Omni DZ..

1961 November 17 - . Launch Vehicle: Saturn I.
  • Contract issued for build of 20 Saturn I's. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: von Braun. Program: Apollo.

    NASA announced that the Chrysler Corporation had been chosen to build 20 Saturn first-stage (S-1) boosters similar to the one tested successfully on October 27 . They would be constructed at the Michoud facility near New Orleans, La. The contract, worth about $200 million, would run through 1966, with delivery of the first booster scheduled for early 1964.


1961 November 17 - . 15:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC32B. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 1A.
  • Research and development test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Minuteman flight test missile 405 was launched from Silo 32B at the Atlantic Missile Range and completed a flight of 2,993 nautical miles down the range. This was the first successful Minuteman launch from an underground silo. Silo launch, 10,000 km range.

1961 November 17 - . 16:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: Javelin.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 610 km (370 mi).

1962 November 17 - .
  • Four injured when an electrical spark ignited a fire in a Navy altitude chamber - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Spacecraft: Apollo CSM, CSM Electrical.

    Four Navy officers were injured when an electrical spark ignited a fire in an altitude chamber, near the end of a 14-day experiment at the U.S. Navy Air Crew Equipment Laboratory, Philadelphia, Pa. The men were participating in a NASA experiment to determine the effect on humans of breathing pure oxygen for 14 days at simulated altitudes.


1962 November 17 - . 17:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC29A. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1963 November 17 - . 18:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150A.
  • Airglow Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 370 km (220 mi).

1964 November 17 - . 17:49 GMT - . Launch Pad: Atlantic Ocean, 35.0 N x 75.0 W. Launch Platform: CVE-25. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • Density Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 194 km (120 mi). Launched from Atlantic Ocean during Croatan 1964 cruise..

1964 November 17 - . 21:10 GMT - . Launch Pad: Atlantic Ocean, 35.0 N x 75.0 W. Launch Platform: CVE-25. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun.
  • Density Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Launched from Atlantic Ocean during Croatan 1964 cruise..

1965 November 17 - . 04:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • Auroral emissions Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1965 November 17 - . 06:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Niijima. LV Family: STA. Launch Vehicle: NAL-16.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: STA. Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

1965 November 17 - . 12:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonmiani. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Judi-Dart.
  • SUPARCO 18/65 - . Nation: Pakistan. Agency: SUPA. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1965 November 17 - . 23:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun.
  • EDNA Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 155 km (96 mi).

1966 November 17 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC29A. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3.
  • Antelope test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1966 November 17 - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC41/3. LV Family: R-16. Launch Vehicle: R-16U.
  • Combat training launch - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,210 km (750 mi).

1966 November 17 - . 01:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Yuma. LV Family: Martlet. Launch Vehicle: Martlet 2C.
  • Y-10 Meteorites mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi).

1966 November 17 - . 02:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Yuma. LV Family: Martlet. Launch Vehicle: Martlet 2C.
  • Y-11 Meteorites mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 119 km (73 mi).

1966 November 17 - . 05:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Yuma. LV Family: Martlet. Launch Vehicle: Martlet 2C.
  • Y-12 Meteorites mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi).

1966 November 17 - . 07:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Yuma. LV Family: Martlet. Launch Vehicle: Martlet 2C.
  • Y-13 Meteorites mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1967 November 17 - .
  • L1 cosmonauts to Baikonur. - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Leonov. Program: Lunar L1. Three VVS aircraft fly to Baikonur for the L1 launch. Passengers include Leonov and the 12 cosmonauts of the L1 training group..

1967 November 17 - . LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K.
  • UR-500 launch vehicle version for military payloads authorised. - . Nation: Russia. Central Committee of the Communist Party and Council of Soviet Ministers Decree 1070-363 'On approval of work on the UR-500 launch vehicle' was issued..

1967 November 17 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. Launch Vehicle: Skylark.
1967 November 17 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF05. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 2.
  • GIN BABY III research and development mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi).

1968 November 17 - .
  • Zond 6 midcourse maneuver - . Nation: Russia. Program: Lunar L1. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-L1.

    The hydrogen peroxide temperature has risen to +1 deg C, and the cabin pressure is at 380 mm. The eighth stellar orientation and midcourse manoeuvre was made successful - the 100K sensor has rehabilitated itself. The 3.3-second burn moved the perigee by 25 km, and the spacecraft is expected to hit the center of the re-entry corridor - 49 km altitude plus/minus 7 km. But the State Commission has decided to arm the APO destruct system to destroy the spacecraft if it deviates from its ballistic trajectory.


1969 November 17 - .
  • HL-10 Flight 29 - . Crew: Dana. Payload: HL-10 flight 29. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Dana. Program: NASA Lifting Body. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft: HL-10. Maximum Speed - 1693 kph. Maximum Altitude - 19690 m. Flight Time - 408 sec..

1969 November 17 - .
  • Changed nomenclature for the lunar exploration phase of the Apollo program - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Flight: Apollo 11.

    NASA discontinued the use of names such "LEO," "ALEM," and "Apollo Lunar Exploration Program" that had been used since Apollo 11 to identify the lunar exploration phase of the Apollo program. Henceforth, the single word title "Apollo" would be used when referring to the program. Additional Details: here....


1970 November 17 - .
  • Indecision on DOS profile; Almaz station accelerated. - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Khrunov, Kutakhov, Mishin, Shatalov, Volynov, Yeliseyev. Program: Almaz, Salyut. Spacecraft: Almaz OPS, Salyut 1.

    It is decided to send only Volynov and Khrunov to the FAI Congress in India. Shatalov and Yeliseyev are too busy with training on the DOS-7K simulator. Luna 17 has landed on the moon with the Lunokhod lunar rover, another success. DOS#1 is behind schedule for the planned 5 February 1971 launch. It still has not been decided, which will launch first - Soyuz 10 or the DOS station. Such indecision makes it very difficult to train the crews! The simulators for Soyuz, L3, DOS, and Almaz are all now in full use for crew training. Kamanin discusses with engineers construction of a pool for EVA training (25 m wide and 12 m deep). Kutakahov is opposed to the project. Chelomei has been ordered to accelerate the first Almaz launch to 1972, if he can resist the continuous attacks by Mishin. Mishin has become very accomplished, on the N1/L3 program, in spending huge amounts of money with no result.


1970 November 17 - . 18:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC132/2. LV Family: R-14. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M.
  • Cosmos 378 - . Payload: DS-U2-IP s/n 1. Mass: 710 kg (1,560 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: DS. Class: Earth. Type: Ionosphere satellite. Spacecraft Bus: DS. Spacecraft: DS-U2-IP. Completed Operations Date: 1971-09-13 . Decay Date: 1972-08-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 4713 . COSPAR: 1970-097A. Apogee: 1,742 km (1,082 mi). Perigee: 234 km (145 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 104.90 min. Studied the ionosphere and charged particle flows..

1970 November 17 - . 22:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1971 November 17 - . Launch Site: San Marco. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 November 17 - . 11:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/1. LV Family: R-12. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K63.
  • Cosmos 455 - . Payload: DS-P1-Yu s/n 54. Mass: 325 kg (716 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: DS. Class: Military. Type: Military target satellite. Spacecraft Bus: DS. Spacecraft: DS-P1-Yu. Completed Operations Date: 1972-04-05 . Decay Date: 1972-04-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 5608 . COSPAR: 1971-097A. Apogee: 491 km (305 mi). Perigee: 272 km (169 mi). Inclination: 71.0000 deg. Period: 92.20 min. Development of systems for air defence and the control of outer space..

1972 November 17 - . Launch Site: Kourou. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas.
  • EXAMETNET 35-15 - . Nation: France. Agency: CNES. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1972 November 17 - . 20:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Met Sphere - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1973 November 17 - . 00:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Petrel.
  • High Latitude / Substorm Aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 143 km (88 mi).

1973 November 17 - . 01:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Petrel.
  • High Latitude / Sodium release Atmospheric mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 175 km (108 mi).

1973 November 17 - . 01:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Petrel.
  • High Latitude / Substorm Aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 132 km (82 mi).

1975 November 17 - . Launch Site: Whiteman AFB.
  • SATAF Detachment 31, located at Wing IV, Whiteman AFB, Missouri, was reactivated by Boeing AFPRO personnel. - .

1975 November 17 - .
  • Columbia crew module started. - . Nation: USA. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Columbia. Start long-lead fabrication of crew module, Columbia (OV-102).

1975 November 17 - . 14:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.
  • Soyuz 20 - . Payload: Soyuz 7K-T(A9) s/n 64. Mass: 6,700 kg (14,700 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Program: Salyut. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-T/A9. Duration: 90.49 days. Decay Date: 1976-02-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 8430 . COSPAR: 1975-106A. Apogee: 251 km (155 mi). Perigee: 184 km (114 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 88.80 min.

    Unmanned long duration test of the Soyuz transport vehicle; docked with Salyut 4. Recovered February 16, 1976 2:24 GMT. Comprehensive checking of improved on-board systems of the space craft under various flight conditions. Carried a biological payload. Living organisms were exposed to three months in space.


1976 November 17 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 8C.
  • Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 261 km (162 mi).

1977 November 17 - . LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • The strike by the International Association of Machinists against the Boeing Company ended. The strike caused a delay of 35 workdays in the integrated program of Minuteman modifications. - .

1977 November 17 - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Edwards. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • Third ferry flight test, Edwards - . Nation: USA. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Enterprise. Third ferry flight test, Edwards (4 hours, 13 minutes), Enterprise (OV-101).

1977 November 17 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1977 November 17 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 12.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 718 km (446 mi).

1977 November 17 - . 21:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: INTA-300. Launch Vehicle: Fulmar.
  • Electrons / Ions Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: SRC. Apogee: 261 km (162 mi).

1978 November 17 - . LV Family: Peacekeeper.
  • SAMSO formed a source selection board in preparation for the award of a contract for the System Definition Phase of the Missile X reentry system. - .

1978 November 17 - . 20:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC25C. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident C-4.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1979 November 17 - . 00:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Arcasonde - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1980 November 17 - . 12:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Ascension. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Arcasonde - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1981 November 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 8B.
  • X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1981 November 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 8B.
  • X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 253 km (157 mi).

1981 November 17 - . 15:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Molniya 8K78M.
  • Molniya 1-51 - . Payload: Molniya-1T. Mass: 1,600 kg (3,500 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Program: Molniya. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: KAUR-2. Spacecraft: Molniya-1T. Decay Date: 1993-11-02 . USAF Sat Cat: 12959 . COSPAR: 1981-113A. Apogee: 39,457 km (24,517 mi). Perigee: 134 km (83 mi). Inclination: 63.5000 deg. Period: 702.40 min. Uncertain if Molniya-1T model was Molniya-1 or Molniya-1T. Operation of the long-range telephone and telegraph radio communications system in the USSR; transmission of USSR Central Television programmes to stations in the Orbita network..

1982 November 17 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan IIID.
  • Final launch of a Titan IIID - . Nation: USA. Final launch of a Titan IIID from Vandenberg AFB (first launch on 1 5 June 1971)..

1982 November 17 - . 21:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Titan. Launch Vehicle: Titan IIID.
  • KH-11 no. 5 - . Payload: KH-11 no. 5 / OPS 9627. Mass: 13,300 kg (29,300 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: CIA, NRO. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: KH-11. Decay Date: 1985-08-13 . USAF Sat Cat: 13659 . COSPAR: 1982-111A. Apogee: 520 km (320 mi). Perigee: 280 km (170 mi). Inclination: 97.0000 deg. Period: 92.60 min. KH-11 type satellite. Spacecraft engaged in practical applications and uses of space technology such as weather or communication (US Cat C). .

1983 November 17 - . 10:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 November 17 - . 12:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.
  • Cosmos 1509 - . Mass: 6,300 kg (13,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Vostok. Spacecraft: Zenit-6U. Duration: 14.00 days. Decay Date: 1983-12-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 14490 . COSPAR: 1983-112A. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi). Perigee: 194 km (120 mi). Inclination: 72.9000 deg. Period: 89.20 min. Photo surveillance; returned film capsule; maneuverable..

1986 November 17 - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1A.
  • P-488? 86 Fall 04 - . Nation: USA. Agency: FKG. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1986 November 17 - . Launch Site: Molodezhnaya. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: AN. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1986 November 17 - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Pershing. Launch Vehicle: Pershing 1A.
  • P-487? 86 Fall 03 - . Nation: USA. Agency: FKG. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1988 November 17 - . 16:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • Nation: Russia. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi).

1989 November 17 - . 10:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. Launch Pad: LC1 or LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Cosmos 2049 - . Mass: 6,600 kg (14,500 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Yantar. Spacecraft: Yantar-4KS1. Duration: 214.00 days. Decay Date: 1990-06-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 20320 . COSPAR: 1989-088A. Apogee: 251 km (155 mi). Perigee: 232 km (144 mi). Inclination: 64.8000 deg. Period: 89.30 min. Photo/digital surveillance..

1990 November 17 - .
  • Gorbachev assumes emergency powers - . Nation: Russia.

1992 November 17 - . 07:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-2.
  • Cosmos 2219 - . Payload: Tselina-2 no. 13. Mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Tselina. Class: Surveillance. Type: Naval signals intelligence satellite. Spacecraft: Tselina-2. USAF Sat Cat: 22219 . COSPAR: 1992-076A. Apogee: 854 km (530 mi). Perigee: 845 km (525 mi). Inclination: 71.0000 deg. Period: 101.90 min.

1993 November 17 - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: Sonda 3.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Brazil. Agency: IAE. Apogee: 555 km (344 mi).

1995 November 17 - .
  • STS-74 - Wakeup Song: Northwest Passage - . Flight: STS-74. "Northwest Passage" by Stan Rogers..

1995 November 17 - . 01:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA2. LV Family: Ariane. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 44P.
  • ISO - . Mass: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb). Nation: Europe. Agency: ESA. Class: Astronomy. Type: X-ray astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: ISO. Completed Operations Date: 1998-05-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 23715 . COSPAR: 1995-062A. Apogee: 70,504 km (43,809 mi). Perigee: 1,110 km (680 mi). Inclination: 5.1000 deg. Period: 1,417.80 min. Infrared Space Observatory; IR astrophysics. As of 6 September 2001 located at 168.62 deg E drifting at 5.004 deg E per day. As of 2007 Mar 6 located at 167.18W drifting at 5.668E degrees per day..

1995 November 17 - . 14:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K/DM-2.
  • Gals-2 - . Payload: Gals s/n 12L. Mass: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Class: Communications. Type: Military communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: KAUR-4. Spacecraft: Gals. USAF Sat Cat: 23717 . COSPAR: 1995-063A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,784 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.2000 deg. Period: 1,436.00 min.

    Three transponders for direct broadcast television. Stationed at 70 deg E. Used SPT-100 plasma engine. Positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 71 deg E in 1995-1996; 36 deg E in 1996-1999 As of 5 September 2001 located at 36.88 deg E drifting at 0.031 deg E per day. As of 2007 Mar 10 located at 62.06E drifting at 1.427W degrees per day.


1996 November 17 - . 13:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC36. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
1997 November 17 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Hera. FAILURE: Failure.
  • MTV - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1999 November 17 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 69.5 N x 34.2 E. Launch Platform: TK-20. LV Family: R-39. Launch Vehicle: Rif.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1999 November 17 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: 69.5 N x 34.2 E. Launch Platform: TK-20. LV Family: R-39. Launch Vehicle: Rif.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2000 November 17 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 00-58 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko, Jett, Shepherd. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TM-31. An unmanned Russian spacecraft filled with supplies and spare parts was manually docked tonight to the International Space Station (ISS), two days after it was launched from the Asian desert.. Additional Details: here....

2006 November 17 - . 19:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17A. Launch Pad: SLC17A. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7925-9.5.
  • USA 192 - . Payload: GPS 2R-16M / Navstar 59. Mass: 2,032 kg (4,479 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Manufacturer: Lockheed. Program: Navstar. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft Bus: AS 4000. Spacecraft: GPS Block 2R. USAF Sat Cat: 29601 . COSPAR: 2006-052A. Apogee: 20,367 km (12,655 mi). Range: 55 km (34 mi). Perigee: 20,206 km (12,555 mi). Inclination: 54.9000 deg. Period: 722.20 min. Set operational at 03:07 GMT on 12 December..

2007 November 17 - . 22:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Sirius 4 - . Payload: A2100AX. Mass: 4,600 kg (10,100 lb). Nation: Sweden. Agency: ILS. Manufacturer: Lockheed. Program: Sirius. Class: Communications. Type: Civilian communications satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 32299 . COSPAR: 2007-057A. Apogee: 35,780 km (22,230 mi). Perigee: 35,641 km (22,146 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,432.20 min.

    Sirius 4 carried Ku-band and Ka-band communications payloads for Nordic, Baltic and East European communications. Three upper-stage burns placed Sirius 4 into a 6916 km x 35478 km x 17.4 deg geostationary transfer orbit. A series of maneuvers by the satellite using its own Leros engine maneuvered the satellite into geosynchronous orbit, stationed at 5 deg East.


2008 November 17 - .
  • STS-126 - Wakeup Song: London Calling - . Flight: STS-126. "London Calling" performed by The Clash. It was played for Mission Specialist Steven Bowen..

2009 November 17 - .
  • STS-129 - Wakeup Song: I Can Only Imagine - . Flight: STS-129. "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe was played for Mission Specialist Barry Wilmore, a tune selected by his wife Deanna to mark his first career spaceflight..

2010 November 17 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-45/GF03 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

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..

2014 November 17 - . Launch Site: Sonmiani. LV Family: DF-15. Launch Vehicle: Shaheen 1A.
  • RV - . Nation: Pakistan. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Test flight..

2015 November 17 - . 06:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Cosmos 2510 - . Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft Bus: USP (Victoria). Spacecraft: Yamal. USAF Sat Cat: 41032 . COSPAR: 2015-066A. Apogee: 38,551 km (23,954 mi). Perigee: 1,625 km (1,009 mi). Inclination: 63.8000 deg. The first EKS early warning satellite, launched into a Molniya orbit. The satellite, developed by Energiya and Kometa, replaced the defunct Lavochkin/Kometa 'Oko' system..

2015 November 17 - . 12:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Topol'-E RV - . Nation: Russia. Type: Reentry test. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Reentry test mission. Impacted in Sary Shagan..

2016 November 17 - . 13:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ES.
  • GalileoSat-15 - . Payload: Galileo 15 (267). Nation: Europe. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Galileo Navsat. USAF Sat Cat: 41859 . COSPAR: 2016-069A. Apogee: 22,906 km (14,233 mi). Perigee: 22,879 km (14,216 mi). Inclination: 54.6000 deg.

    Four more European navigation satellites in the Galileo system were launched. An Ariane 5ES rocket was used; the restartable EPS upper stage placed the satellites (FM07, FM12, FM13 and FM14, redesignated GalileoSat 15 to 18 after launch) in orbit. The 5ES model was previously used for ATV cargo ship launches.

  • GalileoSat-16 - . Payload: Galileo 16 (26C). Nation: Europe. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Galileo Navsat. USAF Sat Cat: 41860 . COSPAR: 2016-069B. Apogee: 22,926 km (14,245 mi). Perigee: 22,890 km (14,220 mi). Inclination: 54.6000 deg.
  • GalileoSat-17 - . Payload: Galileo 17 (26D). Nation: Europe. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Galileo Navsat. USAF Sat Cat: 41861 . COSPAR: 2016-069C. Apogee: 22,912 km (14,236 mi). Perigee: 22,901 km (14,229 mi). Inclination: 54.6000 deg.
  • GalileoSat-18 - . Payload: Galileo 18 (26E). Nation: Europe. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Galileo Navsat. USAF Sat Cat: 41862 . COSPAR: 2016-069D. Apogee: 22,899 km (14,228 mi). Perigee: 22,898 km (14,228 mi). Inclination: 54.5000 deg.

2016 November 17 - . 20:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz MS-03 - . Call Sign: Kazbek. Crew: Novitskiy, Pesquet, Whitson. Backup Crew: Yurchikhin, Fischer, Nespoli. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz MS-03. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz MS. USAF Sat Cat: 41864 . COSPAR: 2016-070A. Apogee: 228 km (141 mi). Perigee: 195 km (121 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Soyuz MS-03 was launched with the crew of Oleg Novitskiy (Roskosmos), Thomas Pesquet (ESA) and Peggy Whitson (NASA). The Soyuz docked with the ISS Rassvet module at 2158 UTC Nov 19..


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