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On October 4 in Space History

1906 October 4 - .
  • Birth of Walter W B Burose - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Burose. German-American expert in guided missiles during World War II. Thereafter with the rocket team at Fort Bliss, White Stands, and then at Huntsville. Died at Huntsville, Alabama..

1944 October 4 - . Launch Site: Peenemuende. Launch Complex: Peenemuende P10. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • V-2 4245 - . Nation: Germany. Possibly correct serial number is 18 789..

1945 October 4 - . 13:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Cuxhaven. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: V-2. FAILURE: Partial failure.
  • Backfire 2 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: WO. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi). Partial failure; the rocket only reached 20 km altitude..

1950 October 4 - .
  • XS-1 Flight 142 - . Crew: Griffith. Payload: XS-1 # 2 flight 61. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Griffith. Class: Manned. Type: Manned rocketplane. Spacecraft Bus: XS-1. Spacecraft: XS-1. NACA flight 41. For pressure distribution and stability and control data. Check of stabilizer effectiveness. Also drag investigation. Pull-ups..

1951 October 4 - . LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: R-7.
  • Russian satellite predicted. - . Nation: USA. M. K. Tikhonravov in New York Times said U.S.S.R. science made feasible space flight and creation of artificial earth satellite; reported U.S.S.R. rocket advance equaled or exceeded West..

1951 October 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LA. LV Family: Lark. Launch Vehicle: Lark. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1954 October 4 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Ajax. Launch Vehicle: Nike Ajax.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 October 4 - . 21:18 GMT - . Launch Pad: Atlantic Ocean, 72.7 N x 75.4 W. Launch Platform: AGB-5. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Rockoon.
  • SUI 50 Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SUI. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Launched at Atlantic Ocean Launch Site 13 Launch Point 13 - - Latitude: 72.68 N - Longitude: 75.35 W..

1956 October 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LA. Launch Pad: LA?. LV Family: Matador. Launch Vehicle: Matador.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1957 October 4 - .
  • Birth of Dr Gregory Thomas Linteris - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Linteris. American engineer payload specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-83, STS-94..

1957 October 4 - . 19:16 GMT - . Launch Pad: Atlantic Ocean, 5.5 N x 89.5 W. Launch Platform: AGB-4. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Rockoon.
  • SUI 76 Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SUI. Apogee: 113 km (70 mi).

1957 October 4 - . 19:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Sputnik 8K71PS.
  • Sputnik 1 - . Payload: PS. Mass: 84 kg (185 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MVS. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Sputnik 1. Spacecraft: Sputnik 1. Decay Date: 1958-01-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 2 . COSPAR: 1957-Alpha-2. Apogee: 945 km (587 mi). Perigee: 227 km (141 mi). Inclination: 65.0000 deg. Period: 96.10 min.

    First artificial satellite; transmitted signals for 21 days. Launching of first ever artificial satellite of the Earth; physical study of the atmosphere; remained in orbit until January 4, 1958. This event began the space race by galvanizing interest and action on the part of the American public to support an active role in space research, technology, and exploration.


1958 October 4 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg.
  • Cooke AFB redesignated Vandenberg AFB - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Vandenberg, Hoyt. Cooke AFB redesignated Vandenberg AFB, honoring the late General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, the Air Force's second Chief of Staff. Vandenberg AFB, first operational ICBM base in free world, was dedicated..

1958 October 4 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: A-1 (R-1).
  • Ionosphere-solar mission Ionosphere-solar mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: MVS. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1958 October 4 - . 15:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: R-11A.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Russia. Agency: AN. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1959 October 4 - . 00:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Vostok-L 8K72.
  • Luna 3 - . Payload: E-2A s/n 1. Mass: 279 kg (615 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MVS. Program: Luna. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar probe. Spacecraft Bus: Luna E-3. Spacecraft: Luna E-3. Decay Date: 1960-04-20 . USAF Sat Cat: 21 . COSPAR: 1959-Theta-1. Apogee: 499,998 km (310,683 mi). Perigee: 500 km (310 mi). Inclination: 55.0000 deg. Period: 21,563.20 min.

    Luna 3 was the third spacecraft successfully launched to the Moon and the first to return images of the lunar far side. It was launched on a figure-eight trajectory which brought it over the Moon (closest approach to the Moon was 6200 km) and around the far side, which was sunlit at the time. It was stabilized while in optical view of the far side of the Moon. On October 7, 1959, the television system obtained a series of 29 photographs over 40 minutes, covering 70% of the surface, that were developed on-board the spacecraft. The photographs were scanned and 17 were radio transmitted to ground stations in facsimile form on October 18, 1959, as the spacecraft, in a barycentric orbit, returned near the Earth. The photographs were to be retransmitted at another point close to Earth but were not received. The spacecraft returned very indistinct pictures, but, through computer enhancement, a tentative atlas of the lunar farside was produced. These first views of the lunar far side showed mountainous terrain, very different from the near side, and two dark regions which were named Mare Moscovrae (Sea of Moscow) and Mare Desiderii (Sea of Dreams).


1959 October 4 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA1. LV Family: Little Joe 1. Launch Vehicle: Little Joe 1.
  • Spacecraft test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi). NASA Little Joe launch vehicle carrying a boilerplate Mercury capsule with a dummy escape system successfully launched from Wallops Station, Va..

1960 October 4 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral.
  • Thor-based LV 100th launch. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eisenhower.

    COURIER I-B active communications satellite successfully placed into orbit by Thor-Able-Star launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral. After completing one orbit it received and recorded a transcribed message to the United Nations by President Eisenhower transmitted from Fort Monmouth, N.J., and retransmitted it to another earth station in Puerto Rico. This marked the 100th launch of the Douglas Thor, military and scientific combined, and a Thor record of 60 percent of the U.S. satellites boosted into orbit.


1960 October 4 - . 15:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA3. LV Family: Scout. Launch Vehicle: Scout X-1.
  • Radiation Probe Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 5,600 km (3,400 mi).

1960 October 4 - . 17:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17B. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor Ablestar.
  • Courier 1B - . Mass: 230 kg (500 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Class: Technology. Type: Communications technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Courier. Spacecraft: Courier. USAF Sat Cat: 58 . COSPAR: 1960-Nu-1. Apogee: 1,214 km (754 mi). Perigee: 967 km (600 mi). Inclination: 28.3000 deg. Period: 107.10 min. Experimental communications. Spacecraft engaged in practical applications and uses of space technology such as weather or communication (US Cat C). .

1961 October 4 - . 11:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark.
  • Southern Sky Survey Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 195 km (121 mi).

1961 October 4 - . 14:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1962 October 4 - . LV Family: Saturn V. Launch Vehicle: Saturn V.
  • First full-duration static firing of the Apollo J-2 engine - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Rocketdyne Division successfully completed the first full-duration (250-seconds) static firing of the J-2 engine..

1962 October 4 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Delamar Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008. LV Family: X-15. Launch Vehicle: X-15. FAILURE: Failure of APU, ball nose, and yaw damper..
  • X-15A VO Stability test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Apogee: 34 km (21 mi). Maximum Speed - 5620 kph. Maximum Altitude - 34200 m. Air dropped in Delamar Dry Lake DZ..

1963 October 4 - .
  • Gemini spacecraft No. 1 arrived at Atlantic Missile Range and was transferred to Hangar AF. - . Nation: USA. Program: Gemini. Spacecraft Bus: Gemini. Spacecraft: Gemini.

    After a receiving inspection (October 7) and Voltage Standing Wave Ratio Test (October 8), its instrument pallets were removed for laboratory test and checkout (October 9) while the spacecraft was being checked out, weighed, and balanced. Instrument pallets were reinstalled November 26. Individual and integrated communications, instrumentation, and environmental control systems were then performed. Final industrial area testing of the spacecraft concluded with a confidence level test on February 12, 1964.


1963 October 4 - . LV Family: N1. Launch Vehicle: N1.
  • Gagarin identified as head of lunar cosmonauts - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Gagarin, Tereshkova. Program: Lunar L1. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Tereshkova announces in Havana that Gagarin head of lunar cosmonaut team..

1963 October 4 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF07. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 1B.
  • Research and development launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi).

1963 October 4 - . 04:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Platform: EAG-154. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: Polaris A3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1963 October 4 - . 05:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg OSTF2. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas F. FAILURE: Failure. Failed Stage: 1.
  • Research and development launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC.

1964 October 4 - . 03:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17A. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Thor Delta C.
  • Explorer 21 - . Payload: IMP B. Mass: 62 kg (136 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Program: Explorer. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft Bus: IMP. Spacecraft: IMP. Decay Date: 1965-12-31 . USAF Sat Cat: 889 . COSPAR: 1964-060A. Apogee: 95,590 km (59,390 mi). Perigee: 191 km (118 mi). Inclination: 33.5000 deg. Period: 2,097.00 min. Lower than planned orbit. Spacecraft engaged in research and exploration of the upper atmosphere or outer space (US Cat B). .

1964 October 4 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D001 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 October 4 - .
  • Voskhod 3 - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Gagarin, Grechko, Andrei, Keldysh, Malinovskiy, Rudenko, Tsybin, Vershinin. Program: Voskhod. Flight: Voskhod 3, Voskhod 4, Voskhod 5, Voskhod 6.

    A major programme review is held on plans for Voskhod s/n 5, 6, and 7. Tsybin insists that to conduct all of the experiments requested by the Ministry of Defence will take ten spacecraft and missions, but only five have been authorised. Spacecraft s/n 5 will fly with dogs, on a biosat mission. Spacecraft s/n 6 and 7 are being completed for 15-day flights with two crew, outfitted for artificial gravity experiments and medical and military research. The readiness of the military experiments is very poor, due to the fact that in the past Malinovskiy over and over again prohibited any work on military uses of space, at least until the ideal military platform was developed. It was only on Keldysh's initiative that any preliminary work had been done at all. Kamanin replies to Tsybin that it was not the business of OKB-1 to develop military experiments; this was the concern of the Military of Defence. Yet, Kamanin admits to himself, there is no single organisation within the Ministry that is supervising this work. Later Kamanin takes Gagarin to a meeting with Vershinin and Marshal Grechko. The Marshal is unimpressed with Gagarin's understanding of the issues involved in the issue of whether the VVS or RVSN should handle manned spaceflight. Kamanin resolves not to take cosmonauts to such high-level meetings in the future. Grechko does understand finally how poorly Malinovskiy and his deputies have handled military spaceflight. But Malinovskiy, and his supporters, Marshal Rudenko, and Colonel-General Ponomaryov, will not give up in their effort to prevent the VVS from becoming the responsible organisation for military spaceflight.


1965 October 4 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: Kappa. Launch Vehicle: Kappa 9M.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS. Apogee: 299 km (185 mi).

1965 October 4 - . 07:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Molniya 8K78M.
  • Luna 7 - . Payload: E-6 s/n 11. Mass: 1,504 kg (3,315 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Program: Luna. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar probe. Spacecraft Bus: Luna E-6. Spacecraft: Luna E-6. Decay Date: 1965-10-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 1610 . COSPAR: 1965-077A. Lunar soft landing attempt. The Luna 7 spacecraft was intended to achieve a soft landing on the Moon. However, due to premature retrofire and cutoff of the retrorockets, the spacecraft impacted the lunar surface in the Sea of Storms..

1966 October 4 - . LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K/D.
  • Dummy Proton/Block D mounted on pad. - . Nation: Russia. Program: Lunar L1. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-L1.

    A dummy 8K82K/Block D rocket was mounted at the launch site. The dummy was loaded with imitation propellants (kerosene as fuel and water/ethyl alcohol as oxidiser). The nitrogen tetroxide oxidiser had to be kept above -11 degrees C, and it was originally planned for a thermostatically-controlled electrical heating of the tank walls to achieve this. It was ultimately decided that the risk of explosion of such a system was too great, and the system was abandoned.


1966 October 4 - . 20:29 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC35. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 150.
  • KP3.18 Solar x-ray / test - . Nation: USA. Agency: KPNO, NRL. Apogee: 154 km (95 mi).

1967 October 4 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk.
  • Sampler Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 301 km (187 mi).

1967 October 4 - . 00:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk.
  • Ba clouds Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 251 km (155 mi).

1967 October 4 - . 13:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Dragon. Launch Vehicle: Dragon.
  • ESRO D34 / 1 Solar x-ray / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 248 km (154 mi).

1967 October 4 - . 13:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Salto di Quirra. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark.
  • ESRO S19 / 1 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 206 km (128 mi).

1967 October 4 - . 17:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Smith Ranch Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 003. LV Family: X-15. Launch Vehicle: X-15.
  • X-15A UV Plume/Solar/MM Technology/Meteor/Solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi). Maximum Speed - 7270 kph. Maximum Altitude - 76530 m. Air dropped in Smith Ranch Lake DZ..

1968 October 4 - .
  • Zond 5 arrives in Moscow - . Nation: Russia. Program: Lunar L1. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-L1. The L1 capsule is flown by An-12 from Bombay to Moscow..

1968 October 4 - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur PU33. LV Family: R-36. Launch Vehicle: R-36 8K67P.
  • RGCh state trials flight - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1969 October 4 - . 05:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk.
  • CRL AH08.645 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 270 km (160 mi).

1970 October 4 - .
  • Birth of Nadezhda Ivanyeva Adamchuk - . Nation: Ukraine. Related Persons: Adamchuk. Ukrainian scientist cosmonaut, 1996-1996. Botanist..

1971 October 4 - .
  • Death of KGB Dwarf. Reportedly died on a suicide mission to the lunar surface; drove the Lunokhod lunar rover. - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: KGB Dwarf. Russian phantom cosmonaut. Moscow urban legend of 1970: diminutive robot Lunokhod crawler was actually driven by a midget KGB agent on a one-way suicide mission to the lunar surface..

1971 October 4 - . 15:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kheysa. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100.
  • Nation: Russia. Apogee: 91 km (56 mi).

1972 October 4 - . 12:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Voskhod 11A57.
  • Cosmos 522 - . Mass: 6,300 kg (13,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Vostok. Spacecraft: Zenit-4M. Duration: 13.00 days. Decay Date: 1972-10-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 6219 . COSPAR: 1972-077A. Apogee: 309 km (192 mi). Perigee: 212 km (131 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 89.70 min. High resolution photo reconnaissance satellite; returned film capsule; maneuverable..

1973 October 4 - .
  • X-24 Flight 33 - . Crew: Love, Michael. Payload: X-24B flight 5. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love, Michael. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Spacecraft Bus: X-24. Spacecraft: X-24B. Maximum Speed - 732 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13720 m. Flight Time - 279 sec..

1973 October 4 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 170A.
  • GSFC XRPC X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 152 km (94 mi).

1974 October 4 - . 14:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6 AC.
  • XRCS X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 196 km (121 mi).

1974 October 4 - . 16:16 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC36. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VC.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 227 km (141 mi).

1975 October 4 - . 01:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Starute, Datasonde - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1976 October 4 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U. FAILURE: Launch vehicle destroyed at T+95 seconds.. Failed Stage: 0.
  • Zenit-4MKT no. 3 - . Payload: Zenit-4MKT no. 3. Mass: 6,300 kg (13,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Program: Resurs. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Vostok. Spacecraft: Zenit-4MKT. Investigation of the natural resources of the earth in the interests of various branches of the national economy of the USSR and international cooperation..

1977 October 4 - . 02:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar V-2. LV Family: MR-12. Launch Vehicle: MR-12.
  • Aeronomy/Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 170 km (100 mi).

1978 October 4 - . 03:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC132/1. LV Family: R-14. Launch Vehicle: Kosmos 11K65M.
  • Cosmos 1034 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 153. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11042 . COSPAR: 1978-091A. Apogee: 1,481 km (920 mi). Perigee: 1,422 km (883 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 114.90 min. Eight satellites launched by a single carrier rocket..
  • Cosmos 1040 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 159. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11049 . COSPAR: 1978-091G. Apogee: 1,527 km (948 mi). Perigee: 1,479 km (919 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 116.10 min.
  • Cosmos 1037 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 156. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11046 . COSPAR: 1978-091D. Apogee: 1,481 km (920 mi). Perigee: 1,462 km (908 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.40 min.
  • Cosmos 1035 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 154. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11044 . COSPAR: 1978-091B. Apogee: 1,480 km (910 mi). Perigee: 1,403 km (871 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 114.70 min.
  • Cosmos 1041 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 160. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11050 . COSPAR: 1978-091H. Apogee: 1,509 km (937 mi). Perigee: 1,477 km (917 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.80 min.
  • Cosmos 1039 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 158. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11048 . COSPAR: 1978-091F. Apogee: 1,552 km (964 mi). Perigee: 1,479 km (919 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 116.30 min.
  • Cosmos 1036 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 155. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11045 . COSPAR: 1978-091C. Apogee: 1,480 km (910 mi). Perigee: 1,442 km (896 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.10 min.
  • Cosmos 1038 - . Payload: Strela-1M no. 157. Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MO. Program: Strela. Class: Communications. Type: Military store-dump communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Strela. Spacecraft: Strela-1M. USAF Sat Cat: 11047 . COSPAR: 1978-091E. Apogee: 1,487 km (923 mi). Perigee: 1,477 km (917 mi). Inclination: 74.0000 deg. Period: 115.60 min.

1979 October 4 - . 01:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Arcasonde - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1981 October 4 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF03. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 1B.
  • ABRES AMARV-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSC. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi).

1982 October 4 - . 21:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Rocketsonde.
  • Arcasonde - . Nation: USA. Agency: MRN. Apogee: 66 km (41 mi).

1983 October 4 - .
  • Death of Kurt Heinrich Debus - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Debus. German-American engineer. At Peenemuende from 1940, designed and operated V-2 test launch facility. In US from 1945, headed design, build, and operation of launch facilities for the V-2, Redstone, Jupiter, and Saturn rockets for Apollo..

1983 October 4 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. Launch Complex: Biscarosse BLB. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: SSBS S3.
  • Operational test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1983 October 4 - . Launch Site: Kostroma. LV Family: MR-UR-100. Launch Vehicle: MR-UR-100U 15A16.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1984 October 4 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF04. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • FOT GT105GM Follow-on Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAC. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi).

1984 October 4 - . 19:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC16/2. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Molniya 8K78M.
  • Cosmos 1604 - . Payload: Oko #38. Mass: 1,800 kg (3,900 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Oko. Spacecraft: Oko. USAF Sat Cat: 15350 . COSPAR: 1984-107A. Apogee: 36,050 km (22,400 mi). Perigee: 4,359 km (2,708 mi). Inclination: 67.9000 deg. Period: 718.90 min. Replaced Cosmos 1367. Covered Oko constellation plane 1 - 274 degree longitude of ascending node..

1985 October 4 - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: Topol. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1987 October 4 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Javelin. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP IV-D Reentry test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1988 October 4 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. LV Family: RH. Launch Vehicle: RH-560.
  • ESF Ionosphere mission - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Apogee: 348 km (216 mi).

1989 October 4 - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: RH. Launch Vehicle: RH-200.
  • Meteo Chaff - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1989 October 4 - . 15:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kheysa. LV Family: M-100. Launch Vehicle: M-100B.
  • Nation: Russia. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1990 October 4 - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/2. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-2. FAILURE: First stage engine exploded after 3 seconds.. Failed Stage: 1.
1991 October 4 - . 00:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion.
  • Turbo-Metal Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1991 October 4 - . 00:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A.
  • METAL/L-C22 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 102 km (63 mi).

1991 October 4 - . 00:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A.
  • METAL/L-S23 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1991 October 4 - . 01:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Viper. Launch Vehicle: Viper 3A.
  • METAL/L-S24 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1991 October 4 - . 01:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Super Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • METAL/L-L25 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1991 October 4 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U-PVB.
  • Foton 7 - . Payload: Foton s/n 7L. Mass: 6,200 kg (13,600 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Class: Materials. Type: Materials science satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Vostok. Spacecraft: Foton. Duration: 15.54 days. Decay Date: 1991-10-20 . USAF Sat Cat: 21737 . COSPAR: 1991-070A. Apogee: 394 km (244 mi). Perigee: 214 km (132 mi). Inclination: 62.8000 deg. Period: 90.60 min. Materials research; carried German, French experiments. Continuation of space materials research conducted jointly with Germany and France. .

1993 October 4 - . 17:45 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC36. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NCAR / CU-4 Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1993 October 4 - . 19:35 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Orion.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1994 October 4 - . 18:58 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC36. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • PIMS Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1995 October 4 - . 02:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Ryori. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135P.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: JMA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1997 October 4 - .
  • STS-86 - Wakeup Song: Let It Ride - . Flight: STS-86. "Let It Ride" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive CAPCOM: Chris Hadfield.

1997 October 4 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Nevada Test Site. Launch Complex: Nevada Test Site Area 26. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Strypi XIIR. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1999 October 4 - .
  • First World Space Week - . The United Nations General Assembly declared that World Space Week would be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events, the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 and the signing of the UN Space Treaty in 1967..

2000 October 4 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Ryori. LV Family: MT-135. Launch Vehicle: MT-135P.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: JMA. Apogee: 55 km (34 mi).

2002 October 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #02-46 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Korzun, Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-111 ISS EO-5.

    With Houston's Mission Control Center (MCC) back in operation, the deliberate power up of the International Space Station is proceeding as planned. The huge U.S. solar wings are again tracking the sun after being put in a fixed position when the Mission Control Center here was powered down in the face of a threat from Hurricane Lili. Additional Details: here....


2004 October 4 - .
  • Death of Leroy Gordon Jr 'Gordo' Cooper at Ventura, California. Natural causes. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Cooper. American test pilot astronaut. Flew on Mercury MA-9, Gemini 5. First American to spend over a day in space. High spirited, and reportedly denied an Apollo assignment..

2004 October 4 - . 14:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK1. LV Family: SpaceShip. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship One.
  • SpaceShipOne Flight 17P - X-Prize Flight 2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: Scaled. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi).

    Objectives of the flight were to win the Ansari X-Prize and break the rocketplane altitude record set by the X-15 in 1963. The Tier One (White Knight/SpaceShipOne) composite aircraft took off at 06:49 PST. Drop of the rockeplane was made exactly one hour later at 14.4 km altitude. Pilot Brian Binnie fired the hybrid rocket motor, which burned for 83 seconds. The engine cut off with SpaceShipOne at Mach 3.09 (3524 kph) at 65 km altitude. From there it coasted to 112 km altitude. Binnie experienced weightlessness for 3.5 minutes before re-entry began. The spacecraft reached Mach 3.25 during re-entry and a peak deceleration of 5.4 G's at 32 km altitude. Binnie reconfigured the vehicle to a glider at 15.5 km and then made an 18 minute glide to a landing at Mojave airport. SpaceShipOne thereby won the $10 million X-Prize. No anomalies were noted on the flight and SpaceShipOne returned with no maintenance squawks.


2012 October 4 - . 03:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Operational test mission..

2012 October 4 - . 14:37 GMT - . Launch Site: ISS. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K.
  • RAIKO - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Cubesat. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-08-06 . USAF Sat Cat: 38852 . COSPAR: 1998-067CN. Apogee: 414 km (257 mi). Perigee: 390 km (240 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.60 min. Released from the J-SSOD cubesat deployer outside the ISS Kibo module's equipment airlock by the JEM-RMS robot arm..
  • We Wish - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Cubesat. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-03-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 38856 . COSPAR: 1998-067CS. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi). Perigee: 375 km (233 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.30 min. Released from ISS Kibo module..
  • Niwaka - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Cubesat. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-07-04 . USAF Sat Cat: 38853 . COSPAR: 1998-067CP. Apogee: 410 km (250 mi). Perigee: 390 km (240 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.60 min. Released from ISS Kibo module..
  • TechEdSat - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Cubesat. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-05-05 . USAF Sat Cat: 38854 . COSPAR: 1998-067CQ. Apogee: 406 km (252 mi). Perigee: 385 km (239 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.50 min. Released from ISS Kibo module. 1U cubesat for San Jose State University. Mission: SPA hardware and software, inter-satellite communication link analysis ..
  • F-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Vietnam. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Cubesat. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-05-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 38855 . COSPAR: 1998-067CR. Apogee: 407 km (252 mi). Perigee: 386 km (239 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.50 min. Released from ISS Kibo module..

2012 October 4 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(4,2).
  • USA 239 - . Payload: Navstar 67 / GPS SVN 65 /IIF-3 / SV-1 Arcturus. 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: 38833 . COSPAR: 2012-053A. Apogee: 20,192 km (12,546 mi). Perigee: 20,174 km (12,535 mi). Inclination: 55.0000 deg. Period: 718.00 min.

    Third GPS Block IIF satellite, spacecraft 65; replaced SVN 39 in the Navstar constellation. The upper stage and payload first entered a 163 km x 394 km x 41.6 deg parking orbit, followed by a 254 km x 20448 km x 43.3 deg transfer orbit and then a third burn into the final 20426 km x 20481 km x 55.0 deg circular orbit where the satellite was deployed. The RL-10 second stage engine operated at lower than planned thrust during the first two burns, but onboard software compensated by increasing the duration of the engine firings.


2013 October 4 - . 05:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-ER FTM-22 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). ABM Target - Aegis Readiness Assessment Vehicle-Extended Range.

2013 October 4 - . 05:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Pad: USS Lake Erie. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard. Launch Vehicle: SM-3-IB.
  • Aegis KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Anti-ballistic missile.


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