1952 in spaceflight

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This is a list of spaceflight-related events which occurred in 1952.


Launches[edit]

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Launch site LSP
Payload Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks

January[edit]

30 January
20:45
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1a United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC/Utah Suborbital Ionospheric 30 January Launch failure

February[edit]

19 February
14:49
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1c United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
United StatesAirglow ARDC Suborbital 19 February Launch failure

April[edit]

22 April
17:28
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1 United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric 22 April Successful
Apogee: 116 kilometres (72 mi)
30 April
13:30
United StatesAerobee RTV-N-10 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Navy
NRL Suborbital UV Astronomy 30 April Successful
Apogee: 128 kilometres (80 mi)

May[edit]

1 May
14:59
United StatesAerobee RTV-N-10 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Navy
NRL Suborbital UV Astronomy 1 May Successful
Apogee: 126 kilometres (78 mi)
5 May
13:44
United StatesAerobee RTV-N-10 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Navy
NRL Suborbital UV Astronomy 5 May Successful
Apogee: 137 kilometres (85 mi)
20 May
16:06
GermanyV-2 United StatesWhite Sands LC-33 United StatesUS Army
US Army Suborbital 20 May Successful
Project Hermes launch, apogee: 124 kilometres (77 mi)

June[edit]

6 June
17:30
United StatesViking United StatesWhite Sands ALA-1 United StatesUS Navy
United StatesViking 8 NRL Suborbital Solar 6 June Launch failure
Accidentally launched during static fire ground test
18 June
17:50
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1 United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital 18 June Successful
Apogee: 137 kilometres (85 mi)
30 June
14:32
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1 United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
United StatesAirglow 1 ARDC Suborbital 30 June Successful
Apogee: 101 kilometres (63 mi)

August[edit]

1 August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 1 August Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
8 August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 8 August Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi) First launch of production quality assurance test.
20 August GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 20 August Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
21 August GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 21 August Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
25 August GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 25 August Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
26 August
18:53
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1a United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC/Utah Suborbital Ionospheric 26 August Launch failure
Apogee: 32 kilometres (20 mi)
August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
August GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)

September[edit]

1 September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 1 September Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
3 September
14:49
United StatesAerobee RTV-N-10 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Navy
United StatesSunfollower NRL Suborbital 3 September Successful
Apogee: 106 kilometres (66 mi)
18 September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 18 September Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
19 September
15:49
GermanyV-2 United StatesWhite Sands LC-33 United StatesUS Army
US Army Suborbital 19 September Launch failure
Final flight of V-2, project Hermes launch, apogee: 7 kilometres (4.3 mi)
25 September
03:50
United StatesAerobee XASR-SC-1 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Army
United StatesGRENADES US Army Suborbital 25 September Successful
Apogee: 117 kilometres (73 mi)
September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
September GermanySoviet UnionR-2 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Unknown
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)

October[edit]

10 October
14:24
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1 United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital 10 October Successful
Apogee: 101 kilometres (63 mi)
22 October
14:35
United StatesAerobee RTV-A-1 United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
United StatesT-day ARDC Suborbital 22 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
23 October
03:45
United StatesAerobee XASR-SC-2 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Army
United StatesGRENADES US Army Suborbital 23 October Successful
Apogee: 112 kilometres (70 mi)
29 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 29 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
30 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 30 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
30 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 30 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

November[edit]

21 November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 21 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

December[edit]

11 December
23:47
United StatesAerobee XASR-SC-1 United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Army
United StatesSPHERE US Army Suborbital 11 December Successful
Apogee: 105 kilometres (65 mi)
15 December
21:38
United StatesViking United StatesWhite Sands NLA-1 United StatesUS Navy
United StatesViking 9 NRL Suborbital Solar 15 December Successful
Apogee: 217 kilometres (135 mi)

References[edit]

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Footnotes[edit]