1953 in spaceflight

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1953 in spaceflight
Deacon Rockoon.jpg
Launch of a Deacon Rockoon, several such launches occurred in 1953

This is a list of spaceflight related events which occurred in 1953.


Launches[edit]

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

February[edit]

10 February
21:09
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesNRL
NRL Suborbital Mass spectrometry 10 February Successful
Apogee: 137 kilometres (85 mi)
12 February
07:09
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesNRL
NRL Suborbital Mass spectrometry 12 February Successful
Apogee: 137 kilometres (85 mi)
18 February
06:50
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Air Force
United StatesGRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy 18 February Successful
Apogee: 109 kilometres (68 mi)
18 February
06:50
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Test 18 February Successful
Apogee: 117 kilometres (73 mi)

March[edit]

1 March GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 1 March Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
5 March GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 5 March Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
15 March Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 15 March Launch failure
Maiden flight of R-5 Pobeda
18 March Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 18 March Launch failure
19 March GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 19 March Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

April[edit]

2 April Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 2 April Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
8 April Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 8 April Launch failure
14 April
15:47
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Test 14 April Successful
Apogee: 122 kilometres (76 mi)
18 April Soviet UnionR-11 Zemlya Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 18 April Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), maiden flight of R-11
23 April
19:33
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Air Force
United StatesSPHERE US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy 23 April Successful
Apogee: 124 kilometres (77 mi)
24 April
10:19
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Air Force
United StatesGRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy 24 April Successful
Apogee: 108 kilometres (67 mi)
April Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

May[edit]

11 May GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 19 March Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
20 May
14:04
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
United StatesAirglow-3 ARDC Suborbital Aeronomy 20 May Successful
Apogee: 114 kilometres (71 mi)
21 May
15:47
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
United StatesAirglow-4 ARDC Suborbital Aeronomy 21 May Successful
Apogee: 114 kilometres (71 mi)
23 May Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 23 May Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
May Soviet UnionR-11 Zemlya Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
May Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
May Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

June[edit]

3 June Soviet UnionR-11 Zemlya Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 3 June Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
26 June
19:10
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric 26 June Successful
Apogee: 135 kilometres (84 mi)

July[edit]

1 July
17:52
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric 1 July Successful
Apogee: 138 kilometres (86 mi)
6 July GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 6 July Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
14 July
15:30
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Solar UV 14 July Successful
Apogee: 103 kilometres (64 mi)
18 July
22:27
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-1 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 18 July Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
19 July
10:30
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-2 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 19 July Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
19 July
15:53
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-3 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 19 July Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
19 July
21:57
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-4 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 19 July Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
24 July
16:40
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-5 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 24 July Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)

August[edit]

3 August
18:28
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-7 United StatesUS Navy
United StatesSUI-14 US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 3 August Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
6 August
15:07
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-8 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 6 August Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
9 August
05:54
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-10 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 9 August Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
9 August
19:15
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-23 United StatesUS Navy
NRL Suborbital Aeronomy 9 August Launch failure
Apogee: 38 kilometres (24 mi)
30 August
14:00
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-11 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 30 August Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
30 August
16:20
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-12 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 30 August Launch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
30 August
20:46
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-13 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 30 August Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

September[edit]

1 September
05:05
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Air Force
United StatesGRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy 1 September Successful
Apogee: 108 kilometres (67 mi)
3 September
11:51
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-15 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 3 September Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
3 September
14:05
United StatesDeacon Rockoon United StatesUSS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-16 United StatesUS Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric 3 September Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
5 September
05:36
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesUS Air Force
United StatesGRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy 5 September Successful
Apogee: 114 kilometres (71 mi)
15 September
15:02
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
United StatesAirglow-5 ARDC Suborbital Aeronomy 15 September Launch failure
Apogee: 32 kilometres (20 mi)

October[edit]

7 October
17:00
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Solar 7 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
10 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 10 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
16 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 16 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
17 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 17 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
19 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 19 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
20 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 20 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
26 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 26 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
27 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 27 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
28 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 28 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
28 October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 28 October Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
30 October Soviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 30 October Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
October GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

November[edit]

2 November
18:32
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric 2 November Successful
Apogee: 120 kilometres (75 mi)
3 November
18:15
United StatesAerobee United StatesHolloman LC-A United StatesARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric 3 November Successful
Apogee: 121 kilometres (75 mi)
12 November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 12 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
15 November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 15 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
15 November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 15 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
19 November
22:40
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesNRL
NRL Suborbital Aeronomy/Solar 19 November Successful
Apogee: 112 kilometres (70 mi)
24 November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 24 November Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-1 Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
November GermanySoviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

December[edit]

1 December
15:30
United StatesAerobee United StatesWhite Sands LC-35 United StatesNRL
NRL Suborbital Aeronomy/Solar 1 December Successful
Apogee: 129 kilometres (80 mi)
9 December GermanySoviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test 9 December Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
December GermanySoviet UnionR-5 Pobeda Soviet UnionKapustin Yar Soviet UnionOKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test   Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

References[edit]

Generic references:

Footnotes[edit]