Timeline of first satellites by country

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As of December 2013, sixty-one countries have operated artificial satellites; the first being the Soviet Union in 1957 with Sputnik 1.

   Denotes international organisations
   Denotes countries formerly part of another country which already had a spacecraft in orbit
   Denotes countries with disputed sovereignty or recognition and autonomous dependent territories
Country Satellite Operator Manufacturer Carrier rocket[1] Launch site[1] Date (UTC)[1] Remarks
 Soviet Union Sputnik 1[2] OKB-1 Soviet Union OKB-1 Soviet Union Sputnik 8K71PS Soviet Union Baikonur 4 October 1957
 United States Explorer 1[3] ABMA United States ABMA United States Juno I United States Cape Canaveral 1 February 1958
 United Kingdom Ariel 1[4] RAE United States NASA United States Thor DM-19 Delta United States Cape Canaveral 26 April 1962
 Canada Alouette 1[5] Canada United States Thor DM-21 Agena-B United States Vandenberg 29 September 1962
 Italy San Marco 1[6] Italy CRA[6] United States Scout X-4 United States Wallops Island 15 December 1964
 France Astérix[7] CNES France CNES France Diamant A Algeria Hammaguir 26 November 1965
 Australia WRESAT[8] WRE Australia WRE United States Sparta Australia Woomera 29 November 1967
 Europe ESRO-2B[9] ESRO United Kingdom Hawker Siddeley[9] United States Scout B United States Vandenberg 17 May 1968[10]
 West Germany Azur[11] Germany United States Scout B United States Vandenberg 8 November 1969
 Japan Osumi[12] ISAS Japan Japan Lambda-4S Japan Kagoshima 11 February 1970
 People's Republic of China Dongfanghong I[13] China China Chang Zheng 1 China Jiuquan 24 April 1970
 Netherlands ANS[14] United States Scout D-1 United States Vandenberg 30 August 1974
 Spain Intasat[14] INTA United States Delta 2310 United States Vandenberg 15 November 1974
 India Aryabhata[14] ISRO Soviet Union Kosmos-3M Soviet Union Kapustin Yar 19 April 1975
 Indonesia Palapa A1[14] Perumtel United States Hughes United States Delta 2914 United States Cape Canaveral 8 July 1976
 Czechoslovakia Magion 1[14] Soviet Union Soviet Union Kosmos-3M Soviet Union Plesetsk 24 October 1978
 Bulgaria Bulgaria 1300[14] Soviet Union Soviet Union Vostok-2M Soviet Union Plesetsk 7 August 1981
 Saudi Arabia Arabsat-1A Arabsat France Aérospatiale Europe Ariane 3 France Kourou 8 February 1985
 Brazil Brasilsat A1[14] Embratel United States Hughes
 Mexico Morelos 1[14] United States Hughes United States Space Shuttle Discovery United States Kennedy 17 June 1985 Deployed using PAM-D during STS-51-G
 Sweden Viking SSC United StatesSweden Boeing/Saab Europe Ariane 1 France Kourou 22 February 1986
 Israel Ofek-1 Israel IAI Israel Shavit Israel Palmachim 19 September 1988
 Luxembourg Astra 1A SES Astra United States GE Astrospace Europe Ariane 44LP France Kourou 11 December 1988
 Argentina Lusat AMSAT Argentina Europe Ariane 40 France Kourou 22 January 1990
 Hong Kong AsiaSat 1 AsiaSat United States Hughes China Chang Zheng 3 China Xichang 7 April 1990 Hong Kong, a British Overseas Territory, became part of the People's Republic of China in July 1997
 Pakistan Badr-1 SUPARCO Pakistan SUPARCO China Chang Zheng 2E China Xichang 16 July 1990
 Russia Kosmos 2175 Russia Russia Soyuz-U Russia Plesetsk 21 January 1992 Successor state to the Soviet Union
 South Korea Kitsat-1 KAIST United Kingdom SSTL Europe Ariane 42P France Kourou 10 August 1992
 Portugal PoSAT-1 PoSAT United Kingdom SSTL Europe Ariane 40 France Kourou 26 September 1993
 Thailand Thaicom-1 Shin Satellite United States Hughes Europe Ariane 44L France Kourou 18 December 1993
 Turkey Turksat 1B Turksat France Aérospatiale Europe Ariane 44LP France Kourou 10 August 1994
 Czech Republic Magion 4 Czech Republic Russia Molniya-M Russia Plesetsk 2 August 1995 Formerly part of Czechoslovakia
 Ukraine Sich-1 Ukraine Tsyklon-3 Russia Plesetsk 31 August 1995 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
 Chile Fasat-Alfa United Kingdom SSTL Failed to separate
 Malaysia MEASAT-1 MEASAT United States Hughes Europe Ariane 44L France Kourou 13 January 1996
 Norway Thor 2 Telenor United States Hughes United States Delta II 7925 United States Cape Canaveral 20 May 1997
 Philippines Mabuhay 1 Mabuhay United States SS/Loral China Chang Zheng 3B China Xichang 19 August 1997
 Egypt Nilesat 101 Nilesat Europe Astrium Europe Ariane 44P France Kourou 28 April 1998
 Singapore
 Republic of China
ST-1 SingTel
Chunghwa
Europe Astrium Europe Ariane 44P France Kourou 25 August 1998
 Republic of China Formosat-1 NSPO United States TRW United States Athena I United States Cape Canaveral 27 January 1999
 South Africa SUNSAT Stellenbosch South Africa Stellenbosch United States Delta II 7920 United States Vandenberg 23 February 1999 Launched on same rocket as first Danish satellite
 Denmark Ørsted Denmark CRI Launched on same rocket as first South African satellite
 United Arab Emirates Thuraya 1 Thuraya United States Boeing Ukraine Zenit-3SL United Nations Odyssey 21 October 2000
 Morocco Maroc-Tubsat Germany TU Berlin Ukraine Zenit-2 Kazakhstan Baikonur 10 December 2001
 Algeria AlSAT-1 United Kingdom SSTL Russia Kosmos-3M Russia Plesetsk 28 November 2002
 Greece Hellas-Sat 2 Hellas-Sat European Union Astrium United States Atlas V 401 United States Cape Canaveral 13 May 2003
 Nigeria NigeriaSat-1 United Kingdom SSTL Russia Kosmos-3M Russia Plesetsk 27 September 2003
 Iran Sina-1 Russia NPO Polyot Russia Kosmos-3M Russia Plesetsk 27 October 2005
 Kazakhstan KazSat-1 Russia Khrunichev Russia Proton-M/DM3 Kazakhstan Baikonur 17 June 2006 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
 Colombia Libertad-1 United StatesColombia Ukraine Dnepr-1 Kazakhstan Baikonur 17 April 2007
 Mauritius Rascom-QAF 1 Rascom France Alcatel Europe Ariane 5GS France Kourou 21 December 2007
 Vietnam Vinasat-1 United States Lockheed Martin Europe Ariane 5ECA France Kourou 18 April 2008
 Venezuela Venesat-1 China CAST China Chang Zheng 3B/E China Xichang 29 October 2008
  Switzerland SwissCube-1 Switzerland India PSLV-CA India Satish Dhawan 23 September 2009
 Singapore X-Sat South Korea SATREC India PSLV-C India Satish Dhawan 20 April 2011
 Hungary MaSat-1[15] Hungary European Union Vega France Kourou 13 February 2012
 Poland PW-Sat[15]
 Romania Goliat[15] United StatesRomania
 Belarus BelKA-2[16][17] Russia Russia Soyuz-FG/Fregat Kazakhstan Baikonur 22 July 2012
 North Korea Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2[18] North Korea North Korea Unha-3 North Korea Sohae 12 December 2012 Failed to operate in orbit
 Azerbaijan Azerspace-1/Africasat-1a[19] United States Orbital Sciences Europe Ariane 5ECA France Kourou 7 February 2013 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
 Austria TUGSAT-1/UniBRITE[20] Canada UTAIS India PSLV-CA India Satish Dhawan 25 February 2013 Austria's first two satellites were launched together
 Ecuador NEE-01 Pegaso[21] EXA Ecuador EXA China Chang Zheng 2D China Jiuquan 26 April 2013
 Estonia ESTCube-1 Estonia European Union Vega France Kourou 7 May 2013 Formerly part of the Soviet Union
 Jersey O3b-1, O3b-2, O3b-3, O3b-4 O3b Networks France Thales Alenia Space Russia Soyuz-STB/Fregat-MT France Kourou 25 June 2013 Jersey's first four satellites were launched together. Jersey is a Crown Dependency of the British sovereign
 Peru PUCP-Sat 1 Peru Ukraine Dnepr Russia Dombarovsky 21 November 2013
 Bolivia Túpac Katari 1 China CAST China Chang Zheng 3B/E China Xichang 20 December 2013
 Lithuania LitSat-1/Lituanica SAT-1 Lithuania United States Antares 120 United States MARS LP-0A 9 January 2014 The first two Lithuanian satellites were launched together; both will be carried to the International Space Station and deployed later in the year. Lithuania was formerly part of the Soviet Union.
 Iraq Tigrisat Italy Ukraine Dnepr Russia Dombarovsky 19 June 2014
 Uruguay ANTELSAT

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