1953 in spaceflight

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

Launches

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
Payload
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks

February

10 February
21:09
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 NRL
NRL Suborbital Mass spectrometry10 FebruarySuccessful
Apogee: 137 kilometres (85 mi)
12 February
07:09
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 NRL
NRL Suborbital Mass spectrometry12 FebruarySuccessful
Apogee: 137 kilometres (85 mi)
18 February
06:50
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 US Air Force
GRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy18 FebruarySuccessful
Apogee: 109 kilometres (68 mi)
18 February
06:50
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Test18 FebruarySuccessful
Apogee: 117 kilometres (73 mi)

March

1 March R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test1 MarchSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
5 March R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test5 MarchSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
15 March R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test15 MarchLaunch failure
Maiden flight of R-5 Pobeda
18 March R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test18 MarchLaunch failure
19 March R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test19 MarchSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

April

2 April R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test2 AprilSuccessful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
8 April R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test8 AprilLaunch failure
14 April
15:47
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Test14 AprilSuccessful
Apogee: 122 kilometres (76 mi)
18 April R-11 Zemlya Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test18 AprilSuccessful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi), maiden flight of R-11
23 April
19:33
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 US Air Force
SPHERE US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy23 AprilSuccessful
Apogee: 124 kilometres (77 mi)
24 April
10:19
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 US Air Force
GRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy24 AprilSuccessful
Apogee: 108 kilometres (67 mi)
April R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

May

11 May R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test19 MarchSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
20 May
14:04
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
Airglow-3 ARDC Suborbital Aeronomy20 MaySuccessful
Apogee: 114 kilometres (71 mi)
21 May
15:47
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
Airglow-4 ARDC Suborbital Aeronomy21 MaySuccessful
Apogee: 114 kilometres (71 mi)
23 May R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test23 MaySuccessful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
May R-11 Zemlya Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
May R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
May R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

June

3 June R-11 Zemlya Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test3 JuneSuccessful
Apogee: 150 kilometres (93 mi)
26 June
19:10
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric26 JuneSuccessful
Apogee: 135 kilometres (84 mi)

July

1 July
17:52
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric1 JulySuccessful
Apogee: 138 kilometres (86 mi)
6 July R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test6 JulySuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
14 July
15:30
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Solar UV14 JulySuccessful
Apogee: 103 kilometres (64 mi)
18 July
22:27
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-1 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric18 JulyLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
19 July
10:30
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-2 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric19 JulyLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
19 July
15:53
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-3 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric19 JulyLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
19 July
21:57
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-4 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric19 JulyLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
24 July
16:40
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-5 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric24 JulyLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)

August

3 August
18:28
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-7 US Navy
SUI-14 US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric3 AugustLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
6 August
15:07
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-8 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric6 AugustLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
9 August
05:54
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-10 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric9 AugustSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
9 August
19:15
Deacon Rockoon USS Staten Island, AO-11 LP-23 US Navy
NRL Suborbital Aeronomy9 AugustLaunch failure
Apogee: 38 kilometres (24 mi)
30 August
14:00
Deacon Rockoon USS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-11 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric30 AugustLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
30 August
16:20
Deacon Rockoon USS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-12 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric30 AugustLaunch failure
Apogee: 11 kilometres (6.8 mi)
30 August
20:46
Deacon Rockoon USS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-13 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric30 AugustSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

September

1 September
05:05
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 US Air Force
GRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy1 SeptemberSuccessful
Apogee: 108 kilometres (67 mi)
3 September
11:51
Deacon Rockoon USS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-15 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric3 SeptemberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
3 September
14:05
Deacon Rockoon USS Eastwind, AO-11 LP-16 US Navy
US Navy Suborbital Aeronomy/Ionospheric3 SeptemberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
5 September
05:36
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 US Air Force
GRENADES US Air Force Suborbital Aeronomy5 SeptemberSuccessful
Apogee: 114 kilometres (71 mi)
15 September
15:02
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
Airglow-5 ARDC Suborbital Aeronomy15 SeptemberLaunch failure
Apogee: 32 kilometres (20 mi)

October

7 October
17:00
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Solar7 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
10 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test10 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
16 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test16 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
17 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test17 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
19 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test19 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
20 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test20 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
26 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test26 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
27 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test27 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
28 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test28 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
28 October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test28 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
30 October R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test30 OctoberSuccessful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
October R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)

November

2 November
18:32
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric2 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 120 kilometres (75 mi)
3 November
18:15
Aerobee Holloman LC-A ARDC
ARDC Suborbital Ionospheric3 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 121 kilometres (75 mi)
12 November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test12 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
15 November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test15 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
15 November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test15 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
19 November
22:40
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 NRL
NRL Suborbital Aeronomy/Solar19 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 112 kilometres (70 mi)
24 November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test24 NovemberSuccessful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November R-1 Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 100 kilometres (62 mi)
November R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
November R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
November R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
November R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

December

1 December
15:30
Aerobee White Sands LC-35 NRL
NRL Suborbital Aeronomy/Solar1 DecemberSuccessful
Apogee: 129 kilometres (80 mi)
9 December R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test9 DecemberSuccessful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)
December R-5 Pobeda Kapustin Yar OKB-1
OKB-1 Suborbital Missile test Successful
Apogee: 300 kilometres (190 mi)

References

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  • Clark, Stephen. "Spaceflight Now".
  • Kelso, T.S. "Satellite Catalog (SATCAT)". CelesTrak.
  • Krebs, Gunter. "Chronology of Space Launches".
  • Kyle, Ed. "Space Launch Report".
  • McDowell, Jonathan. "Jonathan's Space Report".
  • Pietrobon, Steven. "Steven Pietrobon's Space Archive".
  • Wade, Mark. "Encyclopedia Astronautica".
  • Webb, Brian. "Southwest Space Archive".
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  • "ISS Calendar". Spaceflight 101.
  • "NSSDCA Master Catalog". NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • "Space Calendar". NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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  • "Хроника освоения космоса" [Chronicle of space exploration]. CosmoWorld (in Russian).
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