1987 in spaceflight

The following is an outline of 1987 in spaceflight.

1987 in spaceflight
The Atlas H launches on its final flight
Orbital launches
First5 January
Last29 December
Total115
Catalogued110
National firsts
Space traveller Syria
Rockets
Maiden flightsASLV
Energia
RetirementsAtlas H
N-II
Titan III(34)B
Crewed flights
Orbital3
Total travellers8

Launches

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
Payload
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks
5 February
21:38:16
Soyuz-U2 Baikonur Site 1/5
Soyuz TM-2 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EO-230 July
01:04:12
Successful
Manned flight launching two cosmonauts and landing three, first manned flight of Soyuz-TM
12 February
06:40
Titan 34B/Agena-D Vandenberg SLC-4W U.S. Air Force
SDS-1 F-6[2] U.S. Air Force Molniya CommunicationsIn orbitSuccessful
Final flight of the Titan IIIB rocket. Final use of the RM-81 Agena upper stage in any rocket.
26 February
23:05
Delta 3914 Cape Canaveral LC-17A
GOES 7 NOAA Geostationary WeatherIn orbitOperational
20 March
23:05
Delta-3920 Cape Canaveral LC-17
Palapa B2-P PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara ? CommunicationsIn orbitSuccessful
31 March
00:16:16
Proton-K Baikonur Site 200/39
Kvant-1 1991–2001: Roskosmos Low Earth (Mir) Mir module23 March 2001
05:59:36
Successful
Kvant FSB Low Earth (Kvant-1) Space tug25 August 1988Successful
15 May
17:30:01
Energia Baikonur Site 250
Polyus Intended: Low Earth Weapons tests
Technology
15 MayLaunch failure
Maiden flight of Energia, computer error resulted in spacecraft attempting to perform circularisation burn in a retrograde orientation, failed to orbit
8 June RH-300 Mk II Sriharikota ISRO
ISRO Suborbital Engineering test8 JuneSuccessful
First flight of the RH-300 Mk II, reached an altitude of 130 km (80 miles)
22 July
01:59:17
Soyuz-U2 Baikonur Site 1/5
Soyuz TM-3 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EP-129 December
09:16:15
Successful
Manned flight with three cosmonauts, first Syrian in space, carried replacement for ill EO-2 crewmember
21 November
02:19:00
Ariane 2 Kourou ELA-2 Arianespace
TV-SAT 1 Deutsche Bundespost Current: Graveyard
Operational: Geosynchronous
CommunicationsIn orbitSpacecraft failure
Immediately after launch, one of its solar panels failed to deploy, and as a result of this the main uplink antenna, which was located behind the solar panel, could not deploy either. Briefly used to verify the systems of the Spacebus 300 satellite bus before being retired to a graveyard orbit.
21 December
11:18:03
Soyuz-U2 Baikonur Site 1/5
Soyuz TM-4 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EO-317 June 1988
10:12:32
Successful
Manned flight with three cosmonauts

Deep-space rendezvous

There were no deep-space rendezvous in 1987.

References

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