1988 in spaceflight

The following is an outline of 1988 in spaceflight.

1988 in spaceflight
Space Shuttle Discovery launches on STS-26R, the first US manned spaceflight after the Challenger accident
Orbital launches
First6 January
Last29 December
Total121
Catalogued116
National firsts
Satellite Israel
 Luxembourg
Orbital launch Israel
Space traveller Afghanistan
Rockets
Maiden flightsAriane 4
Long March 4A
Shavit
RetirementsEnergia
Titan 34D
Crewed flights
Orbital5
Total travellers19

Launches

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
Payload
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks
7 June
21:38:16
Soyuz-U2 Baikonur Site 1/5
Soyuz TM-5 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EP-27 September
00:48:38
Successful
Manned flight launching three cosmonauts and landing two, computer problems during deorbit nearly resulted in loss of crew, and delayed landing by one day
7 July
17:38
Proton-K Baikonur site LC200/39
Fobos 1 Intended: Areocentric
Actual: Heliocentric
Mars orbiterIn orbitSpacecraft failure
stationary lander Phobos landerIn orbitNever deployed
Loss of communication 2 September 1988 en route to Mars
12 July
17:01
Proton-K Baikonur site LC200/40
Fobos 2 Areocentric Mars orbiterIn orbitSpacecraft failure
stationary lander Phobos landerIn orbitNever deployed
"hopping" lander Phobos landerIn orbitNever deployed
Loss of communication 27 March 1989 near Phobos
29 August
04:23:11
Soyuz-U2 Baikonur Site 1/5
Soyuz TM-6 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EP-321 December
09:57:00
Successful
Manned flight with three cosmonauts, one remained on Mir as part of EO-3, first Afghan space traveller
29 September
15:37:00
Space Shuttle Discovery Kennedy LC-39B United Space Alliance
STS-26R NASA Low Earth Satellite deployment3 October
16:37:11
Successful
TDRS-3 (TDRS-C) NASA Geosynchronous CommunicationsIn orbitOperational
Manned flight with five astronauts, first US manned spaceflight after the Challenger accident in 1986, TDRS deployed using Inertial Upper Stage
15 November
03:00:02
Energia Baikonur Site 110/37
Buran 1K1 Low Earth Test flight06:26Successful
37KB No.3770 Low Earth (Buran) Test flightSuccessful
Unmanned test, only flight of Buran and final flight of Energia
26 November
14:49:34
Soyuz-U2 Baikonur Site 1/5
Soyuz TM-7 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EO-4/EP-427 April 1989
02:57:58
Successful
Manned flight with three cosmonauts
2 December
14:30:34
Space Shuttle Atlantis Kennedy LC-39B United Space Alliance
STS-27R NASA/NRO Low Earth Satellite deployment6 December
23:30:39
Successful
USA-34 (Lacrosse) NRO/CIA Low Earth Radar imaging25 March 1997Successful
Manned flight with five astronauts

Deep-space rendezvous

There were no deep-space rendezvous in 1988.

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