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2002 Worldwide Space Launches
No.      Date      Mission
Designation
Launch
Vehicle
Country
of Launch
Payload
Type
Notes
1. Jan. 16 Milstar FLT-5 Titan-4B Centaur US/Mil. Comsat  
2. Jan. 23 Insat 3C (India) Ariane 4 Europe/Comm. Comsat  
3. Feb. 4 MDS-1
DASH
H-2A Japan/NASDA TechDemo
TechDemo
 
4. Feb. 5 HESSI Pegasus XL US/NASA SolarAstronomy  
5. Feb. 11 Iridium 90
Iridium 91
Iridium 94
Iridium 95
Iridium 96
Delta 2 US/Comm. Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
 
6. Feb. 21 Echostar 7 Atlas 3B US/Comm. Comsat  
7. Feb. 23 Intelsat 904 Ariane 4 Europe/Comm. Comsat  
8. Feb. 25 Kosmos-2387 Soyuz-U Russia/Mil. Reconnaissance  
9. March 1 Envisat Ariane 5 (G) Europe/ESA EnvirMonit  
10. March 1 STS-109/Columbia Shuttle US/NASA crewed (7) HST SM-3B
11. March 8 TDRS 9 (I) Atlas 2A Centaur US/Comm. DataRelay  
12. March 17 GRACE 1 (Tom)
GRACE 2 (Jerry)
Rockot Russia/Comm. GeoScience  
13. March 21 Progress M1-8 (#257) Soyuz-U Russia/RSA ISS Cargo ISS 7P
14. March 25 Shenzhou 3 Long March 2F
(Chang Zhen 2F)
P.R. of China Spaceship  
15. March 29

Astra 3A (Europe)
JCSAT-8 (Japan)

Ariane 4 (V149) Europe/Comm. Comsat
Comsat
 
16. March 30 Intelsat 903 Proton-K/DM3 Russia/Comm. Comsat  
17. April 1 Kosmos-2388 Molniya-M Russia/Mil. EarlyWarning  
18. April 8 STS-110/Atlantis Shuttle (ISS 8A) US/NASA Crewed (7)  
19. April 16 NSS-7 Ariane 4 (V150) Europe/Comm. Comsat  
20. April 25 Soyuz TM-34 Soyuz U Russia/RSA ISS Taxi (3) ISS 4S
21. May 4

SPOT 4
Idefix

Ariane 4 (V151) Europe/Comm.

Imaging
AmateurRadio

 
22. May 4 Aqua Delta 2 US/NASA RemoteSensing  
23. May 7 DirecTV-5 Proton-K/DM3 Russia/Comm. Comsat  
24. May 15 Fengyun-1D
Haiyang-1
Long March 4B (Chang Zheng 4B) P.R. of China Weather
RemoteSensing
 
25. May 28 'Ofeq-5 Shaviyt Israel Imaging  
26. May 28 Kosmos-2389 Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil. NavSat  
27. June 5 Intelsat 905 Ariane 4 (V152) Europe/Comm. Comsat  
28. June 5 STS-111/Endeavour Shuttle (ISS UF-2) US/NASA Crewed (7) CrewRot
29. June 10 Ekspress A1R Proton-K/DM2M Russia/Civ. Comsat  
30. June 15 Galaxy 3C

Zenit-3SL
(sea launch)

US/Comm. Comsat  
31. June 20 Iridium SV97
Iridium SV98
Rokot/Briz-KM Russia/Comm. Comsat
Comsat
 
32. June 24 NOAA 17 (-M) Titan 2 US/NASA Weather  
33. June 26 Progress M-46 Soyuz-U Russia/RSA ISS Cargo ISS 8P
34. July 3 CONTOUR Delta 2 US/NASA Comet Probe  
35. July 5 Stellat 5
NStar c (Japan)
Ariane 5 Europe/Comm. Comsat
Comsat
 
36. July 8 Kosmos-2390
Kosmos-2391
Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil. Comsat
Comsat
 
37. July 25 Kosmos-2392 Proton-K/DM5 Russia/Mil. Imaging  
38. August 21 Hot Bird 6 (France) Atlas V US/Comm. Comsat 1st
39. August 22 EchoStar 8 Proton-K/DM3 Russia/Comm. Comsat  
40. August 27

Atlantic Bird 1
MSG-1

Ariane 5 Europe/Comm. Comsat
Weather
 
41. Sept. 6 Intelsat 906 Ariane 4 Europe/Comm. Comsat  
42. Sept. 10 DRTS
USERS
H2A 2024 Japan/NASDA Comsat
Micro-G
 
43. Sept. 12 METSAT PSLV India/ISRO Weather  
44. Sept. 15 Tsinghua-2 ?? KT (Kaituozhe)-1 China/Civil Technology ? failed
45. Sept. 18 Hispasat 1D (Spain) Atlas 2A Centaur US/Comm. Comsat  
46. Sept. 25 Progress M1-9 Soyuz-FG Russia/RSA ISS Cargo ISS 9P
47. Sept. 26 Nadezhda-M Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil. NavSat  
48. Oct. 7 STS-112/Atlantis Shuttle (ISS 9A) US/NASA Crewed (6)  
49. Oct. 15 Foton M-1 Soyuz-U Russia/Comm. Micrograv failed
50. Oct. 17 INTEGRAL (ESA) Proton-K Russia Astrophys  
51. Oct. 27 Zi Yuan 2 (ZY-2) Long March 4B
(Chang Zhen 4B)
P.R. of China Imaging  
52. Oct. 30 Soyuz TMA-1/211 Soyuz-FG Russia/RSA ISS Taxi (3) ISS 5S
53. Nov. 20 Eutelsat W5 Delta 4 US/Comm. Comsat 1st
54. Nov. 23 STS-113/Endeavour Shuttle (ISS 11A) US/NASA Crewed (7)  
55. Nov. 25 Astra 1K Proton-K Russia/Comm. Comsat failed
56. Nov. 28 AlSAT-1 (Algeria)
Mozhaets
Rubin-3-DSI
Kosmos-3M Russia Imaging
Technology
Technology
 
57. Dec. 5 TDRS 10 (J) Atlas 2A/Centaur US/Comm. Comsat  
58. Dec. 11

Stentor
Hotbird 7

Ariane 5 ECA Europe/Com.

Comsat
Comsat

failed
59. Dec. 14

Midori-2 (ADEOS-2)
WEOS (Whale EOS)
FedSat (Australia)
MicroLabSat

H-2A Japan/NASDA

RemoteSensing
RemoteSensing
Technology
Technology

 
60. Dec. 17 NSS-6 Ariane 4 Europe/Com. Comsat  
61. Dec. 20

Trailblazer (USA)
Latinsat-A (Argentina)
Latinsat-B (Argentina)
Saudisat-1C (Saudi A.)
Unisat-2 (Italy)
Rubin-2 (Germany)

Dnepr 1 Russia/Com.

Dummy
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Technology
Technology

 
62. Dec. 24 Kosmos-2393 Molniya-M Russia/Mil. EarlyWarn  
63. Dec. 25

Kosmos-2394 (GLONASS)
Kosmos-2395 (GLONASS)
Kosmos-2396 (GLONASS)

Proton-M/DM-2 Russia/Mil.

Navigation
Navigation
Navigation

 
64. Dec. 29 Shenzhou 4 Long March 2F
(Chang Zhen 2F)
P.R. of China. Spaceship  
65. Dec. 30 Nimiq 2 (Canada) Proton-M/Briz-M Russia/Com. Comsat