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2003 Worldwide Space Launches
No.      Date      Mission
Designation
Launch
Vehicle
Country
of Launch
Payload
Type
Notes
1. Jan. 6 Coriolis Titan 2 US/Mil. Environment  
2. Jan. 12

ICESAT
CHIPSat

Delta 2 US/NASA

Environment
Astronomy

 
3. Jan. 16 STS-107/ Columbia Shuttle US/NASA Crewed (7) Lost on 2/1
4. Jan. 25 SORCE Pegasus XL US/NASA SolarPhysics  
5. Jan. 29

GPS 2R-8
XSS-10

Delta 2 US/Mil.

Navigation
Technology

 
6. Feb. 2 Progress M-47 (247) Soyuz-U Russia/RSA ISS Cargo ISS 10P
7. Feb. 15 Intelsat 907 Ariane 4 Europe/Com. Comsat Last Ariane 4
8. March 11 DSCS III A-3 Delta 4 US/Mil. Comsat 2nd
9. March 28

IGS-1a
IGS-1b

H2A Japan/Mil.

Imaging
Radar

 
10. March 31 GPS SVN 45 Delta 2 US/Mil. Navigation  
11. Apr. 2 Molniya-1T Molniya-M Russia/Mil. Comsat  
12. Apr. 8 Milstar FLT-6 Titan-4B/Centaur US/Mil. Comsat  
13. Apr. 9

Galaxy 12 (USA)
Insat 3A (India)

Ariane 5 (G) Europe/Com.

Comsat
Comsat

 
14. Apr. 12 Asiasat 4 Atlas 3B/SEC US/Com. Comsat  
15. Apr. 24 Kosmos-2397 Proton-K/DM2 Russia/Mil. EarlyWarn  
16. Apr. 26 Soyuz TMA-2 Soyuz-FG Russia/RSA ISSCrewRot (2) ISS 6S
17. Apr. 28 GALEX Pegasus XL US/NASA UVAstronomy  
18. May 8 GSAT-2 GSLV D2 India Comsat 2nd
19. May 9

Hayabusa (Falcon)
(MUSES C)

M5 Japan AsteroidProbe  
20. May 13 Hellas Sat 2 (Greece) Atlas 5 US/Com. Comsat  
21. May 24 Beidou

Long March 3A (CZ-3A)

China Navigation  
22. June 2 Mars Express Soyuz-FG/Fregat Russia/Com. MarsProbe European Pld.
23. June 4 Kosmos-2398 Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil. Navigation  
24. June 6 AMC-9 (SES) Proton-K/Briz Russia/Com. Comsat  
25. June 8 Progress M1-10 (259) Soyuz-U Russia/RSA ISS Cargo ISS 11P
26. June 10 Thuraya-2 (UAE) Zenit 3SL US/Com. Comsat Sea Launch
27. June 10 MER-A "Spirit" Delta 2 US/NASA MarsProbe  
28. June 11

BSAT-2c (Japan)
Optus/Defence C1

Ariane 5G (generic) Europe/Com.

Comsat
Comsat

12th launch
29. June 19 Molniya-3 Molniya-M Russia/Gov. Comsat  
30. June 26 Orbview-3 Pegasus XL US/Com. Imaging  
31. June 30

Monitor-E mock-up
Mimosa (Czech.)
MOST (Canada)
Can X-1 (Canada)
Quakesat (USA)
Cubesat XI (Jap.)
CUTE-I (Japan)
AAU-Cubesat (Dmk)
DTUSat (Denmark)

Rokot Russia/Com.

Technology
Science
Astronomy
Technology
Science
Technology
Technology
Imaging
Tether Expmt.

 
32. July 7 MER-B "Opportunity" Delta 2 US/NASA MarsProbe  
33. July 17 Rainbow 1 Atlas 5 521 USW/Com. Comsat 1st launch
34. August 8

Echostar 9
(Telstar 13)

Zenit 3SL US/Com. Comsat Sea Launch
35. August 12 Kosmos-2399 Soyuz-U Russia/Mil. Imaging  
36. August 12 Scisat-1 (Canada) Pegasus XL US/Com. Aeronomy  
37. August 19

Kosmos-2400
Kosmos-2401

Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil.

Comsat
Comsat

 
38. August 25 SIRTF Delta 2 US/NASA IR Astronomy  
39. August 28 Progress M-48 (248) Soyuz-U Russia/RSA ISS Cargo ISS 12P
40. August 29 DSCS III B-6 Delta 4 US/Mil. Comsat  
41. Sept. 9 USA 171 Titan 4B/Centaur US/Mil. Sigint  
42. Sept. 16 PS2 KT-1 China Test failed
43. Sept. 27

STSat-1 (Korea)
UK-DMC (Engl.)
NigeriaSat-1
BILSAT-1 (Turkey)
Mozhaets-4
Larets
Rubin-4-DSI

Kosmos-3M Russia/Com.

EUVAstronomy
Imaging
Imaging
Imaging
Technology
Calibration
Test

 
44. Sept. 27

Insat 3E (India)
e-Bird (Europe)
SMART-1 (ESA)

Ariane 5G (516) Europe/Com. Comsat
Comsat
LunarProbe

 
45. Oct. 1 Galaxy 13/Horizons-1 Zenit-3SL US/Com. Comsat Sea Launch
46. Oct. 15 Shenzhou 5 Long March 2F (CZ-2F) China Spacecraft 1st manned
47. Oct. 17 IRS-P6 PSLV India Imaging "ResourceSat"
48. Oct. 18 Soyuz TMA-3 Soyuz-FG Russia/RSA ISSCrewRot (2+1) ISS 7S
49. Oct. 18 DMSP F16 Titan 2 US/Mil. Weather last Titan 2
50. Oct. 21

CBERS-2
CX-1

Long March 4B
(CZ-4B)

China

Imaging
Comsat

 
51. Oct. 30 SERVIS-1 (Japan) Rokot (UR100N) Russia TechDev  
52. Nov. 3

Jianbin-4 (JB-4)

Long March 2D
(CZ-2D)

China Micro-G FSW 3.1
53. Nov. 14 Zhongxing-20 Long March 3A (CZ-3A) China Comsat  
54. Nov. 24

Yamal-200 KA-1
Yamal-200 KA-2

Proton-K/DM2 Russia

Comsat
Comsat

for Gazkom Co.
55. Nov.29

IGS-2a
IGS-2b

H-IIA (2024) Japan

Imaging
Radarsat

failed
56. Dec. 2

NRO (USA-172?)
NRO (USA-173?)

Atlas 2AS US/Mil.

Sigint
Sigint

 
57. Dec. 5 Dummy Pld. Strela Russia LauncherTest "Gruzomaket"
58. Dec. 10

Kosmos-2402?
Kosmos-2403?
Kosmos-2404?
(3x Uragan)

Proton-K/DM2 Russia/.Mil.

Navigation
Navigation
Navigation

 
59. Dec. 18 UHF F/O F11 Atlas 3B US/Mil. Comsat  
60. Dec. 21 GPS SVN 47 Delta 2 US/Mil. Navigation  
61. Dec. 27 Amos-2 (Israel) Soyuz-FG Russia/Com. Comsat Fregat
62. Dec. 28 Ekspress AM-22 Proton-K/DM2 Russia/Com. Comsat  
63. Dec. 29

Tan Ce 1/DSP-E

Long March 2C
(CZ-2C)

China Science/Magn. jointly w/ESA