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2008 Worldwide Space Launches
No.
     Date      Mission
Designation
Launch
Vehicle
Country
of Launch
Payload
Type
Notes
1.
January 15 Thuraya-3 (UAE) Zenit-3 SL/SeaLaunch Russia++/Com Comsat Carrier 60% foreign
2.
January 21 Polaris (TecSAR-Israel) PSLV (C10) India/Mil. Radar  
3. January 28 Ekspress AM-33 Proton-M/Briz-M Russia/Com. Comsat  
4. February 5 Progress M-63 Soyuz-U Russia/FKA ISS Cargo 28P
5. February 7 STS-122/Atlantis Shuttle (ISS 1E) US/NASA Crewed (7) Columbus (ESA)
6. February 11 Thor-5 (Norway) Proton-M/Briz-M Russia/Com. Comsat  
7. February 23 WINDS/Kizuna (Japan) H2-A (2024) Japan/Com. Comsat Flight F14
8. March 9 ATV "Jules Verne" Ariane 5 ES Europe/ESA ISS Cargo first ATV
9. March 11 STS-123/Endeavour Shuttle (ISS 1J/A) US/NASA Crewed (7)

JLP Kibo, SPDM Dextre

10. March 13 NROL-28 Atlas 5 (411) US/Mil. Sigint  
11. March 14 AMC-14 Proton-M/Briz-M Russia/Com. Comsat failed
12. March 15 GPS IIR-19 M6 (48) Delta-2 7925 US/Mil. Navigation  
13. March 19 DirecTV-11 Zenit-3 SL/SeaLaunch
Russia++/Com Comsat Carrier 60% foreign
14. March 27 SAR-Lupe 4 (Germany) Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil. SAR-Radar  
15. April 8 Soyuz TMA-12 Soyuz-FG Russia/FKA ISS CrewRot (2+1) 16S (Yi So-Yeon)
16. April 14 ICO G1 Atlas 5 (421) US/Com. Comsat  
17. April 16 C/NOFS Pegasus XL US/Mil. Atm.Science  
18. April 18 Star One C2 (Brazil)
Vinasat 1 (Vietnam)
Ariane 5 ECA Europe/Com. Comsat
Comsat
 
19. April 25 Tian Lian 1 (China) Long March 3C (CZ-3C) China Comsat  
20. April 26 Galileo GIOVE-B (ESA) Soyuz-FG/Fregat Russia/Com. Navigation 2nd GNSS
21. April 28

Cartosat-2A (India)
IMS-1 (India Mini Sa -1)
+ 8 nano satellites

PSLV India RemoteSens
RemoteSens
TechDev
13th PSLV
22. April 28 AMOS-3 (Israel) Zenit-3SLB Russia/SLB Comsat Land Launch Baikonur
23. May 14 Progress M-64 Soyuz-U Russia/FKA ISS Cargo 29P
24. May 21 Galaxy 18 (Intelsat) Zenit-3SL Russia++/SL Comsat Sea Launch Odyssey
25. May 23 Kosmos-2437 (Gonets)
Kosmos-2438 (Gonets)
Kosmos-2439 (Gonets)
Yubileyniy
Rokot Russia/Mil. Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat (test)
 
26. May 27 FY-3A Long March 4C (CZ-4C) China Weather  
27. May 31 STS-124/Discovery Shuttle (ISS 1J) US/NASA Crewed (7) JPM Kibo, JEMRMS
28. June 10 Zhongxing 9 Long March 3B (CZ-3B) China Comsat  
29. June 11 GLAST Delta-2 7920H US/NASA Astronomy  
30. June 12 Skynet 5C (UK/mil.)
Turksat 3A (Turkey)
Ariane 5 ECA Europe/Com. Comsat
Comsat
 
31. June 19 Orbcomm CDS-3 w/AIS
Orbcomm QL
Orbcomm QL
Orbcomm QL
Orbcomm QL
Orbcomm QL
Kosmos-3M Russia/Com. Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat

Automatic Ident. System


32. June 20 OSTM Jason-2 Delta-2 7925 US/NASA Oceanography Ocean Surface Topography Mission
(with France)
33. June 26 Kosmos-2440 (Prognoz-11) Proton-K/DM3 Russia/Mil. Early Warning w/infrared telescope
34. July 7 Protostar 1
Badr 6
Ariane 5 ECA Europe/Com. Comsat
Comsat
 
35. July 16 Echostar 11 Zenit-3SL Russia++/SL Comsat Sea Launch Odyssey
36. July 22 SAR-Lupe 5 (Germany) Kosmos-3M Russia/Mil. SAR-Radar  
37. July 26 Kosmos-2441 ("Persona") Soyuz-2-1B Russia/Mil. Imaging  
38. August 3 Trailblazer
PreSat
Nanosail-D
Celestis
Falcon 1 US/Mil.

TechDev
TechDev (ARC)
TechDev (ARC)
Burial capsules (2)

failed
39. August 14 Superbird 7
AMC-21
Ariane 5 ECA Europe/Com. Comsat
Comsat
 
40. August 17 Test Sat? Safir Iran Test? failed
41. August 18 Inmarsat 4 F3 (UK) Proton-M/Briz-M Russia/Com. Comsat  
42. August 29 RapidEye (Germany):
Tachys
Mati
Choma
Choros
Trochia
Dnepr-1 Russia/Com.

Imaging
Imaging
Imaging
Imaging
Imaging

 
43. September 6 Huan Jing-1A
Huan Jing-1B
Long March 2C (CZ-2C) China Imaging
Imaging
 
44. September 6 GeoEye-1 Delta-2 7420 US/Com. Imaging  
45. September 10 Progress M-65 Soyuz-U Russia/FKA ISS Cargo 30P
46. September 19 Nimiq 4 (Canada/Telesat) Proton-M/Briz-M Russia/Com. Comsat  
47. September 24 Galaxy 19 Zenit-3SL Russia++/SL Comsat Sea Launch Odyssey
48. September 25 GLONASS (Uragan-M15)
GLONASS (Uragan-M16)
GLONASS (Uragan-M17)
Proton-M/DM-2 Russia/Civ. Navigation
Navigation
Navigation
 
49. September 25 Shenzhou-7 Long March 2F (CZ-2F) China Crewed (3) First Chinese EVA
50. September 28 Demosat Falcon-1 US/Com. Test First SpaceX success
51. October 1 THEOS (Thailand) Dnepr-1 Russia/Com. Imaging