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2012 Worldwide Space Launches
 
No.
     Date      Mission
Designation
Launch
Vehicle
Country
of Launch
Payload
Type
Notes
1.
January 9 ZY-3
Vesselsat 2
Long March 4B (CZ-4B)
China
Imaging
Comsat
2.
January 13 FY-2(07)
Long March 3A (CZ-3A)
China
Weather
3.
January 20 WGS 4
Delta-4M+ (5,4)
USA
Comsat
4.
January 25 Progress M-14M (#414)
Soyuz-U
Russia/FKA
ISS Cargo
46P
5.
February 13 LARES
Almasat
XaTcobeo
ROBUSTA
e-str@r
Goliat
PWSat-1
MaSat-1
UNICubeSat-GG
Vega
ESA
Tech
Tech
Tech
Tech
Tech
Tech
Tech
Tech
Tech
First flight of new small SLV
6.
February 14 SES-4 (UK)
Proton-M/Briz-M
Russia/Com.
Comsat
7.
February 24 Beidou DW 11 (Daohang Weixing 11)
Long March 3C (CZ-3C)
China
Navigation
8.
February 24 MUOS 1
Atlas V 551
USA/Mil.
Comsat
Mobile User Objective System (first)
9.
March 23 ATV-3 "Edoardo Amaldi"
Ariane 5 ES
ESA
ISS Cargo
Automated Transfer Vehicle 3
10.
March 25 Intelsat IS-22
Proton-M/Briz-M
Russia/Com.
Comsat
11.
March 30 Kosmos-2479
Proton-K/DM-2
Russia/Mil.
EarlyWarn
Final Proton-K with DM-2 upper stage (blok)
12.
March 31 Apstar 7 (Asia Pacific Telecom Comp.)
Long March 3B/E (CZ-3B/E)
China/Com.
Comsat
13.
April 3 NROL-25
Delta-4M+ (5,2)
USA/Mil.
Radar
14.
April 20 Progress M-15M (#415)
Soyuz-U
Russia/FKA
ISS Cargo
47P
15.
April 23 Yahsat-1B (Abu Dhabi)
Proton-M/Briz-M
Russia/Com.
Comsat
16.
April 26 RISAT-1
PSLV-XL
India
Radar
17.
April 29 Beidou DW 12
Beidou DW 13
Long March 3B (CZ-3B)
China
Navigation
Navigation
18.
May 4 AEHF-2
Atlas 5 531
USA/Mil.
Comsat
Advanced EHF
19.
May 6 Tianhui 1-02
Long March 2D (CZ-2D)
China
Imaging
"Mapping -1 Sat 02"
20.
May 10 Yaogan Weixing 14
Tiantuo 1
Long March 4B (CZ-4B)
China
Imaging
Tech/Sci
21.
May 15 Soyuz TMA-04M (30S)
Soyuz-FG
Russia/FKA
ISS Crew (3)
Exp. 31 Complement (G. Padalka, S. Revin, J. Acaba)
22.
May 15 JCSat-13
Vinasat-2 (Vietnam Posts & Telecom)
Ariane V ECA
Europe/Com.
Comsat
Comsat
23.
May 17 Kosmos-2480
Soyuz-U
Russia/Mil.
Imaging
24.
May 17 Shizuku ("Dewdrop")
Arirang-3 (South Korea)
SDS-4
Horyu-2
H-2A
Japan
Climate
Imaging
TechDemo
TechDev
25.
May 17 Nimiq-6 (Canada)
Proton-M/Briz-M
Russia/Com.
Comsat
TV Broadcasting
26.
May 22 Dragon C2
Celestis 11
Falcon 9
USA/Com.
ISS Cargo
Burial
First commercially procured cargo mission
27.
May 26 Zhongxing 2A
Long March 3B/E (CZ-3B/E)
China
Comsat
28.
May 29 Yaogan Weixing 15
Long March 4C (CZ-4C)
China
Radar?
29.
June 1 Intelsat IS-19
Zenit-3SL
Russia/Sea Launch
Comsat
30.
June 13 NuStar
Pegasus XL
USA/NASA
X-ray Astronomy
31.
June 16 Shenzhou 9
Long March 2F (CZ-2F)
China
Crewed (3)
1st visit to Tiangong 1, by Jing Haipeng, Liu Wang & Liu Yang (1st Chinese female in space)
32.
June 20 USA 236 (NROL-38)
Atlas 5 401
USA/Mil.
Classified payload (50th EELC flight)
33.
June 29 USA 237 (NROL-15)
Delta 4H
USA/Mil.
Classified payload
34.
July 5 Echostar 17
Meteosat 10
Ariane V ECA
Europe/Com.
Comsat
Weather
35.
July 9 SES-5 (Europe)
Proton-M/Briz-M
Russia/Com.
Comsat
36.
July 15 Soyuz TMA-05M (31S)
Soyuz-FG
Russia/FKA
ISS Crew (3)
Exp. 32 Complement (Y. Malenchenko, S. Williams, A. Hoshide)
37.
July 21 Kounotori-3 (HTV-3)
H-IIB
Japan/JAXA
ISS Cargo
("White Stork 3"); ~4.6 tons of cargo
38.
July 22 Kanopus-V
BelKA-2
TET-1
exactView-1
MKA-PN1
Soyuz-FG/Fregat
Russia/Com.
Imaging
Imaging
TechDev
Comsat/AIS
Science
39.
July 25 Tianlian-1
Long March 3C (CZ-3C)
China
Comsat
40.
July 28 Gonets-M no. 13
Gonets-M no. 15
Kosmos-2481
MiR
Rokot
Russia
Comsat
Comsat
Comsat
Science
41.
August 1 Progress M-16M (#416)
Soyuz-U
Russia/FKA
ISS Cargo
48P
42.
August 2 Intelsat IS-20
Hylas-2
Ariane 5 ECA
Europe/Com.
Comsat
Comsat
43.
August 6 Telkom-3
Ekspress MD2
Proton-M/Briz-M
Russia/Com.
Comsat
Comsat
failed (Briz-M)
44.
August 19 Intelsat IS-21
Zenit-3SL
Russia/Sea Launch
Comsat
SL Odyssey
45.
August 30 RBSP A
RBSP B
Atlas V 401
NASA
Science
Science
Radiation Belt Storm Probes (to study Van Allen radiation belts)