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Launches 2012

Date Launcher Launch Site Notes
Satellite (Alternative Names) Orbit Notes
January
9 January Long March 4B Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, Shanxi Province, China  
ZiYuan 3   Chinese Earth imaging satellite
VesselSat 2 LEO sun synchronous maritime AIS tracking nanosatellite
13 January Long March 3A Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Feng Yung 2F   Chinese meteorological satellite
20 January Delta 4M+ (5,4) Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida  
WGS-4   US military communications satellite
25 January Soyuz U Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Progress M-14-M (ISS 46P) LEO unmanned cargo transport to the International Space Station
February
3 February Safir Semnan  
Navid   Iranian earth observation satellite
13 February Vega CSG Kourou, French Guiana first flight of the Vega
LARES (Laser Relativity Satellite) LEO  
ALMASat 1 LEO technology nanosatellite
e-st@r LEO student built technology cubesat (1U)
Goliat LEO technology cubesat (1U)
LARES Support Sys LEO  
MaSat-1 LEO technology cubesat (1U)
PW-Sat 1 LEO student built technology cubesat (1U)
Robusta LEO technology cubesat (1U)
UNICubeSAT-GG LEO technology cubesat (1U)
XaTcobeo LEO technology cubesat (1U)
14 February Proton M / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
SES 4   commercial communications satellite
24 February Long March 3C Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Beidou-2 G5 (Compass-G5)   Chinese navigation satellite
24 February Atlas 5 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida  
MUOS 1 GEO US military communications satellite
March
23 March Ariane 5 CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
ATV 3 (Edoardo Amaldi)   unmanned supply ship to ISS
25 March Proton M / Briz M Enhanced Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Intelsat 22   commercial communications satellite
30 March Proton K / Blok DM-2 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Oko (US-KMO)   Russian early warning satellite
31 March Long March 3B/E Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Apstar 7 (Chinasat 12)   commercial communication satellite
April
3 April Delta 4M+ (5,2) Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA  
NRO L-25   US military radar imaging satellite
12 April Unha 3 Sohae Satellite Launching Station, Tongchang-ri, North Korea launch failure – first stage exploded approx 1 minute into flight
Kwangmyongsong 3 LEO – failed to achieve orbit N Korean earth observation satellite
20 April Soyuz U Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Progress M-15-M (ISS 47P)   unmanned cargo transport to the International Space Station
23 April Proton M / Briz M Enhanced Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
YahSat 1B   commercial communications satellite
26 April PSLV-XL Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India  
RISat 1   Indian radar imaging earth observation satellite
29 April Long March 3B Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Beidou-2 M3   Chinese navigation satellite
Beidou-2 M4   Chinese navigation satellite
May
4 May Atlas 5 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA  
AEHF F-2   US military communications satellite
6 May Long March 2D Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Kansu Province, China  
TianHui 1B   Chinese land survey and mapping satellite
10 May Long March 4B Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, Shanxi Province, China  
Yaogan 14   Chinese earth observation satellite
Tiantuo 1 (TT1) LEO sun synchronous Chinese experimental nanosatellite
15 May Soyuz FG Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Soyuz TMA-04M ISS 30S   manned transport vessel to the International Space Station
15 May Ariane 5 ECA CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
JCSat 13   commercial communication satellite
Vinasat 2   commercial communication satellite
17 May Soyuz-U Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia  
Kobalt-M   Russian military optical surveillance satellite
17 May H-2A Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan  
Arirang-3 (Kompsat 3)   South Korean earth observation satellite
GCOM-W1 (Shizuku)   Japanese earth observation satellite which will study water circulation in the Earth's atmosphere
Horyu-2 LEO sun synchronous technology nanosatellite
SDS-4    
17 May Proton / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Nimiq 6   commercial communications satellite
22 May Falcon IX Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA  
Dragon C2   combined second and third test flights of the Dragon spacecraft which will demonstrate proximity operations close to the International Space Station and then rendezvous and berthing
Celestis 11 (new Frontier) LEO space burial payload which remains attached to upper stage of the launch vehicle
26 May Long March 3B Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
ChinaSat 2A   Chinese military communications satellite
29 May Long March 4C Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Yaogan 15    
June
1 June Zenit 3SLB Sea Launch's Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean  
Intelsat 19   commercial communications satellite
13 June Pegasus XL Reagan Test Site, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands  
NuSTAR (SMEX-11)   astronomical high energy X-ray observatory
16 June Long March 2F/G Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Kansu Province, China  
Shenzhou 9   Chinese manned mission which will dock with the Tiangong 1 laboratory module.
20 June Atlas 5 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida  
NRO L-38   US spy satellite
29 June Delta 4 Heavy Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida  
NRO L-15   US spy satellite
July
5 July Ariane 5ECA CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Echostar 17   commercial communication satellite
MSG 3   meteorological satellite
9 July Proton / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
SES 5   commercial communication satellite
15 July Soyuz FG Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Soyuz TMA-05M ISS 31S   manned transport vessel to the International Space Station
21 July H-2B Tanegashima Space Centre, Japan  
Kounotori 3 HTV-3 (H-II Transfer Vehicle) LEO Japanese unmanned cargo vehicle to the International Space Station
F 1 LEO student built technology cubesat (1U), launched from ISS (4 October 2012)
FITSat 1 (Niwaka) LEO technology cubesat (1U), launched from ISS (4 October 2012)
Raiko LEO technology cubesat, launched from ISS (4 October 2012)
TechEdSat LEO technology cubesat (1U), launched from ISS (4 October 2012)
We Wish LEO technology cubesat (1U), launched from ISS (4 October 2012)
22 July Soyuz FG / Fregat Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Kanopus-Vulkan 1   remote sensing satellite
BelKA-2 (BKA)   earth observation satellite
exactView-1    
MKA-DKI    
TET-1    
25 July Long March 3C Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
TianLian 1-03   Chinese data relay satellite
28 July Rokot / Briz KM Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia  
Gonets M3 LEO Russian communications satellite
Gonets M4 LEO Russian communications satellite
Rodnik N4 LEO Russian communications satellite
MiR LEO  
August
1 August Soyuz U Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Progress M-16-M (ISS 48P) LEO unmanned cargo transport to the International Space Station
Sfera-53 (TEKh-44, Vektor-T) LEO passive sphere to measure atmospheric density, launched by hand from ISS (20 August 2012)
2 August Ariane 5 CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Hylas 2 GEO commercial communication satellite
Intelsat 20 GEO commercial communication satellite
6 August Proton M / Briz M Enhanced Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan launch failure – Briz M upper stage failed to ignite to inject satellites into GTO
Express MD-2 GEO – failed to achieve orbit commercial communications satellite
Telkom 3 GEO – failed to achieve orbit commercial communications satellite
19 August Zenit 3SL Sea Launch's Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean  
Intelsat 21 GEO commercial communications satellite
30 August Atlas V Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA  
RBSP (Radiation Belt Storm Probes)   two probes to study the Earth's radiation belts and the influence of the sun
September
9 September PSLV Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India  
SPOT 6   earth observation satellite
Proiteres LEO sun synchronous student built technology nanosatellite
13 September Atlas 5 Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA  
NRO L-36 (NOSS-3 6A)   US spy satellite
NRO L-36 (NOSS-3 6B)    
Aeneas LEO technology cubesat (3U) to investigate WiFi based tag tracking from LEO
AeroCube 4 LEO technology cubesat (1U)
AeroCube 4.5A LEO technology cubesat (1U)
AeroCube 4.5B LEO technology cubesat (1U)
CINEMA 1 LEO cubesat (3U) to investigate space weather
CP 5 LEO technology cubesat (1U)
CSSWE LEO student built cubesat (3U) to investigate space weather
CXBN LEO X-ray astronomy cubesat (2U)
SMDC-ONE 1.1 (Able) LEO military communications technology nanosat
SMDC-ONE 1.2 (Baker) LEO military communications technology nanosat
Re/STARE A LEO technology cubesat (3U) which will demonstrate the tracking of space debris
OUTSat LEO cubesat payload dispenser containing eight PPods, remained attached to upper stage
17 September Soyuz 2-1a Fregat Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
MetOp-B   meteorological satellite
18 September Long March 3B Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Beidou-2 M2/M5   two Chinese navigation satellites
28 September Ariane 5ECA CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Astra 2F   commercial communication satellite
GSAT 10   commercial communication satellite
29 September Long March 2D Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Kansu Province, China  
VRSS 1 (Miranda)   Venezualan remote sensing satellite
October
4 October Atlas V Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida  
GPS 2F-3 MEO US navigation satellite
8 October Falcon 9 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA partial launch failure – a first stage motor failed 79 seconds into launch – the Falcon 9 compensated for the failure and placed SpaceX-1 in the correct orbit, however Orbcomm 2-1 was placed in a low orbit
SpaceX-1 (Dragon C3) LEO unmanned cargo transport to the International Space Station
Orbcomm 2-1 LEO – failed to achieve orbit commercial communication satellite
12 October Soyuz 2-1b / Fregat CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Galileo IOV3   validation satellite for the Galileo navigation system
Galileo IOV4   validation satellite for the Galileo navigation system
14 October Long March 2C Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, Shanxi Province, China  
SJ-9A / SJ-9B   pair of Chinese technology satellites
14 October Proton M / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Intelsat 23   commercial communication satellite
23 October Soyuz FG Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Soyuz TMA-06M ISS 32S   manned transport vessel to the International Space Station
25 October Long March 3C Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Beidou-2 G6   Chinese navigation satellite
31 October Soyuz U Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Progress M-17-M (ISS 49P)   unmanned cargo transport to the International Space Station
November
2 November Proton M / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Luch 5B   Russian data relay satellite
Yamal 300K   commercial communication satellite
10 November Ariane 5 ECA CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Eutelsat 21B   commercial communication satellite
Star One C3   commercial communication satellite
14 November Soyuz-2.1a / Fregat Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia  
Meridian 6   Russian military communications satellite
18 November Long March 2C Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre, Shanxi Province, China  
HuanJing 1C   earth observation satellite
FengNiao 1 and 1A   technology demonstration satellites
XinYan 1   technology demonstration satellites
20 November Proton M / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
EchoStar 16   commercial communications satellite
25 November Long March 4C Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Kansu Province, China  
Yaogan Weixing 16A, 16B, 16C   three Chinese military maritime surveillance satellites
27 November Long March 3B Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan province, China  
Chinasat 12   commercial communication satellite
December
2 December Soyuz STAF CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Pleiades 1B   earth observation satellite
3 December Zenit 3SL Sea Launch's Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean  
Eutelsat 70B GEO commercial communication satellite
8 December Proton M / Briz M Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan partial launch failure - final burn of the Briz M upper stage ended early leaving satellite in wrong orbit – will be corrected using satellite's onboard thrusters
Yamal 402 GEO commercial communications satellite
11 December Atlas 5 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida  
X-37B OTV-3   experimental US military space plane
12 December Unha-3 Sohae Satellite Launching Station, Tongchang-ri, North Korea  
Kwangmyongsong-3 FM2   N Korean earth observation satellite
18 December Long March 2D Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Kansu Province, China  
Gokturk 2   earth observation satellite
19 December Soyuz FG Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan  
Soyuz TMA-07M ISS 33S   manned transport vessel to the International Space Station
19 December Ariane 5 ECA CSG Kourou, French Guiana  
Mexsat 3   commercial communication satellite
Skynet 5D   military communication satellite

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