1962 in spaceflight

Summary

1962 in spaceflight
Thor Delta with Ariel 1 (Apr. 26, 1962).jpg
The launch of Ariel 1, the first satellite not to be operated by the Soviet Union or United States
Orbital launches
First13 January
Last22 December
Total81
Successes65
Failures15
Partial failures1
Catalogued72
National firsts
Spaceflight Turkey
 Norway
Satellite United Kingdom
 Canada
Rockets
Maiden flightsDelta A
Delta B
Scout X-2
Scout X-2M
Scout X-3
Thor DM-21 Agena-D
Vostok-2
RetirementsScout X-2
Thor DM-19 Delta
Thor DM-21 Ablestar
Crewed flights
Orbital5
Total travellers5

Deep space rendezvous

Date (GMT) Spacecraft Event Remarks
28 January Ranger 3 Flyby of the Moon Failed impactor, closest approach: 36,793 kilometres (22,862 mi)
26 April Ranger 4 Lunar impact Impacted far side, no data returned
21 October Ranger 5 Flyby of the Moon Failed impactor, closest approach: 724 kilometres (450 mi)
14 December Mariner 2 Flyby of Venus Closest approach: 34,773 kilometres (21,607 mi)

Orbital launch summary

By country

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  Soviet Union
  United States
Orbital launch attempts by country in 1962
Country Launches Successes Failures Partial
failures
Remarks
 Soviet Union 22 15 7 0
 United States 59 50 8 1

By rocket

Rocket Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks
Atlas LV-3A Agena-B  United States 13 10 3 0
Atlas LV-3B  United States 3 3 0 0
Delta A  United States 2 2 0 0 Only flights
Delta B  United States 1 1 0 0 Maiden flight
Kosmos-2I 63S1  Soviet Union 8 7 1 0
Molniya 8K78  Soviet Union 6 1 5 0
Scout X-2  United States 1 0 1 0 Only flights
Scout X-2M  United States 2 1 1 0 Maiden flight
Scout X-3  United States 2 2 0 0 Maiden flight
Thor DM-21 Ablestar  United States 3 1 2 0 Retired
Thor DM-21 Agena-B  United States 18 16 1 1
Thor DM-21 Agena-D  United States 8 8 0 0 Maiden flight
Thor DM-19 Delta  United States 6 6 0 0 Retired
Vostok-K 8K72K  Soviet Union 3 3 0 0
Vostok-2 8A92  Soviet Union 5 4 1 0 Maiden flight

By orbit

Orbital regime Launches Successes Failures Accidentally
Achieved
Remarks
Low Earth 62 55 7 5
Medium Earth 7 6 1 0
High Earth 1 1 0 0 Including Highly elliptical orbits
Heliocentric 11 5 6 0

References

Generic references:
RocketSunIcon.svg Spaceflight portal
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  • Clark, Stephen. "Spaceflight Now".
  • Kelso, T.S. "Satellite Catalog (SATCAT)". CelesTrak.
  • Krebs, Gunter. "Chronology of Space Launches".
  • Kyle, Ed. "Space Launch Report".
  • McDowell, Jonathan. "Jonathan's Space Report".
  • Pietrobon, Steven. "Steven Pietrobon's Space Archive".
  • Wade, Mark. "Encyclopedia Astronautica".
  • Webb, Brian. "Southwest Space Archive".
  • Zak, Anatoly. "Russian Space Web".
  • "ISS Calendar". Spaceflight 101.
  • "NSSDCA Master Catalog". NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • "Space Calendar". NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • "Space Information Center". JAXA.
  • "Хроника освоения космоса" [Chronicle of space exploration]. CosmoWorld (in Russian).

Footnotes