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1987 in spaceflight
The Atlas H launches on its final flight
Orbital launches
First5 January
Last29 December
National firsts
Space traveller Syria
Maiden flightsASLV
RetirementsAtlas H
Titan III(34)B
Crewed flights
Total travellers8

The following is an outline of 1987 in spaceflight.


Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
5 February
Soviet UnionSoyuz-U2 Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 1/5 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoyuz TM-2 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EO-2 30 July
Crewed flight launching two cosmonauts and landing three, first crewed flight of Soyuz-TM
12 February
United StatesTitan 34B/Agena-D United StatesVandenberg SLC-4W United StatesU.S. Air Force
United StatesSDS-1 F-6[1] U.S. Air Force Molniya Communications In orbit Successful
Final flight of the Titan IIIB rocket. Final use of the RM-81 Agena upper stage in any rocket.
26 February
United StatesDelta 3914 United StatesCape Canaveral LC-17A United States
United StatesGOES 7 NOAA Geostationary Weather In orbit Operational
20 March
United StatesDelta-3920 United StatesCape Canaveral LC-17 United States
IndonesiaPalapa B2-P PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara ? Communications In orbit Successful
31 March
Soviet UnionProton-K Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 200/39 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionKvant-1 1991–2001: Roskosmos Low Earth (Mir) Mir module 23 March 2001
Soviet UnionKvant FSB Low Earth (Kvant-1) Space tug 25 August 1988 Successful
15 May
Soviet UnionEnergia Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 250 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionPolyus Intended: Low Earth Weapons tests
15 May Launch failure
Maiden flight of Energia, computer error resulted in spacecraft attempting to perform circularisation burn in a retrograde orientation, failed to orbit
8 June India RH-300 Mk II India Sriharikota India ISRO
India ISRO Suborbital Engineering test 8 June Successful
First flight of the RH-300 Mk II, reached an altitude of 130 km (80 miles)
22 July
Soviet UnionSoyuz-U2 Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 1/5 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoyuz TM-3 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EP-1 29 December
Crewed flight with three cosmonauts, first Syrian in space, carried replacement for ill EO-2 crewmember
21 November
European UnionAriane 2 FranceKourou ELA-2 FranceArianespace
West GermanyTV-SAT 1 Deutsche Bundespost Current: Graveyard
Operational: Geosynchronous
Communications In orbit Spacecraft failure
Immediately after launch, one of its solar panels failed to deploy, and as a result of this the main uplink antenna, which was located behind the solar panel, could not deploy either. Briefly used to verify the systems of the Spacebus 300 satellite bus before being retired to a graveyard orbit.
21 December
Soviet UnionSoyuz-U2 Soviet UnionBaikonur Site 1/5 Soviet Union
Soviet UnionSoyuz TM-4 Low Earth (Mir) Mir EO-3 17 June 1988
Crewed flight with three cosmonauts
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (February 2011)

Deep-space rendezvous

There were no deep-space rendezvous in 1987.


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