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Five in a Day
« on: 08/05/2022 01:44 am »
Five orbital launches on one day on August 4, 2022.  That's a legit Space Age record, right?

 - Ed Kyle
« Last Edit: 08/05/2022 01:48 am by edkyle99 »

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #1 on: 08/05/2022 03:20 pm »
The closest and previous record must have been hold by the Soviets with R-7 type rockets no ? did they ever managed to fire two of them in less than 24 hours ? 

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #2 on: 08/05/2022 03:30 pm »
The closest and previous record must have been hold by the Soviets with R-7 type rockets no ? did they ever managed to fire two of them in less than 24 hours ? 

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #3 on: 08/05/2022 04:37 pm »
And, of course, the U.S. previously performed two orbital launches from the Cape on the same day during the Gemini/Gemini Agena Target missions.  An attempt to repeat the feat at KSC was thwarted when the Skylab Workshop was damaged during its ascent, scrubbing the planned crew launch that same day.

According to the following site, there have been three orbital launches worldwide in one day on at least nine previous occasions.  That was thought to be the record when the discussion occurred.
https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/26364/most-orbital-launches-in-one-day

 - Ed Kyle
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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #4 on: 08/05/2022 08:36 pm »
And, of course, the U.S. previously performed two orbital launches from the Cape on the same day during the Gemini/Gemini Agena Target missions.  An attempt to repeat the feat at KSC was thwarted when the Skylab Workshop was damaged during its ascent, scrubbing the planned crew launch that same day.

I could be wrong, but I believe the original schedule called for the first Skylab crew to be launched a day after the workshop, though possibly within 24 hours.
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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #5 on: 08/05/2022 08:56 pm »
The USSR did it SIXTY years ago, with two crewed Vostok missions!

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #6 on: 08/05/2022 09:33 pm »
And, of course, the U.S. previously performed two orbital launches from the Cape on the same day during the Gemini/Gemini Agena Target missions.  An attempt to repeat the feat at KSC was thwarted when the Skylab Workshop was damaged during its ascent, scrubbing the planned crew launch that same day.

I could be wrong, but I believe the original schedule called for the first Skylab crew to be launched a day after the workshop, though possibly within 24 hours.
You are correct.  I misremembered because their were dual countdowns but the crew launch was planned 24 hours after the Workshop launch.  The crew countdown was underway when Skylab launched, but had to be stopped after Skylab reached orbit and problems were discovered.

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #7 on: 08/05/2022 10:10 pm »
The USSR did it SIXTY years ago, with two crewed Vostok missions!

    Vostok 3: August 11, 1962, 08:24 UTC
    Vostok 4: August 12, 1962, 08:02:33 UTC

Both launching from Baikonur 1/5 (which is the most impressive part of the feat/stunt.)

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #8 on: 08/05/2022 10:39 pm »
Now THIS thread would have been a good place for all of these posts:

August 4 UTC (orbital) Launchapalooza!

Goumang and two other satellites, CZ-4B, Taiyuan, 03:08
Successful

NROL-199, Electron, Mahia Peninsula, 05:00
Successful

SBIRS-GEO 6, Atlas V 421, Cape Canaveral, 10:29
Successful

Experimental spaceplane, CZ-2F/T4, Jiuquan, ~16:00
Successful

Danuri a.k.a KPLO, Falcon 9, Cape Canaveral, 23:08
Successful

And suborbital

NS-22 crewed flight, New Shepherd, Corn Ranch TX, 13:56
Successful

(And the two-in-one-day discussion should have its own thread.)


Quite a day for those of us who like watching and reading about launches.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #9 on: 08/05/2022 11:21 pm »
Launchapalooza : 4 August 2022, in the "Live Events" section.
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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #10 on: 08/06/2022 02:44 am »
And, of course, the U.S. previously performed two orbital launches from the Cape on the same day during the Gemini/Gemini Agena Target missions.

Yup. Gemini 8, 10, 11, and 12 all launched less than two hours after the Agena target vehicles.
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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #11 on: 08/06/2022 02:05 pm »
Previous record was four in a day, 26th April 1962, with Kosmos 4 (Vostok), GRAB 4B (Scout, failure), Ariel 1 (Delta) and Samos 7 (Atlas-Agena).  The two from the same site were about eight hours apart.

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Re: Five in a Day
« Reply #12 on: 08/06/2022 02:58 pm »
Previous record was four in a day, 26th April 1962, with Kosmos 4 (Vostok), GRAB 4B (Scout, failure), Ariel 1 (Delta) and Samos 7 (Atlas-Agena).  The two from the same site were about eight hours apart.
Thanks for digging up that answer! 

The "same site" in this case was Point Arguello, California, part of today's Vandenberg Space Force Base. 

Scout 111 was the first Scout (a Scout X2) to launch from the West Coast, carrying Poppy 2/Solrad 4B that day.  It flew from Launch Complex D, later designated Space Launch Complex 5 on April 26.  Scout was a mess at the time.  This one succumbed to a third stage attitude control system failure.

Atlas 118D and Agena B A2401 orbited Samos 7 from Point Arguello LC 1-1 a few hours later.  LC 1-1 was later renamed SLC 3 West.  It was built for Atlas-Agena, but later hosted Thor-Agena, Thorad, Atlas E/F, and in 2005 SpaceX's very first Falcon 1 first stage static firing.

So April 26, 1962 appears to have set the standard with four orbital attempts and three successes in one GMT day.  Three successes in a day was repeated numerous times later.  August 4, 2022 has busted all of those records.  I doubt this number will stand for as many years!

 - Ed Kyle
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