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astronautix.com Chronology - 1953 - Quarter 1
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- 1953 January - Nation: USSR. Launch Vehicle: EKR, Buran, Burya.
- 1953 Jan 20 -
- 1953 Jan 30 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 Feb 1 - Nation: USA. Launch Site: Vandenberg .
- 1953 Feb 10 - Nation: USA. Launch Site: White Sands . Launch Vehicle: Aerobee. LV Configuration: RTV-hT-IO.
- 1953 Feb 11 - Nation: Germany.
- 1953 Feb 12 - Nation: USA. Launch Site: White Sands . Launch Vehicle: Aerobee. LV Configuration: RTV-N-10.
- 1953 Feb 13 - Nation: USSR. Launch Vehicle: R-7 8K71, R-5, R-11, R-12, EKR.
- 1953 Feb 14 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 Feb 14 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 Feb 16 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 Feb 17 - Nation: USA. Launch Site: White Sands . Launch Vehicle: Aerobee. LV Configuration: XASR-SC-2.
- 1953 Feb 18 - Nation: USA. Launch Site: Holloman . Launch Vehicle: Aerobee. LV Configuration: RTV-A-1a.
- 1953 Feb 18 - Nation: USSR.
- 1953 Feb 19 - Nation: USSR.
- 1953 Feb 21 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 March - Nation: USA. Launch Vehicle: Saturn V.
- 1953 Mar 3 - Nation: Russia.
- 1953 Mar 5 - Nation: Russia.
- 1953 Mar 5 -
- 1953 Mar 6 -
- 1953 Mar 15 - Nation: Russia. Launch Vehicle: R-5.

Following completion of the trials the missile was accepted for military service. It seems very limited numbers or no R-5's at all actually entered service. The R-5M version with nuclear warhead was deployed instead. Special variants of the R-5 were used until well into the 1970's for test of equipment, scientific research. These included the R-5A, R-5B, R-5V, and Vertikal.

The R-5 was generally built of Amr3 aluminium-magnesium alloy. The tail section was initially built of steel, later being changed to D16T aluminium alloy. Spetsmash built the mobile launch system, similar to that for the V-2. It took two hours to prepare an R-5 for launch.


- 1953 Mar 16 - Nation: USSR.
- 1953 Mar 17 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 Mar 18 - Nation: USSR. Launch Site: Kapustin Yar . Launch Vehicle: R-5.
- 1953 Mar 26 - Nation: USA.
- 1953 Mar 27 - Nation: USSR.
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