Apollo project chronology

From LittleJoe-II to Saturn-V, many rockets were used for develop APOLLO spaceship. 11 flights were manned mission in total 33 flight. Here, I tried to summarize the launch of all Apollo program missions.

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About Apollo number

The mission of AS-201 and AS-202 with Apollo CSM had been unofficially called as Apollo 1 and Apollo 2.
But after AS-204 tragedy, in the spring of 1967, NASA's Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, Dr. George E. Mueller, announced the AS-204 mission would be called as Apollo 1 in honor of the crew. And AS-501 was called Apollo 4 as before. So no missions were ever designated Apollo 2 and Apollo 3.
And Saturn-1B booster SA-204 which was assigned for AS-204, was used for Apollo 5.
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All of Apollo missions

Color meaning.
Test FlightLaunch vehicle and spacecraft deveropment flight
Abort testApollo spacecraft abort test
Trajectory flightTrajectory flight
The earth orbit flightThe earth orbit flight
The moon orbit flightThe moon orbit flight
The moon landing flightThe moon landing flight

Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationSaturn-Apollo
Launch dateOct.27.1961 10:06 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-1
Launch padPAD34
PayloadWater for ballast, dummy second stage and Jupiter nose cone.
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsSaturn I launch vehicle first-stage booster research & development

Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationSaturn-Apollo
Launch dateApr.25.1962 09:00:34 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-2
Launch padPAD34
PayloadWater for ballast, dummy second stage and Jupiter nose cone.
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentslaunch vehicle test and water ballast payload/experiment

Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationSaturn-Apollo
Launch dateNov.16.1962 12:45:02 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-3
Launch padPAD34
PayloadWater for ballast, dummy second stage and Jupiter nose cone.
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentslaunch vehicle test and water ballast payload/experiment

Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationSaturn-Apollo
Launch dateMar.28.1963 15:11:55 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-4
Launch padPAD34
PayloadWater for ballast, dummy second stage and Jupiter nose cone.
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentstested premature engine cutoff capabilities

Pad-Abort-Test-1

Mission DesignationPad-Abort-Test-1
Launch dateNov.07.1963 09:00:01 MST
Vehicle(none)
Vehicle No.(none)
Launch padWSMR Area#3
PayloadBP(Boilerplate)-6
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsUse only BP and LES.Test LES capability to propel a CM in Lanch pad.

Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationSaturn-Apollo
Launch dateJan.29.1964 11:25:01 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-5
Launch padPAD37B
Payloadlive second stage (S-IV) and IU,Jupiter nose cone.
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentsfirst flight test of S-IV second stage

A-001

Mission DesignationA-001
Launch dateMay.13.1964 05:59:59.7 MST
VehicleLittleJoeII-2
Vehicle No.(none)
Launch padWSMR LC36
PayloadBP-12
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsTest LES capability in the high-dynamic-pressure (transonic) region of the saturn trajectory.

A-101/Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationA-101/Saturn-Apollo
Launch dateMay.28.1964 12:07:00 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-6
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadCSM boilerplate(BP)-13, LES
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentscarried first boilerplate Apollo Command & Service module, live LES

A-102/Saturn-Apollo

Mission DesignationA-102/Saturn-Apollo
Launch dateSep.18.1964 11:22:43 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-7
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadBP-15
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentssimilar testing as with SA-6; also demoed launch escape jettison

A-002

Mission DesignationA-002
Launch dateDec.08.1964 08:00:00: MST
VehicleLittleJoeII-3
Vehicle No.(none)
Launch padWSMR LC36
PayloadBP-23
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsTest LES capability in the maximum dynamic pressure region of the saturn trajectory.

A-103/Saturn-Apollo(Pegasus1)

Mission DesignationA-103/Saturn-Apollo(Pegasus1)
Launch dateFeb.16.1965 09:37:03 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-9
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadBP-16 & Pegasus A (meteoroid detection satellite)
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentscarried boilerplate Apollo spacecraft and Pegasus satellite

A-003

Mission DesignationA-003
Launch dateMay.19.1965 06:01:04 MST
VehicleLittleJoeII-4
Vehicle No.(none)
Launch padWSMR LC36
PayloadBP-22
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsTest LES capability at an altitude approximating the upper limit for the canard subsystem.

A-104/Saturn-Apollo(Pegasus2)

Mission DesignationA-104/Saturn-Apollo(Pegasus2)
Launch dateMay.25.1965 02:35:01 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-8
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadBP-26 & Pegasus B
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentscarried boilerplate Apollo spacecraft and Pegasus satellite

Pad-Abort-Test-2

Mission DesignationPad-Abort-Test-2
Launch dateJun.29.1965 06:00:01 MST
Vehicle(none)
Vehicle No.(none)
Launch padWSMR LC36
PayloadBP-23A(modified BP-23 used in A-002)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsTest LES capability to propel a CM in Lanch pad before ignition.

A-105/Saturn-Apollo(Pegasus2)

Mission DesignationA-105/Saturn-Apollo(Pegasus2)
Launch dateJul.30.1965 08:00:00 EST
VehicleSaturn1
Vehicle No.SA-10
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadBP-9A & Pegasus C
Mission Objectives / Accomplishmentscarried boilerplate Apollo spacecraft and Pegasus satellite

A-004

Mission DesignationA-004
Launch dateJan.20.1966 08:17:01 MST
VehicleLittleJoeII-5
Vehicle No.(none)
Launch padWSMR LC36
PayloadCSM-002(Block1)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFirst flight of Block-I CSM.Test stabilize in high rate of tumbling after abort.

AS-201/Apollo-Saturn

Mission DesignationAS-201/Apollo-Saturn
Launch dateFeb.26.1966 11:12:01 EST
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-201
Launch padPAD34
PayloadCSM-009(Block1)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFirst Saturn-1B flight.Unmanned test of command module heat shield,emergency detection system. Called Apollo 1 unofficially.

AS-203/Apollo-Saturn

Mission DesignationAS-203/Apollo-Saturn
Launch dateJul.05.1966 10:53:17 EST
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-203
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadS-IVB,IU,LH2,nose cone
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsUnmanned test of Saturn S-IVB stage on erath orbit.CSM has not carried.

AS-202/Apollo-Saturn

Mission DesignationAS-202/Apollo-Saturn
Launch dateAug.25.1966 13:15:32 EST
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-202
Launch padPAD34
PayloadCSM-011(Block1)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsUnmanned test of rocket's reliability. Called Apollo 2 unofficially.

AS-204/Apollo 1

Mission DesignationAS-204/Apollo 1
Launch date-
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-204
Launch padPAD34
PayloadCSM-012(Block1)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFirst planned manned mission; crew killed in 1/27/67 fire during rehearsal. Called as Apollo 1 in honor of the crew.

AS-501/Apollo 4

Mission DesignationAS-501/Apollo 4
Launch dateNov.09.1967 07:00:01 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-501
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCM-017(Block1),SM-020,LTMA
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsUnmanned test (first) of Saturn V; test of CM heat shield at high speed.

AS-204/Apollo 5

Mission DesignationAS-204/Apollo 5
Launch dateJan.22.1968 17:48:08 EST
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-204 (planned to use for Apollo 1)
Launch padPAD37B
PayloadLM-1 & nosecone (replacing the CSM)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsUnmanned test of Lunar Module

AS-502/Apollo 6

Mission DesignationAS-502/Apollo 6
Launch dateApr.04.1968 07:00:01 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-502
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCM-020(Block1),SM-014,LTMA-2R
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFinal man-rating (last unmanned flight)

AS-205/Apollo 7

Mission DesignationAS-205/Apollo 7
Launch dateOct.11-22.1968 11:02:45 EST
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-205
Launch padPAD34
PayloadCSM-101
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFirst manned Apollo flight; practiced rendezvous in Earth orbit

AS-503/Apollo 8

Mission DesignationAS-503/Apollo 8
Launch dateDec.21-27.1968 07:51:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-503
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-103,LMTA
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFirst manned flight to orbit the moon

AS-504/Apollo 9

Mission DesignationAS-504/Apollo 9
Launch dateMar.03-13.1969 11:00:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-504
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-104,LM-3
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsTested Lunar Module in Earth orbit

AS-505/Apollo 10

Mission DesignationAS-505/Apollo 10
Launch dateMay.18-26.1969 12:49:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-505
Launch padPAD39B
PayloadCSM-106,LM-4
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsTested Lunar Module in lunar orbit

AS-506/Apollo 11

Mission DesignationAS-506/Apollo 11
Launch dateJul.16-24.1969 09:32:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-506
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-107,LM-5
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFirst lunar landing (Sea of Tranquility)

AS-507/Apollo 12

Mission DesignationAS-507/Apollo 12
Launch dateNov.14-24.1969 11:22:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-507
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-108,LM-6
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsSecond lunar landing (Ocean of Storms)

AS-508/Apollo 13

Mission DesignationAS-508/Apollo 13
Launch dateApr.11-17.1970 14:13:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-508
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-109,LM-7
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsMission aborted by SM oxygen tank explosion.

AS-509/Apollo 14

Mission DesignationAS-509/Apollo 14
Launch dateJan.31-Feb.09.1971 16:03:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-509
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-110,LM-8
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsThird lunar landing (Fra Mauro)

AS-510/Apollo 15

Mission DesignationAS-510/Apollo 15
Launch dateJul.26-Aug.07.1971 09:34:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-510
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-112,LM-10
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFourth lunar landing (Hadley-Appenine region);first use of "Rover" vehicle on moon

AS-511/Apollo 16

Mission DesignationAS-511/Apollo 16
Launch dateApr.16-27.1972 12:54:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-511
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-113,LM-11
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsFifth lunar landing (Descartes Highlands)

AS-512/Apollo 17

Mission DesignationAS-512/Apollo 17
Launch dateDec.07-19.1972 00:33:00 EST
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-512
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadCSM-114,LM-12
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsSixth lunar landing (Taurus-Littrow); final Apollo mission.First scientist boarding.

AS-513/Skylab 1(SL1)

Mission DesignationAS-513/Skylab 1(SL1)
Launch dateMay.14.1973 13:30:00 EDT
VehicleSaturnV
Vehicle No.SA-513
Launch padPAD39A
PayloadS-IVB-212(OWS)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsLaunch space laboratory SkyLab (unmanned)

AS-206/Skylab 2(SL2)

Mission DesignationAS-206/Skylab 2(SL2)
Launch dateMay.25.1973 09:00:00 EDT
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-206
Launch padPAD39B
PayloadCSM-116
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsLaunch first SkyLab stay staffs.The repair of the solar battery panel trouble.Stay 28 days.

AS-207/Skylab 3(SL3)

Mission DesignationAS-207/Skylab 3(SL3)
Launch dateJul.28.1973 07:11:00 EDT
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-207
Launch padPAD39B
PayloadCSM-117
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsLaunch second SkyLab stay staffs.Stay 59 days.

AS-208/Skylab 4(SL4)

Mission DesignationAS-208/Skylab 4(SL4)
Launch dateNov.16.1973 09:01 EST
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-208
Launch padPAD39B
PayloadCSM-118
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsLaunch last SkyLab stay staffs.Stay 84 days.

AS-210/Apollo-Soyuz Test Program (ASTP)

Mission DesignationAS-210/Apollo-Soyuz Test Program (ASTP)
Launch dateJul.15.1975
VehicleSaturn1B
Vehicle No.SA-210
Launch padPAD39B
PayloadCSM-111,Docking Module(DM)
Mission Objectives / AccomplishmentsRendezvous and docking with Soyuz spaceship of the Soviet Union.Flight 9 days.