SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver 10 satellites to low Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications. This is the sixth set of 10 satellites in a series of 75 total satellites that SpaceX will launch for Iridium’s next generation global satellite constellation, Iridium® NEXT. Sharing this launch is the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-on mission, which is a joint project of NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. It's goal is to track Earth's water movement to monitor changes in underground water storage, the amount of water in large lakes and rivers, soil moisture, ice sheets and glaciers, and sea level caused by the addition of water to the ocean.
SES-12 is a geostationary communications satellite. It is to provide direct-to-home broadcasting, high throughput satellite data connectivity and other telecommunication servies to Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. It is a replacement for the NSS-6 satellite and is expected to operate for 15 years.
Soyuz MS-09 begins expedition 56 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst and NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor to the International Space Station. After launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they will rendezvous to the station where they will remain for their 6 month stay.
IGS Radar is a family of Japanese radar reconnaissance satellites that serve both Japan's national defense and civil natural disaster monitoring. IGS Radar 5 is the fifth generation of satellites. Equipped with synthetic aperture radar, it is able to image targets even in darkness and bad weather.
Flying into the Sun’s atmosphere (or corona) for the first time. Coming closer to the Sun than any previous spacecraft, Parker Solar Probe will employ a combination of in situ measurements and imaging to achieve the mission’s primary scientific goal: to understand how the Sun’s corona is heated and how the solar wind is accelerated.