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MOMO | Flight 6

Interstellar Technologies | JPN
Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan
July 31, 2021, 8 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Despite the MOMO unit's number, this is the seventh flight of the sounding rocket. Company aims to reach space for the third time.

Suborbital
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Ariane 5 ECA | Star One D2 & Eutelsat Quantum

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
July 30, 2021, 9 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Star One D2 is a 6.2 tons satellite built by Space Systems Loral for operator Star One, subsidiary of Brazilian Embratel. Its architecture is based on a SSL-1300 platform and equipped with C, X, Ku and Ka-band transceivers. It will provide communications services to Latin America for at least 15 years. Eutelsat Quantum is an experimental communications satellite carrying a payload able to be reconfigured by software. It is developed by ESA, Eutelsat and Airbus Defence and Space.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit VA254
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Electron | STP-27RM (It’s a Little Chile Up Here)

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
July 29, 2021, 6 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

A U.S. Air Force experimental spacecraft. It will demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, where the sensor’s mass is a substantial fraction of the total mass of the spacecraft and provide a platform to test future space protection capabilities.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 2D | Tianhui-1-04

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
July 29, 2021, 4:01 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

TH 1 (Tianhui-1 = "Sky drawing") is a Chinese stereo-topographic mapping satellite operated by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The satellites are built by the Hangtian Dongfanghong Weixing Corporation and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The satellites operate on a 500 km circular sun synchronous orbit. Electrical power is provided by two deployable solar panels that is stored on onboard batteries. They are equipped with a three-dimensional survey camera and a CCD camera with a ground resolution of 5 meters, spectral region of 0.51 µm to 0.69 µm and with a camera angle of 25 degrees. Also on board is a multi-spectral camera with a ground resolution of 10 meters operating in four spectral bands of 0.43 µm to 0.52 µm, 0.52 µm to 0.61 µm, 0.61 µm to 0.69 µm, and 0.76 µm to 0.90 µm. The swath width of the cameras is 60 kilometers wide.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Proton-M | MLM Nauka

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
July 21, 2021, 2:58 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Nauka (which means "Science" in Russian), also known as Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), is a new module of the russian segment of the ISS. It will dock at Zvezda's nadir port, replacing the Pirs module occupying it since September 2001. The Nauka module is designed to be used for experiments, docking and cargo as well as serve as a crew work and rest area. It is equipped with full guidance and navigation control including engines and an attitude control system that can be used as a backup by the ISS. The Nauka module also brings the European Robotic Arm, for which a spare elbow joint was already launched in 2010, to the orbital laboratory.

Low Earth Orbit
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New Shepard | NS-16

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
July 20, 2021, 1:12 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Tourism

First crewed flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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Long March 2C | Yaogan-30-10

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
July 19, 2021, 12:19 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

NOTE: Payload identity not confirmed. The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.

Low Earth Orbit
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SpaceShipTwo | VSS Unity 22

Virgin Galactic | USA
Air launch to Suborbital flight
July 11, 2021, 3:25 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Powered flight of VSS Unity on the first fully crewed flight. Including the founder Sir Richard Branson.

Suborbital
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Long March 6 | Zhongzi Group 02 (Ningxia-1-02)

China Great Wall Industry Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
July 9, 2021, 11:59 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The Ningxin-1 satellites (also called Zhongzi) are a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellite owned by Ningxia Jingui Information Technology Co. Ltd. The satellites were built by DFH Satellite Co. Ltd of CAST. They have been reported to be a commercial operated global EM spectrum signal monitoring satellite system (SIGINT).

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 3C/E | Tianlian 1-05

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
July 6, 2021, 3:53 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Tianlian 1, also known as Tian Lian 1, TL-1, and CTDRS-1 is a Chinese data tracking and relay communications satellite series. Based on the DFH-3 satellite bus, it will provide communication coverage for manned Shenzhou missions, from Shenzhou 7 onwards. Functionally, it is similar to the United States Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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