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Atlas V 401 | Lucy

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 16, 2021, 9:34 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Lucy is the first mission to explore and study Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are a type of asteroids that orbit the Sun in two groups, in front of and behind Jupiter in its orbit around our star. Since these asteroids have been in such stable orbits for billions of years, they are of great interest as remnants of early Solar System. Lucy is a NASA mission led by NASA Goddard and Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Over the course of 12 years, Lucy will fly by seven different Trojan asteroids and also one main belt asteroid. The complex trajectory to visit all targets will include several Earth gravity assists.

Heliocentric N/A
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Long March 2F/G | Shenzhou 13

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Oct. 15, 2021, 4:23 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Second crewed flight to the Chinese Tiangong space station carrying Zhai Zhigang, commander, Wang Yaping and Ye Guangfu, operators, on their second, second and first spaceflight respectively. Their mission duration onboard the TSS is 6 months, the longest so far in Chinese spaceflight.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 2D | Xihe (CHASE)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Oct. 14, 2021, 10:51 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Xihe, also known as the Chinese Hα Solar Explorer (CHASE), is designed to test a newly developed satellite platform and conduct solar observations. The scientific payload of the satellite is an Hα imaging spectrograph (HIS), which can, for the first time, acquire full-disk spectroscopic solar observations in the Hα waveband. It will complement the observations by on-orbit solar spacecraft (such as SDO, IRIS, STEREO and PSP), as well as future solar missions of the Solar Orbiter and the Chinese Advanced Space-based Solar Observatory (ASO-S). Mission is named Xihe after a solar deity from Chinese mythology.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | OneWeb 11

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation
Oct. 14, 2021, 9:40 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

A batch of 36 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consumers. The constellation is planned to have around 648 microsatellites (of which 60 are spares), around 150 kg each, operating in Ku-band from low Earth orbit.

Polar Orbit
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New Shepard | NS-18

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Oct. 13, 2021, 2:49 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

NS-18 is the second crewed New Shepard flight, carrying 4 paying customers.

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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Soyuz 2.1a | Soyuz MS-19

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Oct. 5, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz mission launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and carrying Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov as well as the Challenge movie crew (Russian film producer Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild) to the International Space Station.

Low Earth Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | Landsat 9

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Sept. 27, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Earth Science

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to continue the Landsat program's critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing the land resources needed to sustain human life. Landsat 9, like Landsat 8, has a higher imaging capacity than past Landsats, allowing more valuable data to be added to the Landsat global land archive. Its operational orbit is a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km for a mission lifetime of at least 5 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Long March 3B/E | Shiyan 10

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Sept. 27, 2021, 8:20 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Classified test satellite which suffered an anomaly during launch. The launch vehicle has not been confirmed to be responsible for the failure.

Geosynchronous Orbit
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Kuaizhou-1A | Jilin-1-02D

ExPace | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 27, 2021, 6:19 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Earth Science

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


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Long March 7 | Tianzhou-3

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Sept. 20, 2021, 7:10 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

Second cargo delivery mission to the Chinese large modular space station.

Low Earth Orbit
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