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Long March 4B | Haiyang 2C

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 21, 2020, 5:40 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Haiyang (Chinese: "Ocean"), abbreviated HY, is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China.


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Long March 11 | Gaofen-03-1

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Sea Launch
Sept. 15, 2020, 1:23 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a state-sponsored programme aimed to develop a near-real time, all-weather, global surveillance network consisting of satellite, near-space (stratosphere) airships, and aerial observation platforms.


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Kuaizhou-1A | Jilin-1-02C

ExPace | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 12, 2020, 5:02 a.m.
Status: Failure
Mission: Earth Science

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


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Astra Rocket 3.1 | Maiden Flight

Astra Space | USA
Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA
Sept. 12, 2020, 3:19 a.m.
Status: Failure
Mission: Test Flight

This is the first orbital attempt of Astra Space small satellite launch vehicle. Rocket carries no payload for this flight.


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Long March 4B | Gaofen-11-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 7, 2020, 5:57 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a state-sponsored programme aimed to develop a near-real time, all-weather, global surveillance network consisting of satellite, near-space (stratosphere) airships, and aerial observation platforms.


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Long March 2F | Chinese Reusable Space Vehicle

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 4, 2020, 7:30 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Test Flight

The payload is an experimental reusable spacecraft. It is rumored to be a prototype of a reusable spaceplane (similar to Boeing X-37B vehicle). The spacecraft stayed in orbit for two days and returned to Earth on September 6. Though the landing site was not disclosed, the spacecraft is presumed to have landed at an airbase near Lop Nor nuclear test site.


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Starship SN6 | 150m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Sept. 3, 2020, 5:48 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Suborbital

The Starship SN6 prototype will attempt to perform a 150m hop similar to the one successfully performed by its predecessor SN5.

Sub-Orbital SN6 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 11

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Sept. 3, 2020, 12:46 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.

Low Earth Orbit B1060 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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Vega | SSMS PoC

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Sept. 3, 2020, 1:51 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, a program initiated by ESA in 2016, with the contribution of the European Commission. For all the European partners involved, its purpose is to address the burgeoning institutional and commercial small spacecraft market with a new rideshare concept. Payload includes dozens of satellites: Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, NEMO-HD, GHGSat C1, six Flock-v cubesats, several Lemur-2 cubesats, twelve SpaceBEE nanosats, FSSCat A & B, RTAF-Sat, DIDO 3, IGOSat, PICASSO, PINO, PIXL, QARMAN, SIMBA, TRISAT, Casaa-Sat, TTU-100, and more.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #VV16
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Electron | I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Aug. 31, 2020, 3:05 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

This return to flight mission is dedicated for Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand. Capella’s payload, ‘Sequoia’, is a single 100 kg class microsatellite which will be the first publicly available satellite in the company’s commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) constellation. By positioning the satellite to a 45-degree inclination, Capella Space will maximize coverage over important areas such as the Middle East, Korea, Japan, Europe, South East Asia, Africa, and the U.S. The mission name is a nod to Capella’s SAR technology that provides high quality images of the Earth day or night, and in any weather conditions, as well as a nod to the infamous advertisement campaign for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”. Capella’s space-based radar can detect sub-0.5 meter changes on the surface of the Earth, providing insights and data that can be used for security, agricultural and infrastructure monitoring, as well as disaster response and recovery.


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