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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 16

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Jan. 20, 2021, 1:02 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

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

Low Earth Orbit B1051 - Flight Proven ( ) Just Read the Instructions
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Electron | Another One Leaves The Crust

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Jan. 20, 2021, 7:26 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Dedicated mission for a single communication microsatellite that will enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit. The launch will be Rocket Lab’s 18th Electron mission.

Polar Orbit
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Long March 3B/E | Tiantong-1-03

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Jan. 19, 2021, 4:25 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Tiantong-1-03 is the third satellite in a series of Chinese geostationary communication satellites.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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LauncherOne | Launch Demo 2

Virgin Orbit | USA
Air launch to orbit
Jan. 17, 2021, 7:38 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

This is Virgin Orbit's second attempt to launch the LauncherOne rocket. It also carries cubesats which were contracted by NASA through Venture Class Launch Services contract.

Polar Orbit
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New Shepard | NS-14

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Jan. 14, 2021, 5:19 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

For this mission, the New Shepard crew capsule will be outfitted with upgrades for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight. The upgrades include improvements to environmental features such as acoustics and temperature regulation inside the capsule, crew display panels, and speakers with a microphone and push-to-talk button at each seat. The mission will also test a number of astronaut communication and safety alert systems. The capsule will be outfitted with six seats, including one occupied by Mannequin Skywalker.

Suborbital NS-4 - Maiden Flight Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Türksat 5A

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Jan. 8, 2021, 2:15 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Türksat 5A is the first of two Turkish next generation communications satellites, which will be operated by Türksat for commercial and military purposes.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit B1060 - Flight Proven ( ) Just Read the Instructions
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Soyuz STA/Fregat | CSO-2

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Dec. 29, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

The CSO-2 (Composante Spatiale Optique-2) satellite is the second of three new-generation high-resolution optical imaging satellites for the French military, replacing the Helios 2 spy satellite series.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Long March 4C | Yaogan-33(R)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Dec. 27, 2020, 3:44 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Long March 8 | XJY-7 & others

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Dec. 22, 2020, 4:40 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

XJY-7 is an undisclosed Chinese government payload for the first launch of Long March 8

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | NROL-108

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Dec. 19, 2020, 2 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for NRO.

B1059 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1
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