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Long March 4C | Gaofen-5-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 7, 2021, 3:01 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Gaofen (GF) is a series of Chinese civilian remote sensing satellites for the state-sponsored program China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS). GF 5 is configured with six types of payloads, including visible and short-wave infra hyper-spectral camera, spectral imager, greenhouse gas detector, atmospheric environment infrared detector at very high spectral resolution, differential absorption spectrometer for atmospheric trace gas, and multi-angle polarization detector, with designed lifespan of 8 years. The satellite is based on the SAST-5000B bus. The instruments are: * Advanced Hyperspectral Imager (AHSI) * Visual and Infrared Multispectral Sensor (VIMS) * Greenhouse-gases Monitoring Instrument (GMI) * Atmospheric Infrared Ultraspectral (AIUS) * Environment Monitoring Instrument (EMI) * Directional Polarization Camera (DPC)

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Firefly Alpha | Maiden Flight

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Sept. 3, 2021, 1:59 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Test Flight

First flight of the new Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace. It will carry Firefly’s DREAM (Dedicated Research & Education Accelerator Mission), which includes various payloads like cubesats, personal items, pictures, DNA samples and more to inspire young people to pursue STEM education.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Dragon CRS-2 SpX-23

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 29, 2021, 7:14 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

SpaceX will launch the cargo variant of its Dragon 2 spacecraft on their 23rd commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The flight will be conducted under the second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Dragon will be filled with supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support science and research investigations that occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

Low Earth Orbit B1061 - Flight Proven ( ) A Shortfall of Gravitas
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Astra Rocket 3 | STP-27AD1

Astra Space | USA
Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA
Aug. 28, 2021, 10:35 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

Space Force test payload contracted through the Defense Innovation Unit’s Other Transaction Agreement with Astra Space.

Polar Orbit
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New Shepard | NS-17

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Aug. 26, 2021, 2:31 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Seventeenth flight of New Shepard. It will carry a second NASA lunar landing technology demonstration on the exterior of the booster, 18 commercial payloads inside the crew capsule, and an art installation on the exterior of the capsule.

Suborbital NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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Long March 3B | TJSW-7

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Aug. 24, 2021, 3:41 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Alleged Chinese classified geosynchronous satellite. Payload identity uncertain but might be an early warning satellite.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Long March 2C / YZ-1S | RSW-01 - 03

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Aug. 24, 2021, 11:15 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

"Ronghe Shiyan Weixing" (RSW) = "Integrated Experimental Satellite" are test satellites that will be used to develop a state-owned Chinese low-earth orbit constellation, Xingwang, consisting of several thousand satellites.

Polar Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | OneWeb 9

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Aug. 21, 2021, 10:13 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

A batch of 34 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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Long March 4B | Tianhui-2-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Aug. 18, 2021, 10:32 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

TH 2 (Tianhui-2 = "Sky drawing") is a pair of Chinese cartography and Earth observation satellites.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Vega | Pléiades Neo 4

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 17, 2021, 1:47 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Pléiades Neo is a constellation of four optical high-resolution Earth observation satellites built and operated by Airbus. It is a dual purpose constellation, serving both civilian and military purposes. Pléiades Neo 4 is the second satellite in the constellation which is to deliver imagery with spatial resolution of 30 cm. It is launched along with several rideshare payloads.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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