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Pegasus XL | Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON)

Orbital Sciences Corporation | USA
Air launch to orbit
Oct. 11, 2019, 2 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) is a NASA mission to study Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere and the connection between space weather and weather on our planet. Mission is planned to last for two years.

Low Earth Orbit #NASAICON
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Proton-M/Briz-M | Eutelsat 5 West B & MEV-1

International Launch Services | USA
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Oct. 9, 2019, 10:17 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

Eutelsat 5 West B will replace the Ku-band capacity of Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly Stellat 5) satellite, a key digital infrastructure addressing predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets. Eutelsat 5 West B will provide business continuity and improved quality for these services via a Ku-band payload. The satellite is built on Orbital ATKs GEOStar-2e bus and carries 35 equivalent 36 MHz Ku-band transponders connected to three service areas. Switchable transponders will also increase commercial flexibility. Co-passenger on this flight will be provided Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. MEV-1 (Mission Extension Vehicle-1) incorporates flight-proven technologies the company has used in its commercial satellite and space logistics businesses. After successfully completing a series of in-orbit tests, the MEV-1 will begin its mission extension service for Intelsat-901 satellite in the graveyard orbit. MEV-1 will relocate the satellite scheduled for the mission extension service, which is planned for a five-year period, after which Intelsat 901 will be place back into graveyard orbit. Intelsat will also have the option to service multiple satellites using the same MEV. MEV-1 is based on the company’s GEOStar-3 spacecraft bus platform. Controlled by the company’s satellite operations team, the MEV-1 uses a reliable, low-risk docking system that attaches to existing features on a customer’s satellite. The MEV-1 provides life-extending services by taking over the propulsion and attitude control functions. The vehicle has a 15-year design life with the ability to perform numerous dockings and undockings during its life span.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Long March 4C | Gaofen-10R

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Oct. 4, 2019, 6:51 p.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. Gaofen-10R is a replacement satellite for the one lost in a 2016 failed launch.


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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat | EKS 3 (Tundra 3) (Kosmos 2541)

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center | RUS
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Sept. 26, 2019, 7:46 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

The Tundra or EKS (meaning Unified Space System) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early warning satellites.


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Soyuz-FG | Soyuz MS-15

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Sept. 25, 2019, 1:57 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz MS-15 begins expedition 61 by carrying NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates’ Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, a Roscosmos spaceflight participant and first Emirati in space that will spend only 8 days aboard ISS before returning to Earth aboard a Soyuz MS-12.

Low Earth Orbit #SoyuzMS15
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Long March 2D | Yunhai-1-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 25, 2019, 12:54 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

The Yunhai-1 satellite is designed for detecting environmental elements in the atmosphere and ocean, the space environment, disaster prevention and reduction, and scientific experimentation. It is made by the Shanghai Institute of Spaceflight Technology.


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H-IIB 304 | Kounotori 8 (HTV-8)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | JPN
Tanegashima, Japan
Sept. 24, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

Uncrewed cargo resupply mission to International Space Station.

#HTV8
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Long March 3B / YZ-1 | Beidou-3 M23 & M24

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Sept. 22, 2019, 9:10 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

These two satellites will be used to provide global navigation coverage as part of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system.


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Long March 11 | Zhuhai-1-03

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 19, 2019, 6:42 a.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

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


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Long March 4B | Ziyuan-2D, Tianyi MV-1, BNU-1

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 12, 2019, 3:26 a.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

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


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