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GSLV Mk II | EOS-03 (GISAT-1)

Indian Space Research Organization | IND
Sriharikota, Republic of India
Aug. 12, 2021, 12:13 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Earth Science

GISAT-1 is an Indian earth observation satellite to be launched in geostationary orbit. It is tasked with continuous observation of Indian sub-continent and quick monitoring of natural hazards and disaster. GISAT carries an imaging payload consisting of of multi-spectral, multi-resolution from 50 m to 1.5 km. It will provide pictures of the area of interest on near real time basis including border areas.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-16 (S.S. Ellison Onizuka)

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Aug. 10, 2021, 10:01 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

This is the 16th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 15th flight to the International Space Station under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This Cygnus spacecraft is named after American astronaut Ellison Onizuka who died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 3B | Zhongxing 2E (Chinasat 2E)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Aug. 5, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Chinasat 2E is a geostationary communications satellite.

Geostationary Orbit
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Long March 6 | KL-Beta

China Great Wall Industry Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Aug. 4, 2021, 11:01 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

The KL-Beta A and B, satellites are test satellites for a global multimedia satellite system for the German company KLEO Connect and the Chinese company Shanghai Spacecom Satellite Technology. The satellites were built by CAS Microspace and feature a Ka-band communications payload. The prototype system also includes another satellite “GMS-T” built by OHB System of Germany.

Polar Orbit
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Hyperbola-1 | Jilin-1 Mofang-01A (?)

iSpace | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Aug. 3, 2021, 7:39 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission:

New generation experimental Earth imaging satellite for the Jilin-1 constellation. NOTE: Payload identity unconfirmed.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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MOMO | Flight 6

Interstellar Technologies | JPN
Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan
July 31, 2021, 8 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Despite the MOMO unit's number, this is the seventh flight of the sounding rocket. Company aims to reach space for the third time.

Suborbital
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Ariane 5 ECA | Star One D2 & Eutelsat Quantum

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
July 30, 2021, 9 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Star One D2 is a 6.2 tons satellite built by Space Systems Loral for operator Star One, subsidiary of Brazilian Embratel. Its architecture is based on a SSL-1300 platform and equipped with C, X, Ku and Ka-band transceivers. It will provide communications services to Latin America for at least 15 years. Eutelsat Quantum is an experimental communications satellite carrying a payload able to be reconfigured by software. It is developed by ESA, Eutelsat and Airbus Defence and Space.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit VA254
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Electron | STP-27RM (It’s a Little Chile Up Here)

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
July 29, 2021, 6 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

A U.S. Air Force experimental spacecraft. It will demonstrate the use of a deployable sensor, where the sensor’s mass is a substantial fraction of the total mass of the spacecraft and provide a platform to test future space protection capabilities.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 2D | Tianhui-1-04

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
July 29, 2021, 4:01 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

TH 1 (Tianhui-1 = "Sky drawing") is a Chinese stereo-topographic mapping satellite operated by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The satellites are built by the Hangtian Dongfanghong Weixing Corporation and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST). The satellites operate on a 500 km circular sun synchronous orbit. Electrical power is provided by two deployable solar panels that is stored on onboard batteries. They are equipped with a three-dimensional survey camera and a CCD camera with a ground resolution of 5 meters, spectral region of 0.51 µm to 0.69 µm and with a camera angle of 25 degrees. Also on board is a multi-spectral camera with a ground resolution of 10 meters operating in four spectral bands of 0.43 µm to 0.52 µm, 0.52 µm to 0.61 µm, 0.61 µm to 0.69 µm, and 0.76 µm to 0.90 µm. The swath width of the cameras is 60 kilometers wide.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Proton-M | MLM Nauka

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
July 21, 2021, 2:58 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Nauka (which means "Science" in Russian), also known as Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), is a new module of the russian segment of the ISS. It will dock at Zvezda's nadir port, replacing the Pirs module occupying it since September 2001. The Nauka module is designed to be used for experiments, docking and cargo as well as serve as a crew work and rest area. It is equipped with full guidance and navigation control including engines and an attitude control system that can be used as a backup by the ISS. The Nauka module also brings the European Robotic Arm, for which a spare elbow joint was already launched in 2010, to the orbital laboratory.

Low Earth Orbit
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