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Soyuz 2.1a | Progress MS-15 (76P)

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
July 23, 2020, 2:26 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Resupply

The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the International Space Station.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 5 | Tianwen-1 (Mars Global Remote Sensing Orbiter and Small Rover)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
July 23, 2020, 4:41 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Robotic Exploration

Tianwen-1 ("questions to heaven") Mars mission includes a Martian orbiter and a lander/rover duo. This will be China's first mission to Mars. The spacecraft will reach Mars in February 2021. Lander will remain attached to the orbiter for two to three months before attempting its landing. The chosen landing area is Utopia Planitia, a huge basin formed by a large impact far back in Mars' history. The rover is expected to be in operation for about 90 Martian sols. The Tianwen-1 orbiter will provide a relay communication link to the rover while performing its own scientific observations for one Martian year. The orbiter will operate in a polar orbit in order to map Mars' morphology and geological structure while also using the Mars-Orbiting Subsurface Exploration Radar instrument to investigate soil characteristics and water-ice distribution. It will also measure the ionosphere and the electromagnetic and gravitational fields, the new paper reported. The rover will have 13 instruments detecting things such as topography, soil, environment, atmosphere, water ice, physical field and internal structure. It will investigate the surface soil characteristics and water-ice distribution with its own Subsurface Exploration Radar. It will also analyze surface material composition and characteristics of the Martian climate and environment on the surface.

Heliocentric N/A
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | ANASIS-II

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
July 20, 2020, 9:30 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

ANASIS-II is South Korea's first dedicated military satellite.

B1058 - Maiden Flight Just Read the Instructions
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H-IIA 202 | Hope (Emirates Mars Mission)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | JPN
Tanegashima, Japan
July 19, 2020, 9:58 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Planetary Science

Hope Mars Mission, also known as Al-Amal, is UAE's first interplanetary space probe. It's an orbiter which will study Martian atmosphere and climate with the help of 3 science instruments: Emirates Exploration imager (EXI), Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), and Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIR). These instruments were designed and built in collaboration with University of Colorado, University of California and Arizona State University. Hope is planned to arrive to Mars in February 2021 and has an expected lifetime of 2 years.

Heliocentric N/A
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Minotaur IV | NROL-129

Orbital ATK | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
July 15, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.


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Kuaizhou-11 | Maiden Flight

ExPace | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
July 10, 2020, 4:17 a.m.
Status: Failure
Mission: Test Flight

First flight of the new solid launcher developed by ExPace, subsidiary of CASIC. It will carry 2 communication satellites on this launch.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 3B/E | APStar-6D

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
July 9, 2020, 12:11 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

APStar-6D is a commercial communications satellite for APT Satellite Company Ltd under an end-to-end contract signed with China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) for satellite production and launch services. It will deliver VSAT, video distribution, Direct-to-home television and cellular backhaul to the Asia-Pacific Region.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Shavit-2 | Ofek-16

Israel Aerospace Industries | ISR
Palmachim Airbase, State of Israel
July 6, 2020, 1 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Ofek is a series of Israeli reconnaissance satellites.


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Long March 2D | Chuangxin 3A (02)

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
July 4, 2020, 11:44 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

Chuangxin is a series of experimental small satellites developed by China Academy of Science.


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Electron | Pics Or It Didn’t Happen

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
July 4, 2020, 9:19 p.m.
Status: Failure
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

‘Pics Or It Didn’t Happen’ is the 13th mission for Rocket Lab. It was planned to deploy seven imaging small satellites to a 500km circular low Earth orbit for a range of customers including Spaceflight Inc.’s customer Canon Electronics, as well as Planet and In-Space Missions.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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