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Long March 2F | Chinese Reusable Space Vehicle

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 4, 2020, 7:30 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Test Flight

The payload is an experimental reusable spacecraft. It is rumored to be a prototype of a reusable spaceplane (similar to Boeing X-37B vehicle). The spacecraft stayed in orbit for two days and returned to Earth on September 6. Though the landing site was not disclosed, the spacecraft is presumed to have landed at an airbase near Lop Nor nuclear test site.

Low Earth Orbit
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Starship SN6 | 150m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Sept. 3, 2020, 5:48 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

The Starship SN6 prototype will attempt to perform a 150m hop similar to the one successfully performed by its predecessor SN5.

Suborbital SN6 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 11

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Sept. 3, 2020, 12:46 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 B1060 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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Vega | SSMS PoC

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Sept. 3, 2020, 1:51 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, a program initiated by ESA in 2016, with the contribution of the European Commission. For all the European partners involved, its purpose is to address the burgeoning institutional and commercial small spacecraft market with a new rideshare concept. Payload includes dozens of satellites: Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, NEMO-HD, GHGSat C1, six Flock-v cubesats, several Lemur-2 cubesats, twelve SpaceBEE nanosats, FSSCat A & B, RTAF-Sat, DIDO 3, IGOSat, PICASSO, PINO, PIXL, QARMAN, SIMBA, TRISAT, Casaa-Sat, TTU-100, and more.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit #VV16
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Electron | I Can’t Believe It’s Not Optical

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Aug. 31, 2020, 3:05 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Earth Science

This return to flight mission is dedicated for Capella Space, an information services company providing Earth observation data on demand. Capella’s payload, ‘Sequoia’, is a single 100 kg class microsatellite which will be the first publicly available satellite in the company’s commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) constellation. By positioning the satellite to a 45-degree inclination, Capella Space will maximize coverage over important areas such as the Middle East, Korea, Japan, Europe, South East Asia, Africa, and the U.S. The mission name is a nod to Capella’s SAR technology that provides high quality images of the Earth day or night, and in any weather conditions, as well as a nod to the infamous advertisement campaign for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”. Capella’s space-based radar can detect sub-0.5 meter changes on the surface of the Earth, providing insights and data that can be used for security, agricultural and infrastructure monitoring, as well as disaster response and recovery.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SAOCOM 1B

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 30, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

The SAOCOM 1B spacecraft is the second of the two SAOCOM constellation satellites. It is tasked with hydrology and land observation, and will also operate jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management. Two rideshare payloads are present - Tyvak-0172 and PlanetiQ’s GNOMES-1.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit B1059 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 1
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Long March 2D | Gaofen-9-05

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Aug. 23, 2020, 2:27 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
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.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 10

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 18, 2020, 2:31 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

A batch of 58 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. This launch will also carry 3 SkySat Earth-imaging satellites as a rideshare.

Low Earth Orbit B1049 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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Ariane 5 ECA+ | Galaxy 30, MEV-2 & BSAT-4B

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Aug. 15, 2020, 10:04 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Galaxy-30 is a geostationary communications satellite for Intelsat. Satellite is built by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) and is planned to provide video distribution and broadcast services to customers in North America. Galaxy 30 satellite is launched in tandem with MEV-2 vehicle. MEV-2, which stands for Mission Extension Vehicle-2, is the second servicing mission by NGIS. MEV-2 will rendezvous and dock with the Intelsat 1002 satellite in early 2021. Then, MEV-2 will use its own thrusters and fuel supply to control the satellite’s orbit, thereby extending its useful lifetime. Another passenger of the flight is the BSAT-4b satellite for the Japanese operator BSAT. BSAT-4b will serve as a back-up for BSAT-4a satellite, launched in 2017. BSAT-4b will provide Direct-to-Home television services and is expected to operate for at least 15 years.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 9

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 7, 2020, 5:12 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

A batch of 57 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. This launch will also carry two BlackSky Earth-imaging satellites as a rideshare.

Low Earth Orbit B1051 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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