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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | CSG-1, CHEOPS, & others

Russian Space Forces | RUS
Kourou, French Guiana
Dec. 18, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellite (CSG-1) is an Earth observation spacecraft featuring state-of-the-art technologies and engineering solutions, further bolstering Italian leadership in this sector. It's one out of two satellites to replace the first generation COSMO-SkyMed system. This second-generation system, including its ground segment, will set a new performance standard for space-based radar observation systems in terms of precision, image quality and the flexibility of user services. It is a dual (civil/military) system, designed to address the requirements of both commercial and government customers, as well as the scientific community. The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation satellites are equipped with synthetic aperture radar (SAR), capable of observations under any weather or light conditions, day or night. The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS) is an ESA mission implemented in partnership – in particular with Switzerland. CHEOPS is the first mission dedicated to studying bright, nearby stars that already are known to host exoplanets in order to make high-precision observations of the planet's size as it passes in front of its host star. The spacecraft will focus on planets in the super-Earth to Neptune size range, with its data enabling the bulk density of the planets to be derived – a first characterization step towards understanding these alien worlds. Flight also includes 3 auxiliary payloads: OPS-SAT, EyeSat, ANGELS. OPS-SAT is the world’s first free-for-use, in-orbit test bed for new software, applications and techniques in satellite control. It enables new software to be tested in orbit. In the first year of operation, OPS-SAT will host over 100 in-flight experiments submitted from many ESA Member States. EyeSat is a 3U CubeSat designed to study the zodiacal light and image the Milky Way. It's fitted with an instrument called IRIS, which is a small space telescope. ANGELS is a 12U CubeSat, and is the French industry’s first nanosatellite. The satellite will be fitted with a miniaturized ARGOS Néo instrument, which is 10-times smaller than the equivalent previous-generation device. The instrument collects and determines the position of low-power signals and messages sent by the 20,000 ARGOS beacons now in service worldwide.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | JCSAT-18/KACIFIC-1

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 17, 2019, 12:10 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

JCSAT-18/KACIFIC-1 is a joint high-throughput communications satellite for Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and a Singapore telecommunications company Kacific Broadband Satellites. Satellite will provide mobile telephone, data and internet services throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The JCSAT-18 payload will provide Ku-band coverage and improve mobile and broadband services for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation customers in the Asia-Pacific region, including the far eastern part of Russia. The satellite features technologies in the power subsystem to achieve highest efficiencies, and it also features command and data handling technologies to provide a more secure spacecraft. The KACIFIC-1 payload is designed to deliver uncontended broadband throughput via 56 Ka-band narrow beams, each having a capacity up to 1.25 Gbps, with the highest signal power ever achieved in the region. The beams are selectively tailored to cover precise pockets of demand in a geographically dispersed footprint of 20 Pacific and South East Asian nations.

B1056 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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Long March 3B/YZ-1 | Beidou-3 M19 & M20

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Dec. 16, 2019, 7:22 a.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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New Shepard | NS-12

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
Dec. 11, 2019, 5:55 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Suborbital

The 12th flight of New Shepard will contain commercial payloads and postcards from the nonprofit organisation 'Club for the Future'.

Sub-Orbital #NewShepard NS-3 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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PSLV-QL | RISAT-2BR1 & others

Indian Space Research Organization | IND
Sriharikota, Republic of India
Dec. 11, 2019, 9:55 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Satellite imaging mission of ISRO using an active SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imager to provide continuity of service for RISAT-2. Mission also carries several small satellites for international customers.


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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | Glonass-M No. 59 (Kosmos 2544)

Russian Space Forces | RUS
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Dec. 11, 2019, 8:54 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Navigation

Glonass-M, also known as Uragan-M, are the second generation of Uragan satellite design used for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a Russian space-based navigation system comparable to the similar GPS and Galileo systems. This generation improves on accuracy, power consumption and design life. Each satellite weighs 1415 kg, is equipped with 12 L-band antennas, and has an operational lifetime of 7 years.

Medium Earth Orbit
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Kuaizhou-1A | HEAD-2A, 2B & Tianyi-16, 17 & Tianqi-4A, 4B

ExPace | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Dec. 7, 2019, 8:52 a.m.
Status: Success
Unknown Mission

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


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Kuaizhou-1A | Jilin-1-02B

ExPace | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Dec. 7, 2019, 2:55 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


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Soyuz 2.1a | Progress MS-13 (74P)

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Dec. 6, 2019, 9:34 a.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. Progress MS-13 will deliver close to 2,480 kilograms of supplies to the ISS, including around 420 kilograms of water in the containers of the Rodnik system, around 50 kilograms of pressurized oxygen in tanks, around 650 kilograms of propellant for refueling and around 1,350 kilograms of dry cargo, such as food rations, hardware for life-support and flight control systems, hygiene and medical supplies. In addition, the crew was also scheduled to receive a new tread for the treadmill.


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Electron | Running Out Of Fingers

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Dec. 6, 2019, 8:18 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Dedicated Rideshare

This is the Rocket Lab's 10th flight. It carries several small satellites for international commercial customers. This is also the first flight to feature an upgraded first stage of the Electron rocket, which is now equipped with new hardware and sensors. After completing its mission, Electron's first stage will perform a guided atmospheric re-entry, gathering data necessary for the development of Rocket Lab's reusability program.

Low Earth Orbit
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