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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sirius SXM-7

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 13, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

SXM-7 is a large high power broadcasting satellite for SiriusXM's digital audio radio service (DARS). Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) got in July 2016 the contract to build the two satellites based on their SSL-1300 bus - SXM-7 and SXM-8. Both operate in the S-band spectrum. Each satellite will generate more than 20-kW of power and will have a large unfurlable antenna reflector, which enables broadcast to radios without the need for large dish-type antennas on the ground. SXM-7 is meant to replace the XM-3 satellite.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit B1051 - Flight Proven ( ) Just Read the Instructions
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Delta IV Heavy | NROL-44

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Dec. 11, 2020, 1:09 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for NRO.

Low Earth Orbit #NROL44
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Starship SN8 | 12.5 km Flight

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Dec. 9, 2020, 10:45 p.m.
Status: Launch was a Partial Failure
Mission: Suborbital

The SN8 Starship prototype was destroyed when attempting to land after a first flight to an altitude of 12.5 km or 41,000 ft.

Suborbital SN8 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Long March 11 | GECAM

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Dec. 9, 2020, 8:14 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

GECAM (Gravitational Wave High-energy Electromagnetic Counterpart All-sky Monitor) is a constellation of two small X-ray and gamma-ray all-sky observatories to search for gamma-ray counterparts to gravitational wave events. Each satellite features a dome-shaped array of 25 Gamma-ray detectors (GRD) and 8 Charged particle detectors (CPD). Together the satellites will provide a FOV of 100% all-sky. The sensitivity of the detectors is ~2E-8 erg/cm2/s. They will provide a localization of ~1°. The detectors are sensible in the energy band from 6 keV to 5 MeV. Besides detecting the radiation from gravitatinal wave events, the satellites will also be contributing in detectiong Ultra-long GRBs, X-ray Flashes, X-ray-rich GRBs, Magnetars and Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Dragon CRS-2 SpX-21

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Dec. 6, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Resupply

SpaceX will launch the first cargo variant of its Dragon 2 spacecraft on their 21st commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. The flight will be conducted under the second Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Dragon will be filled with supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support more than 250 science and research investigations that occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

Low Earth Orbit B1058 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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Long March 3B/E | Gaofen 14

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Dec. 6, 2020, 3:58 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

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.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | Gonets-M30, Gonets-M31, Gonets-M32

Russian Space Forces | RUS
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Dec. 3, 2020, 1:14 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

Gonets-M are an upgraded version of Gonets satellites, derived from military communications system Strela-3. Gonets-M constellation is tasked with monitoring ecological and industrial objects, providing communication and data transmission services, covering also the remote areas like the Far North region.

Low Earth Orbit
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Soyuz STA/Fregat | Falcon Eye 2

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Dec. 2, 2020, 1:33 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Falcon Eye 2 is a high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye is the second of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE's military.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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H-IIA | JDRS-1

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | JPN
Tanegashima, Japan
Nov. 29, 2020, 7:25 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

JDRS-1 is a Japanese Data Relay Satellite.

Geosynchronous Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 15

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Nov. 25, 2020, 2:13 a.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 B1049 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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