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Long March 4C | Yaogan 34

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
April 30, 2021, 7:27 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Officially described as an optical remote-sensing satellite built by SAST.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Starlink 24

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
April 29, 2021, 3:44 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.

Low Earth Orbit B1060 - Flight Proven ( ) Just Read the Instructions
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Long March 5B | Tianhe

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
April 29, 2021, 3:23 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Tianhe (which translates as "Heavenly Harmony") is the core module and backbone of the Chinese space station, designed to provide the main living quarters and control centre for the station crew.

Low Earth Orbit
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Vega | Pléiades Neo 3

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
April 29, 2021, 1:50 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Pléiades Neo is a constellation of four optical high-resolution Earth observation satellites built and operated by Airbus. It is a dual purpose constellation, serving both civilian and military purposes. Pléiades Neo 3 is the first satellite in the constellation which is to deliver imagery with spatial resolution of 30 cm. It is launched along with several rideshare payloads.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Long March 6 | Qilu-1, Qilu-4 and others

China Great Wall Industry Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
April 27, 2021, 3:20 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

This launch delivered 9 commercial satellites into low Earth orbit. Qilu-1 and Qilu-4, as well as most other satellites on this mission, are Earth observation spacecraft. One other satellite on this mission is the scientific research and technology verification satellite NEO 1 with the purpose of observing small space bodies, as well as testing the technology to use deployable net for catching small objects in orbit.

Low Earth Orbit
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Delta IV Heavy | NROL-82

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
April 26, 2021, 8:47 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

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

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | OneWeb 6

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation
April 25, 2021, 10:14 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

A batch of 36 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consumers. The constellation is planned to have around 648 microsatellites (of which 60 are spares), around 150 kg each, operating in Ku-band from low Earth orbit.

Polar Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SpX USCV-2 (NASA Crew Flight 2)

SpaceX | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 23, 2021, 9:49 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

SpaceX Crew-2 will be the second crewed operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the third overall crewed orbital flight. It will use the same Falcon 9 first stage as the Crew-1 mission and the same Crew Dragon capsule as the Demo-2 mission (Endeavour).

Low Earth Orbit B1061 - Flight Proven ( ) Of Course I Still Love You
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New Shepard | NS-15

Blue Origin | USA
Corn Ranch, USA
April 14, 2021, 4:49 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Suborbital

Fifteenth flight of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. During the mission, astronaut operational exercises will be conducted in preparation for human space flight. The primary operations will entail Blue Origin personnel standing in as astronauts entering into the capsule prior to launch. These astronauts will climb the launch tower, get into their seats, buckle their harnesses, and conduct a communications check from their seat with CAPCOM, the Capsule Communicator. The tower operations team will prepare the capsule cabin for launch and then briefly close the capsule hatch. The astronauts will then exit the capsule prior to launch. Post-landing, the astronauts will get inside the capsule to rehearse hatch opening, and exiting the capsule at the landing site. Inside the capsule during the flight will be Mannequin Skywalker, along with more than 25,000 postcards on behalf of Club for the Future, Blue Origin’s nonprofit organization

Suborbital NS-4 - Flight Proven ( ) Corn Ranch Landing Pad, West Texas
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Soyuz 2.1a | Soyuz MS-18

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
April 9, 2021, 7:42 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz MS-18 begins expedition 65 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they will rendezvous to the station where they will remain for their 6 month stay.

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