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PSLV-XL | CMS-01 (GSAT-12R)

Indian Space Research Organization | IND
Sriharikota, Republic of India
Dec. 17, 2020, 10:11 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Communications

CMS-01, formerly also known as GSAT-12R, is an Indian geostationary telecommunications satellite. It's designed to last for 7 years and will provide services in Extended-C band across Indian mainland, Andaman-Nicobar & Lakshadweep Islands.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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Astra Rocket 3.2 | Flight 2

Astra Space | USA
Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA
Dec. 15, 2020, 8:55 p.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Test Flight

Astra will attempt a second test flight of Rocket 3.0 following an unsuccessful first flight

Polar Orbit
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Electron | StriX-α (The Owl's Night Begins)

Rocket Lab Ltd | USA
Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Dec. 15, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

StriX-α is a demonstration mission for Japanese company Synspective which plans to deploy a constellation of synthetic aperture radar satellites. For this mission, Rocket Lab will utilize a custom expanded fairing to encompass Synspective’s wide-body satellite – the first use of the expanded fairing options that Rocket Lab recently introduced.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Angara A5/Briz-M | Dummy payload

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center | RUS
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Dec. 14, 2020, 5:50 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

This is the second test flight of the Angara-A5 launch vehicle. It carries mass simulator payload which is to be delivered to geostationary orbit.

Geostationary Orbit
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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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