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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SAOCOM 1B

SpaceX | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Aug. 30, 2020, 11:18 p.m.
Status: Success
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: Success
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: Success
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: Success
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: Success
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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Long March 2D | Gaofen-9-04

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Aug. 6, 2020, 4:01 a.m.
Status: Success
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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Starship SN5 | 150m Hop

SpaceX | USA
SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA
Aug. 4, 2020, 11:57 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Test Flight

The Starship SN5 first flight was a 150m 'hop' from SpaceX's South Texas Launch Site in Boca Chica Village.

Sub-Orbital SN5 - Maiden Flight SpaceX Starship Landing Pad
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Proton-M/Briz-M | Ekspress-80 & Ekspress-103

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
July 30, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

Ekspress-80 and Ekspress 103 are communications satellites for Russian domestic communication services owned by RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz). Express 80 will be positioned at 80° East, and will be fitted with 16 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders to cover Russia, as well as two L-band transponders offering global coverage. Express 103 will be positioned at 103° East, and will be fitted with 16 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders to cover Russia and Southeast Asia, as well as one L-band transponder for global coverage. Both have a design life of 15 years.


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Atlas V 541 | Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
July 30, 2020, 11:50 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Robotic Exploration

Atop this ULA Atlas V rocket will be Perseverance, a car-sized rover which will explore an ancient river delta on Mars. Armed with a suite of six scientific instruments, Perseverance will primarily hunt for clues to the planet's distant past, and hopefully uncover signs of ancient life and habitability. The rover also carries an experiment that'll convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, a box-sized helicopter named Ingenuity that'll demonstrate powered flight on Mars, and a system that enables the rover to leave behind samples for later retrieval and return to Earth during NASA and ESA's ambitious sample return mission later this decade.

Heliocentric N/A
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Long March 4B | Ziyuan-3-03

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
July 25, 2020, 3:13 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Earth Science

Ziyuan is a series of remote sensing satellites in Sun-synchronous orbit around Earth. Ziyuan 3-02 is a Chinese Earth observation satellite, a high-resolution imaging satellite operated by the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People's Republic of China.


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