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Long March 5 | Chang'e 5

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Nov. 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Robotic Exploration

Chang'e 5 is China's robotic lunar sample return mission, which is set to bring back at least 2 kg of lunar soils and rock samples. The probe will perform a soft landing on the Moon, then rendezvous and dock with the return module in lunar orbit and fly back to Earth.

Lunar Orbit
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Long March 3B | Tiantong-1-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Nov. 12, 2020, 3:59 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Designed by the CAST Institute (China Academy of Space Technology), a subsidiary of the Chinese aerospace group CASC and specialized in spacecraft design, the Tiantong-1 02 satellite will be operated by China Satellite Communications Co. Ltd, another CASC subsidiary which owns about ten communication satellites such as the ChinaStar and APStar. Tiantong-1 02 is the second satellite of China's first mobile communication network. It uses a Chinese DFH-4 satellite platform, and, according to its manufacturer CAST, has the highest payload mass utilization rate compared to other satellites of the same family. The project was launched in 2010 following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, where almost all ground communication networks were paralyzed. China had no mobile communication satellites at the time, so it had to lease services from foreign countries, such as Inmarsat in Europe, for its rescue teams.

Geostationary Orbit
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Ceres-1 | Tianqi-11

Galactic Energy | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Nov. 7, 2020, 7:12 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission:

Tianqi (also transcribed Tiange) is a series of small Chinese experimental LEO comsats by Guodian Gaoke for IoT (Internet of Things) communications, which are also carrying a camera for educational purposes. Guodian Gaoke plans to operate an IoT constellation. The "Apocalypse Constellation" provides users with much-needed data collection and transmission services for terrestrial network coverage blind areas, which are widely used in marine, environmental protection, meteorological, forestry, geological, emergency, rescue and smart city industries to enhance China's global data network coverage and application capabilities are of strategic importance.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Long March 6 | Satellogic x 10

China Great Wall Industry Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Nov. 6, 2020, 3:19 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Earth Science

First batch of remote sensing satellites for Satellogic's constellation.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 2C | Yaogan-30-07

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Oct. 26, 2020, 3:19 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Government/Top Secret

The Yaogan 30-01-01 to 30-01-03 (Remote Sensing Satellite-30-01-01 to 30-01-03) satellites, were launched by CZ-2C rocket from China's Xichang space center on 29 September 2017. The purpose is not confirmed, although the news reports hint towards a SIGINT mission, especially to detect ships by their radio emissions. They are also known as CX 5 by the manufacturer. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.


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Long March 3B/E | Gaofen 13

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Oct. 11, 2020, 4:57 p.m.
Status: Launch Successful
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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Long March 4B | Huanjing 2A, 2B

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 27, 2020, 3:23 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Earth Science

Huanjing (abbreviated as HJ) is a constellation of environmental monitoring satellites. The HJ-2A and HJ-2B are 16-meter optical satellites which will provide 16-meter multispectral, 48-meter hyperspectral and infrared image data.


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Long March 4B | Haiyang 2C

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 21, 2020, 5:40 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
Mission: Earth Science

Haiyang (Chinese: "Ocean"), abbreviated HY, is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China.


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Long March 11 | Gaofen-03-1

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Sea Launch
Sept. 15, 2020, 1:23 a.m.
Status: Launch Successful
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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Kuaizhou-1A | Jilin-1-02C

ExPace | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 12, 2020, 5:02 a.m.
Status: Launch Failure
Mission: Earth Science

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


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