ESSA 3

Overview

Destination: Sun-Synchronous Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

Sun-Synchronous Orbit Space Launch Complex 2E Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

The ESSA series was the second generation of US meterological satellites after the TIROS (Television & Infra-Red Observation Satellite) series. They were also called OT (Operational TIROS), TOS (TIROS Operational Satellite).

Thor Delta E

Family: Thor
Configuration: Delta E

American orbital launch vehicle family with Thor first stage and a delta second stage.

Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    31.0 m
  • Diameter
    2.44 m
  • Fairing Diameter
    2.44 m
  • Launch Mass
    69 T
  • Thrust
    1452 kN
Family
  • Name
    Thor Delta E
  • Family
    Thor
  • Variant
    Delta E
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Thor Delta E
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $13930000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    540 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    150 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

McDonnell Douglas

McDonnell Douglas

(MDC)

Successes: 369 Failures: 37 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

WIKI

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 2E


Long March 4C
Success
2 days, 20 hours ago
L-SAR 01A
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Chinese civilian L-Band radar Earth observation satellite.


Atlas V 511
Success
1 week ago
USSF-8
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

USSF-8 will launch two identical Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 directly to a near-geosync…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Starlink Group 4-6
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 49 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Shiyan 13
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Chinese satellite declared for technological demonstration purposes, details TBD.


LauncherOne
Success
2 weeks ago
Above the Clouds
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

Mission to a 500 km circular orbit inclined at 45 degrees carrying eight R&D satellites from US government agencies with communications and navigatio…


Falcon 9
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Transporter 3 (Dedicated SSO Rideshare)
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Transporter 3 mission is a dedicated rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with dozens of small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commerci…


Falcon 9
Success
3 weeks ago
Starlink Group 4-5
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 49 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Simorgh
Failure
4 weeks, 1 day ago
3 unknown payloads
Imam Khomeini Spaceport - Semnan Space Center, Islamic Republic of Iran

Three unknown research payloads are reported to have been sent into space, according to the Iranian Ministry of Defense. However, no new objects are …


Long March 3
Success
1 month ago
TJSW-9
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Chinese classified satellite claimed to be for communication technology test purposes. Actual mission not known.


Long March 2D
Success
1 month ago
Tianhui 4
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Chinese cartography satellite, details TBD.