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Atlas V 401 | Landsat 9

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
Sept. 27, 2021, 6:12 p.m.
Status: Go for Launch
Mission: Earth Science

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to continue the Landsat program's critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing the land resources needed to sustain human life. Landsat 9, like Landsat 8, has a higher imaging capacity than past Landsats, allowing more valuable data to be added to the Landsat global land archive. Its operational orbit is a sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km for a mission lifetime of at least 5 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Long March 2C/YZ-1S | Yaogan-32-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 30, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Yaogan is a series of Chinese reconnaissance satellites.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Epsilon | RAISE-2 & Others

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency | JPN
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Oct. 1, 2021, 12:48 a.m.
Status: Go for Launch
Mission:

8 payloads will fly on this mission : "RApid Innovative payload demonstration SatellitE-2" (RAISE-2), DRUMS(Debris Removal Unprecedented Micro-Satellite), Hibari, Z-Sat, and four CubeSat (ASTERISC, ARICA, NANODRAGON, KOSEN-1).

Low Earth Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1a | Soyuz MS-19

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Oct. 5, 2021, 8:55 a.m.
Status: To Be Confirmed
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz mission launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and carrying Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov as well as the Challenge movie crew (Russian film producer Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild) to the International Space Station.

Low Earth Orbit
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Long March 2F/G | Shenzhou 13

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Oct. 13, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Human Exploration

Second crewed flight to the Chinese large modular space station.

Low Earth Orbit
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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | OneWeb 11

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Siberia, Russian Federation
Oct. 14, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Communications

A batch of 34 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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Atlas V 401 | Lucy

United Launch Alliance | USA
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Oct. 16, 2021, 9:34 a.m.
Status: To Be Confirmed
Mission:

Lucy is the first mission to explore and study Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are a type of asteroids that orbit the Sun in two groups, in front of and behind Jupiter in its orbit around our star. Since these asteroids have been in such stable orbits for billions of years, they are of great interest as remnants of early Solar System. Lucy is a NASA mission led by NASA Goddard and Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Over the course of 12 years, Lucy will fly by seven different Trojan asteroids and also one main belt asteroid. The complex trajectory to visit all targets will include several Earth gravity assists.

Heliocentric N/A
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Nuri | Maiden Flight

Korea Aerospace Research Institute | KOR
Naro Space Center, South Korea
Oct. 21, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Dummy Payload of 1500 kg to SSO for KSLV-II Nuri's maiden flight.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Ariane 5 ECA | SES-17 & Syracuse 4A

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
Oct. 22, 2021, 12:15 a.m.
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Communications

SES-17 is a Ka-band high-throughput geostationary communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space designed to provide mobile internet services to airline passengers over the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean. Syracuse 4A is a French military communications satellite built by Thales Alenia Space.

Geostationary Transfer Orbit
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H-IIA 202 | QZS-1R

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | JPN
Tanegashima, Japan
Oct. 25, 2021, 2 a.m.
Status: Go for Launch
Mission:

The Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is a three-satellite regional time transfer system and the satellite-based augmentation system for the GPS that would be receivable within Japan. The primary purpose of QZSS is to increase the availability of GPS in Japan's numerous urban canyons, where only satellites at very high elevation can be seen. A secondary function is performance enhancement, increasing the accuracy and reliability of GPS derived navigation solutions. QZS-1R is a replacement satellite for QZS-1 which was launched in 2010.

Geosynchronous Orbit
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Long March 3
In Flight
4 hours, 55 minutes ago
Beidou-4S (?)
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Probable test satellite for the future 4th generation navigation satellite for the Chinese Beidou Navigation Satellite System. Payload identity highl…


Kuaizhou
Success
6 hours, 51 minutes ago
Jilin-1-02D
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

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


Long March 7
Success
1 week ago
Tianzhou-3
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Second cargo delivery mission to the Chinese large modular space station.


Hapith I
Failure
1 week, 4 days ago
Test Flight
Pad 1 - Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex, South Australia

The first Hapith I launch will be testing TiSPACE's hybrid rocket engine technology in preparation for the future Hapith V launch vehicle. Targeting …


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Inspiration4
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Inspiration4 is the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, is donating the thre…


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
OneWeb 10
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Internet broadband service for individual consum…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Starlink Group 2-1
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 51 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Razbeg 1 (Kosmos 2551)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Russian Razbeg 1 is small military satellite optical reconnaissance satellite. It was built by NPP VNIIEM. It is likely the same satellite ide…


Long March 3
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
ChinaSat 9B
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Zhongxing-9B (ChinaSat 9B) is a Chinese communications satellite, that will replace the Zhongxing-9A satellite in orbit. The latter was launched in 2…


Long March 4C
Success
2 weeks, 6 days ago
Gaofen-5-02
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen (GF) is a series of Chinese civilian remote sensing satellites for the state-sponsored program China High-definition Earth Observation System …