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Ariane 62 | ARIEL & Comet Interceptor

Arianespace | FRA
Kourou, French Guiana
June 1, 2028, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Planetary Science

Atmospheric Remote‐sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large‐survey mission (ARIEL) is an ESA telescope. During a 4-year mission, ARIEL will observe 1000 planets orbiting distant stars and make the first large-scale survey of the chemistry of exoplanet atmospheres. For a select number of exoplanets, ARIEL will also perform a deep survey of their cloud systems and study seasonal and daily atmospheric variations. ARIEL shares the ride with another ESA mission, Comet Interceptor. It consists of three spacecraft which will be positioned at the Sun-Earth Lagrange point L2, where they will wait for a long-period comet or an interstellar object to come by. Once the desired target appears, the spacecraft will separate and perform a flyby of the target, compiling a detailed 3D profile of a comet.

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Atlas V 421
Success
2 hours, 43 minutes ago
SBIRS GEO-5
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Fifth geosynchronous satellite of the Space Based Infrared System program (SBIRS), providing capabilities for early missile warning and missile defen…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 days, 21 hours ago
Starlink 26 & Rideshare
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 52 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. Two rideshare satellites a…


Electron
Failure
3 days, 9 hours ago
Running Out of Toes
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This was the 20th launch of Electron rocket. It carried two Earth imaging microsatellites for BlackSky's constellation which were lost due to a launc…


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Starlink 27
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Yaogan-30-08
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.


Starship Prototype
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
10 km Flight
Launch Pad A - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The SN15 Starship prototype will perform a test flight similar to SN8 to SN11. It will launch up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft and do a belly …


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks ago
Starlink 25
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 4C
Success
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Yaogan 34
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Officially described as an optical remote-sensing satellite built by SAST.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Starlink 24
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 5B
Success
2 weeks, 5 days ago
Tianhe
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tianhe (which translates as "Heavenly Harmony") is the core module and backbone of the Chinese space station, designed to provide the main living qua…