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Falcon 9 Block 5 | NAOS

SpaceX | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2024
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

NAOS (National Advanced Optical System) is the space component of Luxembourg's governmental dual-use observation satellite system LUXEOSys (Luxembourg Earth Observation System). Its purpose is to provide high resolution images to national and international governmental and military organizations such as NATO. The 800 kg satellite is built by OHB Italia and is equipped with a very high-resolution optical camera with a ground reolution of 50 cm in an around 450 km high sun-synchronous orbit. It will have a operational life time of 7 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Minotaur IV | NROL-174

Orbital ATK | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2024
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Unknown
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SPHEREx & PUNCH

SpaceX | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD April, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

SPHEREx is a planned two-year astrophysics mission to survey the sky in the near-infrared light, which, though not visible to the human eye, serves as a powerful tool for answering cosmic questions involving the birth of the universe, and the subsequent development of galaxies. It also will search for water and organic molecules – essentials for life as we know it – in regions where stars are born from gas and dust, known as stellar nurseries, as well as disks around stars where new planets could be forming. Astronomers will use the mission to gather data on more than 300 million galaxies, as well as more than 100 million stars in our own Milky Way galaxy. NASA’s Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere (PUNCH) mission will share a ride to space with SPHEREx. It consists of four suitcase-sized satellites, which will focus on the Sun’s outer atmosphere (the corona) and how it generates the solar wind. The spacecraft also will track coronal mass ejections – large eruptions of solar material that can drive large space weather events near Earth – to better understand their evolution and develop new techniques for predicting such eruptions.

Polar Orbit
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Minotaur IV | EWS OD-1

Orbital ATK | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD May, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

The Electro-Optical/Infrared Weather System (EWS) Operational Demonstration-1 (OD-1) is a weather satellite for the United States Space Force. It is a prototype satellite made by General Atomics that will be place in LEO for a three-year demonstration mission of new EO/IR sensor technologies to various US military branches, and to act as a stop-gap for Defense Department needs for weather data.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sentinel-6B

SpaceX | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD November, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich (launched November 2020) and Sentinel-6B make up the Sentinel-6 mission, also known as Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS), which is a partnership between NASA, NOAA, ESA, and EUMETSAT. This mission continues the long-term global sea surface height data record begun by first Jason satellites in 1992.

Low Earth Orbit Unknown F9 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 4
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SDA Tranche 1 Transport Layer C

SpaceX | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified mission launched by the Space Development Agency (SDA) for Tranche 1 Transport Layer.

Polar Orbit
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Vulcan | USSF-114

United Launch Alliance | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified payload for the US Space Force.

Unknown
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Vulcan | SDA Tranche 1 Tracking Layer D

United Launch Alliance | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified mission launched by the Space Development Agency (SDA) for Tranche 1 Tracking Layer.

Polar Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SDA Tranche 1 Transport Layer B

SpaceX | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified mission launched by the Space Development Agency (SDA) for Tranche 1 Transport Layer.

Polar Orbit
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Vulcan | SDA Tranche 1 Tracking Layer B

United Launch Alliance | United States of America
Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA
TBD December, 2025
Status: To Be Determined
Mission:

Classified mission launched by the Space Development Agency (SDA) for Tranche 1 Tracking Layer.

Polar Orbit
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Falcon 9
Failure
3 days, 15 hours ago
Starlink Group 9-3
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 20 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Hyperbola-1
Failure
4 days, 18 hours ago
Yunyao-1 15-17
Launch Area 95A - Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

3 weather satellites performing atmospheric measurements using GNSS Radio Occultation for a Tianjin based company. Constellation is planned to have a…


Ariane 62
Success
5 days, 23 hours ago
Maiden Flight
Ariane Launch Area 4 - Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana

Maiden Flight of the Ariane 62 launch vehicle, carrying ten cubesats, two deployers, five experiments, and two reentry capsules.


Falcon 9
Success
6 days, 18 hours ago
Türksat 6A
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Türksat 6A is Turkey's first domestically manufactured geostationary communications satellite. It is to reside in 42° East orbital slot, providing se…


Long March 6A
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Tianhui 5 Group 02
Launch Complex 9A - Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

A pair of satellites officially described as for cartographic surveying purposes, details TBD.


Firefly Alpha
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
FLTA005 (Noise of Summer)
Space Launch Complex 2W - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Fifth flight of the Firefly Alpha small sat launcher, carrying eight cubesats for NASA's ELaNa 43 (Educational Launch of a Nanosatellite) mission.


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Starlink Group 8-9
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 20 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


H3-22
Success
2 weeks ago
Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4 (ALOS-4)
Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-2 - Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-4 (ALOS-4) is a Japanese satellite designed to observe the Earth's surface using a phased array type L-band syn…


Long March 7A
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
ChinaSat 3A
201 - Wenchang Space Launch Site, People's Republic of China

Chinese communication geostationary satellite for unknown purposes.


Falcon 9
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
NROL-186
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Second batch of satellites for a reconnaissance satellite constellation built by SpaceX and Northrop Grumman for the National Reconnaissance Office t…