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Delta IV Heavy | NROL-82

Boeing | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Oct. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Government/Top Secret

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


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Firefly Alpha | Maiden Flight

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Oct. 15, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Test Flight

First flight of the new Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Nov. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Earth Science

The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS), is a partnership between NASA, NOAA, ESA, and EUMETSAT. This mission consists of two parts: the first one continues the long-term global sea surface height data record begun by first Jason satellites in 1992. This part of the mission will provide altimeter data necessary for ocean climate monitoring, ocean modelling and numerical ocean prediction, weather forecasting, marine meteorology, coastal altimetry and modelling. A secondary objective of the mission is to collect high-resolution vertical profiles of temperature, using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Radio-Occultation sounding technique, to assess temperature changes in the troposphere and stratosphere and to support numerical weather prediction. Sentinel-6A is to operate in a highly-inclined circular orbit at an altitude of 1336 km, with an operational mission lasting 5 years.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Dedicated SSO Rideshare Mission 1

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Dec. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | WorldView Legion 1

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 4-7

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 1-3

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | WorldView Legion 2

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | Landsat 9

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 14, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
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, will have a higher imaging capacity than past Landsats, allowing more valuable data to be added to the Landsat’s global land archive. Satellite will operaite in sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km and has a mission lifetime of 5 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
June 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Robotic Exploration

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor. DART is a planetary defense-driven test of one of the technologies for preventing the Earth impact of a hazardous asteroid: the kinetic impactor. DART’s primary objective is to demonstrate a kinetic impact on a small asteroid. The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the target for DART. While Didymos’ primary body is approximately 800 meters across, its secondary body (or “moonlet”) has a 150-meter size, which is more typical of the size of asteroids that could pose a more common hazard to Earth. The DART spacecraft will achieve the kinetic impact by deliberately crashing itself into the moonlet at a speed of approximately 6 km/s, with the aid of an onboard camera and sophisticated autonomous navigation software. The collision will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the main body by a fraction of one percent, enough to be measured using telescopes on Earth.

Heliocentric N/A
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Kuaizhou-11
Failure
5 days, 7 hours ago
Maiden Flight
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

First flight of the new solid launcher developed by ExPace, subsidiary of CASIC. It will carry 2 communication satellites on this launch.


Long March 3
Success
5 days, 23 hours ago
APStar-6D
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

APStar-6D is a commercial communications satellite for APT Satellite Company Ltd under an end-to-end contract signed with China Great Wall Industry...


Shavit-2
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Ofek-16
Unknown - Palmachim Airbase, State of Israel

Ofek is a series of Israeli reconnaissance satellites.


Long March 2D
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
Chuangxin 3A (02)
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Chuangxin is a series of experimental small satellites developed by China Academy of Science.


Electron
Failure
1 week, 3 days ago
Pics Or It Didn’t Happen
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

‘Pics Or It Didn’t Happen’ is the 13th mission for Rocket Lab. It was planned to deploy seven imaging small satellites to a 500km circular low Eart...


Long March 4
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen Multimode
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks ago
GPS III SV03 "Columbus"
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

GPS-IIIA (Global Positioning System) is the first evolution stage of the third generation of the GPS satellites. It consists of the first ten (know...


Long March 3
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Beidou-3 G3
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

This satellite is a part of the geostationary component of the 3rd phase of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system. It features a...


Long March 2D
Success
4 weeks ago
Gaofen-9-03
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


MOMO
Failure
1 month ago
Flight 5
Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan - Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, Japan

Interstellar Technologies will launch the 'MOMO' observation rocket on its fifth mission.