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China launches ambitious lunar sample return mission

November 23rd, 2020 by

Rocket: Chang Zheng 5; Payload: Chang’e-5; Date: 23 November 2020, 2030 UTC; Launch site: Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site, China. The Chang’e 5 spacecraft separated from the rocket 37 minutes after lift-off. The rocket placed the 8.2-metric ton Chang’e 5, which has four components — orbiter, lander, ascender and re-entry capsule — in an Earth-moon transfer trajectory.

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Launch dates for Soyuz missions

November 23rd, 2020 by

A Soyuz-ST-A rocket for orbiting a UAE FalconEye satellite will be rolled out to the launch pad of the Guiana Space Center on 25 November after repairs, a source in the Russian space industry said. Meanwhile, a Gonets launch from Plesetsk was delayed.

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Electron launches 30 smallsats; 1st stage recovered

November 22nd, 2020 by

Rocket: Electron; Payload: 30 smallsats; Date: 20 November 2020, 1520 UTC; Launch site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. The ‘Return to Sender’ mission deployed satellites for TriSept, Swam Technologies, Unseenlabs, and the Auckland Programme for Space Systems at The University of Auckland. The mission brings the total number of satellites launched by Rocket Lab to 95.

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Falcon 9 launches oceanography satellite Sentinel-6

November 21st, 2020 by

Rocket: Falcon 9; Payload: Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich; Date: 21 November 2020, 1717 UTC; Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The satellite was delivered into orbit just under an hour after lift-off and contact was established at the ground station in Alaska at 1849 UTC.

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Russia to launch first Arktika satellite in February 2021

November 18th, 2020 by

Russia’s Arktika-M, the first satellite to monitor the Arctic climate and environment, is going to be launched in February 2021, according to a source in the space and rocket industry.

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Up to 10 OneWeb satellite launches scheduled for 2021

November 18th, 2020 by

UK communications company OneWeb is planning to have eight to ten satellite launches in 2021 from the Guiana Space Center and the Baikonur and Vostochny spaceports, a spokesperson for Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Roskosmos state space corporation, was quoted as saying.

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