ExPace, a division of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), is launching the Gaofen-02D Earth observation satellite on a Kuaizhou-1A rocket. The Gaofen-02D satellite will join the Jilin-1 constellation of satellites in Low Earth Orbit.
on January 15, 2021
Starship poses the ultimate challenge in aerospace engineering: a fully and rapidly reusable, super heavy-lift launch vehicle, capable of taking 150 tonnes to low Earth orbit. That’s more payload than the Saturn V, and it’ll be fully reusable!
on November 6, 2020
Russia is launching one of its GLONASS global positioning satellites to medium Earth orbit. It's going up on a Soyuz 2.1b rocket, from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in the Archangel region of North West Russia. Soyuz has been the workhorse of the Soviet/Russian space program. The first launch of the Soyuz 2-1a version on November 8, 2004 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome represented a major step in the Soyuz launch vehicle’s development program. Fregat is the upper (4th) stage of Soyuz 2.1, and it first flew in the year 2000.
on October 19, 2020
Cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins are launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They are traveling to Low Earth Orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). This crew will form Expedition 64 on the ISS and will be joined two weeks later by SpaceX' Crew 1 flight raising the crew complement to 7.
on October 14, 2020