We have just a few launches lined up for this week, South Korean startup Innospace plans to launch its Hanbit-TLV rocket (pictured) and Arianespace will launch a Vega C rocket with satellites from French Guiana. This week’s recap is quite long so watch the videos.
Monday, December 19
- The first launch of the week is from Innospace, a South Korean rocket startup. It plans to launch its sub-technology demonstration rocket, the Hanbit-TLV. The rocket will be used to test the first stage engine that will eventually be used in another rocket called the Hanbit Nano Orbital Launcher that will orbit satellites. Monday’s launch is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. UTC from the Alcántara Space Center in Brazil.
Tuesday 20 December
- In the second and final launch of the week, an Arianespace Vega C rocket will launch two Pleiades Neo Earth observation satellites. Pleiades Neo is a constellation of four satellites that take very high resolution images of Earth. The launch will also carry a secondary payload, the QQ Technology nanosat. The mission is scheduled to launch from French Guiana at 1:47 AM UTC.
- The first launch we saw last week was the Long March 4C carrying Xi’an-20 A/B satellites from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. They will be used to monitor the space environment.
- Subsequently, an Ariane 5 launched the Meteosat Third Generation-Imager 1 (MTG-I1), Galaxy 35, and Galaxy 36 satellites. The launch took place from French Guiana.
- On Wednesday, a Chinese Long March 2D launched Yaogan-36 05 into its planned orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
- Friday brought us the start of a long march from Xichang SLC, once again on March 11th. The rocket was carrying the Xi’an 21 satellite, which will be used for in-orbit verification of new space technologies.
- Subsequently, SpaceX launched NASA’s Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission. It will conduct the first global survey of Earth’s surface water.
- It was a busy few days for SpaceX as it then had to launch two SES O3b mPOWER satellites before landing the rocket’s first stage on the droneship.
- Finally, SpaceX concludes our list this week with the launch of Falcon 9, carrying 54 Starlink satellites into orbit. These will provide internet connectivity on the ground.
That’s it for this week, check in next week!