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Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our August launch schedule 2021. This month sees at least 44 satellites launched and 2 launches to space stations. Read on to find out more!

Last updated: September 4th 2021

Satellite Launches

  • LAUNCH FAILURE 3rd Unknown : An unidentified payload will launch aboard a Hyperbola 1 rocket from Jiuquan, China at 08:39 BST. The rocket was developed by Chinese company i-Space.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 4th KL-Beta A/B : A Chinese Long March 6 rocket launches from Taiyuan, China and 12:01 BST. It will carry the KL-Beta A and B tech demo satellites for the Shanghai Institute of Microsatellite Innovation and German company KLEO Connect.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 5th Zhongxing 2E : Also known as Chinasat 2E, the Zhongxing 2E satellite launches aboard a Chinese Long March 3B rocket from Xichang, China for the Chinese military.
  • LAUNCH FAILURE 12th GSLV Mk.2 EOS 3 : Designated GSLV-F10, India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2) launches from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India at 01:13 BST. It will carry the first GEO Imaging Satellite (EOS 3) for India. Delayed from January 15th 2020, February 2020, March 5th 2020, March 28th 2021, April 18th and May.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 17th Pléiades Neo 4 : Arianespace launch a Vega rocket, designated VV19, carrying the Pléiades Neo 4 Earth observation satellite for Airbus and multiple rideshare payloads at 02:47 BST. Launching from Kourou, Frech Guiana, this is the 2nd of 4 satellites in the series. Delayed from June and July.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 21st OneWeb 9 : 34 OneWeb satellites are launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket. They will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan at 23:13 BST as part of their broadband network. Delayed from August 2nd.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 24th RSW : China launch a Long March 2C rocket carrying two RSW demonstration satellites from Jiuquan, China at 12:15 BST. The satellites will be part of a Chinese space-based internet network.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 24th TJS 7 : The TJS 7 geostationary satellite is launched aboard a Chinese Long March 3B rocket from Xichang, China at 16:41 BST.
  • LAUNCH FAILURE 28th STP-27AD1 : The U.S. Space Force and the Space Test Program launch a test payload aboard a small satellite launch vehicle known as Rocket 3.3 and developed by Astra. It will launch from the Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska at 23:35 BST on the 29th. Scrubbed on August 27th.

Launches to Space Stations

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 10th NG-16 : The 17th Cygnus cargo freighter is launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket to the International Space Station. Known as NG-16, it will launch from Wallops Island, Virginia at 22:56 BST. Delayed from July and August 1st.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 29th SpaceX CRS 23 : The 3rd cargo resupply mission by the SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft will launch to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida at about 08:14 BST. This is SpaceX’s 23rd mission under its Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from August 18th. Scrubbed on August 27th due to bad weather.