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Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our August launch schedule. This month sees about 266 satellites launched and 2 rocket test flights. Read on to find out more!

Last updated: August 6th 2020

Satellite Launches

  • 6th: China launches its fourth Gaofen-9 series Earth observation satellite aboard a Long March 2D rocket. It will launch from Jiuquan at about 05:00 BST.
  • 7th: SpaceX launches Starlink 9, containing about 60 satellites, from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The Falcon 9 rocket will also contain 2 Earth observation microsatellites for BlackSky Global. Poor weather on July 8th led to this launch being scrubbed. Also scrubbed on July 11th due to a technical issue. Delayed from June 24th, 25th, 26th, July 29th, 31st, August 1st and 6th. Watch it live from 05:57 BST.
  • 14th: Arianespace launch an Ariane 5 ECA rocket (VA253) from Kourou in French Guiana. It will contain the Galaxy 30 communications satellite for IntelSat, the second Mission Extension Vehicle satellite servicing spacecraft for Space Logistics LLC and the BSat 4b broadcasting payload. The launch window is 22:33 to 23:20 BST. Delayed from July 28th. Scrubbed on July 31st due to liquid hydrogen tank sensor issue.
  • 26th: The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office will use a United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to launch a classified spy satellite. The launch site is Cape Canaveral, Florida. Delayed from June.
  • Undated: A Glonass K navigation satellite is launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia. It will launch atop a Russian government Soyuz rocket. Delayed from August 6th.
  • Undated: The Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept mission launches aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket from Kourou in French Guiana. It will contain around 50 microsatellites, nanosatellites and CubeSats for various customers. Delayed from August 2019, September 10th and February 2020. Delayed from March 23rd due to coronavirus outbreak. Delayed from June 18th due to unfavourable high-altitude winds. Scrubbed on June 27th and June 28th due to high-altitude winds. Delayed from August 17th.
  • Undated: Argentina’s space agency, CONAE, launch SAOCOM 1B, the second of 2 Earth observation satellites. It will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Originally launching from California, this launch was delayed from the last quarter of 2019, January, February, March 30th and late July.
  • Undated: SpaceX launches Starlink 10, the latest mission to launch 58 more Starlink satellites as part of their broadband network. The Falcon 9 rocket will also contain 3 SkySat Earth-imaging satellites for Planet, launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Watch it live.
  • Undated: SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It will contain the SXM 7 satellite for SiriusXM. Delayed from August 1st. Watch it live.
  • Undated: The 12th batch of around 60 Starlink satellites is launched on the Starlink 11 mission. The addition to SpaceX’s broadband network will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Watch it live.
  • Undated: India launch their first GEO Imaging Satellite, or GISAT 1. It will be launched by the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk. 2) from Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India. Delayed from January 15th, February and March 5th.
  • Undated: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellite aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Launching from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, the mission will include 4 Kleos Scouting Mission radio surveillance nanosatellites for Kleos Space, and multiple Lemur 2 CubeSats for Spire Global. Delayed from December.
  • Undated: India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicles (SSLV)’s first commercial mission will launch 4 Earth observation satellites for BlackSky Global from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. Delayed from November and early 2020.
  • Undated: 14 CubeSats for NASA field centres and U.S educational institutions and laboratories will be launched by NASA’s Venture Class Launch Service Program. The ELaNa-20 mission will launch aboard a Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket from a modified Boeing 747 named Cosmic Girl at Mojave Air and Space Port, California. Delayed from August 1st, September 1st, November, December 1st, mid-February and July 1st.

Test Flights

  • 7th: Astra’s small satellite launch vehicle will attempt its first orbital flight. Launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska, there will be no payload on this flight. The launch window is 03:00 to 05:00 BST. Scrubbed on August 3rd due to upper level winds and a boat being in range, and again on August 5th.
  • Undated: India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will perform its first orbital test flight from the Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India. Delayed from September, December and January.