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Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our January launch schedule. This month sees about 223 satellites launched. Read on to find out more!

Last updated: February 1st 2021

Satellite Launches

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 8th Turksat 5A : SpaceX launch the Turksat 5A satellite on behalf of Turksat. Built by Airbus with Turkish contributions, it will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida between 01:28 and 05:28 GMT. Delayed from November 30th 2020 December 2020 and January 4th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 17th ELaNa-20 : 14 CubeSats for NASA field centres and U.S educational institutions and laboratories will be launched by NASA’s Venture Class Launch Service Program between 18:00 and 22:00 GMT. 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 2019, September 1st 2019, November 2019, December 1st 2019, mid-February, July 1st, August 14th and December 19th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 19th Tiantong 1-03 : China launch the Tiantong 1-03 communications satellite. It will launch at 16:25 GMT aboard a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang, China.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 20th Another One Leaves the Crust : A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launches on a mission nicknamed ‘Another One Leaves the Crust’ at 07:26 GMT. It will launch a small communications satellite for German company OHB Group from the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. Scrubbed on January 16th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 20th Starlink V1.0-L16 : Approximately 60 satellites are launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of their Starlink broadband network. Known as Starlink V1.0-L16, the 17th Starlink mission will launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 13:02 GMT. Delayed from January 18th and 19th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 24th Transporter 1 : The Transporter 1 mission launches aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to a sun-synchronous orbit from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 15:00 GMT. It will contain 143 commercial and government microsatellites and nanosatellites. Delayed from December 16th 2020, January 14th, 21st and 22nd. Scrubbed on January 23rd due to poor weather.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 29th Yaogen 31 : 3 Yaogen 31-series military satellites launch from China aboard a Long March 4C rocket. It will launch from Jiuquan at 04:47 GMT.