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Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our July launch schedule. This month sees up to 18 satellites launched, 3 missions to Mars and one cargo delivery to the International Space Station. Read on to find out more!

Last updated: October 29th 2020

Satellite Launches

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 3rd: China launch a Gaofen high-resolution multi-mode Earth observation satellite from Taiyuan, China. Launching aboard a Long March 4B rocket, it will lift off at 04:10 BST.
  • LAUNCH FAILURE 4th: US private company Rocket Lab launch several private satellites. They launch atop an Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Nicknamed ‘Pics or it Didn’t Happen’, the mission will launch the CE-SAT-IB Earth-imaging satellite for Canon Electronics, five SuperDove Earth observation cubesats for Planet, and also the Faraday 1 cubesat for In-Space Missions. Delayed from July 3rd.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 5th: The Shiyan 6-02 satellite is launched by a Chinese Long March 2D rocket. It will launch from Jiuquan, China at 00:44 BST.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 6th: The Israeli Ministry of Defence launch the Ofeq 16 high-resolution reconnaissance satellite aboard a Shavit 2 rocket. Built by Israel Aerospace Industries, it will launch from the Palmachim Air Base, Israel at 02:00 BST.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 9th: China launches the Apstar 6D communications satellite for APT Mobile Satcom Ltd, built by the China Academy of Space Technology. It will launch aboard a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang, China at 13:11 BST.
  • LAUNCH FAILURE 10th: A Chinese Kuaizhou 11 rocket will launch on its first mission carrying a Jilin 1 commercial Earth imaging-satellite for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd and the Centispace-1-S2 microsatellite. It will launch from Jiuquan, China at 05:17 BST.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 15th: The US Air Force launches mission NROL-129, a Minotaur 4 rocket. It will contain a classified spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office. The launch site is NASA‘s Wallop Flight Facility in Virginia.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 20th: SpaceX launches Anasis 2, or KMilSatCom 1, aboard their Falcon 9 rocket. The communications satellite for the South Korean military will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Delayed from 14th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 25th: From Taiyun in China, the third Ziyuan 3 land survey satellite will launch aboard a Chinese Long March 4B rocket. It will launch about 04:15 BST.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 30th: From the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Express 80 and Express 103 communications satellites launch. Owned by the Russian Satellite Communication Company, they launch aboard a Russian Proton rocket at 22:25 BST. Delayed from July 29th.

Mars Missions

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 19th: The Hope Mars Mission launches for the United Arab Emirates, aboard a Japanese H-2A rocket. It will launch at 10:58pm BST from Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. Delayed from July 14th and 16th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 23rd: Tianwen 1 is a Chinese mission to launch an orbiter and a small rover to Mars. It will launch from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan, China aboard a Long March 5 rocket.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 30th: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida sees the launch of NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover. It launches aboard an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Delayed from July 17th, 20th and 22nd.

Launches to the ISS

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 23rd: The 76th Progress cargo spacecraft makes its way to the International Space Station. To get there, it will launch atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
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