Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our May launch schedule! This month sees 223 satellites launched and 1 cargo delivery to a space station. Read on to find out more!
Last updated: May 15th 2021
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 4th Starlink V1.0-L25 : The 26th batch of Starlink satellites is launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 20:01 BST. It will carry approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 6th Yaogan 30-08 : 3 Yaogan 30-07 surveillance satellites will launch for the Chinese military from Xichang, China. At about 19:05 BST, they will launch aboard a Long March 2C rocket.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 9th Starlink V1.0-L26 : The 27th batch of 60 Starlink satellites for SpaceX’s broadband network launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. They will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 07:42 BST.
- 15th Running Out of Toes : Two optical Earth observation microsatellites are launched aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket for BlackSky. They will launch from the Mahia Penisula, New Zealand between 11:00 and 13:05 BST.
- 15th Starlink V1.0-L27 : SpaceX launch the 28th batch of 60 satellites for their broadband network. They will launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida at 23:54 BST. Watch it live from 23:41 BST.
- 17th SBIRS GEO Flight 5 : The U.S. military launch their 5th Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 5). Used for early-warning detection of missiles, it will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida at 18:35 BST.
- 27th OneWeb 7 : OneWeb launch 36 satellites from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia. They will launch aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket at 18:43 BST.
- 27th Fengyun 4B : China’s Fengyun 4B geostationary weather satellite is launched aboard a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang, China.
Launches to Space Stations
- 20th Tianzhou 2 : The first resupply freighter launches for the Chinese space station. Tianzhou 2 will launch aboard a Chinese Long March 7 from Wenchang, China.