Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our November launch schedule. This month sees about 116 satellites launched, 4 astronauts make their way to the ISS and 1 mission to the Moon. Read on to find out more!
Last updated: December 1st 2020
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 5th GPS 3 SV04 : A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It will carry the U.S. Air Force’s fourth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System, built by Lockheed Martin. The launch window is 23:24 to 23:39 GMT. Delayed from October 2019, December, May, July and August. Moved forward from October 1st. Delayed from September 30th and October 1st. Scrubbed on October 2nd at T-minus 2 seconds. Delayed from November 4th.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 6th ÑuSat 9-18 : 10 ÑuSat Earth-imaging satellites launch aboard a Chinese Long March 6 rocket for Argentine company Satellogic at 03:18 GMT. The launch site will be Taiyuan, China. Delayed from October 14th.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 7th Tianqi 11 : A Ceres 1 rocket launches on its inaugural flight from Jiuquan, China at 07:12 GMT. From Chinese company Galactic Energy, it contains a small satellite named Tianqi 11 for data transmission and collection.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 7th EOS 1 : ISRO will launch the EOS 1 (formerly RISAT 2BR2) radar Earth observation satellite aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Launching from the Satish Dhawan Space Center at 09:32 GMT, 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 and November 6th.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 12th Tiantong 1-02 : China launch the Tiantong 1-02 mobile communications satellite aboard a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang, China.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 13th NROL-101 : The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launch a classified payload aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. It will launch mission NROL-101 from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 22:13 GMT. Delayed from September, October and November 3rd. Scrubbed on November 4th. Delayed from November 6th, 8th and 11th and 12th.
- LAUNCH FAILURE 17th SEOSat-Ingenio & Taranis : ESA‘s SEOSat-Ingenio Earth observation satellite and CNES‘s Taranis satellite will launch aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket at 01:52 GMT. The launch site is in Kourou, French Guiana. Delayed from June due to coronavirus outbreak. Delayed from August 25th and September. Moved forward from November 18th. Delayed from November 13th.
- LAUNCH SUCCESSFUL 20th Return to Sender : 30 small satellites and payloads are launched aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. It will launch between 01:44 and 04:34 GMT, and includes Rocket Lab’s first attempt at recovering the first stage of the rocket via parachute. Delayed from November 16th and 19th.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 21st Sentinel 6-Micahel Freilich : The Sentinel 6A, or Jason-CS A, satellite will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 17:17 GMT. Launching from Vandenburg Air Force Base in California, the satellite is a joint mission between ESA, NASA, NOAA, CNES and Eumetsat. It was built by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space. Also named Sentinel 6- Michael Freilich. Delayed from November 10th due to engine issue. Watch it live.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 25th Starlink V1.0-L15 : Starlink V1.0-L15 launches the 16th batch of about 60 satellites for SpaceX’s broadband network. They will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 02:13 GMT. Delayed from October and November 21st. Scrubbed on November 22nd. Delayed from November 24th. Watch it live from 02:19 GMT.
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 29th Optical Data Relay Satellite : Japan’s first Optical Data Relay Satellite is launched to geosynchronous orbit by a Japanese H-2A rocket. It will launch from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan between 07:15 and 09:15 GMT.
Launches to the ISS
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 16th Crew-1 : 4 astronauts make their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first crewed operational flight. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 00:27 GMT. Delayed from late September, October 23rd, 31st, November 11th and 13th.
Missions to the Moon
- LAUNCH SUCCESS 23rd Chang’e 5 : China launch Chang’e 5, the first lunar sample return mission since 1976 aboard a Long March 5 rocket. It will launch from Wenchang, China. Delayed from November 2019.