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Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our October launch schedule. This month sees 202 satellites launched, 1 cargo delivery and 3 astronauts making their way to the ISS. Read on to find out more!

Last updated: October 29th 2020

Satellite Launches

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 6th: SpaceX launch the Starlink 12 mission, the 13th addition of about 60 satellites to their broadband network at 12:29 BST. The launch site is Cape Canaveral in Florida. Scrubbed on September 17th due to poor weather. Delayed from September 27th. Scrubbed on September 28th due to weather violations. Aborted on October 1st at T-minus 18 seconds.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 11th: China launch the Gaofen 13 Earth observation satellite from Xichang, China. It will launch aboard a Long March 3B rocket.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 18th: Starlink V1.0-L13 launches aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 13:27 BST. This will be the 14th addition of about 60 satellites to their broadband network. Delayed from September and October 10th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 24th: Starlink V1.0-L14 launches the 15th batch of about 60 satellites. The SpaceX mission launches aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and builds on their broadband network. The launch time is 15:31 GMT. Delayed from October 21st.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 25th: 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, late August and October 17th.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 26th: China launch 3 Yaogan 30-07 surveillance satellites from Xichang, China. The satellites will launch aboard a Long March 2C rocket at 15:19 GMT, alongside the Tianqi 6 data relay CubeSat.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 28th: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launches from the Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand. It will contain the CE-SAT-2B Earth imaging microsatellite for Canon Electronics and nine SuperDove Earth imaging nanosatellites for Planet. Nicknamed ‘In Focus’, the launch window is 21:14 to 22:03 GMT. Delayed from October 20th. Scrubbed on October 21st.

Launches to the ISS

  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 3rd: The 15th Cygnus cargo freighter will launch on mission NG-14, the International Space Station’s 14th operational cargo delivery flight. It will launch aboard a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia at 02:16 BST. Delayed from August 31st and September 7th. Moved forward from October 2nd. Delayed from September 29th by poor weather forecast. Scrubbed on October 2nd.
  • LAUNCH SUCCESS 14th: A Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft will carry the Expedition 64 crew to the International Space Station, consisting of NASA astronaut Kate Rubins and Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov. It will launch aboard a Russian government Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 06:45 BST, and remain at the ISS for six months as an escape pod.