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Russian space program in 2021

On February 20, Head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin paid a visit to the Kremlin for a report to the president on the year-end status of the Russian space sector. In a public transcript of his exchange with Vladimir Putin, Rogozin said that 29 space launches had been planned for 2021, including missions postponed from the previous year, referring primarily to the OneWeb Internet satellites, but also to the long-delayed launch of the Luna-25 lander and the Obzor-R radar-carrying satellite. Two modules for the Russian Segment of the International Space Station, ISS, (Nauka and Prichal) were also promised to fly. Finally, one Angara-5 and two Angara-1.2 launchers were scheduled to continue flight testing of the new rocket family. According to Rogozin, the Russian civilian satellite constellation included 89 spacecraft at the time. In the meantime, as of August 2021, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, RVSN, promised to deploy 15 new ICBMs before the end of the year.

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A Proton rocket with the MLM-U Nauka module lifts off on July 21, 2021.

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The world's orbital launch attempts in 2021 (as of November 30, 2021 ):

Country
Launch date
Time of launch
Payload
Payload type
Launch vehicle
Launch site
Launch complex
Launch pad
Status
1
USA
Jan. 7
9:15 p.m. EST
Turksat-5A
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (104, B1060.4)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
2
USA
Jan. 17
10:38 a.m. PST
10 ELaNa CubeSats: CACTUS-1, ExoCube-12, MiTEE, CoSGC, PolarCube, Cu-PACE, TechEdSat-7, CAPE-3, RadExSat-2, PICS-1, -2
Experimental
LauncherOne Rocket 3/Boeing-747 Cosmic Girl
Mojave
-
-
Success
3
China
Jan. 20
00:25 Beijing Time
Tiangong-1-03
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3/G2
Xichang
2
-
Success
4
USA
Jan. 20
07:26 UTC
GMS-T
-
Electron
Mahia
LC1
-
Success
5
USA
Jan. 20
8:02 a.m. EST
Starlink Flight 17 (956-1,014) (60)
Application / communications
Falcon-9-105 (B1051.8 S)
Cape Canaveral (KSC)
39A
A
Success
6
USA
Jan. 24
10:00 a.m. EST
Transporter-1: Starlink (x10), ASELSAT, Capella-3 (Whitney-1), Capella-4 (Whitney-2), Charlie, PIXL-1 (CubeL, OSIRIS4Cubesat), Flock-4s (x40), GHGSat-C2 (Hugo), ICEYE-X8, -X9, -X10, IDEASSat, ION-SVC 2 (ION-SVC Laurentius, PULSE) [Flock-4s (x8), SpaceBEE (x12)], Kepler (x8), Landmapper-Demo-6, -7, Lemur-2 (x8), Prometheus-2.10 (P2-10), ELaNa-35: PTD-1, QPS-SAR-2 Izanami (IQPS-2), ADELIS-SAMSON-1, -2, -3, SOMP-2b, SpaceBEE (x24), SXRS-3 / Sherpa-FX 1 [ARCE-1A, ARCE-1B, ARCE-1C, Astrocast (x5), Hawk-2A, -2B, -2C, hosted payloads: Celestis-17, ELROI, EyeStar-Tag], UVSQ-SAT, V-R3X (x3), XR-1, YUSAT
Application
Falcon-9 (106-B1063.2S)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
7
China
Jan. 29
12:47 Beijing Time
Yaogan Weixing-31 Group-2
Military
Chang Zheng-4C (Y31)
Jiuquan
43/94
-
Success
8
China
Feb. 1
16:15 Beijing Time
Fangzhou-2
Experimental
Shuang Quxian-1 (Y2)
Jiuquan
43/95
-
Failure
9
Russia
Feb. 2
23:45:28.079 Moscow Time
Military / electronic intelligence
4
Success
10
USA
Feb. 4
1:19 a.m. EST
Starlink Flight 18 (60 sats: 1,014-1,074)
Application / communications
Falcon-9-107 v1.2 (Block 5)
Cape Canaveral
LC-40
-
Success
11
China
Feb. 4
23:36:04.286 Beijing Time
TJSW-6
Military
Chang Zheng-3B/G3 Y77
Xichang
3
-
Success
12
Russia
Feb. 15
07:45:06.310 Moscow Time
Piloted / cargo supply
6
Success
13
USA
Feb. 15
10:59 p.m. EST
Starlink Flight 19 (60 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 v1.2 Block 5, Flight 108 (B1059.6 S)
Cape Canaveral
LC-40
-
Success
14
USA
Feb. 20
12:36:54.4 p.m. EST
Cygnus NG-15 (CRS-15, S.S. Kathrine Johnson), ThinSat 2 (x30), DhabiSat (MYSat-2), Gunsmoke-J-2 (Jacob's Ladder-2), IT-Spins, Classified U.S. government payload (x2)
Piloted / cargo supply
Wallops Isl.
-
-
Success
15
China
Feb. 21
10:22 Beijing Time
Yaogan Weixing-31 Group-3 (x3)
Military
Chang Zheng-4C
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
16
India
Feb. 28
10:24 a.m. India Standard Time
Amazonia-1, SindhuNetra, SDSat, NanoConnect-2, UNITYsat-1 - 3, SpaceBEE-76 - 87
Application / remote sensing
PSLV-C51
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
17
Russia
Feb. 28
09:55:01.415 Moscow Time
Application / weather forecasting
6
Success
18
USA
March 4
03:24:54 a.m. EST
Starlink Flight 20 (60 sats)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (B1049.8)
Cape Canaveral, KSC
39A
A
Success
19
USA
March 11
03:13:29 a.m. EST
Starlink Flight 21 (60 sats)
Application / communications
Falcon-9-110 (B1058.6 S)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
20
China
March 12
01:51 Beijing Time
Shiyan-9
Experimental
Chang Zheng-7A (Y2)
Wenchang
-
-
Success
21
China
March 13
10:19 Beijing Time
Yaogan Weixing-31 Group-4 (x3)
Military
Chang Zheng-4C (Y42)
Jiuquan
43/94
-
Success
22
USA
March 14
6:01 a.m. EDT
Starlink Flight 22 (v1.0 L21) (60 sats)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (111 - B1051.9 S)
Cape Canaveral, KSC
39A
A
Success
23
Russia
March 22
09:07:12.770 Moscow Time
Application / remote sensing
6
Success
24
USA
March 23
11:30 New Zealand Decree Time
BlackSky-7, Centauri-3, Gunsmoke-J-1 (Jacob's Ladder-1), M2-A, M2-B, Myriota-7, Veery RL1-v0.1
Various
Electron/Photon
Mahia
LC-1A
A
Success
25
USA
March 24
4:28 a.m. EDT
Starlink Flight 23 (60 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
26
Russia
March 25
05:47:33.180 Moscow Time
Application / communications
-
Success
27
China
March 31
06:45 Beijing Time
Gaofen-12 02
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-4C (Y43)
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
28
USA
April 7
12:34 p.m. EDT
Starlink (60 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
29
China
April 9
07:01 Beijing Time
Shiyan-6-3
Experimental
Chang Zheng-4B (Y49)
Taiyuan
9
-
Success
30
Russia
April 9
10:42:40.496 Moscow Time
6
Success
31
USA
April 23
5:49 a.m. EDT
Crew Dragon (Endeavour)
Piloted
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral, KSC
39A
A

Success

32
Russia
April 26
01:14:08.194 Moscow Time
Application / communications
-
Success
33
USA
April 26
1:47 p.m. Pacific Time
NROL-82
Military
Delta-4 Heavy
Vandenberg
SLC-6
-
Success
34
China
April 26
11:20 Beijing Time
Qilu-1, Qilu-4, Foshan-1, Zhongan Guotong-1, Tianqi-09, Taijing-2-01, Jinzijing-1, Qiyuan taikong NEO-1
Application
Chang Zheng-6
Taiyuan
16
-
Success
35
Europe
April 28
10:50 p.m. French Guiana Time
Pleiades Neo-3, NorSat-3, Tyvak-182A (Eutelsat ELO alpha)
Military / reconnaissance
-
Success
36
China
April 29
-
Tianhe
Unpiloted / space station module
Chang Zheng-5B (Y2)
Wenchang
-
-
Success
37
USA
April 28
11:44 p.m. EDT
Starlink (60 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
38
China
April 30
15:27 Beijing Time
Yaogan-34
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-4C
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
39
USA
May 4
2:01 p.m. EDT
Starlink (No. 1,505-1,565)
Application / communications
Falcon-9FT Block 5 (F9-116)
Cape Canaveral, KSC
39A
A
Success
40
China
May 7
02:11 Beijing Time
Yaogan-30 (Group 8: A, B, C), Tianqi-12
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-2C
Xichang
3
-
Success
41
USA
May 9
2:42 a.m. EDT
Starlink (60 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 B1051 (10th flight)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
42
USA
May 15
22:11 New Zealand Time
BlackSky Global (Group 20: 2 satellites)
Application / remote-sensing
Electron
Mahia
1
-
Failure
43
USA
May 15
6:56 p.m. EDT
Starlink (Flight 28: 52 satellites), Tyvak-0130, Capella-6 (Capella Whitney-4)
Application / communications
Falcon-9-118 (B1058.8S)
Cape Canaveral, KSC
LC-39A
A

Success

44
USA
May 18
1:37 p.m. EDT
SBIRS Geo-5, TDO-3, TDO-4
Military / early warning
Atlas-5 (421)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
45
China
May 19
04:03 UTC
Haiyang-2D
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-4B (Y48)
Jiuquan
43/94
-
Success
46 USA May 26 2:59:35 p.m. EDT Starlink (60 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9-119 (B1063.2)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
47 Russia May 28 20:38:39.549 Moscow Time OneWeb-7 (36 satellites: 183-218) Application / communications Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat Vostochny 1S - Success
48 China May 29 - Tianzhou-2 Unpiloted / cargo supply Chang Zheng-7 (Y3) Wenchang 201 - Success
49 China June 2 - Fengyun-4B Application / weather forecasting Chang Zheng-3B Xichang - - Success
50 USA June 3 1:29 p.m. EDT Cargo Dragon V2 SpX-22 (CRS-22) Unpiloted / cargo supply Falcon-9 (120) (B1067) Cape Canaveral, KSC 39 - Success
51 USA June 6 00:26 EDT Sirius-XM-8 Application / broadcasting Falcon-9 (121) (B1061.3 S) Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
52 China June 11 11:03 Bejing Time Beijing Xilie-3 dai xing, Haisi-2, Yangwang-1, Taikong Shiyan-1 'Tianjian Weixing' Science, Applications Chang Zheng-2D Taiyuan - - Success
53 Iran June 12 ? Tolou-2 (?) Military Simorgh (Safir-2) Semnan 2 - Failure
54 USA June 13 08:11:05 UTC Odyssey (TacRL-2, USA-316) Military Pegasus-XL/L-1011 Stargazer Vandenberg Air-launched - Success
55 USA June 15 9:35 a.m. Eastern Time NROL-111: USA-317, USA-318, USA-319 Military Minotaur-1 Wallops Isl. MARS LP-0B B Success
56 China June 17 09:22 Beijing Time Shenzhou-12 Piloted Chang Zheng-2F (Y12) Jiuquan 43/91 - Success
57 USA June 17 16:09:35 UTC GPS-3 SV05 (Navstar-78, Neil Armstrong) Military / navigation Falcon-9 (122) (B1062.2 S) Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
58 China June 18 06:30 UTC Yaogan-30-09 (1), Yaogan-30-09 (2),
Yaogan-30-09 (2),
Tianqi-14
Military / electronic intelligence Chang Zheng-2C Xichang - - Success
59 Russia June 25 22:50:00 Moscow Time Kosmos-2550 (Pion-NKS No. 901) Military / ELINT Soyuz-2-1b Plesetsk 43 4 Success
60 Russia June 30 02:27:20.324 Moscow Time Progress MS-17 Piloted / cargo supply Soyuz-2-1a
6
Success
61
USA
June 30
14:47 UTC
"Tubular Bells: Part One": HALO-Net Free Flyer, Gunsmoke-J 3, CNCE Block-1 (x2), (STP-27VPA/DIU), BRIK-2, STORK-4, STORK-5 (MARTA)
Experimental
LauncherOne/Boeing-747 Cosmic Girl
Mojave
Runway 12/30
-
Success
62 USA June 30 3:31 p.m. Eastern Time Transporter-2: Starlink (x3) [v1.0 R1], Capella-5 (Whitney-3), Centauri-4, D2/AtlaCom-1, EarthTV-1, EG-3 (Tyvak-0173), GNOMES-2, ICEYE-X11, ICEYE-X12, ICEYE-X13, ION-SCV-003 (Dauntless David, Wild Ride) [NAPA-2 (RTAF-SAT-2), Spartan, Neptuno, W-Cube, Ghalib, QMR-KWT, hosted payload: LaserCube, Nebula, Worldfloods], LINCS-A, LINCS-B, LEMUR-2 (x2), Mandrake-2A, Mandrake-2B, ÑuSat-19-22, SAI-2, Sherpa-FX2 [Astrocast (x5), Hawk-3A, -3B, -3C, LEMUR-2 (x3), Lynk-06 (Shannon), PAINANI-2, SpaceBEE (x12), hosted payload: TagSat-2], Sherpa-LTE1 [ARTHUR-1, Astro Digital Demo-8 (Tenzing, Tanker-001), Astro Digital Demo-9 (Shasta), Faraday Phoenix, KSF-1A (PVM-1A), KSF-1B (PVM-1B), KSF-1C (PVM-1C), KSF-1D (PVM-1D) {KSM-2, Kleos Polar Vigilance Mission}, LEMUR-2, Tiger-2], SpaceBEE (xTBD), TUBIN, Umbra-2001, XR-2, YAM-2, YAM-3 Experimental Falcon-9 (123) (B1060.8 L)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
63 Russia July 1 15:48:33.383 Moscow Time 36 OneWeb (Satellites 219-254) Applications / communications Soyuz 2-1b /Fregat
-
Success
64 China July 3 10:51 Beijing Time Jilin-1 Kuanfu-01B “Neimenggu-1”, Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 01 "Xueersi" Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 02, Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 03, Xingshidai-10 "Guangdong Hengjian" Military Chang Zheng-2D (Y74) Taiyuan 9 - Success
65 China July 5 07:28 Beijing Time Fengyun san hao 05 xing, i.e. FY-3 Satellite-05 Appllication / weather forecasting Chang Zheng-4C Jiuquan 43/94 - Success
66 China July 6 23:55 Beijing Time Tianlian-1 (05) Application / data relay Chang Zheng-3C/G3 (Y18) Xichang 3 - Success
67 China July 9 19:59 Beijing Time Ningxia-1 (Group 2) Application / remote-sensing Chang Zheng-6 (Y6) Taiyuan 16 - Success
68 China July 19 08:19 Beijing Time Yaogan-30 Group-10, Tianqi-15 "Ruijin-1" Military / signal intelligence Chang Zheng-2C (Y49) Xichang 3 -

Success

69 Russia July 21 17:58:24.938 Moscow Time MLM-U Nauka Piloted / space station module Proton-M Baikonur 200 39 Success
70 USA July 29 18:00 New Zealand Time "It's A Little Chile Up Here" STP-27RM: Monolith Military Electron/Kick Stage Mahia LC-1A A Success
71 China July 29 12:01 p.m. Beijing Time Tianhui-1 (04) Cartography Chang Zheng-2D Jiuquan - - Success
72 Europe July 30 6:00:07.3 p.m. French Guiana Time Star One D2, Eutelsat Quantum Application / communications Ariane-5 ECA+ Kourou ELA-3 - Success
73 China Aug. 3 15:39:30 Beijing Time Jilin-1, Mofang-01A, Tianshu Application / remote sensing Shian Quxian-1 (Y5) Jiuquan 43/95B - Failure
74 China Aug. 4 11:01 UTC KL-beta (A, B) - Chang Zheng-6 (Y7) Taiyuan 16 - Success
75 China Aug. 5 16:30 UTC Shentong 2-05 (Zhongxing-2E) Military / communications Chang Zheng-3B Xichang - - Success
76 USA Aug. 10 6:01:09.300 p.m. EDT Cygnus NG-16 Onizuka (CRS-16) Piloted / cargo supply Antares-230+ Wallops Isl. LP-0A - Success
77 India Aug. 12 05:43 India Standard Time EOS-03 (GISAT-1) Application / remote sensing GSLV Mk.2 (F10) Sriharikota - - Failure
78 Europe Aug. 16 10:47 French Guiana time Pléiades Neo-4, BRO-4, SUNSTORM, LEDSAT, RADCUBE Application / remote sensing Vega Kourou ELA-1 - Success
79 China Aug. 19 06:32 Beijing Time Tianhui-2-02-1, Tianhui-2-02-2 Military / reconnaissance Chang Zheng-4B Taiyuan - -

Success

80 Russia Aug. 22 01:13:40.425 Moscow Time 36 OneWeb (Satellites 255-288) Applications / communications Soyuz 2-1b /Fregat
6
Success
81 China Aug. 24 19:15 Beijing Time Ronghe Shiyan Weixing-1, -2, Experimental maneuverable satellite Application / communications Chang Zheng-2C/YZ-1S
Jiuquan
53/94
-
Success
82 China Aug. 24 23:41 Beijing Time TJS-7 Military / early warning? Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
3
-
Success
83 USA Aug. 28 3:35:00 p.m. Pacific Time STP-27AD1 Military Astra Rocket 3.3 LV0006
Kodiak
LP-3B
-
Failure
84 USA Aug. 29 03:14:49 a.m. EDT Dragon v2 SpX-23 (CRS-23) Piloted / cargo supply Falcon-9-124 (B1061.4 S)
Cape Canaveral, KSC
LC-39A
A
Success
85 USA Sept. 2 6:59 p.m. PST SUV [BSS1, CRESST DREAM COMET, FossaSat-1B (Fossa-1B), FossaSat-2 (Fossa-2), GENESIS-L, GENESIS-N, Hiapo, NPS-CENETIX-Orbital 1, Qubik-1, Qubik-2, TIS Serenity (TISSCCE), Spinnaker 3, Firefly Capsule-1 Experimental Firefly's Alpha FLTA0001
Vandenberg
SLC-2W
W
Failure
86 China Sept. 7 03:01 UTC Gaofen-5 Application / remote sensing Chang Zheng-4C (Y40)
Taiyuan
9
-
Success
87 China Sept. 9 11:50 UTC Zhongxing-9B Application / communications Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
2
-
Success
88 Russia Sept. 9 22:59:47.491 Moscow Time Kosmos-2551 Military Soyuz-2-1v
4
Success
89 USA Sept. 13 8:55:50 p.m. PDT Starlink Group 2-1 (51 satellites) Applications / communications Falcon-9-125 (B1049.10S) Vandenberg
4E
E
Success
90 Russia Sept. 14 21:07:19.121 Moscow Time 36 OneWeb (Satellites 289-322) Applications / communications Soyuz 2-1b /Fregat
6
Success
91 USA Sept. 15 8:02:56 p.m. EDT Dragon Crew (Inspiration) Piloted / tourism Falcon-9-126 (B1062.3S)
Cape Canaveral, KSC
39A
A
Success
92 China Sept. 20 - Tianzhou-3 Piloted / cargo supply Chang Zheng-7 (Y4)
Wenchang
-
-
Success
93 China Sept. 27 - Shiyan-10 - Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
-
-
Failure
94 China Sept. 27 06:19 UTC Jillin-1, Gaofen-02D Application / remote-sensing Kuaizhou-1A
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
95 USA Sept. 27 18:12:00 UTC Landsat-9, ELaNa-34: CUTE, CuPID, Cesium-M1A, -M1B Application / remote sensing Atlas-5-401 (AV-092)
Vandenberg
SLC-3E
E
Success
96 Russia Oct. 5 11:55 Moscow Time Soyuz MS-19 Piloted Soyuz-2-1a
6
Success
97 Russia Oct. 14 12:40 Moscow Time
Application / communications
-
Success
98 China Oct. 14 12:40:10.356 Moscow Time
Xihe, SSS-2A
Science / astronomy
Chang Zheng-2D
Taiyuan
-
-
Success
99 China Oct. 15 16:23 UTC
Shenzhou-13
Piloted
Chang Zheng-2F (Y13)
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
100 USA Oct. 16 5:34:00.192 a.m. EDT
Lucy
Planetary / asteroids
Atlas-5 (401)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
101 South Korea Oct. 21 17:00 Korean Time
NEXTSat dummy
Experimental
Naro
LC-2
-
Failure
102 China Oct. 24 01:27:03.780 UTC
Shijian-21
Application / space debris
Chang Zheng-3B/G2
Xichang
2
-
Success
103 Europe Oct. 24 02:10 UTC
SES-17, Syracuse-4A
Application, Military / communications
Ariane-5
-
Success
104 Japan Oct. 26 11:19 Japan Time
QZS-1R
Application / navigation
H-2A
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
105 China Oct. 27 06:19 UTC
Jilin-1 Gaofen-2F
Application / remote-sensing
Kuaizhou-1A
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
106
Russia
Oct. 28
03:00:32.525 Moscow Time
Piloted / cargo supply
6
Success
107 China Nov. 3 07:43 UTC
Yaogan-32 (02-1), (02-2)
Military / elecgtronic intelligence
Chang Zheng-2C/Y-1S
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
108 China Nov. 5 02:19 UTC
Guangmu Diqiu Kexue Weixing (SDGSat-1)
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-6 (Y8)
Taiyuan
16
-
Success
109 China Nov. 6 03:00 UTC

Yaogan-35 (1),
Yaogan-35 (2),

Military / Electronic intelligence
Chang Zheng-2D (Y63)
Xichang
-
-
Success
110
Japan
Nov. 9
9:55 a.m. Japan Time
RAISE-2 and 8 ohter satellites
Application / space debris mitigation
Epsilon F5
Uchinoura
-
-
Success
111 USA Nov. 10 9:03 p.m. EST
Crew Dragon
Piloted
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
39
A
Success
112 USA Nov. 13 12:19:30 UTC
Starlink 4-1 (53 satellites)
Application / communications
Falcon-9 B1058
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
113 Europe Nov. 16 06:27 French Guiana Time
Ceres-1, -2, -3
Military / observation
-
Success
114 USA Nov. 17 14:38 New Zealand Time
Black Sky-1, -2
Application / remote sensing
Electron (F22)
Mahia
LC-1
-
Success
115 China Nov. 20 09:51 Beijing Time
Gaofen-11 03
Application / remote-sensing
Chang Zheng-4B
Taiyuan
-
-
Success
116 USA Nov. 19 22:16 Pacific Time
STP-27AD2
Military
Astra Rocket-3.3 (LV0007)
Kodiak
-
-
Success
117 China Nov. 23 07:45 Beijing Time
Gaofen-3-02
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-4C
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
118 USA Nov. 23 22:21 Pacific Time
DART
Deep space / asteroid
Falcon-9-129 (B1063.3 S)
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
-
Success
119 Russia Nov. 24 16:06:35.042 Moscow Time
Piloted / space station module
6
Success
120 China Nov. 24 23:41 UTC
Shiyan-11
Military
Kuaizhou-1A
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
121 Russia Nov. 25 04:09:13.491 Moscow Time
Military / early warning
4
Success
122 China Nov. 26 16:40 UTC
Zhongxing-1D
Communications
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
-
-
Success

 

 

The 2021 space launch score card (as of November 30, 2021 ):

China
USA
Russia
Europe
India
Japan
Iran
South Korea
World
Launch vehicles
Chang Zheng-3B:
9 (1*)
Falcon-9:
26
Vega:
3
PSLV:
1
H-2A:
1
Simorgh (Safir-2):
1*
KSLV-2 Nuri:
1*
Chang Zheng-4C:
8
LauncherOne:
2
Ariane-5:
2
GSLV Mk.2:
1*
Epsilon:
1
Shuang Quxian-1:
2 (2)*
Electron:
5 (1*)
 
 
Chang Zheng-7/7A:
3
Antares:
2
 
 
Chang Zheng-4B:
4
Delta-4:
1
   
 
Chang Zheng-6:
4
Atlas-5:
3
   
 
Chang Zheng-5B:
1
Pegasus-XL:
1
   
 
Chang Zheng-2D:
5
Minotaur-1:
1
   
 
Chang Zheng-2C:
5
Astra Rocket 3.3:
2 (1*)
   
 
Chang Zheng-2F:
2
Firefly's Alpha:
1*
   
 
Chang Zheng-3C:
1
   
 

Kuaizhou-1:
3

           
 
China total:
47
USA total:
44
Russia total:
20
Europe total:
5
India total:
2
Japan total:
2
Iran total:
1
South Korea total:
1
World total:
122
China failed:
3
USA failed:
3
Russia failed:
0
Europe failed:
0
India failed:
1
Japan failed:
0
Iran failed:
1
South Korea failed:
1
World failed:
9
Launch sites
Xichang:
14
Cape Canaveral:
26
Sriharikota:
2
Tanegashima:
1
Semnan:
1
Naro:
1
World:
19
Jiuquan:
18
Mojave:
2

Baikonur:
11

   
Uchinoura:
1
Wenchang:
4
Mahia:
5
     
Taiyuan:
11
Wallops Island:
3
       
 
 
Vandenberg:
6
       
 
 
Kodiak:
2
         
 

*Failed launch

 

 

Planned Russian orbital launches in 2021:

December 1, 21:31:27 French Guiana time: A Soyuz-ST-B/Fregat rocket (Mission VS26) to launch a pair of Galileo navigation satellites (No. 27 and 28) from the ELS facility near Kourou, French Guiana. (As of April 2020, the 11th Galileo mission was planned for December 15, 2020, but it was later delayed until early 2021 and b y the beginning of 2021, the mission slipped to the middle of the year and later shifted to October 2021. By March 2021, the launch was planned at the end of November of that year.

On September 23, Roskosmos said that two Soyuz-ST rockets were shipped to French Guiana and confirmed that the launch of Galileo satellites had been planned for November. On October 15, Roskosmos confirmed that the Tucan ship with a pair of Soyuz rockets had reached French Guiana and the launch of a Soyuz-ST-B rocket with two Galileo satellites was planned for December 1. On October 27, specialists from RKTs Progress and TsENKI ground infrastructure division at Roskosmos unloaded the boosters and started assembly of the first and second stages of the rocket in French Guiana. In the meantime, the Fregat upper stage for the mission was delivered to the FCube facility for fueling. Fueling operations were completed by November 22, when Fregat was scheduled for transfer at the S3B facility for integration with the satellites.

The rollout of the three-stage booster stack of a Soyuz-ST-B rocket to the launch pad started at 12:55 Moscow Time (6:55 a.m. local time in French Guiana.) on Nov. 27, 2021. The upper composite, including the Fregat upper stage, the satellites and the payload fairing, was delivered to the launch pad on the same day and integrated with booster stages on November 29.

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A Soyuz-ST-B rocket is installed on the launch pad on Nov. 27, 2021.


December 8: A Soyuz-2 rocket to launch the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft (Production No. 752, ISS mission 66S) with a crew of three from Site 31 in Baikonur to the International Space Station, ISS. By July 2020, a pair of tourists accompanied by one professional cosmonaut was assigned to the 12-day flight, officially designated Visiting Expedition-20. According to a preliminary flight manifest drafted by Roskosmos at the end of August 2020, the Soyuz MS-20 mission was expected to take place from December 8 to December 20, 2021. According to the original plans, the spacecraft was to dock at the nadir (Earth-facing) port of the MIM1 Rassvet module, a part of the ISS' Russian Segment, however by November 2020, its destination on the ISS was switched to the MIM2 Poisk module. By August 2021, the mission was expected to have a four-orbit, six-hour rendezvous profile with the station.

Soyuz MS-20 was scheduled to land with the same crew on December 20, 2021, after eight days in orbit. On May 13, 2021, Roskosmos announced that two space tourists from Japan, Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano, booked by the US-based Space Adventures company would begin training in Star City for flight aboard Soyuz MS-20. They would be accompanied by the Soyuz commander Aleksandr Misurkin, Roskosmos said. The crew was officially confirmed as Visiting Expedition 20, EP-20, on May 19, 2021. Aleksandr Skvortsov was assigned as a backup commander for the mission.

The spacecraft for the mission was shipped to Baikonur on September 1, 2021, and went through initial processing at the launch site in the first half of September. On September 13, RKK Energia announced that its specialists installed the vehicle into its testing rig, conducted its visual inspection and testing of default status of all the systems, connected the ship to diagnostics equipment, powered up onboard service systems and concluded autonomous tests and installation of Kazbek chairs inside the Descent Module. The schedule of upcoming work included preparations of the spacecraft for integrated tests and leak tests of the thermal control system.

On October 27, the spacecraft undergone autonomous tests of its Kurs-NA radio rendezvous systems in anechoic chamber at Site 254. Around the same time, components of the launch vehicle for the mission were unloaded at Site 31, Roskosmos announced on October 30. In the next step, the 1A and 2A sections of the second stage were to be bolted together, while propulsion systems of the V and G boosters of the first stage were undergoing pressure tests, Roskosmos said. These operations were completed by November 2. On the same day, Roskosmos announced that Chief Medical Commission, GMK, at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center declared Misurkin, Maezawa and Hirano healthy for performing Visiting Expedition 20, VE-20. Also, Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov and a Japanese tourist Shun Ogiso were cleared for a back-up roles in VE-20.

On November 5, Soyuz MS-20 was transferred to the 17T523MR vacuum chamber at Site 254 for pressure checks, from which it returned back for final processing on November 10.

On November 9, the emergency escape system for the mission arrived at Krainy airport in Baikonur aboard an An-12 transport aircraft. It was then transported to Facility 54 at Site 112.

On the morning of November 19, 2021, members of the primary and back-up crews flew from Star City to Baikonur for the completion of their training, including familiarization with the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft inside its processing building, which took place on November 20. On November 21, Roskosmos announced that a meeting of technical management at Baikonur had cleared Soyuz MS-20 for fueling which started on November 22. By November 25, all fueling operations had been completed and the spacecraft was returned to its processing facility at Site 254. The next day, the spacecraft was integrated with its launch vehicle adapter.

On November 30, specialists conducted traditional visual inspection of the spacecraft and it was then lowered in horizontal position and rolled inside its protective fairing. Next, the resulting upper composite was prepared for the test of launch readiness, Roskosmos said.

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The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft is being prepared for shipment to Baikonur on Aug. 30, 2021.


December 12, 15:09 Moscow Time: A Proton-M/Briz-M rocket to launch the Ekspress-AMU3 and Ekspress-AMU7 communications satellites from Site 200 in Baikonur. (The launch date as of June 2021.) The Proton-M and Briz-M vehicles for the mission departed the production plant at GKNPTs Khrunichev in Moscow for Baikonur during the night from March 15 to 16, 2021, along with a three-stage Proton-M rocket assigned for the launch of the MLM Nauka module. By September, the launch slipped to December 6.

Ekspress-AMU-3 and -4 satellites arrived at Baikonur on October 19, landing at Krainy airfield aboard an An-124 aircraft. They were then transported to Site 92 for initial processing. On October 30, Ekspress-AMU3 satellite was transported to the fueling station at Site 91A, where it was loaded with propellant components. On November 1, Roskosmos announced that fueling operations had been completed and the spacecraft was scheduled to be delivered to a processing building at Site 92A for measuring the resistance of onboard power buses, checks of heater integrity and inspection of solar panel mechanisms, Roskosmos said. It was unclear from the announcement whether these were standard launch campaign procedures or they were prompted by some technical problems. In the same release, Roskosmos confirmed the planned launch of the mission in December 2021 but did not quote the December 6 launch date.

The two-day fueling operations with Ekspress-AMU7 satellite were concluded at Site 91A by November 5. The satellite was then brought to the processing building at Site 92A for loading of xenon gas, Roskosmos said. (Xenon is used by the satellite's ion engines.)

Around mid-November, the launch was postponed from Dec. 6, 2021, at 15:20 Moscow Time to December 12, due to problems with the Briz-M upper stage. On November 23, Roskosmos announced that the instruments aboard the upper stage had been replaced inside the processing building at Site 92A-50 and the electrical tests of the stage had been completed. The three booster stages of the rocket were also assembled inside the processing hall of the same buillding, Roskosmos said.

On November 25, Roskosmos said that high-pressure tanks aboard briz-M were being loaded with propellant components.


December 27: A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-M rocket to launch the 12th OneWeb mission from Site 31 in Baikonur. On September 23, Roskosmos said that two Soyuz-ST rockets were shipped to French Guiana and confirmed that the launch of 34 OneWeb satellites had been planned for December. Following the 11th OneWeb launch, the company's representative confirmed that there had been no launch site availability for the next mission until December.

On November 2, Roskosmos said that launch campaign for the mission started in Baikonur with setting up connections of the Fregat upper stage to its diagnostic equipment followed by pneumatic and electric tests performed by specialists from NPO Lavochkin and the Yuzhny branch of Roskosmos' TsENKI ground infrastructure division.

On Nov. 9, 2021, NPO Lavochkin rolled out a trio of Fregat upper stages, two of which were intented for upcoming OneWeb missions. They were shipped to Baikonur by rail.

On Nov. 30, 2021, an An-124 transport plane landed at Krainy airfield in Baikonur delivering OneWeb satellites for the mission. They were then transported to processing facility at Site 112.


 

Uncertain dates

Delayed from 2020: An Angara-1.2 rocket to launch the South-Korean Kompsat-6 remote-sensing satellite from Site 35 in Plesetsk. The agreement for the launch in 2020 was announced in July 2016.


2021: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the second Kondor-FKA radar-carrying satellite. (As of 2019. Postponed from 2019, switched from Rockot/Briz-KM)


Around or after 2021: Russian military to launch the first new-generation Sfera-V military communications satellite. (As of 2016)


2021: A Soyuz-2/Fregat rocket to launch the Luna-Glob-2 (orbiter) toward the Moon.


October-November or 2022: A Soyuz-2/Fregat rocket to launch the Luna-Glob (Luna-25) lunar lander from Vostochny.


Postponed from November 30: A Soyuz-2 rocket to launch the Meteor-M No. 2-3 remote-sensing satellite and a group of secondary payloads, including four satellites from Moscow State University, MGU, from Vostochny. (As of April 2021. As of second half of 2020, the launch was expected between August and October 2021).


End of 2021: A Soyuz-2 rocket to launch a cluster of small payloads from Vostochny, including the second StriX-β radar imaging demonstration satellite. (As of March 2021)


 

Cancelled missions

2021: A Soyuz-5 methane-burning launch vehicle to fly its first test mission (As of mid-2014).


2021: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AT4 communications satellite (as of 2014).


2021: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AT5 communications satellite (as of 2014).


2021: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AMU8 communications satellite (as of 2014).


 

This page is compiled by Anatoly Zak

Last update: November 30, 2021

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Soyuz-2-1a rocket lifts off with the Progress MS-16 cargo ship on Feb. 15, 2021. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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Soyuz-2-1b with Arktika-M1 satellite lifts off on Feb. 28, 2021. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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Soyuz-2-1a lifts off from Baikonur on March 22, 2021, with CAS-500-1 and 38 secondary payloads. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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Soyuz MS-18 lifts off on April 9, 2021. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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The FGB-2/MLM module for the Russian segment of the International Space Station, ISS. Copyright © 2001 Anatoly Zak


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A Proton rocket with the MLM nauka module shortly after arriving at the launch pad on July 17, 2021. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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A Soyuz-2-1b rocket shortly after arrival at Pad No. 6 at Site 31 in Baikonur on August 16, 2021, for the ninth launch into the OneWeb constellation. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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Soyuz-2-1b lifts off from Baikonur with 34 OneWeb satellites on August 22, 2021. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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As of August 2020, the launch of the UM Prichal module was planned for September 6, 2021. Click to enlarge. Credit: RKK Energia