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2020 Dec 2
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Primary source of unclassified orbital elements

Orbital elements based on amateur observations

2020 - Launches to Orbit and Beyond

Listed are launches, irrespective of outcome, that were irretrievably committed to flight towards orbit or intended to accelerate the payload to escape velocity.

Launch times are in UTC and are from the launching agency or estimated by 'walking back' along the ground track to the launch site. The PRIME source of orbit data and decay information is SpaceTrack. All other major sources draw heavily on the Space-Track data.

To fill the gaps where Space-Track's elements are not published because they have a classification of "Secret", a minority of orbits is based on amateur observations using visual and radio techniques. Such data is published near-daily by Mike McCants and the source observations can often be found in the web-based Seesat-L discussion group. Occasionally, early orbit data are published by satellite owners and may cover periods before SpaceTrack lists a new object. In extreme cases, orbits are estimated from public data.

Apogee and perigee are measured against a spherical Earth situated at the focus of the orbital ellipse and with a radius of 6378.145 km. Care should be exercised when comparing with other published orbits even when the source is shown as SpaceTrack because they may be be based on a different model.

Web sites may link to specific launches by pointing to the page URL followed by the three digit launch number, eg - http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/Launches.php?year=2020#001


2020-001
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Jan 7, 02:19
Starlink-1073
2020-001A
44914
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jan 13, 19:3866980.000132032190.9353.0086
2020 Jun 19, 22:0069280.000254955195.6553.00102
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jan 7
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter after about 1.5 circuits of the Earth and about two hours after lift-off. Any surviving fragments from its destructive re-entry impacted the southern Indian Ocean. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-002
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Jan 7, 15:20
TJS 5 (Communications Technology Experiment Satellite 5)
2020-002A
44978
in space
Described as a technology test satellite, TJS 5 is probably military in nature and possibly intended either for signals intelligence gathering (SIGINT) or to perform a missile early warning rôle. Precise launch time 15:20:14 UTC. Probably transferred to GEO Jan 9 and reached operational location the same day or shortly after.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
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GEO    
Longitude
2020 Jan 08, 04:08243780.730419535804631.3227.46180
2020 Jan 17, 16:35421660.000235779357961436.151.0024179° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2020-002B
44979
in space
Launched TJS 5.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jan 09, 03:01236920.724115934469604.8927.45180


2020-003
CZ 2D
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Jan 15, 02:53
Jilin 1 Wide Field 01 (Red Flag-1 H9)
2020-003A
45016
in space
Additional member of the Jilin 1 Earth observation constellation - equipped with a wide field imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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desc node
local time
2020 Jan 16, 06:5068630.001147749294.3097.3426310:00
ÑuSat 7 (Sophie)
2020-003B
45017
in space
Small satellite from Satellogic of Argentina to provide earth images in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum using real-time imaging and video.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jan 16, 08:4568620.001147649294.2997.3426810:00
ÑuSat 8 (Marie)
2020-003C
45018
in space
Small satellite from Satellogic of Argentina to provide earth images in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum using real-time imaging and video.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jan 16, 06:5268620.001247649294.2897.3426810:00
Tianqi 5
2020-003D
45019
in space
Comsat providing messaging communication links from LEO including between Internet-connected items.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Jan 15, 07:2068620.001247649294.2897.34281
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jan 15
Life <1 day
Launched Jilin-1 Wide Field 01 and others. Caused to re-enter after releasing satellites. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-004
Kuaizhou 1A
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Jan 16, 03:02
Yinhe 01 (SparkSat 01)
2020-004A
45024
in space
Comsat to provided 5G data connections between items of Internet-connected equipment. Demonstrator for a planned constellation from GalaxySpace of China.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jan 17, 12:3170070.001162163797.2986.40260
KZ-1A upper stage
2020-004B
45025
Re-entered - 2020 Jan 18
Life 2 days
Launched Yinhe 01. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jan 16, 07:4068340.049112179293.7286.3932


2020-005
Ariane 5ECA (VA-251)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2020 Jan 16, 21:05
GSat 30
2020-005A
45026
in space
High capacity comsat owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation. Will replace Insat 4A. Separated from launch vehicle at 21:43:25 UTC. Expected location 83° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Jan 16, 22:49243820.728424335764631.476.04178
2020 Jan 19, 16:24398770.060631081359161320.790.34173
2020 Jan 21, 09:35422490.001135825359171440.410.1014582° east
2020 Jan 24, 08:26421980.001135773358661437.790.1131981° east
2020 Jan 28, 14:31421650.000335775357991436.110.103081° east
2020 Feb 13, 09:42421650.000435770358041436.100.12683° east
Eutelsat Konnect
2020-005B
45027
in space
High-capacity broadband satellite to deliver services across Europe and Africa, supporting community networks connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile phone backhauling and rural connectivity. Separated from launch vehicle at 21:32:30 UTC. Transfer orbit converted to GEO over several months using electric propulsion. Expected location 13° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Jan 19, 20:25243970.727626735771632.066.06180
2020 Jan 23, 15:53246630.723743636133642.426.11184
2020 Feb 20, 12:56272580.6667270839051746.446.06192
2020 Mar 11, 07:02297960.6176501441821853.094.88199
2020 Mar 25, 19:00319100.5813698144082945.464.04204
2020 Apr 09, 06:01341330.54399188463211045.973.38209
2020 Apr 26, 00:46362630.484812304474651145.382.68214
2020 May 02, 11:36368600.456513655473091173.792.41216
2020 May 20, 06:00385580.363118181461791255.841.76218
2020 Jun 02, 00:35393150.306820876449981293.021.44220
2020 Jun 12, 02:38398940.249023581434511321.681.14221
2020 Jun 25, 14:05408130.170427479413911367.590.83220
2020 Jul 06, 15:06413170.103730654392241393.020.55214
2020 Jul 16, 08:06419170.043933700373781423.450.29199
2020 Jul 21, 18:43420790.009335311360901431.720.191897° east
2020 Jul 24, 09:09421650.001435726358481436.110.181787° east
2020 Jul 27, 23:17422010.000735791358531437.930.012887° east
2020 Jul 29, 06:18421650.000035784357881436.080.022167° east
2020 Oct 16, 08:41421660.000135785357901436.140.032827° east
Ariane 5 upper stage
2020-005D
45029
in space
Launched Eutelsat Konnect and GSat 30.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jan 21, 12:00242400.728320935516626.005.73180


2020-I01
SSIKLOPS small satellite deployer
International Space Station
2020 Jan 29, 04:20
STPSat 4 (Space Test Program Sat 4)
1998-067QY
45043
in space
Small satellite carrying five experimental payloads to study advanced spacecraft communications, navigation, power systems, as well as space weather and improved small-satellite tracking capability. The payloads were developed by the US Navy and the US Air Force as well as DoD research and academic institutions including the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jan 31, 08:3967970.000541642392.9551.65229


2020-006
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Jan 29, 13:06
Starlink-1132
2020-006A
45044
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits near 300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 07, 16:0066940.000931032190.8353.00340
2020 Jun 19, 22:0069280.000154955095.6453.00104
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jan 28
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Starlink satellites. Not catalogued - retro-fire caused destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about two hours, 1.5 circuits, after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-007
Electron (NROL-151)
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2020 Jan 31, 02:54
USA 294
2020-007A
45110
in space
Small satellite from US National Reconnaissance Office, possibly testing or demonstrating satellite sensors. Orbit data based on amateur observations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 04, 20:0669650.001357859696.4169.99275
Electron kick stage
2019-007B
45111
in space
Launched USA 294.
Classified object - orbit data withheld
Electron second stage
2019-007C
45112
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 22
Life 22 days
Launched USA 294. Initial orbit is an estimate based on extrapolation of data from earlier Electron missions. Commencing 2020 Feb 18, orbit data was released routinely through SpaceTrack.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit67780.031019061092.5669.98245
2020 Feb 18, 15:0066360.013516834889.6769.98199


2020-008
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Feb 6, 21:42
OneWeb 0013
2020-008A
45131
in space
Broadband distribution satellite for the UK company OneWeb.

One of 34 similar satellites carried on this launch

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 16, 18:4768280.001543946093.5887.40255
Fregat rocket stage
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 7
Life 1 day
Launched cluster of OneWeb satellites. Released satellites in groups of 2/4 over the first 3.5 hrs after launch then caused to re-enter above S Atlantic Ocean Feb 7 around 03:34 UTC. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-009
H-IIA 202 (F-41)
Tanegashima Space Centre
2020 Feb 9, 01:34
IGS 14 (IGS Optical 7)
2008-009A
45165
in space
Information Gathering Satellite - an optical imaging reconnaissance satellite. Orbital elements are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Feb 12, 09:5968690.000548849594.4497.4034710:30
2020 Apr 06, 21:2668610.000348148594.2697.3735710:30
HIIA upper stage
2020-009B
45166
in space
Launched IGS 14. Orbit based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )


2020-F01 - failed to reach orbit
Simorgh
Ayatollah Khomeini SC
2020 Feb 9, 15:48
Zafar (Victory)
Imaging remote sensing satellite for monitoring natural resources, agricultural and environmental developments. Also carried low-bandwidth comms and messaging system. Aimed at 540 km orbit but lost when the launch vehicle failed to impart sufficient velocity. Re-entered over Indian Ocean.


2020-010
Atlas V 441
Cape Canaveral
2020 Feb 10, 04:03
Solar Orbiter
2020-010A
45167
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 10
Life <1 day
Joint ESA/NASA Solar observing mission placed in heliocentric orbit with perihelion 42 million km and 168 days orbital period in resonance with Venus. Arrival expected early 2021 when Venus gravity assist will raise inclination to 25° relative to the ecliptic plane and allow observation of polar regions of the Sun.
Heliocentric orbit
Atlas V upper stage (Centaur)
2020-010B
45168
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 10
Life <1 day
Launched Solar Orbiter.
Heliocentric orbit


2020-011
Antares 230
Wallops Flight Facility
2020 Feb 15, 20:21
SS Robert H Lawrence (Cygnus NG-13)
2020-011A
45175
Re-entered - 2020 May 29
Life 104 days
Northrop Grumman vehicle carrying supplies to ISS under CRS-2 contract with NASA. Captured by ISS Remote Manipulator Feb 18 at 09:05 UTC then docked, under control from ground, with downward facing port on Unity at 11:16 UTC. Undocked May 11 and released from the RMS under crew control at 16:09 UTC. Retro-fire 2020 May 29 around 19:00 UTC led to destructive re-entry at approx 19:42 UTC near 40° south, 145° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 15, 21:5966090.005419526789.1251.62132
2020 Feb 16, 12:4066180.005020727389.3051.63138
2020 Feb 16, 18:3166280.006620629389.4951.63138
2020 Feb 17, 00:4767200.010726941391.3651.6442
2020 Feb 17, 12:4967900.000640841692.8051.638
2020 Feb 17, 19:1867930.000441241892.8751.64268
2020 Feb 18, 13:3467970.000541642292.9551.64288
2020 May 11, 12:5967970.000141841992.9451.64274
2020 May 12, 05:5368010.000142342493.0451.64270
2020 May 14, 02:4668580.000647548494.1951.64337
2020 May 28, 19:3568390.012237754493.8151.66349
2020 May 29, 05:2867360.000435536091.7051.64213
ULTP (Ubiquitilink Test Payload)
2020-011D
45605
in space
6U Cubesat? - Testbed from Lynk for a satellite-ground communications using a mobile phone link where the satellite acts as the 'cell tower'. Released from Slingshot deployer on Cygnus NG-13 2020 May 13 at 23:25 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 16, 01:3168590.000747648694.2351.651
Antares upper stage
2020-011C
45177
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 23
Life 8 days
Launched SS Robert H Lawrence.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 15, 21:5966100.005519626889.1451.64134


2020-012
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Feb 17, 15:05
Starlink-1138
2020-012A
45178
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle at 15:20 UTC.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 24, 22:0067140.006629138091.2553.0069
2020 Jun 20, 04:0069280.000154955195.6553.0090
Falcon 9 upper stage
2020-012BS
45242
Re-entered - 2020 Mar 5
Life 17 days
Launched cluster of Starlink satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 18, 18:2866610.013719237590.1853.0048


2020-013
Ariane 5ECA (VA-252)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2020 Feb 18, 22:18
JCSat 17
2020-013A
45245
in space
High-bandwidth comsat owned by SKYPerfect of Japan, covering the Japanese islands and the surrounding region. Separated from launch vehicle at 22:45 UTC. Expected location 136° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Feb 19, 10:21243460.727026835667630.076.00178
2020 Feb 20, 15:48250730.6782169135699658.525.75179
2020 Feb 23, 03:49270670.5542568935688738.625.28180
2020 Feb 25, 00:15333730.262518233357561011.224.68184
2020 Feb 28, 16:40421070.001335676357821433.157.00216136° east
2020 Mar 04, 15:34421650.000335774357991436.087.00350136° east
GEO-Kompsat 2B (Cheollian 2B)
2020-013B
45246
in space
South Korean Earth environment monitoring and ocean monitoring satellite. Separated from launch vehicle at 22:49 UTC. Expected location 128°.2 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Feb 19, 10:01243330.726826935640629.576.00178
2020 Feb 20, 18:46247780.6971112635674646.945.35179
2020 Feb 23, 02:45297750.41191113135662852.181.99180
2020 Feb 28, 17:40420630.000135681356891430.900.0597122° east
2020 Mar 02, 15:14420900.000735684357401432.290.05340126° east
2020 Mar 05, 18:44421170.000135734357431433.650.0468128° east
2020 Mar 12, 14:02421640.000235780357931436.080.04299128° east
Ariane 5 upper stage
2020-013D
45248
in space
Launched JCSat 17 and GEO-Kompsat 2B.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 22, 05:13242570.726824935508626.635.75178


2020-I02
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 07:10
RadSat-u (Radiation Satellite)
1998-067RF
45262
in space
3U Cubesat from Montana State University to demonstrate a radiation tolerant computer.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 23, 15:3067950.000741242292.9151.64333


2020-I03
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 09:35
Phoenix
1998-067RB
45258
in space
3U Cubesat designed by students from Arizona State University to study the Urban Heat Island effect associated with cities on the Earth's surface.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 22, 05:2867950.000641342192.9151.64273


2020-I04
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 11:20
QARMAN (Qubesat for Aerothermodynamic Research and Measurements on AblatioN)
1998-067RG
45263
in space
3U Cubesat designed to survive entry into Earth's atmosphere. Purpose is to demonstrate the use of a cubesat as a re-entry vehicle for future materials testing experiments. Also carries a sensor to observe lightning and auroral events at the Earth's limb. Precise release time 11:20:08 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 21, 20:1167950.000741242292.9251.64276


2020-I05
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 12:55
AztechSat 1
1998-067RA
45257
in space
1U Cubesat - built collaboratively by NASA and the Mexican Space Agency. Designed to demonstrate inter-satellite communication using satellites in the Globalstar constellation. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 22, 10:0767950.000841242392.9151.64292
CryoCube
1998-067RD
45260
in space
3U Cubesat from the Sierra Lobo company equipped with a deployable sunshade to allow parts of the payload to be cooled to cryogenic temperatures for fluid dynamics studies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 23, 13:5867950.000841142292.9051.64294


2020-I06
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 14:30
SOCRATES (Signal of Opportunity Cubesat Ranging And Timing Experiment System)
1998-067RE
45261
in space
3U Cubesat from the University of Minnesota to study gamma-ray photons from deep space. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 22, 17:5167950.000841142292.9151.64291


2020-I07
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 16:00
HARP (Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter)
1998-067QZ
45256
in space
3U Cubesat from a consortium of research bodies. Designed to monitor the microphysical cloud water and ice particles in the Earth's atmosphere.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 21, 15:3367960.000741242292.9251.65286
Argus-02
1998-067RC
45259
in space
2U CubeSat to improve modeling of the effects of space radiation on modern electronics. Built, managed and operated by a team of students from Saint Louis and Vanderbilt Universities, it will monitor test circuits in orbit and provide data that will be compared to theoretical models. Replacement satellite for one lost in the Super Strypi launch failure 2015 Nov 4. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 23, 15:3167950.000841242292.9151.64296


2020-I08
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Feb 19, 17:40
SORTIE (Scintillation Observations and Response of the Ionosphere to Electrodynamics)
1998-067RH
45264
in space
6U Cubesat from NASA and a consortium of research institutions to study plasma waves in the Earth's ionosphere.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 21, 18:3967960.000741342392.9251.64297


2020-014
CZ 2D
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Feb 19, 21:07
XJS-C (New Technology Test Satellite - C)
2020-014A
45249
in space
One of four simultaneously launched satellites designed to test inter-satellite communication network links and test new Earth observation technologies. Catalogue Number and Designation unconfirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 06:3368570.000547648394.1935.01270
XJS-D (New Technology Test Satellite - D)
2020-014B
45250
in space
One of four simultaneously launched satellites designed to test inter-satellite communication network links and test new Earth observation technologies. Catalogue Number and Designation unconfirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 06:3368570.000447648194.1735.01258
XJS-E (New Technology Test Satellite - E)
2020-014C
45251
in space
One of four simultaneously launched satellites designed to test inter-satellite communication network links and test new Earth observation technologies. Catalogue Number and Designation unconfirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 06:3068570.000647448394.1735.01282
XJS-F (New Technology Test Satellite - F)
2020-014E
45253
in space
One of four simultaneously launched satellites designed to test inter-satellite communication network links and test new Earth observation technologies. Catalogue Number and Designation unconfirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 06:3368550.000647348194.1535.01296
CZ 2D upper stage
2020-014D
45252
in space
Launched group of four XJS satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 06:2068560.000547548194.1635.00239


2020-015
Soyuz-2 1A + Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2020 Feb 20, 08:24
Meridian 9 (Meridian-M № 19L)
2020-015A
45254
in space
HEO military/government comsat to support Russian forces, commercial shipping and communication ground stations at northern latitudes across Russia. Second mission for the Meridian-M version. Meridian also supports the clandestine short messaging system formerly provided by the Parus satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 20:43267370.724299539722725.1562.85295
2020 Mar 03, 22:14266110.7222101339453720.0462.85295
2020 Mar 06, 15:52265590.7216101739344717.9162.84295
2020 Mar 16, 09:34265500.7208103639308717.5662.84295
Soyuz upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 20
Life <1 day
Launched Meridian 9. Sub-orbital trajectory, re-entered above southern Pacific Ocean about 30 min after lift-off, accordingly not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable
Fregat rocket stage
2020-015B
45255
in space
Launched Meridian 9. Separated from Soyuz launch vehicle together with attached Meridian-M at 08:34 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Feb 20, 09:36265830.727586639543718.8862.86295


2020-016
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Mar 7, 04:50
SpaceX Dragon CRS-20
2020-016A
45341
Re-entered - 2020 Apr 7
Life 31 days
Supplies to ISS and cargo return. Captured by ISS Remote Manipulator System under control of the ISS crew Mar 9 at 10:25 UTC. Docked with the Harmony module under ground control at 12:18 UTC. Undocked 2020 Apr 7 under ground control, and released from the RMS by the ISS crew at 13:06 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 07, 08:1066710.013420338290.3751.6347
2020 Mar 08, 05:0966720.013420438490.4051.6450
2020 Mar 08, 11:0067590.000837538692.1651.642
2020 Mar 09, 05:5567940.000641242092.9051.6413
2020 Mar 09, 12:1467970.000641542392.9551.646
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Mar 7
Life <1 day
Launched Dragon CRS-20. Performed retro-fire that also changed the orbital inclination to 47°.8. Destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean 65-70 min after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-017
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Mar 9, 11:57
Beidou-3 G-2
2020-017A
45344
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in China's navigation satellite system. It also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region. Probably moved to geosynchronous drift orbit Mar 10 and arrived on-station shortly after.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Mar 09, 18:03243810.728923135775631.4528.43180
2020 Apr 01, 16:54421650.000235776357971436.083.084180° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2020-017B
45345
in space
Launched Beidou-3 G-2. Orbit lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 09, 15:51236830.722419634414604.5328.45179


2020-F02 - failed to reach orbit
CZ 7A
Wenchang Space Centre
2020 Mar 16, 13:34
TJS-6
Government/military satellite - probably either a SIGINT (signals intelligence) or a missile early warning mission. Aimed at geosynchronous transfer orbit. Lost when the launch vehicle failed to attain orbit. First launch using CZ 7A.


2020-018
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2020 Mar 16, 18:28
Cosmos 2545 (Uragan-M)
2020-018A
45358
in space
Navigation satellite fill a gap in the GLONASS constellation as a replacement for a failed satellite in Plane 3. Released into MEO from the Fregat-M approx 22:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 17, 12:01255210.00051913119155676.2564.80264
2020 Apr 28, 07:19255080.00081910819151675.7264.82264
Fregat-M rocket stage
2020-018B
45359
in space
Launched Cosmos 2545.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 17, 14:48258450.00841924919683689.1564.78124


2020-019
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 Mar 18, 12:16
Starlink-1279
2020-019A
45360
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 26, 20:0066580.009521734390.1153.0079
2020 Jun 20, 04:0068180.000143944093.3753.0050
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Mar 18
Life <1 day
Launched sixty Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere about 80 mins after lift-off. Any surviving fragments hit the mid-western portion of the Pacific Ocean.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-020
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Mar 21, 17:06
OneWeb 0066
2020-020A
45424
in space
Broadband distribution satellite for the UK company OneWeb.

One of 34 similar satellites carried on this launch

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 22, 19:2968260.002243346393.5587.40295
2020 Jun 21, 14:0069770.002358361596.6687.56318
Fregat rocket stage
Re-entered - 2020 Feb 7
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of OneWeb satellites. Released satellites in groups of 2/4 over the first 3.5 hrs after launch then caused to re-enter above south Alantic Ocean. Not catalogued.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-021
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Mar 24, 03:43
Yaogan-30 16
2020-021A
45460
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites are spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 25, 01:4469750.000859160296.6235.00274
2020 Mar 28, 07:0469810.000859760896.7535.0110
2020 Mar 29, 16:4669880.001360061996.8935.0048
2020 Mar 31, 20:2369900.001660162396.9335.0079
2020 Apr 11, 03:0569770.000559560296.6635.00258
Yaogan-30 17
2020-021B
45461
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites are spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 24, 19:1869750.000859160296.6135.00272
2020 Mar 29, 04:1069780.000759560596.6934.991
2020 Mar 31, 15:2269820.000859861096.7735.0046
2020 Apr 11, 00:5669770.000359760196.6735.00190
Yaogan-30 18
2020-021C
45462
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites are spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 25, 01:4469750.000859160296.6135.00275
CZ 2C upper stage
2020-021D
45463
in space
Launched cluster of three Yaogan-30 satellites. Perigee lowered after satellite release.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 25, 13:5568800.015139860694.6534.6877


2020-022
Atlas V 551
Cape Canaveral
2020 Mar 26, 20:18
TDO 2
2020-022A
45464
in space
12U Cubesat (4x3), possibly equipped with laser retro-reflectors for visual tracking. Purpose is for calibration of laser-based tracking equipment on the ground. Released from the Centaur aft bulkhead at 20:47 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 27, 07:01242090.728220135460624.7626.50180
USA 298 (AEHF 6)
2020-022B
45465
in space
Advanced Extremely High Frequency US military and government communications satellite. Lift-off was 81 minutes into a 120 minute launch window after a delay caused by a fault in an item of ground equipment. Separated from launch vehicle Mar 27, 01:59 UTC. Orbit raised in stages until Apr 6 when all activity ceased until Apr 24. Satellite then resumed orbit raising by frequent operation of a low power thruster.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Mar 27, 14:10297020.40361133635311849.0613.71180
2020 Mar 29, 16:59311070.34021414735311910.0312.51180
2020 Mar 30, 19:01332820.254018450353571007.1011.06180
2020 Apr 02, 22:42349670.192221868353111084.5610.33181
2020 Apr 06, 12:17368040.132725543353091171.149.64182
2020 Apr 24, 08:32368050.132625546353081171.179.60183
2020 Apr 28, 20:02370440.124826044352891182.629.51183
2020 May 08, 08:23374650.115226772354011202.819.31184
2020 May 18, 20:51380200.087628313349701229.628.99185
2020 May 28, 16:59386060.070529505349501258.158.69186
2020 Jun 07, 18:00391800.054130682349211286.338.34188
2020 Jun 17, 00:35395560.043531458348981304.908.24187
2020 Jun 29, 09:08398020.039831839350081317.078.10181
2020 Jul 09, 15:35408160.025633394354811367.747.76186
2020 Jul 21, 07:37420030.020934745365041427.827.54182
2020 Jul 24, 10:13421540.019734944366081435.557.50181103° west
2020 Sep 08, 14:07421510.012935227363191435.397.3918097° west
2020 Sep 21, 04:48421670.005735547360321436.237.3718395° west
2020 Sep 23, 04:10421570.005035568359891435.687.3618095° west
2020 Oct 06, 14:01421640.000335773357991436.067.3228194° west
Atlas V upper stage (Centaur)
2020-022C
45466
in space
Launched USA 298 (AEHF 6) and TDO 2.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Mar 27, 14:01294590.41481086035302838.6713.43180


2020-023
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Apr 9, 08:05
Soyuz MS-16 (Soyuz 11F732A48 № 746)
2020-023A
45476
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 22
Life 196 days Returned to Earth
Carrying crew to ISS - Anatoly Ivanishin & Ivan Vagner (Roscosmos) and Chris Cassidy (NASA). Third seat was originally allocated to Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA) but NASA planning during 2019 pushed him off the flight. Precise launch time 08:05:06 UTC. First use of Soyuz-2 1A for human spaceflight. Docked with Poisk module of ISS Apr 9 with soft dock at 14:13:21 UTC and hard dock about 2 min later. Undocked, carrying original crew, 2020 Oct 21 at 23:32 UTC. Retro-fire Oct 2 at 02:00 UTC led to landing at 02:54:12 UTC 147 km south east of Dzhezkazgan, Russia.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit65830.001519521588.5951.6468
2020 Apr 09, 11:1166820.012821838990.5951.75181
2020 Apr 09, 14:2167990.000441842392.9851.65100
2020 Oct 20, 12:0667970.000141842092.9451.6452
Soyuz upper stage
2020-023B
45477
Re-entered - 2020 Apr 12
Life 3 days
Launched Soyuz MS-16.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 09, 12:3965850.001919422088.6451.6671


2020-F03 - failed to reach orbit
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Apr 9, 11:46
Palapa N1 (Nusantara 2)
Indonesian domestic comsat built by China. Unclear whether the company, Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, owned the satellite or planned to lease the transponders from China. Expected location - 113° east, replacing Palapa D1. Lost when the launch vehicle upper stage failed and re-entered the Earth's atmosphere above the western Pacific Ocean.


2020-024
Qased (Messenger)
Shahroud Test Centre, Dasht-e Kavir, Iran
2020 Apr 22, 03:58
Nour 1 (Light 1)
2020-024A
45529
in space
6U Cubesat - military satellite launched by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, probably for low resolution Earth imaging.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 23, 06:1168100.000742643693.2059.81232
Qased upper stage
2020-024B
45530
in space
Launched Nour 1.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 23, 07:2568140.001342744593.2959.80213


2020-025
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Apr 22, 19:30
Starlink-1329
2020-025A
45531
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 29, 16:0067030.005628836391.0353.0174
2020 May 01, 20:0067180.003131936191.3453.0185
2020 May 03, 04:0067280.001833736291.5353.0193
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Apr 22
Life <1 day
Launched sixty Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere about 80 mins after lift-off. Any surviving fragments hit the mid-western portion of the Pacific Ocean.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-026
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Apr 25, 01:51
Progress MS-14 (Progress 7K-TGM №444)
2020-026A
45595
in space
Supplies to ISS. Docked with rear port of Zvezda Apr 25 at 05:11 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 25, 01:4065860.002918922688.6551.6684
2020 Apr 25, 12:3867970.000241842092.9451.64187
Soyuz upper stage
5020-026B
45596
Re-entered - 2020 Apr 28
Life 3 days
Launched Progress MS-14.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 25, 06:0565810.002518621988.5551.6666


2020-I09
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Apr 28, 15:20
G-SATELLITE (Gundam satellite)
1998-067RK
45597
in space
3U Cubesat to promote the (postponed) 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Intended to act as a bulletin board, and transmit video images of two miniature figures of Japanese animation characters, plus messages and voice recordings in their voices. The actual release time may have been 2-3 hours later than Quetzal. Dumped overboard from ISS as space junk since its purpose no longer existed. Release from ISS was not formally reported within Japan.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 30, 13:4067940.000541342092.9051.64245
Quetzal 1
1998-067RL
45598
in space
1U Cubesat from Guatemala to test a multispectral sensor to acquire remote sensing data for natural resource management such as monitoring water quality in inland water bodies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Apr 30, 13:4067950.000341541992.9251.65273


2020-027
CZ 5B
Wenchang Space Centre
2020 May 5, 10:00
New Generation Piloted Spacecraft
2020-027A
45599
Re-entered - 2020 May 8
Life 3 days Returned to Earth
Test version of new Chinese piloted spacecraft, no crew carried. Retro-fire was completed May 8, 04:21 UTC, followed by Crew Module separation at 05:33 UTC that led to landing at 05:49 UTC, approx 500 km east of Jiuquan Space Centre. Re-entry employed an Apollo/Zond type skip-lob to reduce loading from about 12G to about 5G when compared to a ballistic landing. The final orbit listed is based on a pre-launch description of the vehicle reaching approx 8,000 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 05, 14:1266480.016216237789.9041.09168
2020 May 05, 18:4967990.028522761492.9841.12123
2020 May 05, 23:5868870.030529971994.8041.10102
2020 May 06, 15:0590280.25803214980142.2941.10104
2020 May 06, 21:5590240.25783204971142.1841.09105
2020 May 07, 01:0197780.29435236278160.3842.85112
estimated orbit105600.34505397825180.0042.85110
Inflatable Heat Shield Experiment
2020-027B
45600
Re-entered - 2020 May 6
Life 1 day
Test of version of lightweight cargo return vehicle for use with planned Chinese space station. Fitted with a 3m diameter, conical, inflatable heat shield. Released from service module of main spacecraft shortly after reaching orbit and expected to re-enter May 6 to make a landing at approx 05:20 UTC - about 600 km east of the Jiuquan Space Centre. A problem during descent from orbit meant that the experiment failed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 05, 17:1966450.015916237389.8641.10170
CZ 5B core stage
2020-027C
45601
Re-entered - 2020 May 11
Life 6 days
Launched spacecraft test mission. Major aim of launch was to prove the vehicle for launching elements of China's planned space station.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 05, 14:1266430.016115837289.8041.10167


2020-028
Kuaizho 1A
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 May 12, 01:16
Xingyun-2 01
2020-028A
45602
in space
One of a simultaneosly-launched pair of internet comsats. Technical verification vehicle as a precursor to a planned constellation of eighty satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 May 12, 09:0969430.001255757395.9697.5526607:35
Xingyun-2 02
2020-028B
45603
in space
One of a simultaneosly-launched pair of internet comsats. Technical verification vehicle as a precursor to a planned constellation of eighty satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 May 12, 07:3369430.001155757295.9597.5526707:35
Kuaizhou 1A upper stage
2020-028C
45604
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 8
Life 57 days
Launched pair of Xingyun satellites. Orbit perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 12, 05:4769400.057916096395.8997.565


2020-029
Atlas V 501
Cape Canaveral
2020 May 17, 13:14
USA 299 (OTV-6, X-37B#1 Flight 3)
2020-029A
45606
in space
Flight of USAF/Boeing X-37B space plane. First to be equipped with a service module. Launch delayed from May 16 by weather. The first orbit listed is an estimate, subsequent orbits are based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 17, 13:1867310.001234436191.5944.9570
2020 May 31, 01:3467670.000238839192.3444.96104
2020 Jun 14, 02:1367650.000538439092.2945.0265
USA 300 (FalconSAT 8)
2020-029B
45610
in space
Small satellite released from USA 299, probably from the service module and probably 2020 May 28 or May 29. FalconSAT 8 (identification to be confirmed) carries five experiments/demonstrations built by cadets at the US Air Force Academy.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit67670.000238839192.3444.96104
Atlas upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 May 17
Life <1 day
Launched USA 299 (OTV-6/X-37B). Caused to re-enter above southern Indian Ocean about 55 minutes after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-030
H-IIB (F-9)
Tanegashima Space Centre
2020 May 20, 17:31
HTV-9 (Kounotori 9)
2020-030A
45607
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 20
Life 92 days
Japanese supply vehicle to the ISS. Captured by ISS Remote Manipulator operated by the crew on May 25 at 12:13 UTC. Docked under ground control with the downward-facing port of Harmony module at 14:46 UTC. All securing bolts were in place by 15:25 UTC. Undocked 2020 Aug 18 then released from ISS RMS at 17:36 UTC. Three thruster firings Aug 20 led to destructive re-entry above the southern Pacific Ocean at 07:07 UTC. Any surviving fragments hit the ocean surface between 07:19 and 07:57 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 20, 22:5966220.008618730189.3951.67314
2020 May 21, 07:5566720.001228530290.3951.70253
2020 May 25, 05:0767850.001239941692.7151.65355
2020 May 25, 09:4667970.000241742092.9451.64350
2020 May 26, 08:5967970.000241742092.9451.64355
2020 Aug 18, 04:3967970.000241842092.9551.6440
2020 Aug 18, 17:3667990.000242042292.9951.7742
2020 Aug 18, 20:4367930.000441241792.8651.6632
2020 Aug 19, 23:0967920.000141341592.8551.6456
H-IIB upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 May 20
Life <1 day
Launched HTV-9. Caused to re-enter above the southern Pacific Ocean about 35 minutes after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-031
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2020 May 22, 07:31
Cosmos 2546 (EKS 4/Tundra 4)
2020-031A
45608
in space
EKS missile early warning satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 23, 08:52264590.6964165438507713.8563.82270
2020 Jun 02, 18:58264950.6965166438570715.3363.81270
2020 Jun 05, 09:42265300.6967166938636716.7663.80270
2020 Jun 07, 07:01265510.6970166838679717.6163.81270
Soyuz upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 May 22
Life <1 day
Launched Cosmos 2546 (EKS 4). Trajectory was sub-orbital and it re-entered above the southern Pacific Ocean.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable
Fregat rocket stage
2020-031B
45609
in space
Launched Cosmos 2546 (EKS 4).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 23, 08:35264850.6960167338540714.9163.84270


2020-F04 - failed to reach orbit
LauncherOne
Boeing 747, Pacific Ocean off California
2020 May 25, 18:50
Dummy Payload
Carried on first orbital test mission by Virgin Orbit air launched rocket. Lost when the launch vehicle shut down following release from Boeing 747 and shortly after ignition. Aimed at an orbit with about 63° inclination. Launch time may have been 18:49 UTC.


2020-032
CZ 11
Xichang Space Centre
2020 May 29, 20:13
XJS-G (New Technology Test Satellite - G)
2020-032A
45611
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously launched satellites designed to test inter-satellite communication network links and test new Earth observation technologies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 30, 20:0568550.001346848694.1435.04303
2020 Jun 03, 09:5768540.001846448994.1335.04346
XJS-H (New Technology Test Satellite - H)
2020-032B
45612
in space
One of a pair of simultaneously launched satellites designed to test inter-satellite communication network links and test new Earth observation technologies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 30, 13:3668540.001446648694.1335.03308
CZ 11 upper stage
2020-032C
45613
in space
Launched pair of XJS satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 30, 19:1468550.001446748694.1435.03307
2020 Jun 02, 06:0168540.001546648694.1335.03323


2020-033
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 May 30, 19:22
Dragon Crew Demo 2 (Dragon Endeavour flight #1)
2020-033A
45623
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 2
Life 64 days
First Crew Dragon mission to carry a crew, and its final test flight. Commercial mission to ISS by SpaceX. Crew of NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley (spacecraft commander) and Robert Behnken. Docked with the forward-facing port of the Harmony module May 31 at 16:16 UTC with hard docking at 14:20 UTC. Hooks and larches were engaged a few minutes later. Undocked 2020 Aug 1 at 22:35 UTC carrying its original crew. Retro-fire for 12 min 2020 Aug 2 at 17:56 UTC led to splash-down in the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola, northern Florida at 18:47:48 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 May 30, 19:4665780.001619021188.5051.64359
2020 May 30, 20:2466450.008421132389.8551.62212
2020 May 30, 22:4567840.000740141092.6751.64217
2020 May 31, 01:5967860.000240740992.7351.65205
2020 May 31, 06:3767970.000241742092.9451.6414
2020 Aug 01, 06:0267970.000141942092.9651.64339
2020 Aug 02, 00:1267970.000441642292.9551.65186
2020 Aug 02, 03:5767870.000140840992.7451.6419
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 May 30
Life <1 day
Launched Crew Dragon Demo 2 mission. Caused to re-enter above the southern Indian Ocean about 55 minutes after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable
Crew Dragon trunk module
2020-033B
46024
in space
Separated from Dragon Endeavour 2020 Aug 2 at 17:51 UTC, prior to retrofire.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 03, 15:5067220.009527940791.4051.6568


2020-034
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 May 31, 08:53
Gaofen 9-02
2020-034A
45624
in space
Carries a high-resolution optical system to support a remote sensing programme based on LEO and GEO satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 May 31, 23:1368710.001248550194.4797.2827915:14
Head 4
2020-034B
45625
in space
Application satellite from Head Aerospace in the Skywalker constellation, carrying an AIS receiver and providing communications between internet-connected devices.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 May 31, 14:5968730.001248750394.5197.2827115:14
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 May 31
Life <1 day
Launched Gaofen 9-02 and Head 4. Caused to re-enter after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-035
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Jun 4, 01:35
Starlink-1440
2020-035A
45657
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 14
Life 40 days
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 11, 20:0066640.010421735590.2453.0079
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jun 4
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above western Pacific Ocean about 90 mins after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-036
CZ 2C
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Jun 10, 18:31
Haiyang 1D (Ocean 1D)
2020-036A
45721
in space
Oceanographic studies satellite equipped with an ocean colour temperature scanner and an imaging system to study coastal zones.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jun 11, 02:1971560.0011770785100.4098.4426601:38
CZ 2C upper stage
2020-036B
45722
in space
Launched Haiyang 1D. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 10, 21:4071160.005569977799.5798.5479


2020-037
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2020 Jun 13, 05:12
USA 301
2020-037A
45723
in space
Small satellite launched under National Reconnaissance Office 'Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket' process. Mission details not available but may raise orbit. Orbit details are classified.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
estimated orbit69630.000758059096.3897.7027018:03
USA 302
2020-037B
45724
in space
Small satellite launched under National Reconnaissance Office 'Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket' process. Mission details not available but may raise orbit. Orbit details are classified.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
estimated orbit69630.000758059096.3897.7027018:03
USA 303
2020-037C
45725
in space
Small satellite launched under National Reconnaissance Office 'Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket' process. Mission details not available but may raise orbit. Orbit details are classified.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
estimated orbit69630.000758059096.3897.7027018:03
ANDESITE (nonsensical acronym)
2020-037D
45726
in space
6U Cubesat created by students and staff at Boston University under NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative. Earth magnetic field studies, carrying eight subsidiary pico satellites that will be ejected at intervals and in pairs to provide a long baseline for observations. They are equipped to track electric currents flowing in and out of the atmosphere and relay data back to the parent satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 18, 11:2669700.001358360196.5297.71285
M2 Pathfinder
2020-037E
45727
in space
3U Cubesat from the University of New South Wales Canberra Space, built for the Royal Australian Air Force to test systems for a future military satellite. Among other, undisclosed, tasks the satellite will demonstrate the ability of a software-based radio to operate and be reconfigured while in orbit. It may also carry an Earth-imaging system and an AIS receiver to monitor shipping locations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jun 18, 11:3069720.001258660296.5797.7030017:33
Electron kick stage
2020-037F
45728
in space
Launched cluster of small satellites. Orbit details are classified.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit69630.001457559596.3897.70270
Electron second stage
2020-037G
45729
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 8
Life 25 days
Launched cluster of small satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit67710.029219559092.4197.70270
2020 Jun 30, 16:1666800.019217343090.5597.72161


2020-038
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Jun 13, 09:21
Starlink-1461
2020-038A
45730
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of fifty eight LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle about 38 minutes after lift-off.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 17, 22:0066700.010522236190.3553.0066
Skysat 16 (Skysat C14)
2020-038BL
45788
in space
Commercial Earth-imaging satellite from Planet Labs providing high resolution images and video. Released from launch vehicle about 12 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 16, 13:5966650.011321236290.2553.0062
2020 Jun 20, 17:2066900.008725336990.7553.0260
2020 Jun 23, 17:5867000.007727037490.9753.0059
2020 Jun 24, 21:1667100.006428937591.1753.0069
2020 Jun 27, 20:4267200.004930837591.3753.0077
2020 Jun 29, 13:5067290.003632737591.5553.0080
2020 Jul 01, 10:0567370.002334437591.7253.0082
2020 Jul 03, 09:2967460.001036037591.8953.0080
2020 Jul 05, 10:3067530.000237437692.0553.00300
2020 Jul 07, 20:4967610.001337539292.2253.00254
2020 Jul 10, 11:5267690.001038439792.3653.00206
2020 Jul 11, 09:2667750.000139639892.5153.00108
2020 Jul 15, 21:2067780.000239840192.5553.00319
Skysat 18 (Skysat C16)
2020-038BM
45789
in space
Commercial Earth-imaging satellite from Planet Labs providing high resolution images and video. Released from launch vehicle about 12 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 17, 20:0366650.011221236290.2553.0067
2020 Jun 21, 02:3466900.008425636890.7653.0061
2020 Jun 22, 02:4767010.007727137490.9853.0054
2020 Jun 24, 15:2467090.006628637591.1453.0072
2020 Jun 26, 11:2867180.005630237791.3353.0068
2020 Jun 28, 10:4067260.004331937791.5053.0073
2020 Jul 01, 16:2967420.001835237691.8253.0092
2020 Jul 04, 10:1767500.000836637791.9853.0075
2020 Jul 05, 15:2367570.000837338492.1353.01213
2020 Jul 08, 12:2967640.001237839492.2753.00248
2020 Jul 27, 08:2067710.000838739892.4153.00256
Skysat 17 (Skysat C15)
2020-038BN
45790
in space
Commercial Earth-imaging satellite from Planet Labs providing high resolution images and video. Released from launch vehicle about 12 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 17, 11:0266660.011121436290.2753.0065
2020 Jun 20, 11:2566890.008525436790.7353.0060
2020 Jun 21, 16:4267020.008426738091.0053.0053
2020 Jun 25, 03:3667100.006528837691.1753.0071
2020 Jun 27, 08:5067190.005530437891.3653.0069
2020 Jun 30, 13:0167280.004232237891.5353.0077
2020 Jul 01, 10:2367360.003033837891.7053.0077
2020 Jul 03, 09:4767440.001835437891.8753.0079
2020 Jul 05, 09:1567520.000637037892.0353.0070
2020 Jul 07, 11:5267600.000637838592.1853.00279
2020 Jul 09, 13:0267670.001337939792.3253.00239
2020 Jul 23, 21:3267730.001038840292.4653.00238
2020 Jul 25, 21:1867770.000539540392.5453.00272
2020 Aug 06, 12:1867770.000539540392.5453.00323
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jun 13
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Skysat and Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above western Pacific Ocean around 90 mins after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-039
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Jun 17, 07:19
Gaofen 9-03
2020-039A
45794
in space
Carries a high-resolution optical system to support a remote sensing programme based on LEO and GEO satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jun 17, 21:2968730.001248750394.5297.3226313:39
2020 Jun 20, 07:3968700.001648150394.4697.3227213:39
2020 Jul 29, 16:5668730.001448550494.5197.3212713:38
ZP 3 (Zhejiang University Pi Satellite 3)
2020-039B
45795
in space
Small satellite described as testing pico-satellite and nano-satellite technologies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jun 18, 03:4268720.001248650394.5097.3226713:39
Head 5
2020-039C
45796
in space
Application satellite from Head Aerospace in the Skywalker constellation, carrying an AIS receiver and providing communications between internet-connected devices.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jun 17, 21:2968710.001348550294.4897.3227613:39
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jun 17
Life <1 day
Launched Gaofen 9-03, Head 4 and ZP-3. Caused to re-enter soon after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-I10
Dextre Arm + Kaber Micro Satellite Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Jun 17, 17:50
RedEye 2 (Merlot)
1998-067RM
45800
in space
Small satellite from DARPA, possibly for testing inter-satellite communication links.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 19, 17:3267960.000241741992.9351.6475


2020-040
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Jun 23, 01:43
Beidou-3 G-3
2020-040A
45807
in space
Phase 2 operational satellite in China's navigation satellite system. It also provides time and messaging services for the Asia-Pacific region. Final satellite required to complete the Beidou system. Probably manoeuvred to geosynchronous drift orbit by Jun 25 and arrived on station by Jun 30.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Jun 23, 14:41243830.729521835791631.5228.42180
2020 Jul 06, 16:57421650.000535764358091436.103.08349111° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2020-040B
45808
in space
Launched Beidou-3 G-3. Orbit lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 23, 07:14236580.722419034370603.5728.41179


2020-I11
Dextre Arm + Kaber Micro Satellite Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Jun 23, 21:10
RedEye 3 (Cabernet)
1998-067RN
45809
in space
Small satellite from DARPA, possibly for testing inter-satellite communication links.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jun 24, 20:2067960.000241641992.9351.6560


2020-041
Falcon 9 Block 5
2020 Jun 30, 20:10
USA 304 (GPS IIIA SV03)
2020-041A
45854
in space
Block 3 GPS Navsat.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 01, 21:27166770.594438620211357.2254.99270
2020 Jul 19, 02:50265600.00062016520199717.9655.0689
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 1
Life 1 day
Launched USA 304. An engine firing at first apogee of its HEO caused destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean, near perigee and about 6.5 hrs, 1.25 circuits, after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-042
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Jul 3, 03:10
Gaofen Multi-mode 1
2020-042A
45856
in space
Carries an extremely high resolution, multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite to support a remote sensing programme based on LEO and GEO satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jul 03, 06:1870180.001363164997.5198.0126710:26
BY70-2 (Xibaipo)
2020-042B
45857
in space
2U Cubesat from the China Association for Science and Technology, in conjunction with Xibaipo High School, carrying an educational payload consisting of an imaging system and an amateur radio system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 03, 12:2370200.001063564897.5598.01254
CZ 4B upper stage
2020-042C
45858
in space
Launched Gaofen Multi-mode 1 and Xibaipo. Orbit perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 03, 14:2268940.018339064294.9597.987


2020-F05 - failed to reach orbit
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2020 Jul 3, 21:19
CE-Sat-1B (Canon Electric Satellite IB)
Experimental Earth imaging microsatellite developed and built by Canon Electronics. Cameras are engineered versions of commercial camera models built by Canon. Lost when a faulty electrical connector caused the Electron launch vehicle second stage to shut down early.
Flock 4e (five satellites)
3U Cubesat, Planet's Flock 4e cluster of five second generation imaging satellites. Lost when a faulty electrical connector caused the Electron launch vehicle second stage to shut down early.
Faraday 1
6U Cubesat from In-Space Missions of the UK, providing hosted payload space for six unidentified customers. Lost when a faulty electrical connector caused the Electron launch vehicle second stage to shut down early.


2020-043
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Jul 4, 23:44
Shiyan 6-2
2020-043A
45859
in space
Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jul 05, 04:4570740.001468670698.6998.2026106:00
2020 Oct 14, 11:0770410.000865766898.0098.2132306:01
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 5
Life 1 day
Launched Shiyan 6-2. Caused to re-enter after releasing satellite.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-044
Shavit 2
Palmachim AFB
2020 Jul 6, 01:00
Ofeq 16
2020-044A
45860
in space
Israeli electro-optical reconnaissance satellite to monitor the Middle East from highly retrograde orbit, possible replacement for Ofeq 11 (41759/2016-056A). Orbit data based on amateur observations.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 09, 02:1768460.020033160493.95140.9288
2020 Jul 15, 02:2768560.018335260394.16141.12134
Shavit upper stage
2020-044B
45861
in space
Launched Ofeq 16.
Classified object - orbit data withheld


2020-045
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Jul 9, 12:11
Apstar 6D
2020-045A
45863
in space
Commercial comsat owned by APT Mobile SatCom to provide to provide high-bandwidth satellite broadband telecommunications services for airborne, shipborne and other mobile applications. To be stationed alongside Apstar 6C (43450/2018-041A). The satellite manoeuvred itself in to geosynchronous drift orbit around July 12 and arrived on station a small number of days later. Expected location 134° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Jul 10, 00:30243720.729321935768631.0928.44180
2020 Jul 17, 16:48422130.001235785358851438.570.10347134° east
CZ 3B upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 10
Life 1 day
Launched Apstar 6D. Probably fired engine at first apogee of transfer orbit, causing perigee to dip into the atmosphere and lead to destructive re-entry above the Atlantic Ocean about 11 hrs after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-F06 - failed to reach orbit
Kuaizhou 11
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Jul 10, 04:17
Jilin-1 High Resolution 02E
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite aimed at sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN 10:30. Lost when Kuaizhou 11 launch vehicle upper stage failed. Launch apparently delayed by six minutes during final countdown.
Centispace-1 S2
Technology experiments satellite for an LEO navigation enhancement system being developed by Beijing Future Navigation Technology Co Ltd. Lost when Kuaizhou 11 launch vehicle upper stage failed. Launch apparently delayed by six minutes during final countdown.


2020-I12
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Jul 13, 13:40
DeMi (Deformable Mirror)
1998-067RP
45916
in space
6U Cubesat - demonstration mission from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, relating to development of a flexible mirror that can be used to correct defects caused by such as aberration and speckle in astronomical images.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 16, 07:1467950.000241541892.9051.6465


2020-I13
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Jul 13, 16:55
TechEdSat 10 (Technical Education Satellite 10)
1998-067RQ
45917
in space
6U Cubesat (6 x 1) - to demonstrate use of a braking parachute to initiate re-entry and provide precise control of the re-entry point with a view to use of the system for future, recoverable, space missions.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 16, 08:4667940.000441341992.8851.6483
2020 Sep 04, 20:5367880.000440741292.7651.64301
2020 Nov 01, 14:3967750.000239639992.5051.6488
2020 Nov 26, 19:3667660.000538539192.3151.64166


2020-046
Minotaur IV
Wallops Flight Facility
2020 Jul 15, 13:46
USA 305
2020-046A
45873
in space
Small satellite, probably equipped with an Earth imaging system for photo-reconnaissance. Orbit measurements based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 03, 21:4569520.001056758196.1553.98342
USA 306
2020-046B
45874
in space
Small satellite, probably equipped with an Earth imaging system for photo-reconnaissance. Orbit measurements based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 03, 21:4669530.000856958096.1553.98335
USA 307
2020-046C
45875
in space
Small satellite, probably equipped with an Earth imaging system for photo-reconnaissance. Orbit measurements based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 03, 21:5369540.001056958396.1853.98334
USA 308
2020-046D
45876
in space
Small satellite, probably equipped with an Earth imaging system for photo-reconnaissance. Orbit measurements based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 03, 21:5469540.000957058296.1853.98328
Minotaur upper stage
2020-046E
45877
in space
Launched four small satellites (USA 305, 306, 307 & 308) for US National Reconnaissance Office. Orbit measurements based on amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 03, 21:4869530.000856958096.1653.98335


2020-047
H-IIA (F-42)
Tanegashima Space Centre
2020 Jul 19, 21:58
El Amal (Hope)
2020-047A
45918
in space
Mars orbiter mission launched by Japan for the United Arab Emirates. Aimed to study Mars weather and climate. Separated from launch vehicle at 22:55 UTC. Launch delayed from July 15 by weather. Mars arrival expected 2021 Feb.
Heliocentric orbit, en-route to Mars
H-IIA upper stage
2020-047B
45919
in space
Launched El Amal.
Heliocentric orbit


2020-048
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Jul 20, 21:30
ANASIS-II (Army, Navy Air Force Satellite Information System 2)
2020-048A
45920
in space
South Korean military communications satellite. Expected (but unconfirmed) location - 115°.9 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Jul 21, 05:08291770.774520045397826.6427.46178
2020 Jul 21, 18:30303820.7042260945398878.3721.25178
2020 Jul 23, 20:59402000.211525320423231336.893.06175
2020 Jul 24, 11:31407250.220125382433121363.183.08176
2020 Jul 26, 13:22464450.093635721444121660.220.92180
2020 Jul 27, 22:45422540.001035834359181440.670.01168118° east
2020 Jul 29, 22:19422070.000735799358591438.260.028116° east
2020 Aug 01, 01:15421650.000135781357921436.100.0139116° east
Falcon 9 upper stage
2020-048B
45921
in space
Launched ANASIS-II.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 21, 14:50292420.775718045548829.4127.58179


2020-049
CZ 5
Wenchang Space Centre
2020 Jul 23, 04:41
Tianwen 1 (Questions to Heaven 1)
2020-049A
45935
in space
Spacecraft from China aimed at Mars, consisting of an orbiter with an attached lander that in turn carries a surface rover. Mission is to search for evidence of both current and past life, and to study the Martian environment. Arrival in orbit around Mars expected 2021 Feb. Lander and rover will descend to the surface after the vehicle's cameras have been used to reconnoitre for a landing site.
Heliocentric orbit, en-route to Mars
Camera platform

in space
Separated from Tianwen 1 on 2020 Sep 1 and used to photograph the main spacecraft. Not catalogued as a separate object.
Heliocentric orbit
CZ 5 upper stage
2020-049B
45936
in space
Launched Tianwen 1.
Heliocentric orbit


2020-050
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Jul 23, 14:26
Progress MS-15 (Progress 7K-TGM №445)
2020-050A
45937
in space
Supplies to ISS. Docked with Pirs module at 17:44:52 UTC, just over three hours after launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 23, 14:5665790.002918222088.5251.6560
2020 Jul 23, 16:2665910.002219922888.7651.68103
2020 Jul 23, 17:1767960.000141741992.9351.64142
Soyuz upper stage
2020-050B
45938
Re-entered - 2020 Jul 27
Life 4 days
Launched Progress MS-15.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 23, 19:0065820.002618722188.5851.6475


2020-051
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Jul 25, 03:13
Ziyuan-3 03
2020-051A
45939
in space
Chinese government satellite for Earth observation and cartography, including 3D-Imaging. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed,

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Jul 25, 06:1368700.001148450094.4597.5027710:30
2020 Jul 29, 12:4068710.000948749994.4797.5024310:30
2020 Aug 18, 05:0168800.001249451094.6597.4922710:31
Long Xia Yan (Lobster Eye)
2020-051B
45940
in space
Small satellite equipped with x-ray detectors to study emissions from dark matter. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed,

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 25, 07:4768690.001448150094.4397.49295
Tianqi (6?)
2020-051C
45941
in space
Comsat providing messaging communication links from LEO including between Internet-connected items. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed,

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 25, 07:4768690.001348250094.4397.49294
CZ 4B upper stage
2020-051D
45942
in space
Launched Ziyuan 3-03 and two smaller satellites. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites in order to speed up orbit decay.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Jul 25, 07:3967670.015428549392.3397.6025


2020-052
Atlas V 541
Cape Canaveral
2020 Jul 30, 11:50
Mars 2020
2020-052A
45983
in space
Carrying NASA Mars rover Perseverance. Expected Mars touchdown of rover 2021 Feb 18. Perseverance will seek signs of ancient life and collect rock and soil samples for possible return to Earth by a future vehicle. Also carries Ingenuity, a Mars helicopter, as a technology demonstrator for future missions.
Heliocentric orbit, en-route to Mars
Atlas upper stage (Centaur)
2020-052B
45984
in space
Launched Mars 2020.
Heliocentric orbit


2020-053
Proton-M + Briz-M
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Jul 30, 21:25
Express 80
2020-053A
45985
in space
Domestic comsat owned by RSCC (the Russian Satellite Communications Company) to provide high frequency fixed and mobile communications, digital television and radio broadcasting, high-speed Internet access and data transmission services across Russia and Southeast Asia Also carries low frequency transponders for global coverage. Separated from Briz-M Jul 31, 15:24 UTC. Entry into service expected 2020 January at location - 80° east. Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Aug 02, 05:45420700.454316579548051431.270.64187
2020 Aug 07, 23:08421140.452316686547861433.510.61188
2020 Aug 10, 15:50421860.447016952546641437.180.60189
2020 Aug 12, 21:59420890.446516917545041432.210.56189
2020 Aug 15, 22:30421820.434517477541311436.980.58189
2020 Sep 16, 19:28421670.342521348502291436.210.44193
2020 Oct 03, 18:32422220.295723357483301439.020.38195
2020 Oct 15, 22:57422100.257124978466851438.390.34197
2020 Nov 01, 16:06421620.211926850447171435.930.29201
2020 Nov 16, 00:57421850.157929146424671437.120.26203
Express 103
2020-053B
45986
in space
Domestic comsat owned by RSCC (the Russian Satellite Communications Company) to provide high frequency fixed and mobile communications, digital television and radio broadcasting, high-speed Internet access and data transmission services across Russia and Southeast Asia. Also carries a low frequency transponder for global coverage. Separated from Briz-M Jul 31, 15:41UTC. Entry into service expected 2020 January at location - 103° east. Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Aug 01, 15:41420800.454116593548121431.790.62187
2020 Aug 06, 23:19421340.451816720547911434.510.60188
2020 Aug 10, 14:26421940.446516978546541437.600.58188
2020 Aug 18, 04:12422180.426017854538261438.830.55189
2020 Aug 22, 22:07421560.408418562529941435.650.53190
2020 Sep 16, 10:51422710.335321718500681441.540.41197
2020 Oct 03, 19:29421640.284523791477821436.070.37196
2020 Oct 14, 19:17421480.249725244462961435.240.33198
2020 Nov 01, 21:46421070.187527836436221433.140.27201
2020 Nov 18, 02:53421250.133430129413641434.050.24204
Briz-M rocket stage
2020-053C
45987
in space
Launched Express 80 and Express 103. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 01, 15:42412490.466815615541271389.560.95182
Briz-M propellant tank
2020-053D
45988
in space
Discarded auxilliary propellant tank from Briz-M that launched Express 80 and Express 103.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 02, 06:05182240.627241623276408.0649.52181


2020-054
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Aug 6, 04:01
Gaofen 9-04
2020-054A
46025
in space
Carries a high-resolution optical system to support a remote sensing programme based on LEO and GEO satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Aug 06, 10:2568740.001448650694.5397.4825910:22
2020 Aug 09, 04:2368750.001448750794.5597.4723810:22
2020 Aug 28, 21:1968740.001548550594.5297.4717310:22
Gravity & Atmosphere Scientific Satellite (Q-SAT)
2020-054B
46026
in space
Small satellite from Tsinghua University used for studying upper atmosphere density and making measurements of the Earth's gravitational field.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 06, 11:5768720.001648350594.4997.47268
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 6
Life <1 day
Launched Gaofen 9-04 and Q-SAT. Caused to re-enter soon after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-055
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 Aug 7, 05:12
Starlink 1522
2020-055A
46027
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of fifty seven LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle at ~06:45 UTC.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits near ~400 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 13, 22:0068130.000343243793.2753.00323
Global-(7?)
2020-055BP
46088
in space
Commercial multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite from BlackSky Global inc. Separated from launch vehicle at 06:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 13, 10:2767720.001238640192.4353.01313
2020 Sep 09, 03:0967770.000739440492.5453.0168
Global-(8?)
2020-055BQ
46089
in space
Commercial multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite from BlackSky Global inc. Separated from launch vehicle at 06:18 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Aug 13, 13:3267720.001238640292.4453.01310
2020 Sep 09, 01:5967800.000639840692.6053.0153
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 7
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Black Sky Global and Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above south-eastern Indian Ocean around 150 minutes (1.5 circuits) after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-056
Ariane 5ECA (VA-253)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2020 Aug 15, 22:04
BSAT-4b
2020-056A
46112
in space
Japanese broadcast comsat providing high definition television services. Will act as backup to, and to supplement, BSat-4A (42951/2017-059B). Separated from launch vehicle at 22:51 UTC. Expected location - 110°east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Aug 16, 18:09244000.727926135783632.195.98178
2020 Aug 18, 14:29329580.27861739735763992.431.12177
2020 Aug 22, 13:04421320.000635729357781434.410.0733104° east
2020 Aug 25, 14:05421460.000535746357891435.130.0641105° east
2020 Aug 26, 19:32421640.000135781357911436.060.06207105° east
2020 Sep 09, 22:06421120.000435718357501433.400.04189107° east
2020 Sep 13, 14:37421130.000335720357491433.440.03183109° east
2020 Sep 16, 23:16421640.000335772357991436.050.02219110° east
MEV-2 (Mission Extension Vehicle 2)
2020-056B
46113
in space
Northrop Grumman vehicle - launched to rendezvous and attach itself to the Intelsat 10-02 GEO comsat (28358/2004-022A) at 1° west and take over its pointing and station-keeping functions in order to extend its on-orbit life by five years. It may then move to another satellite. Approach to Intelsat will take several months. Separated from launch vehicle at 22:38 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Aug 16, 20:43243710.727326735719631.075.95179
2020 Aug 18, 20:05261070.6140369935759699.684.14179
2020 Aug 19, 18:19264370.5939435835759712.963.94180
2020 Sep 01, 19:45271870.5761514636473743.553.71184
2020 Sep 17, 11:20288750.5401690338090813.833.32187
2020 Oct 01, 02:51304390.5110850739614880.852.89190
2020 Oct 16, 15:06325250.47221078741506972.932.59191
2020 Nov 01, 22:10348360.421713767431491078.462.02194
2020 Nov 18, 08:14367960.354117389434471170.751.58197
Galaxy 30 (Galaxy 14R)
2020-056C
46114
in space
Comsat to provide high-performance broadcast distribution to North America, including Ultra-High Definition (UHD) and over-the-top (OTT) streaming media, while also supporting broadband, mobility and enterprise network solutions. Will replace Galaxy 14 (28790/2005-030A). Separated from launch vehicle at 22:31 UTC. Expected location - 125° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
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incl 
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GEO    
Longitude
2020 Aug 16, 18:12243810.727726235743631.435.97178
2020 Aug 18, 13:51265290.5876456135741716.713.62179
2020 Aug 19, 21:28322380.30631598635734960.091.25179
2020 Aug 22, 04:31390950.077529689357451282.160.19173
2020 Aug 26, 16:53422260.000335835358611439.230.0524685° east
2020 Aug 31, 02:24421650.000135785357901436.130.0419985° east
2020 Oct 17, 22:24421650.000135780357931436.100.002585° east
Ariane 5 upper stage
2020-056E
46116
in space
Launched Galaxy 30, MEV-2 and BSAT-4b.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 17, 01:07243380.727425635664629.785.73176


2020-057
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Aug 18, 14:31
Starlink 1585
2020-057A
46117
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of fifty eight LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle about 46 minutes after lift-off.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 25, 20:0066950.005528035490.8653.0072
Skysat 19 (Skysat C17)
2020-057BQ
46179
in space
Commercial Earth-imaging satellite from Planet Labs providing high resolution images and video. Released from launch vehicle about 12 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 25, 01:2966830.008125135990.6253.0072
2020 Aug 27, 12:2867000.005528535890.9653.0078
2020 Sep 04, 10:2367270.001533935991.5253.0070
Skysat 20 (Skysat C18)
2020-057BR
46180
in space
Commercial Earth-imaging satellite from Planet Labs providing high resolution images and video. Released from launch vehicle about 12 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 25, 01:2666870.007226135790.7053.0070
Skysat 21 (Skysat C19)
2020-057BS
46235
in space
Commercial Earth-imaging satellite from Planet Labs providing high resolution images and video. Released from launch vehicle about 12 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 25, 01:1566610.010821135590.1853.0073
2020 Aug 27, 17:5866730.008723635390.4153.0081
2020 Aug 29, 18:1066840.006925935190.6353.0086
2020 Sep 02, 11:1766930.005228035090.8253.0095
2020 Sep 02, 18:5167030.003830035091.0353.0090
2020 Sep 06, 18:3767210.001733135391.3853.0063
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 18
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Skysat and Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above western Pacific Ocean around 90 mins after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-058
CZ 2D
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Aug 23, 02:27
Gaofen 9-05
2020-058A
46232
in space
Carries a high-resolution optical system to support a remote sensing programme based on LEO and GEO satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
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desc node
local time
2020 Aug 23, 11:5468740.001548550694.5397.5025908:47
2020 Aug 26, 02:4868720.001648350594.4997.5025508:47
Multi-Functional Test Satellite
2020-058B
46233
in space
Small satellite from the China Academy of Military Science, carrying developmental equipment for communication, navigation and remote sensing.

epoch (UTC)         
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local time
2020 Aug 23, 11:5468720.001448450494.5097.5026908:47
Tiantuo 5
2020-058C
46234
in space
Small satellite from China's National University of Defense Technology including experimental/test equipment, a real-time video based Earth imaging system, and an AIS receiver for relaying ship location information from the worlds' oceans.

epoch (UTC)         
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local time
2020 Aug 23, 13:4068720.001548350494.4897.5027108:47
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 23
Life <1 day
Launched Gaofen 9-05, a military test satellite and Tiantuo 5. Caused to re-enter soon after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-059
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Aug 30, 23:18
SAOCOM 1B (Satélite Argentino de Observación Con Microondas)
2020-059A
46265
in space
Argentinian radar-imaging earth observation satellite. 2019 Nov - SpaceX changed launch site from Vandenberg to Cape Canaveral. Released from launch vehicle 14 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
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desc node
local time
2020 Aug 31, 11:4069870.000460661296.8797.8816017:52
GNOMES 1 (GNSS Navigation and Occultation Measurement Satellites)
2020-059B
46266
in space
Small satellite from PlanetiQ, equipped with radio receivers to observe occultations of MEO navsat signals in order to study the Earth's upper atmosphere and contribute to weather forecasting. First in a planned multi-satellite constellation. Released from launch vehicle 61 min after lift-off. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 31, 11:4069830.000760060996.7897.89134
Unidentified Satellite
2020-059C
46267
in space
6U Cubesat - commercial mission, probably for Earth observation. Owner not known. Released from launch vehicle 62 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
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local time
2020 Aug 31, 13:1669820.000759960996.7697.8814017:52
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Aug 31
Life 1 day
Launched SAOCOM 1B and two small satellites. Caused to re-enter above the southern Pacific Ocean about 2 hrs after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-060
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2020 Aug 31, 03:05
First Light (Photon 1)
2020-060A
46268
in space
Satellite based on Electron launch vehicle third stage (kick stage). Mission is a demonstrator of the power management, thermal control and attitude control subsystems used to allow the stage to perform as an active satellite. Also carries an Earth-imaging camera system.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 31, 11:3669150.001352854695.3945.10270
Sequoia (Capella 2)
2020-060B
46269
in space
Small satellite from Capella Space carrying synthetic radar for Earth imaging. Member of a planned thirty satellite constellation.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 31, 11:3669170.001153154695.4145.10267
Electron second stage
2020-060C
46270
Re-entered - 2020 Sep 19
Life 19 days
Launched Sequoia and First Light.

epoch (UTC)         
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2020 Aug 31, 07:1567400.027217954591.7945.10257


2020-061
Vega (VV-16)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2020 Sep 2, 01:51
ÑuSat 6 (Hypatia)
2020-061A
46272
in space
Small satellite from Satellogic of Argentina to provide earth images in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum using real-time imaging and video. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 04, 06:2468990.000551752595.0597.4721310:30
ESAIL
2020-061B
46273
in space
Small satellite under ESA’s SAT-AIS program equipped with an AIS (Automatic Information System) receiver to pick up positional information from ships at sea. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( min )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 03, 22:2968990.000551752495.0497.47215
ION mk01 SCV LUCAS (In Orbit Now Satellite Carrier Vehicle)
2020-061C
46274
in space
Carrying part of Flock 4V for Planet. Flock 4V is split into two batches, fourteen released directly from Vega and the remaining twelve to be released individually from the ION SCV LUCAS dispenser. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 19:0568980.000551752495.0497.47215
Athena
2020-061D
46275
in space
Experimental satellite testing an communications sytem, probably owned by a subsidiary of Facebook. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 19:0468960.000151851894.9997.46118
UPMSat-2 (Universidad Politécnica Madrid)
2020-061E
46276
in space
Educational, scientific and in-orbit technological demonstration microsatellite project led by the research institute
of Universidad Politécnica Madrid (IRD/UPM) to give students experience in designing and building a satellite. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 13:1368960.000151751894.9897.4773
NEMO-HD (Next-generation Earth Monitoring and Observation - High Definition)
2020-061F
46277
in space
Small satellite from Slovenia for Earth observation using video streaming and multispectral imaging. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 03, 22:2868960.000151751894.9897.478610:30
GHGSat-C1
2020-061G
46278
in space
Small satellite - first in a planned constellation being built for GHGSat Inc of Montreal. It will monitor greenhouse gases emitted from sources on the ground. Released from launch vehicle at 02:30 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 03:1368950.000251551994.9797.4728
SIMBA (Sun-earth IMBAlance)
2020-061H
46279
in space
3U Cubesat from ESA, provided by the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium to help measure the Earth's energy budget from the Sun. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
( km )
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 13:2969150.000353553995.3897.52341
TRISAT
2020-061J
46280
in space
3U Cubesat from the University of Malibor, Slovenia, carrying an Earth imaging system and acting as a demonstrator for Slovenia's space capabilities. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC. Identification from radio transmissions received by amateur observer Nico Janssen.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 13:2869150.000353553995.3897.52341
PICASSO-BE (Pico-Satellite for Atmospheric and Space Science Observations)
2020-061K
46281
in space
3U Cubesat - ESA satellite from aconsortium led by the Royal Belgian Institute of Space Aeronomy, to study the Earth's atmosphere. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 07, 01:1869150.000353453995.3897.52356
DIDO-3
2020-061N
46284
in space
3U Cubesat - joint Italy/Israeli mission using a SpacePharma module to provide a small laboratory in space. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 13:2769150.000353553895.3797.52339
Flock 4V-1
2020-061P
46313
in space
3U Cubesat, part of Planet's Flock 4V cluster of second generation imaging satellites. Flock 4V is split into two batches, fourteen released directly from Vega VV-16 with the remaining twelve to be released individually from the ION SCV LUCAS dispenser. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

One of fourteen satellites of Flock 4V released directly from the Vega launch vehicle, all are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 08:0469150.000153653895.3997.52305
AMICal SAT
2020-061R
46287
in space
2U Cubesat from Centre Spatial Universaire Grenoble to observe the Earth's aurorae. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC. Identification from radio transmissions received by amateur observer Nico Janssen.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 11:5169150.000253553895.3797.5213
³Cat 5/A (Federated Satellite Systems 5A)
2020-061W
46292
in space
6U Cubesat from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña carrying Earth imaging sensors to complement ESA's Sentinel satellites. Satellite uses arttificial intelligence to select suitable quality images to be transmitted. One of a pair of simultaneously-launched satellites under ESA's Φ-Sat mission. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 11:4969140.000253453795.3597.52300
³Cat 5/B (Federated Satellite Systems 5B)
2020-061X
46293
in space
6U Cubesat from Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña carrying Earth imaging sensors to complement ESA's Sentinel satellites. Satellite uses arttificial intelligence to select suitable quality images to be transmitted. One of a pair of simultaneously-launched satellites under ESA's Φ-Sat mission. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 10:1369140.000253453795.3597.52294
OSM 1 (Cicero)
2020-061Y
46294
in space
6U Cubesat from Monaco collecting atmospheric data by detecting changes in radio signals as they pass through the Earth’s atmosphere. Its mission is to improve weather forecasting models. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 10:1369140.000253453795.3597.52298
Unidentified Satellite (VV-16)
2020-061Z
46295
in space
6U Cubesat - commercial (possibly clandestine) mission for an Australian company/organisation but details and owner not disclosed. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 11:4969140.000253453795.3597.52294
Lemur-2 (EthanOakes)
2020-061AC
46298
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Developed by Spire (formerly Nanosatisfi). Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

One of eight Lemur-2 satellites carried on this launch, all aimed at similar orbits. Only six satellites were catalogued, two remained attached to the launch vehicle upper stage when their release mechanisms failed..

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 11:4769130.000153453595.3397.52111
TTU-100
2020-061AS
46312
in space
1U Cubesat from Tallin University of Technology Earth observation and demonstration of Earth observation technologies. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( ° )
2020 Sep 03, 15:0169130.000153453595.3397.52189
Kepler-3 (Tars)
2020-061AZ
46319
in space
6U Cubesat from Kepler Aerospace - third prototype for future constellation of 140 satellites to provide satellite to ground links for other satellites. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 13:1969110.000253253595.3097.52179
Napa-1
2020-061BA
46320
in space
6U Cubesat belonging to the Royal Thai AIr Force, carries an Earth imaging payload. Released from launch vehicle as part of a three minute sequence commencing at 02:42 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 11, 13:1869110.000353153595.3097.52175
Flock 4V-15
2020-061BE
46528
in space
3U Cubesat, part of Planet's Flock 4V cluster of second generation imaging satellites. Flock 4V was split into two batches for launch. Fourteen were released directly from Vega VV-16. Flock 4V-15 is one of the the remaining twelve, released individually over a one month period commencing 2020 late September, from the ION SCV LUCAS dispenser that was also orbited by VV-16.

One of twelve satellites of Flock 4V released from ION SCV LUCAS (46274/2020-061C). All are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
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( ° )
2020 Sep 30, 19:2868960.000451552094.9897.46142
Lemur-2

Re-entered - 2020 Sep 2
Life <1 day
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Lost when the release mechanism failed. Destroyed on re-entry of the launch vehicle upper stage.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable
Lemur-2

Re-entered - 2020 Sep 2
Life <1 day
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Lost when the release mechanism failed. Destroyed on re-entry of the launch vehicle upper stage.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable
Vega upper stage
in space
Launched cluster of 58 satellites and Cubesats. Retro-fire at approx 03:55 UTC led to destructive re-entry.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-062
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 Sep 3, 14:46
Starlink-1734
2020-062A
46325
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 06, 22:5466100.005719426989.1453.0059
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Sep 3
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter soon after releasing the satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-063
CZ 2F
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Sep 4, 07:30
Reusable Spacecraft Test Vehicle
2020-063A
46389
Re-entered - 2020 Sep 6
Life 2 days Returned to Earth
Small re-usable spaceplane, possibly associated with China's space station programme and maybe intended for long duration missions. Vehicle used to test launch and landing technology and spacecraft materials. Launch vehicle only previously used for launches of Shenzhou piloted spacecraft and Tiangong space lab. Launch time was 2 hr later than indicated by associated NOTAM, implying it was delayed during final countdown. Landed Sep 6 at approx 02:00 UTC, probably at a landing strip on the NE edge of the Taklamakan Desert.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 12:0567180.001233234891.3350.20284
2020 Sep 04, 16:3967170.001133134791.3150.20285
Banxing 3?
2020-063G
46395
in space
Probably used to inspect the main vehicle while on orbit and may also carry a science/technology payload. Remained in orbit after the spaceplane returned to Earth. Released from spaceplane late on Sep 4 UTC but it was not catalogued as separate object until the spaceplane departed from orbit Sep 6. Satellites with a similar task were deployed from Shenzhou 7 (33386/2008-047A) and Tiangong 2 (41765/2016-057A).

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2020 Sep 06, 12:3367180.001233234891.3350.21300
CZ 2F upper stage
2020-063B
46390
in space
Launched experimental spaceplane.

epoch (UTC)         
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( min )
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( ° )
2020 Sep 04, 12:0567160.001532834891.2950.20295


2020-064
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Sep 7, 05:57
Gaofen 11 02
2020-064A
46396
in space
Chinese remote sensing imaging satellite operating at optical wavelengths. Expected eventually to circularise orbit at 500 km as did Gaofen 11 01 (43585/2018-063A).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 07, 11:5968490.032524869394.0297.3317113:06
2020 Sep 11, 21:1668450.032824269193.9297.3315513:06
2020 Sep 21, 22:2568410.032424168493.8497.3311913:07
2020 Nov 20, 13:4268200.029424164393.4297.3326413:10
CZ 4B upper stage
2020-064B
46397
in space
Launched Gaofen 11 02. Orbit lowered after releasing satellite in order to hasten re-entry.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 07, 11:5067430.019823249991.8597.26150


2020-F07 - failed to reach orbit
Rocket 3.1
Kodiak Launch Centre
2020 Sep 12, 03:19
Rocket 3.1 second stage
Test mission of rocket from US manufacturer, Astra - intended to reach polar orbit at 340 km, 86° inclination. No satellite carried. Lost when first stage failed about 20s after lift-off.


2020-F08 - failed to reach orbit
Kuaizhou 1A
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Sep 12, 05:02
Jilin-1 High Resolution 02C
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite aimed at sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN 11:20. Lost when Kuaizhou 1A launch vehicle failed.


2020-065
CZ 11
Floating platform, Yellow Sea
2020 Sep 15, 01:23
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03B
2020-065A
46454
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5669180.001053254795.4397.5427809:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03C
2020-065B
46455
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5769170.001253054795.4197.5229609:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03D
2020-065C
46456
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5769160.001253054795.4197.5329509:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03E
2020-065D
46457
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5769160.001153154695.4197.5329609:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03F
2020-065E
46458
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5669160.001352954795.4097.5229909:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03G
2020-065F
46459
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5669160.001352854795.4097.5329909:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03H
2020-065G
46460
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5669160.001352954795.3997.5229609:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03I
2020-065H
46461
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5669160.001352954695.3997.5329509:21
Jilin-1 High Resolution 03J
2020-065J
46462
in space
Chinese high resolution, multi-spectral imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 15, 05:5669150.001352854695.3997.5329709:21
CZ 11 upper stage
2020-065K
46463
in space
Launched six Jilin HR satellites. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites to hasten re-entry.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 15, 05:4867960.028522461192.9397.47317


2020-066
CZ 4B
Jiuquan Space Centre
2020 Sep 21, 05:40
Haiyang 2C (Ocean 2C)
2020-066A
46469
in space
Oceanographic satellite to observe ocean surface heights, wave heights and wind patterns. Also carries a radio receiver for AIS to track ships and relay short messages, and a receiver to relay data from remote buoys on the ocean surface. Orbit inclined at 66° provides extended coverage of mid-latitude areas compared with sun-synchronous orbit as used by predecessors.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 21, 08:3073180.0012931948103.8366.00251
2020 Sep 25, 00:5873300.0011944960104.0966.00241
CZ 4B upper stage
2020-066B
46470
in space
Launched Haiyang 2C. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite in order to hasten re-entry.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 21, 08:3571750.0199654939100.8066.06356


2020-067
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Sep 27, 03:23
Huanjing 2A (Environmental Satellite 2A)
2020-067A
46478
in space
Chinese optical imaging satellite for disaster and environmental monitoring

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 27, 20:4170050.003860165497.2697.982210:40
2020 Oct 03, 13:2270210.001963065697.5898.0535010:40
Huanjing 2B (Environmental Satellite 2B)
2020-067B
46479
in space
Chinese optical imaging satellite for disaster and environmental monitoring

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 29, 13:1370040.004059865597.2497.981510:40
2020 Oct 04, 01:5870170.002562265797.5098.0535310:40
CZ 4B upper stage
2020-067D
46481
in space
Launched Huanjjin 2A and 2B. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites in order to hasten re-entry

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 27, 15:3669200.016542765695.4897.9616


2020-068
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2020 Sep 28, 11:20
Gonets M-17
2020-068A
46486
in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 28, 15:4478750.001214871506115.9182.50299
Gonets M-18
2020-068B
46487
in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 28, 15:4778740.001214861505115.8982.50294
Gonets M-19
2020-068C
46488
in space
Store and forward communications satellite for Russia's civil/commercial system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 28, 15:3878720.001314841504115.8682.50285
MeznSat
2020-068D
46489
in space
3U Cubesat - built by students from the Khalifa University and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah and designed to detect greenhouse gas concentrations. Catalogue information supplied by Nico Janssen from radio tracking data.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 02, 14:3269340.001754456895.7797.67223
Yarilo 1
2020-068E
46490
in space
1.5U Cubesat - one of a simultaneously-launched pair built by the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) and the Lebedev Physical Institute of Russia. Designed to study solar activity within the x-ray range. Equipped with a steerable solar sail to control station-keeping with its partner whilst operating on orbit. Catalogue information supplied by Nico Janssen from radio tracking data.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 29, 21:0369340.001754556895.7897.6723701:13
Yarilo 2
2020-068F
46491
in space
1.5U Cubesat - one of a simultaneously-launched pair built by the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) and the Lebedev Physical Institute of Russia. Designed to study solar activity within the x-ray range. Equipped with a steerable solar sail to control station-keeping with its partner whilst operating on orbit. Catalogue information supplied by Nico Janssen from radio tracking data.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 29, 22:3969340.001754556895.7897.6723601:13
LacunaSat 3
2020-068G
46492
in space
3U Cubesat - demonstrator satellite from Lithuanian company Nanoavionics with a receiver for data from Internet connected devices.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 29, 22:3969340.001754556895.7897.67235
Dekart
2020-068H
46493
in space
3U CubeSat built by Moscow State University and the Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics - possible government/military mission. Catalogue information supplied by Nico Janssen from radio tracking data.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 29, 22:3969350.001654556895.7897.67236
Norbi
2020-068J
46494
in space
6U Cubesat from Novosibirsk State University, mission details awaited. Catalogue information supplied by Nico Janssen from radio tracking data.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 29, 19:2869350.001654656895.7997.67238
SALSAT (Spectrum AnaLysis SATellite)
2020-068K
46495
in space
Small satellite from the Technische Universität of Berlin aimed to analyze the global use of S-band, and the VHF and UHF amateur radio bands in order to study the increasing number of users and the potential for radio interference. Catalogue information supplied by Nico Janssen from radio tracking data.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 29, 22:3969350.001554656895.7997.67228
ICEYE X7
2020-068L
46496
in space
Small satellite fitted with a sythetic aperture radar for Earth surface imaging. Ultimately intended to be part of an eighteen satellite constellation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 29, 22:4069360.001354956795.8297.6723301:13
ICEYE X6
2020-068M
46497
in space
Small satellite fitted with a sythetic aperture radar for Earth surface imaging. Ultimately intended to be part of an eighteen satellite constellation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Sep 29, 17:5269360.001454956895.8297.6723201:13
Kepler-4 (Antilles)
2020-068N
46498
in space
6U Cubesat - Kepler Gen 1 satellite, part of a planned 140 satellite constellation from Kepler Aerospace carrying a high capacity communications system to provide links between other satellites and the ground, and a prototype of an Internet communications system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 29, 19:2969380.001155256895.8597.67239
Kepler-5 (Amidala)
2020-068P
46499
in space
6U Cubesat - Kepler Gen 1 satellite, part of a planned 140 satellite constellation from Kepler Aerospace carrying a high capacity communications system to provide links between other satellites and the ground, and a prototype of an Internet communications system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 29, 22:4169380.001155256895.8697.67240
Lemur-2 (Slicers)
2020-068Q
46500
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Developed by Spire (formerly Nanosatisfi). Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

One of four Lemur-2 satellites carried on the 2020-068 launch, all are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 30, 22:3969380.001155256895.8697.67236
NetSat 1
2020-068W
46506
in space
3U Cubesat - designed to fly in formation with three similar satellites to demonstrate self-organisation of a cluster for future missions such as 3D mapping and cloud formation studies.

One of four NetSat satellites carried on the 2020-068 launch, all are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Sep 30, 14:4169400.001055456895.8997.67243
Fregat rocket stage
in space
Launched three Gonets-M satellites and nineteen smaller payloads. Separated from Soyuz upper stage at 11:30 UTC.
Orbit parameters awaited


2020-069
Antares 230+
Wallops Flight Facility
2020 Oct 3, 01:16
SS Kalpana Chawla (Cygnus NG-14)
2020-069A
46530
in space
Northrop Grumman vehicle carrying supplies to ISS under CRS-2 contract with NASA. Captured by ISS RMS under manual control Oct 5 at 09:32 UTC. Docked under ground control with the downward-facing port of the Unity module at 12:01 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 03, 21:3065900.004018523888.7251.62125
2020 Oct 04, 22:3667930.000241441792.8751.64119
2020 Oct 05, 04:4467950.000241541892.9051.65125
2020 Oct 05, 10:0667980.000141942192.9751.64124
Antares upper stage
2020-069B
46531
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 7
Life 4 days
Launched SS Kalpana Chawla.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 03, 17:0265830.004517523588.5951.66102


2020-070
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 Oct 6, 11:29
Starlink 1644
2020-070A
46532
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle at 12:30 UTC.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 14, 14:0066790.000230030290.5452.99267
Falcon 9 upper stage
2020-070BS
46669
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 30
Life 24 days
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites.

A pre-launch navigation warning indicated SpaceX's intention for the upper stage to re-enter above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off. However, 2020 Oct 16 (ten days after launch) Space-Track started to issue element sets for an item it identified as the rocket body. Analysis indicates that retro-fire did not occur..

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit66410.002025027789.7852.99302
2020 Oct 16, 13:1966280.001723826189.5052.99330


2020-071
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Oct 11, 16:57
Gaofen 13
2020-071A
46610
in space
Chinese optical remote sensing satellite. Probably entered geosynchronous drift orbit around 21:30 UTC on day of launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Oct 11, 19:19243880.731018335836631.7128.53180
2020 Oct 20, 15:50421650.000335775357991436.131.98282118° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2020-071B
46611
in space
Launched Gaofen 13.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 11, 20:37236610.724314534419603.6628.50179


2020-072
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2020 Oct 14, 05:45
Soyuz MS-17 (Soyuz 11F732A48 № 746)
2020-072A
46613
in space
Carrying crew to ISS - Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (Roscosmos), and Kate Rubins (NASA). Precise launch time 05:45:04 UTC. Docked with Rassvet module two orbits after launch with soft dock at 08:48:44 UTC and hard dock about 2 min later. Orbit details for the period between launch and docking are not available.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 14, 12:0567970.000241842092.9451.6427
Soyuz upper stage
2020-072B
46614
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 18
Life 4 days
Launched Soyuz MS-17.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 14, 12:5465850.002019322088.6351.6566


2020-073
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 Oct 18, 12:25
Starlink 1819
2020-073A
46670
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 25
Life 7 days
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle at 13:29 UTC.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 20, 22:4266380.001125226789.7053.05328
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 18
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-074
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Oct 24, 15:31
Starlink
2020-074A
46739
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle at 16:34 UTC.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 03, 20:0066840.000130530790.6553.0545
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Oct 24
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-075
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2020 Oct 25, 19:08
Cosmos 2547 (Uragan-K1 № 13L)
2020-075A
46805
in space
GLONASS-K navigation satellite. It also carries radio receiving equipment for the COSPAS-SARSAT international search and rescue system. Released from the launch vehicle Oct 26 at around 01:20 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 30, 17:54255030.00081910319146675.5364.81231
Fregat rocket stage
2020-075B
46806
in space
Launched GLONASS navsat. Orbit raised after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 26, 07:31258580.00781927919680689.6864.89108


2020-076
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Oct 26, 15:19
Yaogan-30 19
2020-076A
46807
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites will be spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 27, 03:4269750.001158960496.6234.99299
2020 Oct 31, 18:5669910.000660961896.9634.99231
Yaogan-30 20
2020-076B
46808
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites will be spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 27, 03:4269750.001158960496.6134.99300
2020 Oct 30, 21:5669810.000759860796.7435.00285
Yaogan-30 21
2020-076C
46809
in space
One of a triplet of simultaneously-launched satellites described as being for "electromagnetic environment detection and related technological tests”. That may indicate they are electronic intelligence gathering satellites. The three satellites will be spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 26, 21:3669750.001158960496.6134.99296
2020 Oct 30, 20:0569700.000858659896.5335.00312
Tianqi 6
2020-076D
46810
in space
Comsat providing messaging communication links from LEO including between Internet-connected items.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 26, 23:1969720.001558460496.5635.00310
CZ 2C upper stage
2020-076E
46811
in space
Launched cluster of three Yaogan-30 satellites. Perigee lowered after satellite release.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 27, 00:4868950.012243360194.9735.3361


2020-077
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2020 Oct 28, 21:21
Flock 4E'-1
2020-077A
46813
in space
3U Cubesat, part of Planet's Flock 4E' cluster of second generation imaging satellites.

All nine Flock-4E' satellites carried on this launch are in similar orbits

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Oct 29, 00:0968980.001251152895.0297.5033609:42
CE-Sat-IIB (Canon Electric Satellite IIB)
2020-077F
46818
in space
Small remote sensing satellite built by Canon Electronics as a demonstrator for ultra high sensitivity camera for producing night images of the Earth's surface, and two or more small telescopes suitable for integration into a Cubesat.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Oct 29, 15:2768940.001150852494.9497.5030609:42
Electron second stage
2020-077l
46823
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 11
Life 14 days
Launched CE-Sat IIB and nine satellites of Planet Labs Flock 4E'.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 28, 22:4767270.025018151791.5297.50226
Electron kick stage
2020-077M
46824
in space
Launched CE-Sat IIB and nine satellites of Planet Labs Flock 4E'. After releasing its satellites, the kick stage performed a plane change in order to demonstrate its manoeuvrability. It lowered orbital inclination by 0.9°.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Oct 29, 10:4268940.001250852594.9596.64320


2020-I14
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Nov 5, 09:05
SpOC (Spectral Ocean Color)
1998-067RR
46921
in space
3U Cubesat from the University of Georgia' Small Satellite Research Laboratory, equipped with medium resolution optical sensors to study vegetation, sediments, and organic matter in ocean shelf waters and salt marshes, particularly off the State of Georgia. One of three satellites as part of NASA's ELaNa 31 initiative (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 18, 12:0467940.000341441892.8851.6427
Bobcat 1
1998-067RS
46922
in space
3U Cubesat from Ohio University designed to study the time offsets between different global navigation satellite constellations. One of three satellites as part of NASA's ELaNa 31 initiative (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 18, 05:5367940.000341441892.8851.6430


2020-I15
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Nov 5, 10:40
Neutron 1
1998-067RT
46923
in space
3U Cubesat from the Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory to study low energy neutron flux in low Earth orbit. objective to validate a similar instrument for the planned LunaH-Map mission to the Moon. One of three satellites as part of NASA's ELaNa 31 initiative (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 18, 19:4967940.000341441892.8951.6440


2020-I16
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Nov 5, 12:15
Lemur-2 (Djara)
1998-067RW
46926
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Developed by Spire (formerly Nanosatisfi). Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 17, 12:5367940.000341441892.8851.6556


2020-I17
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2020 Nov 5, 13:15
DESCENT (DEorbiting SpaceCraft using ElectrodyNamic Tethers)
1998-067RU
46924
in space
2U Cubesat from York University, Toronto.. Designed to split into two separate 1U Cubesats joined by a 100m electrically conducting metal tape tether. The tether is expected to generate current by collecting electrons from the ionosphere. The Lorenz Force resulting from subsequent interaction with the Earth's magnetic field will be evaluated as a potential orbit adjustment device.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 18, 19:4967940.000341341892.8851.6460
Lemur-2 (Baxter-Oliver)
1998-067RV
46925
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Developed by Spire (formerly Nanosatisfi). Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 18, 05:5367940.000341441892.8851.6457
SATLLA
1998-067RX
46927
in space
1U Cubesat from Ariel University, Israel equipped with a low resolution imager and an amateur radio system to return telemetry. Also fitted with a flashing light capable of being seen by amateur telescopes.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 17, 09:4867940.000341441892.8951.6558


2020-078
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Nov 5, 23:24
USA 309 (GPS IIIA SV04)
2020-078A
46826
in space
Block 3 GPS Navsat. Released from launch vehicle approx 90 min after lift-off.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 06, 04:15166710.593340220184357.0354.99270
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 6
Life 1 day
Launched USA 309. An engine firing shortly after releasing the satellite caused destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean, near perigee and about six hours, 1.5 circuits, after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-079
CZ 6
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Nov 6, 03:19
ÑuSat 9 (Alice)
2020-079A
46827
in space
Small satellite from Satellogic of Argentina to provide earth images in the visible and infrared parts of the spectrum using real-time imaging and video. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

One of ten ÑuSat satellites carried on this launch - all are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Nov 06, 10:4168520.000846847994.0797.2624710:30
BY70-3 (Taiyuan)
2020-079xx
in space
2U Cubesat from the China Association for Science and Technology, in conjunction with Taiyuan City Jinshan Middle School, carrying an educational payload including an imaging system. Also carries an amateur radio system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
estimated orbit68480.001046347693.9997.2624610:30
Tianyi 05 (Tianyi 20)
2020-079xx
in space
Medium resolution optical Earth-imaging satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
estimated orbit68480.001046347693.9997.2624610:30
North Aviation Satellite 1
2020-079xx
in space
12U Cubesat - developed by Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute Company in cooperation with Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics as a space technology demonstrator for space systems including a French designed and built thruster and a 6G communications payload using TeraHerz frequencies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
estimated orbit68480.001046347693.9997.2624610:30
CZ 6 upper stage
2020-079Q
46841
in space
Launched thirteen small satellites. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 06, 18:3367090.020819147191.1597.2650


2020-080
Ceres-1
Taiyuan Space Centre
2020 Nov 7, 07:12
Tianqi 11 (Scorpio 1)
2020-080A
46904
in space
Comsat providing messaging communication links from LEO including between Internet-connected items. First satellite for new Chinese commercial launch vehicle.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
desc node
local time
2020 Nov 07, 13:1468710.001048650094.4797.4130113:31
Ceres-1 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 7
Life <1 day
Launched Tianqi 11. Caused to re-enter after releasing satellite.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-081
PSLV-DL (C-49)
Satish Dhawan Space Centre
2020 Nov 7, 09:42
Lemur-2 (Ozarak)
2020-81D
46908
in space
3U Cubesat - equipped with a receiver for AIS (Automatic Information System) for tracking ships at sea, and a receiver that uses occultation measurements of GPS satellite signals to measure temperature, pressure and humidity profiles in the Earth's atmosphere for weather forecasting. Developed by Spire (formerly Nanosatisfi). Lemur-2 satellites are named after development and support team members.

One of four Lemur-2 satellites carried on the 2020-081 launch, all are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 07, 17:3569490.000856557696.0836.91328
EOS-01 (Earth Observation Satellite 01)
2020-081A
46905
in space
Indian civil Earth observation satellite for use in agriculture, forestry and disaster mangement support. Launch delayed ten minutes because of rain in the launch zone.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 07, 17:0569510.000756857896.1236.90306
R2
2020-081xx
in space
6U Cubesat - from Lithuania, a demonstrator for the satellite design carrying a thruster system for orbit adjustment, and other equipment.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit69490.000856557696.0836.91328
Kleos 1a (KSM-1a)
2020-081xx
in space
6U Cubesat - one of four satellites in the Kleos Scouting Mission cluster, designed to observe maritime activity, particularly of shipping not using AIS, in strategic areas such as the Strait of Hormuz, South China Sea, East/West Africa, Southern Sea of Japan and the Timor Sea. Carries radio receivers to monitor nautical radio bands. Satellite built by GomSpace in Denmark for Luxemburg company Kleos Space.. Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

One of four Kleos satellites carried on this launch, all aimed at similar orbits to fly in formation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit69490.000856557696.0836.91328
PSLV upper stage
2020-081L
46915
in space
Launched EOS 1 and nine small satellites. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 07, 13:4769220.004051657195.5236.8577


2020-082
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2020 Nov 12, 15:59
Tiantong 1-02
2020-082A
46916
in space
Part of Chinese satellite-based mobile telecom network - operated by China Telecom. Provides services including voice, short messages and data transmission for users in China and surrounding areas, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Probably entered geosynchronous drift orbit 2020 Nov 12 or 13 and arrived on station soon after.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2020 Nov 12, 23:42243730.731317035820631.1328.44178
2020 Nov 25, 18:56421650.000335773358001436.115.46303125° east
CZ-3B upper stage
2020-082B
46917
in space
Launched Tiantong 1-02.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 13, 17:48236720.724314934439604.1228.41178


2020-083
Atlas V 531
Cape Canaveral
2020 Nov 13, 22:32
USA 310
2020-083A
46918
in space
Mission details awaited. An amateur photograph of what was probably a propellant dump from the the Atlas upper stage indicated that the satellite was aimed at a high orbit with ~60° inclination. Orbit based on data from amateur sources.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 16, 12:26174290.00091103511066381.6458.53274
Atlas upper stage (Centaur)
2020-083B
46919
in space
Launched USA 310. Perigee lowered after releasing the satellite. Orbit based on data from amateur sources.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 17, 08:50171550.01441053011024372.6858.81115


2020-084
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2020 Nov 16, 00:27
Dragon Crew 1 (Dragon Resilience flight #1)
2020-084A
46920
in space
Commercial crew flight to ISS provided by by SpaceX. Crew of NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins (commander), Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Sochi Noguchi (JAXA). Docked with the Harmony module of ISS 2020 Nov 17 at 04:01 UTC. Hooks and latches were engaged a few minutes later.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 16, 00:5165770.001518920988.4751.65358
2020 Nov 16, 21:5667870.000140841092.7551.65201
2020 Nov 17, 02:4467990.000741742693.0051.65198
2020 Nov 17, 08:4567980.000241842192.9651.6558
Falcon 9 upper stage

Re-entered - 2020 Nov 15
Life <1 day
Launched Crew Dragon Demo 2 mission. Caused to re-enter above the southern Indian Ocean about one hour after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-F09 - failed to reach orbit
Vega (VV-17)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2020 Nov 17, 01:52
SEOSAT-Ingenio
Earth observation satellite owned by Spain's Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI). Intended for 670 km sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN 10:30. Lost when the Vega fourth stage nozzle steering failed to engage due to an incorrectly-connected cable. Probably re-entered north of the Arctic Circle still attached to the rocket stage.
Taranis
Science satellite from CNES to study transient luminous events (TLE) and terrestrial Gamma-ray flashes (TGF) in the upper atmosphere Intended for 676 km sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN 10:30. Lost when the Vega fourth stage nozzle steering failed to engage due to an incorrectly-connected cable. Probably re-entered north of the Arctic Circle still attached to the rocket stage.


2020-085
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2020 Nov 20, 02:20
Dragracer (Alchemy)
2020-085AB
46954
in space
6U Cubesat from TriSept Corporation- one of a simultaneously-launched pair of similar satellites to compare orbital decay rates where one satellites is fitted with a drag-producing device. The satellites were joined together on release from the launch vehicle and were then expected to separate from each other shortly after. Alchemy trails an attached 70m long tape and is expected to re-enter after a small number of weeks due to the extra drag produced. Catalogue Number, Designation and orbit subject to confirmation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 21, 05:5268840.001249851494.7497.37313
Dragracer (Augury)
2020-085xx
in space
6U Cubesat from TriSept Corporation- one of a simultaneously-launched pair of similar satellites to compare orbital decay rates where one satellites is fitted with drag-producing device. The satellites were joined together on release from the launch vehicle and were then expected to separate from each other shortly after. Augury has no device fitted and is expected to stay in orbit for several years.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit68830.001149751294.7197.36296
BRO-2 (Breizh Reconnaissance Orbiter 2)
2020-085xx
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) from Unseen Labs of France for signal intelligence (SIGINT) reporting, specifically for maritime and airborne traffic.
Orbit parameters awaited
BRO-3 (Breizh Reconnaissance Orbiter 3)
2020-085xx
in space
6U Cubesat (3x2) from Unseen Labs of France for signal intelligence (SIGINT) reporting, specifically for maritime and airborne traffic.
Orbit parameters awaited
QuakeTEC (APSS-1)
2020-085xx
in space
1U Cubesat from the University of Auckland Programme for Space Systems, a competition for students to propose a mission and then design and build a Cubesat. Fitted with a Langmuir probe to detect and measure plasma in low orbit.
Orbit parameters awaited
Spacebee 22
2020-085xx
in space
0.25U Cubesat from Swarm Technologies to to provide a two-way communications system from LEO. Swarm intends to operate a 150 satellite constellation. To aid tracking, the satellite carries a radar retro-reflector. It also carries a GPS receiver to help determine its location.

One of twenty four similar satellites carried on this launch, all were injected into similar orbits.
Orbit parameters awaited
Electron second stage
2020-085B
46930
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 30
Life 10 days
Launched group of 29 satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 20, 04:3267180.024517650591.3497.37219
Electron kick stage
2020-085xx
in space
Launched group of 29 satellites. Attached is a 150mm tall titanium 'Gnome Chompski' from the 'Half Life' video game series - purpose is to evaluate 3D printed components for space use.
Orbit parameters awaited


2020-086
Falcon 9 Block 5
Vandenberg AFB
2020 Nov 21, 17:17
Sentinel 6 (Michael Freilich)
2020-086A
46984
in space
First of of a pair of ocean studies satellites to be launched five years apart. Joint NASA/ESA mission equipped with a radar altimeter to measure heights of sea level around the world. A microwave radiometer measures water vapour in the atmosphere in order to ensure the radar altimeter readings are properly calibrated. Also carries a GPS receiver and a laser reflector for precise orbit measurement.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 23, 13:2076980.001213111329112.0366.06239
Falcon 9 upper stage
2020-086B
46985
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 21
Life <1 day
Launched Sentinel 6. Caused to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere about 2 hrs after lift off - approximately 1.25 circuits of the Earth.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 21, 18:5776980.000913131327112.0366.06248


2020-087
CZ 5
Wenchang Space Centre
2020 Nov 23, 20:30
Chang'e 5
2020-087A
47097
in space
Lunar exploration spacecraft including return to Earth of a lunar soil sample. Entered Barycentric transfer obit at about 20:55 UTC. Mid course corrections were made Nov 25 and Nov 26. On Nov 28, commencing at 12:58 UTC, a 17 minute engine firing placed Chang'e 5 into orbit around the Moon with parameters approx 200 x 3500 km. Nov 29, after an engine firing was completed at 12:23 UTC, the orbit was circular ar 200 km above the lunar surface.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 24, 00:002029690.967620139298115167.1721.32228
Chang'e 5 Lander

in space
Separated from Chang'e 5 2020 Nov 30 at 00:40 UTC. Retro-fire Dec 1 at 14:58 UTC led to landing on Moon at 15:13 UTC in the north-west area of Oceanus Procellarum.
Landed on the Moon
CZ 5 upper stage
2020-087B
47098
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 30
Life 7 days
Launched Chang'e 5. Transfer orbit listed is Barycentric.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2020 Nov 23, 20:3066470.001026327689.8922.28118
2020 Nov 24, 00:001543830.957518129583010061.4421.39228


2020-088
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2020 Nov 25, 02:13
Starlink 1777
2020-088xx
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Orbit parameters provided by SpaceX via Celestrak.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits at 200-300 km altitude.

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2020 Nov 29, 02:3966750.007724634890.4653.0564
Falcon 9 upper stage

Re-entered - 2020 Nov 25
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Caused to re-enter above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2020-089
H-IIA (F-43)
Tanegashima Space Centre
2020 Nov 29, 07:25
Japan Data Relay Satellite 1 (Optical Data Relay Satellite)
2020-089A
47202
in space
Japanese government/JAXA vehicle to act as a data relay for other satellites in low orbit, including use of a secure laser-based communications system. It will support a range of other vehicles including science and engineering satellites, and the IGS imaging reconnaissance satellites. Expected location - 90° east or 170° west.

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2020 Nov 29, 13:38244040.728225635797632.3628.43179
2020 Nov 30, 17:34280090.5055747335790777.5211.88179
H-IIA upper stage
2020-089B
47203
in space
Launched Optical Data Relay Satellite.

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2020 Nov 29, 17:08239430.724322434906614.5228.42179


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