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2021 - 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. Most orbit data and decay information comes SpaceTrack but it often contains errors and inconsistencies (eg - incorrect re-entry dates) that need to be corrected from other sources.

To fill the gaps where elements are not formally published, usually because they have a classification of "Secret", some orbits are based on amateur observations using visual and radio techniques. Such data is published near-daily by Mike McCants, and the source observations along with observers' derived orbits can often be found in the web-based Seesat-L discussion group. Occasionally, early orbit data are published by satellite owners. 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 because they may have been derived using 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=2021#001


2021-001
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Jan 5, 02:15
Türksat 5A
2021-001A
47306
in space
Turkish comsat offering telecommunication service, direct TV broadcasting and broadband connections for Turkey, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Separated from launch vehicle at 02:48 UTC. GEO achieved over a period of four months by use of an electric thruster. Arrived on-station May 3. Expected location - 31° east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Jan 09, 02:27340270.8042283550141041.0917.65180
2021 Jan 24, 22:22366960.77301953586831165.9914.15184
2021 Feb 15, 21:51407870.66397329614881366.278.07192
2021 Feb 22, 20:48414980.61119760604781402.146.32194
2021 Mar 03, 15:35420580.546212708586531430.665.00198
2021 Mar 16, 12:36412470.456516038537001389.463.51198
2021 Apr 01, 10:19427330.313122975497351465.232.08203
2021 Apr 15, 19:02425670.185228306440701456.671.13205
2021 Apr 30, 19:26423220.025334873370151444.150.2419031° east
2021 May 03, 01:04421650.000035785357881436.090.0219431° east
Falcon 9 upper stage
2021-001B
47307
in space
Launched Türksat 5A.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 09, 02:26341590.8055266552951047.1517.61180


2021-002
LauncherOne
Boeing 747, Pacific Ocean off California
2021 Jan 17, 19:39
CAPE 3 (Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment)
2021-002A
47309
in space
1U Cubesat from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Allows schools to access the Smartphone CubeSat Classroom to operate experiments. Also includes a radiation detector and an imaging system. Identified from radio observations by Nico Janssen.

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2021 Jan 20, 16:3168830.001849351794.7260.68289
PolarCube
2021-002B
47310
in space
3U Cubesat from University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Scientific investigation mission to determine sea ice concentration and extent while collecting profile data on atmospheric temperature.

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2021 Jan 19, 19:5968820.001549451594.7060.68289
RadFXSat 2
2021-002C
47311
in space
1U Cubesat from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Technology demonstration mission to improve understanding the effects of space radiation on microelectronic components. Also carries an amateur radio package.

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2021 Jan 18, 18:4468800.001349451194.6660.69280
PICs A (Passive Inspection Cubesat)
2021-002D
47312
in space
1U Cubesat from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. One of a pair of simultaneously-launched Cubesats as a technology demonstration of a spacecraft capable of performing inspection, maintenance and assembly on another spacecraft. They were set to image each other and the launch vehicle at the time of release. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

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2021 Jan 19, 15:1468800.001349351194.6660.69284
Prometheus 2-11
2021-002E
47313
in space
1.5U Cubesat in the Prometheus programme of the US Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prometheus Block 2 satellites act as a host for separately-produced payloads. Satellite purpose not known.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 18, 20:1868790.001549051194.6360.69265
MiTEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment)
2021-002F
47314
in space
3U Cubesat from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Technology demonstration mission to prove the electrodynamic (ED) tether concept in space.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 19, 19:5668770.001448950994.6060.69258
PICs B (Passive Inspection Cubesat)
2021-002G
47315
in space
1U Cubesat from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. One of a pair of simultaneously-launched Cubesats as a technology demonstration of a spacecraft capable of performing inspection, maintenance and assembly on another spacecraft. They were set to image each other and the launch vehicle at the time of release. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 20, 16:2568760.001249050694.5760.68252
ExoCube 2
2021-002L
47319
in space
3U Cubesat from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, California, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Used to study space weather by measuring the density of hydrogen, oxygen, helium and nitrogen in the upper atmosphere. Identified from radio observations by Nico Janssen.

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2021 Jan 19, 19:5968810.001449451394.6960.68287
Prometheus 2-8
2021-002N
47345
in space
1.5U Cubesat in the Prometheus programme of the US Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prometheus Block 2 satellites act as a host for separately-produced payloads. Satellite purpose not known.

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2021 Jan 19, 20:2868790.001549051194.6360.68266
CACTUS 1 (Coordinated Applied Capitol Technology University Satellite)
2021-002xx
in space
3U Cubesat from Capitol Technology University, Laurel, Maryland, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. CoNsists of two joined 1U Cubesats - TrapSat, uses aerogel to capture and profile micrometeorites and microdebris and the second payload is an internet comsat demonstration.

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estimated orbit68790.001449151094.6360.70266
Q-PACE (Cubesat Particle Aggregation and Collision Experiment)
2021-002xx
in space
3U Cubesat from University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Science mission to perform long duration microgravity experiments to study dust collisions in the early protoplanetary disk.

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estimated orbit68790.001449151094.6360.70266
TechEdSat 7
2021-002xx
in space
2U Cubesat from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, one of nine missions in Nasa's ELaNa 20 cluster of cubesats. Technology mission that will test the ‘Disposal’ Exo-Brake drag device that will help de-orbit satellites from higher orbits. The mission will test communications systems and radiation tolerant computer equipment and will test tracking systems for small satellites. As of 2021 mid-May there was no evidence of the drag device having been deployed.

epoch (UTC)         
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estimated orbit68790.001449151094.6360.70266
Launcher One upper stage
2021-002H
47316
in space
Launched cluster of small satellites comprising NASA's ELaNa 20 mission. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites in order to reduce orbital life.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 18, 09:3168380.006541650493.7860.70211


2021-003
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre
2021 Jan 19, 16:25
Tiantong 1-03
2021-003B
47321
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 about six hours after lift-off and arrived on station a small number of days later.

epoch (UTC)         
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GEO    
Longitude
2021 Jan 19, 19:52243770.730918235815631.2928.50180
2021 Feb 01, 20:33421640.000235777357951436.075.5133482° east
CZ-3B upper stage
2021-003B
47322
in space
Launched Tiantong 1-03. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites in order to shorten on-orbit life.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 19, 19:26236590.723915434409603.6228.48179


2021-004
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2021 Jan 20, 07:26
GMS-T
2021-004A
47346
in space
Small satellite built and operated by German company OHB for, possibly, a Chinese customer. Technology demonstrator or prototype - probably broadband communications.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 20, 20:5475920.000412111217109.7389.99114
Electron kick stage
2021-004B
47347
in space
Launched GMS-T. Perigee lowered after releasing the satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 20, 15:2872120.05214581209101.5989.99307
Electron second stage
2021-004C
47348
in space
Launched GMS-T.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 20, 16:4970920.0705214121499.0790.00271


2021-005
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 Jan 20, 13:02
Starlink 1952
2021-005A
47349
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of sixty LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Catalogue number subject to confirmation.

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

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 25, 20:2966710.000828729890.3753.05274
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Jan 20
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


2021-006
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Jan 24, 15:00
Starlink 2199
2021-006A
47413
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of ten LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 560-580 km altitude. Released as part of a batch of ten satellies at 16:31 UTC.

One of a group of ten Starlink satellites carried by Transporter 1.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 02, 22:0069010.001251553195.0997.51231
Astrocast 03 (Astrocast 0101)
2021-006T
47430
in space
3U Cubesat in a planned eighty satellite constellation to provide communications for internet-connected devices.

One of a group of five similar satellites released from Sherpa FX-1.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 06, 15:0969060.001052153595.2097.51201
V-R3x
2021-006AA
47437
in space
1U Cubesat - NASA demonstrator mission to prove the ability to take high-precision data on spacecraft distance, send data from one spacecraft to the other at a high data rate, coordinate radiation measurements using onboard sensors, and keep track of the orientation and formation of all three spacecraft. Released from the Maverick Mercury dispenser. Catalogue number and designation to be confirmed.

One of three similar satellites carried on this launch. All are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 25, 18:5869060.001252053695.1997.51240
UVSQ-Sat (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines Satellite)
2021-006AB
47438
in space
1U Cubesat - demonstrator mission from Université de Versailles to test instruments measuring the Earth's Radiation Budget and SOlar Spectral Irradiance of the Earth. Released from the Kepler Aerospace port.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 31, 21:0169060.001251953695.1997.51203
YUSAT
2021-006AC
47439
in space
1.5U Cubesat from Taiwan carrying an AIS receiver to track vessels on the ocean surface and to carry short ship-to-shore messages. Released from the Kepler Aerospace port.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 12, 10:4969060.001351853795.1997.51163
Insight Aurora (Charlie)
2021-006AD
47440
in space
1.5U Cubesat - from Lithuania carrying a device from Finnish company Aurora Propulsion Technologies to demonstrate a water-fuelled thruster and a plasma thruster de-orbit sytem at end of life.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 01, 19:1569060.001251953695.1997.51203
ASELSAT
2021-006AE
47441
in space
3U Cubesat developed by ASELSAN of Turkey equipped with an imaging system and instrumentation to study radiation in LEO. Released from the Kepler Aeropace port. Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
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( ° )
2021 Jan 25, 18:5869060.001152053695.1997.51227
SOMP 2b (Students' Oxygen Measurement Project)
2021-006AJ
47445
in space
2U Cubesat from the Technische Universität of Dresden with a payload to test materials for future space use, to test a system for converting solar heat to electric current, and to measure residual atmosphere around the satellite. Released from EXOport 2.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 31, 22:3769060.001252053695.2097.50207
PIXL-1
2021-006AM
47448
in space
3U Cubesat - joint mission between Tesat and DLR to demonstrate a laser-based communication system for Cubesats. The system will transmit high-rlolution images to ground stations and is a demonstrator for the planned CubeLCT constellation of satellites. Released from EXOport 2.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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2021 Jan 25, 22:0969060.001152053695.1997.52228
SpaceBEE 40
2021-006AN
47449
in space
0.25U Cubesat from Swarm Technologies to provide a two-way communications system from LEO as part of 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. Released from EXOport 2.

One of a batch of 24 SpaceBee satellites released from EXOport 2.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 28, 04:0769060.001152053695.2097.51221
Lemur-2 (Neva)
2021-006AP
47450
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. Released from Nanoracks EYRIES.

One of eight Lemur-2 satellites released from Nanoracks EYRIES.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 05, 16:5669060.001252053695.2097.51189
IDEASSat (Ionosphere Dynamics Explorer and Attitude Subsystem Satellite)
2021-006AX
47458
in space
3U Cubesat from Taiwan to study space plasma in the ionosphere and its effects on radio communication. Released from the Kepler Aerospace port.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 01, 00:1369070.001152153695.2097.51204
PTD 1 (Pathfinder Technology Demonstrator 1)
2021-006BX
47482
in space
1U Cubesat - from NASA Ames Research Center, ELaNa 35 mission. Released from Sherpa FX-1.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 31, 22:4069070.000952353695.2297.51208
ARCE 1A
2021-006BY
47483
in space
0.5U Cubesat from the University of South Florida acting as a testbed for inter-satellite communications.

One of a group of three similar satellites released by Sherpa FX-1.

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2021 Jan 31, 21:0569080.000952353695.2297.51209
Sherpa FX-1
2021-006CB
47486
in space
Satelllite carrier built by Spaceflight inc - released from the Falcon 9 launch vehicle upper stage at 16:16 UTC then deployed deployed thirteen satellites shortly afterwards:
ARCE (3 satellites),
Astrocast (5 satellites),
Hawkeye (3 satellites),
Prometheus 2-10,
PTD-1.

Also hosts two payloads that were not designed to be released as separate satellites, taking the total to fifteen payloads:
Celestis 17 - space 'burial' mission carrying human ashes,
Eyestar-Tagsat from Nearspace - testing a radio-identification system for Cubesats.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jan 27, 04:2069080.000952353695.2397.51226
Capella 3
2021-006CE
47489
in space
Small satellite from Capella Space carrying Synthetic Aperture Radar for Earth imaging. Member of a planned thirty satellite constellation. Released at 16:13 UTC followed by its companion at 16:15 UTC. Estimated initial orbit via Celestrak.

One of two similar satellites carried on this launch. aimed at similar orbits.

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2021 Feb 01, 19:1969080.000952353695.2397.51205
iQPS 2 (Izanami)
2021-006CS
47485
in space
Small satellite from iQSP of Japan - carrying a synthetic aperture Earth-imaging radar.

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2021 Jan 31, 03:3769080.001052353695.2397.51210
ION SCV (Laurentius)
2021-006CV
47504
in space
Satellite Carrier Vehicle built by D-Orbit - released from launch vehicle at 16:16 UTC carrying:
Flock 4S satellites (x8),
SpaceBEE satellites (x12).

Also carries two non-separated experiments packages:
ARGO, a fully autonomous plug & play star tracker developed by EICAS Automazione,
DRAGO - Demonstrator for Remote Analysis of Ground Observations, a short-wave infrared space camera for Earth observation developed by the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC).

Conducted tests of attitude control and orbit manoeuvring thrusters 2021 April.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Feb 03, 15:4869080.000952353695.2397.51198
2021 Apr 05, 22:2969080.001052353795.2397.505
2021 Apr 10, 13:3569030.001451553495.1297.50343
2021 Apr 23, 17:1569020.001451453395.1197.46295
2021 Apr 27, 00:3469030.001551453595.1297.40278
HawkEye (Cluster 2 #1 )
2021-006CW
47505
in space
Small satellite from HawkEye 360 inc to monitor radio emisions from terrestrial sources. The three satellites fly in formation and the time differences between signal arrival will allow pinpointing of the location of the transmitter.

One of a group of three similar satellites released from Sherpa FX-1.

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2021 Feb 04, 21:5969080.001052353795.2397.51191
XR-1
2021-006CY
47507
in space
Small satellite fitted with a sythetic aperture radar for Earth surface imaging. US-built version of Finnish ICEYE satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 27, 15:2769080.000952453695.2497.52225
GHGSat-C2 (Hugo)
2021-006DA
47509
in space
Small satellite in a planned constellation being built for GHGSat Inc of Montreal. It will monitor greenhouse gases emitted from sources on the ground. Released from the Kepler Aerospace port.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 04, 12:2969090.000952453695.2497.50196
ICEYE X8
2021-006DB
47510
in space
Small satellite fitted with a sythetic aperture radar for Earth surface imaging. Ultimately intended to be part of an eighteen satellite constellation. Released from EXOport 2.

One of two similar satellites released from EXOport 2.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 04, 10:5469090.000852553695.2597.51197
Flock 4S-37
2021-006DN
47522
in space
3U cubesat - one of Planet's Flock 4S cluster of second generation imaging satellites. Released from the Kepler Aerospace port.

One of of a group of four similar satellites carried on the Kepler Aerospace port.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 27, 13:5369090.000752653695.2697.52231
Kepler-9 (Artemis)
2021-006DX
47531
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.

One of of a group of eight similar satellites carried on the Kepler Aerospace port.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 27, 20:1469090.000852653795.2697.52235
Hiber 4
2021-006EB
47541
in space
3U Cubesat - demonstrator for a 'green' propulsion system using nitrous oxide and propylene. Thruster will be used to raise the orbit by about 100 km over a few weeks. Released from the Kepler Aerospace port. As of 2021 Mar 20, there was no detectable change in the orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 01, 19:1669070.001152153695.2197.51202
Flock 4S-1
2021-006ED
47543
in space
3U cubesat - one of Planet's Flock 4S cluster of second generation imaging satellites. Released from the Planet Labs port. Initial orbit estimate via Celestrak.

One of of a group of 36 similar satellites released from the Planet Labs port.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 01, 19:1769070.001052153695.2197.51197
Prometheus 2-10
2021-006EH
47616
in space
1.5U Cubesat in the Prometheus programme of the US Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prometheus Block 2 satellites act as a host for separately-produced payloads. Satellite purpose not known. Released from Sherpa FX-1.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 09, 09:5669070.001052253695.2297.51179
Flock 4S-41
2021-006ER
47698
in space
3U cubesat - one of Planet's Flock 4S cluster of second generation imaging satellites.

One of eight similar satellites on this launch, released from Ion SCV (47504/2021-006CV), all were aimed at similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 24, 10:3169090.001352253995.2597.51128
SpaceBEE 65
2021-006ES
48626
in space
0.25U Cubesat from Swarm Technologies to provide a two-way communications system from LEO as part of 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 24 SpaceBee satellites carried on this launch, released from Ion SCV (47504/2021-006CV) 2021 May 11, all were aimed at similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 19, 18:1769010.001651253495.0997.26186
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Jan 17
Life <1 day
Launched Tranporter 1 group of 143 payloads. Caused to re-enter obove the Pacific Ocean about 2 hrs, 1.5 circuits after lift-off.

Released directly from launch vehicle:
16:13 UTC - Capella 3
16:14 UTC - iQSP
16:15 UTC - Capella 4
16:16 UTC - Sherpa FX-1 (including 20 passengers)
16:16 UTC - ION SCV (including 13 passengers)
16:31 UTC - Starlink (x10)

Released from Planet Labs port, sequence beginning 15:58 UTC:
Flock 4S (x36)

Released from Kepler Aerospace port, sequence beginning 15:59 UTC:
Kepler (x8)
Flock 4S (x4)
UVSQ
IDEASSat
YUSat
ASELSat
Hiber 4

Released from Maverick Mercury dispenser, sequence beginning 15:59 UTC
R-V3X (x3)

Released from EXOport 2, sequence beginning 16:08 UTC:
SpaceBEE (x24)
SOMP 2b
PIXL 1
Aurora Charlie
XR-1

Released from Nanoracks Eyries 1, sequence beginning 16:09 UTC:
Lemur (x8)
GHG-Sat

Released from EXOport 1, sequence beginning 16:14 UTC:
Iceye (x2)
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-007
CZ 4C
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Jan 29, 04:47
Yaogan 31-02 Outlier
2021-007A
47532
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination. Formation was set up Feb 24 after one month of phasing manoeuvres.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 29, 22:0474720.000410911097107.1363.41274
2021 Feb 02, 10:4874930.001011081123107.5963.41261
2021 Mar 03, 08:4674680.000910831097107.0563.41284
Yaogan 31-02 Trailer
2021-007B
47533
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination. Formation was set up Feb 24 after one month of phasing manoeuvres.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 30, 01:3974720.000510911098107.1463.41276
2021 Feb 02, 10:3174580.001210711088106.8363.41348
2021 Mar 03, 08:4674680.000910831097107.0563.41285
Yaogan 31-02 Leader
2021-007E
47536
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination. Formation was set up Feb 24 after one month of phasing manoeuvres.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 29, 09:3474710.000210921095107.1263.40258
2021 Feb 01, 10:4074580.001210711088106.8263.41265
2021 Feb 19, 11:1874670.001010811096107.0263.41295
2021 Mar 03, 14:0774680.000910831097107.0563.41283
CZ 4C upper stage
2021-007F
47537
in space
Launched Yaogan 31-02 group. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jan 29, 08:1073860.01179211094105.2863.4628


2021-F01 - failed to reach orbit
Hyperbola-1
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Feb 1, 07:54
Ark 2
6U Cubesat - technology verification mission for systems to be used in a recoverable satellite for microgravity and space biology studies. Lost when launch vehicle first stage failed. Apparently aimed at 500 km sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN around 14:15. Launch time is approximate.


2021-008
Soyuz-2 1B
Plesetsk Cosmodrome
2021 Feb 2, 20:45
Cosmos 2549 (Lotos-S № 5)
2021-008A
47546
in space
Electronic intelligence gathering - signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellite. Vehicle is based on the design of the Yantar satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 03, 04:4969480.047524089996.0567.1492
2021 Feb 03, 20:5069500.047124489996.1067.1492
2021 Feb 07, 11:2772840.0006901910103.1067.15301
Soyuz upper stage
2021-008B
47547
in space
Launched Cosmos 2549.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 02, 22:2669350.046123787795.8067.1492


2021-009
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Feb 4, 06:19
Starlink
2021-009A
47548
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 07:24 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  
( ° )
2021 Feb 11, 16:0066790.000130030290.5453.0567
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Feb 4
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


2021-010
CZ-3B
Xichang Space Centre
2021 Feb 4, 15:36
TJS 6 (Communication Technology Test Satellite 6)
2021-010A
47613
in space
Described as a technology test satellite, TJS 6 is probably military in nature and possibly with a missile early warning rôle. Manoeuvred to geosynchronous drift orbit 2021 Feb 5 or Feb 6 and settled at its geosynchronous location after a small number of days. It joined TJS 6 (44978/2020-002A) and they remained together until Apr 16, approaching to within 10 km of each other.TJS 5 then departed for a new location.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Feb 05, 04:57243800.730519335811631.4228.49180
2021 Feb 19, 17:22421640.000335775357981436.081.0043179° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2021-010B
47614
in space
Launched TJS 6.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 04, 18:09236810.723916034446604.4628.50179


2021-011
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2021 Feb 15, 04:45
Progress MS-16
2021-011A
47618
in space
Supplies to ISS. Docked with Pirs module Jan 17 at 06:27 UTC under manual control by the ISS crew after a course deviation during the planned automatic approach. On departure later in 2021, Progress MS-16 will be used to remove and dispose of Pirs. The ISS docking port will then be available for attaching an new large Russian module - 'Nauka'.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 15, 06:0265840.002319022188.6151.6479
2021 Feb 15, 16:2167160.003831336491.3051.64357
2021 Feb 16, 15:5167190.003731636691.3651.64355
2021 Feb 17, 13:1867980.000341842292.9751.6426
Soyuz upper stage
2021-011B
47619
Re-entered - 2021 Feb 17
Life 2 days
Launched Progress MS-16.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 15, 10:2765790.002218621588.5051.6570


2021-012
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Feb 16, 03:59
Starlink
2021-012A
47620
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 05:03 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  
( ° )
2021 Feb 22, 20:0066900.000131131290.7653.0580
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Feb 16
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


2021-013
Antares 230+
Wallops Flight Facility
2021 Feb 20, 17:36
SS Katherine Johnson (Cygnus NG-15)
2021-013A
47689
in space
Northrop Grumman vehicle carrying supplies to ISS under CRS-2 contract with NASA. Captured by ISS RMS Feb 22 at 09:38 UTC under manual control by the ISS crew. At 12:16 UTC ground controllers used the RMS to attach Cygnus to the Unity module. Initial orbit is an estimate based on data from Northrop Grumman.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 20, 17:4766470.013418035889.8951.66145
2021 Feb 20, 19:1666730.011022136890.4151.66139
2021 Feb 20, 21:3966910.012822739890.7851.66137
2021 Feb 21, 11:4967770.000939340592.5451.6646
2021 Feb 22, 07:2567960.000541442192.9251.6433
2021 Feb 22, 08:5867980.000541642392.9651.6433
Antares upper stage
2021-013B
47690
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 1
Life 9 days
Launched SS Katherine Johnson.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 20, 21:3866390.011918234089.7351.63143


2021-014
CZ 4C
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Feb 24, 02:22
Yaogan 31-03 Trailer
2021-014A
47691
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination. This object was originally catalogued as 47692/2021-014B, Space-Track switched designations more than one week after launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 24, 12:3074720.000610901099107.1463.41271
2021 Feb 27, 08:4474640.001310771096106.9763.41219
2021 Mar 26, 07:2374680.001010821098107.0563.41304
Yaogan 31-03 Outlier
2021-014C
47693
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 24, 14:1774720.000610901098107.1363.41267
2021 Feb 27, 03:0474910.001411021123107.5463.41257
2021 Mar 25, 12:1574720.001110851101107.1263.41285
Yaogan 31-03 Leader
2021-014E
47695
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 24, 12:3074710.000510891097107.1263.41278
2021 Feb 25, 04:3474690.000710861096107.0763.41280
2021 Feb 26, 07:1974630.000810791092106.9563.41257
2021 Mar 26, 07:2374680.001010821098107.0563.41303
CZ 4C upper stage
2021-014F
47696
in space
Launched Yaogan 31-03 group. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 24, 12:2073840.01159211090105.2463.4731


2021-015
PSLV-DL (C-51)
Satish Dhawan Space Centre
2021 Feb 28, 04:54
Amazônia 1
2021-015A
47699
in space
Earth imaging satellite - the first to be wholly designed, integrated, tested and operated by Brazil. Separated from launch vehicle at 05:11 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Feb 28, 09:5071270.001174275799.8198.5126510:25
2021 Mar 17, 20:5371340.000175575699.9498.5010410:26
SAI NanoConnect 2
2021-015C
47701
in space
3U Cubesat from the Space Instrumentation Laboratory of The National University of Mexico to evaluate the GlobalStar satellite phone network as a satellite communication system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 07, 22:3068770.001149250694.6097.47293
SpaceBEE 76
2021-015N
47711
in space
0.25U Cubesat from Swarm Technologies to provide a two-way communications system from LEO as part of 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. Released from EXOport 2.

One of a batch of 12 SpaceBee satellites carried on the PSLV C-51 launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 05, 18:3268810.000949650994.6797.46275
SDSat (Satish Dhawan Satellite)
2021-015V
47721
in space
3U Cubesat from SpaceKidz of India. Carries instrumentation to measure space radiation, and system to demonstrate a short-message communications system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 07, 22:4468830.001049851294.7297.47243
Sindhu NETRA (NEtwork TRaffic Analysis)
2021-015xx
in space
Small satellite equipped with an AIS receiver to monitor shipping movements in the Indian Ocean Region. Produced by the Peoples' Education Society University, Mangalore and funded through Indias's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit68810.000949650994.6797.46297
UNITYsat
2021-015xx
in space
9U Cubesat created by combining payloads from three sources - Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumpudur (JITsat), G. H. Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur (GHRCEsat) and Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Sri Shakthi Sat). All three payloads are technology demonstrators for radio communications included satellite-satellite links and internet connectivity.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit68810.000949650994.6797.46297
PSLV upper stage
2021-015B
47700
in space
Launched Amazônia 1 and eighteen small satellites. Orbit, Catalogue Number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Feb 28, 17:0169070.004349955895.2197.38244


2021-016
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2021 Feb 28, 06:55
Arktika-M 1
2021-016A
47719
in space
Meteorological imaging satellite that also provides communication links for messaging systems and communication links for research stations in Arctic regions. Also carries COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue receivers. Design based on the Elektro-L geosynchronous orbit meteorological satellite. Separated from the Fregat stage at 09:14 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 05, 04:01267680.7234102739754726.4363.32270
2021 Mar 06, 22:47265990.7213103439408719.5663.35270
2021 Mar 19, 21:18265530.7204104639305717.7063.33270
Fregat rocket stage
2021-016B
47720
in space
Launched Arktika-M 1. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 04, 22:54266980.727789339747723.5663.33270


2021-017
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 Mar 4, 08:24
Starlink 2068
2021-017A
47722
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 09:29 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  
( ° )
2021 Mar 11, 20:0066780.000129930190.5253.0569
Falcon 9 upper stage
2021-017BN
47782
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 26
Life 22 days
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Planned to be directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off but remained in orbit. De-orbit failure originally flagged by amateur observers. Natural re-entry subsequently observed from Washington State, USA.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Mar 11, 18:1166330.002623727289.5953.05257


2021-018
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Mar 11, 08:13
Starlink 2257
2021-018A
47787
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 09:18 UTC.

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

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Mar 17, 18:0066740.000129529790.4453.0562
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 11
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-019
CZ 7A
Wenchang Space Centre
2021 Mar 11, 17:51
Shiyan 9 (Tu Haichao)
2021-019A
47851
in space
Described as being for space environment studies and related technology experiments. A short thruster firing Mar 12 at about 10:25 UTC raised perigee slightly rather than move the satellite into Geosynchronous drift orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
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GEO    
Longitude
2021 Mar 11, 20:48244210.728625035837633.0219.53180
2021 Mar 13, 17:11245280.721146335837637.1819.53181
CZ 7A upper stage
2021-019B
47852
in space
Launched Shiyan 9. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Mar 11, 19:33237820.724218234627608.3319.54178


2021-020
CZ 4C
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Mar 13, 02:19
Yaogan 31-04 Leader
2021-020A
47854
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination. Until 2021 Apr 8, this satellite was catalogued as 2021-020B/47855 - that ID now belongs to an item of debris.

epoch (UTC)         
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( min )
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( ° )
2021 Mar 13, 14:1474710.000310901096107.1163.41297
2021 Mar 18, 06:4074670.000910821095107.0263.41286
2021 Apr 08, 14:3574680.000910831097107.0563.41300
Yaogan 31-04 Outlier
2021-020C
47856
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
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period
( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 13, 17:4874720.000410911097107.1363.41282
2021 Mar 18, 05:3474960.001011111126107.6563.41344
2021 Apr 08, 13:2074890.000611061116107.5063.41296
Yaogan 31-04 Trailer
2021-020D
47857
in space
Remote sensing satellite described as used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other related technology tests. Orbiting in close formation with the other two satellites from the launch, its purpose may be signals or electronic intelligence gathering over the world's oceans, a similar task to the US NOSS triplet formations that orbited at a similar altitude and inclination.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 14, 11:4074720.000410911097107.1363.41279
2021 Mar 19, 07:4274660.000910811095107.0063.41286
2021 Apr 10, 04:0374680.001010831097107.0563.41302
CZ 4C upper stage
2021-020E
47858
in space
Launched Yaogan 31-04 group. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( min )
incl 
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2021 Mar 13, 04:0273890.01189231098105.3463.4628


2021-021
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 Mar 14, 10:01
Starlink 2258
2021-021A
47860
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 11:06 UTC. Orbital data from SpaceX via Celestrak.

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

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 22, 10:5866810.000130230390.5853.0574
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 14
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-I01
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
International Space Station
2021 Mar 14, 11:20
RSP-01 (Ryman Sat Project)
1998-067SB
47925
in space
1U Cubesat from Japan - equipped with a short, 10 cm, arm carrying a camera to produce 'selfie' images. Catalogue Number and Designation deduced initially from amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
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ecc    perigee
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period
( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 22, 08:5267950.000341541992.9251.6473
Tsuru (BIRDS-4)
1998-067SD
47927
in space
1U Cubesat - from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, carries a radio amateur payload. Catalogue Number and Designation deduced initially from amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 08:0867960.000341542092.9251.6462
Maya 2 (BIRDS-4)
1998-067SF
47929
in space
1U Cubesat - from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, built with Filipino involvement. Includes an amateur radio payload.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 09:4167960.000341542092.9251.6460
OPUSat-II (Osaka Prefecture University Satellite)
1998-067SG
47930
in space
1U Cubesat - testing a satellite power system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 15:5267960.000341542092.9251.6460
GuaraniSat 1 (BIRDS-4)
1998-067SH
47931
in space
1U Cubesat - from the Kyushu Institute of Technology, built with Paraguayan involvement and reportedly acting as a message relay from remote data collection stations. Includes an amateur radio payload.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 08:0867960.000341542092.9251.6458


2021-I02
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
International Space Station
2021 Mar 14, 11:50
Warp-01
1998-067SA
47924
in space
1U Cubesat sat from WarpSpace of Japan as a demonstrator of satellite design and carrying an imaging system and radiation sensors.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 05:0367960.000641442292.9351.64123


2021-I03
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
International Space Station
2021 Mar 14, 14:30
TAUSat-1 (Tel Aviv University Satellite)
1998-067SC
47926
in space
3U Cubesat - carries a suite of instruments to measure space radiation, and an amateur radio payload. Catalogue Number and Designation deduced initially from amateur observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 15:5167950.000541442092.9151.6464


2021-I04
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
International Space Station
2021 Mar 14, 15:00
STARS-EC (Space Tethered Autonomous Robotic Satellite Elevator)
1998-067SE
47928
in space
3U Cubesat from Shizuoka University, Japan. Built in three sections, each 1U, to demonstrate a space elevator. After launch, the three are expected to split with the outer cubes joined by an 11m cable and the centre cube demonstrating the elevator. Catalogue Number and Designation determined initially by amateur observers.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 19, 08:0867960.000641342292.9251.64131


2021-022
Soyuz-2 1A + Fregat
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2021 Mar 22, 06:07
CAS500-1
2021-022A
47932
in space
Satellite from the Korea Aerospace Reseach Institute for Earth observation to support investigation of natural resources and monitoring of the environment within South Korea. Separated from the launch vehicle at 07:11 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Mar 22, 08:0568770.001648851094.6097.4026323:00
GRUS 1C
2021-022B
47933
in space
Second generation Earth imaging satellite from Axelspace of Japan. Separated from the launch vehicle along with three other GRUS satellites during a three minute sequence commencing at 08:35 UTC.

One of four GRUS satellites carried on this launch, all are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Mar 22, 10:5969700.001957960596.5297.7423723:01
DMSat-1 (Dubai Municipality Satellite)
2021-022J
47940
in space
Multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite to monitor and map the distribution of aerosols and greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere above the United Arab Emirates. Built by the Dubai Municipality in collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
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( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 14:0869250.001753555995.5997.56230
WildTrackCube-SIMBA (System for Improving Monitoring the Behaviour of Animals)
2021-022K
47941
in space
1U Cubesat from the Sapienza University of Rome in cooperation with Machakos University and the University of Nairobi. Designed to receive tracking signals to allow monitoring of animals in Kenya's national parks. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 04:0869280.002153556495.6597.56235
Hiber 3
2021-022L
47942
in space
3U Cubesat - demonstrator for a an internet communication system, and a 'green' propulsion system using nitrous oxide and propylene. Thruster will be used to raise the orbit by about 100 km over a few weeks. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 15:4169270.002053556395.6397.56235
ELSA-d
2021-022N
47944
in space
Small satellite from Japanese company Astroscale - to act as demonstrator of removing another satellite from orbit by attaching itself with a magnetic docking unit and performing retro-fire. The satelliteswere launched as a docked pair then separated into individual orbits for a series of approach and docking manoeuvres. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 01:1469250.001753555895.5897.57232
Unisat 7
2021-022P
47945
in space
Small satellite from Gauss of Italy with the principal task of acting as a dispenser for six smaller satellites. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC. On board at launch were:
Unicorn 1
DIY 1
FEES
STECCO
SMOG 1
BCCSat 1

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
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( ° )
2021 Mar 26, 07:4769250.001753555995.5897.56222
LacunaSat 2b
2021-022S
47948
in space
3U Cubesat - demonstrator satellite from Lithuanian company Nanoavionics with a receiver for data from Internet connected devices. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 18:4469270.001953556295.6297.57235
KMSL (Korea Microgravity Science Laboratory)
2021-022U
47950
in space
1U Cubesat from Chosun University, South Korea carrying an experiment to study fire is space. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 15:4869280.001953756395.6597.56244
CubeSX-Sirius-HSE
2021-022V
47951
in space
3U Cubesat from HSE University, Moscow built as a student project in co-operation witht e Sputnix COmpany, the Sirius Education Centre and Scanex. Equipped with an Earth-imaging camera. Also carries an amateur radio payload. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 15:2869280.002153656495.6597.56234
CubeSX-HSE
2021-022W
47952
in space
3U Cubesat from HSE University, Moscow built as a student project in co-operation witht e Sputnix COmpany, the Sirius Education Centre and Scanex. Equipped with an Earth-imaging camera. Also carries an amateur radio payload. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 18:4169280.002053656395.6597.57236
KSU Cubesat
2021-022Y
47954
in space
1U Cubesat from King Saud University for educational use. Fitted ith an imaging system and a voice-repeating radio payload. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 26, 02:5769280.002053656495.6497.57229
Kepler 6 (Rocinante)
2021-022Z
47955
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. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

One of two Kepler Comunications' satellite carried on this launch. They are in similar orbits.

epoch (UTC)         
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
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( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 16:5369280.001953656395.6497.56234
ChallengeOne
2021-022AA
47956
in space
3U Cubesat - demonstrator satellite for potential constellation of thirty satellites providing internet connection for remotely-located sensors and research platforms. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 15:1869280.002153656595.6697.57236
GRBALpha
2021-022AD
47959
in space
1U Cubesat from the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia- science satellite to detect Gamma Ray bursts. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
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( km )
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( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 01, 23:0169280.002153556495.6497.56210
OrbiCraft-Zorkiy
2021-022AE
47960
in space
6U Cubesat from Sputnix company of Russia to demonstrate and confirm elements of a satellite design. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 30, 19:5669280.002053556495.6497.57217
3B5GSAT
2021-022AF
47961
in space
3U Cubesat from Sateliot of Spain to demonstrate internet data collection from remote stations. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 03, 00:1969280.002153556495.6497.57205
STECCO (Space Traveling Egg-Controlled Catadioptric Object)
2021-022AG
47962
in space
6p PocketQube satellite from the School of Aerospace Engineering , Sapienza University of Rome to demonstrate a gravity-gradient stabilisation system. Also equipped with corner cube laser retro-reflectors. Carried away from launch vehicle by Unisat 7 then released into separate orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 30, 16:3969250.001653555895.5897.56214
DIY 1 (ArduiQube)
2021-022AH
47963
in space
1P PocketQube satellite from Argentina to demonstrate an amateur radio system. Carried away from launch vehicle by Unisat 7 then released into separate orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 01, 16:1769240.001953355995.5697.56203
SMOG 1
2021-022AJ
47964
in space
1p PocketQube satellite - from Budapest University of Technology and Economics to be used to measure electromagnetic pollution generated by human activity around planet Earth. Carried away from launch vehicle by Unisat 7 then released into separate orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 31, 05:3869240.001953355995.5697.56209
BCCSat 1
2021-022AK
48041
in space
1U Cubesat - multi-spectral imaging satellite developed by high-school students at Bangkok Christian College and supervised by faculty members at King’s Mongkut University of Technology North Bangkok. Carried away from launch vehicle by Unisat 7 then released into separate orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 05, 05:2469250.001653655895.5997.56187
FEES (Flexible Experimental Embedded Satellite)
2021-022AL
48082
in space
0.3U Cubesat - from Italy, to validate systems for futuee small satellites. Carried away from launch vehicle by Unisat 7 then released into separate orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 02, 19:3169250.001653655895.5997.56196
Adelis-SAMSON 1 (Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geolocating Nanosatellites)
2021-022xx
in space
6U Cubesat from the Asher Space Research Institute at Technion and Israeli Aircraft Industries orbiting as part of a three satellite group to demonstrate cluster flight of multiple satellites. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

One of three similar satellites carried on this launch.
Orbit similar to 3B5GSAT (above)
BEESat 5 (Berlin Experimental and Educational Satellite)
2021-022xx
in space
0.25U Cubesat. One of four satellites from the Technical University of Berlin, launched together as a 1U stack that separated from each other once released by the launch vehicle. Built to demonstrate a newly developed communication and navigation system. Equipped with four corner cube laser retro-reflectors. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.

One of four BEESat satellites carried on this launch - all are in similar orbits.
Orbit similar to 3B5GSAT (above)
Najm-1
2021-022xx
in space
Small satellite from Saudi Arabia acting as a demonstrator for an Earth observation and satellite communications system. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.
Orbit similar to 3B5GSAT (above)
NanoSatC Br2
2021-022xx
in space
2U Cubesat from the Southern Regional Space Centre of Brazil. Equipped to study radiation and magnetic fields around the Earth. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.
Orbit similar to 3B5GSAT (above)
Pumbaa
2021-022xx
in space
2U Cubesat from the Astrodynamics and Control Laboratory of Yonsei University, South Korea. CANYVAL-C mission to study the Sun's corona working together with Timon, launched alongside it. Pumbaa is intended to act as an occulting disc while Timon carries an imaging camera to act as a coronagraph. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.
Orbit similar to 3B5GSAT (above)
Timon
2021-022xx
in space
1U Cubesat from the Astrodynamics and Control Laboratory of Yonsei University, South Korea. CANYVAL-C mission to study the Sun's corona working together with Pumbaa, launched alongside it. Pumbaa is intended to act as an occulting disc while Timon carries an imaging camera to act as a coronagraph. Separated from the launch vehicle during a 30 minute sequence commencing at 10:13 UTC.
Orbit similar to 3B5GSAT (above)
Fregat rocket stage stage
2021-022xx
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 22
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of 38 satellites. Commercial mission for GK Launch Services. Caused to re-enter above the Indian Ocean, off south-eastern Australia at around 15:00 UTC on day of launch. The first three listed orbits are estimates based on information from Roscosmos.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 22, 07:1268770.001648851094.6097.40263
2021 Mar 22, 08:2369700.001058559996.5297.73225
2021 Mar 22, 10:5369280.001054355795.6597.57225


2021-I05
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
International Space Station
2021 Mar 22, 08:30
MMSATS-1 (Lawkanat-1)
1997-068SJ
47976
in space
1U Cubesat - built by Hokkaido University and Tohoku University for the Myanmar Institute of Aeronautics and Space Education and equipped with an Earth observation camera. Owing to the political situation in Myanmar, the satellite is operating temporarily under the control of Japan.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
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ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 23, 14:2367970.000341742292.9651.64119


2021-023
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2021 Mar 22, 22:30
Veery Hatchling
2021-023A
47965
in space
1U Cubesat from Care Weather - acting as a testbed for systems to be used in a future constellarion of synthetic aperture radar meteorological satellites. Separated from Pathstone at 23:24 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 23, 22:5769270.001453955895.6245.00272
Centauri 3
2021-023B
47966
in space
6U Cubesat from Fleet Space - one of a planned constellation of 140 satellites to provide internet connectivity for ground based sensors. Separated from Pathstone at 23:24 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 02:1069310.000854755995.7145.00286
M2 (A & B)
2021-023C
47967
in space
12U Cubesat from the University of New South Wales, consisting of a joined pair of 6U Cubesats. Expected to separate and conduct joint exercises in formation flying using air drag to control orbits - likely around 2021 June-July. They will later conduct a series of radio frequency, imaging and laser experiments. Separated from Pathstone at 23:24 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 09:0869300.001154455995.6945.00285
Myriota 7
2021-023D
47968
in space
3U Cubesat from Myriota - one of a planned constellation of 140 satellites to profide internet connectivity for ground based sensors. Separated from Pathstone at 23:24 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 14:5469300.001154455995.6845.00284
Gunsmoke-J
2021-023E
47969
in space
3U Cubesat from the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command - testing unspecified new satellite systems. Separated from Pathstone at 23:24 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 02:0969290.001154355895.6745.00269
Global 7
2021-023G
47971
in space
Commercial multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite from BlackSky Global inc. Separated from Pathstone Mar 23 at 00:19 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 24, 01:3668330.000944946093.6845.00283
Pathstone (Photon 2)
2021-023H
47972
in space
Satellite built around the Electron launch vehicle kick stage. Designed to test all of the satellite's systems of command, operation and control. Precursor for Rocket Lab's Capstone lunar mission.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 25, 10:2068310.000744845893.6545.00284
Electron second stage
2021-023F
47970
in space
Launched a cluster of seven satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 23, 17:4168050.019129755793.1145.01244


2021-024
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Mar 24, 08:28
Starlink 2087
2021-024A
47977
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 09:32 UTC. Catalogue Number and Designation subject to confirmation.

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  
( ° )
2021 Mar 30, 18:0066710.000329129490.3753.05267
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 24
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-025
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Vostochny Cosmodrome
2021 Mar 25, 02:47
OneWeb 0169
2021-025A
48042
in space
Broadband distribution satellite for the UK company OneWeb.

One of 36 similar satellites carried on this launch. Released from the Fregat stage of the launch vehicle in nine batches of four at 04:17, 04:24, 04:43, 05:02, 05:22, 05:51, 06:00, 06:17 and 06:48 UTC. UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 27, 04:0068220.000444144693.4687.40289
Fregat rocket stage
Re-entered - 2021 Mar 25
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of 36 OneWeb satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the eastern Pacific Ocean at around 08:05 UTC. May not receive a catalogue entry.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-026
CZ 4C
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Mar 30, 22:45
Gaofen 12-02
2021-026A
48079
in space
Earth observation using radar to support land surveys, crop management, urban and road network planning.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Mar 31, 04:3969750.000559460096.6297.8725005:00
2021 Apr 08, 01:3669850.000260660896.8397.8621805:01
2021 Apr 08, 10:0269960.001360962797.0597.8633405:01
2021 Apr 08, 19:0070060.000362563097.2697.8611605:01
CZ 4C upper stage
2021-026B
48080
in space
Launched Gaofen 12-02.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Mar 31, 06:1369410.005452560095.9297.8412


2021-027
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Apr 7, 16:34
Starlink
2021-027A
48092
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 17:38 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  
( ° )
2021 Apr 13, 18:0066770.000129829990.4953.0568
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 7
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Starlink satellites. Not catalogued - retro-fire caused destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2 hrs, 1.5 circuits after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-028
CZ 4B
Taiyuan Space Centre
2021 Apr 8, 23:01
Shiyan 6-03
2021-028A
48157
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
2021 Apr 09, 13:0073740.00089891002105.0299.5126706:00
2021 Apr 10, 05:5773750.00079911002105.0499.5026706:00
CZ 4 upper stage
2021-028B
48158
in space
Launched Shiyan 6-03. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 09, 12:5272550.0160761993102.4999.5820


2021-029
Soyuz-2 1A
Baikonur Cosmodrome
2021 Apr 9, 07:42
Soyuz MS-18 (Soyuz 11F732A48 № 748)
2021-029A
48159
in space
Carrying crew to ISS - Pyotr Dubrov and Oleg Novitskiy (Roscosmos) and Mark Vande Hei (NASA). Docked with the Rassvet module of the ISS at 11:05 UTC on the day of launch.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 09, 08:5965880.002719222888.7051.6568
2021 Apr 09, 15:2067980.000341842292.9751.65203
Soyuz upper stage
2021-029B
48160
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 13
Life 4 days
Launched Soyuz MS-18.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 09, 17:5165850.002219322288.6451.6570


2021-030
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 Apr 23, 09:49
Dragon Crew 2 (Dragon Endeavour flight #2)
2021-030A
48209
in space
Commercial crew flight to ISS provided by SpaceX. Crew members - Shane Kimbrough (NASA), K Megan McArthur (NASA), Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA) and Thomas Pesquet (ESA). Docked with ISS Harmony module Apr 24, 09:08 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 23, 10:1265800.001819021388.5351.649
2021 Apr 23, 15:4465970.001421022888.8851.65249
2021 Apr 24, 02:4667980.000341842292.9751.64270
2021 Apr 24, 06:5867950.000441442092.9151.65305
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 23
Life <1 day
Caused to re-enter obove the Pacific Ocean about forty minutes, 0.5 circuits after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-031
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Vostochny Cosmodrome
2021 Apr 25, 22:14
OneWeb 0176
2021-031A
48210
in space
Broadband distribution satellite for the UK company OneWeb.

One of 36 similar 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  
( ° )
2021 Apr 26, 20:0068220.000444144793.4587.40295
Fregat rocket stage
2021-031xx
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 26
Life 1 day
Launched cluster of 36 OneWeb satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the eastern Pacific Ocean Apr 26 at around 03:30 UTC. May not receive a catalogue entry.
Orbit parameters awaited


2021-032
Delta 4 Heavy
Vandenberg AFB
2021 Apr 26, 20:47
USA 314 (KH-11 Block-5 F-2/Crystal)
2021-032A
48247
in space
KH-11 reconnaissance satellite. Orbital elements not released by Spacetrack so parameters are based on work by amateur observers and analysts.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 27, 01:2370190.017052276197.5598.0587
Delta 4 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 27
Life 1 day
Launched USA 314. Destructive re-entry above the Pacific Ocean about three hours, two circuits after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-033
CZ 6
Taiyuan Space Centre
2021 Apr 27, 03:20
Qilu 1
2021-033xx
in space
Demonstrator mission for imaging system using synthetic aperture radar.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:3968820.001049751094.6997.4026510:30
Qilu 4
2021-033xx
in space
Demonstrator mission for optical imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:2768810.001249551294.6897.4027810:30
Foshan 1
2021-033xx
in space
Verification mission for a lightweight high-resolution imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:3968810.001049651094.6897.4026310:30
Jin Bauhinia 1
2021-033xx
in space
Technology verification mission for a temote sensing system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:3868800.001049550994.6597.3929010:30
Lingyu-1 D02
2021-033xx
in space
Technology verification mission for a temote sensing system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:3968800.001149450994.6597.3929210:30
NEO 1
2021-033xx
in space
Science satellite for astronomical observation.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 27, 09:3968800.000949650994.6697.40275
Taijing 2-01
2021-033xx
in space
Commercial satellite for medium-resolution remote sensing.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:3868780.000849450694.6297.3929710:30
Tianqi 9
2021-033xx
in space
Small satellite 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  
( ° )
2021 Apr 27, 09:3968800.001049650994.6697.40273
Zhong'an Guotong 1
2021-033xx
in space
Technical verification of real-time imaging system.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 27, 09:3868800.001149550994.6697.3928510:30
CZ 6 upper stage
2021-033K
48257
in space
Launched cluster of satellites. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 27, 09:3568460.012338455393.9697.32343


2021-034
Vega (VV-18)
Centre Spatiale Guyanaise
2021 Apr 29, 01:50
Pléiades Neo 3
2012-034A
48268
in space
French digital imaging satellites with very high resolution sensors for use by commercial organisations, government and the military. First in a constellation of four identical satellites. Separated from the launch vehicle at 02:44:29 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Apr 30, 21:3770030.000162462697.2097.902510:30
Lemur-2 (Amanda-Svante)
2012-034B
48269
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 30, 11:4769890.000360961396.9297.7923
Aurora Insight (Bravo)
2012-034C
48270
in space
6U CubeSat built by NanoAvionics with integrated spectrum survey payload to study radio transmissions from the Earth's surface.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 02, 10:4069900.000460961496.9397.795
Eutelsat ELO alpha
2012-034D
48271
in space
Small satellite manufactured by Tyvak for Eutelsat, to be used for internet communications.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 29, 18:0069880.000360861396.9097.7967
NorSat 3
2012-034E
48272
in space
Small satellite carrying an experimental navigation radar detector to augment ship detection capabilities from an on-board Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 02, 10:3869870.000360761196.8797.79105
Lemur-2 (Special K)
2012-034F
48273
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.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 30, 16:3869890.000360961396.9297.7920
Vega upper stage (AVUM)

Re-entered - 2021 Apr 29
Life <1 day
Launched Pléades Neo 3 and small satellites. Caused to re-enter shortly after 04:30 UTC above the Indian Ocean near 20° south, 90° east.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-035
CZ 5B
Wenchang Space Centre
2021 Apr 29, 03:23
Tianhe
2021-035A
48274
in space
Core module of Chinese space station, designed for expansion using additional modules. It is capable of receiving Shenzhou and Tianzhou spacecraft to deliver crews and supplies.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 29, 09:1166550.015917138290.0441.47170
2021 Apr 29, 12:2167120.007528438491.2241.48172
2021 Apr 29, 13:5467170.007928639291.3141.47167
2021 Apr 29, 18:3267470.002435338591.9241.47181
2021 May 13, 07:4267500.001936038591.9941.47278
2021 May 23, 23:4167310.001534336491.6041.47231
2021 May 27, 17:3967350.002134337191.6841.45249
2021 May 29, 14:1167510.000636937692.0041.472
2021 Jun 04, 14:0167590.000837638692.1741.47220
CZ 5B upper stage
2021-035B
48275
Re-entered - 2021 May 9
Life 10 days
Launched Tianhe space station.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 29, 09:0866500.015416937589.9641.48170


2021-036
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Apr 29, 03:44
Starlink 2567
2021-036A
48276
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 ~04:49 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  
( ° )
2021 May 05, 20:0066790.000130030190.5353.05329
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 29
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of Starlink satellites. Not catalogued - retro-fire caused destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2 hrs, 1.5 circuits after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-037
CZ 4C
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Apr 30, 07:27
Yaogan 34
2021-037A
48340
in space
Mission details awaited but probably intelligence-related. Orbit is similar to the Yaogan 31 electronic surveillance satellites,and the Initial orbit plane has RAAN about three degrees to the west of that of the second Yaogan 31 triplet (launch no 2021-007).

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 30, 12:1574720.000210931096107.1463.41305
2021 May 01, 06:0674670.000710841095107.0363.41239
2021 May 01, 09:4074630.001310761095106.9463.41264
2021 May 01, 13:1474630.001010771092106.9363.40278
2021 May 07, 06:2774680.000910831097107.0463.40327
CZ 4C upper stage
2021-037B
48341
in space
Launched Yaogan 34. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Apr 30, 13:5874150.00739831092105.9163.4552


2021-038
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 May 4, 19:01
Starlink 2613
2021-038A
48353
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 ~20:05 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  
( ° )
2021 May 12, 14:0066970.000131831990.9053.0577
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Apr 4
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-039
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2021 May 6, 18:11
Yaogan 30-08A
2021-039A
48423
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. Settled into formation, spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit, May 23.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 07, 02:0669750.000759260296.6235.00215
2021 May 10, 03:4269800.000759760796.7335.00263
2021 May 24, 00:1269760.000759360396.6535.00269
Yaogan 30-08B
2021-039B
48424
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. Settled into formation, spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit, May 23.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 07, 09:4669750.000759160196.6135.00222
2021 May 10, 22:5969760.000659460296.6434.99262
2021 May 24, 02:1069760.000559460296.6535.006
Yaogan 30-08C
2021-039C
48425
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. Settled into formation, spaced at 120º intervals around the orbit, May 23.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 07, 02:0169750.000759160196.6135.00221
2021 May 10, 21:2869670.000658559396.4635.01286
2021 May 24, 00:4169760.000559560296.6535.00292
Tianqi 12
2021-039D
48426
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  
( ° )
2021 May 07, 06:3369720.000658959896.5535.01256
CZ 2C upper stage
2021-039E
48427
in space
Launched Yaogan 30-08 group. Perigee lowered after releasing satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 07, 00:1769120.009546859995.3134.9865


2021-040
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 May 9, 06:42
Starlink 2461
2021-040A
48428
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 ~07:46 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  
( ° )
2021 May 17, 08:0066710.000728829790.3853.05328
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 May 9
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-F02 - failed to reach orbit
Electron
Rocket Lab LC-1, New Zealand
2021 May 15, 11:11
Global
Commercial multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite from BlackSky Global inc. One of two Blacksky satellites on the same launch lost due to malfunction of launch vehicle second stage.
Global
Commercial multi-spectral Earth imaging satellite from BlackSky Global inc. One of two Blacksky satellites on the same launch lost due to malfunction of launch vehicle second stage.


2021-041
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 May 15, 22:56
Starlink 2063
2021-041A
48553
in space
One member of a simultaneously-launched cluster of 52 LEO Broadband communications satellites from SpaceX aimed ultimately at 550 km altitude. Separated from launch vehicle at 23:34 UTC.

All satellites were injected initially into similar orbits near 500 km.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 24, 22:0069010.000252252495.0953.0496
Capella 6
2021-041BE
48605
in space
Small satellite from Capella Space carrying Synthetic Aperture Radar for Earth imaging. Member of a planned thirty satellite constellation. Separated from launch vehicle at 23:52 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 24, 11:5869560.001356858796.2253.04351
LLNL satellite (name not known)
2021-041BF
48606
in space
6U Cubesat for astronomical studies at visible wavelengths, built by Tyvak for the US Lawrence LIvermore National Laboratory. The satellite is testing a telescope optical design, based on a single block of fused silica, that removes the need for collimating telescope/camera optics on entering micro-gravity. Separated from launch vehicle at 23:56 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 24, 11:5769550.001556658896.2153.04344
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 May 16
Life 1 day
Launched cluster of 54 Starlink satellites and two other small satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-042
Atlas V 421
Cape Canaveral
2021 May 18, 17:37
USA 315 (SBIRS GEO 5)
2021-042A
48618
in space
Missile launch detection satellite for the Space-Based Infra Red System with a combination of scanning and staring sensors. The scanning sensor is designed to provide a wide area view in search of missile launches, satellite re-entries and natural terrestrial events, while the staring sensor is designed to observe areas of particular interest with enhanced sensitivity. Separated from launch vehicle at approximately 18:22 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 May 18, 20:14247000.705489835746643.8721.22178
2021 May 22, 19:01255850.6462267435740678.8118.55180
2021 May 24, 18:35267650.5738502835745726.2816.18181
2021 May 26, 16:01282530.4910800435746787.6914.14181
2021 May 27, 20:17303080.38991211535746875.1912.25182
2021 May 31, 18:02372250.131325959357341191.279.08182
2021 Jun 04, 17:49420490.001035630357131430.217.97159146° west
2021 Jun 05, 23:04421120.001335680357861433.387.9879145° west
2021 Jun 08, 06:02421630.000135779357911436.037.97147145° west
TDO 3 (Technology Demonstration Orbiter)
2021-042B
48619
in space
12U Cubesat (4x3) sponsored by the United States Air Force Academy and carrying one or more military/government payloads. Released from aft bulkhead of Centaur stage at 17:53 UTC between the two main firings designed to deposit SBIRS GEO 5 in transfer orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 19, 04:2887280.24861804519135.2526.16129
TDO 4 (Technology Demonstration Orbiter)
2021-042C
48620
in space
12U Cubesat (4x3) sponsored by the United States Air Force Academy and carrying one or more military/government payloads. Released from aft bulkhead of Centaur stage at 17:53 UTC between the two main firings designed to deposit SBIRS GEO 5 in transfer orbit.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 19, 04:2887270.24831824516135.2226.15129
Centaur rocket stage
Re-entered - 2021 May 19
Life 1 day
Launched USA 315 and two small satellites. Made destructive re-entry above central Pacific near 12° north, 163° west May 19 at around 03:00 UTC.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-043
CZ 4B
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 May 19, 04:03
Haiyang 2D
2021-043A
48621
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 earlier Haiyang satellites.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 19, 19:0573180.0010932947103.8366.00253
2021 May 23, 11:2273240.0002944947103.9666.00234
2021 May 24, 01:3073300.0010944959104.0966.00259
CZ 4B upper stage
2021-043D
48624
in space
Launched Haiyang 2D. Perigee lowered after releasing satellite in order to hasten orbit decay.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 19, 08:5872010.0157710936101.3666.0617


2021-044
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 May 26, 18:59
Starlink 2758
2021-044A
48638
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 ~20:03 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  
( ° )
2021 Jun 01, 16:0066690.000129029190.3353.0581
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 May 26
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of sixty Starlink satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean about 2.5 hrs (1.5 Earth circuits) after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-045
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat
Vostochny Cosmodrome
2021 May 28, 17:38
OneWeb 0211
2021-045A
48767
in space
Broadband distribution satellite for the UK company OneWeb.

One of 36 similar satellites carried on this launch. Released from the Fregat stage of the launch vehicle in nine batches of four

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 29, 16:0068220.000444144693.4587.40290
Fregat rocket stage
Re-entered - 2021 May 28
Life <1 day
Launched cluster of 36 OneWeb satellites. Directed to destructive re-entry above the eastern Pacific Ocean about 5 hrs after lift-off. May not receive a catalogue entry.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-046
CZ 7
Wenchang Space Centre
2021 May 29, 12:55
Tianzhou 2
2021-046A
48803
in space
Supplies and equipment to Chinese Space Station, Tianhe, in advance of the Shenzhou 12 crew mission. Docked with the rear port of Tianhe May 29, 21:01 UTC. The first orbit listed is an estimate.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 29, 13:1266370.009419732289.6941.47176
2021 May 29, 14:1167510.000636937692.0041.472
2021 May 29, 17:2267380.000635636491.7441.4724
CZ 7 upper stage
2021-046B
48804
Re-entered - 2021 Jun 15
Life 17 days
Launched Tianzhou 2.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 May 29, 21:2166370.009519632189.6841.47179


2021-047
CZ 3B
Xichang Space Centre
2021 Jun 2, 16:17
Fengyun 4B
2021-047A
48808
in space
Second generation meteorological imaging satellite capable of producing three-dimensional analyses of weather systems. Date of entry into Geosynchronous Drift Orbit not known. Expected location - 123°.5 east.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Jun 03, 02:58243790.730519235810631.3828.54180
2021 Jun 11, 21:16421610.000135779357871435.920.08192123° east
CZ 3B upper stage
2021-047B
48809
in space
Launched Fengyun 4B.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 02, 11:47236610.723815634410603.6928.53179


2021-048
Falcon 9 Block 5
Kennedy Space Center
2021 Jun 3, 17:29
SpaceX Dragon 2 CRS-22
2021-048A
48831
in space
Supplies to ISS including two, improved, replacement solar panels - carried in the trunk section. Separated from launch vehicle at 17:41 UTC. Docked with the upward-facing port of the ISS Harmony module Jun 5 at 09:09 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 03, 17:4965800.001519321288.5451.6417
2021 Jun 03, 19:1365960.001720723088.8651.65243
2021 Jun 04, 14:2965980.002020623288.8951.65244
2021 Jun 05, 05:4367980.000741542592.9751.6537
2021 Jun 05, 07:1967980.000441742292.9751.6568
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Jun 17
Life 14 days
Launched SpaceX Dragon CRS-21. Caused to re-enter above the Indian Ocean about 40 min after lift-off.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-049
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Jun 6, 04:26
Sirius XM-8
2021-049A
48838
in space
Commercial comsat providing services to the continental USA including digital audio radio broadcast directly to cars, homes and portable radios. Separated from launch vehicle at 04:57 UTC. Expected location - 115° west.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
GEO    
Longitude
2021 Jun 07, 01:00161880.591423619384341.6227.01176
2021 Jun 08, 13:24182360.634628523431408.4726.90177
2021 Jun 09, 04:13191310.651329225213438.8926.88178
2021 Jun 09, 22:37212140.684830929362512.4926.82179
2021 Jun 14, 08:27334830.258518449357591016.224.20181
2021 Jun 15, 01:58412840.020334070357421391.340.27168
2021 Jun 16, 09:17421270.000235741357571434.180.07268122° west
Falcon 9 upper stage
2021-049B
48839
in space
Launched Sirius XM-8.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 07, 00:59161770.591423219366341.2827.01176


2021-050
CZ 2D
Taiyuan Space Centre
2021 Jun 11, 03:03
Beijing 3
2021-050A
48840
in space
Commercial Earth imaging satellite from China's 21st Century Space Technology Application Company. 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
2021 Jun 11, 21:5568730.001048850294.5297.5127510:08
Heisi 2
2021-050B
48841
in space
Small satellite reportedly for ecological observation of the continental shelf. Catalogue number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 11, 21:5968730.001148750294.5197.51277
Yangwang 2
2021-050C
48842
in space
Small satellite for asteroid research from the Shenzhen Space Technology Company. Catalogue number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 11, 21:5268730.001148850294.5197.51276
Space Experiment 1
2021-050D
48843
in space
Small satellite from Tianjian University of Space Engineering launched as an educational demonstrator of satellite design, construction and launch. Catalogue number and Designation to be confirmed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 11, 21:5668740.001048950394.5397.51267
CZ 2D upper stage
Re-entered - 2021 Jun 11
Life <1 day
Launched Beijing 3 and three small satellites. Caused to re-enter after releasing satellites.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-051
Pegasus XL
Lockheed L-1011 over Pacific Ocean near Vandenberg AFB
2021 Jun 13, 08:11
Odyssey
2021-051A
48844
in space
Small satellite launched as the TacRL-2 mission - a test of short notice (less than three weeks) assembly of satellite and launcher. Carries sensors to monitor satellite activity in orbit - precise mission not revealed.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
Desc Node
Local Time
2021 Jun 14, 07:2668060.003540445293.1497.4829123:43
Pegasus upper stage
2021-051B
48845
in space
Launched USA 316.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 14, 07:2668070.003540545293.1497.48290


2021-I06
Nanoracks Cubesat Deployer
International Space Station
2021 Jun 14, 09:05
SOAR (Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research)
1998-067SL
48850
in space
3U Cubesat - from a group led by the UK University of Manchester to test new materials that can reduce drag on a satellite in orbit. It will also study atmospheric flow around itself and test new attitude control methods.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 15, 15:5867960.000541542192.9351.64128
RamSat
1998-067SM
48851
in space
2U Cubesat - built by students of Robertsville Middle School, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and equipped with a muli-spectral and near infrared imaging system to study the impact of large scale events (eg fires) on forests. RamSat is the single satellite in NASA's ELaNa 36 (Educational Launch of Nanosatellites) mission.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 15, 16:2367960.000541542192.9351.64134


2021-052
Minotaur I
Wallops Flight Facility
2021 Jun 15, 13:35
USA 316
2021-052A
48846
in space
Classified payload for the US National Reconnaisance Office. One of a group of three satellites carried on the same launch vehicle. Orbit is likely to be at least 500 km at around 50° inclination.
Orbit classified as 'Secret' - data withheld
USA 317
2021-052B
48847
in space
Classified payload for the US National Reconnaisance Office. One of a group of three satellites carried on the same launch vehicle. Orbit is likely to be at least 500 km at around 50° inclination.
Orbit classified as 'Secret' - data withheld
USA 318
2021-052C
48848
in space
Classified payload for the US National Reconnaisance Office. One of a group of three satellites carried on the same launch vehicle. Orbit is likely to be at least 500 km at around 50° inclination.
Orbit classified as 'Secret' - data withheld
Minotaur upper stage
2021-052D
48849
in space
Launched USA 316 - 318 triplet.
Orbit classified as 'Secret' - data withheld


2021-053
CZ 2F
Jiuquan Space Centre
2021 Jun 17, 01:22
Shenzhou 12
2021-053A
48852
in space
Carried crew of Nie Haisheng (commander), Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo to Chinese Space Station. Docked with forward-facing port of Tianhe at 07:54 UTC. The crew entered Tianhe at 10:48 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
estimated orbit66370.009419732289.6941.47176
2021 Jun 17, 08:5367590.000937538792.1741.47301
CZ 2F upper stage
2021-053B
48853
in space
Launched Shenzhou 12.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 17, 15:5966410.009919732989.7741.46127


2021-054
Falcon 9 Block 5
Cape Canaveral
2021 Jun 17, 16:09
USA 319 (GPS IIIA SV05)
2021-054A
48859
in space
Block 3 GPS Navsat. Released from launch vehicle at 17:33 UTC.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 18, 05:33166630.593639420175356.7655.00270
Falcon 9 upper stage
Re-entered - 2020 Nov 6
Life <1 day
Launched USA 319. An engine firing shortly after releasing the satellite caused destructive re-entry above the Indian Ocean, near perigee and about seven hours, 1.5 circuits, after launch.
Not Catalogued - orbit parameters unavailable


2021-055
CZ 2C
Xichang Space Centre
2021 Jun 18, 06:30
Yaogan 30-09A
2021-055A
48860
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. They will use orbital manoeuvres to settle themselves at 120° spacing around the orbit plane.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 18, 14:2669750.000859160296.6234.99262
2021 Jun 21, 11:1269810.000560060696.7535.00253
Yaogan 30-09B
2021-055B
48861
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. They will use orbital manoeuvres to settle themselves at 120° spacing around the orbit plane.

epoch (UTC)         
s-m axis
( km )
ecc    perigee
( km )
apogee
( km )
period
( min )
incl 
( ° )
ω  
( ° )
2021 Jun 18, 14:3069750.000859160296.6234.99253
2021 Jun 21, 14:2469780.000359860296.6835.00291
Yaogan 30-09C
2021-055D
48863
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. They will use orbital manoeuvres to settle themselves at 120° spacing around the orbit plane.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jun 20, 12:4169740.000759160196.6135.00271
2021 Jun 21, 14:2469710.001258560296.5535.00275
Tianqi 14
2021-055E
48864
in space
Comsat providing messaging communication links from LEO including between Internet-connected items.

epoch (UTC)         
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2021 Jun 20, 09:2669720.000858859996.5535.01302
CZ 2C upper stage
2021-055C
48862
in space
Identification to be confirmed. Orbit is higher than the upper stage from most previous Yaogan 30 missions but is similar to that of the upper stage from Yaogan 30 Group 1 (2017-058D).

epoch (UTC)         
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ecc    perigee
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apogee
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2021 Jun 19, 17:3570040.007957168197.2235.08279


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