The Past Week in Launches: SpaceX & China Launch Twice, a Soyuz Rideshare and India Falls Short

Small Satellite Launch Vehicle lifts off on maiden flight. (Credit: ISRO)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

During the past week, SpaceX launched 98 Starlink satellites, a Chinese commercial launch provider made it three in a row, Russia launched a rideshare mission with an Iranian satellite aboard, and India’s new small satellite launcher fell just short of orbit.

There have been 103 orbital launches worldwide, with 99 successes and four failures.

Let’s take a closer look at the last week in launch.

August 7, 2022

Launch Vehicle: Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV)
Launch Provider: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Centre

Payloads

SatelliteOwner/OperatorPurpose
EOS-02 (Microsat-2A)ISROEarth observation
AzaadiSASpace KidzEducation
Source: Wikipedia

The first time was not a charm for ISRO’s latest on-the-nose-named launch vehicle. An anomaly in the fourth stage placed the two satellites into a highly elliptical and utterly unsustainable 356 x 76 km (221 x 47 mile) high orbit. Both spacecraft burned up in Earth atmosphere as the SSLV’s maiden launch proved to be a failure. On the bright side, the first three stages, which are new, performed nominally.

August 9. 2022

Launch Vehicle: Ceres-1
Launch Provider: Galactic Energy
Launch Site:
Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (China)

Payloads

SatelliteOwner/OperatorPurpose
Taijing-1 01 (Pingan-3)MinoSpaceEarth observation
Taijing-1 02 (Xingshidai-12)MinoSpace/ADA SpaceEarth observation
Donghai-1ASES SpaceRemote Sensing
Source: Wikipedia

Galactic Energy is now three-for-three with its Ceres-1 rocket since the maiden flight in November 2020. The booster’s first three stages use solid fuel and the fourth stage uses hydrazine. Ceres-1 can deliver around 350 kg (772 lb) to Earth orbit.

August 9, 2022

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat
Launch Provider: Roscosmos
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome (Kazakhstan)

Payloads

SatelliteOwner/OperatorNationPurpose
KhayyamIranian Space AgencyIranEarth observation
CubeSX-HSE-2National Research University Higher School of EconomicsRussiaEarth observation
CYCLOPSBaltic State Technical UniversityRussiaTech demo
Geoscan-EdelweissGeoScanRussiaTech demo
ISOISamara Medex/Russian Academy of SciencesRussiaEarth observation
KAI-1Kazan National Research Technical University named after A.N. TupolevRussiaTech demo
KODIZ (Monitor-1)Moscow State UniversityRussiaRadiation research
Kuzbass-300Kuzbass State Technical UniversityRussiaEarth observation
MIET-AISNational Research University of Electronic TechnologyRussiaNavigation
Polytech Universe-1Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityRussiaElectromagnetic radiation research
Polytech Universe-2Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityRussiaElectromagnetic radiation research
ReshUCube-1Siberian State Aerospace UniversityRussiaElectromagnetic radiation research
Siren BelSUNational Research University “Belgorod State University” RussiaSpace farming
Skoltech B1Skolkovo Institute of Science and TechnologyRussiaTech demo
Skoltech B2Skolkovo Institute of Science and TechnologyRussiaTech demo
UTMN TSUTyumen State UniversityRussiaEarth observation
VIZARD-SS1Gymnasium № 1522 / School № 2086RussiaNavigation
Source: Wikipedia

August 10, 2022

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Block
Launch Provider:
SpaceX
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center (USA)
Falcon 9 Launch of 2022: 35

SatellitesPurposeNumber of SatellitesSatellites Launched to DateSatellites Still Working
StarlinkSatellite broadband523,0112,713
Source: Jonathan’s Space Report

August 10, 2022

Launch Vehicle: Long March 6
Launch Provider:
China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC)
Launch Site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center (China)

Payloads

SatelliteOwner/OperatorPurposeNumber of Satellites
Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D 09 35-43Chang Guang Satellite TechnologyEarth observation9
Jilin-1 Hongwai-01A 01-06Chang Guang Satellite TechnologyEarth observation6
Tianjin Binghai-1Chang Guang Satellite Technology, Tianjin Yunyao Aerospace TechnologyEarth observation1
Source: Wikipedia, Tianjin University

August 12, 2022

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Launch Provider: SpaceX
Launch Site: Vandenberg Space Force Base (USA)
Falcon 9 Launch of 2022: 36

SatellitesPurposeNumber of SatellitesSatellites Launched to DateSatellites Still Working
StarlinkSatellite broadband463,0552,759
Source: Jonathan’s Space Report