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2018 in spaceflight

This article lists achieved and expected spaceflight events in 2018.

2018 in spaceflight
Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster (40143096241).jpg
Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster with Starman in Earth orbit after launching as a dummy payload aboard the SpaceX Falcon Heavy's first flight on 6 February 2018.
Orbital launches
First8 January
Last16 December
Total106
Successes103
Failures2
Partial failures1
Catalogued104
National firsts
Satellite
Rockets
Maiden flights
Retirements
Crewed flights
Orbital2 (+1 failed)
Total travellers6 (+2 failed)
EVAs7

OverviewEdit

Planetary explorationEdit

The NASA InSight seismology probe was launched in May 2018 and landed on Mars in November. The Parker Solar Probe was launched to explore the Sun in August 2018, and reached its first perihelion in November, traveling faster than any prior spacecraft. On 20 October the ESA and JAXA launched BepiColombo to Mercury, on a 10-year mission featuring several flybys and eventually deploying two orbiters in 2025 for local study. The asteroid sampling mission Hayabusa2 reached its target Ryugu in June,[1] and the similar OSIRIS-REx probe reached Bennu in December.[2] China launched its Chang'e 4 lander/rover in December to attempt the first ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon;[3] a communications relay was sent to the second Earth-Moon Lagrange point in May. The Google Lunar X Prize expired on 31 March without a winner for its $20 million grand prize, because none of its five finalist teams were able to launch a commercial lunar lander mission before the deadline.[4]

Human spaceflightEdit

The Soyuz MS-10 October mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was aborted shortly after launch, due to a separation failure of one of the rocket's side boosters. The crew landed safely, and was rescheduled for March 2019 on Soyuz MS-12.[5] The anticipated return of the United States to human spaceflight was further delayed to 2019, as Boeing and SpaceX, under NASA supervision, performed further tests on their commercial crew spacecraft under development: Starliner on Atlas V and Dragon 2 on Falcon 9.

Rocket innovationEdit

After a failed launch in 2017, the Electron rocket reached orbit with its second flight in January; manufactured by Rocket Lab, it is the first orbital rocket equipped with electric pump-fed engines.[6] On 3 February, the Japanese SS-520-5 rocket (a modified sounding rocket) successfully delivered a 3U CubeSat to orbit, thus becoming the lightest and smallest orbital launch vehicle ever.[7] On 6 February, SpaceX performed the much-delayed test flight of Falcon Heavy,[8] carrying a car and a mannequin to a heliocentric orbit beyond Mars.[9] Falcon Heavy is the most powerful rocket currently operational.[10] On December 13 Virgin Galactic launched the SpaceShipTwo to 82.7 km, below the internationally recognized Kármán line but above the 50 mile definition of space used by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to mark commercial spaceflights, their first spaceflight with VSS Unity, and SpaceShipTwo overall.[11][12]

Accelerating activityEdit

The global activity of the launch industry grew significantly in 2018. 75 launches were conducted in the first nine months, compared with 63 in the same time in 2017, a 19% increase. In August, China surpassed its previous record of 22 launches in 2016, and is on track to perform 38 to 40 launches over the full year. On 3 December, the 100th orbital launch of the year occurred,[13] exceeding all yearly tallies since 1991, and 15 more launches remained scheduled until year end.

Contents

Orbital launchesEdit

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
Payload
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks

JanuaryEdit

8 January
01:00
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-047   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  Zuma / USA-280[17] Unnamed U.S. government agency Low Earth Classified 8 January Launch success, payload separation failure
After an initial lack of official comment on the mission, a preliminary report concludes that the payload adapter manufactured by Northrop Grumman failed to separate the satellite from the second stage, resulting in its re-entry shortly after launch.[14] SpaceX and the United States Air Force reviewed the Falcon 9 flight data and saw no issues with the launch vehicle itself that would affect future launches.[15][16]
9 January
03:24
  Long March 2D 2D-Y40[18]   Taiyuan LC-9   CASC
  SuperView / Gaojing-1 03 Beijing Space View Technology Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  SuperView / Gaojing-1 04 Beijing Space View Technology Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
11 January
23:18
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y45[19]   Xichang LC-2   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M7 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M8 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
12 January
03:58
  PSLV-XL C40[23]   Satish Dhawan FLP   ISRO
  Cartosat-2F ISRO Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  MicroSat-TD ISRO Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Arkyd-6A Planetary Resources Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  CANYVAL-X 1, 2 Yonsei University, NASA Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Carbonite-2 Surrey Satellite Technology Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  CICERO 7 GeoOptics Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  CNUSail-1 CNU Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  DemoSat 2 Astranis Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration (radio) In orbit Operational
  Flock-3p' × 4 Planet Labs Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Fox-1D AMSAT Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  ICEYE X1 Iceye Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  INS-1C ISRO Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  KAUSAT 5 Korea Aerospace University Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Landmapper-BC 3 v2 Astro Digital Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Lemur-2 × 4 Spire Global Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  LEO Vantage 1 Telesat Low Earth (SSO) Communications In orbit Operational
  MicroMAS 2a MIT SSL Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  PicSat Paris Observatory Low Earth (SSO) Astronomy In orbit Operational
  SpaceBEE 1–4 Swarm Technologies[24] Low Earth (SSO) Communications In orbit Operational
  STEP Cube Lab Chosun University Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Tyvak 61C Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Low Earth (SSO) Astronomy In orbit Operational
Deployed 31 satellites.[20][21][22]
12 January
22:11
  Delta IV M+(5,2) D-379   Vandenberg SLC-6   ULA
  NROL-47 / Topaz-5[25] / USA-281 US Air Force LEO (retrograde) Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
Last flight of Delta IV M+(5,2) variant.
13 January
07:20
  Long March 2D 2D-Y49[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
  LKW-3 CAS Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
17 January
21:06:11
  Epsilon   Uchinoura   JAXA
  ASNARO-2 NEC Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
19 January
04:12
  Long March 11[26]   Jiuquan LA-4/SLS-2   CASC
  Jilin-1 07
(Lingqiao-07)
CNSA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Jilin-1 08
(Lingqiao-08)
CNSA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Star of Enlai
Huai'an Hao
Huai'an Youth Comprehensive Development Base Low Earth (SSO) Technology/Education In orbit Operational
  Xiaoxiang 2 SpaceTY Aerospace Co. Low Earth (SSO) Stabilization technology In orbit Operational
  Quantutong-1
(QTT-1)
Full-chart Location Network Co.
(Quan Tu Tong Co.)
Low Earth (SSO) Communications In orbit Operational
  Kepler 2[27] Kepler Communications Low Earth (SSO) Communications In orbit Operational
100th launch from Jiuquan. Carried and deployed 6 satellites in total.
20 January
00:48
  Atlas V 411 AV-076   Cape Canaveral SLC-41   ULA
  SBIRS GEO-4 (USA-282) U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Missile warning In orbit Operational
21 January
01:30
  Electron "Still Testing"   Mahia LC-1   Rocket Lab
  Flock-2 (Dove Pioneer)[28] Planet Labs Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Humanity Star Rocket Lab Low Earth Dummy satellite 22 March 2018 Successful
  Lemur-2-72[29] Spire Global Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Lemur-2-73 Spire Global Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
First successful launch of the Electron rocket.
25 January
05:39
  Long March 2C 2C-Y36[18]   Xichang LC-3   CASC
  Yaogan 30 K CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Yaogan 30 L CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Yaogan 30 M CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Weina 1A[30] / NanoSat-1A[31] Shanghai Micro Satellite Engineering Center Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
25 January
22:20
  Ariane 5 ECA VA241   Kourou ELA-3   Arianespace
  SES-14 /  GOLD SES S.A. Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Partial launch failure / Operational[36]
  Al Yah-3 Yahsat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Partial launch failure / Operational
Due to programming errors in the Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC)[32] the satellites were placed on an off-nominal orbit.[33] Both payloads are undergoing corrective maneuvers and will be on line in August 2018.[34] These failures have ended the Ariane 5 record series of 82 successful launches in a row from April 2003 to December 2017.[35]
31 January
21:25
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-048   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  SES-16 / GovSat-1 SES S.A. Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
This flight re-used booster B1032 recovered from the NROL-76 mission in May 2017, and landed the first stage in the ocean with the intent to expend it. The booster unexpectedly remained intact, but was not recovered, and it was subsequently destroyed.[37]

FebruaryEdit

1 February
02:07
  Soyuz-2.1a / Fregat-M   Vostochny Site 1S[38]   Roscosmos
  Kanopus-V No.3 Roscosmos Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Kanopus-V No.4 Roscosmos Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  S-Net 1–4[39] TU Berlin Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration (inter-satellite communications) In orbit Operational
  Lemur-2 × 4 Spire Global Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  D-Star One v.1.1 Phoenix German Orbital Systems Low Earth (SSO) Communications (experimental) In orbit Operational
2 February
07:50
  Long March 2D 2D-Y13[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
    CSES / Zhangheng-1[40] CNSA / ASI Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Fengmaniu 1 CNSA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  GOMX 4A GOMSpace, Danish Ministry of Defence Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  GOMX 4B GOMSpace, ESA Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  ÑuSat 4 Satellogic Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  ÑuSat 5 Satellogic Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Shaonian Xing[41] China Association for Science and Technology Low Earth (SSO) Communications In orbit Operational
3 February
05:03
  SS-520   Uchinoura   JAXA
  TRICOM-1R University of Tokyo Low Earth Technology demonstration 21 August 2018 Successful
The smallest rocket to successfully launch a satellite. Re-flight after a launch failure in January 2017
6 February
20:45
  Falcon Heavy FH-001   Kennedy LC-39A   SpaceX
  Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster SpaceX Heliocentric Flight test In orbit Successful
Maiden test flight of Falcon Heavy re-using two first-stage boosters. The two side boosters successfully touched down at the landing zones in Cape Canaveral, however the middle booster failed to land on the automated drone ship.[42] The test payload was launched in a heliocentric orbit with an aphelion of 1.70 AU, just beyond the orbit of Mars.[43]
12 February
05:10
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y47[19]   Xichang LC-2   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M3 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M4 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
13 February
08:13
  Soyuz-2.1a   Baikonur Site 31/6   Roscosmos
  Progress MS-08 / 69P Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics In orbit Operational
  Tanyusha-YuZGU 3, 4 South-West State University Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
Tanyusha-YuZGU satellites were deployed on 15 August 2018 during a spacewalk.[44]
22 February
14:17
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-049   Vandenberg SLC-4E   SpaceX
  Paz Hisdesat Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Tintin A SpaceX Low Earth Technology Demonstration In orbit Operational
  Tintin B SpaceX Low Earth Technology Demonstration In orbit Operational
Flew with a re-used first-stage booster that was expended at sea. One half of the payload fairing splashed down in the ocean and was recovered, but it did not land on a ship as attempted. Last flight of Block 3 version rocket.
27 February
04:34:00
  H-IIA 202 F38[45]   Tanegashima LA-Y1   MHI
  IGS-Optical 6 CSICE Low Earth (SSO) Reconnaissance In orbit Operational

MarchEdit

1 March
22:02:00
  Atlas V 541 AV-077   Cape Canaveral SLC-41   ULA
  GOES-17 (GOES-S) NESDIS Geosynchronous Meteorology In orbit Operational
6 March
05:33
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-050   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  Hispasat 30W-6[46] Hispasat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
  PODSAT[47] NovaWurks/DARPA Geosynchronous transfer orbit Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
First-stage booster was expended at sea and was not recovered.
9 March
17:10:06
  Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-MT VS18   Kourou ELS   Arianespace
  O3b × 4 SES S.A. Medium Earth Communications In orbit Operational
17 March
07:10
  Long March 2D 2D-Y50[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
  LKW-4 CAS Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
21 March
17:44:23
  Soyuz-FG   Baikonur Site 1/5   Roscosmos
  Soyuz MS-08 / 54S Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) Expedition 55/56 4 October 2018 Successful
Crewed flight with three cosmonauts
29 March
11:26
  GSLV Mk II F08[48]   Satish Dhawan SLP   ISRO
  GSAT-6A ISRO Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Spacecraft failure[49]
29 March
16:45
  Soyuz-2-1v   Plesetsk   Roscosmos
EMKA / Kosmos 2525 Roscosmos Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation (military) In orbit Operational
29 March
17:50
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y48[19]   Xichang LC-2   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M9 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M10 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
30 March
14:14
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-051   Vandenberg SLC-4E   SpaceX
  Iridium NEXT 41–50 Iridium Low Earth Communications In orbit Operational
Re-used first-stage booster B1041.[50] First stage was not recovered, did a simulated landing test at sea. Fairing recovery attempt failed due to parafoil issues.
31 March
03:22
  Long March 4C 4C-Y26[51]   Taiyuan LC-9   CASC
  Gaofen-1 02 CNSA SSO Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Gaofen-1 03 CNSA SSO Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Gaofen-1 04 CNSA SSO Earth observation In orbit Operational

AprilEdit

2 April
20:30
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-052   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  SpaceX CRS-14 NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics 5 May 2018 Successful
  RemoveDEBRIS University of Surrey Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Overview 1A SpaceVR Low Earth (ISS) Virtual Space Tourism  
 /  Ubakusat ITU/JPF/KIT Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  1KUNS-PF UoN Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Proyecto Irazú CAAE/ITCR Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
Re-used first-stage booster B1039, used to launch CRS-12 in 2017; and the Dragon capsule from CRS-8 in 2016.[52] First stage was not recovered. Ubakusat, 1KUNS-PF, and Proyecto Irazú were deployed from the ISS on 11 May 2018.[53] RemoveDEBRIS was deployed into orbit on 20 June 2018.[54]
5 April
21:34
  Ariane 5 ECA VA242   Kourou ELA-3   Arianespace
  Superbird-B3 / DSN-1 JSAT / DSN / JSDF Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
  HYLAS-4 Avanti Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
First flight of Ariane 5 since off-target launch of VA241 in January 2018.
10 April
04:25
  Long March 4C[55] 4C-Y25[51]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
  Yaogan 31 A CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Yaogan 31 B CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Yaogan 31 C CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Weina 1B Shanghai Micro Satellite Engineering Center[30] Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
11 April
22:34
  PSLV-XL C41   Satish Dhawan FLP   ISRO
  IRNSS-1I ISRO Geosynchronous Satellite navigation (IRNSS) In orbit Operational
14 April
23:13
  Atlas V 551 AV-079   Cape Canaveral SLC-41   ULA
  AFSPC-11 / CBAS (USA-283)[56][57] U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Communications (military) In orbit Operational
  EAGLE (USA-284 + USA-285/286/287)[58] Air Force Research Laboratory Geosynchronous Technology experiments (Space Test Program) In orbit Operational
18 April
22:12
  Proton-M / Briz-M ?   Baikonur   RVSN RF
  Blagovest-12L / Kosmos 2526 VKS Geosynchronous Communications (military) In orbit Operational
18 April
22:51
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-053   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  TESS NASA HEO Space observatory In orbit Operational
Block 4 first-stage booster, serial number B1045.
25 April
17:57
  Rokot / Briz-KM   Plesetsk Site 133/3   /   Eurockot
  Sentinel-3B ESA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
26 April
04:42
  Long March 11   Jiuquan LA-4/SLS-2   CASC
  Zhuhai-1 OHS 2A–2D[59] Zhuhai Orbita Control Engineering Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Zhuhai-1 OVS 2A[60] Zhuhai Orbita Control Engineering Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational

MayEdit

3 May
16:05
  Long March 3B/E 3B-Y55[19]   Xichang LC-2   CASC
  Apstar 6C APT Satellite Holdings Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
5 May
11:05
  Atlas V 401 AV-078   Vandenberg SLC-3E   ULA
  InSight NASA / JPL Martian Surface Mars lander 26 November
19:52:59
Successful
  MarCO A (WALL-E)[62] NASA / JPL Heliocentric Communications In orbit Successful
  MarCO B (Eva)[62] NASA / JPL Heliocentric Communications In orbit Successful
12th mission of the Discovery program. Mars lander mission dedicated to geological and seismological studies of the planet.[61]
8 May
18:28
  Long March 4C 4C-Y20[51]   Taiyuan LC-9   CASC
  Gaofen 5 CAST Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
11 May
20:14
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-054   Kennedy LC-39A   SpaceX
  Bangabandhu-1 BTRC Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
First launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 first-stage booster, serial number B1046. The booster was recovered.[63]
20 May
21:28
  Long March 4C 4C-Yxx[51]   Xichang LC-3[51]   CASC
  Queqiao CNSA Earth–Moon L2, halo orbit Communications In orbit Operational[65][66]
  Longjiang-1 CNSA Selenocentric, elliptical orbit Radio astronomy In orbit Spacecraft Failure[67][68]
  Longjiang-2 CNSA Selenocentric, elliptical orbit Radio astronomy In orbit Operational[68]
The relay satellite Queqiao, or "Magpie Bridge" will stay in a halo orbit around the second Earth-Moon Lagrange point (E-M L2) and support communications from the Chang'e 4 rover exploring the far side of the Moon.[64]
21 May
08:44
    Antares 230   MARS LP-0A   Orbital ATK
  Cygnus CRS OA-9E NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics 15 July 2017 Successful
  CubeRRT OSU Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  HaloSat UI Low Earth (ISS) X-ray astronomy In orbit Operational
  Radix Analytical Space Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  RainCube JPL Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  SORTIE ASRA LLC. Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational[citation needed]
  TEMPEST-D CSU/JPL Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Aerocube 12A, 12B The Aerospace Corporation Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  CaNOP Carthage College Low Earth (ISS) Earth observation In orbit Operational[citation needed]
  RadSat-g MSU Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  EQUiSat Brown University Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  MemSat Rowan University Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  EnduroSat One Space Challenges Program Low Earth (ISS) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Lemur-2 (× 4) Spire Global Low Earth Aircraft tracking In orbit Operational
RainCube, Radix, CubeRRT, HaloSat, TEMPEST-D, EnduroSat One, EQUISat, MEMSat, RadSat-g are carried aboard Cygnus to be deployed from ISS later.[69] CubeRRT, EQUISat, HaloSat, MemSat, RadSat-g, RainCube, TEMPEST-D, EnduroSat One, Radix were deployed on 13 July 2018.[70] Four Lemur-2s and two Aerocubes were carried in the external deployer of Cygnus and deployed into orbit on 16 July 2018 after it departed from ISS.[71]
22 May
19:47:58[75]
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust[76] F9-055   Vandenberg SLC-4E   SpaceX
  Iridium NEXT 51–55 Iridium Low Earth Communications In orbit Operational
  GRACE-FO 1, 2 DLR Low Earth Gravitational science In orbit Operational
DLR arranged a rideshare of GRACE-FO on a Falcon 9 with Iridium following the cancellation of their Dnepr launch contract in 2015.[72] Iridium CEO Matt Desch disclosed in September 2017 that GRACE-FO would be launched on the sixth Iridium NEXT mission.[73] Re-used a first-stage booster.[74]

JuneEdit

2 June
04:13
  Long March 2D 2D-Y20[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
  Gaofen 6 CAST Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Luojia 1 Wuhan University Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
4 June
04:45
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-056   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  SES-12 SES S.A. Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
5 June
13:07[77]
  Long March 3A 3A-Yxx[19]   Xichang LC-2   CAST
  Fengyun 2H CMA Geosynchronous Meteorology In orbit Operational
6 June
11:12:41
  Soyuz-FG   Baikonur Site 1/5   Roscosmos
  Soyuz MS-09 / 55S Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) Expedition 56/57 In orbit Operational
  SiriusSat 1, 2 Sirius educational center Low Earth (ISS) Space research, Education In orbit Operational
Crewed flight with three cosmonauts. SiriusSat satellites were deployed on 15 August 2018 during a spacewalk.[78] Crew return was delayed due to the launch failure of Soyuz MS-10; it was rescheduled for 20 December, after the MS-11 crew arrives on 3 December.
12 June
04:20[79]
  H-IIA 202 F39[45]   Tanegashima MHI
  IGS Radar-6 CSICE Low Earth (SSO) Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
16 June
21:30
  Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat-M   Plesetsk Site 43/4   RVSN RF
  GLONASS-M 756 / Kosmos 2527 VKS Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
27 June
03:30
  Long March 2C 2C-Yxx[18]   Xichang LC-3   CASC
  XJSS A CAST[80] Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  XJSS B CAST Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
29 June
09:42
  Falcon 9 Full Thrust F9-057   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  SpaceX CRS-15 NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics 3 August 2018 Successful
    Biarri-Squad 1-3 Project Biarri Low Earth (ISS) Technology Demonstration  
  Bhutan 1 Low Earth (ISS) Technology Demonstration In orbit Operational
  Maya-1 Low Earth (ISS) Technology Demonstration In orbit Operational
  UiTMSAT-1 UiTM Low Earth (ISS) Technology Demonstration In orbit Operational
Last orbital flight of a Block 4 booster version. Bhutan-1, Maya-1, UiTMSAT-1 were deployed into orbit from ISS on 10 August 2018.

JulyEdit

9 July
03:56
  Long March 2C / SMA 2CSMA-Y3[18]   Jiuquan LC-43/94   CASC
  PRSS-1 SUPARCO Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  PakTES-1A SUPARCO Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
9 July
20:58
  Long March 3A 3A-Y27[19]   Xichang LA-2   CASC
  BeiDou IGSO-7 CNSA IGSO Navigation In orbit Operational
9 July
21:51:34
  Soyuz-2.1a   Baikonur   Roscosmos
  Progress MS-09 / 70P Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics In orbit Operational
Fastest rendezvous with the ISS, with a new two-orbit procedure taking less than four hours.[81]
22 July
05:50
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-058   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  Telstar 19V Telesat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
25 July
11:25:01
  Ariane 5 ES VA244   Kourou ELA-3   Arianespace
  Galileo FOC 19, 20, 21, 22 ESA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
Third Galileo launch with Ariane 5 (10th overall), carrying Tara, Samuel, Anna, and Ellen. Last flight of Ariane 5 ES variant; further Galileo launches will be carried by Ariane 6.
25 July
11:39:26
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-059   Vandenberg SLC-4E   SpaceX
  Iridium NEXT 56-65 Iridium Low Earth Communications In orbit Operational
29 July
01:48
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y49[19]   Xichang   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M5 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M6 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
31 July
03:00
  Long March 4B 4B-Yxx[51]   Taiyuan LC-9   CASC
  Gaofen 11 CAST Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational

AugustEdit

7 August
05:18
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-060   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  Telkom 4 / Merah Putih[82] Telkom Indonesia Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
12 August
07:31
  Delta IV Heavy D-380   Cape Canaveral SLC-37B   ULA
  Parker Solar Probe NASA Heliocentric Heliophysics In orbit Operational
Heliophysics observation mission planned to make in situ studies of the Sun's outer corona at a perihelion distance of 8.5 solar radii (5.9 million kilometers) – the closest any spacecraft will come to the Sun to date.
22 August
21:20:09
    Vega VV12   Kourou ELV   Arianespace
  ADM-Aeolus ESA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
24 August
23:52
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y50[19]   Xichang   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M11 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M12 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational

SeptemberEdit

7 September
03:15
  Long March 2C 2C-Y48[18]   Taiyuan LC-9   CAST
  HaiYang 1C CAST Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
10 September
04:45
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-061   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  Telstar 18V Telesat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
15 September
13:02
  Delta II 7420 D-381   Vandenberg SLC-2W   ULA
  ICESat-2 NASA Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  ELFIN x 2 (ELFIN, ELFIN-STAR) UCLA Low Earth Magnetospheric Research In orbit Operational
  DAVE Cal Poly Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  SurfSat UCF Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
Last flight of the Delta II series; final flight of the Thor rocket family.
16 September
16:37
  PSLV-CA C42[23]   Satish Dhawan FLP   ISRO
  SSTL S1-4 SSTL Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  NovaSAR-S SSTL / British Government Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
19 September
14:07[83]
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y51[19]   Xichang LC-3   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M13 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M14 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
22 September
17:52:27
  H-IIB F7[45]   Tanegashima LA-Y2   MHI
  HTV-7 JAXA Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics In orbit Operational
 /  SPATIUM-I Kyushu Institute of Technology / Nanyang Technological University Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  RSP-00 Ryman Sat Project Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  STARS-Me Shizuoka University Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
SPATIUM-1, RSP-00, and STARS-Me are carried by HTV-7 to be deployed into orbit from the International Space Station. They were deployed into orbit on 6 October 2018.
25 September
22:38
  Ariane 5 ECA VA243   Kourou ELA-3   Arianespace
  Azerspace-2 /   Intelsat 38[86] Azercosmos / Intelsat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
  /   Horizons-3e Intelsat / JSAT Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
Hundredth Ariane 5 mission.[84] Flight VA243 was delayed from 25 May due to issues with GSAT-11.[85]
29 September
04:13
  Kuaizhou 1A F2   Jiuquan SLS-E2[87]   CASIC
  Centispace-1-S1[88] Beijing Future Navigation Technology Low Earth (SSO) Navigation In orbit Operational

OctoberEdit

8 October
02:21
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-062   Vandenberg SLC-4E   SpaceX
  SAOCOM 1A[89][90] CONAE Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
First RTLS at Vandenberg
9 October
02:43
  Long March 2C / YZ-1S 2C-Y38[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
  Yaogan 32 A CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
  Yaogan 32 B CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance In orbit Operational
First flight of the Yuanzheng-1S upper stage variant
11 October
08:40
  Soyuz-FG   Baikonur Site 1/5   Roscosmos
  Soyuz MS-10 / 56S Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) Expedition 57/58 11 October 2018 Launch failure
Crewed flight with two cosmonauts. Launch failure, astronauts landed safely in Soyuz capsule.
15 October
04:23
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Y52[19]   Xichang   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M15 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M16 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
17 October
04:15
  Atlas V 551 AV-073   Cape Canaveral SLC-41   ULA
  AEHF-4[91] (USA-288)[92] U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Communications (military) In orbit Operational
20 October
01:45
  Ariane 5 ECA VA245   Kourou ELA-3   Arianespace
    BepiColombo ESA / JAXA Mercurian orbit Mercury probes In orbit Enroute
Third and final cornerstone mission of the Horizon 2000+ programme. Joint ESA / JAXA Mercury mission consisting of two orbiters, the ESA Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the JAXA Mio (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter)
24 October
22:57[93]
  Long March 4B 4B-Yxx[51]   Taiyuan LC-9   CAST
  HaiYang 2B CAST Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
25 October
00:15[94]
  Soyuz-2.1b   Plesetsk Site 43/4   RVSN RF
  Lotos-S1 №3 / Kosmos 2528 VKS Low Earth ELINT In orbit Operational
27 October
08:00[96]
  Zhuque-1   Jiuquan (mobile launcher)   LandSpace
Weilai 1 / Future 1 (CCTV) China Central Television[97] Low Earth (SSO) Space science / remote sensing 27 October 2018 Launch failure
Maiden flight of the Zhuque-1 solid-propellant rocket[95]
29 October
00:43[98]
  Long March 2C 2C-Y22[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2   CASC
  /   CFOSAT CNSA / CNES Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Xiaoxiang-1 (2)[99] LaserFleet Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration (laser communications) In orbit Operational
  Zhaojin-1 (Tongchuan-1)[99] Tsinghua University Low Earth (SSO) Gamma ray detector (gravitational wave research) In orbit Operational
  Tianfuguoxing-1 (Xinghe)[99] Guoxing Yuhang (ADA Space) Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration (remote sensing) In orbit Operational
  Changshagaoxin[99] Changsha City Low Earth (SSO) Amateur radio In orbit Operational
  CubeBel-1 (BSUSat-1)[99] Belarusian State University Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
29 October
04:08[100]
  H-IIA 202 F40[45]   Tanegashima LA-Y1   MHI
  GOSAT-2 (Ibuki 2) JAXA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  KhalifaSat EIAST Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation In orbit Operational
  AUTcube2 Aichi University of Technology Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  /   Diwata-2b DOST / TU Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Stars-AO Shizuoka University Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Ten-Koh[101] Kyushu Institute of Technology Low Earth Magnetosphere observation / Technology demonstration In orbit Operational

NovemberEdit

1 November
15:57[102]
  Long March 3B/E 3B-Y41[19]   Xichang   CASC
  BeiDou-3 G1Q CNSA Geosynchronous Navigation In orbit Operational
3 November
20:17[103]
  Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat-M   Plesetsk Site 43/4   RVSN RF
  GLONASS-M 757 / Kosmos 2529 VKS Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
7 November
00:47:27[104]
  Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M VS19   Kourou ELS   Arianespace
  MetOp-C Eumetsat Low Earth (SSO) Meteorology In orbit Operational
11 November
03:50[105]
  Electron "It's Business Time"   Mahia LC-1   Rocket Lab
  Lemur-2-74[106] Spire Global Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Lemur-2-75 Spire Global Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Cicero 4 GeoOptics Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  IRVINE01 Irvine CubeSat STEM Program Low Earth Education In orbit Operational
  Proxima 1 Fleet Space Technologies Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Proxima 2 Fleet Space Technologies Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  NABEO HPS GmbH Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
14 November
11:38[107]
  GSLV Mk III D2[108]   Satish Dhawan SLP   ISRO
  GSAT-29 ISRO Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
Second orbital flight of GSLV Mk III
15 November
20:46[109]
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-063   Kennedy LC-39A   SpaceX
  Es'hail 2[110] Es'hailSat Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
16 November
18:14:08[112]
  Soyuz-FG   Baikonur   Roscosmos
  Progress MS-10 / 71P Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics In orbit Operational
Return to flight of the Soyuz-FG variant involved in the Soyuz MS-10 launch failure.[111]
17 November
09:01:22[113]
    Antares 230   MARS LP-0A   NG Innovation
  Cygnus NG-10
SS John Young
NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics In orbit Operational
18 November
18:00[114]
  Long March 3B / YZ-1 3B-Yxx[19]   Xichang   CASC
  BeiDou-3 M17 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
  BeiDou-3 M18 CNSA Medium Earth Navigation In orbit Operational
19 November
23:40[115]
  Long March 2D 2D-Yxx[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2 (LC34)   CASC
  Jiading-1 (OKW-1)[116] Shanghai OK Space Low Earth (SSO) Communications In orbit Operational
  Tianzhi-1[117] Chinese Academy of Sciences Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
As of 19 November 2018, several other payloads were not yet identified.
21 November
01:42:31[118]
    Vega VV13   Kourou ELV   Arianespace
  Mohammed VI-B Morocco Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
29 November
04:27:30[119]
  PSLV-CA C43[23]   Satish Dhawan FLP   ISRO
  HySIS ISRO Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Blacksky Global 1 Spaceflight Industries Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  CASE Kepler Communications Low Earth In orbit Operational
  3Cat-1 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) Low Earth In orbit Operational
  Centauri-2 Fleet Space Technologies Low Earth In orbit Operational
  CICERO-8 GeoOptics Inc. Low Earth In orbit Operational
  FACSAT-1 Colombian Air Force Low Earth In orbit Operational
  (Flock 3r) x16 Planet Labs Low Earth In orbit Operational
  Hiber 1 Hiber Global Low Earth In orbit Operational
  HSAT 1 Harris Low Earth In orbit Operational
  InnoSat 2 Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd Low Earth In orbit Operational
  Lemur-2 x4 Spire Global Satellite Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  Reaktor Hello World Reaktor Radio Actives Ry Low Earth In orbit Operational
30 November
02:27[120]
  Rokot / Briz-KM   Plesetsk Site 133/3   RVSN RF
  Strela-3M 16[121] VKS Low Earth Communications In orbit Operational
  Strela-3M 17 VKS Low Earth Communications In orbit Operational
  Strela-3M 18 VKS Low Earth Communications In orbit Operational

DecemberEdit

3 December
11:31[13]
  Soyuz-FG   Baikonur Site 1/5   Roscosmos
  Soyuz MS-11 / 57S Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) Expedition 58/59 In orbit Successful
Crewed flight with three cosmonauts
3 December
18:34
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-064   Vandenberg SLC-4E   SpaceX
  SSO-A / SHERPA
64 small satellites[123]
Spaceflight Industries Low Earth (SSO) Satellite dispenser In orbit Successful
  Aistechsat 1[124] Aistech Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  Astrocast 0.1[124] Astrocast Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Audacy Zero[124] Audacy Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  BlackHawk [124] ViaSat Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration    
  BlackSky Global 2[124] BlackSky Global Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  BRIO[124] SpaceQuest, Ltd., Myriota Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Capella 1[124] Capella Space Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation (radar)  
  Centauri 2[124] Fleet Space Technologies Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  CSIM-FD[124] University of Colorado Boulder Low Earth (SSO) Heliophysics  
  Eaglet 1[124] OHB Italia Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  Elysium Star 2[124] Elysium Space Low Earth (SSO) Space burial  
  ESEO[124] ALMASpace Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Eu:CROPIS[124] DLR Low Earth (SSO) Life sciences  
  eXCITe[122] + SeeMe constellation DARPA Low Earth (SSO) Technology demo (satlets)  
  ExseedSat 1[124] Exseed Low Earth (SSO) Amateur radio  
  FalconSat 6[122] U.S. Air Force Academy Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Flock-3s 1–3[124] Planet Labs Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  Fox 1C[124] AMSAT, VPI, Vanderbilt University Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Hawk 1–3[124] HawkEye 360 Low Earth (SSO) SIGINT, traffic monitoring[125]  
  Hiber 2[124] Hiber Global Low Earth (SSO) Communications  
  ICE-Cap[124] US Navy PEO Space Systems Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  ICEYE X2 Iceye Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation (radar)  
  ITASAT-1[126] ITA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  IRVINE02[127] Irvine CubeSat STEM Program Low Earth (SSO) Education  
  JY1-Sat[124] Jordanian universities Low Earth (SSO) Amateur radio  
    KazSTSAT[128] Kazakhstan Garysh Sapary, Astrium Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  KazsaySat[129] Institute of space technique and technology Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  KNACKSAT[124] KMUTNB Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Landmapper-BC 4 Astro Digital Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  MinXSS 2[124] University of Colorado Boulder Low Earth (SSO) Heliophysics  
  NEXTSat 1[124] KAIST Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  Orbital Reflector[124] Nevada Museum of Art Low Earth (SSO) Art  
  ORS 7A, 7B (Polar Scout 1, 2)[130] USCG, DHS Low Earth (SSO) Communications  
  PW-Sat 2[124] Warsaw University of Technology Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  RAAF M1[124] Australian Defence Force Academy Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  RANGE A, B[124] Georgia Institute of Technology Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  ROSE 1[124] Phase Four Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  SeaHawk 1[124] University of North Carolina Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  SkySat 14, 15[131] Planet Labs Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  SNUGLITE[124] Seoul National University Low Earth (SSO) Amateur radio, technology demonstration  
  SNUSAT 2[124] Seoul National University Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  SpaceBEE 9–11[124] Swarm Technologies Low Earth (SSO) Communications  
  STPSat 5[124] USAF STP Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  THEA[124] SpaceQuest, Ltd., Aurora Insight Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  VESTA[124] exactEarth Low Earth (SSO) Technology demonstration  
  VisionCube[124] Korea Aerospace University Low Earth (SSO) Thermospheric research  
The SSO-A "dedicated rideshare" mission delivered 64 small payloads with custom-made dispensers.[122][123]
4 December
20:37
  Ariane 5 ECA VA246   Kourou ELA-3   Arianespace
  GSAT-11 ISRO Geosynchronous Communications In orbit Operational
  GEO-KOMPSAT-2A KARI Geosynchronous Meteorology In orbit Operational
5 December
18:16
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-065   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  SpaceX CRS-16 NASA Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics In orbit Operational
  Delphini 1 AU Low Earth Technology Demonstration  
  TechEdSat 8 SJSU, UIdaho, NASA Low Earth Technology Demonstration  
  CAT 1, 2 APL Low Earth Technology Demonstration  
  UNITE USI Low Earth Ionospheric Science  
First stage tumbled during descent, and did not make it to Landing Zone 1. It achieved a water landing in the Atlantic Ocean.[132] CubeSat payloads to be deployed from the ISS at a later date.
7 December
04:12[133]
  Long March 2D 2D-Y38[18]   Jiuquan SLS-2 (LC-34/pad 94)   CASC
  SaudiSat 5A[18] KACST Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  SaudiSat 5B KACST Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
12 satellites total
7 December
18:24[134]
  Long March 3B/E 3B-Y44[19]   Xichang LC-2   CASC
  Chang'e 4 CNSA Selenocentric Lunar lander In orbit Operational
China's second lunar lander (back-up to Chang'e 3), and the first spacecraft to attempt a soft landing on the far side of the Moon.[3]
16 December
06:33
  Electron   Mahia LC-1   Rocket Lab
  ALBus NASA Glenn Research Center Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  ANDESITE Boston University Center for Space Physics Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  CeREs NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
  CHOMPTT NASA, UFL, Stanford University, KACST Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  CubeSail 1, 2 University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Da Vinci North Idaho STEM Charter Academy Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  GeoStare Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  ISX Cal Poly[135] Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  NMTSat New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  RSat-P U.S. Naval Academy Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  SHFT-1 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  Shields-1 NASA Langley Research Center Highly elliptical Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  STF-1 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, WVU, WVSGC Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  TOMSat Eagle Scout The Aerospace Corporation Low Earth Technology demonstration In orbit Operational
  TOMSat R³ (AeroCube 11) The Aerospace Corporation Low Earth Earth observation In orbit Operational
Launch for NASA's Venture Class Launch Services program (VCLS-1), including ELaNa payloads
Upcoming launches
19 December
01:57[136]
  Delta IV Heavy D-382   Vandenberg SLC-6   ULA
  NROL-71 / Kennen (USA-289) NRO Low Earth Reconnaissance  
19 December
10:40[136]
  GSLV Mk II F11[48]   Satish Dhawan SLP   ISRO
  GSAT-7A Indian Air Force Geosynchronous Communications (military)  
19 December
14:33[137]
  Falcon 9 Block 5 F9-066   Cape Canaveral SLC-40   SpaceX
  GPS IIIA-01 (USA-290) U.S. Air Force Medium Earth Navigation  
19 December
16:37:14[138]
  Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-MT VS20   Kourou ELS   Arianespace
  CSO 1 French Armed Forces Low Earth Reconnaissance  
21 December
00:15[136]
  Proton-M / Briz-M   Baikonur   RVSN RF
  Blagovest-13L VKS Geosynchronous Communications (military)  
25 December[139]   Long March 3C 3C-Yxx[19]   Xichang LC-2   CASC
  TJS 3 CNSA Geosynchronous Communications test  
26 December[140]   Kuaizhou 1A F3   Jiuquan SLS-E1   CASIC
TBA Low Earth (SSO)  
27 December
02:07[136]
  Soyuz-2.1a / Fregat-M   Vostochny Site 1S[141]   Roscosmos
  Kanopus-V No.5 Roscosmos Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  Kanopus-V No.6 Roscosmos Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
  Flock-w × 12 Planet Labs Low Earth Earth observation  
  SAMSON 1,2,3[142] Technion Low Earth Technology demonstration  
29 December[139]   Long March 4B 4B-Yxx   Taiyuan LC-9   CASC
  Ziyuan 2D PLA Polar Earth observation  
  BNU-1[143] Beijing Normal University Polar Earth observation  
  Tianyi MV-1 Beijing Normal University Polar Earth observation  
Q4 (TBD)[139]   Long March 11   Jiuquan   CASC
  Zhuhai-1 group 3 Zhuhai Orbita Control Engineering Earth observation  

To be determinedEdit

2018 (TBD)[139]   Long March 2C 2C-Yxx[18]   Xichang LC-3   CASC
  Yaogan 30 CX-5 13 CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance  
  Yaogan 30 CX-5 14 CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance  
  Yaogan 30 CX-5 15 CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance  
2018 (TBD)[139]   Long March 2C 2C-Yxx[18]   Xichang LC-3   CASC
  Yaogan 30 CX-5 16 CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance  
  Yaogan 30 CX-5 17 CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance  
  Yaogan 30 CX-5 18 CAS Low Earth Reconnaissance  
2018 (TBD)[144][145]   Pegasus-XL F44   Stargazer, CCAFS Skid Strip   NG Innovation
  ICON NASA Low Earth Ionosphere research  

Suborbital flightsEdit