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Oct 25 QZS 1R
jaxa mitsubishi
Vehicle H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 11:00 AM JST / 2021-10-25 02:00:00Z
Window 1 hour

JAXA will be launching a replacement spacecraft for its Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, which is designed to augment GPS capability in the Japanese archipelago. QZS-1R is expected to replace QZS-1, which was launched in 2010.

Oct 28 Progress MS-18
rka tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time 6:00 AM ALMT / 2021-10-28 00:00:00Z

Roscosmos is slated to send the uncrewed Progress MS-18 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Upon reaching orbit, the freighter is expected to take about two days to reach the outpost and dock with the Zvezda module.

NETOct RAISE 2
jaxa ihi aerospace
Vehicle Epsilon
Location Uchinoura Space Center
Time TBD

RAISE-2, or Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 2, is a technology demonstration mission for the Japanese space agency, JAXA. Also aboard are more than a half-dozen other rideshare payloads. This will be the fifth launch of the Epsilon rocket and it is set to take its multi-satellite payload into a Sun-synchronous orbit.

NETDec 8 Soyuz MS-20
rka tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

A Russian Soyuz rocket is expected to launch Soyuz MS-20 and three people to the International Space Station for a say of roughly 12 days. Aboard is to be professional Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and space tourists Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano. This is the first dedicated Russian tourist flight via the Soyuz spacecraft. Note: The image used in this entry shows the Soyuz-FG variant. Soyuz missions now exclusively use the Soyuz-2 variant.