Landsat 9 & Others

Launch Time
Mon Sep 27, 2021 18:12 UTC


Atlas V 401
Image Credit: ULA
Status: Active
Price: $109.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 3,826 kN
Payload to LEO: 9,797 kg
Payload to GTO: 4,750 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 58.3 m
Fairing Diameter: 4.2 m
Fairing Height: 13.8 m

Mission Details

Landsat 9

Landsat 9 is an American Earth observation satellite. NASA is in charge of building, launching, and testing the system, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) will process, archive, and distribute its data. It's intended as the eighth satellite in the Landsat series, Landsat 6 failed to reach orbit.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 2,710.0 kg
Sun-Synchronous Orbit

ELaNa 34

-CUTE (Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment) is a 6U CubeSat set to use near-ultraviolet (NUV) transmission spectroscopy from 255 to 330 nanometers (nm) to characterize the composition and mass-loss rates of exoplanet atmospheres. (University of Colorado Boulder)

-CuPID (Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector) is a 6U Cubesat designed to test competing models of solar wind-magnetosphere coupling. It carries a wide field-of-view soft X-ray telescope, the first of its kind to be placed into orbit. In orbit, the spacecraft will measure soft X-rays emitted from the process of charge exchange when plasma from the solar wind collides with neutral atoms in the Earth’s distant atmosphere. (Boston University)

Payloads: 2
Sun-Synchronous Orbit

Cesium Mission 1 & 2

Cesium Satellites 1 and 2 are 6U CubeSats operated by CesiumAstro that host customer experiments about small satellite communication and are set to demonstrate technologies like dynamic waveform switching and dynamic link optimization.
With the launch of Mission 1, Cesium will have a complete commercial phased array communication system as well as an inter-satellite link in LEO.

Payloads: 2
Sun-Synchronous Orbit


SLC-3E, Vandenberg SFB, California, USA



94th orbital launch attempt

United Launch Alliance

145th mission
3rd mission of 2021
144th successful mission
140th consecutive successful mission

Atlas V

88th mission
2nd mission of 2021
87th successful mission
78th consecutive successful mission