On December 10, 2016 at 16:11 UTC (on December 11 at 00:11 Beijing time) the Chang Zheng-3B/G2 (Long March-3B/G2) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the “Fengyun-4A” new-generation geostationary weather satellite to provide uninterrupted views of storm systems across Asia.
On December 09, 2016 at 13:26 UTC the Japanese HTV-6 (H-2 Transfer Vehicle) unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Tanegashima Cosmodrome situated at the island located 115 km south of Kyushu. Kyushu is the third largest island of Japan and most southwesterly of its four main islands. The spacecraft was orbited by the Japanese H-2B rocket-carrier. The mission is Japan's sixth cargo delivery flight to the International Space station. The HTV-6 mission is also named Kounotori-6. Kounotori is the Japanese word for white stork. The spacecraft is to deliver about 5900 kilograms of cargo to the station’s crew.
On December 07, 2016 at 23:53 UTC the " Delta-4M+ (5,4)” rocket-carrier was launched from Complex 37B of Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the WGS-8 (Wideband Global SATCOM-8) telecommunication satellite.
On December 07, 2016 at 04:55 UTC the PSLV (XL)-C36 rocket-carrier was launched from Sriharikota spaceport, 80 km from Chennai, India. The rocket (PSLV - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) orbited the “Resourcesat-2A” resource-mapping satellite. The “Resourcesat-2A” satellite will track agriculture, water resources, soil contamination, and the growth of Indian cities.
On December 05, 2016 at 13:51 UTC the “Vega” rocket-carrier was launched from Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. The rocket orbited the Turkish “Göktürk-1A” military satellite. It is a $300 million project to feed improved surveillance imagery to the Turkish military and advance the country’s aerospace manufacturing base. Thales Alenia Space, a segment of Telespazio minority owner Thales Group, manufactured the “Göktürk-1A” satellite at its plant in Cannes, France.
On December 01, 2016 at 14:51 UTC the “Progress MS-04” unmanned supply spacecraft was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. The spacecraft was to be orbited by the “Soyuz-U” rocket-carrier. The “Progress MS-04” spacecraft was lost as it flew nearly 190 kilometers over the Tuva Republic in Southeastern Russia. Engineers lost telemetry during the Soyuz rocket’s third stage engine burn, and most of the vehicle’s fragments burned up in the atmosphere.
On November 27, 2016 at 23:40 UTC the US "Cygnus” (CRS OA--5 “Alan Poindexter”) unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. The spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere and burned up over the South Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand. Packed with trash and other equipment tagged for disposal, an Orbital Sciences Corp. “Cygnus” spacecraft plunged back into the atmosphere over the uninhabited Pacific Ocean. It was the 6th flight of "Cygnus” to the ISS.
In the week since it departed the International Space Station to wrap up a successful cargo delivery mission, the US "Cygnus” (CRS OA--5 “Alan Poindexter”) unmanned supply spacecraft deployed four small satellites for a San Francisco-based startup. On November 25 at 20:15 UTC the Lemur-2-14 “Sokolsky” CubeSat and the Lemur-2-15 “Xiaoqing” CubeSat were deployed. On November 26 at 00:10 UTC the Lemur-2-16 (‘Anubhavthakur’) CubeSat and the Lemur-2-17 ‘Wingo’ CubeSat were deployed.
On November 22, 2016 at 15:24 UTC the Chang Zheng-3C/G2 (Long March-3C/G2) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited the “Tianlian 1-04” satellite. It will be the fourth satellite of the network of geostationary data relay satellites tasked with keeping mission control in steady contact with Shenzhou crew capsules and a planned space station. The network will also offer data relay services for the country’s medium- and low-Earth orbiting resources satellites, as well as measurement and control support for spacecraft launches. It was the 100th launched performed from Xichang Cosmodrome.