August 27, 2016

Launch Schedule

A regularly updated listing of planned missions from spaceports around the globe. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time. “NET” stands for no earlier than. “TBD” means to be determined. Recent updates appear in red type. Please send any corrections, additions or updates by e-mail to: sclark@spaceflightnow.com.

See our Launch Log for a listing of completed space missions since 2004.

Latest changes:

Aug. 17: Adding window for Delta 4/AFSPC 6; Adding date and time for Falcon 9/Amos 6; Adding date for GSLV/Insat 3DR; Adjusting time for Soyuz 48S; Adding time for Soyuz/Progress 65P; Adding Falcon 9/Koreasat 5A; Adding Pegasus XL/ICON
Aug. 12: Adding date and time for Long March 2D/Quantum Science Satellite; Adding window for Atlas 5/SBIRS GEO Flight 3
Aug. 11: Antares/OA-5 delayed; GSLV/Insat 3DR delayed; Falcon 9/Formosat 5 & Sherpa delayed; Falcon 9/EchoStar 23 delayed; H-2B/HTV 6 delayed; Adding timeframe for Falcon 9/SES 10; Falcon 9/SES 11 delayed; Adding window for Atlas 5/GOES-R
July 31: Adding date and time for Falcon 9/JCSAT 16
July 29: PSLV/ScatSat 1 delayed; Adding date for GSLV/Insat 3DR; Proton/EchoStar 21 delayed; Falcon 9/Iridium Next 1-10 delayed; Falcon 9/SES 10 delayed

Aug. 24Ariane 5 • Intelsat 33e & Intelsat 36
Launch window: 2155-2240 GMT (5:55-6:40 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA232, to launch the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 communications satellites. Intelsat 33e is the second Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite, hosting a next-generation all-digital payload that can be reconfigured in orbit and is resilient to interference and jamming. Intelsat 33e offers coverage in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Intelsat 36 will provide television broadcast and other communications services over Africa and South Asia. [July 11]
Sept. 3Falcon 9 • Amos 6
Launch window: 0700-0900 GMT (3:00-5:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 6 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel. Amos 6 will provide communications and broadcast services over a coverage area stretching from the U.S. Coast to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Amos 6 will also support the Israeli government’s satellite communications needs. Delayed from 3rd quarter of 2015, 1st quarter of 2016, May and July. [Aug. 17]
Sept. 8Atlas 5 • OSIRIS-REx
Launch window: 2305-0105 GMT (7:05-9:05 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designed AV-067, will launch NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will reach asteroid Bennu in 2018 to collect surface samples for return to Earth in 2023. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [May 3]
Sept. 10GSLV • Insat 3DR
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), flying on the GSLV-F05 mission, will launch the Insat 3DR geostationary weather satellite. The rocket will fly in the GSLV Mk.2 configuration with an Indian-built cryogenic third stage. Delayed from Aug. 28. [Aug. 17]
Sept. 15Atlas 5 • WorldView 4
Launch window: 1830-1844 GMT (2:30-2:44 p.m. EDT; 11:30-11:44 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-062, will launch the WorldView 4 Earth observation satellite for DigitalGlobe. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from June 29. [June 14]
Sept. 15/16Vega • PeruSat 1 & SkySat
Launch time: 0143:35 GMT on 16th (9:43:35 p.m. EDT on 15th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
A European Vega rocket, designated VV07, will launch with the PeruSat 1 reconnaissance satellite for the Peruvian government and four SkySat Earth observation satellites for Google/Terra Bella. Delayed from July. [July 11]
Late SeptemberAntares • OA-5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch of the seventh Cygnus cargo freighter on the sixth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-5. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from May 31, June 24, July 6 and Aug. 22. [Aug. 11]
Sept. 19/20Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 1-10
Launch time: 0449 GMT on 20th (12:49 a.m. EDT; 9:49 p.m. PDT on 19th)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from 1st Quarter. Moved up from August. Delayed from July and Sept. 12. [July 29]
SeptemberLong March 2F • Tiangong 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2F rocket will launch the Tiangong 2 mini-space station laboratory module designed for docking tests and crewed visits. Delayed from early 2016. [March 3]
Sept. 23Soyuz • ISS 48S
Launch time: 1817 GMT (2:17 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. Delayed from Sept. 22. [Aug. 17]
SeptemberPSLV • ScatSat 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C35 mission, will launch India’s India’s ScatSat 1 spacecraft designed to aid tropical cyclone forecasting. A collection of smaller secondary payloads from international customers will also be aboard the launch. Delayed from July, early August and late August. [July 29]
OctoberLong March 2F • Shenzhou 11
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2F rocket will launch the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft, a crewed mission to dock with the orbiting Tiangong 2 laboratory module. The flight is China’s sixth human space mission. Delayed from mid-2016. [March 3]
Oct. 3Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 3
Launch window: 0747-0827 GMT (3:47-4:27 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-066, will launch the U.S. military’s third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 3, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from May 26 and July 27. [Aug. 12]
Oct. 4Ariane 5 • Sky Muster 2 & GSAT 18
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA231, to launch the Sky Muster 2 (NBN Co 1B) and GSAT 18 communications satellites. The Sky Muster 2 satellite will provide high-speed Internet services for Australia’s National Broadband Network. GSAT 18 is a multipurpose communications satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. Sky Muster 2 replaced Japan’s Superbird 8 satellite on the mission after it was damaged during transport to the launch site. Delayed from July 12 and July 26. [July 11]
OctoberH-2B • HTV 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the sixth H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an unmanned cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Delayed from Sept. 30. [Aug. 11]
Oct. 10Proton • EchoStar 21
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the EchoStar 21 communications satellite, formerly known as TerreStar 2. EchoStar 21 will provide mobile broadband services over Europe with an S-band payload for EchoStar Mobile Ltd. Delayed from June 25 and Aug. 29. [July 29]
OctoberLong March 5 • Maiden Flight
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch on its inaugural flight from a new launch pad on Hainan Island. The heavy-lift rocket will be among the world’s most powerful boosters, and it will be used to launch components of China’s planned space station and interplanetary missions. [June 26]
OctoberFalcon 9 • SES 10
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 10 communications satellite. Owned by SES of Luxembourg, the spacecraft will provide direct-to-home TV broadcasting and other telecommunication services for Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. It will also cover Brazil and support offshore oil and gas exploration. Delayed from 3rd Quarter. [Aug. 11]
Oct. 20Soyuz • Progress 65P
Launch time: 0735 GMT (3:35 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 65th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from April 22. [Aug. 17]
Oct. 20Delta 4 • WGS 8
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. Built by Boeing, this geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Sept. 22 and Sept. 28. [July 11]
Late OctoberFalcon 9 • Formosat 5 & Sherpa
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Formosat 5 for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO) and the Sherpa deployer from Spaceflight Industries carrying approximately 90 small payloads and CubeSats for a variety of scientific and commercial customers. Delayed from May, June, July and September. [Aug. 11]
4th QuarterFalcon 9 • EchoStar 23
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch EchoStar 23 communications satellite for EchoStar Corp. EchoStar 23, based on a spare platform from the canceled CMBStar 1 satellite program, will provide direct-to-home television broadcast services over Brazil. Delayed from 3rd quarter. [Aug. 11]
OctoberMinotaur-C • SkySat
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-576E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
An Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket will launch six SkySat Earth observation satellites for Google/Skybox Imaging. The Minotaur-C is an upgraded, renamed version of the Orbital Sciences Taurus rocket. Delayed from late 2015 and mid-2016. [June 1]
Oct. 31Rockot • Sentinel 5p
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 5 Precursor Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 5p carries an instrument to measure air quality, ozone, pollution and aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere. [March 16]
Nov. 4Atlas 5 • GOES-R
Launch time: 2140-2340 GMT (5:40-7:40 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-069, will launch GOES-R, the first next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA. GOES-R will orbit 22,300 miles above the equator to monitor weather conditions across the United States. The rocket will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from March 11. Moved forward from Oct. 14. Delayed from Oct. 13. [Aug. 11]
NovemberFalcon 9 • SES 11/EchoStar 105
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 11 communications satellite. Owned by SES of Luxembourg, the spacecraft will provide direct-to-home TV broadcasting services over North America, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, for EchoStar Corp., which calls the satellite EchoStar 105. Delayed from October. [Aug. 11]
4th QuarterH-2A • Himawari 9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Himawari 9 weather satellite for the Japan Meteorological Agency. Himawari 9 will collect weather imagery over the East Asia and Western Pacific regions. Delayed from 3rd Quarter. [July 27]
Nov. 11Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 10
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 12th Dragon spacecraft on the 10th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Feb. 13, June 10 and Aug. 1. Moved up from Nov. 21. [July 5]
Nov. 15Soyuz • ISS 49S
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. Moved forward from Nov. 16. [April 24]
Nov. 17Ariane 5 • Galileo 15-18
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ES rocket, designed VA233, to launch four Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. [May 23]
Nov. 21Pegasus XL • CYGNSS
Launch window: 1300-1430 GMT (8:00-9:30 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
L-1011, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission in orbit. The CYGNSS mission’s eight satellites will use GPS signals to study how tropical cyclones grow stronger over warm ocean waters. Delayed from Oct. 17. [July 11]
NovemberFalcon Heavy • Demo Flight
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch on its first demonstration flight. The heavy-lift rocket is formed of three Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together with 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff. Delayed from 3rd Quarter of 2015 and April and September 2016. [March 16]
Dec. 1Atlas 5 • NROL-79
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-068, will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Jan. 1]
DecemberFalcon 9 • Iridium Next 11-20
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from October. [June 14]
4th QuarterEpsilon • ERG
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket will launch JAXA’s Exploration of Energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite to investigate the Van Allen radiation belts and study the origins of geomagnetic storms. This launch will be the second flight of Japan’s small Epsilon launch vehicle. [June 26]
Dec. 8Atlas 5 • EchoStar 19
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-071, will launch the EchoStar 19 communications satellite to provide high-speed Internet services for HughesNet in North America. The satellite is also known as Jupiter 2. The rocket will fly in the 431 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Nov. 10. [June 2]
4th QuarterFalcon 9 • Koreasat 5A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Koreasat 5A communications satellite for KTsat based in South Korea. Koreasat 5A will provide direct-to-home television broadcast and other communications services over Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Guam, Indochina, and South Asia. The satellite will also support maritime communications. [Aug. 17]
Late 2016Vega • Gokturk 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
A European Vega rocket, designated VV08, will launch with the Gokturk 1 reconnaissance satellite for the Turkish military. [Dec. 12]
Dec. 30Antares • OA-7
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch of the eighth Cygnus cargo freighter on the seventh operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-7. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from Oct. 4. [March 16]
Jan. 20Delta 2 • JPSS 1
Launch time: 0947 GMT (4:47 a.m. EST; 1:47 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the first spacecraft in the Joint Polar Satellite System, NOAA’s next-generation series of polar-orbiting weather observatories. The rocket will fly in the 7920 configuration with nine solid rocket boosters and no third stage. [April 22]
Jan. 26Atlas 5 • AEHF 4
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 15. [March 3]
Feb. 1Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 11
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 13th Dragon spacecraft on the 11th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from June 2, Aug. 15 and Jan. 13. [April 24]
Feb. 1Soyuz • Progress 66P
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 66th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [March 28]
Feb. 2Delta 4 • WGS 9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. Built by Boeing, this geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters. [March 28]
March 11Soyuz • ISS 50S
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. [April 2]
MarchFalcon Heavy • STP-2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission with a cluster of military and scientific research satellites. The heavy-lift rocket is formed of three Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together with 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff. Delayed from October 2016. [March 3]
AprilRockot • Sentinel 2B
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 2B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 2B carries an optical imaging payload for land observation. [March 30]
May 3Delta 4 • GPS 3-1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. [May 23]
MayFalcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. Delayed from December 2016. [March 28]
May 29Soyuz • ISS 51S
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. [July 27]
June 1Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 12
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 14th Dragon spacecraft on the 12th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Dec. 15, 1st Quarter and April 8. [July 27]
June 15Soyuz • Progress 67P
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 67th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [July 27]
June 15Pegasus XL • ICON
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
L-1011, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions. [July 27]