July 18, 2019

Launch Log

This listing shows the completed space launches from spaceports around the globe in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time. For earlier missions, see pages listing launches from 2004 through 2008, from 2009 through 2011, from 2012 through 2014, and from 2015 through 2016.

2019

July 13, 2019Proton • Spektr-RG
Launch time: 1230:57 GMT (8:30:57 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Block DM upper stage launched the Spektr-RG X-ray observatory. Spektr-RG is a joint project between Roscosmos and DLR, the Russian and German space agencies. The mission will conduct an all-sky X-ray survey, observing galaxies and large-scale galactic clusters to help astronomers examine the role of dark energy and dark matter in the evolution of the universe. Delayed from April. Delayed from June 21 to address battery problem. Delayed from July 12 due to launch vehicle issue. Read our full story. [July 13]
July 10/11, 2019Vega • Falcon Eye 1
Launch time: 0153:03 GMT on 11th (9:53:03 p.m. EDT on 10th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV15, failed during launch with the Falcon Eye 1 high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 1 was the first of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military. Delayed from June. Delayed from July 5. Read our full story. [July 11]
July 10, 2019Soyuz 2-1v • Kosmos 2535-2538
Launch time: 1714 GMT (1:14 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz 2-1v rocket and Volga upper stage launched four military satellites for the Russian Ministry of Defense. Read our full story. [July 10]
July 5, 2019Soyuz • Meteor M2-2
Launch time: 0541:46 GMT (1:41:46 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched with the Russian Meteor M2-2 polar-orbiting weather satellite, and 32 small satellites on a rideshare flight arranged by GK Launch Services, Exolaunch and the Russian government. Delayed from Dec. 6, March and June 27. Read our full story. [July 5]
June 29, 2019Electron • “Make it Rain”
Launch window: 0430 GMT (12:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its seventh flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The Electron rocket and its Curie upper stage placed multiple small satellites into orbit on a rideshare mission arranged by Spaceflight. The payloads included the BlackSky Global 3 commercial Earth observation satellite, two Prometheus nanosatellites for U.S. Special Operations Command, the ACRUX 1 technology demonstration CubeSat for Melbourne Space Program in Australia, and two SpaceBEE data relay satellites for Swarm Technologies. The mission was nicknamed “Make it Rain” due to the wet weather common in Seattle, the location of Spaceflight’s headquarters. Scrubbed on June 27 for additional checks on ground equipment. Delayed from June 28. Read our full story. [June 29]
June 25, 2019Falcon Heavy • STP-2
Launch window: 0630 GMT (2:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission with a cluster of two dozen 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 2017 and September 2017. Delayed from April 30, June 13, Oct. 30 and Nov. 30. Delayed from April and June 22. The Falcon Heavy’s two side boosters returned to successful landings at Cape Canaveral, and the core stage crashed during a landing attempt on an offshore drone ship. Read our full story. [June 25]
June 24, 2019Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1809 GMT (2:09 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network. The spacecraft will operate in an inclined geosynchronous orbit. Read our full story. [June 24]
June 20, 2019Ariane 5 • AT&T T-16 & Eutelsat 7C
Launch time: 2143 GMT (5:43 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA248, to launch the AT&T T-16 and Eutelsat 7C communications satellites. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, the AT&T T-16, or DirecTV 16, spacecraft will provide direct-to-home television broadcasting services over the United States for DirecTV, a subsidiary of AT&T. The Eutelsat 7C satellite, built by SSL, will provide video and television broadcast services over Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. Delayed from May 10, June 5 and June 12. Read our full story. [June 20]
June 12, 2019Falcon 9 • Radarsat Constellation Mission
Launch time: 1417:10 GMT (10:17:10 a.m. EDT; 7:17:10 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Radarsat Constellation Mission for the Canadian Space Agency and MDA. Consisting of three radar Earth observation spacecraft launching on a single rocket, the Radarsat Constellation Mission is the next in a series of Canadian Radarsat satellites supporting all-weather maritime surveillance, disaster management and ecosystem monitoring for the Canadian government and international users. Delayed from November Feb. 18, March, May 16 and June 11. Read our full story. [June 12]
June 5, 2019Long March 11 • Multi-payload
Launch time: 0406 GMT (12:06 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Yellow Sea
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket launched a Jilin 1 Earth-imaging satellite for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd, the Bufeng 1A and Bufeng 1B satellites to measure maritime wind speeds, and several secondary payloads into orbit. The solid-fueled Long March 11 rocket took off from an ocean platform in the Yellow Sea on China’s first sea-based orbital launch attempt. Read our full story. [June 5]
May 30, 2019Proton • Yamal 601
Launch time: 1742 GMT (1:42 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage launched the Yamal 601 communications satellite for Gazprom Space Systems. Built by Thales Alenia Space, Yamal 601 will provide video, data and broadband services across Russia, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Moved forward from May 31. Delayed from May 29. Read our full story. [May 30]
May 27, 2019Soyuz • Glonass M
Launch time: 0623 GMT (2:23 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from May 13. Delayed from May 13. Read our full story. [May 27]
May 23/24, 2019Falcon 9 • Starlink 1
Launch time: 0230 GMT on 24th (10:30 p.m. EDT on 23rd/24th)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network. Scrubbed on May 15 and May 16. Read our full story. [May 24]
May 22, 2019Long March 4C • Yaogan 33
Launch time: 2249 GMT (6:49 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket failed during the launch of the Yaogan 33 military reconnaissance satellite. Read our full story. [May 22]
May 21/22, 2019PSLV • RISAT 2B
Launch time: 0000 GMT on 22nd (8:00 p.m. EDT on 21st)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C46, launched the RISAT 2B radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The mission used the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. Read our full story. [May 22]
May 17, 2019Long March 3C • Beidou
Launch time: 1548 GMT (11:48 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3C rocket launched a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network toward geostationary orbit. Read our full story. [May 17]
May 5, 2019Electron • STP-27RD
Launch time: 0600 GMT (2:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its sixth flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The Electron rocket and its Curie upper stage placed three small satellites into orbit through the U.S. Air Force’s Rapid Agile Launch Initiative, or RALI, program on a mission designated STP-27RD. The Harbinger small satellite built by York Space Systems will demonstrate commercial spacecraft capabilities for the U.S. Army, the Space Plug and Play Architecture Research CubeSat-1 (SPARC-1) spacecraft, developed jointly with Sweden, will demonstrate avionics, software defined radio and space situational awareness technologies for the Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Falcon Orbital Debris Experiment from the U.S. Air Force Academy will evaluate ground-based tracking of space objects. Delayed from late April. Scrubbed on May 4 to conduct additional payload checks. Read our full story. [May 5]
May 4, 2019Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 17
Launch time: 0648:58 GMT (2:48:58 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 19th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 17th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The Falcon 9’s first stage returned to landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Delayed from Nov. 16, Feb. 1, Feb. 17, March 16, April 25, April 26 and May 1. Scrubbed on May 3 by drone ship electrical issue. Read our full story. [May 4]
April 29, 2019Long March 4B • Tianhui 2-01
Launch time: 2252 GMT (6:52 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket launched two Tianhui satellites to conduct land surveys, mapping and scientific experiments in space. Read our full story. [April 29]
April 20, 2019Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1441 GMT (10:41 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network toward an inclined geosynchronous orbit. Read our full story. [April 17]
April 17, 2019Antares • NG-11
Launch time: 2046:07 GMT (4:46:07 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launched the 12th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 11th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-11. The rocket flew in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Read our full story. [April 17]
April 11, 2019Falcon Heavy • Arabsat 6A
Launch window: 2235 GMT (6:35 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched the Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia. Arabsat 6A will provide Ku-band and Ka-band communications coverage over the Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as a footprint in South Africa. Delayed from first half of 2018 and late 2018. Delayed from March, April 7 and April 9. Scrubbed on April 10. Read our full story. [April 11]
April 4, 2019Soyuz • O3b F5
Launch time: 1703:37 GMT (1:03:37 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS22, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried the fifth set of four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides broadband service to developing countries. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from March 26 and March 29. Read our full story. [April 4]
April 4, 2019Soyuz • Progress 72P
Launch time: 1101:35 GMT (7:01:35 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched the 72nd Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Feb. 7, Feb. 8 and March 28. Read our full story. [April 4]
March 31/April 1, 2019PSLV • EMISat
Launch time: 0357 GMT on April 1st (11:57 p.m. EDT on March 31st)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C45, launched the EMISat satellite, reportedly an electronic intelligence-gathering spacecraft for the Indian government. Multiple secondary payloads from international customers, including 20 Dove nanosatellites for Planet, rode piggyback on this mission. The PSLV flew in a new configuration with four strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from February and March 21. Read our full story. [April 1]
March 31, 2019Long March 3B • Tianlian 2-01
Launch time: 1551 GMT (11:51 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Tianlian 2-01 tracking and data relay satellite to support the country’s human space program. Read our full story. [March 31]
March 28, 2019Electron • R3D2
Launch window: 2327 GMT (7:27 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its fifth flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The Electron rocket and its Curie upper stage placed the Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration spacecraft into orbit for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, a research and development agency in the U.S. Defense Department. The R3D2 satellite will demonstrate the performance of a prototype reflect array antenna for use in small spacecraft. Delayed from late February and March 16. Scrubbed on March 24 by video transmitter issue. Delayed from March 26 and March 27. Read our full story. [March 28]
March 27, 2019OS-M1 • Lingque 1B
Launch time: 0939 GMT (5:39 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
The commercial Chinese space company OneSpace launched its OS-M1 rocket on an inaugural orbital test flight with the Lingque 1B remote sensing CubeSat for ZeroG Lab, which is seeking to deploy a fleet of Earth-observing nanosatellites. The mission failed to achieve orbit after the launcher lost control during the second stage of flight. Delayed from March 25. Read our full story. [March 27]
March 21/22, 2019Vega • PRISMA
Launch time: 0150:35 GMT on 22nd (8:50:35 p.m. EDT on 21st)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV14, launched with the PRISMA satellite for the Italian space agency — ASI. PRISMA is an Earth observation satellite fitted with an innovative electro-optical instrument, combining a hyperspectral sensor with a medium-resolution panchromatic camera. The mission will support environmental monitoring and security applications. Delayed from November and December 2018, March 9 and March 14. Read our full story. [March 22]
March 15/16, 2019Delta 4 • WGS 10
Launch time: 0026 GMT on 16th (8:26 p.m. EDT on 15th)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launched the 10th 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 flew in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Nov. 1, Dec. 13, Jan. 23, Jan. 25 and March 13. Read our full story. [March 15]
March 14, 2019Soyuz • ISS 58S
Launch time: 1914:08 GMT (3:14:08 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched 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 April 5. Read our full story. [March 14]
March 9, 2019Long March 3B • Chinasat 6C
Launch time: 1628 GMT (11:28 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Zhongxing 6C, or Chinasat 6C, communications satellite. Read our full story. [March 9]
March 2, 2019Falcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo 1
Launch time: 0749:03 GMT (2:49:03 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 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, May 2017, July 2017, August 2017, November 2017, February 2018, April 2018, August 2018, November 2018 and December 2018. Delayed from Jan. 7, Jan. 17, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. Read our full story. [March 2]
Feb. 27, 2019Soyuz • OneWeb Pilot
Launch time: 2137 GMT (4:37 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS21, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried the first six satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from late 2018, Feb. 19 and Feb. 22. Delayed from Feb. 26 to examine results of EgyptSat-A launch. Read our full story. [Feb. 27]
Feb. 21/22, 2019Falcon 9 • Nusantara Satu, Beresheet & S5
Launch time: 0145 GMT on 22nd (8:45 p.m. EST on 21st)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Nusantara Satu communications satellite, formerly known as PSN 6, SpaceIL’s lunar lander, named Beresheet, and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s S5 space situational awareness satellite. Built by SSL and owned by Indonesia’s PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, Nusantara Satu will provide voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. A privately-funded lunar lander developed by Israel’s SpaceIL rode piggyback on this launch, along with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s S5 payload, under a rideshare arrangement to geostationary transfer orbit and geostationary orbit provided by Spaceflight. Delayed from January, Feb. 13 and Feb. 18. Read our full story. [Feb. 21]
Feb. 21, 2019Soyuz • EgyptSat-A
Launch time: 1647 GMT (11:47 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the EgyptSat-A Earth observation satellite. EgyptSat-A was built by RSC Energia for Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences. Delayed from Nov. 22, Dec. 27 and Feb. 7. Read our full story. [Feb. 21]
Feb. 5, 2019Safir • Dousti
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Semnan, Iran
An Iranian Safir rocket failed in an attempt to launch the Dousti remote sensing satellite. Read our full story. [Feb. 5]
Feb. 5, 2019Ariane 5 • Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 & GSAT 31
Launch time: 2101 GMT (4:01 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA247, to launch the HellasSat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 and GSAT 11 communications satellites. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 satellite will provide telecommunications and broadband services in Saudi Arabia, other parts of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 is a joint mission between Hellas-Sat, a subsidiary of Arabsat based in Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The GSAT 31 satellite, built and owned by the Indian Space Research Organization, will provide communications coverage over India, replacing the aging Insat 4CR spacecraft. Delayed from Jan. 23. Read our full story. [Feb. 5]
Jan. 24, 2019PSLV • Microsat-R & Kalamsat
Launch time: 1807 GMT (1:07 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C44, launched the Microsat-R imaging satellite and the Kalamsat student payload into low Earth orbit. ISRO debuted a new version of the PSLV, named the PSLV-DL, with two strap-on solid rocket boosters. The fourth stage of the rocket carried the battery-powered Kalamsat student-built payload to demonstrate the use of the PSLV upper stage as a long-lived experiment platform. Read our full story. [Jan. 24]
Jan. 21, 2019Long March 11 • Jilin 1
Launch time: 0542 GMT (12:42 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket launched two hyperspectral imaging satellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd., plus two secondary smallsat payloads. Read our full story. [Jan. 21]
Jan. 19, 2019Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-71
Launch time: 1910 GMT (2:10 p.m. EST; 11:10 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket launched a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from Sept. 26. Moved forward from Dec. 3. Delayed from Nov. 29. Scrubbed on Dec. 7 by an issue with holdfire circuitry. Scrubbed on Dec. 8 at T-minus 7.5 seconds. Scrubbed on Dec. 18 by high ground winds. Scrubbed Dec. 19 after the detection of elevated hydrogen in one of the rocket’s engine compartments. Delayed from Dec. 30. Delayed from Jan. 6. Read our full story. [Jan. 19]
Jan. 17/18, 2019Epsilon • RAPIS 1
Launch time: 0050:20 GMT on 18th (7:50:20 p.m. EST on 17th))
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket launched the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 1, or RAPIS 1, along with six Japanese and Vietnamese secondary payloads on a rideshare mission. Delayed from Jan. 17. Read our full story. [Jan. 18]
Jan. 14/15, 2019Simorgh • Payam-e Amirkabir
Launch time: 0030 GMT on 15th (7:30 p.m. EST on 14th)
Launch site:
Imam Khomeini Spaceport, Semnan, Iran
An Iranian Simorgh rocket failed to place the Payam-e Amirkabir Earth observation satellite into orbit. Read our full story. [Jan. 15]
Jan. 11, 2019Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 66-75
Launch time: 1531:33 GMT (10:31:33 a.m. EST; 7:31:33 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from October, November and Dec. 30. Delayed from Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. Read our full story. [Jan. 11]
Jan. 10, 2019Long March 3B • Chinasat 2D
Launch time: 1711 GMT (12:11 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Zhongxing 2D, or Chinasat 2D, communications satellite. Read our full story. [Jan. 10]

2018

Dec. 29, 2018Long March 2D • Hongyan 1 & Yunhai 2
Launch time: 0800 GMT (3 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched a test satellite named Chongqing for China’s planned Hongyan broadband Internet constellation and six Yunhai 2 atmospheric research satellites. The Long March 2D rocket launched with the first Yuanzheng 3 upper stage, a new variant of China’s Yuanzheng upper stage capable of up to 20 engine burns over 48 hours. Read our full story. [Dec. 29]
Dec. 26/27, 2018Soyuz • Kanopus-V 5 & 6
Launch time: 0207:18 GMT on 27th (9:07:18 p.m. EST on 26th)
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the Kanopus-V 5 and 6 Earth observation satellites. The two spacecraft will assist the Russian government in disaster response, mapping and forest fire detection. Twenty-six secondary payloads from international companies and institutions also launched on the Soyuz rocket. The Soyuz 2-1a rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Moved forward from Dec. 26. Delayed from Dec. 25. Read our full story. [Dec. 27]
Dec. 24, 2018Long March 3C • TJS 3
Launch time: 1653 GMT (11:53 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3C rocket launched the TJS 3 communications technology test satellite. Read our full story. [Dec. 24]
Dec. 23, 2018Falcon 9 • GPS 3 SV01
Launch time: 1351 GMT (8:51 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. Delayed from May 3 and late 2017. Switched from a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. The second GPS 3-series satellite will now launch on a Delta 4. Delayed from September and October. Delayed from Dec. 15. Scrubbed on Dec. 18 by out of family sensor readings. Delayed from Dec. 19 to study sensor readings. Scrubbed Dec. 20 by poor weather. Scrubbed Dec. 22 by upper level winds. Read our full story. [Dec. 23]
Dec. 21, 2018Long March 11 • Hongyun 1
Launch time: 2351 GMT (6:51 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket launched a prototype tech demo satellite for the planned Hongyun broadband network. Read our full story. [Dec. 21]
Dec. 20/21, 2018Proton • Blagovest No. 13L
Launch time: 0020 GMT on 21st (7:20 p.m. EST on 20th)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage launched the Blagovest No. 13L communications satellite to cover Russian territory and provide high-speed Internet, television and radio broadcast, and voice and video conferencing services for Russian domestic and military users. Moved forward from Dec. 25. Read our full story. [Dec. 21]
Dec. 19, 2018Soyuz • CSO 1
Launch time: 1637:14 GMT (11:37:14 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS20, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried into polar orbit the first Composante Spatiale Optique military reconnaissance satellite for CNES and DGA, the French defense procurement agency. The CSO 1 satellite is the first of three new-generation high-resolution optical imaging satellites for the French military, replacing the Helios 2 spy satellite series. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Scrubbed on Dec. 18 by unfavorable high-altitude winds. Read our full story. [Dec. 19]
Dec. 19, 2018GSLV Mk.2 • GSAT 7A
Launch time: 1040 GMT (5:40 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), designated GSLV-F11, launched the GSAT 7A communications satellite for the Indian Air Force. Delayed from Dec. 14. Read our full story. [Dec. 19]
Dec. 16, 2018Electron • ELaNa-19
Launch time: 0633 GMT (1:33 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its fourth flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The flight was conducted under contract to NASA’s Venture Class Launch Services Program, carrying 13 CubeSats to orbit for NASA field centers and U.S. educational institutions on the ELaNa-19 rideshare mission. Delayed from 3rd Quarter and Dec. 10. Scrubbed on Dec. 12 by bad weather. Read our full story. [Dec. 16]
Dec. 7, 2018Long March 3B • Chang’e 4
Launch time: 1823:34 GMT (1:23:34 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Chang’e 4 mission to attempt the first robotic landing on the far side of the moon. Chang’e 4 consists of a stationary lander and a mobile rover. Read our full story. [Dec. 7]
Dec. 6/7, 2018Long March 2D • SaudiSat 5A & 5B
Launch time: 0412 GMT on 7th (11:12 p.m. EST on 6th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched the SaudiSat 5A and 5B Earth observation satellites for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, along with 10 secondary payloads for Chinese companies. Read our full story. [Dec. 7]
Dec. 5, 2018Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 16
Launch time: 1816:16 GMT (1:16:16 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 18th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Nov. 16. Moved forward from Nov. 29. Delayed from Nov. 27 and Dec. 4. Read our full story. [Dec. 5]
Dec. 4, 2018Ariane 5 • GSAT 11 & GEO-Kompsat 2A
Launch time: 2037 GMT (3:37 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA246, to launch the GSAT 11 communications satellite and the GEO-Kompsat 2A weather satellite. GSAT 11 is owned by the Indian Space Research Organization and is based on a new Indian satellite bus. The spacecraft, fitted with Ku-band and Ka-band transponders, will be India’s heaviest communications satellite. GSAT 11 was originally scheduled to launch on an Ariane 5 mission in May 2018, but ISRO recalled the satellite from the launch base in French Guiana back to India for additional inspections after the in-orbit failure of another spacecraft. The GEO-Kompsat 2A satellite is South Korea’s first homemade geostationary weather satellite. Built in South Korea, the meteorological observatory will track storm systems in the Asia-Pacific region and monitor the space weather environment. Read our full story. [Dec. 4]
Dec. 3, 2018Falcon 9 • Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express
Launch time: 1834:05 GMT (1:34:05 p.m. EST; 10:34:05 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched with Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission, a stack of satellites heading into sun-synchronous polar orbit. Sixty-four small payloads will be launched on this mission for 34 government and commercial organizations from 17 countries. Delayed from July. Delayed from Nov. 19, Nov. 28, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. Read our full story. [Dec. 3]
Dec. 3, 2018Soyuz • ISS 57S
Launch time: 1131:52 GMT (6:31:52 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the crewed Soyuz MS-11 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 Nov. 6 and Nov. 15. Moved forward from Dec. 20 after Soyuz MS-10 launch abort. Read our full story. [Dec. 3]
Nov. 29/30, 2018Rockot • Rodnik
Launch time: 0227 GMT on 30th (9:27 p.m. EST on 29th)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian Rockot booster launched three Russian military Rodnik communications satellite into orbit. Read our full story. [Nov. 29]
Nov. 28/29, 2018PSLV • HysIS
Launch time: 0427:30 GMT on 29th (11:27:30 p.m. EST on 28th)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C43 mission, launched India’s Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite, or HysIS. A collection of small international secondary payloads accompanised HySIS on this launch. Delayed from October. Delayed from Nov. 26. Read our full story. [Nov. 29]
Nov. 20/21, 2018Vega • Mohammed VI-B
Launch time: 0142:31 GMT on 21st (8:42:31 p.m. EST on 20th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV13, launched with the Mohammed VI-B Earth observation satellite for the government of Morocco. Read our full story. [Nov. 21]
Nov. 19, 2018Long March 2D • Shiyan 6
Launch time: 2340 GMT (6:40 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched the Shiyan 6 experimental demo satellite and four secondary payloads. Read our full story. [Nov. 19]
Nov. 18, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1807 GMT (1:07 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [Nov. 19]
Nov. 17, 2018Antares • NG-10
Launch time: 0901:31 GMT (4:01:31 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket launched the 11th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 10th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-10. The rocket flew in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from March and Nov. 10. Moved forward from Nov. 17. Delayed from Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 by poor weather forecast. Read our full story. [Nov. 17]
Nov. 16, 2018Soyuz • Progress 71P
Launch time: 1814:08 GMT (1:14:08 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the 71st Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Oct. 31. Delayed from Nov. 14. Read our full story. [Nov. 16]
Nov. 15, 2018Falcon 9 • Es’hail 2
Launch time: 2046 GMT (3:46 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Es’hail 2 communications satellite. Built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and owned by Qatar’s national satellite communications company Es’hailSat, Es’hail 2 will provide television broadcasts, broadband connectivity and government services to Qatar and neighboring parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Es’hail 2 also carries the first amateur radio payload to fly in geostationary orbit. Delayed from August. Delayed from Nov. 14. Read our full story. [Nov. 15]
Nov. 14, 2018GSLV Mk.3 • GSAT 29
Launch time: 1138 GMT (6:38 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3), designated GSLV Mk.3-D2, launched the GSAT 29 communications satellite carrying Ka-band, Ku-band and optical communications payloads. Delayed from July and October. Read our full story. [Nov. 14]
Nov. 10/11, 2018Electron • It’s Business Time
Launch window: 0350 GMT on 11th (10:50 p.m. EST on 10th)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its third flight, which Rocket Lab called “It’s Business Time,” from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. Two commercial CubeSats for Spire Global’s weather and ship tracking constellation, two CubeSats for a data relay constellation planned by Fleet Space Technologies, a student-built satellite from Southern California, one small satellite for GeoOptics’ commercial remote sensing network, and a German drag sail were aboard the rocket. A Curie upper stage placed the satellites into the proper orbit. Delayed from April 20. Scrubbed on June 23 and June 26. Read our full story. [Nov. 11]
Nov. 6/7, 2018Soyuz • MetOp C
Launch time: 0047:27 GMT on 7th (7:47:27 p.m. EST on 6th)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS19, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried the MetOp C polar-orbiting weather satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, or Eumetsat. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Sept. 18. Read our full story. [Nov. 7]
Nov. 3, 2018Soyuz • Glonass M
Launch time: 2017 GMT (4:17 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Read our full story. [Nov. 3]
Nov. 1, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1557 GMT (11:57 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network toward geostationary orbit. Read our full story. [Nov. 1]
Oct. 29, 2018H-2A • GOSAT 2 & KhalifaSat
Launch time: 0408 GMT (12:08 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite 2, or GOSAT 2, for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the Japanese Ministry of Environment, and the National Institute of Environmental Studies. Also known as Ibuki 2, the satellite replaces the Ibuki spacecraft launched in 2009 and will measure carbon dioxide, methane, and carbon monoxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere, yielding data to help determine how much of the greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to human activity. The H-2A also launched the KhalifaSat Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates and several other secondary payloads. Read our full story. [Oct. 29]
Oct. 28/29, 2018Long March 2C • CFOSAT
Launch time: 0043 GMT on 29th (8:43 p.m. EDT on 28th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched the China-France Oceanography Satellite, or CFOSAT. CFOSAT will study ocean surface winds and waves. These data will enable more reliable sea-state forecasts and yield new insights into ocean-atmosphere interactions. Delayed from September. Read our full story. [Oct. 29]
Oct. 27, 2018Zhuque 1 • Weilai 1
Launch time: 0800 GMT (4 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Zhuque 1 rocket developed by the Chinese private launch company LandSpace lifted off on its inaugural flight carrying the Weilai 1 microsatellite for China Central Television. But the rocket failed to place the spacecraft into orbit. Read our full story. [Oct. 27]
Oct. 24/25, 2018Soyuz • Lotos-S1
Launch time: 0015 GMT on 25th (8:15 p.m. EDT on 24th)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a Lotos electronic intelligence spy satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration. Read our full story. [Oct. 25]
Oct. 24, 2018Long March 4B • Haiyang 2B
Launch time: 2257 GMT (6:57 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket launched the Haiyang 2B oceanography satellite. Read our full story. [Oct. 24]
Oct. 19/20, 2018Ariane 5 • BepiColombo
Launch time: 0145:28 GMT on 20th (9:45:28 p.m. EDT on 19th)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the BepiColombo mission for the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. BepiColombo began a seven-year journey to Mercury, where two spacecraft built in Europe and Japan will survey the solar system’s innermost planet’s geology, evolution and magnetic field. BepiColombo will be the third space mission to visit Mercury, and the first led by Europe. Delayed from Oct. 5 and Oct. 18. Read our full story. [Oct. 20]
Oct. 17, 2018Atlas 5 • AEHF 4
Launch time: 0415 GMT (12:15 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-073, launched the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket flew in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 15, 2016. Delayed from Jan. 26, May 4, June 22, June 29 and Oct. 11, 2017. Delayed from July 2018. Moved up from Oct. 18. Delayed from Oct. 4. Read our full story. [Oct. 17]
Oct. 15, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 0423 GMT (12:23 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [Oct. 11]
Oct. 11, 2018Soyuz • ISS 56S
Launch time: 0840:15 GMT (4:40:15 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket failed during the launch of the crewed Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The two-man crew — Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague — safely landed in their spacecraft after escaping the failing booster. Delayed from Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. Read our full story. [Oct. 11]
Oct. 8/9, 2018Long March 2C • Yaogan 32-01 & 32-02
Launch time: 0243 GMT on 9th (10:43 p.m. EDT on 8th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket with a Yuanzheng 1S upper stage launched the Yaogan 32-01 and 32-02 military reconnaissance satellites. Read our full story. [Oct. 9]
Oct. 7/8, 2018Falcon 9 • SAOCOM 1A
Launch time: 0221:28 GMT on 8th (10:21:28 p.m. EDT; 7:21:28 p.m. PDT on 7th)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SAOCOM 1A satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1A is the first of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Delayed from Sept. 28 and Oct. 6. Read our full story. [Oct. 8]
Sept. 29, 2018Kuaizhou 1A • Centispace-1-S1
Launch time: 0413 GMT (12:13 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A rocket launched the Centispace-1-S1 satellite, a technology demonstrator for a space-based network in development by Beijing Future Navigation Technology Co. Ltd. to augment satellite navigation services. Read our full story. [Sept. 29]
Sept. 25, 2018Ariane 5 • Horizons 3e & Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38
Launch time: 2238 GMT (6:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA243, to launch the Horizons 3e and Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 communications satellites. The Horizons 3e high-throughput satellite is owned by the Horizons joint venture between Intelsat and the Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. Horizons 3e was built by Boeing and will provide aeronautical and maritime mobility services and support government networking applications in the Asia-Pacific region and in North America. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 spacecraft will be the second satellite owned by Azercosmos, the national satellite operator of Azerbaijan, which will use the new platform to support growing demands in the region for direct-to-home television, government and network services. For Intelsat, the satellite will replace the Intelsat 12 spacecraft offering direct-to-home television and network services over Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia. Delayed from April and May 18. Delayed from May 25 to conduct additional checks on the GSAT 11 spacecraft, which was removed from the mission and replaced with Horizons 3e. Delayed from Sept. 5, Sept. 7 and Sept 18. Read our Mission Status Center. [Sept. 25]
Sept. 22, 2018H-2B • HTV 7
Launch time: 1752:27 GMT (1:52:27 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2B rocket launched the seventh H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an unmanned cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Delayed from Aug. 16. Delayed from Sept. 10 due to a typhoon threatening Guam ground station. Delayed from Sept. 13 by bad weather forecast at Tanegashima. Scrubbed on Sept. 14 by second stage propulsion system issue. Delayed from Sept. 21 by bad weather forecast at Tanegashima. Read our full story. [Sept. 22]
Sept. 19, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1407 GMT (10:07 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [Sept. 19]
Sept. 16, 2018PSLV • NovaSAR 1 & SSTL S1-4
Launch time: 1638 GMT (12:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C42 mission, launched the NovaSAR 1 and SSTL S1-4 Earth observation satellites. The NovaSAR 1 spacecraft carries a radar imaging instrument, and the mission was developed in partnership between the British government and the British satellite manufacturer SSTL. The SSTL S1-4 satellite, also built by SSTL, is a high-resolution optical Earth observation satellite identical to three DMC3/TripleSat reconnaissance craft launched in 2015. Beijing-based 21AT is leasing imaging capacity on the SSTL S1-4 satellite. The PSLV flew in the PSLV-CA configuration without any solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Sept. 15. Read our full story. [Sept. 16]
Sept. 15, 2018Delta 2 • ICESat 2
Launch time: 1302 GMT (9:02 a.m. EDT; 6:02 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket launched NASA’s ICESat 2 satellite to continue the important observations of ice-sheet elevation change, sea-ice freeboard, and vegetation canopy height begun by ICESat in 2003. The rocket flew in the 7420 configuration with four solid rocket boosters and no third stage. This was the final launch of a Delta 2 rocket. Delayed from Sept. 12. Read our full story. [Sept. 15]
Sept. 10, 2018Falcon 9 • Telstar 18 VANTAGE
Launch time: 0445 GMT (12:45 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite for Telesat. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite will provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over parts of India, China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region. APT Satellite of Hong Kong has an agreement to use capacity on Telstar 18V, which is also known as Apstar 5C. The satellite was built SSL. Delayed from July, Aug. 17, Aug. 23 and Aug. 25. Moved forward from Sept. 9. Delayed from Sept. 8. Read our full story. [Sept. 10]
Sept. 6/7, 2018Long March 2C • Haiyang 1C
Launch time: 0315 GMT on 7th (11:15 p.m. on 6th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched the Haiyang 1C ocean observation satellite. Read our full story. [Sept. 7]
Aug. 24, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 2352 GMT (7:52 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [Aug. 24]
Aug. 22, 2018Vega • Aeolus
Launch time: 2120:09 GMT (5:20:09 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV12, launched with the Aeolus satellite for the European Space Agency. Aeolus will be the first ever satellite to deliver wind profiles on a global scale and on a daily basis. Delayed from November, Jan. 20 and mid-2018. Delayed from Aug. 21 to wait for improved wind conditions. Read our full story. [Aug. 22]
Aug. 12, 2018Delta 4-Heavy • Parker Solar Probe
Launch time: 0731 GMT (3:31 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket launched NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. The Parker Solar Probe is the first-ever mission to “touch” the sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star’s surface. Delayed from July 31 and Aug. 4. Scrubbed on Aug. 11. Read our full story. [Aug. 12]
Aug. 7, 2018Falcon 9 • Merah Putih
Launch time: 0518 GMT (1:18 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Merah Putih communications satellite for Telkom Indonesia. Merah Putih, previously known as Telkom 4, will provide C-band telecommunications services over Indonesia and India, replacing the failed Telkom 1 communications craft. The Merah Putih satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage. Delayed from Aug. 2 and Aug. 4. Read our full story. [Aug. 7]
July 30/31, 2018Long March 4B • Gaofen 11
Launch time: 0300 GMT on 31st (11:00 p.m. EDT on 30th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket launched the Gaofen 11 Earth observation satellite. Read our full story. [July 29]
July 28/29, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 0148 GMT on 29th (9:48 p.m. EDT on 28th)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [July 29]
July 25, 2018Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 56-65
Launch time: 1139:30 GMT (7:39:30 a.m. EDT; 4:39:30 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from July 20. Read our full story. [July 25]
July 25, 2018Ariane 5 • Galileo 23-26
Launch time: 1125:01 GMT (7:25:01 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ES rocket, designated VA244, to launch four Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. Read our full story. [July 25]
July 22, 2018Falcon 9 • Telstar 19 VANTAGE
Launch time: 0550 GMT (1:50 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite for Telesat. The Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite will provide high-throughput Ku-band and Ka-band communications services, supporting broadband applications over South America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic and Canada. The satellite was built SSL. Delayed from June, July 19 and July 21. Read our full story. [July 22]
July 9, 2018Soyuz • Progress 70P
Launch time: 2151:34 GMT (5:51:34 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the 70th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from April 15. Moved up from June 27. Delayed from June 13. Read our full story. [July 9]
July 9, 2018Long March 3A • Beidou
Launch time: 2058 GMT (4:58 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3A rocket launched a satellite for the country’s Beidou navigation network into an inclined geostationary transfer orbit. Read our full story. [July 9]
July 8/9, 2018Long March 2C • PRSS 1
Launch time: 0356 GMT on 9th (11:56 p.m. EDT on 8th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite, or PRSS 1, for SUPARCO, Pakistan’s national space agency. The PakTES 1A remote sensing satellite, developed in partnership by Pakistan and South Africa, also launched on this mission. Delayed from June. Read our full story. [July 9]
June 29, 2018Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 15
Launch time: 0942:42 GMT (5:42:42 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 17th mission of a Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX’s 15th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight was conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. This mission used a previously-flown first stage booster and a reused Dragon capsule. Delayed from June 6, June 9 and June 28. Read our full story. [June 29]
June 26/27, 2018Long March 2C • XJSW-A and B
Launch time: 0330 GMT on 27th (11:30 p.m. EDT on 26th)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched two spacecraft two test inter-satellite network links and Earth observation technology. Read our full story. [June 27]
June 16, 2018Soyuz • Glonass M
Launch time: 2146 GMT (5:46 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Read our full story. [June 16]
June 12, 2018H-2A • IGS Radar 6
Launch time: 0420 GMT (12:20 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched an Information Gathering Satellite with a radar reconnaissance payload for the Japanese government. Delayed from June 11. Read our full story. [June 12]
June 6, 2018Soyuz • ISS 55S
Launch time: 1112:39 GMT (7:12:39 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket 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 April 27. Delayed from April 25. Read our full story. [June 6]
June 5, 2018Long March 3A • Fengyun 2H
Launch time: 1307 GMT (9:07 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3A rocket launched the Fengyun 2H geostationary weather satellite. Read our full story. [June 5]
June 4, 2018Falcon 9 • SES 12
Launch time: 0445 GMT (12:45 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES 12 communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. The SES 12 satellite will provide direct-to-home broadcast and other high-throughput communications services in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, including rapidly growing markets such as India and Indonesia. The satellite was built by Airbus Defense and Space. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage. Delayed from February, April 30, May 24, May 31 and June 1. Read our full story. [June 4]
June 2, 2018Long March 2D • Gaofen 6
Launch time: 0413 GMT (12:13 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched the Gaofen 6 Earth observation satellite and the experimental Luojia 1 remote sensing payload. Read our full story. [June 2]
May 22, 2018Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 51-55 & GRACE Follow-On
Launch time: 1947:58 GMT (3:47:58 p.m. EDT; 12:47:58 p.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched five satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet and two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE Follow-On) satellites for NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage. Delayed from March 21, April 14, April 28, May 10, May 19 and May 21. Read our full story. [May 22]
May 21, 2018Antares • OA-9
Launch window: 0844:06 GMT (4:44:06 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched the 10th Cygnus cargo freighter on the ninth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-9. The rocket flew in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from March, May 1, May 9 and May 20. Read our full story. [May 21]
May 20, 2018Long March 4C • Chang’e 4 Relay
Launch time: 2128 GMT (5:28 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched a relay satellite toward the Earth-moon L2 Lagrange point to enable communications between Earth and the Chang’e 4 lunar lander and rover on the far side of the moon. Two Chinese microsatellites launched with the Chang’e 4 relay mission to conduct astronomical observations from deep space. Read our full story. [May 20]
May 11, 2018Falcon 9 • Bangabandhu 1
Launch time: 2014 GMT (4:14 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. The spacecraft will provide broadcasting and telecommunication services to rural areas and introduce direct-to-home television programming across Bangladesh and neighboring countries. The Bangabandhu 1 satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space. This was the first launch of the upgraded Block 5 version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage was recovered on a drone ship at sea. Delayed from December, February, April 5, April 24, May 4 and May 7. Scrubbed on May 10. Read our full story. [May 11]
May 8, 2018Long March 4C • Gaofen 5
Launch time: 1828 GMT (2:28 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched the Gaofen 5 hyperspectral Earth-imaging satellite. Delayed from May 2. Read our full story. [May 5]
May 5, 2018Atlas 5 • InSight
Launch time: 1105 GMT (7:05 a.m. EDT; 4:05 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-078, launched NASA’s InSight lander to Mars. InSight will touch down in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars in November 2018 to study the Martian interior and search for ongoing seismic activity. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from March 2016. Read our full story. [May 5]
May 3, 2018Long March 3B • Apstar 6C
Launch time: 1606 GMT (12:06 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Apstar 6C communications satellite. Apstar 6C will provide commercial video and direct-to-home broadcast, VSAT connectivity, cellular backhaul and mobile broadband services over the Asia-Pacific region for APT Satellite. Delayed from March 15 and April 21. Read our full story. [May 3]
April 26, 2018Long March 11 • Zhuhai 1
Launch time: 0442 GMT (12:42 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket launched five Zhuhai 1 remote sensing satellites for a commercial constellation of Earth-imaging craft for Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science and Technology Co. Read our full story. [April 26]
April 25, 2018Rockot • Sentinel 3B
Launch time: 1757:51 GMT (1:57:51 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle launched with the Sentinel 3B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 3B carries instruments to measure sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land color. Delayed from mid-2017 and November. Delayed from March and April 6. Read our full story. [April 25]
April 18, 2018Falcon 9 • TESS
Launch time: 2251:30 GMT (6:51:30 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The TESS mission will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, orbiting a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. The principal goal of the TESS mission is to detect small planets with bright host stars in the solar neighborhood, so that detailed characterizations of the planets and their atmospheres can be performed. TESS will be stationed in a high-Earth elliptical orbit. Delayed from March 20. Delayed from April 16. Read our full story. [April 18]
April 18, 2018Proton • Blagovest No. 12L
Launch time: 2212 GMT (6:12 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage launched the Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite to cover Russian territory and provide high-speed Internet, television and radio broadcast, and voice and video conferencing services for Russian domestic and military users. Delayed from Dec. 25, February, March 22 and April 4. Moved forward from April 22. Read our full story. [April 18]
April 14, 2018Atlas 5 • AFSPC 11
Launch period: 2313 GMT (7:13 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-079, launched the AFSPC 11 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission launched the Air Force’s Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) payload and the EAGLE satellite hosting multiple military experiments. The rocket flew in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 7 and March. Moved forward from April 18. Delayed from April 12. Read our full story. [April 14]
April 11, 2018PSLV • IRNSS 1I
Launch time: 2234 GMT (6:34 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C41 mission, launched the IRNSS 1I navigation satellite. The payload is the ninth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. The PSLV flew in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. Delayed from March. Read our full story. [April 11]
April 10, 2018Long March 4C • Yaogan 31
Launch time: 0425 GMT (12:25 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched three Yaogan 31 military reconnaissance satellites. Delayed from March. Read our full story. [April 10]
April 5, 2018Ariane 5 • Superbird 8/DSN 1 & Hylas 4
Launch time: 2134 GMT (5:34 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA242, to launch the Superbird 8/DSN 1 and Hylas 4 communications satellites. Built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the Superbird 8/DSN 1 satellite is a hybrid communications craft for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. and the Japanese Ministry of Defense. The Superbird 8/DSN 1 satellite’s launch was delayed from mid-2016 after it was damaged during shipment from Japan to the launch site in French Guiana. Built by Orbital ATK and owned by UK-based Avanti Communications, Hylas 4 will provide broadband and broadcast coverage with a Ka-band payload for customers in Africa, Latin America and Europe. Delayed from March 16 and March 21. Read our full story. [April 5]
April 2, 2018Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 14
Launch time: 2030:38 GMT (4:30:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 16th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 14th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Feb. 9 and March 13. Read our full story. [April 2]
March 30/31, 2018Long March 4C • Gaofen 1-02, 03 & 04
Launch time: 0322 GMT on 31st (11:22 p.m. EDT on 30th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched three Gaofen 1-series Earth observation satellites. Read our full story. [March 31]
March 30, 2018Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 41-50
Launch time: 1413:51 GMT (10:13:51 a.m. EDT; 7:13:51 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage. Delayed from December and March 18. Delayed from March 20 as ripple effect from Paz launch delays. Delayed from March 27 by satellite ground equipment issue. Read our full story. [March 30]
March 29, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1756 GMT (1:56 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [March 29]
March 29, 2018Soyuz 2-1v • EMKA
Launch time: 1738 GMT (1:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian Soyuz 2-1v rocket launched with a classified spacecraft for the Russian military based on a new small Earth-imaging satellite design. Read our full story. [March 29]
March 29, 2018GSLV Mk.2 • GSAT 6A
Launch time: 1126 GMT (7:26 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), flying on the GSLV-F08 mission, launched the GSAT 6A satellite to provide S-band communications and demonstrate the performance of a 6-meter unfurlable antenna and other network technologies for future satellite-based mobile communications applications. The GSLV Mk.2 flew with an upgraded Indian-built cryogenic upper stage. Delayed from January, February and March 24. Read our full story. [March 29]
March 21, 2018Soyuz • ISS 54S
Launch time: 1744 GMT (1:44 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the crewed Soyuz MS-08 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 March 14. Delayed from March 10 and March 15. Read our full story. [March 21]
March 17, 2018Long March 2D • LKW-4
Launch time: 0710 GMT (3:10 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched a secretive intelligence-gathering payload for the Chinese military. The name of the payload was announced as LKW-4 after the launch. Analysts believe it is a high-resolution military imaging satellite. Read our full story. [March 17]
March 9, 2018Soyuz • O3b F4
Launch time: 1710:06 GMT (12:10:06 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS18, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried the fourth set of four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides broadband service to developing countries. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from March 1 and March 6. Read our full story. [March 9]
March 6, 2018Falcon 9 • Hispasat 30W-6
Launch time: 0533 GMT (12:33 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite, formerly known as Hispasat 1F, for Madrid-based Hispasat. Hispasat 30W-6 will provide television, broadband, corporate networks and other communications services over Europe, North Africa and the Americas. The Hispasat 30W-6 satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral. Delayed from December, Feb. 14 and Feb. 22. Delayed from Feb. 25 to conduct testing on payload fairing pressurization system. Read our full story. [March 6]
March 1, 2018Atlas 5 • GOES-S
Launch time: 2202 GMT (5:02 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-077, launched GOES-S, the second next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA. GOES-S will orbit 22,300 miles above the equator to monitor weather conditions across the United States. The rocket flew in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Read our full story. [March 1]
Feb. 26/27, 2018H-2A • IGS Optical 6
Launch window: 0434 GMT on 27th (11:34 p.m. EST on 26th)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched an Information Gathering Satellite with an optical reconnaissance payload for the Japanese government. Delayed from Feb. 25 by poor weather forecast. Read our full story. [Feb. 27]
Feb. 22, 2018Falcon 9 • Paz & Microsat-2a and 2b
Launch time: 1417 GMT (9:17 a.m. EST; 6:17 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Paz satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, Paz carries a radar imaging payload to collect views of Earth for government and commercial customers, along with ship tracking and weather sensors. Two test satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network also launched on the Falcon 9. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage. Delayed from Jan. 30, Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb. 18. Scrubbed on Feb. 21 by upper level winds. Read our full story. [Feb. 22]
Feb. 13, 2018Soyuz • Progress 69P
Launch time: 0813:33 GMT (3:13:33 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the 69th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Feb. 9. Moved up from Feb. 13. Scrubbed on Feb. 11. Read our full story. [Feb. 13]
Feb. 12, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 0503 GMT (12:03 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Delayed from Feb. 11. Read our full story. [Feb. 13]
Feb. 6, 2018Falcon Heavy • Demo Flight
Launch time: 2045 GMT (3:45 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched 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. The first Falcon Heavy rocket placed a Tesla Roadster on an Earth escape trajectory into a heliocentric orbit. Delayed from 3rd Quarter of 2015 and April, September and December 2016. Delayed from 1st Quarter 2017, 2nd Quarter 2017 and 3rd Quarter 2017. Delayed from November and December 2017. Delayed from January. Read our full story. [Feb. 6]
Feb. 3, 2018SS-520-5 • TRICOM 1R
Launch time: 0503 GMT (12:03 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s SS-520-5 rocket, a modified sounding rocket with an added third stage, launched on an experimental demonstration flight with the TRICOM 1R spacecraft, a 3U CubeSat with a store and forward communications system and an imaging camera. This was the second flight of an SS-520 variant to attempt an orbital launch after a failure in January 2017. Delayed from Dec. 28. Read our full story. [Feb. 3]
Feb. 2, 2018Long March 2D • CSES
Launch time: 0751 GMT (2:51 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite, also known as Zhangheng 1, and several secondary payloads. Zhangheng 1 is a Chinese-led mission developed in partnership with Italy to study how electromagnetic signals in Earth’s atmosphere and ionosphere could help predict earthquakes. Secondary payloads included the GomX-4A and GomX-4B CubeSats for the Danish Ministry of Defense and the European Space Agency, two ÑuSat Earth-imaging microsatellites for Satellogic of Argentina, and two Chinese CubeSats. Read our full story. [Feb. 2]
Jan. 31/Feb. 1, 2018Soyuz • Kanopus-V 3 and 4
Launch time: 0207:18 GMT on 1st (9:07:18 p.m. EST on 31st)
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the Kanopus-V 3 and 4 Earth observation satellites. The two spacecraft will assist the Russian government in disaster response, mapping and forest fire detection. Multiple secondary payloads from international companies and institutions were also launched on the Soyuz rocket. The Soyuz 2-1a rocket used a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 22. Read our full story. [Feb. 1]
Jan. 31, 2018Falcon 9 • GovSat 1
Launch time: 2125 GMT (4:25 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the GovSat 1 communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and the government of Luxembourg. The GovSat 1 satellite, also known as SES 16, will provide secure military X-band and Ka-band communications links, helping support Luxembourg’s NATO obligations. The satellite was built by Orbital ATK. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage. Delayed from December and Jan. 15. Scrubbed on Jan. 30 by upper stage transducer issue. Read our full story. [Jan. 31]
Jan. 25, 2018Ariane 5 • SES 14 & Al Yah 3
Launch time: 2220 GMT (5:20 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA241, to launch the SES 14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites. The Ariane 5 rocket placed the satellites into an off-target orbit, but the spacecraft were expected to recover and accomplish their missions. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, SES 14 will provide aeronautical and maritime mobility connectivity, wireless communications, broadband delivery, and video and data services over North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic and parts of Europe, replacing the NSS-806 satellite for SES of Luxembourg. SES 14 also hosts NASA’s Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload to measure densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere. Built by Orbital ATK, Al Yah 3 will support broadband Internet and data services over Africa and Brazil for Yahsat of Abu Dhabi. Moved up from Jan. 23. Delayed from Jan. 18. Read our full story. [Jan. 25]
Jan. 25, 2018Long March 2C • Yaogan 30-04
Launch time: 0539 GMT (12:39 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched with three Yaogan 30-04 surveillance satellites for the Chinese military and a secondary payload named Weina 1A. Read our full story. [Jan. 25]
Jan. 20/21, 2018Electron • Still Testing
Launch time: 0143 GMT on 21st (8:43 p.m. EST on 20th)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its second orbital test flight, which Rocket Lab called “Still Testing,” from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The commercial rocket is designed to carry small spacecraft into orbit. Three commercial CubeSats for Planet and Spire were aboard the Electron’s second mission. Delayed from mid-2017. Delayed from Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. Scrubbed on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Scrubbed on Dec. 13 by upper level winds and Dec. 14 by power system fault. Delayed from Dec. 16 for crew rest. Scrubbed on Jan. 20 by ships in keep-out zone. Read our full story. [Jan. 21]
Jan. 19/20, 2018Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 4
Launch time: 0048 GMT on 20th (7:48 p.m. EST on 19th)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-076, launched the U.S. military’s fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 4, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket flew in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 27 and Nov. 9. Scrubbed on Jan. 18 by ground valve issue. Read our full story. [Jan. 20]
Jan. 18/19, 2018Long March 11 • Multi-Payload
Launch time: 0412 GMT on 19th (11:12 p.m. EST on 18th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket launched six satellites, including two Jilin 1 video imaging satellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. and KIPP, a testbed CubeSat for Canada’s Kepler Communications. The other payloads included commercial and research CubeSats for Chinese companies and institutions. Read our full story. [Jan. 19]
Jan. 17, 2018Epsilon • ASNARO 2
Launch time: 2106:11 GMT (4:06:11 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket launched the ASNARO 2 radar Earth observation satellite, a mission developed by Japan Space Systems and NEC Corp. The project is the second for the ASNARO program, which stands for Advanced Satellite with New System ARchitecture for Observation. Delayed from Nov. 11. Delayed from Jan. 16 by poor weather forecast. Read our full story. [Jan. 17]
Jan. 13, 2018Long March 2D • LKW-3
Launch time: 0710 GMT (2:10 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched a secretive intelligence-gathering payload for the Chinese military. The name of the payload was announced as LKW-3 after the launch. Analysts believe it is a high-resolution military imaging satellite. Read our full story. [Jan. 13]
Jan. 12, 2018Delta 4 • NROL-47
Launch time: 2211 GMT (5:11 p.m. EST; 2:11 p.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launched a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket flew in the Medium+ (5,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 3, Oct. 18 and Dec. 13. Scrubbed on Jan. 10 by gusty winds that prevented mobile gantry rollback. Scrubbed by multiple technical issues on Jan. 11. Read our full story. [Jan. 12]
Jan. 11/12, 2018PSLV • Cartosat 2F
Launch time: 0359 GMT on 12th (10:59 p.m. EST on 11th)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C40 mission, launched India’s Cartosat 2F high-resolution Earth observation satellite. A collection of approximately 30 smaller secondary payloads from Indian and international companies and institutions were also on the launch, which was the first PSLV mission since a payload fairing separation failure in August 2017. The PSLV flew in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Dec. 30 and Jan. 10. Read our full story. [Jan. 12]
Jan. 11, 2018Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 2318 GMT (6:18 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng upper stage launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network into Medium Earth Orbit. Read our full story. [Jan. 11]
Jan. 8/9, 2018Long March 2D • Superview 1-03 and 04
Launch time: 0324 GMT on 9th (10:24 p.m. EST on 8th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched two SuperView 1 Earth observation satellites for Beijing Space View Technology Co. Also named GaoJing, the satellites will provide sub-meter high-resolution images for civilian and commercial customers in China and internationally. Delayed from December. Read our full story. [Jan. 9]
Jan. 7/8, 2018Falcon 9 • Zuma
Launch time: 0100 GMT on 8th (8:00 p.m. EST on 7th)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Zuma payload. Northrop Grumman arranged to launch the Zuma payload with SpaceX on behalf of the U.S. government, but no other details about the mission have been disclosed. Rumors swirled after the launch that the Zuma payload failed after reaching orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Delayed from Nov. 15 to complete mission assurance work. Delayed from Nov. 16. Delayed from Jan. 4 and Jan. 5. Read our full story. [Jan. 9]

2017

Dec. 26, 2017Zenit 3F • AngoSat
Launch time: 1900 GMT (2:00 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Ukrainian Zenit rocket with a Russian Fregat upper stage launched the AngoSat communications satellite. Built by RSC Energia in Russia, AngoSat is Angola’s first satellite. Delayed from Dec. 7. Read our full story. [Dec. 26]
Dec. 25, 2017Long March 2C • Yaogan 30-03
Launch time: 1944 GMT (2:44 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched with three Yaogan 30-03 surveillance satellites for the Chinese military. Read our full story. [Dec. 25]
Dec. 22/23, 2017Long March 2D • LKW-2
Launch time: 0414 GMT on 23rd (11:14 p.m. EST on 22nd)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched a secretive intelligence-gathering payload for the Chinese military. The name of the payload was announced as LKW-2 after the launch. Analysts believe it is a high-resolution military imaging satellite. Read our full story. [Dec. 23]
Dec. 22/23, 2017Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 31-40
Launch time: 0127:34 GMT on 23rd (8:27:34 p.m. EST; 5:27:34 p.m. PST on 22nd)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. This mission used a previously-flown first stage booster. Delayed from October and late November. Read our full story. [Dec. 23]
Dec. 22/23, 2017H-2A • GCOM-C & SLATS
Launch time: 0126:22 GMT on 23rd (8:26:22 p.m. EST on 22nd)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket, designated H-2A F37, launched the Global Changing Observation Mission-Climate, or GCOM-C, spacecraft and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. GCOM-C, nicknamed Shikisai, will conduct surface and atmospheric measurements related to the carbon cycle and radiation budget, such as clouds, aerosols, ocean color, vegetation, and snow and ice. SLATS, nicknamed Tsubame, is an experimental technology demonstration satellite carrying an ion engine that will fly in a “super low” orbit where it will encounter greater air resistance than most spacecraft. Read our full story. [Dec. 23]
Dec. 17, 2017Soyuz • ISS 53S
Launch time: 0721 GMT (2:21 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched 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 Oct. 26. Moved forward from Dec. 27. Read our full story. [Dec. 17]
Dec. 15, 2017Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 13
Launch time: 1536:09 GMT (10:36:09 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with a refurbished first stage booster launched the 15th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Delayed from Sept. 13, Nov. 1, Dec. 4, Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. Read our full story. [Dec. 15]
Dec. 12, 2017Ariane 5 • Galileo 19-22
Launch time: 1836:07 GMT (1:36:07 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ES rocket, designated VA240, to launch four Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. Delayed from Aug. 9. Read our full story. [Dec. 12]
Dec. 10, 2017Long March 3B • Alcomsat 1
Launch time: 1640 GMT (11:40 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched with the Alcomsat 1 geostationary communications satellite for the government of Algeria. Read our full story. [Dec. 10]
Dec. 2/3, 2017Long March 2D • LKW-1
Launch time: 0411 GMT on 3rd (11:11 p.m. EST on 2nd)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched a secretive intelligence-gathering payload for the Chinese military. The name of the payload was announced as LKW-1 after the launch. Analysts believe it is a high-resolution military imaging satellite. Read our full story. [Dec. 3]
Dec. 2, 2017Soyuz • Lotos-S1
Launch time: 1043 GMT (5:43 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a Lotos electronic intelligence spy satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration. Read our full story. [Dec. 2]
Nov. 28, 2017Soyuz • Meteor M2-1
Launch time: 0541:46 GMT (12:41:46 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched with the Russian Meteor M2-1 polar-orbiting weather satellite and several secondary payloads, including commercial weather CubeSats for Spire and an experimental low Earth orbit communications satellite for Telesat. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket used a Fregat upper stage, which failed to place the satellites in orbit. Read our full story. [Nov. 28]
Nov. 24, 2017Long March 2C • Yaogan 30-02
Launch time: 1810 GMT (1:10 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched with three Yaogan 30-02 surveillance satellites for the Chinese military. Read our full story. [Nov. 24]
Nov. 20/21, 2017Long March 6 • Jilin 1
Launch time: 0450 GMT on 21st (11:50 p.m. EST on 20th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 6 rocket launched three Jilin 1 Earth observation microsatellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. Read our full story. [Nov. 18]
Nov. 18, 2017Delta 2 • JPSS 1
Launch time: 0947:36 GMT (4:47:36 a.m. EST; 1:47:36 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket launched the first spacecraft in the Joint Polar Satellite System, NOAA’s next-generation series of polar-orbiting weather observatories. The rocket flew in the 7920 configuration with nine solid rocket boosters and no third stage. Delayed from March 16. Moved forward from Sept. 23. Delayed from Sept. 21. Delayed from Nov. 10 to change out battery on Delta 2. Scrubbed on Nov. 14 by boats in the range and first stage alarm. Scrubbed on Nov. 15 by unfavorable upper level winds. Read our full story. [Nov. 18]
Nov. 14, 2017Long March 4C • Fengyun 3D
Launch time: 1835 GMT (1:35 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket launched the Fengyun 3D weather satellite into polar orbit. Read our full story. [Nov. 14]
Nov. 12, 2017Antares • OA-8
Launch time: 1219:51 GMT (7:19:51 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket launched the ninth Cygnus cargo freighter on the eighth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-8. The rocket flew in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from July 6. Moved forward from Oct. 1. Delayed from Sept. 12 and Nov. 10. Scrubbed on Nov. 11 by aircraft in restricted airspace. Read our full story. [Nov. 13]
Nov. 7/8, 2017Vega • Mohammed VI-A
Launch time: 0142:31 GMT on 8th (8:42:31 p.m. EST on 7th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV11, launched with the Mohammed VI-A Earth observation satellite, also codenamed MN35-13, for the government of Morocco. Read our full story. [Nov. 8]
Nov. 5, 2017Long March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: 1145 GMT (6:45 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network. Read our full story. [Nov. 5]
Oct. 31, 2017Minotaur-C • SkySats
Launch time: 2137 GMT (5:37 p.m. EDT; 2:37 p.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-576E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
An Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket launched six SkySat Earth observation satellites and four Dove CubeSats for Planet. The Minotaur-C is an upgraded, renamed version of the Orbital Sciences Taurus rocket. Delayed from late 2015, mid-2016, October 2016, early 2017, May 2017 and September 2017. Delayed from Oct. 17. Read our full story. [Oct. 31]
Oct. 30, 2017Falcon 9 • Koreasat 5A
Launch window: 1934 GMT (3:34 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 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. Delayed from July and Oct. 14. Read our full story. [Oct. 30]
Oct. 15, 2017Atlas 5 • NROL-52
Launch time: 0728 GMT (3:28 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-075, launched a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket flew in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 31 and Sept. 25. Scrubbed on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 by bad weather. Scrubbed on Oct. 7 to replace telemetry transmitter on rocket. Read our full story. [Oct. 15]
Oct. 14, 2017Soyuz • Progress 68P
Launch time: 0846:53 GMT (4:46:53 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the 68th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Scrubbed on Oct. 12. Read our full story. [Oct. 14]
Oct. 13, 2017Rockot • Sentinel 5P
Launch time: 0927:44 GMT (5:27:44 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle launched 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. Delayed from Oct. 31, early 2017, June, August, Sept. 21 and Oct. 9. Read our full story. [Oct. 13]
Oct. 11, 2017Falcon 9 • SES 11/EchoStar 105
Launch time: 2253 GMT (6:53 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES-11/EchoStar 105 hybrid communications satellite to replace the AMC-15 and AMC-18 satellites. As SES-11, the spacecraft’s C-band capacity will provide replacement capacity for SES of Luxembourg for AMC-18. EchoStar Corp. of Englewood, Colorado, will market the Ku-Band transponder capacity, with coverage of the 50 U.S. states, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, as EchoStar 105, replacing AMC-15. The Falcon 9 rocket launched with a previously-flown first stage, which landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes after liftoff. Delayed from October, November, July and Sept. 27. Delayed from Oct. 6. Read our full story. [Oct. 11]
Oct. 9, 2017H-2A • Michibiki 4
Launch time: 2201:37 GMT (6:01:37 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched the Michibiki 4 navigation spacecraft, the fourth member of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System. Japan plans to initially deploy four QZSS satellites to augment regional navigation services over Japan and neighboring countries provided by the U.S. Global Positioning System. Read our full story. [Oct. 9]
Oct. 9, 2017Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 21-30
Launch time: 1237:01 GMT (8:37:01 a.m. EDT; 5:37:01 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. The Falcon 9’s first stage landed on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from October, December, April, August, Sept. 30 and Oct. 4. Read our full story. [Oct. 9]
Oct. 9, 2017Long March 2D • VRSS 2
Launch time: 0413 GMT (12:13 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket launched the second Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite, or VRSS 2. The Chinese-built satellite will collect imagery of Earth for the Venezuelan government for scientific research, national security and disaster response applications. Delayed from Sept. 6. Read our full story. [Oct. 9]
Sept. 29, 2017Ariane 5 • Intelsat 37e & BSAT 4a
Launch time: 2156 GMT (5:56 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA239, to launch the Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a communications satellites. The high-throughput Intelsat 37e satellite is part of Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet, providing broadband, video and mobile communications services. BSAT 4a will provide digital broadcast services over Japan, including 4K/8K Ultra HD services, for Broadcasting Satellite System Corp. Delayed from Aug. 31. Scrubbed on Sept. 5. Read our full story. [Sept. 29]
Sept. 29, 2017Long March 2C • Yaogan 30-01
Launch time: 0421 GMT (12:21 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket launched three Yaogan 30-01 satellites for electromagnetic experiments. Read our full story. [Sept. 29]
Sept. 28, 2017Proton • AsiaSat 9
Launch time: 1852:16 GMT (2:52:16 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage deployed the AsiaSat 9 communications satellite into orbit. AsiaSat 9 will provide additional capacity, enhanced power and coverage for direct broadcast, video distribution, private networks and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region for AsiaSat of Hong Kong. Read our full story. [Sept. 28]
Sept. 23/24, 2017Atlas 5 • NROL-42
Launch time: 0549:47 GMT on 24th (1:49:47 a.m. EDT; 10:49:47 p.m. PDT on 23rd)
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-072, launched a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket flew in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from June 13, Aug. 14, Sept. 11 and Sept. 21. Read our full story. [Sept. 24]
Sept. 21/22, 2017Soyuz • Glonass M
Launch time: 0002:32 GMT on 22nd (8:02:32 p.m. EDT on 21st)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Read our full story. [Sept. 22]
Sept. 12, 2017Soyuz • Soyuz 52S
Launch time: 2117:02 GMT (5:17:02 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched 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. Read our full story. [Sept. 12]
Sept. 11, 2017Proton • Amazonas 5
Launch time: 1923:41 GMT (3:23:41 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage deployed the Amazonas 5 communications satellite into orbit. Amazonas 5 will provide broadband, television, corporate network and other telecommunications services over Mexico, Central America and South America for Hispasat of Madrid. Read our full story. [Sept. 11]
Sept. 7, 2017Falcon 9 • OTV-5
Launch time: 1400 GMT (10:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the U.S. military’s X-37B, a spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program’s fifth mission. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to landing at Cape Canaveral a few minutes after liftoff. Delayed from Aug. 28. Read our full story. [Sept. 7]
Aug. 31, 2017PSLV • IRNSS 1H
Launch time: 1330 GMT (9:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C39 mission, failed during the launch of the IRNSS 1H navigation satellite. The payload was to be the eighth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. The PSLV flew in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Aug. 28. Read our full story. [Aug. 31]
Aug. 26, 2017Minotaur 4 • ORS 5
Launch window: 0604 GMT (2:04 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
An Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 rocket launched the ORS 5 mission for the U.S. military’s Operationally Responsive Space program. ORS 5, also known as SensorSat, is designed to scan for other satellites and debris to aid the U.S. military’s tracking of objects in geosynchronous orbit, replacing capability previously provided by the SBSS mission. The Minotaur 4 rocket flew with an Orion 38 fifth stage motor to give the launcher extra capability to place the ORS 5 payload into an equatorial orbit. Delayed from July 15. Read our full story. [Aug. 26]
Aug. 24, 2017Falcon 9 • Formosat 5
Launch time: 1851 GMT (2:51 p.m. EDT; 11:51 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Formosat 5 Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO). The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to landing on a platform downrange in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from July. Read our full story. [Aug. 24]
Aug. 19, 2017H-2A • Michibiki 3
Launch window: 0529 GMT (1:29 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket, designated H-2A F35, launched the Michibiki 3 navigation spacecraft, the third member of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System. Japan plans to initially deploy four QZSS satellites to augment regional navigation services over Japan and neighboring countries provided by the U.S. Global Positioning System. Delayed from Aug. 11 by poor weather forecast. Scrubbed on Aug. 12 by helium leak. Read our full story. [Aug. 19]
Aug. 18, 2017Atlas 5 • TDRS M
Launch time: 1229 GMT (8:29 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-074, launched the TDRS M communications and data relay satellite for NASA. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) connects mission control with the International Space Station and other orbiting satellites. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Moved forward from Aug. 4. Delayed from Aug. 3. Moved forward from Aug. 20. Read our full story. [Aug. 18]
Aug. 16, 2017Proton • Blagovest No. 11L
Launch time: 2207 GMT (6:07 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage launched the Blagovest No. 11L communications satellite to cover Russian territory and provide high-speed Internet, television and radio broadcast, and voice and video conferencing services for Russian domestic and military users. Read our full story. [Aug. 16]
Aug. 14, 2017Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 12
Launch time: 1631:37 GMT (12:31:37 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 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. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage returned to landing at Cape Canaveral a few minutes after liftoff. Delayed from Dec. 15, 1st Quarter, April 8, June 1 and Aug. 10. Moved up from Aug. 14. Delayed from Aug. 13. Read our full story. [Aug. 14]
Aug. 1/2, 2017Vega • Optsat 3000 & Venus
Launch time: 0158:33 GMT on 2nd (9:58:33 p.m. EDT on 1st)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV10, launched with the Optsat 3000 high-resolution reconnaissance satellite for the Italian military and the French-Israeli Venus environmental satellite to monitor the health of vegetation and test an experimental plasma thruster system in orbit. Read our full story. [Aug. 1]
July 28, 2017Soyuz • ISS 51S
Launch time: 1541:12 GMT (11:41:12 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched 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 May 29. Read our full story. [July 28]
July 14, 2017Soyuz • Kanopus-V-IK
Launch time: 0636:49 GMT (2:36:49 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the Kanopus-V-IK infrared Earth observation satellite for Roscosmos. Several other payloads, including multiple small spacecraft from U.S. companies, were also be aboard the launch. The rocket flew in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 22 and Jan. 28. Read our full story. [July 14]
July 5, 2017Falcon 9 • Intelsat 35e
Launch time: 2338 GMT (7:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. The high-throughput Intelsat 35e satellite is part of Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet, providing broadband, video and mobile communications services over eastern North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa. Delayed from April and July 1. Scrubbed on July 2 and July 3. Read our full story. [July 5]
July 2, 2017Long March 5 • Shijian 18
Launch time: 1123:23 GMT (7:23:23 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 5 rocket failed in the launch of the Shijian 18 communications satellite. Shijian 18 was the first spacecraft based on the new DFH-5 communications satellite platform, a heavier, higher-power next-generation design. Delayed from June. Read our full story. [July 2]
June 28, 2017Ariane 5 • Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN & GSAT 17
Launch time: 2115 GMT (5:15 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA238, to launch the Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN and GSAT 17 communications satellites. The Hellas-Sat 3/Inmarsat S EAN “condosat” spacecraft will support the European Aviation Network, delivering high-capacity Wi-Fi connectivity to airline passengers throughout Europe, on behalf of Inmarsat of London and provide direct television broadcast services over Europe and Africa for the Greek operator Hellas-Sat. GSAT 17 will support national communications services over India for the Indian Space Research Organization. Read our full story. [June 28]
June 25, 2017Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 11-20
Launch time: 2025:14 GMT (4:25:14 p.m. EDT; 1:25:14 p.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from October, December and April. Moved forward from June 29. Read our full story. [June 25]
June 23, 2017Falcon 9 • BulgariaSat 1
Launch time: 1910 GMT (3:10 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite. BulgariaSat 1 will provide direct-to-home television broadcast and data communications services over southeast Europe for Bulsatcom. The payload is the first geostationary communications satellite owned by a Bulgarian company. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage was a re-flown booster. Read our full story. [June 23]
June 23, 2017Soyuz 2-1v • Kosmos 2519
Launch time: 1804 GMT (2:04 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian Soyuz 2-1v rocket launched a payload designated Kosmos 2519. Details on the payload were unconfirmed, but some reports suggest the satellite will make geodetic measurements of Earth for Russian military applications. Read our full story. [June 23]
June 22/23, 2017PSLV • Cartosat 2E
Launch time: 0359 GMT on 23rd (11:59 p.m. EDT on 22nd)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C38 mission, launched India’s Cartosat 2E high-resolution Earth observation satellite and a collection of smaller secondary payloads from international customers. The PSLV flew in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. Delayed from April 15 and May 25. Read our full story. [June 23]
June 18, 2017Long March 3B • Chinasat 9A
Launch time: 1611 GMT (12:11 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the Chinasat 9A communications satellite, but failed to place the payload into the proper orbit. Chinasat 9A is designed to provide direct-to-home television broadcast services over China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. Read our full story. [June 18]
June 14/15, 2017Long March 4B • HXMT
Launch time: 0300 GMT on 15th (11:00 p.m. EDT on 14th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket launched the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope. The HXMT mission will conduct an all-sky survey with a suite of instruments designed to image the universe in the highest-energy X-rays, and study the formation and behavior of black holes and active galactic nuclei. Read our full story. [June 15]
June 14, 2017Soyuz • Progress 67P
Launch time: 0920:13 GMT (5:20:13 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched the 67th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Read our full story. [June 14]
June 7/8, 2017Proton • EchoStar 21
Launch time: 0345:47 GMT on 8th (11:45:47 p.m. EDT on 7th)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage deployed 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, Aug. 29, Oct. 10, Nov. 23, Dec. 22, Dec. 28, Jan. 31, February, April 29 and May 29. Read our full story. [June 8]
June 5, 2017GSLV Mk.3 • GSAT 19
Launch time: 1158 GMT (7:58 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3) launched on its first orbital test flight with the GSAT 19 experimental communications satellite. Delayed from December, Jan. 18, Jan. 20, March, April and May. Read our full story. [June 3]
June 3, 2017Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 11
Launch time: 2107:38 GMT (5:07:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 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, Jan. 13, Feb. 1, April 9 and May 14. Scrubbed on June 1. Read our full story. [June 3]
June 1, 2017Ariane 5 • ViaSat 2 & Eutelsat 172B
Launch time: 2345 GMT (7:45 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA237, to launch the ViaSat 2 and Eutelsat 172B communications satellites. The ViaSat 2 satellite will provide Ka-band services supporting high-speed Internet connectivity across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America on airplanes, ships and on land. Eutelsat 172B will provide multi-band communications services, including video broadcasts and data network support from the West Coast of North America to Southeast Asia, and in-flight Internet and television for travelers crossing the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from April 25. Read our full story. [June 1]
May 31/June 1, 2017H-2A • Michibiki 2
Launch time: 0017:46 GMT on June 1 (8:17:46 p.m. EDT on May 31)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched the Michibiki 2 navigation spacecraft, the second member of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System. Japan plans to initially deploy four QZSS satellites to augment regional navigation services over Japan and neighboring countries provided by the U.S. Global Positioning System. Read our full story. [May 31]
May 25, 2017Soyuz • EKS 2
Launch time: 0634 GMT (2:34 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the EKS 2 early warning satellite for the Russian military. The EKS, or Tundra, satellites fly in highly elliptical tundra orbits. The rocket flew in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Read our full story. [May 25]
May 25, 2017Electron • It’s a Test
Launch time: 0420 GMT (12:20 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its maiden orbital test flight from a new facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island, but failed to reach orbit. The commercial rocket is designed to carry small spacecraft into orbit, but the inaugural launch did not have any satellites on-board. Rocket Lab dubbed the maiden flight “It’s a Test.” Delayed from May 21. Scrubbed on May 22 and May 23. Read our full story. [May 25]
May 18, 2017Soyuz • SES 15
Launch time: 1154:53 GMT (7:54:53 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS17, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried the SES 15 communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. Built by Boeing with an all-electric propulsion system, SES 15 will provide in-flight Internet connectivity for airline passengers, and support government, networking and maritime customers across North America. SES 15 also hosts a payload for the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System to enhance airline navigation and safety. The Soyuz 2-1a (Soyuz ST-A) rocket used a Fregat-M upper stage. Read our full story. [May 18]
May 15, 2017Falcon 9 • Inmarsat 5 F4
Launch time: 2321 GMT (7:21 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Inmarsat 5 F4 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. Inmarsat 5 F4 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. The spacecraft was originally supposed to launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket. Delayed from April 30. Read our full story. [May 15]
May 5, 2017GSLV Mk.2 • GSAT 9
Launch time: 1127 GMT (7:27 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), flying on the GSLV-F09 mission, launched the GSAT 9 satellite to provide communications services over India and neighboring countries. Delayed from March and April 4. Read our full story. [May 5]
May 4, 2017Ariane 5 • SGDC & Koreasat 7
Launch time: 2150 GMT (5:50 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA236, to launch the SGDC and Koreasat 7 communications satellites. The Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications, or SGDC, satellite will provide X-band and Ka-band military and civil communications services for the Brazilian government and Visiona Tecnologia Espacial, a joint venture between Embraer and Telebras. Koreasat 7 will provide broadcasting and telecommunications services over Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and India for KTsat of South Korea. Delayed from March 21, March 22 and March 23. Read our full story. [May 4]
May 1, 2017Falcon 9 • NROL-76
Launch time: 1115 GMT (7:15 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. This was SpaceX’s first launch for the NRO. Delayed from April 16. Scrubbed on April 30. Read our full story. [May 1]
April 20, 2017Long March 7 • Tianzhou 1
Launch time: 1141:35 GMT (7:41:35 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 7 rocket launched the Tianzhou 1 cargo freighter to demonstrate China’s capability to resupply and refuel the Tiangong 2 space lab and future space station. Read our full story. [April 20]
April 20, 2017Soyuz • ISS 50S
Launch time: 0713:44 GMT (3:13:44 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched a 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 March 11. Read our full story. [April 20]
April 18, 2017Atlas 5 • OA-7
Launch time: 1511:26 GMT (11:11:26 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-070, launched 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 flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from March 9, March 21 and March 27. Read our full story. [April 18]
April 12, 2017Long March 3B • Shijian 13/Chinasat 16
Launch time: 1104 GMT (7:04 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the experimental Shijian 13 communications satellite. Shijian 13, also known as Chinasat 16, will demonstrate electric propulsion systems and test a high-throughput communications payload to provide Internet connectivity on airliners and high-speed trains. Read our full story. [April 12]
March 30, 2017Falcon 9 • SES 10
Launch time: 2227 GMT (6:27 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 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, October, February March 27 and March 29. Read our full story. [March 30]
March 17/18, 2017Delta 4 • WGS 9
Launch time: 0018 GMT on 18th (8:18 p.m. EDT on 17th)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket launched 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 flew in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Feb. 2, March 2, March 8 and March 17. Read our full story. [March 17]
March 16/17, 2017H-2A • IGS Radar 5
Launch time: 0120 GMT on 17th (9:20 p.m. EDT on 16th)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched an Information Gathering Satellite with a radar reconnaissance payload for the Japanese government. Delayed from March 16. Read our full story. [March 17]
March 16, 2017Falcon 9 • EchoStar 23
Launch time: 0600 GMT (2 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 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, 4th quarter, Jan. 8, Jan. 26, Jan. 30, Feb. 3 and Feb. 28. Scrubbed on March 12. Read our full story. [March 16]
March 6/7, 2017Vega • Sentinel 2B
Launch time: 0149:24 GMT on 7th (8:49:24 p.m. EST on 6th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV09, launched with the Sentinel 2B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 2A carries an optical imaging payload for land observation. Read our full story. [March 6]
March 2, 2017KT-2 • TK-1
Launch time: 2353 GMT (6:53 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese KT-2 rocket launched on its first mission with the TK-1 satellite, an experimental payload designed to test remote sensing and small spacecraft technologies. Read our full story. [March 2]
March 1, 2017Atlas 5 • NROL-79
Launch time: 1749:51 GMT (12:49:51 p.m. EST; 9:49:51 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-068, launched a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket flew in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 1, Jan. 26 and Feb. 9. Read our full story. [March 1]
Feb. 22, 2017Soyuz • Progress 66P
Launch time: 0558:33 GMT (12:58:33 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket launched the 66th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Feb. 1, Feb. 2 and Feb. 21. Read our full story. [Feb. 22]
Feb. 19, 2017Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 10
Launch time: 1439 GMT (9:39 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 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. Delayed from Nov. 11, Jan. 22 and Feb. 8. Moved up from Feb. 15. Delayed from Feb. 14. Scrubbed on Feb. 18. Read our full story. [Feb. 19]
Feb. 14/15, 2017PSLV • Cartosat 2D
Launch time: 0358 GMT on 15th (10:58 p.m. EST on 14th)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C37 mission, launched India’s Cartosat 2D high-resolution Earth observation satellite and a collection of 103 smaller secondary payloads from international customers. Delayed from Jan. 27. Read our full story. [Feb. 14]
Feb. 14, 2017Ariane 5 • Sky Brasil 1 & Telkom 3S
Launch time: 2139 GMT (4:39 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace used an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA235, to launch the Intelsat 32e/Sky Brasil 1 and Telkom 3S communications satellites. The Intelsat 32e/Sky Brasil 1 satellite will provide direct-to-home television programming for DirecTV Latin America customers in Brazil. Telkom 3S will support high-definition television broadcasts, Internet traffic and mobile networks over Indonesia, Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia for PT Telkom. Read our full story. [Feb. 14]
Jan. 27/28, 2017Soyuz • Hispasat 36W-1
Launch time: 0103:34 GMT on 28th (8:03:34 p.m. EST on 27th)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS16, launched on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz carried the Hispasat 36W-1 communications satellite. Also known as Hispasat AG1, the satellite is based on the Small GEO platform developed by OHB and the European Space Agency and is owned by Madrid-based Hispasat to provide communications services over Spain, Portugal and the Americas. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket used a Fregat-MT upper stage. Read our full story. [Jan. 27]
Jan. 24, 2017H-2A • DSN 2
Launch time: 0744 GMT (2:44 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket launched the DSN 2 military communications satellite for the Japanese Ministry of Defense. Owned by DSN Corp., a joint venture between SKY Perfect JSAT, NEC Corp., and NTT Communications, the DSN 2 satellite will provide X-band communications services for Japanese military units. Read our full story. [Jan. 24]
Jan. 20/21, 2017Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 3
Launch time: 0042 GMT on 21st (7:42 p.m. EST on 20th)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-066, launched the U.S. military’s third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 3, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket flew 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, July 27 and Oct. 3. Scrubbed on Jan. 19. Read our full story. [Jan. 20]
Jan. 14, 2017SS-520-4 • TRICOM 1
Launch time: 2333 GMT (6:33 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s SS-520-4 rocket, a modified sounding rocket with an added third stage, failed during launch on an experimental demonstration flight with the TRICOM 1 spacecraft, a 3U CubeSat with a store and forward communications system and an imaging camera. Scrubbed on Jan. 10. Read our full story. [Jan. 14]
Jan. 14, 2017Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 1-10
Launch time: 1754:39 GMT (12:54:39 p.m. EST; 9:54:39 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from 1st Quarter. Moved up from August. Delayed from July, Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Dec. 16 and Jan. 9. Read our full story. [Jan. 14]
Jan. 8/9, 2017Kuaizhou 1A • Multi-payload
Launch time: 0411 GMT on 9th (11:11 p.m. EST on 8th)
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A rocket launched with several Chinese spacecraft, including a Lingqiao Earth observation satellite to collect commercial high-resolution video imagery and two experimental CubeSats. Read our full story. [Jan. 9]
Jan. 5, 2017Long March 3B • TJS 2
Launch time: 1518 GMT (10:18 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket launched the TJS 2 satellite, the second spacecraft in a series of Chinese demonstration missions to test broadcast communications technologies. Delayed from Dec. 30. Read our full story. [Jan. 5]
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