October 20, 2017

Launch Schedule

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

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

Latest changes:

Oct. 18: Adding Long March 3B/Beidou; Antares/OA-8 delayed; Adding Falcon 9/Zuma; Adding Long March 4C/Fengyun 3D; Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 13 delayed; Adding date for Zenit 3F/AngoSat; Adding Proton/Blagovest No. 12L; Adding Ariane 5/Hylas 4 & Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38
Oct. 14: Atlas 5/NROL-52 scrubbed
Oct. 12: Soyuz/Progress 68P scrubbed; Minotaur-C/SkySats delayed; Updating time for Antares/OA-8; Vega/Aeolus delayed; Adding Ariane 5/SES 14 & Al Yah 3
Oct. 10: Adding date for Atlas 5/NROL-52; Falcon Heavy/Demo Flight delayed; Adding Soyuz/Meteor M2-1; Adding Soyuz/Kanopus-V 3 and 4; Falcon 9/SES 16/GovSat 1 delayed
Oct. 7: Atlas 5/NROL-52 scrubbed

Oct. 30Falcon 9 • Koreasat 5A
Launch window: 1934-2158 GMT (3:34-5:58 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Koreasat 5A communications satellite for KTsat based in South Korea. Koreasat 5A will provide direct-to-home television broadcast and other communications services over Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Guam, Indochina, and South Asia. The satellite will also support maritime communications. Delayed from July and Oct. 14. [Sept. 30]
Late OctoberMinotaur-C • SkySat
Launch time: Approx. 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 will launch six SkySat Earth observation satellites for Planet and several CubeSat secondary payloads for university and corporate customers. 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. [Oct. 12]
NovemberLong March 3B • Beidou
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch two satellites for the country’s Beidou navigation network. [Oct. 18]
Nov. 7/8Vega • MN35-13
Launch time: 0142:30 GMT on 8th (8:42:30 p.m. EST on 7th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV11, will launch with the MN35-13 Earth observation satellite for the government of Morocco. [Sept. 12]
Nov. 10Delta 2 • JPSS 1
Launch time: 0947:03-0948:05 GMT (4:47:03-4:48:05 a.m. EST; 1:47:03-1:48:05 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the first spacecraft in the Joint Polar Satellite System, NOAA’s next-generation series of polar-orbiting weather observatories. The rocket will fly in the 7920 configuration with nine solid rocket boosters and no third stage. Delayed from March 16. Moved forward from Sept. 23. Delayed from Sept. 21. [Sept. 17]
Nov. 11Antares • OA-8
Launch time: 1237 GMT (7:37 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch 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 will fly 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. [Oct. 18]
Mid-NovemberFalcon 9 • Zuma
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Zuma payload. The identity of the Zuma payload remains secret, and its mission and owner have not been disclosed. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. [Oct. 18]

Nov. 15Long March 4C • Fengyun 3D
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket will launch the Fengyun 3D weather satellite into polar orbit. [Oct. 18]

4th QuarterElectron • Still Testing
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its second orbital test flight, which Rocket Lab calls “Still Testing,” from a new facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The commercial rocket is designed to carry small spacecraft into orbit. Several commercial CubeSats are expected to be aboard the Electron’s second mission. Delayed from mid-2017. [Aug. 9]
Late NovemberFalcon 9 • Iridium Next 31-40
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from October. [July 27]
Nov. 28Soyuz • Meteor M2-1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Russian Meteor M2-1 polar-orbiting weather satellite and several secondary payloads, including Earth observation CubeSats for Planet and Spire. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [Oct. 10]
TBDEpsilon • ASNARO 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket will launch 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. [Sept. 30]
Dec. 4Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 13
Launch time: 1952 GMT (2:52 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. Delayed from Sept. 13 and Nov. 1. [Oct. 18]

Dec. 7Zenit 3F • AngoSat
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Ukrainian Zenit rocket with a Russian Fregat upper stage will launch the AngoSat communications satellite. Built by RSC Energia in Russia, AngoSat is Angola’s first satellite. [Oct. 18]

Dec. 8Pegasus XL • ICON
Launch time: 1528 GMT (10:28 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
L-1011, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions. Delayed from June 15 and Nov. 14. [Sept. 17]
DecemberFalcon 9 • Hispasat 30W-6
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. [Aug. 15]
Dec. 12Ariane 5 • Galileo 19-22
Launch time: 1836:07 GMT (1:36:07 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use 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. [Sept. 12]
Dec. 13Delta 4 • NROL-47
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 3 and Oct. 18. [June 8]
Dec. 17Soyuz • ISS 53S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. Delayed from Oct. 26. Moved forward from Dec. 27. [Sept. 30]
Late 2017Falcon Heavy • Demo Flight
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch on its first demonstration flight. The heavy-lift rocket is formed of three Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together with 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff. Delayed from 3rd Quarter of 2015 and April, September and December 2016. Delayed from 1st Quarter 2017, 2nd Quarter 2017 and 3rd Quarter 2017. Delayed from November 2017. [Oct. 10]
Dec. 22Soyuz • Kanopus-V 3 and 4
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch 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. The Soyuz 2-1a rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [Oct. 10]
Dec. 25Proton • Blagovest No. 12L
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage will launch 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. [Oct. 18]
JanuaryFalcon 9 • SES 16/GovSat 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and the government of Luxembourg. The SES 16/GovSat 1 satellite will provide secure military X-band and Ka-band communications links, helping support Luxembourg’s NATO obligations. The satellite was built by Orbital ATK. Delayed from December. [Oct. 10]
JanuaryFalcon 9 • Iridium Next 41-50
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from December. [Sept. 12]
Jan. 18Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-076, will launch the U.S. military’s fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 4, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 27 and Nov. 9. [Aug. 15]
Jan. 23Ariane 5 • SES 14 & Al Yah 3
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA241, to launch the SES 14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites. 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. [Oct. 12]
Feb. 9Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 14
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. [Sept. 30]
Feb. 13Soyuz • Progress 69P
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 69th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Feb. 9. [Sept. 30]
FebruaryFalcon 9 • Bangabandhu 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. Delayed from December. [Oct. 4]
Early 2018Falcon Heavy • Arabsat 6A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch 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. [July 17]
March 1Atlas 5 • GOES-S
Launch time: 1001 GMT (5:01 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-079, will launch 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 will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [July 17]
MarchAriane 5 • Hylas 4 & Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA242, to launch the Hylas 4 and Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 communications satellites. 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. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 satellite will provide direct-to-home and networking services over Europe, Central and South Asia, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa for Azercosmos, Azerbaijan’s national satellite operator. Intelsat will use capacity on the Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 satellite to support direct-to-home, network and government applications over Central and Eastern Europe and Africa, replacing the Intelsat 12 communications spacecraft. [Oct. 18]
MarchGSLV Mk. 2 • Chandrayaan 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2) will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission, India’s second mission to the moon. Chandrayaan 2 will consist of an orbiter, lander and rover launched together into a high Earth orbit. The orbiter is designed to use on-board propulsion to reach the moon, then release the lander and rover. [Sept. 30]
MarchRockot • Sentinel 3B
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch 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. [July 19]
March 10Soyuz • ISS 54S
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. Moved forward from March 14. [July 17]
NET March 20Falcon 9 • TESS
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. [May 19]
April 18Atlas 5 • AFSPC 11
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-081, will launch the AFSPC 11 mission for the U.S. Air Force. Delayed from Dec. 7 and March. [May 19]
April 25Soyuz • ISS 55S
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. Moved forward from April 27. [Sept. 30]
AprilFalcon 9 • Crew Dragon Demo 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. Delayed from December 2016, May 2017, July 2017, August 2017, November 2017 and February 2018. [Sept. 30]
NET April 30Falcon Heavy • STP-2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission with a cluster of military and scientific research satellites. The heavy-lift rocket is formed of three Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together with 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff. Delayed from October 2016, March 2017 and September 2017. [July 25]
May 1Antares • OA-9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch 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 will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from March. [Sept. 30]
May 5Atlas 5 • InSight
Launch time: 1110 GMT (7:10 a.m. EDT; 4:10 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch 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 will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from March 2016. [July 25]
June 27Soyuz • Progress 70P
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 70th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from April 15. [Aug. 15]
Mid-2018Vega • Aeolus
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV12, will launch with the Aeolus satellite for the European Space Agency. ADM-Aeolus will be the first ever satellite to deliver wind profiles on a global scale and on a daily basis. Delayed from November and Jan. 20. [Oct. 12]
JulyAtlas 5 • AEHF 4
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-073, will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 15, Jan. 26, May 4, June 22, June 29 and Oct. 11. [Aug. 15]
July 31Delta 4-Heavy • Parker Solar Probe
Launch time: 1407 GMT (10:07 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch 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 will be 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. [Aug. 15]
TBDLong March 5 • Chang’e 5
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Chang’e 5 mission to return samples from the moon. It is the first lunar sample return mission attempted since 1976. Delayed from November. [Sept. 26]
TBDDelta 4 • GPS 3-01
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from May 3 and late 2017. [March 8]
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