December 15, 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:

Dec. 14: Electron/Still Testing scrubbed
Dec. 13: Electron/Still Testing scrubbed
Dec. 12: Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 13 delayed
Dec. 11: Electron/Still Testing scrubbed; Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 13 delayed
Dec. 10: Electron/Still Testing scrubbed
Dec. 8: Electron/Still Testing delayed; Adding time for Long March 3B/Alcomsat 1; Adding date and time for Epsilon/ASNARO 2; Soyuz/Kanopus-V 3 and 4 delayed; Falcon Heavy/STP-2 delayed
Dec. 7: Electron/Still Testing delayed; Delta 4/NROL-47 delayed
Dec. 5: Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 13 delayed; Adding date for Falcon 9/Zuma; Falcon 9/SES 16/GovSat 1 delayed; Adding Falcon 9/Iridium 51-56 & GRACE Follow-On
Dec. 4: Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 13 delayed; Ariane 5/SES 14 & Al Yah 3 delayed; Adding Soyuz/O3b F4

Dec. 15Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 13
Launch time: 1536 GMT (10:36 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 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. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return 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. [Dec. 12]
NET Dec. 16/17Electron • Still Testing
Launch window: 0130-0530 GMT on 17th (8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EST on 16th/17th)
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. Three commercial CubeSats for Planet and Spire are 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. [Dec. 14]
Dec. 17Soyuz • ISS 53S
Launch time: 0720 GMT (2:20 a.m. EST)
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. [Nov. 22]
Dec. 22/23Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 31-40
Launch time: 0126 GMT on 23rd (8:26 p.m. EST; 5:26 p.m. PST on 22nd)
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. This mission will use a previously-flown first stage booster, and the first stage will land on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from October and late November. [Oct. 21]
Dec. 22/23H-2A • GCOM-C & SLATS
Launch time: 0126:22-0148:22 GMT on 23rd (8:26:22-8:48:22 p.m. EST on 22nd)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket, designated H-2A F37, will launch 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. [Nov. 22]
Dec. 26Zenit 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. Delayed from Dec. 7. [Nov. 27]
Dec. 27/28SS-520-5 • TRICOM 1R
Launch window: 0330-0515 GMT on 28th (10:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. EST on 27th/28th)
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s SS-520-5 rocket, a modified sounding rocket with an added third stage, will launch 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 is the second flight of an SS-520 variant to attempt an orbital launch after a failure in January 2017. [Dec. 8]
Late DecemberLong March 2D • Superview 1-03 and 04
Launch time: Approx. 1805 GMT (1:05 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch 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. [Nov. 22]
NET Jan. 4Falcon 9 • Zuma
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return 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. [Dec. 5]
JanuaryPSLV • Cartosat 2ER & NovaSAR-S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C40 mission, will launch India’s Cartosat 2ER high-resolution Earth observation satellite and the NovaSAR-S radar remote sensing satellite for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of the United Kingdom. A collection of approximately 30 smaller secondary payloads from Indian and international companies and institutions will also be on the launch, which will be the first PSLV mission since a payload fairing separation failure in August 2017. The PSLV will fly in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Dec. 30. [Dec. 1]
JanuaryFalcon 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. The first Falcon Heavy rocket will attempt to place 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. [Nov. 28]
Jan. 10Delta 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, Oct. 18 and Dec. 13. [Dec. 7]
JanuaryGSLV Mk.2 • GSAT 6A
Launch time: TBD
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, will launch 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 will fly with an upgraded Indian-built cryogenic upper stage. [Nov. 22]
Jan. 16Epsilon • ASNARO 2
Launch window: 2100-2135 GMT (4:00-4:35 p.m. EST)
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. [Dec. 8]
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. 25Ariane 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. Moved up from Jan. 23. Delayed from Jan. 18. [Dec. 5]
NET Jan. 30Falcon 9 • SES 16/GovSat 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 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 and Jan. 15. [Dec. 5]
NET Jan. 30Falcon 9 • Paz
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. Multiple smaller secondary payloads will also launch on the Falcon 9 rocket. [Oct. 21]
Feb. 1Long March 2D • CSES
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch 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 will include 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. [Dec. 1]
Early 2018Soyuz • 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. Delayed from Dec. 22. [Dec. 8]
Early 2018Falcon 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. Delayed from December. [Nov. 13]
Early 2018Pegasus XL • ICON
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
L-1011, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions. Delayed from June 15, Nov. 14 and Dec. 8. [Nov. 13]
NET FebruaryProton • 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. Delayed from Dec. 25. [Nov. 15]
1st QuarterFalcon 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]
Feb. 11Soyuz • 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. Moved up from Feb. 13. [Nov. 27]
FebruaryFalcon 9 • SES 12
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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. [Oct. 21]
March 1Soyuz • O3b F4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS18, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the fourth set of four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides broadband service to developing countries. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [Dec. 5]
March 1Atlas 5 • GOES-S
Launch time: 2202-0002 GMT (5:02-7:02 p.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. [Nov. 22]
MarchFalcon 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 and February. [Nov. 27]
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]
March 13Falcon 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. Delayed from Feb. 9. [Nov. 27]
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]
First Half of 2018GSLV Mk.3 • GSAT 29
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), designated GSLV Mk.3-D2, will launch the GSAT 29 communications satellite carrying Ka-band, Ku-band and optical communications payloads. [Nov. 15]
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]
March 21/22Falcon 9 • Iridium Next 51-56 & GRACE Follow-On
Launch time: 0143:38 GMT (9:43:38 p.m. EDT; 6:43:38 p.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 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). [Dec. 5]
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]
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]
NET JuneFalcon 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. Delayed from April 30. [Dec. 8]
June 6Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 15
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 17th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 15th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. [Nov. 27]
June 13Soyuz • 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. Moved up from June 27. [Nov. 27]
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]
AugustH-2B • HTV 7
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the seventh H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an unmanned cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. [Nov. 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]
Sept. 7Soyuz • ISS 56S
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. [Nov. 27]
Oct. 11Soyuz • Progress 71P
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 71st Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Nov. 27]
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