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Apr 25 Sentinel-3B

Rokot
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time 8:57 PM MSK / 2018-04-25 17:57:00Z

Sentinel-3B is part of the European "Copernicus" program, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), for establishing a European capacity for Earth observation. The main objective of the Sentinel-3B Earth observation satellite is to perform measurements of sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land color.

May 4 Bangabandhu-1

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 4:00 PM EDT / 2018-05-04 20:00:00Z
Window 2 hours, 25 minutes

SpaceX will launch Bangabandhu-1 atop a Falcon 9 rocket for Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited. It will be the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite and will operate at 119.1 degrees East longitude.

May 5 InSight and Mars Cube One

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time 4:10 AM PDT / 2018-05-05 11:10:00Z

NASA's next mission to Mars, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) was slated to launch in 2016. The mission will now take place no earlier than May 2018.

NETMay 6 Apstar 6C

Long March 3B
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-2
Time TBD

The China National Space Administration is planning on using a Long March 3B rocket to send the Apstar 6C communications satellite to orbit. Although an exact launch time has yet to be announced, the mission appears to be scheduled to get underway on March 15, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

May 19 Iridium NEXT Flight 6 & GRACE follow-on

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 1:03 PM PDT / 2018-05-19 20:03:00Z

The sixth of eight planned SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch up to 10 additional next-generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. This launch will send five Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit along with NASA's GRACE follow-on mission.

NETMay 20 OA-9

Antares 200
Location Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time TBD

The third flight of Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the ninth Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. This version of Orbital ATK's Antares launch vehicle utilizes two RD-191 rocket engines in its first stage. The Antares 200 is a medium class launcher that is flown from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

NETMay 24 SES-12

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time TBD

SpaceX will launch the SES-12 satellite, up to now slated for an Ariane-5 launch, on a Falcon 9 rocket.

NETMay It’s Business Time

Electron
Location Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Time TBD
Window 4 hours

Rocket Labs is set to fly its first fully commercial mission. According to the company, the mission, dubbed "It's Business Time," includes payload for "Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems." A four hour launch window will be available at the same time for 14 days beginning 12:30 p.m. April 20 New Zealand Time (00:30 GMT April 21), 2018.

NETJun 6 Soyuz MS-09

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-09 will launch three members of Expedition 56 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETJun 13 STP-2

Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

The Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission is comprised of a cluster of military and scientific research satellites for the United States Air Force (USAF). The mission is currently slated to use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to be launch from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

NETJun 14 ICON

Pegasus-XL
Location Kwajalein Atoll
Time TBD

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will be the 44th satellite launched to orbit by Orbital ATK's air-dropped Pegasus XL rocket, carried to drop altitude by an L-1011 carrier aircraft. ICON will study Earth's ionosphere, a region of the upper atmosphere affected by solar storms and weather phenomena where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere affect GPS/satellite navigation and radio transmissions.

NETJun 28 CRS-15

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD
Window 1 second

SpaceX will conduct its 15th Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

NETJun GSAT-29

GSLV Mk III
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD

The India Space Research Organisation will launch the GSAT-29 communications satellite into space atop a GSLV Mk III rocket. It will carry Ka- and Ku multi-beam and optical communications payloads.

NETJul 10 Progress MS-09

Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

The second Russian cargo flight to ISS in 2018. The Progress MS-09 will bring a fresh load of cargo to the International Space Station.

Jul 31 Parker Solar Probe

Delta IV Heavy
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time 10:07 AM EDT / 2018-07-31 14:07:00Z

NASA’s 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.

NETAug Crew Dragon Demo 1

Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

A SpaceX "full thrust" Falcon 9 rocket will launch the crewed variant of the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace firm's Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on an un-piloted test flight. The mission is slated to get underway from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

NETAug HTV-7

H-IIB
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 2
Time TBD

The seventh Japanese cargo mission in support of the International Space Station is set to launch in August 2018.

NETSep 14 Soyuz MS-10

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-10 will launch three members of Expedition 57 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Ovchinin and Nikolai Tikhonov, and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETSep GPS 3-01

Delta IV Medium+ (4,2)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time TBD

GPS 3-01 is the first of the U.S. Air Force’s third-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) navigation satellites. The first ten GPS III satellites are scheduled for launch beginning in 2018, continuing through at least 2022.

NETSep ADM-Aeolus

Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time TBD

Vega rocket VV12 will launch the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission Aeolus (ADM-Aeolus) satellite for the European Space Agency. ADM-Aeolus will be the first equipment capable of delivering global wind profiles on a daily basis.

NETOct 18 AEHF 4

Atlas V 531
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the United States Air Force (USAF). Built by Lockheed Martin, this secure military communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military and allied forces. The satellite will launch aboard ULA's Atlas V in the 531 configuration: a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters, and a single engine on the Centaur upper stage.

NETOct Chandrayaan-2

GSLV Mk II
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD

India's second robotic mission to the Moon will be launched by a GSLV Mk II rocket. The Chandrayaan-2 mission will include an orbiter, lander and rover. Once in orbit around the Moon, the lander/rover combo will detach from the orbiter to descend to the surface. Once landed, the six-wheeled rover will be deployed. Meanwhile, the orbiter will perform remote-sensing activities.

NETNov 10 OA-10

Antares 200
Location Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time TBD

Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the 10th operational Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. This version of Orbital ATK's Antares launch vehicle utilizes two RD-181 rocket engines in its first stage. The Antares booster is launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

NETNov 15 Soyuz MS-11

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-11 will launch three members of Expedition 56 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETNov 16 CRS-16

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX will conduct its 16th Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab. Additionally, it is expected to carry International Docking Adapter 3 (IDA-3) in its trunk.

Missions No Earlier Than 2018

NET2018 Arabsat-6A

Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

Arabsat 6A is a Saudi Arabian geostationary communications satellite