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NETMay GEO-IK 2
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Rokot
Location: Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time: TBD

A Russian government Rokot launch vehicle with a Breeze KM upper stage has been selected to launch the GEO-IK 2 spacecraft. GEO-IL 2 is being sent aloft so as to provide measurements of variations of the Earth's gravitational field.

May 6 JCSat-14
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: 1:21 AM EDT (UTC-4)
Window: 2 hours

JCSAT-14 is based on the highly reliable SSL-1300 satellite platform. The satellite will replace JCSAT-2A (JCSat 8) at 154° East longitude and expands on its capacity to meet the growing demand for telecommunications infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region. The satellite is designed to deliver service for at least 15 years. Delayed from May 5.

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NETMay 17 Intelsat 31 (DLA 2, ISDLA 2)
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Proton-M (Commercial)
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time: TBD

Intelsat 31 or DLA-2, satellite for Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Latin America. The satellite will be operated by Intelsat. The satellite will feature 10 C-band transponders for Intelsat’s own use for expanding its business in the growing Latin American market.

May 24 Galileo-FOC FM13, Galileo-FOC FM14 (ESA)
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Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time: 5:48 AM GFT (UTC-3)

The next pair of Europe's navigation satellites, Galileo-FOC FM13, Galileo-FOC FM14 will be launched From Kourou. The Galileo satellite navigation system will consist of a total of 30 spacecraft in three planes in medium Earth orbit, which will each be occupied by nine satellites, and with three spares satellites distributed on the three orbital planes.

NETMay 27 MUOS-5
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Atlas V 551
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD
Window: 4 hours

MUOS (Mobile User Objective System) is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. It will be launched atop the 551 configuration of ULA's Atlas V booster (five meter fairing, five AJ-60A solid rocket boosters and a single engine in the Centaur upper stage). The launch site will be Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida.

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NETJun Eutelsat 117W B & ABS-2A
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD

The flight of the Eutelsat 117W B and ABS-2A spacecraft will mark the second dual-GTO satellite launch that SpaceX will attempt to carry out. These spacecraft were constructed by The Boeing Company and will employ a solar electric propulsion. It is hoped that this system will remove the requirement for hydrazine-based systems (which are heavy and therefore expensive to send to orbit).

Jun 3 NROL-37 (DoD)
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Delta IV Heavy
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time: 1:00 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Window: 4 hours

United Launch Alliance will employ the most powerful version of their Delta IV family of boosters to launch a classified payload known as Orion-9 for the National Reconnaissance Office. The mission is currently scheduled to launch in June from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 37 in Florida.

NETJun 7 EchoStar-18 & BRIsat
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Ariane 5 ECA
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: TBD

Next satellite for Echostar is based on a SSL1300 bus. It is Direct Broadcast Service (DBS) satellite providing signal for direct home reception. It will replace Echostar-10 and remain on position 110° W for next 15 years of its operational life. The Indonesian BRIsat is a communications satellite for banking purposes to be built by Space Systems/Loral for Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI). Both Satellite will be launched atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket

NETJun 10 Cartosat 2C
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PSLV-XL
Location: Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time: TBD

India will employ the nation's indigenous Polar Satellite launch Vehicle (PSLV), rocket in the PSLV-CA configuration for the launch of Cartosat 2C, an Earth observation satellite. The rocket will also carry an array of smaller payloads.

NETJun 21 Soyuz MS-01 (ISS)
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Soyuz-FG
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time: TBD

A Russian Soyuz booster will launch the first new Soyuz MS spacecraft and three new crew members for the International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanshin, NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins and JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi will comprise the Expedition 48/49 crew on board the orbiting laboratory.

NETJun 24 SpaceX CRS-9 (ISS)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD
Window: 1 second

SpaceX will conduct its tenth overall flight to the International Space Station using the newly upgraded Falcon 9 v1.2 booster, which sports stretched fuel tanks and nine Merlin 1D engines. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be filled with supplies, items for the crew as well as experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

NETJun 24 NROL-61 (DoD)
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Atlas V 421
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD

A classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office is scheduled to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 near the end of June with an ULA Atlas V 401 rocket. It is not known what the NROL-61 mission's payload is.

NETJun 24 OA-5 (ISS)
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Antares 200
Location: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time: TBD

This mission marks return to flight for Antares following the October 2014 launch failure. Orbital-ATK will debut the Antares 230 variant with a first stage powered by two new Russian-built RD-181 rocket engines. The launch will deliver the 6th Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station under NASA's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract. Delayed from May 31.

NETJun 25 Echostar 21 (EchoStar)
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Proton-M (Commercial)
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time: TBD

Launch Service Provider International Launch Services has selected the Proton M rocket to send the EchoStar 21 communications satellite to orbit. The launch site will be the Baikonur Cosmodrone located in Kazakhstan. EchoStar 21 is tasked with providing mobile broadband services across the European continent. The Proton will utilize a Breeze (Briz) M upper stage.

NETJul Amos 6
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD

Spacecom has selected SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Amos 6 telecommunications satellite to orbit. The Israel-based firm is launching the spacecraft to provide television and broadcast services from the U.S. to the Middle-East. The two-stage Falcon 9 will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida.

NETJul PeruSat 1 / SkySat
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Vega
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time: TBD

Arianespace is planning on launching one of its small scale boosters with the PeruSat 1 / SkySat on what has been dubbed the VV07 mission. PeruSat 1 reconnaissance satellite for PeruSat 1 is slated to be launched for the Peruvian government with four SkySat Earth observation satellites being sent aloft for Google-Skybox Imaging. Vega is named after the brightest star in the Constellation Lyra and is a three stage single-body rocket.

NETJul Iridium Next 1-10
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time: TBD

A SpaceX "Full Thrust" launch vehicle has been tapped to send 10 Iridium Next communications satellites to orbit. The launch site will be Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E located in California.

NETJul Thaicom 8
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time: TBD

Thaicom-8 is a 3,100 kilograms class satellite. It will be operated from 78.5° east colocated with Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 and will carry 24 active Ku-band transponders. Launch is scheduled for late June or July 2016.

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NETJul 4 Progress MS-3 (ISS)
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Soyuz-2
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time: TBD

A Russian Soyuz-2 rocket will launch the Progress MS-3 spacecraft (also known as Progress 64P) to the International Space Station. The automated cargo freighter is poised to ferry crew supplies, cargo and experiments to the orbiting laboratory. The launch site will be the Baikonur Cosmodrone located in Kazakhstan.

NETJul 21 AFSPC-6 / GSSAP (USAF)
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Delta IV Medium+ (4,2)
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time: TBD

A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium+ 4, 2 rocket has been selected to launch the AFSPC-6 / GSSAP mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 37 located in Florida. For this mission, two Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program satellites will be sent aloft to monitor numerous threats both physical - and political. This version of the Delta IV Medium+ uses a four meter fairing and two Orbital ATK GEM 60 solid rocket boosters on its first stage.

NETJul 27 SBIRS GEO-3 (DoD)
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Atlas V 401
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 401 rocket will launch the third Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous (SBIRS GEO-3) satellite. The spacecraft will serve as part of a missile early warning detection system. The 401 version of the Atlas V uses a four meter fairing, no solid rocket motors and a single RL-10C rocket engine in its Centaur upper stage.

NETAug 1 SpaceX CRS-10 (ISS)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD
Window: 1 second

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will use one of the Hawthorne, California-based company's "full thrust" Falcon 9 rockets to send a Dragon spacecraft loaded with cargo, crew supplies and experiments to the International Space Station. The rocket/spacecraft duo will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida.

NETAug PAZ
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Dnepr
Location: Dombarovsky
Time: TBD

PAZ is an X-band SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) spacecraft based on the TerraSAR-X platform, to serve the security and the defense needs. The PAZ mission is a dual-use mission (civil/defense) funded and owned by the Ministry of Defense and managed by Hisdesat (Hisdesat Servicios Estratégicos, S.A., a Spanish private communications company providing also its services to the Ministry of Defense The spacecraft will be sent aloft from the launch site in Dombarovsky, Russia.

Sep 8 OSIRIS-REx (NASA)
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Atlas V 411
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: 7:10 PM EDT (UTC-4)

NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is planned to liftoff in the closing months of 2016. NASA has tapped United Launch Alliance's Atlas V 411 rocket to send the probe to asteroid 101955 Bennu (formerly designated 1999 RQ36). It will study and collect a sample of the asteroid - which will be sent back to Earth.

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NETSep 15 Worldview 4 (DigitalGlobe)
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Atlas V 401
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time: TBD

A ULA Atlas 5 401 booster has been tapped to launch the WorldView 4 Earth observing satellite for DigitalGlobe. The spacecraft will be launched on the 401 version of the Atlas V. This means that the rocket will use a four meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL-10C engine in its Centaur upper stage.

NETSep 23 Soyuz 48S (ISS)
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Soyuz-FG
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time: TBD

Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan. The launch vehicle will be the Russian Soyuz-FG. If everything goes as planned, the spacecraft will remain docked to the orbiting laboratory for about six months, where it will serve as a lifeboat for the station's crew.

NETSep 28 WGS-8 (DoD)
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Delta IV Medium+ (5,4)
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time: TBD

United Launch Alliance's Delta IV+ Medium 5,4 rocket has been chosen to launch the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite to orbit. This version of the Delta IV uses a five meter fairing and four GEM 60 solid rocket boosters on its first stage. WGS-8 will join its sister spacecraft on orbit in providing communications services to members of the U.S. military.

NETOct HTV-6 (JAXA)
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H-IIB
Location: Tanegashima Space Center Pad 2
Time: TBD

The sixth flight of an HTV cargo freighter is slated to fly to the International Space Station atop a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIB launch vehicle. The mission is scheduled to launch from the Tanegashima Space Center located off the southern coast of Japan. The HTV will deliver equipment, cargo and crew supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

NETOct Iridium Next 11-20
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time: TBD

A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket has been selected to launch the Iridium Next 11-20 satellites to orbit. SpaceX will send the payload aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E located in California.

NETOct Galileo 15-18 (ESA)
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Ariane 5 ES
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: TBD

An Arianespace Ariane 5 ES launch vehicle has been tapped selected to send the Galileo 15-18 navigation satellites to orbit from the ELA-3 launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. This mission should see the Galileo constellation brought to full strength.

NETOct 1 Skybox
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Minotaur-C
Location: Vandenberg AFB LC-576E
Time: TBD

An Orbital ATK Minotaur C booster has been selected to launch the Skybox Earth-observation satellite to orbit. The spacecraft will be sent aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Launch Complex 576-E located in California via the solid-fueled Minotaur C launch vehicle.

NETOct 4 Cygnus OA-7 (ISS)
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Antares 200
Location: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time: TBD

This will be the second flight of the new Antares 230 launch vehicle with the newly added RD-181 rocket engines. If everything goes as planned, it will deliver the 7th Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station under NASA's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract. Antares will fly in the 230 configuration, with two RD-181 engines in its first stage and a single Castor 30XL in the rocket's second stage.

NETOct 14 GOES-R (NOAA)
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Atlas V 541
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD

A ULA Atlas V 541 booster has been selected to launch the GOES-R weather satellite on behalf of NASA and NOAA. The version of Atlas chosen for this mission is the 541, this means the rocket will have a five meter fairing, four solid rocket motors on the booster's first stage and a single RL-10C rocket engine in the rocket's Centaur upper stage.

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NETOct 20 Progress MS-4 (ISS)
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Soyuz-2
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time: TBD

The Russian Federal Space Agency will use a Soyuz-2 booster to launch the Progress MS-5 (also known as Progress 65P) to the International Space Station. The cargo freighter will ferry crew supplies, experiments and cargo to the orbiting laboratory.

NETNov Falcon Heavy Test Flight
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Falcon 9 Heavy
Location: Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time: TBD

SpaceX is currently planning to launch the heavy variant of the company's Falcon booster NET March 2016. This will mark the first demonstration flight of this new system which uses 27 Merlin 1D engines in the rocket's first stage alone. SpaceX plans to launch the rocket from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A - the same location from where the crew of Apollo 11 launched to the Moon.

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NETNov 10 EchoStar 19 (EchoStar)
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Atlas V 431
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD

A ULA Atlas 5 431 booster has been selected to send the EchoStar 19 communications satellite to orbit. The spacecraft is being fielded for HughesNet to provide high-speed Internet services in North America. The Atlas V 431 uses a four-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters on its first stage and a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL-10C engine in its Centaur upper stage.

NETNov 16 Soyuz 49S (ISS)
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Soyuz-FG
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time: TBD

Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan. The launch vehicle will be the Russian Soyuz-FG. If everything goes as planned, the spacecraft will remain docked to the orbiting laboratory for about six months, where it will serve as a lifeboat for the station's crew.

NETDec 1 NROL-79 (DoD)
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Atlas V 401
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time: TBD

A classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office should close out the 2016 launch manifest for United Launch Alliance. The mission is set to take place from the Western Range's Space Launch Complex 3 located at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA will use the 401 version of the Atlas V, this will mean that the rocket will have a four meter fairing, no solid rocket engines and a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL-10C engine in the Atlas' Centaur upper stage.

NETDec Crew Dragon Demo 1 (NASA)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time: TBD

A Space Exploration Technologies (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 a test flight. The flight is slated to get underway from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

NETJan 13 SpaceX CRS-11 (ISS)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD

A Dragon spacecraft loaded with cargo, crew supplies and experiments is set for a early 2017 launch to the International Space Station. The rocket/spacecraft duo will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida.

NETApr SpaceX CRS-12 (ISS)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD

A Dragon spacecraft loaded with cargo, crew supplies and experiments is set for a mid 2017 launch to the International Space Station. The rocket/spacecraft duo will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40 located in Florida.

TBD SpaceX In-Flight Abort
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time: TBD

A special Falcon 9 rocket (with only 3 engines) will launch with a Dragon-2 test vehicle as high as Max-Q, then an intentional in-flight abort will take place to test such a system for the upcoming manned Dragon capsule.

TBD InSight and Mars Cube One (NASA)
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Atlas V 401
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time: TBD

NASA's next mission to Mar, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) was slated to launch this year (2016) atop an Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. That mission will now take place no-earlier-than 2018.

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TBD Tiangong 2 (CNSA)
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Long March 2F
Location: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center SLS-1
Time: TBD

The Chinese National Space Agency is planning on launching the Tiangong 2 mini space station laboratory atop a Long March 2F booster from the SLS-1 launch site at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center located in China.

TBD Himawari 9 (JAXA)
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H-IIA 202
Location: Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time: TBD

A Japanese H-2A rocket is scheduled to launch the Himawari 9 weather satellite on behalf of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The spacecraft is planned to provide imagery services of weather conditions across East Asia and the Western Pacific. The launch site for this mission will be Pad 1 at the Tanegashima Space Center located off the Coast of Japan.

TBD Gokturk 1
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Vega
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time: TBD

One of Arianespace's light class Vega launch vehicles has been selected to send the Turkish military's Gokturk 1 reconnaissance satellite on mission VV08. This mission will be sent aloft from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

Past Missions This Year (21)

Apr 28 IRNSS-1G (ISRO)
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PSLV-XL
Location: Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time: 12:59 PM IST (UTC+5.5)

The IRNSS-1G satellite will be next in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System network. IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary. The satellite will be launched with a PSLV rocket in XL configuration – with enlarged boosters.

Apr 28 Mikhailo Lomonosov
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Soyuz-2
Location: Vostochny Cosmodrome LD1
Time: 11:01 AM YAKT (UTC+9)

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle is scheduled to carry out the first ever launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The spacecraft will use its instruments to study cosmic and gamma rays as well as Earth’s upper atmosphere and magnetosphere. Two smaller satellites, Aist 2 and SamSat 218, will also fly on this mission. The Soyuz-2.1a configuration will use a Volga upper stage.

Apr 25 Sentinel 1B (ESA)
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Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time: 6:02:13 PM GFT (UTC-3)

Arianespace plans on using a Soyuz-2.1b booster on mission, VS14, with the Sentinel 1B satellite for the European Space Agency and European Commission. The booster is set to launch the observation satellite from the Spaceport located in Kourou, French Guiana. The mission will also include several smaller payloads including Norway’s Norsat 1 and a CubeSat, also being launched for ESA. The mission will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from April 22, 23, 24.

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Apr 8 SpaceX CRS-8 (ISS)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: 4:43 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Window: 1 second

SpaceX will conduct its ninth resupply flight to the International Space Station under contract with NASA. The company will utilize its Falcon 9 v1.2 booster to send the Dragon cargo vessel to the International Space Station. Dragon will be filled with supplies, items for the crew as well as experiments to be used on the space station. It will bring to ISS the BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module).

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Mar 31 Progress MS-2 (ISS)
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Soyuz-2
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time: 10:20 PM ALMT (UTC+6)

A Soyuz-2-1A rocket will launch the second new progress MS cargo spacecraft towards the International Space Station. This should also be the first Progress resupply flight to the orbiting laboratory for Russia this year. The mission is also known as the Progress 63P.

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Mar 22 OA-6 (ISS)
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Atlas V 401
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: 11:05 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Window: 30 minutes

This mission will be the fifth International Space Station resupply flight carried out by an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft. It should be the second and final Cygnus to be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. If carried out as planned, this should be the second of two planned flights to the ISS via the Atlas V. Weather conditions currently provide an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch.

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Mar 19 Soyuz TMA-20M (ISS)
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Soyuz-FG
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time: 3:26 AM ALMT (UTC+6)

The Expedition 47 crew (Ovchinin, Skipochka and Williams) will launch to the International Space Station in March of 2016 with the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft. If everything goes as planned, the spacecraft will remain docked to the ISS for a period of about six months.

Mar 14 ExoMars 2016 (ESA)
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Proton-M
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-81
Time: 3:31 PM ALMT (UTC+6)

The first mission of the ExoMars program consists of a Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The main objectives of this mission are to search for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases. The Orbiter and EDM will be launched together on a Proton rocket and will fly to Mars in a mated configuration.

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Mar 10 IRNSS-1F (ISRO)
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PSLV-XL
Location: Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time: 4:00 PM IST (UTC+5.5)

The IRNSS-1F satellite will be the next in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System network. IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by India. It is designed to provide accurate position information service to users in India as well as the region extending up to 1500 km from its boundary. The satellite will be launched with a PSLV rocket in XL configuration – with enlarged boosters.

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Mar 9 Eutelsat 65W
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Ariane 5 ECA
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: 2:20 AM GFT (UTC-3)
Window: 3 hours

Eutelsat 65 West A is based on the SSL-1300 satellite platform. Scheduled for launch in early 2016, the satellite is designed to deliver service for 15 years or more. Eutelsat decided in October 2015 to launch Eutelsat 65 West A as a single passenger on a dedicated Ariane-5 rocket in early 2016

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Mar 4 SES-9
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: 6:35 PM EST (UTC-5)
Window: 1 hour, 30 minutes

SES-9 will be positioned at the orbital slot of 108.2° E and provide incremental as well as replacement capacity to the well established slot over Asia, where it will be co-located with the existing satellites. The satellite will expand SES’s capability to provide DTH broadcasting and other communications services in Northeast Asia, South Asia & Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. Delayed from Feb. 24, 25, 28, March 1.

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Feb 17 ASTRO-H
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H-IIA 204
Location: Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time: 5:45 PM JST (UTC+9)
Window: 45 minutes

The new generation X-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H is set for launch on February 12 by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 30 from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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Feb 16 Sentinel-3A (ESA)
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Rokot
Location: Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time: 8:57 PM MSK (UTC+3)

ESA's Sentinel-3A satellite will launch in early November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on a Russian Rokot rocket. Sentinel-3, a dedicated Copernicus satellite will deliver high-quality ocean measurements.

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Feb 10 NROL-45 (DoD)
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Delta IV Medium+ (5,2)
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-6
Time: 3:00 AM PST (UTC-8)
Window: 2 hours

The first Western Range launch of 2016 will be a ULA Delta IV rocket flying in the Medium+ configuration. It is scheduled to launch the NROL-45 (Topaz-4) satellite from Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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Feb 5 GPS IIF-12
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Atlas V 401
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: 8:37 AM EST (UTC-5)
Window: 21 minutes

The first scheduled United Launch Alliance (ULA) flight of 2016 will be atop an Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. When it takes to the skies, it will be the final Block IIF GPS spacecraft to be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. - The GPS IIF-12 mission has been delayed to NET Feb. 5, due to concerns over the integrity of electrical connectors on the Atlas V booster. The launch window extends from: 8:37-8:58 a.m. EST. Delayed from Feb. 3, Feb. 4.

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Feb 4 Kosmos (Glonass-M51)
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Soyuz-2
Location: Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
Time: 8:53 PM MSK (UTC+3)

The next Kosmos satellite (Glonass-M 51) will be launched with a Soyuz-2-1B rocket with a Fregat-M upper stage from the Plesetsk cosmodrome late January 2016. The mission should kick off a busy year for the Russian Federal Space Agency.

Jan 30 Eutelsat 9B (Eutelsat)
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Proton-M (Commercial)
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time: 4:19 AM ALMT (UTC+6)
Window: 1 hour, 40 minutes

The Eutelsat 9B satellite will be launched with a Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage. Eutelsat 9B, was ordered from Astrium, and is a high-capacity Ku-band satellite based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. This mission should mark the first flight of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).

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Jan 27 Intelsat 29E (EpicNG) (Intelsat)
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Ariane 5 ECA
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: 8:00 PM GFT (UTC-3)

Intelsat S.A. confirmed that the first of its Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput satellites would be orbited by Arianespace aboard an Ariane 5 on January 27. Carrying an advanced digital payload, the Intelsat EpicNG will be the heavy-lift launcher’s sole passenger – a change from the typical dual-payload missions.

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Jan 20 IRNSS-1E
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PSLV-XL
Location: Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time: 9:31 AM IST (UTC+5.5)

In May of 2006, the Indian Government approved a project to implement the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS consists of a constellation of seven satellites. Each spacecraft has two payloads: a navigation payload and CDMA ranging payload in addition to a laser retro-reflector. The payload generates navigational signals at the L5 and S-bands. The design of the payload makes the IRNSS system inter-operable and compatible with GPS and Galileo.

Jan 17 Jason-3 (NOAA)
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Falcon 9 v1.1
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time: 10:42:18 AM PST (UTC-8)

SpaceX is planning to launch the Jason 3 spacecraft from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E. Jason 3 is an Earth observation satellite designed to monitor and precisely measure the world’s oceans, and is operated as a collaboration between NOAA, Eumetsat, NASA, and CNES (the French Space Agency - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales).

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