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NETOct Soyuz MS-02

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. 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.

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Oct 4 NBN CO 1B (Sky Muster II), GSAT-18

Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 5:30 PM GFT (UTC-3)
Window 1 hour, 15 minutes

Flight V231 of an Ariane family rocket will launch the NBN CO-1B and GSAT-18 satellites from Kourou in French Guiana. GSAT-18 will be a replacement satellites from the present GSAT constellation which offering television, telecommunication, Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) and VSAT services. The NBN Co 1B satellite is a Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellite. The satellite received the nick name Sky Muster in May 2015.

Oct 9 OA-5

Antares 200
Location Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time 10:47 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Window 5 minutes

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.

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NETOct 20 Progress MS-4

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 SpaceX CRS-10

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

SpaceX will conduct its eleventh overall flight to the International Space Station using the Falcon 9 v1.2 booster. 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.

NETNov Iridium Next Flight-1

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time TBD

SpaceX's "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 rocket has been selected to launch the Iridium next satellites to orbit. SpaceX will send the 10 satellite payload aloft from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4E located in California.

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Nov 1 Himawari 9

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 3:20 PM JST (UTC+9)
Window 2 hours, 58 minutes

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.

Nov 4 GOES-R

Atlas V 541
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 5:40 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Window 1 hour

GOES-R is the first of four planned next-generation spacecraft in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system operated by NOAA for weather observation and forecasting. This latest series of satellite will provide numerous technical advantages over existing GOES spacecraft and will extend the life of the system through the 2030s. The 541 configuration of the Atlas V has been selected to launch this mission, with a five meter payload fairing and four solid rocket motors.

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NETNov 16 Soyuz MS-03

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.

NETNov 17 WGS-8

Delta IV Medium+ (5,4)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time TBD

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

NETNov 17 Galileo 15-18

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.

Nov 21 CYGNSS

Pegasus-XL
Location Cape Canaveral AFS
Time 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5)

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The goal is a fundamental improvement in hurricane forecasting. The CYGNSS data will enable scientists to probe key air-sea interaction processes that take place near the core of the storms, which are rapidly changing and play a critical role in the genesis and intensification of hurricanes.

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NETNov 23 EchoStar-XXI

Proton-M (Commercial)
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

A Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage will launch the EchhoStar XXI to orbit. EchhoStar XXI is an S-band satellite designed to provide mobile satellite services to the European Union. It will have a service life of 15 years and carry a state-of-the-art MSS payload featuring a large unfurlable reflector.

NETDec HTV-6

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.

NETDec 1 NROL-79

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time TBD

A classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office is set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. ULA will use the 401 version of the Atlas V, indicating 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 Sentinel-5p

Rokot
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time TBD

The SENTINEL-5 Precursor mission is a joint initiative between ESA and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, represented by the Netherlands Space Office NSO. The mission consists of one satellite carrying the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROPOMI) UV-VIS-NIR-SWIR instrument. The main objective of the SENTINEL-5P mission is to perform atmospheric measurements, with high spatio-temporal resolution, relating to air quality, climate forcing, ozone and UV radiation.

NETDec 8 EchoStar 19

Atlas V 431
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

The Atlas V 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 431 variant of the Atlas V uses a four-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters on the first stage and a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL-10C engine in the Centaur upper stage. This mission should conclude the 2016 launch manifest for United Launch Alliance.

NETDec 8 Göktürk 1A

Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time TBD

The 8th Vega launch will be on December 8, 2016 when the VV08 mission will carry the Göktürk 1A satellite for the Turkish Ministry of Defence to orbit.

NETDec 30 Cygnus OA-7

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. It will deliver the 7th Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station under NASA's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract.

Missions No Earlier Than 2016

NET2016 Worldview 4

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time TBD

ULA's Atlas V booster has been selected to launch the WorldView 4 Earth observing satellite for DigitalGlobe. The spacecraft will be launched on the 401 variant of the Atlas V. This designation means the rocket will use a four meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single Centaur second stage.

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NET2016 PAZ

Dnepr
Location Dombarovsky
Time TBD

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

NET2016 SpaceX In-Flight Abort

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

A special Falcon 9 rocket with only 3 engines will launch 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 manned use.

Missions No Earlier Than 2017

NET2017 SBIRS-GEO 4

Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

ULA's Atlas V rocket will launch the latest Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous (SBIRS) satellite. The spacecraft will serve as part of a early warning missile 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.

NETJan Skybox

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.

NET2017 SBIRS-GEO 3

Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a consolidated system intended to meet the United States’ infrared space surveillance needs. SBIRS is an integrated “system of systems” that will include satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO), sensors hosted on satellites in highly elliptical orbit (HEO), and ground-based data processing and control.

NETJan SES-10

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

SES-10 will replace AMC-3 and AMC-4 to provide enhanced coverage and significant capacity expansion over Latin America. The satellite will provide coverage over Mexico, serve the Spanish speaking South America in one single beam, and cover Brazil with the ability to support off-shore oil and gas exploration.

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NETFeb SpaceX CRS-11

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time TBD
Window 1 second

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 Falcon Heavy Test Flight

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

SpaceX is currently planning to debut the heavy variant of the company's Falcon booster no earlier than November 2016. This new system uses three Falcon cores for a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines in the vehicle's first stage alone. SpaceX plans to launch Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A, the same site from which Apollo and Space Shuttle missions were once launched.

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NETApr Crew Dragon Demo 1

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.

NETApr 8 SpaceX CRS-12

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.