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Aug 24 Intelsat-36 & Intelsat 33E (EpicNG)

Ariane 5 ECA
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: 6:55 PM GFT (UTC-3)
Window: 45 minutes

Intelsat 33e(IS-33e) is the first of 4 new satellites. IS-33e will have C- and Ku-band payload for Intelsat's Epic system. Intelsat 36 is a geostationary communications satellite. The satellite will be located over the Indian Ocean at 68.5° East to provide both Ku- and C-band services.

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Sep 3 AMOS-6

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: 3:00 AM EDT (UTC-4)
Window: 2 hours

The AMOS-6 satellite will provide steerable Ku-band with Pan-European and Middle East coverage, and a Ka-band beam for broadband services with coverage in Africa and Europe. The communications payload is built by Canadian-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA). AMOS-6 will replace the aging AMOS-2 satellite

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Sep 8 OSIRIS-REx

Atlas V 411
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: 7:05 PM EDT (UTC-4)
Window: 2 hours

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

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Sep 15 Worldview 4

Atlas V 401
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time: 11:30 AM PDT (UTC-7)
Window: 14 minutes

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.

NETSep 16 PeruSat 1 / SkySat

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.

Sep 19 Iridium Next Flight-1

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time: 9:49 PM PDT (UTC-7)

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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NETSep 23 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.

NETOct OA-5

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.

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NETOct 1 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.

NETOct 1 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.

NETOct 3 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.

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

Ariane 5 ECA
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: TBD

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.

NETOct 20 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 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 various branches of the U.S. military.

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.

Nov 4 GOES-R

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

ULA's Atlas V booster will launch GOES-R, a next-generation weather satellite operated jointly by NOAA and NASA. The 541 configuration of the Atlas V has been selected, with a five meter payload fairing, four solid rocket motors, and a single engine upper stage.

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NETNov 11 SpaceX CRS-10

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
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 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 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: Vandenberg AFB
Time: 6:00 AM PST (UTC-8)

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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NETDec 1 NROL-79

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 8 EchoStar 19

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.

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.

NET 2016

NET2016 Tiangong 2

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.

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NET2016 Himawari 9

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.

NET2016 Gokturk 1

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.

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.

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.

NET 2017

NETFeb 1 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.

NETOct SBIRS GEO-4

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-4) 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.