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Upcoming Missions (22)

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.

NETFeb 12 ASTRO-H
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H-IIA 204
Location: Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time: TBD

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.

NETFeb 16 Sentinel-3A (ESA)
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Rokot
Location: Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time: TBD

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.

NETFeb 24 SES-9
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: TBD

Scheduled for launch in 2015, 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.

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NETFeb 25 Eutelsat 65W
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Ariane 5 ECA
Location: Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time: TBD

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

NETMar Eutelsat 117W B & ABS-2A
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Falcon 9 v1.1
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).

NETMar 14 ExoMars 2016 (ESA)
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Proton-M
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-81
Time: TBD

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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NETMar 19 Soyuz TMA-20M (ISS)
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Soyuz-FG
Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time: TBD

The Expedition 47 crew (Ovchinin, Skipochka and Williams) will launch in March 2016 with the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft.

NETMar 20 Cygnus ORB-6 (CRS-5) (ISS)
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Atlas V 401
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD
Window: 30 minutes

The 5th Orbital ATK Cygnus ISS resupply mission. This will be the second and final Cygnus to be launched with an Atlas-V rocket. Delayed from March 10.

Mar 20 SpaceX CRS-8 (ISS)
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Falcon 9 v1.2
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time: 12:33 AM 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)

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

SpaceX, on behalf of NASA, will conduct its tenth overall flight to the International Space Station on behalf of the space agency. The company will utilize one of its Falcon 9 v1.2 boosters, which has stretch fuel tanks and nine Merlin 1D engines arranged in the "Octaweb" configuration - to send a Dragon cargo craft to the International Space Station. Dragon will be filled with supplies, items for the crew as well as experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

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

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.

NETMay 12 NROL-37 (DoD)
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Delta IV Heavy
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time: TBD

A secret - NROL-37, Orion-9 - satellite will launch with a Delta IV heavy rocket in May from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

NETMay 31 Cygnus-OA-5 CRS-6 (ISS)
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Antares 200
Location: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time: TBD

First flight of the new Antares 230 rocket with new RD-181 engines. It will deliver the 6th Cygnus cargo craft to ISS.

NETJun 10 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.

NETJun 14 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.

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.

NETSep OSIRIS-REx (NASA)
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Atlas V 411
Location: Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time: TBD

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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TBD SkySat
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Minotaur-C
Location: Vandenberg AFB LC-576E
Time: TBD

Orbital ATK will conduct a rare Minotaur launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the planned flight of six SkySat Earth-observation satellites. Orbital will utilize the Minotaur-C booster, lifting of from VAFB's LC-576E, to carry out this flight. The Minotaur-C, formerly known as the Taurus, is a four stage solid fueled booster and has launched a total of nine times before this mission.

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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Past Missions This Year (6)

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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