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Dec 12 CYGNSS

Pegasus-XL
Location Cape Canaveral AFS
Time 8:19 AM EST (UTC-5)
Window 1 hour, 30 minutes

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. 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.

Dec 16 Iridium Next 1-10

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 12:36 PM PST (UTC-8)

A SpaceX Falcon-9 launch vehicle will 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.

Dec 18 EchoStar 19

Atlas V 431
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 1:22 PM EST (UTC-5)
Window 2 hours

The Atlas V booster has been selected to send the EchoStar 19 communications satellite to orbit. The spacecraft is being fielded by HughesNet to provide high-speed Internet services in North America. The selected 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.

Dec 20 JCSat 15 and Star One D1

Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 5:30 PM GFT (UTC-3)

The last Arinae-5 flight of 2016 will launch two satellites. The Star One D1 and JCSat 15. The Ariane 5 -Flight VA-234 - will fly in the ECA configuration from launch pad ELA-3 in Kourou.

NETDec 22 EchoStar 21

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

A Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage will launch EchoStar 21 to orbit. EchoStar 21 is an S-band satellite designed to provide mobile satellite services (MSS) 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.

Missions No Earlier Than 2017

NET2017 SpaceX In-Flight Abort

Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
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.

NET2017 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.

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.

NET2017 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.

NETJan 8 EchoStar 23

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

The first SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from KSC Pad-39A is scheduled for December 2016. EchoStar 23 is a very flexible Ku-band satellite, capable of providing service from any of eight different orbital slots, and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. It will utilize SS/L’s flight-proven SSL-1300 spacecraft bus.

NETJan 22 SpaceX CRS-10

Falcon 9 (Dragon)
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 launch vehicle. 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.

NETJan 26 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.

Jan 27 Hispasat AG1

Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 10:03:34 PM GFT (UTC-3)

Originally Hispasat AG1 was scheduled to fly as a passenger on an Ariane-5 flight, but in late 2016 Arianespace moved it to a dedicated Soyuz-STB Fregat-MT rocket. After severals delays from 2012, launch is now planned for January 2017.

NETMar OA-7

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

OA-7 will deliver Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station under NASA's $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services contract. This will mark the third flight of Cygnus on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V.

NETMar 9 SpaceX CRS-11

Falcon 9 (Dragon)
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 March 2017 launch to the International Space Station.

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.

NETJul SpaceX CRS-12

Falcon 9 (Dragon)
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.

NETJul 6 OA-8

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

The second flight of Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the eighth Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station.

NETAug Crew Dragon Demo 1

Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
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.

NETOct SES-14

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

SES-14 will replace SES's satellite NSS-806 and support new capacity over the Americas and the North Atlantic Region. The Ku-band wide beams will bring augmented capacity to serve growing video neighborhoods in the Americas and support existing VSAT services. The HTS (High Throughput Satellite) Ku-band multi-spot beams are ideal for traffic-intensive data applications such as mobile backhaul, maritime and aeronautical services.