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Jan 20 SBIRS-GEO 3

Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 7:42 PM EST (UTC-5)

The Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a consolidated missile-warning satellite 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.

Jan 24 DSN-2

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 4:44 PM JST (UTC+9)
Window 1 hour, 14 minutes

The DSN 2 or Kirameki 2 is an X-band communications satellite built and operated by DSN Corporation for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

Jan 26 NROL-79

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time 5:00 PM PST (UTC-8)
Window 2 hours

NROL-79 is a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launching via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V in the 401 configuration, 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 26 EchoStar 23

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 11:50 PM EST (UTC-5)
Window 2 hours, 30 minutes

The first SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Kennedy Space Center's Pad-39A will be for the EchoStar 23 satellite. EchoStar 23 is a Ku-band geostationary communications satellite capable of providing service from eight different orbital positions. The satellite has an estimated service life of 15 years or longer.

NETJan 28 Kanopus-V-IK

Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

Kanopus-V-IK is a Russian infrared remote sensing satellite. The satellite was built by NPO VNII Elektromekhaniki. Its primary purpose is to detect sources of fire. The satellite can resolve fire down to an area as small as five by five meters on a 2000 kilometer swath of land.

Jan 27 Hispasat AG1

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

Originally, the geostationary Hispasat AG1 communications satellite 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 several delays from 2012, launch is now planned for January 2017.

NETFeb 8 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, and the tenth of twelve planned Dragon/Falcon 9 flights supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with approximately 6,627 lb. (3,006 kg.) of cargo, crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

NETFeb 14 SkyBrasil-1, Telkom-3S

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

Launching aboard the VA235 Ariane 5 ECA rocket are two geostationary communications satellites: Intelsat 32e/SKY-Brasil 1 and Telkom 3S. Intelsat 32e/SKY-Brasil 1 was built at the request of DIRECTV to expand broadcasting service capacity across Brazil and ensure continuity of legacy services countrywide. Telkom-3S is a Indonesian communications satellite that replaces the Telkom 3 satellite which failed to achieve proper orbit.

NETFeb SES-10

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

Owned by SES S.A. of Luxembourg, the SES-10 communications satellite will replace the AMC-3 and AMC-4 satellites 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.

NETFeb EchoStar 21

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

International Launch Services (ILS) is slated to launch a Russian Proton-M rocket with a Briz-M upper stage with the EchoStar 21 communications satellite to orbit. EchoStar 21 is an S-band spacecraft designed to provide mobile satellite services (MSS) to the European Union. The satellite is planned to have a service life of 15 years and carry a state-of-the-art MSS payload featuring a large unfurlable reflector antenna.

Mar 6 Sentinel-2B

Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time 10:49 PM GFT (UTC-3)

Sentinel-2 is an Earth observation mission comprised of two identical satellites that provide high resolution optical imagery of land and sea, natural disaster mapping, and ship detection, as well as providing continuity for the current SPOT and Landsat missions. The mission provides global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days with one satellite and every 5 days with 2 satellites.

Mar 8 WGS-9

Delta IV Medium+ (5,4)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time 7:00 PM EST (UTC-5)
Window 1 hour, 30 minutes

Part of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation, WGS-9 is a high capacity military communications satellite operating on Super High Frequency (SHF) and using Ka band Global Broadcast Service (GBS). The first WGS satellite was launched in 2007.

NETMar 9 SpaceX CRS-11

Falcon 9 (Dragon)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time TBD
Window 1 second

SpaceX will conduct its twelfth overall flight to the International Space Station, and the eleventh of twelve planned Dragon/Falcon 9 flights supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with approximately 7,297 lb. (3,310 kg.) of cargo, crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

Mar 16 OA-7

Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 12:29 AM EDT (UTC-4)
Window 30 minutes

Orbital ATK's OA-7 mission will deliver the company's Cygnus cargo vessel to the International Space Station (ISS). OA-7 will mark the eighth flight of the Cygnus spacecraft, and it will be the seventh of ten planned Cygnus flights to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. This will mark the third flight of Cygnus on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V.

NETApr Falcon Heavy Test Flight

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

SpaceX will launch the Heavy variant of the company's Falcon booster on its first demonstration flight. This new system uses a standard Falcon 9 core with two strap-on boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage for a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff. SpaceX plans to launch Falcon Heavy from Kennedy Space Center's Pad 39A, the same site from which Apollo and Space Shuttle missions once launched.

NETMay Skybox

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

The latest addition to Google/Terra Bella's Skybox Earth observation constellation of small satellites will launch aboard an Orbital ATK Minotaur C rocket. Seven Skybox satellites are already in orbit. Each satellite weighs less than 220.5 lbs. (100 kg.) and measures 60cm x 60cm x 80cm (24in x 24in x 31in), but they have the capability to capture high resolution color and near-infrared photos and video (30 frames per second) of objects the size of a car.

NETJun Sentinel-5p

Rokot
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time TBD

The main objective of the Sentinel-5 Precursor (Sentinel-5P) Earth Observation satellite is to perform atmospheric measurements, with high spatio-temporal resolution, relating to air quality, ozone, pollution, and aerosols. The mission is a joint initiative between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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.

NETJul Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1)

Delta II
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-2
Time TBD

The first of the latest generation of U.S. polar-orbiting satellites, JPSS-1 will provide environmental data to be used in weather prediction models as well as for climate monitoring.

NETJul SpaceX In-Flight Abort

Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX plans to conduct an uncrewed in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon/Dragon 2 spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket equipped with only 3 engines to launch a Crew Dragon test vehicle to an altitude as high as Max-Q (approximately 35,000 ft. or 11 km.) Upon reaching maximum aerodynamic drag, an intentional in-flight abort will be initiated to test the spacecraft's abort system.

NETJul SpaceX CRS-12

Falcon 9 (Dragon)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time TBD

SpaceX will conduct its thirteenth overall flight to the International Space Station, and the last of twelve planned Dragon/Falcon 9 flights supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with approximately 7,298 lb. (3,310 kg.) of cargo, crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

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.

NETSep 30 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.

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.