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Feb 27 IGS Optical-6

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 1:34 PM JST / 2018-02-27 04:34:00Z
Window 14 minutes

A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket has been selected to send the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Optical 6 to orbit for the Japanese government. The optical reconnaissance payload is being readied for flight from Tanegashima Space Center's Pad 1.

NETFeb 28 EMKA - Kosmos

Soyuz-2
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
Time TBD

A Soyuz-2-1B rocket is set to launch the first EMKA military satellite for the Liana electronic intelligence network from Plesetsk. The mission was previously planned for Oct. 25, 2017, but had to be postponed to February 2018 at the earliest, due to problems with the satellite.

Mar 1 GOES-S

Atlas V 541
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 5:02 PM EST / 2018-03-01 22:02:00Z
Window 2 hours

GOES-S is the second of four next-generation geostationary weather satellites called the GOES-R series, and will provide a major improvement in our nation's weather observation capabilities leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings.

Mar 6 O3b flight 4

Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 1:38:36 PM GFT / 2018-03-06 16:38:36Z

A Soyuz ST-B (Flight VS18) rocket will launch four O3b-F2 (FM13 / FM14 / FM15 / FM16) satellites from Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace will send the four into a circular orbit at an altitude of 7,830 kilometers.

NETMar 15 Apstar 6C

Long March 3B
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-2
Time TBD

Using a Long March 3B rocket, China will send the Apstar 6C communications satellite into space.

NETMar 16 Superbird-8 & Hylas-4

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

Superbird-8 is based on the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) DS-2000 bus and will have a service life of 15 years. The satellite was damaged in 2016 during transport to the launch site. HYLAS 4 is based on Orbitals new Star-3 Bus. The satellite will deliver up to 28 GHz of capacity in 66 fixed beams positioned over Africa and Europe.

NETMar 20 Iridium next Flight 5

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

The fifth of eight planned SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch up to 10 additional next-generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. Iridium Flight 5 consists of 10 satellites.

Mar 21 Soyuz MS-08

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 11:44 PM ALMT / 2018-03-21 17:44:00Z

Soyuz MS-08 will launch three members of Expedition 55 to the International Space Station. The crew consist of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, and NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETMar 26 Bangabandhu-1

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

SpaceX will launch Bangabandhu-1 atop a Falcon 9 rocket for Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited. It will be the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite and will operate at 119.1 degrees East longitude.

NETMar Hispasat 30W-6

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

The Hispasat 30W-6 (Hispasat 1F) satellite will be located at 30 degrees West and will serve as a replacement for the Hispasat 1D spacecraft. It will give additional Ku-band capacity in the Andean region and in Brazil.

NETMar IRNSS-1I

PSLV-XL
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time TBD

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the IRNSS-1I satellite. It will be the eighth spacecraft to join the NavIC navigation satellite constellation.

NETMar GSAT-6A

GSLV Mk II
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD

The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch the GSAT-6A satellite atop a GSLV rocket. The spacecraft being launched is a high-power S-band communications satellite that will also serve as a demonstration platform to test a 20-foot (6-meter) unfurlable antenna, among other technologies.

NETApr 2 CRS-14

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

SpaceX will conduct its fifteenth overall Dragon/Falcon 9 flight to the International Space Station supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

NETApr 12 AFSPC 11

Atlas V 551
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

The primary payload is an undisclosed military communications satellite for the United States Air Force (USAF). The secondary payload will be the ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment (EAGLE) satellite intended to improve the quality of remote sensing satellites' imaging devices.

NETApr 16 TESS

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

TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) will use an array of telescopes to perform an all-sky survey to discover transiting exoplanets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants in orbit around the nearest and brightest stars in the sky.

NETApr Sentinel-3B

Rokot
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time TBD

Sentinel-3B is part of the European "Copernicus" program, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), for establishing a European capacity for Earth observation. The main objective of the Sentinel-3B Earth observation satellite is to perform measurements of sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land color.

NETApr SES-12

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

SpaceX will launch the SES-12 satellite, up to now slated for an Ariane-5 launch, on a Falcon 9 rocket.

NETApr Chandrayaan-2

GSLV Mk II
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD

India's second robotic mission to the Moon will be launched by a GSLV Mk II rocket. The Chandrayaan-2 mission will include an orbiter, lander and rover. Once in orbit around the Moon, the lander/rover combo will detach from the orbiter to descend to the surface. Once landed, the six-wheeled rover will be deployed. Meanwhile, the orbiter will perform remote-sensing activities.

NETMay 1 OA-9

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

The third flight of Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the ninth Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. This version of Orbital ATK's Antares launch vehicle utilizes two RD-191 rocket engines in its first stage. The Antares 200 is a medium class launcher that is flown from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

May 5 InSight and Mars Cube One

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time 4:10 AM PDT / 2018-05-05 11:10:00Z

NASA's next mission to Mars, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) was slated to launch in 2016. The mission will now take place no earlier than May 2018.

NETJun 6 Soyuz MS-09

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-09 will launch three members of Expedition 56 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETJun 9 CRS-15

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

SpaceX will conduct its 15th Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

NETJun STP-2

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

The Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission is comprised of a cluster of military and scientific research satellites for the United States Air Force (USAF). The mission is currently slated to use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to be launch from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

NETJul 10 Progress MS-09

Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

The second Russian cargo flight to ISS in 2018. The Progress MS-09 will bring a fresh load of cargo to the International Space Station.

Jul 31 Parker Solar Probe

Delta IV Heavy
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time 10:07 AM EDT / 2018-07-31 14:07:00Z

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to "touch" the sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun's atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star's surface.

NETJul Arabsat-6A

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

Arabsat 6A is a Saudi Arabian geostationary communications satellite

NETAug Crew Dragon Demo 1

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

A 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 an un-piloted test flight. The mission is slated to get underway from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

NETAug HTV-7

H-IIB
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 2
Time TBD

The seventh Japanese cargo mission in support of the International Space Station is set to launch in August 2018.

NETSep 14 Soyuz MS-10

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-10 will launch three members of Expedition 57 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Ovchinin and Nikolai Tikhonov, and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETSep ADM-Aeolus

Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time TBD

Vega rocket VV12 will launch the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission Aeolus (ADM-Aeolus) satellite for the European Space Agency. ADM-Aeolus will be the first equipment capable of delivering global wind profiles on a daily basis.

NETOct 18 AEHF 4

Atlas V 531
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the United States Air Force (USAF). Built by Lockheed Martin, this secure military communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military and allied forces. The satellite will launch aboard ULA's Atlas V in the 531 configuration: a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters, and a single engine on the Centaur upper stage.

NETNov 10 OA-10

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

Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the 10th operational Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. This version of Orbital ATK's Antares launch vehicle utilizes two RD-181 rocket engines in its first stage. The Antares booster is launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

NETNov 15 Soyuz MS-11

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-11 will launch three members of Expedition 56 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Anne McClain, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

NETNov 16 CRS-16

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

SpaceX will conduct its 16th Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station in support of NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab. Additionally, it is expected to carry International Docking Adapter 3 (IDA-3) in its trunk.

Missions No Earlier Than 2018

NET2018 GPS 3-01

Delta IV Medium+ (4,2)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time TBD

GPS 3-01 is the first of the U.S. Air Force’s third-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) navigation satellites. The first ten GPS III satellites are scheduled for launch beginning in 2018, continuing through at least 2022.

NET2018 GSAT-29

GSLV Mk III
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD

The India Space Research Organisation will launch the GSAT-29 communications satellite into space atop a GSLV Mk III rocket. It will carry Ka- and Ku multi-beam and optical communications payloads.

NET2018 ICON

Pegasus-XL
Location Kwajalein Atoll
Time TBD

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will be the 44th satellite launched to orbit by Orbital ATK's air-dropped Pegasus XL rocket, carried to drop altitude by an L-1011 carrier aircraft. ICON will study Earth's ionosphere, a region of the upper atmosphere affected by solar storms and weather phenomena where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere affect GPS/satellite navigation and radio transmissions.