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Sep 22 Kounotori 7
Vehicle H-IIB
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 2
Time 3:15 AM JST / 2018-09-21 18:15:00Z
jaxa
mitsubishi

The Japanese-built Kounotori 7 spacecraft (also called HTV-7) is expected to send about 6,200 kilograms of experiments, crew supplies and equipment to the International Space Station, including six large lithium-ion batteries to continue the replacement of the outpost's existing nickel-hydrogen batteries on the station's truss.

Sep 25 Horizons 3e, Intelsat 38
Vehicle Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 6:53 PM GFT / 2018-09-25 21:53:00Z
arianespace

Ariane-5 flight VA243 is slated to launch the Horizons 3e and Intelsat 38 satellites from Guiana Space Centre's ELA-3. Horizons 3e was built by Boeing via a partnership between Intelsat and the Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. Horizons 3e is being fielded to provide mobility services. The Intelsat 38 spacecraft, was constructed by SSL. Also known as Azerspace 2, Intelsat 38 is owned by Azercosmos and is designed to provide direct-to-home communications services.

Oct 6 ICON
Vehicle Pegasus-XL
Location Cape Canaveral AFS
Time 4:00 AM EDT / 2018-10-06 08:00:00Z
Window 1 hour, 30 minutes
nasa
northrop grumman

NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will be the 44th satellite launched to orbit by the 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.

NETOct 7 SAOCOM 1A, ITASAT 1
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time TBD
spacex

SAOCOM 1A is a Argentine (SAR Observation & Communications Satellite). ITASAT 1 (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica Satellite) is Brazilian 6U Cubesat built by the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA).

Oct 11 Soyuz MS-10
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 2:40 PM ALMT / 2018-10-11 08:40:00Z
iss
tsskb-progress

Soyuz MS-10 will launch two members of Expedition 57 to the International Space Station. The spacecraft's crew is expected to consist of Russian cosmonauts Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

Oct 17 AEHF 4
Vehicle Atlas V 531
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 12:00 AM EDT / 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z
usaf
ula

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.

Oct 18 BepiColumbo
Vehicle Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 10:45 PM GFT / 2018-10-19 01:45:00Z
esa
arianespace

BepiColombo is a European Space Agency (ESA) / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission to the planet Mercury. BepiColombo is comprised of two satellites that are planned to be launched together: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) & Mio (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, MMO). The mission is slated to launch atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana.

Oct 29 GOSAT-2 and KhalifaSat
Vehicle H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 1:08 PM JST / 2018-10-29 04:08:00Z
Window 12 minutes
mitsubishi

A Japanese H-IIA rocket will launch the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI-2" (GOSAT-2). Additionally, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite called KhalifaSat will be orbited on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. This will be the 40th flight of an H-IIA rocket.

Oct 31 Progress MS-10
Vehicle Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time 6:53 AM ALMT / 2018-10-31 00:53:00Z
iss
tsskb-progress

Roscosmos is expected to launch the Progress MS-10 automated cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station with some 5,400 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of crew supplies and equipment for the Expedition 57 crew.

NETOct GSAT-29
Vehicle GSLV Mk III
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD
isro
isro

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.

NETNov 17 NG-10
Vehicle Antares 200
Location Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time TBD
iss
northrop grumman

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

Nov 27 CRS-16
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 4:19 PM EST / 2018-11-27 21:19:00Z
iss
spacex

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.

NETNov It’s Business Time
Vehicle Electron
Location Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Time TBD
Window 4 hours
rocket lab

Rocket Lab is set to fly its first fully commercial mission. According to the company, the mission, dubbed "It's Business Time," includes payload for "Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems."

NETNov Iridium NEXT Flight 8
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time TBD
iridium
spacex

This will be the final of eight planned SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for Iridium Communications, which is replacing its entire constellation of legacy spacecraft with the Iridium NEXT satellites. This flight will orbit the 66th-75th next-generation satellites.

NETDec 3 NROL-71
Vehicle Delta IV Heavy
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-6
Time TBD
dod
ula

A ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the NROL-71 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. NROL-71 is most likely a Keyhole KH-11 image reconnaissance satellite.

NETDec 15 GPS 3-01
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time TBD
usaf
spacex

GPS III SV01 is the first of the U.S. Air Force’s third-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) navigation satellites. The first GPS III satellites are scheduled for launch in 2018, continuing through at least 2022. The GPS III SV01 spacecraft was delivered to Cape Canaveral in late August 2018.

Dec 20 Soyuz MS-11
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 10:52 AM ALMT / 2018-12-20 04:52:00Z
iss
tsskb-progress

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.

NETDec Crew Dragon Demo 1
Vehicle Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD
nasa
spacex

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.

Missions No Earlier Than 2018

NET2018 Arabsat-6A
Vehicle Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD
spacex

Arabsat 6A is a Saudi Arabian geostationary communications satellite

NET2018 Es'hail 2
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time TBD
spacex

Es'hail 2 is a communications satellite that will be operated by Es’hailSat, Qatar's Satellite Company once it reaches orbit. It will feature an amateur radio payload. The spacecraft will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot position for TV broadcasting and should significantly add to the company’s ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa.

Missions No Earlier Than 2019

NETJan 3 Chandrayaan-2
Vehicle GSLV Mk III
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time TBD
isro
isro

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.

NET2019 STP-2
Vehicle Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD
usaf
spacex

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.