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Jan 25 Al Yah 3 & SES-14

Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 7:20 PM GFT / 2018-01-25 22:20:00Z
Window 45 minutes

Al Yah 3 is a planned Ka-band communication satellite Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat)', a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company. SES-14 is the first high-power satellite in the 4-tonne class. It will be based on Airbus Defence and Space’s ultra-reliable Eurostar platform in its E3000e variant. Both satellites will launch on Ariane-5 flight VA241.

Jan 30 GovSat-1

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 4:23 PM EST / 2018-01-30 21:23:00Z
Window 2 hours, 14 minutes

GovSat-1 will be a multi-mission satellite that will use X-band and Military Ka-band frequencies on high-power and fully steerable mission beams to support multiple operations.

Jan 31 Kanopus-V3 & V4

Soyuz-2
Location Vostochny Cosmodrome LD1
Time 11:07:18 AM YAKT / 2018-01-31 02:07:18Z

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with a Fregat upper stage will launch the Kanopus V3 and V4 satellites from the Vostochny Cosmosrome in East Russia. The Earth-observation spacecraft was scheduled to launch on Dec. 22, 2017 and are being deployed so as to assist the Russian government in areas such as disaster response, mapping, as well as fire detection. The flight of the Soyuz-2 rocket is also planned to carry an array of secondary payloads.

NETFeb 11 Progress MS-08

Soyuz-U
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

First Progress cargo mission to ISS of 2018.

NETFeb 25 IGS Optical-6

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time TBD

A H-IIA rocket will launch the 6th optical reconnaissance satellite for Japan.

NETFeb PAZ

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

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will launch the PAZ mission from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch is targeted for no earlier than late January 2018. A flight-proven Falcon 9 will deliver the PAZ satellite to a low-Earth orbit (LEO).

NETFeb Iridium next Flight 5

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

The fifth of seven planned SpaceX flights for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch ten additional next generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. Iridium Flight 5 consists of ten satellites.

NETFeb SES-12

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

SpaceX will launch the heavy SES-12 satellite, up to now slated for an Ariane-5 launch, on a Falcon 9 vehicle in Q1 2018.

NETMar 1 GOES-S

Atlas V 541
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

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.

NETMar 1 O3b flight 4

Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time TBD

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

NETMar 9 Soyuz MS-08

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-08 will launch the next crew to the International Space Station. With this new crew Expedition 55 will start.

NETMar 13 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.

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 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.

NETMar 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 18 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 25 Soyuz MS-09

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-09 will launch the next crew for the International Space Station, with this launch Expedition 56 will start.

NETApr 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.

NETMay 1 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.

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.

NETMay 5 InSight and Mars Cube One

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time TBD

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 CRS-15

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

SpaceX will conduct its sixteenth 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.

NETJun 13 Progress MS-09

Soyuz-U
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
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.

NETJul 31 Parker Solar Probe

Delta IV Heavy
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time TBD

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.

NETAug 16 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 mid August of 2018.

NETSep 7 Soyuz MS-10

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-10 will bring the next crew to the International Space Station. This crew will start Expedition 57.

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 6 Soyuz MS-11

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time TBD

Soyuz MS-11 will launch the next 3 crewmembers for the International Space Station. With this launch Expedition 58 will start.

NETNov 8 OA-10

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

Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the tenth 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 launcher is launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

NETNov 16 CRS-16

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

SpaceX will conduct its seventeenth 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.

Missions No Earlier Than 2018

NET2018 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.

NET2018 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.

NET2018 Falcon Heavy Test Flight

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

SpaceX is attempting to 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.

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.