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Jul 20 Iridium NEXT Flight 7

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 5:12 AM PDT / 2018-07-20 12:12:00Z

This will be the seventh 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 56th-65th next-generation satellites.

Jul 21 Telstar 19V

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 1:50 AM EDT / 2018-07-21 05:50:00Z
Window 4 hours

SpaceX's Falcon 9 is contracted to launch the Telstar 19 Vantage (Telstar 19V) communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. There, the SSL-built satellite will use onboard propulsion to move itself into a geostationary orbit located at 63 degrees West to provide broadband services to South America, Northern Canada, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic Ocean via Ku-band and Ka-band high-throughput transponders.

Jul 25 Galileo 23-26

Ariane 5 ES
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 8:24:48 AM GFT / 2018-07-25 11:24:48Z

Designated flight VA244, Arianespace is expected to launch four Galileo navigation satellites atop an Ariane 5 rocket to join Europe's growing Galileo navigation constellation. The spacecraft are expected to be deployed in a medium-Earth orbit at a target altitude of 14,429 miles (23,222 kilometers).

Aug 2 Merah Putih / Telkom-4

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 1:19 AM EDT / 2018-08-02 05:19:00Z

The Indonesian Merah Putih / Telkom-4 geostationary communications satellite is expected to be launched by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The SSL-built spacecraft will be operated by PT Telkomunikasi, which is the largest telecommunications / network provider in Indonesia. Once ion orbit, it is expected to replace the nearly-20-year-old Telkom-1 satellite to serve Indonesia, India and surrounding regions.

Aug 4 Parker Solar Probe

Delta IV Heavy
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time 4:17 AM EDT / 2018-08-04 08:17:00Z

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. NASA has tapped United Launch Alliance's (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket to send the probe toward its destination. The Parker Solar Probe was constructed by the Applied Physics Laboratory. The mission's launch was delayed from July 31, 2018.

Aug 21 ADM-Aeolus

Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time 6:20 PM GFT / 2018-08-21 21:20:00Z

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.

NETAug Telstar 18V

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

SpaceX's Falcon 9 is contracted to launch the Telstar 18 Vantage (Telstar 18V) communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. There, the SSL-built satellite will use onboard propulsion to move itself into a geostationary orbit where it will serve parts of India, China, Mongolia, Asia and the Pacific Ocean with its C- and Ku-band transponders.

NETAug Iridium NEXT Flight 8

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

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.

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.

NETSep 10 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.

NETOct 5 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.

Oct 11 Soyuz MS-10

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 2:40 PM ALMT / 2018-10-11 08:40:00Z

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.

NETOct 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.

NETOct 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.

NETOct 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.

NETOct BepiColumbo

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

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.

NETNov 17 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 29 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.

Dec 20 Soyuz MS-11

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 10:52 AM ALMT / 2018-12-20 04:52:00Z

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.

Missions No Earlier Than 2018

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 It’s Business Time

Electron
Location Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Time TBD
Window 4 hours

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."

NET2018 Arabsat-6A

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

Arabsat 6A is a Saudi Arabian geostationary communications satellite

NET2018 ICON

Pegasus-XL
Location Kwajalein Atoll
Time TBD
Window 37 minutes

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.