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Jan 5 TJS 2

Long March 3B
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-2
Time 11:15 PM CST / 2017-01-05 15:15:00Z
Window 1 second

A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the TJS 2 satellite, the second spacecraft in a series of Chinese demonstration missions to test broadcast communications technologies.

Jan 14 Iridium Next 1-10

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 9:54:07 AM PST / 2017-01-14 17:54:07Z
Window 1 second

A SpaceX Falcon-9 launch vehicle will send the first 10 Iridium NEXT telecommunications satellites to orbit. This is SpaceX's Falcon 9 Return to Flight after the loss of vehicle September 1, 2016, during the preparation for a static fire test.

Jan 20 SBIRS-GEO 3

Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 7:42 PM EST / 2017-01-21 00:42:00Z

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 204
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 4:44 PM JST / 2017-01-24 07:44:00Z
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 27 Hispasat AG1

Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 10:03:34 PM GFT / 2017-01-28 01:03:34Z

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.

Feb 14 SkyBrasil-1, Telkom-3S

Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 6:37:07 PM GFT / 2017-02-14 21:37:07Z
Window 1 hour, 27 minutes

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.

Feb 15 Cartosat-2D + INS-1A + INS-1B

Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time 9:28 AM IST / 2017-02-15 03:58:00Z

The 37th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will launch the Cartosat-2D Earth observation satellite and INS-1A and INS-1B nanosatellites for India. 101 nanosatellites from Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Switzerland and USA will also get a boost to orbit from the Indian PSLV rocket.

Feb 19 SpaceX CRS-10

Falcon 9 (Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 9:38:58 AM EST / 2017-02-19 14:38:58Z
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.

Feb 22 Progress MS-05

Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 11:58:33 AM ALMT / 2017-02-22 05:58:33Z

Carrying about 5,401 lbs (2,450 kg) of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station, Progress MS-05 is the next Progress cargo spacecraft bound for the orbiting laboratory. Progress will deliver food, fuel, and supplies, including 705 kg of propellant, 50 kg of oxygen and air, and 420 kg of water. The mission is designated as Progress 66 or Progress 66P by NASA.

Mar 1 NROL-79

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time 9:50 AM PST / 2017-03-01 17:50:00Z
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 motors, and a single Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C engine in the Atlas' Centaur upper stage.

Mar 6 Sentinel-2B

Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time 10:49:24 PM GFT / 2017-03-07 01:49:24Z

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 16 EchoStar 23

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 2:00 AM EDT / 2017-03-16 06:00:00Z
Window 2 hours, 5 minutes

The EchoStar XXIII satellite is a Ku-band geostationary communications satellite capable of providing service from eight different orbital positions. The spacecraft has an estimated service life of 15 years or longer and is currently set to be the first commercial satellite launched from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A via a SpaceX 'Full Thrust' Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket successfully underwent a static test fire on March 9, 2017.

Mar 17 IGS-Radar 5

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 10:20 AM JST / 2017-03-17 01:20:00Z
Window 13 minutes

The IGS-Radar 5 (Information Gathering Satellite) is a Japanese radar reconnaissance satellite. The spacecraft will be operated by the Cabinet Satellite Information Center. The IGS-Radar-5 satellite is being launched for both Japan's national defense as well as for civil natural disaster monitoring. Reportedly, the satellite has a ground resolution of less than 1 meter. IGS-Radar-5 is the second scheduled launch from Tanegashima in 2017.

Mar 18 WGS-9

Delta IV Medium+ (5,4)
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time 8:18 PM EDT / 2017-03-19 00:18:00Z
Window 1 hour, 14 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. This will mark the first Delta IV Medium launch of 2017, which will use a five meter fairing and four Orbital ATK-provided GEM 60 Solid Rocket Motors on its first stage.

Mar 30 SES-10

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 6:27 PM EDT / 2017-03-30 22:27:00Z
Window 2 hours, 30 minutes

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.

Apr 12 Shijian-13

Long March 3B
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-2
Time 7:04 PM CST / 2017-04-12 11:04:00Z

As an experimental communications satellite, Shijian-13 (Shi Jian 13) is designed to operate in geostationary orbit testing electric propulsion systems and high-throughput communications systems. The first of a planned constellation of six satellites, Shijian-13 will deliver Internet connectivity on commercial aircraft, high-speed trains, and remote regions of China. The spacecraft will utilize the Long March 3B launch vehicle as its mode of transportation out of Earth's gravity well.

Apr 18 OA-7

Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 11:11 AM EDT / 2017-04-18 15:11:00Z
Window 30 minutes

Orbital ATK's OA-7 mission will deliver the company's S.S. John Glenn 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 orbiting laboratory under the $1.9 billion agreement Orbital ATK has under NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. This will mark the third flight of Cygnus on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Ca

Apr 20 Soyuz MS-04

Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 1:13 PM ALMT / 2017-04-20 07:13:00Z
Window 1 second

The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft is scheduled to transport two members of the Expedition 51 crew to the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Jack D. Fischer and Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. If everything goes as planned, MS-04 will mark the 133rd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory. The duo are slated to use a Russian Soyuz-FG rocket to loft them out of Earth's atmosphere and on their way to the space station.

Apr 20 Tianzhou 1

Long March 7
Location Wenchang Space Center LA-2
Time 7:41:28 PM CST / 2017-04-20 11:41:28Z

Tianzhou 1 is the inaugural mission of China's Tianzhou-class uncrewed cargo spacecraft. Tianzhou 1 will deliver supplies and fuel to China's Tiangong 2 space lab.

May 1 NROL-76

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 7:15 AM EDT / 2017-05-01 11:15:00Z
Window 1 hour, 45 minutes

NROL-76 is a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launching for the first time via a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

May 4 SGDC-1 and Koreasat-7

Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 6:50 PM GFT / 2017-05-04 21:50:00Z
Window 2 hours, 48 minutes

Built on the Upgraded Spacebus-4000B2 platform from Thales Alenia Space, Koreasat-7 is a Ku-band communications satellite for KTsat based in South Korea. Koreasat-7's coverage zone encompasses Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India. Brazilian state-owned telecommunications services provider Telebras SGDC-1 (Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite) is a X- and Ka-band satellite for military and civil use.

May 5 GSAT-9

Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time 4:57 PM IST / 2017-05-05 11:27:00Z
Window 1 second

Launching on the GSLV-F09 mission, GSAT-9 is a multi-band communications satellite for India. The satellite will provide global positioning services for navigation, surveillance/Air Traffic Management systems over Indian airspace via the GAGAN system (GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation).

May 15 Inmarsat-5 F4

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 7:21 PM EDT / 2017-05-15 23:21:00Z
Window 49 minutes

Inmarsat-5 F4 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. The Inmarsat-5 (I-5) satellite constellation delivers high-speed mobile broadband communications coverage worldwide. Inmarsat-5 F4 serves as a backup to the three existing Inmarsat-5 satellites already in orbit.

May 18 SES-15

Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 8:54:53 AM GFT / 2017-05-18 11:54:53Z
Window 1 second

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS17, will launch the SES-15 communications satellite into geostationary orbit. Built by Boeing and equipped with an all-electric propulsion system, SES 15 is a high throughput satellite operating in the Ku- and Ka-bands supporting government, networking, airline, and maritime customers across North America.