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Jan 7 Zuma

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 8:00 PM EST / 2018-01-08 01:00:00Z
Window 2 hours

SpaceX Falcon-9 launch that was delayed from last November and switched from KSC pad-39A to CCAFS pad-40. The payload remains unknown, but is reportedly called "Zuma."

Jan 9 Superview 1-03 and 04

Long March 2D
Location Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center SLS-1
Time 11:20 AM CST / 2018-01-09 03:20:00Z

China's first launch of 2018, the flight of the Superview 1-03 and 04 Earth-observing satellites is scheduled to lift off from Taiyuan, China on Monday Jan. 8. The spacecraft are set to be sent aloft atop a Long March 2D rocket. The customer for this mission is the Beijing Space View Technology Company. The mission has been dubbed 'GaoJing' and should provide high-resolution images for an array of clients in China and abroad.

Jan 12 BeiDou-3 MEO-3&MEO-4

Long March 3B
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-2
Time 7:10 AM CST / 2018-01-11 23:10:00Z

The Beidou-3M is part of the third phase of the Chinese Beidou navigation system which uses satellites in Medium Earth Orbit and Geosynchronous Orbit.

Jan 12 Cartosat-2F

Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time 9:29 AM IST / 2018-01-12 03:59:00Z

Cartosat-2 Series Satellite is the primary satellite carried by PSLV-C40. This remote sensing satellite is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series and is intended to augment data services to the users. The imagery sent by satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring.

Jan 12 NROL-47

Delta IV Medium+ (5,2)
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-6
Time 1:00 PM PST / 2018-01-12 21:00:00Z

NROL-47 is a classified spacecraft payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launching via a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket in the Medium+ (5,2) configuration, indicating the rocket will have five meter fairing and two solid rocket motors. Delayed from Jan. 10.

Jan 19 SBIRS-GEO 4

Atlas V 411
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 7:48 PM EST / 2018-01-20 00:48:00Z
Window 40 minutes

ULA's Atlas V rocket will launch the latest Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous (SBIRS) satellite. The spacecraft will serve as part of a early warning missile detection system. The 411 version of the Atlas V uses a four meter fairing, one solid rocket motor, and a single RL10C rocket engine in its Centaur upper stage.

Jan 21 Planet / Spire CubeSats

Location Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Time 2:30 PM NZDT / 2018-01-21 01:30:00Z

Rocket Lab is planning on launching its second Electron rocket on a test flight dubbed: "Still Testing." The mission had been scheduled to take place several times in 2017, but was repeatedly delayed. The NewSpace company plans to conduct the flight from its launch site located at the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The payload for this flight are three small CubeSats being launched on behalf of Planet and Spire.

Jan 25 Yaogan 30-04

Long March 2C
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-1
Time 1:40 PM CST / 2018-01-25 05:40:00Z

China is preparing to conduct its fifth orbital mission in the month of January by sending a Long March 2C rocket with three Yaogan-30 satellites. The launch vehicle is scheduled to liftoff on Thursday, January 25, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC). The launch is currently scheduled to take place at around 5:40 GMT (0:40 a.m. EST). The satellites, while described as being for civilian purposes, are suspected of being launched for the Chinese military.

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 31 Kanopus-V3 & V4

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.

Jan 31 GovSat-1

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 4:23 PM EST / 2018-01-31 21:23:00Z
Window 2 hours, 14 minutes

The GovSat-1 flight is planned to 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. The spacecraft will be launched atop a SpaceX Full Thrust Falcon 9 and will be utilized to support Luxembourg's obligations to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Feb 2 Zhangheng 1

Long March 2D
Location Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center SLS-1
Time 3:51 PM CST / 2018-02-02 07:51:00Z

A Chinese Long March 2D launch vehicle has been selected to send the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) spacecraft to orbit along with an array of other smaller spacecraft (CubeSats). The mission is an international affair with China partnering with Italy to send the spacecraft to their orbital destinations from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. It is hoped that CSES might be able provide data which could lead to earthquake prediction.

Feb 6 Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 3:45 PM EST / 2018-02-06 20:45:00Z
Window 15 minutes

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. SpaceX successfully carried out a static test fire of the rocket at 12:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Feb 13 Progress MS-08

Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 2:13 PM ALMT / 2018-02-13 08:13:00Z

MS-08 marks the first Progress flight to the International Space Station in 2018. The uncrewed spacecraft is being prepared for flight to send cargo, experiments and crew supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

Feb 22 PAZ

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 6:17 AM PST / 2018-02-22 14:17:00Z

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. A flight-proven Falcon 9 will deliver the PAZ satellite to a low-Earth orbit. The mission is being flown on behalf of Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain and was built by Airbus Defense and Space. The satellite is designed to capture images of Earth.

Feb 25 Hispasat 30W-6

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 12:35 AM EST / 2018-02-25 05:35:00Z

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.