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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

PSLV-CA
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

Electron
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

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.

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

Soyuz-U
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 27 IGS Optical-6

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 1:34 PM JST / 2018-02-27 04:34:00Z
Window 14 minutes

A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket has been selected to send the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Optical 6 to orbit for the Japanese government. The optical reconnaissance payload is being readied for flight from Tanegashima Space Center's Pad 1.

Mar 1 GOES-S

Atlas V 541
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 5:02 PM EST / 2018-03-01 22:02:00Z
Window 2 hours

GOES-S is the second of four next-generation geostationary weather satellites, called the GOES-R series, and will provide a major improvement in weather observation capabilities leading to more accurate and timely forecasts, watches and warnings.

Mar 6 Hispasat 30W-6

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 12:33 AM EST / 2018-03-06 05:33:00Z
Window 2 hours

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.

Mar 9 O3b flight 4

Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 1:37:06 PM GFT / 2018-03-09 16:37:06Z

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

Mar 21 Soyuz MS-08

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 11:44 PM ALMT / 2018-03-21 17:44:00Z

The Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft is scheduled to launch three members of the Expedition 55 crew to the International Space Station. The crew for this flight consists of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, and NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. They are slated to remain aboard the orbiting laboratory for about six months.

Mar 29 GSAT-6A

GSLV Mk II
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time 4:56 PM IST / 2018-03-29 11:26:00Z

The Indian Space Research Organisation is working to launch the GSAT-6A satellite atop a GSLV rocket. The spacecraft being launched on this mission is described as being a high-power S-band communications satellite that should also serve as a demonstration platform to test a 20-foot (6-meter) unfurlable antenna, among other technologies.

Mar 29 EMKA - Kosmos

Soyuz-2
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
Time 7:45 PM MSK / 2018-03-29 16:45:00Z

A Soyuz-2-1B rocket is set to launch the first EMKA military satellite for the Liana electronic intelligence network from Plesetsk. The mission was previously planned for Oct. 25, 2017, but had to be postponed to February 2018 at the earliest, due to problems with the satellite.

Mar 30 Iridium next Flight 5

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 7:13 AM PDT / 2018-03-30 14:13:00Z

The fifth of eight planned SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch up to 10 additional next-generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. Iridium Flight 5 consists of 10 satellites.

Apr 2 CRS-14

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 4:30 PM EDT / 2018-04-02 20:30:00Z
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.

Apr 5 Superbird-8 & Hylas-4

Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 6:34 PM GFT / 2018-04-05 21:34:00Z
Window 50 minutes

The Superbird-8 spacecraft is based on the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) DS-2000 bus and is planned to have a service life of some 15 years. The satellite was damaged in 2016 during transport to the launch site. HYLAS 4, meanwhile, is based on Orbital ATK's new Star-3 bus. It is hoped that HYLAS 4 will deliver up to 28 GHz of capacity in 66 fixed beams when it is positioned over Africa and Europe.

Apr 12 IRNSS-1I

PSLV-XL
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time 4:04 AM IST / 2018-04-11 22:34:00Z

A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the IRNSS-1I satellite. It will be the eighth spacecraft to join the NavIC navigation satellite constellation.

Apr 14 AFSPC 11

Atlas V 551
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 7:13 PM EDT / 2018-04-14 23:13:00Z
Window 4 hours

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. Delayed from April 12.

Apr 19 Blagovest No. 12L

Proton-M
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-81
Time 4:12 AM ALMT / 2018-04-18 22:12:00Z

A Proton-M rocket is scheduled to launch a Russian communications satellite into space. It is the second of four planned Blagovest satellites and will provide high-speed internet, television broadcasts, as well as voice and video services for the Russia, both domestic and military.

Apr 18 TESS

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 6:51:31 PM EDT / 2018-04-18 22:51:31Z
Window 30 seconds

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.

Apr 25 Sentinel-3B

Rokot
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time 8:57 PM MSK / 2018-04-25 17:57:00Z

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.

May 4 Apstar 6C

Long March 3B
Location Xichang Satellite Launch Center LA-2
Time 12:06 AM CST / 2018-05-03 16:06:00Z

The China National Space Administration is planning on using a Long March 3B rocket to send the Apstar 6C communications satellite to orbit. Although an exact launch time has yet to be announced, the mission appears to be scheduled to get underway on March 15, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

May 5 InSight and Mars Cube One

Atlas V 401
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-3
Time 4:05 AM PDT / 2018-05-05 11:05:00Z
Window 2 hours

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.

May 9 Gaofen 5

Long March 4C
Location Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center LA-9
Time 2:30 AM CST / 2018-05-08 18:30:00Z

China will launch the Gaofen 5 remote-sensing satellite into a 438-mile (705 kilometer) Sun-synchronous orbit. It is a civilian spacecraft that will observe Earth with visible and short-wave infra hyper-spectral cameras.

May 11 Bangabandhu-1

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 4:14 PM EDT / 2018-05-11 20:14:00Z
Window 2 hours, 7 minutes

SpaceX is planning to launch Bangabandhu-1 atop a Falcon 9 rocket for Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited. It will be the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite and will operate at 119.1 degrees East longitude. The mission is different from recent launches by the NewSpace firm in that it is scheduled to fly from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. Delayed from May 7, May 11, 2018.

May 21 Chang’e 4 Relay

Long March 4C
Location Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center LA-9
Time 5:00 AM CST / 2018-05-20 21:00:00Z

China will send its Chang’e 4 Relay satellite into a halo orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange point, a point where the combined gravity of the Earth, Moon and Sun interact to make a stable location. The Earth-Moon L2 is located about 1 million miles (1.5 million kilometers) from Earth. The 940-pound (425-kilogram) craft will act as a comm relay for the yet-to-be-launched Chang'e 4 rover, which is expected to land on the far side of the Moon away from direct communication from Earth.

May 21 OA-9

Antares 200
Location Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time 4:44:06 AM EDT / 2018-05-21 08:44:06Z

The third flight of Orbital ATK's Antares 230 rocket will deliver the ninth 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 200 is a medium-class booster that is flown from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

May 22 Iridium NEXT Flight 6 & GRACE follow-on

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 12:47:58 PM PDT / 2018-05-22 19:47:58Z

The sixth of eight planned SpaceX Falcon 9 launches for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch up to 10 additional next-generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. This launch will send five Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit along with NASA's GRACE follow-on mission.

Jun 4 SES-12

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 12:45 AM EDT / 2018-06-04 04:45:00Z
Window 3 hours, 44 minutes

SpaceX has been tasked with launching the SES-12 communications satellite on behalf of Luxembourg-based SES. The Falcon 9 rocket will utilize a flight-proven first stage. Once in its final location in geostationary orbit, SES-12 is expected to provide video and data services to the Asia-Pacific region.

Jun 6 Soyuz MS-09

Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 5:12:41 PM ALMT / 2018-06-06 11:12:41Z

Soyuz MS-09 will launch three members of Expedition 56 to the International Space Station. The crew consists of Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev, NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor, and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. They will remain aboard the outpost for about six months.

Jun 11 IGS Radar 6

H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 1:00 PM JST / 2018-06-11 04:00:00Z
Window 2 hours

A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA launch vehicle is scheduled to send the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Radar 6 satellite into orbit from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. Operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Information Center, the satellite will provide information for the country's national defense as well as natural disaster monitoring. This will be the 39th flight of an H-IIA rocket.

Jun 29 CRS-15

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 5:42:42 AM EDT / 2018-06-29 09:42:42Z
Window 1 second

SpaceX will conduct its 15th 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.

Jul 10 Progress MS-09

Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time 3:51 AM ALMT / 2018-07-09 21:51:00Z

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.

Jul 10 PRSS-1

Long March 2C
Location Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center SLS-1
Time 11:56 AM CST / 2018-07-10 03:56:00Z

As is so often the case with Chinese launches, the flight of the first Pakistani Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) which a Chinese Long March 2C rocket is slated to send aloft. Accompanying PRSS-1 is the PakTES 1A remote sensing satellite. China is conducting this launch on behalf of Pakistan's space agency, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission or SUPARCO.

Jul 22 Telstar 19V

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 1:50 AM EDT / 2018-07-22 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 8:25:01 AM GFT / 2018-07-25 11:25:01Z

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).

Jul 25 Iridium NEXT Flight 7

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 4:39:26 AM PDT / 2018-07-25 11:39:26Z

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.

Aug 7 Merah Putih / Telkom-4

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 1:18 AM EDT / 2018-08-07 05:18:00Z
Window 2 hours

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 it is on orbit, it is expected to replace the nearly-20-year-old Telkom-1 satellite to serve Indonesia, India and surrounding regions.

Aug 12 Parker Solar Probe

Delta IV Heavy
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37
Time 3:31 AM EDT / 2018-08-12 07:31:00Z
Window 1 hour, 5 minutes

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.