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Upcoming Missions This Year

Jan 26 IGS Optical 7
Vehicle H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 10:00 AM JST / 2020-01-26 01:00:00Z
Window 2 hours

The first scheduled launch of the year to take place from Japan's Tanegashima Island will be a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries H-IIA rocket with the IGS Optical 7 optical reconnaissance satellite.

NETJan Meridian M
Vehicle Soyuz-2
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
Time TBD

The Russian Defense Ministry will launch another Meridian-M satellite from Russia's Plesetsk cosmodrome in January 2020. Meridian-M is a second generation military communications satellite and has a planned operational life of about seven years.

Missions No Earlier Than 2020

NET2020 Chang’e 5
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Vehicle Long March 5
Location Wenchang Space Center LA-1
Time TBD

Chang'e 5 is a Chinese robotic mission to collect at least 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of lunar soil and rock samples from Earth's moon and return them to Earth. This would be the first lunar sample return mission attempted by any nation since 1976.