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Past Missions This Year

Jan 7 Zuma
spacex
Vehicle 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
asiasat casc
Vehicle 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
casc
Vehicle 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
isro
Vehicle 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
nro ula
Vehicle 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
dod ula
Vehicle 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
rocket lab
Vehicle 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
casc
Vehicle 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
arianespace
Vehicle 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
tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
asiasat casc
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
mitsubishi
Vehicle 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
noaa ula
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
arianespace
Vehicle 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
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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
isro
Vehicle 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
tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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
iridium spacex
Vehicle 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
nasa spacex
Vehicle 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
arianespace
Vehicle 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
isro
Vehicle 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
usaf ula
Vehicle 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
khrunichev
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
esa eurockot
Vehicle 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
cnsa casc
Vehicle 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
nasa ula
Vehicle 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
casc
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
cnsa casc
Vehicle 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
iss orbital atk
Vehicle 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
iridium spacex
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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
jaxa mitsubishi
Vehicle 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
iss spacex
Vehicle 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
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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
asiasat casc
Vehicle 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
telesat canada spacex
Vehicle 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
esa arianespace
Vehicle 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
iridium spacex
Vehicle 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
spacex
Vehicle 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
nasa ula
Vehicle 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.

Aug 22 ADM-Aeolus
esa arianespace
Vehicle Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time 6:20:09 PM GFT / 2018-08-22 21:20:09Z
Window 1 second

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.

Sep 10 Telstar 18V
telesat canada spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 12:45 AM EDT / 2018-09-10 04:45:00Z
Window 2 hours, 43 minutes

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.

Sep 15 ICESat-II
nasa ula
Vehicle Delta II
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-2
Time 6:02 AM PDT / 2018-09-15 13:02:00Z
Window 2 hours, 18 minutes

ICESat-2 (short for Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite) will use lasers and a very precise detection instrument to measure the elevation of Earth’s surface. By timing how long it takes laser beams to travel from the satellite to Earth and back, scientists can calculate the height of glaciers and sea ice

Sep 16 NovaSAR-S & SSTL-S1
isro
Vehicle PSLV-XL
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time 10:07 PM IST / 2018-09-16 16:37:00Z

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is preparing to launch the PSLV-C42 mission with the NovaSAR-S and SSTL-S1 Earth observation satellites. To accomplish its mission, NovaSAR-S comes with radar imaging equipment. SSTL-S1 will use its optical systems to produce highly-detailed imagery of the Earth’s surface. Both spacecraft were constructed by SSTL which is based in England. An array of secondary payloads will also be aboard to help maximize the flight’s expense.

Sep 23 Kounotori 7
jaxa mitsubishi
Vehicle H-IIB
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 2
Time 2:52:27 AM JST / 2018-09-22 17:52:27Z

The Japanese-built Kounotori 7 spacecraft (also called HTV-7) is expected to send about 6,200 kilograms of experiments, crew supplies and equipment to the International Space Station, including six large lithium-ion batteries to continue the replacement of the outpost's existing nickel-hydrogen batteries on the station's truss.

Sep 25 Horizons 3e, Intelsat 38
arianespace
Vehicle Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 6:53 PM GFT / 2018-09-25 21:53:00Z

Ariane-5 flight VA243 is slated to launch the Horizons 3e and Intelsat 38 satellites from Guiana Space Centre's ELA-3. Horizons 3e was built by Boeing via a partnership between Intelsat and the Japanese operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. Horizons 3e is being fielded to provide mobility services. The Intelsat 38 spacecraft, was constructed by SSL. Also known as Azerspace 2, Intelsat 38 is owned by Azercosmos and is designed to provide direct-to-home communications services.

Oct 7 SAOCOM 1A, ITASAT 1
spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 7:22 PM PDT / 2018-10-08 02:22:00Z

SAOCOM 1A is an Argentine (SAR Observation & Communications Satellite). ITASAT 1 (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica Satellite) is Brazilian 6U Cubesat built by the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA). The flight marks the first planned landing of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex 4W.

Oct 11 Soyuz MS-10
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle 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.

Oct 17 AEHF 4
usaf ula
Vehicle Atlas V 551
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 12:15 AM EDT / 2018-10-17 04:15:00Z
Window 2 hours

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 551 configuration: a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters, and a single engine on the Centaur upper stage.

Oct 19 BepiColumbo
esa arianespace
Vehicle Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 10:45 PM GFT / 2018-10-20 01:45:00Z

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.

Oct 25 Lotus-S1
tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-2
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43
Time 3:00 AM MSK / 2018-10-25 00:00:00Z

6000 kilogram Russian military satellite. This will be the first Soyuz launch after the failed Soyuz MS-10 launch.

Oct 29 GOSAT-2 and KhalifaSat
mitsubishi
Vehicle H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 1:08 PM JST / 2018-10-29 04:08:00Z
Window 12 minutes

A Japanese H-IIA rocket will launch the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite "IBUKI-2" (GOSAT-2). Additionally, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite called KhalifaSat will be orbited on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. This will be the 40th flight of an H-IIA rocket.

Nov 3 GLONASS M
asiasat tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time 2:17 AM ALMT / 2018-11-02 20:17:00Z

The GLONASS-M (GLONASS-M No. 757) spacecraft is scheduled to be launched atop a Soyuz 2.1b rocket at 11:17 p.m. Moscow time (20:17 GMT / 3:17 p.m. EST) from the Plesetsk Cosmosdrone's Pad 4 at Site 43 in Russia.

Nov 6 Metop-C
arianespace
Vehicle Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 9:47:51 PM GFT / 2018-11-07 00:47:51Z

Metop is a series of three polar orbiting meteorological satellites which form the space segment component of the overall EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS). Metop-A (launched on 19 October 2006) and Metop-B (launched on 17 September 2012) are in a lower polar orbit, at an altitude of 817 kilometres, to provide more detailed observations of the global atmosphere, oceans and continents.

Nov 11 It’s Business Time
rocket lab
Vehicle Electron
Location Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Time 4:50 PM NZDT / 2018-11-11 03:50:00Z
Window 3 hours, 10 minutes

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."

Nov 14 GSAT-29
isro
Vehicle GSLV Mk III
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre SLP
Time 5:08 PM IST / 2018-11-14 11:38:00Z

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.

Nov 15 Es'hail 2
spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 3:46 PM EST / 2018-11-15 20:46:00Z
Window 1 hour, 19 minutes

Es'hail 2 is a communications satellite that will be operated by Es'hailSat, Qatar's Satellite Company once it reaches orbit. It will feature an amateur radio payload. The spacecraft will be positioned at the 26° East hotspot position for TV broadcasting and should significantly add to the company's ability to provide high quality, premium DTH television content across the Middle East and North Africa.

Nov 17 Progress MS-10
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time 12:14 AM ALMT / 2018-11-16 18:14:00Z

Roscosmos is expected to launch the Progress MS-10 automated cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station with some 5,400 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of crew supplies and equipment for the Expedition 57 and 58 crews.

Nov 17 Cygnus NG-10
iss northrop grumman
Vehicle Antares 200
Location Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport LP-0A
Time 4:01:22 AM EST / 2018-11-17 09:01:22Z

Northrop Grumman's Antares 230 rocket is scheduled to deliver the 10th operational Cygnus resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. This version of Antares utilizes two RD-181 rocket engines in its first stage. It is launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

Nov 20 Mohammed VI-B
arianespace
Vehicle Vega
Location Guiana Space Centre ELV
Time 10:42 PM GFT / 2018-11-21 01:42:00Z

The Morocco Mohammed VI-B satellite will be in particular used for mapping and land surveying activities, regional development, agricultural monitoring, the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance.

Nov 29 HySIS
isro
Vehicle PSLV-XL
Location Satish Dhawan Space Centre FLP
Time 9:30 AM IST / 2018-11-29 04:00:00Z

The 43rd flight of the Indian PSLV launch vehicle is scheduled to send the HySIS satellite as well as 30 smallsats to orbit,

Nov 30 Kosmos 2530, 2531, 2532
eurockot
Vehicle Rokot
Location Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 133
Time 5:00 AM MSK / 2018-11-30 02:00:00Z
Window 1 hour, 30 minutes

One of the final Rokot rockets is scheduled to launch 3 Kosmos satellites from the Plesetsk cosmodrome.

Dec 3 Soyuz MS-11
iss tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-1
Time 5:31 PM ALMT / 2018-12-03 11:31:00Z

Soyuz MS-11 will launch three new crew members 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.

Dec 3 SSO-A
spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 10:31:47 AM PST / 2018-12-03 18:31:47Z

SSO-A is the largest single rideshare mission from a US-based launch vehicle to date. The company Spaceflight has contracted 64 spacecraft from 34 different organizations to send the mission to a Sun-Synchronous low-Earth orbit. It includes 15 microsats and 49 cubesats from both commercial and government entities.

Dec 4 GSAT-11 & GEO-KOMPSAT-2A
arianespace
Vehicle Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time 5:37 PM GFT / 2018-12-04 20:37:00Z
Window 1 hour, 16 minutes

A European Ariane 5 ECA rocket on flight VA246 will launch the GSAT-11 and GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellites from Kourou launch site ELA-3

Dec 5 CRS-16
iss spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 1:16 PM EST / 2018-12-05 18:16:00Z
Window 1 second

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 16 ELaNa-19
nasa rocket lab
Vehicle Electron
Location Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Time 7:33 PM NZDT / 2018-12-16 06:33:00Z
Window 4 hours

Small satellite launch company Rocket Lab is preparing for the company’s third launch of 2018, the Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa)-19 mission for NASA. The nine-day launch window for ELaNa-19 opens Dec. 13, 2018. The flight is slated to get underway between 04:00 - 08:00 GMT from Rocket Lab’s private launch site, Launch Complex 1, located on New Zealand’s Mahia Peninsula.

Dec 19 GPS 3-01
usaf spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40
Time 9:07 AM EST / 2018-12-19 14:07:00Z
Window 26 minutes

GPS III SV01 is the first of the U.S. Air Force’s third-generation Global Positioning System (GPS III) navigation satellites. The first GPS III satellites are scheduled for launch in 2018, continuing through at least 2022. The GPS III SV01 spacecraft was delivered to Cape Canaveral in late August 2018.