Satellite Launch Schedule 2015



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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March 9PSLV IRNSS 1D
Launch time: 1305 GMT (9:05 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C27 mission, will launch the IRNSS 1D navigation satellite. The payload is the fourth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. Delayed from December and January. [March 2]
MarchRockot Gonets M
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Rockot vehicle with a Breeze KM upper stage will launch three Gonets M communications satellites. Delayed from March 3. [March 2]
March 12Dnepr Kompsat 3A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Dombarovsky, Russia
An ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket will launch the Kompsat 3A high-resolution Earth observation satellite for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. Delayed from Jan. 22. [Jan. 29]
March 12/13Atlas 5 MMS
Launch window: 0244-0314 GMT on 13th (10:44-11:14 p.m. EDT on 12th)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission. The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission will use four identical spacecraft, variably spaced in Earth orbit, to make three-dimensional measurements of magnetospheric boundary regions and examine the process of magnetic reconnection. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Nov. 26. [Sept. 3]
TBDSuper Strypi ORS 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii
A Super Strypi launch vehicle will deliver the HiakaSat spacecraft and multiple CubeSat payloads into orbit. The Super Strypi is a rocket developed by Sandia National Laboratories with assistance from the University of Hawaii, Aerojet and the U.S. Defense Department. Delayed from October 2013, April and October 2014. Delayed from January 2015. [Dec. 25]
March 18Proton Express AM7
Launch time: 2205 GMT (6:05 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy Express AM7 satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. Express AM7 will provide television and radio broadcasting services, broadband Internet access, and support multimedia and data links across Russia and neighboring countries. [Feb. 23]
March 21Falcon 9 TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite for Thales Alenia Space and the government of Turkmenistan. The spacecraft is Turkmenistan’s first national satellite and will support communications over Central Asia. [Feb. 27]
March 25Delta 4 GPS 2F-9
Launch window: 1836-1854 GMT (2:36-2:54 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s ninth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. [Feb. 15]
March 25/26H-2A IGS Optical 5
Launch window: 0100-0300 GMT on 26th (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT on 25th)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch an Information Gathering Satellite with an optical reconnaissance payload for the Japanese government. [Feb. 3]
March 26Soyuz Galileo FOC-2
Launch window: 2150:20 GMT (5:50:20 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS11, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry two Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat-MT upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from November and December. [Feb. 3]
March 27Soyuz ISS 42S
Launch time: 1942 GMT (3:42 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the crew. Moved forward from March 28. [Jan. 29]
TBDSoyuz 2-1v Kanopus ST
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz 2-1v rocket with a Volga upper stage will launch with Kanopus ST Earth observation satellite. Delayed from Feb. 1. [Jan. 29]


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