Satellite Launch Schedule 2014



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
- Recent updates appear in [Red Type]

Oct. 7  H-2A   •  Himawari 8
Launch window: 0516-0916 GMT (1:16-5:16 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Himawari 8 weather satellite for the Japan Meteorological Agency. Himawari 8 will collect weather imagery over the East Asia and Western Pacific regions. [Aug. 12]
October  PSLV  •  IRNSS 1C
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C26 mission, will launch the IRNSS 1C navigation satellite. The payload is the third spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. [Sept. 3]
October  Dnepr   •  ASNARO 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Dombarovsky, Russia

An ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket will launch the ASNARO 1 Earth observation satellite for Japan's Institute for Unmanned Space Experiment Free Flyer. Four Japanese microsatellites will also be launched by the Dnepr rocket. [Aug. 15]
Oct. 16  Ariane 5  •  Intelsat DLA 1 & Arsat 1
Launch window: 2100-2151 GMT (5:00-5:51 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA220, to launch the Intelsat DirecTV Latin America 1 and Arsat 1 satellites. Intelsat DLA 1, also known as Intelsat 30, will broadcast direct-to-home television services to Latin America in a partnership between Intelsat and DirecTV. Arsat 1 is the first communications satellite to be built in Argentina. [Aug. 21]
Oct. 20/21  Antares  •  Orb-3
Launch time: 0129 GMT on 21st (9:29 p.m. EDT on 20th)
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket will launch the fourth Cygnus cargo freighter on the third operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as Orb-3. The Antares rocket will fly an upgraded Castor 30XL second stage motor for the first time. Delayed from Oct. 3. Moved forward from Oct. 21. Delayed from Oct. 14. [Sept. 26]
Oct. 21  Proton  •  Express AM6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Express AM6 satellite to provide television and radio broadcasting, broadband Internet, multimedia services and mobile communications for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. Delayed from July 14. [July 9]
4th Quarter  Long March 3C  •  Chang'e 5 Precursor
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China

A Chinese Long March 3C rocket will launch a mission to demonstrate re-entry technologies for the planned Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission. [Aug. 12]
Oct. 29  Soyuz   •  Progress 57P
Launch time: 0708 GMT (3:08 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 57th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Sept. 3]
Oct. 29  Atlas 5  •  GPS 2F-8
Launch window: 1721-1739 GMT (1:21-1:39 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Air Force's eighth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Sept. 20]
TBD  Proton  •  ASTRA 2G
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the ASTRA 2G communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. ASTRA 2G will deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Delayed from May and June. [April 30]
4th Quarter  GSLV Mk.3  •  Atmospheric Test Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 will launch on a suborbital test flight. The GSLV Mk.3 is powered by two large solid rocket boosters, a liquid-fueled core second stage and a cryogenic third stage. This suborbital test flight will demonstrate the performance of the GSLV Mk.3 in the atmosphere. Delayed from May, June, July and August. [Aug. 24]
Nov. 18  Vega  •  IXV
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

A European Vega rocket, designated VV04, will launch with the European Space Agency's Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV. The IXV will launch on a suborbital trajectory, testing advanced flight control and re-entry technologies before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from October. [Sept. 1]
Nov. 23  Soyuz  •  ISS 41S
Launch time: TBD
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 Nov. 24. [March 4]


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