Satellite Launch Schedule 2019



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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Nov. 22Ariane 5 ? TIBA 1 & Inmarsat 5 F5
Launch time: 2108 GMT (4:08 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA250, to launch the TIBA 1 and Inmarsat 5 F5 communications satellites. The TIBA 1 satellite for the Egyptian government was manufactured by Airbus Defense and Space, with a secure communications payload supplied by Thales Alenia Space. The Inmarsat 5 F5 satellite is owned by Inmarsat of London and was built by Thales Alenia Space. Inmarsat 5 F5 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat?s Global Xpress network. [Nov. 5]
Nov. 23Long March 3B ? Beidou
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket and a Yuanzheng upper stage will launch two Beidou navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit. [Nov. 12]
Nov. 26/27PSLV ? Cartosat 3
Launch time: Approx. 0400 GMT on 27th (11 p.m. EST on 26th)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C47, will launch the first Cartosat 3-series Earth-imaging and mapping satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization, along with 12 SuperDove Earth-observing nanosatellites for Planet and the Meshbed tech demo CubeSat for Analytical Space. The launch vehicle will fly in the “PSLV XL” configuration with six strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from mid-2019, October and Nov. 20. [Nov. 12]
TBDLauncherOne ? Inaugural Flight
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California
A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will make its first orbital test flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Delayed from early 2019 and summer 2019. [Dec. 13]
TBDFalcon 9 ? Starlink 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the third batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 2. Delayed from Nov. 4. [Oct. 9]
NovemberKuaizhou 1A ? KL-Alpha
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Kuaizhou 1A rocket will launch two small satellites known only by the name KL-Alpha. The purpose of the satellites has not been disclosed. Delayed from Nov. 10. [Nov. 5]
Dec. 1Soyuz ? Progress 74P
Launch time: 1129 GMT (6:29 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 74th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Moved forward from Dec. 20 and Dec. 6. [Oct. 29]
DecemberPSLV ? RISAT 2BR1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C48, will launch the RISAT 2BR1 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The PSLV will also launch the QPS-SAR microsatellite developed by iQPS, a Japanese company, and four Lemur 2 CubeSats for Spire Global. The mission will likely use the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from October. [Oct. 29]
Dec. 4Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 19
Launch time: 1748 GMT (12:48 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 21st Dragon spacecraft mission on its 19th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Oct. 15. [Oct. 29]
Dec. 10Soyuz ? Glonass M
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket will in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Nov. 16 and Dec. 2. [Nov. 5]
TBDFalcon 9 ? Starlink 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the fourth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 3. [Sept. 11]
DecemberLong March 5 ? Shijian 20
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Shijian 20 communications satellite. Shijian 20 is the first spacecraft based on the new DFH-5 communications satellite platform, a heavier, higher-power next-generation design, replacing the Shijian 18 satellite lost on a launch failure in 2017. Delayed from November 2018. Delayed from January and July. [Nov. 1]
Dec. 15/16Falcon 9 ? JCSAT 18/Kacific 1
Launch window: 0010-0138 GMT on 16th (7:10-8:38 p.m. EST on 15th)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite jointly owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore. Built by Boeing, the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite will provide mobile and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region. Delayed from Nov. 11. [Oct. 29]
Dec. 16/17Long March 4B ? CBERS 4A
Launch time: 0321 GMT on 17th (10:21 p.m. EST on 16th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launched the CBERS 4A remote sensing satellite. CBERS 4A is the fifth China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications. [Oct. 29]
Dec. 17Soyuz ? CSG 1 & CHEOPS
Launch time: 0854:20 GMT (3:54:20 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS23, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation, or CSG 1, radar surveillance satellite for ASI, the Italian space agency. The European Space Agency’s Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite, or CHEOPS, will fly as a secondary payload on the mission. Built by Airbus Defense and Space in Spain with a Swiss-developed science instrument, CHEOPS will observe transits of planets around other stars to measure their radii. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 15 and November. [Oct. 7]
Dec. 17Atlas 5 ? CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test
Launch time: Approx. 1245 GMT (7:45 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-080, will launch Boeing’s first CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on an unpiloted Orbital Test Flight to the International Space Station. The capsule will dock with the space station, then return to Earth to landing in the Western United States after an orbital shakedown cruise ahead of a two-person Crew Test Flight. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 27, 2018. Delayed from January, April, Aug. 17 and September. [Oct. 9]
Dec. 24Proton ? Elektro-L 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Block DM upper stage will launch the Elektro-L 3 geostationary weather satellite. Delayed from Nov. 20. [Oct. 4]
DecemberAngara-A5 ? Test Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Angara-A5 rocket will launch on its second orbital test flight. [Feb. 20]
DecemberPSLV ? RISAT 2BR2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C49, will launch the RISAT 2BR2 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The PSLV will also launch four Kleos Scouting Mission radio surveillance nanosatellites for Kleos Space, a Luxembourg-based company, and multiple Lemur 2 CubeSats for Spire Global. The mission will likely use the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. [Oct. 29]
Dec. 25Rockot ? Gonets M
Launch time: 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 June and Nov. 29. [Nov. 5]
Early 2020SSLV ? Demonstration Launch
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September and December. [Oct. 29]


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