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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Jan. 28/29H-2A IGS Radar Spare
Launch window: 0100-0300 GMT on 29th (8-10 p.m. EST on 28th)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch an Information Gathering Satellite with a radar reconnaissance payload for the Japanese government. [Dec. 6]
Jan. 29Delta 2 SMAP
Launch window: 1420:42-1423:42 GMT (9:20:42-9:23:42 a.m. EST; 6:20:42-6:23:42 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite for NASA. SMAP is an Earth satellite mission designed to measure and map Earth’s soil moisture and freeze/thaw state to better understand terrestrial water, carbon and energy cycles. The rocket will fly in the 7320 configuration with three solid rocket boosters and no third stage. Delayed from November. [Oct. 8]
Feb. 1Proton Inmarsat 5 F2
Launch time: Approx. 1231 GMT (7:31 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Inmarsat 5 F2 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. Delayed from May 2014 and Jan. 30. [Jan. 16]
Feb. 1Soyuz 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. [Dec. 16]
Feb. 8Falcon 9 DSCOVR
Launch time: 2310 GMT (6:10 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory for the U.S Air Force, NOAA and NASA. DSCOVR will be positioned at the L1 libration point to monitor space weather and Earth’s climate. Delayed from Jan. 13, Jan. 23, Jan. 29 and Jan. 31. [Jan. 20]
Feb. 11Vega IXV
Launch window: 1300-1500 GMT (8:00-10:00 a.m. EST)
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 and Nov. 18. [Nov. 18]
Feb. 17Soyuz Progress 58P
Launch window: 1100 GMT (6:00 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 58th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Feb. 3. [Jan. 4]
Feb. 17Falcon 9 Eutelsat 115 West B & ABS 3A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Eutelsat 115 West B and ABS 3A communications satellites. Eutelsat 115 West B will provide the Americas with video, data, government, and mobile services for Paris-based Eutelsat. ABS 3A will distribute television programming, Internet and mobile phone connectivity, and maritime services across the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East for Asia Broadcast Satellite of Bermuda and Hong Kong. Built by Boeing, the satellites are the first spacecraft to launch in a conjoined configuration and are the first payloads to use all-electric propulsion for orbit-raising. [Jan. 4]
FebruaryDnepr 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. 18]

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