Satellite Launch Schedule 2013
Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.
- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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Dec. 5/6 Atlas
5 NROL-39 Launch time: 0713 GMT on 6th (2:13 a.m. EST; 11:13 p.m. PST on 5th)
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-042, will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Dec. 2]
Dec. 8 Proton Inmarsat 5 F1 Launch time: 1212 GMT (7:12 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 F1 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 8/9 Long March 4B CBERS 3 Launch time: 0326 GMT on 9th (10:26 p.m. EST on 8th)
Launch site: Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launch the CBERS 3 remote sensing satellite. CBERS 3 is the third China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications. Delayed from December 2012, January, February and October. Moved forward from Dec. 27. [Nov. 14]
Dec. 12 Delta
4 GPS 2F-5 Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will deploy the Air Force's fifth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 17 and Oct. 23. [Nov. 21]
Dec. 17/18 Antares Orb-1 Launch time: 0307 GMT on 18th (10:07 p.m. EST on 17th)
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket will launch the second Cygnus cargo freighter on the first operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as Orb-1. The Antares rocket will fly an upgraded Castor 30B second stage motor for the first time. Delayed from November and Dec. 8. [Nov. 28]
Dec. 19 Soyuz Gaia Launch time: 0912:18 GMT (4:12:18 a.m. EST)
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS06, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will launch the Gaia mission, which will survey more than one billion stars, creating an astronomical census and map to help scientists chart the evolution of the Milky Way galaxy. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from Sept. 19 and Nov. 20. Moved forward from Dec. 20. [Nov. 22]
Dec. 20 Falcon
9 Thaicom 6 Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. Thaicom 6 will provide C-band and Ku-band communications services across Southeast Asia and Africa. The rocket will fly in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing. Delayed from August, October and Dec. 12. [Nov. 24]
Dec. 20 Long March 3B Tupac Katari Launch time: 1702 GMT (12:02 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B/E rocket will launch the Tupac Katari communications satellite for the government of Bolivia. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 23 Soyuz 2-1v
AIST & Calibration Spheres Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz 2-1v rocket with a Volga upper stage will launch with the AIST student-built microsatellite and SKRL 756 calibration spheres. The Soyuz 2-1v rocket and Volga upper stage will be making their first flight. The new rocket is a smaller version of the Soyuz launch vehicle without strap-on boosters. [Nov. 28]
December GSLV GSAT 14 Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), flying on the GSLV-D5 mission, will launch the GSAT 14 communications satellite. The rocket will fly in the GSLV Mk.2 configuration with an Indian-built cryogenic third stage. Delayed from October, December, January, February, April, July and Aug. 6. Scrubbed on Aug. 19 by second stage fuel leak. Delayed from Dec. 15. [Nov. 21]
Dec. 26 Proton Express AM5 Launch time: 1050 GMT (5:50 a.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Express AM5 civil communications satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. [Nov. 21]
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