Satellite Launch Schedule 2016



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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May 26Falcon 9 ? Thaicom 8
Launch time: 2140-2340 GMT (5:40-740 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Thaicom 8 communications satellite. Thaicom 8 will provide Ku-band broadcast and data services to Thailand, Southeast Asia, India and Africa. Moved forward from June. [May 25]
May 29Soyuz ? Glonass M
Launch time: 0844:37 GMT (4:44:37 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from May 21. [May 23]
May 29/30Long March 4B ? Ziyuan 3
Launch time: 0317 GMT on 30th (11:17 p.m. EDT on 29th)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launch the second Ziyuan 3 land survey satellite and the ŅuSat 1 and ŅuSat 2 commercial high-resolution Earth observation microsatellites for Satellogic of Argentina. [May 23]
June 4Rockot ? GEO-IK 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Rockot launch vehicle and Breeze KM upper stage will launch the GEO-IK 2 spacecraft. The satellite is designed to survey Earth to measure variations in the gravitational field and study other geodetic features of the planet. Delayed from May. [May 13]
June 4Delta 4-Heavy ? NROL-37
Launch period: 1800-2300 GMT (2:00-7:00 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from April 27, May 12 and June 3. [April 20]
June 8Proton ? Intelsat 31/DLA-2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Intelsat 31/DLA-2 communications satellite owned by Intelsat. A majority of Intelsat 31’s capacity will be leased to DirecTV Latin America to provide direct-to-home television broadcasts to Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Delayed from April 23, May 17 and May 28. [May 25]
June 8Ariane 5 ? EchoStar 18 & BRIsat
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA230, to launch the EchoStar 18 and BRIsat communications satellites. EchoStar 18 will provide direct-to-home television broadcast services over North America for EchoStar and Dish Network. BRIsat will support banking services provided by BRI, a large Indonesian bank. Delayed from May and June 7. [April 20]
June 9/10PSLV ? Cartosat 2C
Launch time: Approx. 0353 GMT on 10th (11:53 p.m. EDT on 9th)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C34 mission in the PSLV-XL configuration, will launch the Cartosat 2C high-resolution Earth observation satellite and a collection of smaller secondary payloads from international customers. Delayed from May. [May 23]
June 16Falcon 9 ? Eutelsat 117 West B & ABS 2A
Launch time: Approx. 1430 GMT (10:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS 2A communications satellites. Eutelsat 117 West B will provide Latin America with video, data, government, and mobile services for Paris-based Eutelsat. ABS 2A will distribute direct-to-home television, mobile and maritime communications services across Russia, India, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region for Asia Broadcast Satellite of Bermuda and Hong Kong. Built by Boeing, the satellites will launch in a conjoined configuration and will use all-electric propulsion for orbit-raising. Delayed from 4th quarter 2015, March, April, May 3 and late May. [May 19]
June 24Soyuz ? ISS 47S
Launch time: 0641 GMT (2:41 a.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. Delayed from May 20 and June 21. [April 29]
June 24Atlas 5 ? MUOS 5
Launch time: 1430-1514 GMT (10:30-11:14 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-063, will launch the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide narrowband tactical communications designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from May 5 and May 27. [May 13]
June 26Long March 7 ? Maiden Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 7 rocket will launch on its first flight with a re-entry capsule to demonstrate technologies for China’s next-generation human-rated spacecraft. The launch will also mark the first mission from China’s new Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island. [May 16]


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