Satellite Launch Schedule 2014



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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Oct. 27  Antares  •  Orb-3
Launch time: 2245 GMT (6:45 p.m. EDT)
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, Oct. 20, Oct. 22 and Oct. 24. [Oct. 20]
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]
November  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. [Oct. 20]
Nov. 18  Vega  •  IXV
Launch window: 1200-1400 GMT (7:00-9:00 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. [Oct. 8]
Nov. 23  Soyuz   •  Glonass K
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass K navigation satellite. The rocket flew in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [Oct. 3]
Nov. 23  Soyuz  •  ISS 41S
Launch time: 2059 GMT (3:59 p.m. EST)
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. [Oct. 3]
Nov. 28  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. [Oct. 3]
Nov. 29/30  H-2A   •  Hayabusa 2
Launch time: 0424:48 GMT on 30th (11:24:48 p.m. EST on 29th)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission. Hayabusa 2 will encounter asteroid 1999 JU3 in 2018 and return at least a gram of samples to Earth in December 2020. [Oct. 3]
Nov. 30  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. Delayed from October. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 4  Delta 4-Heavy  •  Orion EFT-1
Launch time: 1205-1435 GMT (7:05-9:35 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle on Exploration Flight Test-1. The uncrewed test flight of the Orion spacecraft will reach an altitude of 3,600 miles before re-entering the atmosphere to demonstrate the capsule's heat shield. 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 September. [Sept. 2]
Dec. 4  Ariane 5  •  DirecTV 14 & GSAT 16
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA221, to launch the DirecTV 14 and GSAT 16 satellites. DirecTV 14 will provide direct-to-home television broadcasts across the United States. GSAT 16 will supply communications services for the Indian Space Research Organization. [Oct. 3]
December  Long March 4B  •  CBERS 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Taiyuan, China

A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launch the CBERS 4 remote sensing satellite. CBERS 4 is the fourth China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications. [Sept. 8]
Dec. 9  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the seventh Dragon spacecraft on the fifth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Sept. 12. Moved up from Nov. 27. Delayed from Oct. 3 and Dec. 1. [Oct. 8]
Dec. 10  Soyuz  •  Resurs P2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Resurs P2 Earth observation satellite to collect remote sensing data for Russian government agencies and foreign customers. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 11  Atlas 5  •  NROL-35
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. The rocket will also fly a new upper stage powerplant designated the RL10C engine. [July 18]
Dec. 12  Proton  •  Yamal 401
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Yamal 401 communications satellite for Gazprom Space Systems of Russia. Yamal 401 will deliver C-band and Ku-band communications services to Russia and neighboring countries. [Oct. 3]


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