Satellite Launch Schedule 2017



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
- Recent updates appear in [Red Type]

Aug. 16Proton ? Blagovest No. 11L
Launch window: Approx. 2200 GMT (6 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage will launch the Blagovest No. 11L communications satellite to cover Russian territory and provide high-speed Internet, television and radio broadcast, and voice and video conferencing services for Russian domestic and military users. [Aug. 10]
TBDH-2A ? Michibiki 3
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket, designated H-2A F35, will launch the Michibiki 3 navigation spacecraft, the third member of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System. Japan plans to initially deploy four QZSS satellites to augment regional navigation services over Japan and neighboring countries provided by the U.S. Global Positioning System. Delayed from Aug. 11 by poor weather forecast. Scrubbed on Aug. 12 by helium leak. [Aug. 12]
Aug. 18Atlas 5 ? TDRS M
Launch window: 1203-1243 GMT (8:03-8:43 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-074, will launch the TDRS M communications and data relay satellite for NASA. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) connects mission control with the International Space Station and other orbiting satellites. 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. Moved forward from Aug. 4. Delayed from Aug. 3. Moved forward from Aug. 20. [Aug. 9]
Aug. 24Falcon 9 ? Formosat 5
Launch window: 1850-1934 GMT (2:50-3:34 p.m. EDT; 11:50 a.m.-12:34 p.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Formosat 5 Earth observation satellite for Taiwan?s National Space Organization (NSPO). The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing on a platform downrange in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from July. [Aug. 15]
Aug. 25/26Minotaur 4 ? ORS 5
Launch window: 0315-0715 GMT on 26th (11:15 p.m.-3:15 a.m. EDT on 25th/26th)
Launch site:
SLC-46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
An Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 rocket will launch the ORS 5 mission for the U.S. military’s Operationally Responsive Space program. ORS 5, also known as SensorSat, is designed to scan for other satellites and debris to aid the U.S. military?s tracking of objects in geosynchronous orbit, replacing capability previously provided by the SBSS mission. The Minotaur 4 rocket will fly with an Orion 38 fifth stage motor to give the launcher extra capability to place the ORS 5 payload into an equatorial orbit. Delayed from July 15. [June 22]
Aug. 28PSLV ? IRNSS 1H
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India?s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C39 mission, will launch the IRNSS 1H navigation satellite. The payload is the eighth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. The PSLV will fly in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. [Aug. 2]
Sept. 5Ariane 5 ? Intelsat 37e & BSAT 4a
Launch window: 2151-2224 GMT (5:51-6:24 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA239, to launch the Intelsat 37e and BSAT 4a communications satellites. The high-throughput Intelsat 37e satellite is part of Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet, providing broadband, video and mobile communications services. BSAT 4a will provide digital broadcast services over Japan, including 4K/8K Ultra HD services, for Broadcasting Satellite System Corp. Delayed from Aug. 31. [Aug. 15]
Sept. 7Falcon 9 ? OTV-5
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. military’s X-37B, a spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program’s fifth mission. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing at Cape Canaveral a few minutes after liftoff. Delayed from Aug. 28. [July 26]
Sept. 9Proton ? Amazonas 5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Amazonas 5 communications satellite into orbit. Amazonas 5 will provide broadband, television, corporate network and other telecommunications services over Mexico, Central America and South America for Hispasat of Madrid. [Aug. 9]
Sept. 11Atlas 5 ? NROL-42
Launch period: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-072, 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. Delayed from June 13 and Aug. 14. [July 26]
Sept. 12Soyuz ? ISS 52S
Launch time: 2117 GMT (5:17 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed 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 residents. [Aug. 10]
Sept. 21Rockot ? Sentinel 5p
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 5 Precursor Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 5p carries an instrument to measure air quality, ozone, pollution and aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere. Delayed from Oct. 31, early 2017, June and August. [June 9]
Sept. 25Atlas 5 ? NROL-52
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-075, will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 31. [July 26]


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