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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July 28Atlas 5 ? NROL-61
Launch period: 1237 GMT (8:37 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-065, 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 April 21, June 14 and June 24. Moved forward from July 29. [July 20]
Early AugustPSLV ? Resourcesat 2A
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C35 mission, will launch India’s Resourcesat 2A Earth observation satellite to help officials respond to natural disasters, monitor agriculture and manage urban and rural roads and infrastructure. India’s ScatSat spacecraft designed to aid tropical cyclone forecasting and a collection of smaller secondary payloads from international customers will also be aboard the launch. Delayed from July. [June 23]
AugustLong March 2D ? Quantum Science Satellite
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch with the Quantum Science Satellite, the world’s first mission to test ultra-secure quantum communications in orbit. Delayed from July. [July 19]
Early AugustFalcon 9 ? JCSAT 16
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSAT 16 communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. JCSAT 16 will be a backup satellite for Ku-band and Ka-band communications services over the Japanese market. [July 19]
Aug. 19Delta 4 ? AFSPC 6
Launch period: 0400-0800 GMT (12:00-4:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the AFSPC 6 mission for the U.S. Air Force carrying the third and fourth satellites for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from July 21 and Aug. 4. [July 5]
Aug. 22Antares ? OA-5
Launch time: 2159 GMT (5:59 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch of the seventh Cygnus cargo freighter on the sixth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-5. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from May 31, June 24 and July 6. [July 19]
Aug. 24Ariane 5 ? Intelsat 33e & Intelsat 36
Launch window: 2155-2240 GMT (5:55-6:40 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA232, to launch the Intelsat 33e and Intelsat 36 communications satellites. Intelsat 33e is the second Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite, hosting a next-generation all-digital payload that can be reconfigured in orbit and is resilient to interference and jamming. Intelsat 33e offers coverage in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Intelsat 36 will provide television broadcast and other communications services over Africa and South Asia. [July 11]
Aug. 29Proton ? EchoStar 21
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the EchoStar 21 communications satellite, formerly known as TerreStar 2. EchoStar 21 will provide mobile broadband services over Europe with an S-band payload for EchoStar Mobile Ltd. Delayed from June 25. [July 5]


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