Satellite Launch Schedule 2017



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
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NET May 21Electron ? It’s a Test
Launch time: 2100 GMT (5 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its maiden orbital test flight from a new facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The commercial rocket is designed to carry small spacecraft into orbit, but the inaugural launch will not have any satellites on-board. Rocket Lab has dubbed the maiden flight “It’s a Test.” [May 16]
May 25Soyuz ? EKS 2
Launch time: 0633 GMT (2:33 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the EKS 1 early warning satellite for the Russian military. The EKS, or Tundra, satellites fly in highly elliptical tundra orbits. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [May 8]
May 31/June 1H-2A ? Michibiki 2
Launch time: 0020 GMT on June 1 (8:20 p.m. EDT on May 31)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Michibiki 2 navigation spacecraft, the second 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. [April 14]
June 1Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 11
Launch time: 2155 GMT (5:55 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 13th Dragon spacecraft on the 11th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from June 2, Aug. 15, Jan. 13, Feb. 1, April 9 and May 14. [May 4]
June 1Ariane 5 ? ViaSat 2 & Eutelsat 172B
Launch window: 2345-0030 GMT (7:45-8:30 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA237, to launch the ViaSat 2 and Eutelsat 172B communications satellites. The ViaSat 2 satellite will provide Ka-band services supporting high-speed Internet connectivity across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America on airplanes, ships and on land. Eutelsat 172B will provide multi-band communications services, including video broadcasts and data network support from the West Coast of North America to Southeast Asia, and in-flight Internet and television for travelers crossing the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from April 25. [May 8]
JuneProton ? 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, Aug. 29, Oct. 10, Nov. 23, Dec. 22, Dec. 28, Jan. 31, February, April 29 and May 29. [May 19]
June 5GSLV Mk.3 ? GSAT 19
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3) will launch on its first orbital test flight with the GSAT 19E experimental communications satellite. Delayed from December, Jan. 18, Jan. 20, March, April and May. [May 16]
TBDLong March 2D ? HXMT
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope. The HXMT mission will conduct an all-sky survey with a suite of instruments designed to image the universe in the highest-energy X-rays, and study the formation and behavior of black holes and active galactic nuclei. [Nov. 10]
June 14Soyuz ? Progress 67P
Launch time: 0920 GMT (5:20 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 67th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [April 14]
June 15Falcon 9 ? BulgariaSat 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite. BulgariaSat 1 will provide direct-to-home television broadcast and data communications services over southeast Europe for Bulsatcom. The payload will be the first geostationary communications satellite owned by a Bulgarian company. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will be a re-flown booster. [May 8]
JuneLong March 5 ? Shijian 18
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Shijian 18 communications satellite. Shijian 18 is the first spacecraft based on the new DFH-5 communications satellite platform, a heavier, higher-power next-generation design. [April 14]
JunePSLV ? Cartosat 2E
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, flying on the PSLV-C38 mission, will launch India?s Cartosat 2E high-resolution Earth observation satellite and a collection of smaller secondary payloads from international customers. Delayed from April 15 and May 25. [May 14]
Late JuneFalcon 9 ? Intelsat 35e
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Intelsat 35e communications satellite. The high-throughput Intelsat 35e satellite is part of Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet, providing broadband, video and mobile communications services over eastern North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa. Delayed from April. [March 29]
June 28Ariane 5 ? Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 & GSAT 17
Launch window: Approx. 2145-2230 GMT (5:45-6:30 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA238, to launch the Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 and GSAT 17 communications satellites. The Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 “condosat” spacecraft will support the European Aviation Network, delivering high-capacity WiFi connectivity to airline passengers throughout Europe, on behalf of Inmarsat of London and provide direct television broadcast services over Europe and Africa for the Greek operator Hellas-Sat. GSAT 17 will support national communications services over India for the Indian Space Research Organization. [May 8]
June 29Falcon 9 ? Iridium Next 11-20
Launch time: 2002 GMT (4:02 p.m. EDT; 1:02 p.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet. Delayed from October, December and April. [April 28]


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