Satellite Launch Schedule 2019



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]

Oct. 16/17Electron ? “As The Crow Flies”
Launch window: 0000-0300 GMT on 17th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT on 17th)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its ninth flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand?s North Island. The Electron rocket and its Curie upper stage will place the Palisade CubeSat into orbit for Astro Digital on a technology demonstration mission. Palisade is a 16U CubeSat with an on-board propulsion system and a next-generation communications system. The mission is nicknamed “As The Crow Flies.” Delayed from Oct. 14 by stormy weather forecast. [Oct. 9]
TBDLauncherOne ? Inaugural Flight
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California
A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will make its first orbital test flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft over the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. [Dec. 13]
OctoberPSLV ? Cartosat 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C47, will launch the first Cartosat 3-series Earth-imaging and mapping satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. Delayed from mid-2019. [July 29]
Late 2019Long March 4B ? CBERS 4A
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launched the CBERS 4A remote sensing satellite. CBERS 4A is the fifth China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications. [Sept. 11]
TBDFalcon 9 ? Starlink 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the second batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 1. Delayed from Oct. 17. [Oct. 17]
Nov. 2Antares ? NG-12
Launch time: 1359 GMT (9:59 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 13th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 12th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-12. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from Oct. 1 and Oct. 21. [Oct. 7]
NovemberLauncherOne ? ELaNa-20
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California
A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will launch on its second flight after dropping from a modified Boeing 747 carrier jet. The flight will be conducted under contract to NASA’s Venture Class Launch Services Program, carrying 14 CubeSats to orbit for NASA field centers, U.S. educational institutions and laboratories on the ELaNa-20 rideshare mission. Delayed from Aug. 1 and Sept. 1. [Aug. 5]
NovemberPSLV ? RISAT 2BR1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) will launch the RISAT 2BR1 radar Earth observation satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization. The mission will likely use the “Core Alone” version of the PSLV with no strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from October. [Oct. 4]
TBDFalcon 9 ? Starlink 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the third batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 2. Delayed from Nov. 4. [Oct. 9]
NET Nov. 11Falcon 9 ? JCSAT 18/Kacific 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite jointly owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore. Built by Boeing, the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite will provide mobile and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region. [Sept. 11]
Nov. 16Soyuz ? Glonass M
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket will in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. [Oct. 4]
Nov. 22Ariane 5 ? Inmarsat 5 F5 & TBD
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA250, to launch the Inmarsat 5 F5 communications satellite and a co-passenger to be confirmed. Built by Thales Alenia Space, the Inmarsat 5 F5 satellite is owned by Inmarsat of London. Inmarsat 5 F5 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat?s Global Xpress network. Arianespace is expected to select and announce a co-passenger for this mission. [Sept. 11]
NET NovemberFalcon 9 ? Starlink 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the fourth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 3. [Sept. 11]
Nov. 29Rockot ? Gonets M
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Rockot vehicle with a Breeze KM upper stage will launch three Gonets M communications satellites. Delayed from June. [Oct. 4]
DecemberSSLV ? Demonstration Launch
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. Delayed from September. [Aug. 23]
Dec. 4Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 19
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 21st Dragon spacecraft mission on its 19th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Oct. 15. [Feb. 11]
Dec. 6Soyuz ? Progress 74P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 74th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Moved forward from Dec. 20. [Oct. 4]


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