Satellite Launch Schedule 2017



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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June 22/23PSLV ? Cartosat 2E
Launch time: 0359 GMT on 23rd (11:59 p.m. EDT on 22nd)
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. The PSLV will fly in the PSLV XL configuration with enlarged solid rocket boosters. Delayed from April 15 and May 25. [June 17]
June 23Soyuz 2-1v ? 14F150
Launch window: Approx. 1800 GMT (2:00 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian Soyuz 2-1v rocket will launch a payload designated 14F150. Details on the payload’s mission are unavailable. [June 21]
June 23Falcon 9 ? BulgariaSat 1
Launch window: 1810-2010 GMT (2:10-4:10 p.m. EDT)
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. Delayed from June 15, June 17 and June 19. [June 18]
June 25Falcon 9 ? Iridium Next 11-20
Launch time: 2025:14 GMT (4:25:14 p.m. EDT; 1:25:14 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. Moved forward from June 29. [June 19]
June 28Ariane 5 ? Inmarsat S-band/Hellas-Sat 3 & GSAT 17
Launch time: 2059-2216 GMT (4:59-6:16 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. [June 21]
July 1Falcon 9 ? Intelsat 35e
Launch window: 2335-0035 GMT (7:35-8:35 p.m. EDT)
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. [June 8]
July 2Long 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. Delayed from June. [June 8]
July 14Soyuz ? Kanopus-V-IK
Launch time: 0636 GMT (2:36 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch Kanopus-V-IK infrared Earth observation satellite for Roscosmos. Several other payloads, including Russia’s Zond solar research satellite and multiple small spacecraft from U.S. companies, will also be aboard the launch. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 22 and Jan. 28. [May 8]
Late JulyFalcon 9 ? SES 11/EchoStar 105
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES-11/EchoStar 105 hybrid communications satellite to replace the AMC-15 and AMC-18 satellites. As SES-11, the spacecraft?s C-band capacity will provide replacement capacity for SES of Luxembourg for AMC-18. EchoStar Corp. of Englewood, Colorado, will market the Ku-Band transponder capacity, with coverage of the 50 U.S. states, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, as EchoStar 105, replacing AMC-15. Delayed from October and November. [March 29]
July 28Soyuz ? ISS 51S
Launch time: 1541 GMT (11:41 a.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. Delayed from May 29. [April 14]
JulyFalcon 9 ? Formosat 5
Launch time: TBD
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). [April 6]
Mid-2017Electron ? Flight 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its second 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. Several commercial CubeSats are expected to be aboard the Electron’s second mission. [May 26]
NET Aug. 1Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 12
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 14th Dragon spacecraft on the 12th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Dec. 15, 1st Quarter, April 8 and June 1. [Feb. 3]


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