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 6/7Soyuz ? ISS 47S
Launch time: 0136 GMT on 7th (9:36 p.m. EDT on 6th)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned 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 crew. Delayed from May 20, June 21 and June 24. [June 6]
JulyLong 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. [June 1]
July 16Soyuz ? Progress 64P
Launch time: 2141 GMT (5:41 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 64th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from April 22, July 4 and July 7. [June 7]
July 18Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 9
Launch time: 0445 GMT (12:45 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 11th Dragon spacecraft on the ninth 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. 9, June 24, June 27 and July 16. [June 23]
July 28Atlas 5 ? NROL-61
Launch period: 1200-1600 GMT (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.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. [June 1]
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]
Aug. 4Delta 4 ? AFSPC 6
Launch window: TBD
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. [March 23]
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 14 will be a backup satellite for Ku-band and Ka-band communications services over the Japanese market. [May 6]
AugustAntares ? OA-5
Launch window:
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. [June 23]
Aug. 24Ariane 5 ? Intelsat 33e & Intelsat 36
Launch window: TBD
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. [June 9]


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