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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April 18Atlas 5 ? OA-7
Launch window: 1511-1541 GMT (11:11-11:41 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-070, will launch will launch the eighth Cygnus cargo freighter on the seventh operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-7. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from March 9, March 21 and March 27. [April 5]
April 20Soyuz ? ISS 50S
Launch time: 0713 GMT (3:13 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 March 11. [Feb. 13]
April 20Long March 7 ? Tianzhou 1
Launch time: Approx. 1140 GMT (7:40 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Wenchang, China
A Chinese Long March 7 rocket will launch the Tianzhou 1 cargo freighter to demonstrate China’s capability to resupply the Tiangong 2 space lab and future space station. [April 14]
TBDAriane 5 ? SGDC & Koreasat 7
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA236, to launch the SGDC and Koreasat 7 communications satellites. The Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications, or SGDC, satellite will provide X-band and Ka-band military and civil communications services for the Brazilian government and Visiona Tecnologia Espacial, a joint venture between Embraer and Telebras. Koreasat 7 will provide broadcasting and telecommunications services over Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and India for KTsat of South Korea. Delayed from March 21, March 22 and March 23. [March 23]
TBDSoyuz ? SES 15
Launch time: Approx. 1447:52 GMT (10:47:52 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS17, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the SES 15 communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. Built by Boeing with an all-electric propulsion system, SES 15 will provide in-flight Internet connectivity for airline passengers, and support government, networking and maritime customers across North America. SES 15 also hosts a payload for the FAA’s Wide-Area Augmentation System to enhance airline navigation and safety. The Soyuz 2-1a (Soyuz ST-A) rocket will use a Fregat-MT upper stage. [March 27]
April 30Falcon 9 ? NROL-76
Launch period: 1100-1300 GMT (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. This will be SpaceX’s first launch for the NRO. Delayed from April 16. [April 7]
May 5GSLV Mk.2 ? GSAT 9
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2), flying on the GSLV-F09 mission, will launch the GSAT 9 satellite to provide communications services over India and neighboring countries. Delayed from March and April 4. [April 14]
MayAriane 5 ? ViaSat 2 & Eutelsat 172B
Launch window: TBD
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. [March 29]
May 15Falcon 9 ? Inmarsat 5 F4
Launch window: 2320-0010 GMT (7:20-8:10 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Inmarsat 5 F4 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. Inmarsat 5 F4 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. The spacecraft was originally supposed to launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket. Delayed from April 30. [April 7]
MayPSLV ? 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. [April 14]
MayFalcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 11
Launch time: TBD
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. [April 7]
Late MayFalcon 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. [March 29]
May 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, Aug. 29, Oct. 10, Nov. 23, Dec. 22, Dec. 28, Jan. 31, February and April 29. [April 5]


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