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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Dec. 5Vega ? Gokturk 1
Launch time: 1351:44 GMT (8:51:44 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
A European Vega rocket, designated VV08, will launch with the Gokturk 1 reconnaissance satellite for the Turkish military. [Nov. 29]
Dec. 6/7PSLV ? Resourcesat 2A
Launch time: 0454 GMT on 7th (11:54 p.m. EST on 6th)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C36 mission, will launch India’s Resourcesat 2A Earth observation satellite designed to support agriculture and urban planning, monitor water resources and land use, and help officials respond to natural disasters. A collection of smaller secondary payloads from India, Italy and Latvia are also aboard the launch. Delayed from Nov. 23. [Dec. 1]
Dec. 7Delta 4 ? WGS 8
Launch window: 2353-0042 GMT (6:53-7:42 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the eighth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. Built by Boeing, this geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Sept. 22, Sept. 28, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17. Moved forward from Dec. 15. [Oct. 18]
Dec. 9H-2B ? HTV 6
Launch time: 1326 GMT (8:26 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the sixth H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an unmanned cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Delayed from Sept. 30. [Oct. 10]
Dec. 11Long March 3B ? Fengyun 4A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch the Fengyun 4A geostationary weather satellite for the China Meteorological Administration. Fengyun 4A is the first satellite a new series of Chinese geostationary weather platforms designed to collect imagery of storm systems, atmospheric sounding measurements, lightning maps and observations of space weather phenomena. [Nov. 27]
Dec. 12Pegasus XL ? CYGNSS
Launch window: 1319-1449 GMT (8:19-9:49 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
L-1011, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission in orbit. The CYGNSS mission’s eight satellites will use GPS signals to study how tropical cyclones grow stronger over warm ocean waters. Delayed from Oct. 17 and Nov. 21. [Nov. 29]
Dec. 16Atlas 5 ? EchoStar 19
Launch window: 1822-2022 GMT (1:22-3:22 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-071, will launch the EchoStar 19 communications satellite to provide high-speed Internet services for HughesNet in North America. The satellite is also known as Jupiter 2. The rocket will fly in the 431 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. [Nov. 3]
Dec. 16Falcon 9 ? Iridium Next 1-10
Launch time: 2036 GMT (3:36 p.m. EST; 12:36 p.m. PST)
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 1st Quarter. Moved up from August. Delayed from July, Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. [Dec. 1]
Dec. 19Long March 2D ? TanSat
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the TanSat spacecraft to map the global distribution of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere and support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [Sept. 16]
Dec. 20Epsilon ? ERG
Launch window: 1100-1200 GMT (6:00-7:00 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket will launch JAXA’s Exploration of Energization and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) satellite to investigate the Van Allen radiation belts and study the origins of geomagnetic storms. This launch will be the second flight of Japan’s small Epsilon launch vehicle. [Nov. 15]
Dec. 20Ariane 5 ? Star One D1 & JCSAT 15
Launch window: 2030-2145 GMT (3:30-4:45 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA234, to launch the Star One D1 and JCSAT 15 communications satellites. The Star One D1 satellite will provide television, Internet, corporate network and cellular backhaul services over Latin America for Embratel Star One of Brazil. JCSAT 15 will broadcast pay television programming over Japan for SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. [Nov. 23]
Dec. 22Proton ? EchoStar 21
Launch time: 1626:34 GMT (11:26:34 a.m. EST)
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 and Nov. 23. [Nov. 29]
Dec. 26Long March 2D ? SuperView 1 & 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the SuperView 1 and 2 Earth observation satellites for Beijing Space View Technology Co. Also named GaoJing, the satellites will provide sub-meter high-resolution images for civilian and commercial customers in China and internationally. [Nov. 29]


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