Satellite Launch Schedule 2019



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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March 21/22Vega ? PRISMA
Launch time: 0150:35 GMT on 22nd (8:50:35 p.m. EDT on 21st)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV14, will launch with the PRISMA satellite for the Italian space agency — ASI. PRISMA is an Earth observation satellite fitted with an innovative electro-optical instrument, combining a hyperspectral sensor with a medium-resolution panchromatic camera. The mission will support environmental monitoring and security applications. Delayed from November and December 2018, March 9 and March 14. [March 13]
MarchElectron ? R3D2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket launched on its fifth 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 Radio Frequency Risk Reduction Deployment Demonstration spacecraft into orbit for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, a research and development agency in the U.S. Defense Department. The R3D2 satellite will demonstrate the performance of a prototype reflect array antenna for use in small spacecraft. Delayed from late February and March 16. [March 15]
March 25OS-M1 ? Lingque 1B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
The commercial Chinese space company OneSpace will launch its OS-M1 rocket on an inaugural orbital test flight with the Lingque 1B remote sensing CubeSat for ZeroG Lab, which is seeking to deploy a fleet of Earth-observing nanosatellites. [March 13]
April 1PSLV ? EMISat
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C45, will launch the EMISat satellite, reportedly an electronic intelligence-gathering spacecraft for the Indian government. Multiple secondary payloads from international customers will ride piggyback on this mission. The PSLV will fly in a new configuration with four strap-on solid rocket boosters. Delayed from February and March 21. [March 9]
April 4Soyuz ? Progress 72P
Launch time: 1101 GMT (7:01 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 72nd Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Feb. 7, Feb. 8 and March 28. [Jan. 28]
April 4Soyuz ? O3b F5
Launch time: 1631 GMT (12:31 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS22, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the fifth set of four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides broadband service to developing countries. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from March 26 and March 29. [March 13]
AprilFalcon Heavy ? Arabsat 6A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia. Arabsat 6A will provide Ku-band and Ka-band communications coverage over the Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as a footprint in South Africa. Delayed from first half of 2018 and late 2018. Delayed from March. [March 4]
Spring 2019LauncherOne ? Inaugural Flight
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cosmic Girl (Boeing 747), Mojave Air and Space Port, California
A Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket will made 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]
2nd QuarterPegasus XL ? ICON
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
L-1011, Skid Strip, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
An air-launched Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions. The mission’s staging point was changed from Kwajalein Atoll to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in mid-2018. Delayed from June 15, Nov. 14, and Dec. 8, 2017. Delayed from June 14, Sept. 24, Oct. 6, Oct. 26 and Nov. 3. Scrubbed on Nov. 7. Delayed from 1st Quarter 2019. [March 4]
2nd QuarterVega ? Falcon Eye 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket, designated VV15, will launch with the Falcon Eye 1 high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with an optical imaging payload from Thales Alenia Space, Falcon Eye 1 is the first of two surveillance satellites ordered by the UAE’s military. [Jan. 9]
April 17Antares ? NG-11
Launch time: 2046 GMT (4:46 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 12th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 11th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-11. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. [Feb. 11]
AprilGSLV Mk.3 ? Chandrayaan 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India?s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3) will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission, India?s second mission to the moon. Chandrayaan 2 will consist of an orbiter, the Vikram lander and rover launched together into a high Earth orbit. The orbiter is designed to use on-board propulsion to reach the moon, then release the lander and rover. Chandrayaan 2 was originally slated to launch on a GSLV Mk.2 vehicle, but Indian officials decided to switch to a larger GSLV Mk.3 vehicle in 2018. Delayed from March, April and October 2018. Delayed from Jan. 3, Jan. 30, February and March. [Feb. 20]
April 25Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 17
Launch time: Approx. 1015 GMT (6:15 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 19th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 17th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Nov. 16, Feb. 1, Feb. 17 and March 16. [March 13]
AprilAtlas 5 ? CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-080, will launch Boeing’s first CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on an unpiloted Orbital Test Flight to the International Space Station. The capsule will dock with the space station, then return to Earth to landing in the Western United States after an orbital shakedown cruise ahead of a two-person Crew Test Flight. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 27, 2018. Delayed from January and April. [Feb. 11]
May 10Ariane 5 ? DirecTV 16 & Eutelsat 7C
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA248, to launch the DirecTV 16 and Eutelsat 7C communications satellites. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, the DirecTV 16, or T16, spacecraft will provide direct-to-home television broadcasting services over the United States for DirecTV, a subsidiary of AT&T. The Eutelsat 7C satellite, built by SSL, will provide video and television broadcast services over Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Turkey. [March 4]


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