Satellite Launch Schedule 2015



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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Aug. 16H-2B HTV 5
Launch window: 1301 GMT (9:01 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the fifth H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an unmanned cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Delayed from July 1, 2014. Delayed from Feb. 1. Moved forward from Aug. 17. [June 13]
Aug. 20Ariane 5 Eutelsat 8 West B & Intelsat 34
Launch window: 2010-2156 GMT (4:10-5:56 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA225, to launch the Eutelsat 8 West B and Intelsat 34 satellites. The Eutelsat 8 West B satellite will provide direct-to-home television broadcasts over North Africa and the Middle East. The Intelsat 34 communications satellite will cover Latin America and beam broadband services for aircraft traveling routes over the North Atlantic. [July 18]
AugustGSLV Mk. 2 GSAT 6
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mk. 2, flying on the GSLV-D6 mission, will launch the GSAT 6 communications satellite. GSAT 6 will provide communications services for the Indian military. Delayed from March and May. [May 2]
TBDProton Inmarsat 5 F3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Inmarsat 5 F3 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. Delayed from May 31. [May 17]
TBDProton Express AM8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket with a Block DM upper stage will deploy the Express AM8 satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. Express AM8 will provide television broadcasting and other communications services across Russia and neighboring countries. Delayed from April 6, May, June 18 and August. [May 3]
TBDProton Garpun
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Garpun communications satellite into orbit for the Russian military. Delayed from May 19. [May 8]
TBDProton Turksat 4B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Turksat 4B communications satellite. Delayed from June 2014 and early 2015. Delayed from June 30. [June 3]
TBDProton Eutelsat 9B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Eutelsat 9B communications satellite owned by Paris-based Eutelsat. Eutelsat 9B will provide digital television and video programming across Europe. The spacecraft hosts the first payload for the European Space Agency’s European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS) system to relay communications between ground stations and satellites in low Earth orbit. [Dec. 28]
Aug. 31Atlas 5 MUOS 4
Launch period: 0807-1207 GMT (4:07-8:07 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-056, will launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite for the U.S. Navy. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide narrowband tactical communications designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 13, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27. [July 21]


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