Satellite Launch Schedule 2016



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
- Recent updates appear in [Red Type]

Feb. 5Atlas 5 ? GPS 2F-12
Launch window: 1338-1357 GMT (8:38-8:57 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-057, will launch the U.S. Air Force’s 12th Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. 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 Jan. 26. [Jan. 28]
Feb. 6/7Soyuz ? Glonass M
Launch time: 0021 GMT on 7th (7:21 p.m. EST on 6th)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass M navigation satellite. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from Dec. 29. [Feb. 4]
FebruaryUnha ? Kwangmyongsong
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Sohae Satellite Launch Center, North Korea
A North Korean Unha rocket will launch from the Tongchang-ri launch base and a Kwangmyongsong Earth observation satellite into orbit, according to the North Korean government. [Feb. 4]
Feb. 10Delta 4 ? NROL-45
Launch period: 1100-1300 GMT (6-8 a.m. EST; 3-5 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, the U.S. government agency that develops and owns spy satellites. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from April 15, June 6, Sept. 15 and Dec. 9. [Jan. 1]
Feb. 12H-2A ? Astro-H
Launch window: 0845-0930 GMT (3:45-4:30 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Astro-H X-ray observatory for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Astro-H will observe the X-ray universe, studying objects such as supernova explosions, supermassive black holes, and galaxy clusters. Delayed from late 2015. [Dec. 12]
FebruaryFalcon 9 ? SES 9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 9 communications satellite. Owned by SES of Luxembourg, the spacecraft will provide direct-to-home and other communications services over Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia, as well as maritime communications for vessels in the Indian Ocean. The rocket will fly on a full-thrust version of the Falcon 9 rocket. Delayed from July 15, August, November, December and Feb. 6. [Jan. 28]
Feb. 16Rockot ? Sentinel 3A
Launch time: 1757 GMT (12:57 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 3A Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. Sentinel 3A carries instruments to measure sea surface topography, sea and land surface temperature, and ocean and land color. Delayed from Oct. 31 and Dec. 10. [Feb. 4]
March 9Ariane 5 ? Eutelsat 65 West A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA229, to launch the Eutelsat 65 West A communications satellite. Eutelsat 65 West A will provide direct-to-home video broadcasts and broadband Internet services to Eutelsat customers in Latin America and Brazil. Delayed from Feb. 25. [Jan. 13]
March 10PSLV ? IRNSS 1F
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C32 mission in the PSLV-XL configuration, will launch the IRNSS 1F navigation satellite. The payload is the sixth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. Delayed from December and February. [Jan. 28]
March 10Atlas 5 ? OA-6
Launch window: 0808-0838 GMT (3:08-3:38 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the sixth Orbital Sciences Cygnus cargo freighter on its fifth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-6. 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. [Jan. 20]
March 14Proton ? ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter
Launch time: 0931 GMT (5:31 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. The mission will make improved measurements of trace gases in the Martian atmosphere, such as methane, which could be an indicator of biological activity. ESA’s Schiaparelli lander will accompany the Trace Gas Orbiter to Mars. Delayed from Jan. 7. [Jan. 4]


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