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]

Aug. 30Long March 4C ? Gaofen 10
Launch window: Approx. 1850 GMT (2:50 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 4C rocket will launch the Gaofen 10 Earth observation satellite. [Aug. 28]
Sept. 3Falcon 9 ? Amos 6
Launch window: 0700-0900 GMT (3:00-5:00 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 6 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel. Amos 6 will provide communications and broadcast services over a coverage area stretching from the U.S. Coast to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Amos 6 will also support the Israeli government’s satellite communications needs. Delayed from 3rd quarter of 2015, 1st quarter of 2016, May and July. [Aug. 17]
Sept. 8GSLV ? Insat 3DR
Launch time: 1122 GMT (7:22 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), flying on the GSLV-F05 mission, will launch the Insat 3DR geostationary weather satellite. The rocket will fly in the GSLV Mk.2 configuration with an Indian-built cryogenic third stage. Delayed from Aug. 28. [Aug. 28]
Sept. 8Atlas 5 ? OSIRIS-REx
Launch window: 2305-0105 GMT (7:05-9:05 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designed AV-067, will launch NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) will reach asteroid Bennu in 2018 to collect surface samples for return to Earth in 2023. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [May 3]
NET Sept. 13Long March 2F ? Tiangong 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 2F rocket will launch the Tiangong 2 mini-space station laboratory module designed for docking tests and crewed visits. Delayed from early 2016. [Aug. 28]
Sept. 15Atlas 5 ? WorldView 4
Launch window: 1830-1844 GMT (2:30-2:44 p.m. EDT; 11:30-11:44 a.m. PDT)
Launch site:
SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-062, will launch the WorldView 4 Earth observation satellite for DigitalGlobe. 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 June 29. [June 14]
Sept. 15/16Vega ? PeruSat 1 & SkySat
Launch time: 0143:35 GMT on 16th (9:43:35 p.m. EDT on 15th)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
A European Vega rocket, designated VV07, will launch with the PeruSat 1 reconnaissance satellite for the Peruvian government and four SkySat Earth observation satellites for Google/Terra Bella. Delayed from July. [July 11]
Late SeptemberAntares ? OA-5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch of the seventh Cygnus cargo freighter on the sixth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-5. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. Delayed from May 31, June 24, July 6 and Aug. 22. [Aug. 11]
Sept. 19/20Falcon 9 ? Iridium Next 1-10
Launch time: 0449 GMT on 20th (12:49 a.m. EDT; 9:49 p.m. PDT on 19th)
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 and Sept. 12. [July 29]
Sept. 23Soyuz ? ISS 48S
Launch time: 1817 GMT (2:17 p.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 Sept. 22. [Aug. 17]
Sept. 26PSLV ? ScatSat 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying in the core alone (CA) configuration on the PSLV-C35 mission, will launch India’s India’s ScatSat 1 spacecraft designed to aid tropical cyclone forecasting. A collection of smaller secondary payloads from India, the United States and Algeria will also be aboard the launch. Delayed from July, early August and late August. [Aug. 28]


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