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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Jan. 17/18Epsilon ? RAPIS 1
Launch window: 0050:20-0059:37 GMT on 18th (7:50:20-7:59:37 p.m. EST on 17th))
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket will launch the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 1, or RAPIS 1, along with six Japanese and Vietnamese secondary payloads on a rideshare mission. Delayed from Jan. 17. [Jan. 16]
Jan. 19Delta 4-Heavy ? NROL-71
Launch time: 1905 GMT (2:05 p.m. EST; 11:05 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Delayed from Sept. 26. Moved forward from Dec. 3. Delayed from Nov. 29. Scrubbed on Dec. 7 by an issue with holdfire circuitry. Scrubbed on Dec. 8 at T-minus 7.5 seconds. Scrubbed on Dec. 18 by high ground winds. Scrubbed Dec. 19 after the detection of elevated hydrogen in one of the rocket’s engine compartments. Delayed from Dec. 30. Delayed from Jan. 6. [Jan. 16]
Jan. 21Long March 11 ? Jilin 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Jiuquan, China
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket will launch two hyperspectral imaging satellites for Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd. [Jan. 9]
Jan. 24PSLV ? Microsat-R & Kalamsat
Launch time: 1808 GMT (1:08 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV-C44, will launch the Microsat-R imaging satellite and the Kalamsat student payload into low Earth orbit. ISRO will debut a new version of the PSLV, named the PSLV-DL, with two strap-on solid rocket boosters. The fourth stage of the rocket carries the battery-powered Kalamsat student-built payload to demonstrate the use of the PSLV upper stage as a long-lived experiment platform. [Jan. 16]
TBDSafir ? Dousti
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Semnan, Iran
An Iranian Safir rocket will launch the Dousti remote sensing satellite. [Jan. 16]
Feb. 5Ariane 5 ? Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 & GSAT 31
Launch time: 2101 GMT (4:01 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA247, to launch the HellasSat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 and GSAT 11 communications satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, the Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 satellite will provide telecommunications and broadband services in Saudi Arabia, other parts of the Middle East, Europe and North Africa. Hellas-Sat 4/SaudiGeoSat 1 is a joint mission between Hellas-Sat, a subsidiary of Arabsat based in Cyprus, and Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology. The GSAT 31 satellite, built and owned by the Indian Space Research Organization, will provide communications coverage over India, replacing the aging Insat 4CR spacecraft. Delayed from Jan. 23. [Jan. 16]
Feb. 7Soyuz ? EgyptSat-A
Launch time: 1647 GMT (11:47 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the EgyptSat-A Earth observation satellite. EgyptSat-A was built by RSC Energia for Egypt’s National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences. Delayed from Nov. 22 and Dec. 27. [Dec. 7]
NET Feb. 9Falcon 9 ? Crew Dragon Demo 1
Launch time: Approx. 1600 GMT (11 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. Delayed from December 2016, May 2017, July 2017, August 2017, November 2017, February 2018, April 2018, August 2018, November 2018 and December 2018. Delayed from Jan. 7 and Jan. 17. [Jan. 16]
First QuarterPegasus XL ? ICON
Launch window: 0800-0930 GMT (3:00-4:30 a.m. EST)
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. [Dec. 19]
FebruaryPSLV ? 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. [Jan. 16]
Early 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]
FebruaryFalcon 9 ? PSN 6 & SpaceIL Lunar Lander
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the PSN 6 communications satellite and SpaceIL’s Lunar Lander. Built by SSL and owned by Indonesia’s PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara, PSN 6 will provide voice and data communications, broadband Internet, and video distribution throughout the Indonesian archipelago. A privately-funded lunar lander developed by Israel’s SpaceIL will ride piggyback on this launch, along with several smaller payloads under a rideshare arrangement to geostationary transfer orbit provided by Spaceflight. Delayed from January and Feb. 13. [Jan. 16]
Feb. 19Soyuz ? OneWeb Pilot
Launch time: 2137 GMT (4:37 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS21, will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the first 10 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from late 2018. [Jan. 16]
Feb. 28/March 1Soyuz ? ISS 58S
Launch time: 0042 GMT on March 1 (7:42 p.m. EST on Feb. 28)
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. Moved forward from April 5. [Jan. 9]
MarchFalcon 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. [Jan. 9]
March 8/9Vega ? PRISMA
Launch time: 0150:35 GMT on 9th (8:50:35 p.m. EST on 8th)
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. [Jan. 9]
MarchSoyuz ? Meteor M2-2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch with the Russian Meteor M2-1 polar-orbiting weather satellite. Delayed from Dec. 6. [Sept. 21]
MarchDelta 4 ? WGS 10
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the 10th 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 Nov. 1, Dec. 13, Jan. 23 and Jan. 25. [Jan. 16]
March 16Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 17
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, 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 and Feb. 17. [Jan. 16]


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