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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Aug. 19Electron ? “Look Ma, No Hands”
Launch time: 1212 GMT (8:12 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its eighth flight from a facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand?s North Island. The Electron rocket and its Curie upper stage will place four small satellites into orbit on a rideshare mission arranged by Spaceflight and Rocket Lab. The payloads include the BlackSky Global 4 commercial Earth observation satellite, two tech demo CubeSats for Air Force Space Command’s Pearl White program, and commercial CubeSat for the French company UnseenLabs, which is developing a constellation of maritime surveillance spacecraft. The mission is nicknamed “Look Ma, No Hands.” Scrubbed on Aug. 16 due to high ground winds. [Aug. 16]
Aug. 19Long March 3B ? Chinasat 18
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch with the Chinasat 18 communications spacecraft for China Satcom, a state-owned operator that provides government and commercial communications services. Chinasat 18 will provide fixed and mobile Ku-band and Ka-band connectivity over the Asia-Pacific region. [Aug. 12]
Aug. 21/22Soyuz ? ISS 60S
Launch time: 0338 GMT on 22nd (11:38 p.m. EDT on 21st)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft to the International Space Station on a test flight without a crew on-board. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration, and will demonstrate the compatibility of the Soyuz spacecraft with the newer Soyuz-2 rocket variant before approving the launcher for future crewed missions. [July 29]
Aug. 22Delta 4 ? GPS 3 SV02
Launch window: 1300-1327 (9:00-9:27 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s second third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. The Air Force previously planned to launch the third GPS 3-series satellite on this mission. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Nov. 1, Dec. 13, April 4 and July 25. [July 29]
AugustRockot ? Geo-IK 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Rockot vehicle with a Breeze KM upper stage will launch a GEO-IK 2 spacecraft. The satellite is designed to survey Earth to measure variations in the gravitational field and study other geodetic features of the planet. [June 28]
Sept. 10H-2B ? HTV 8
Launch time: 2133 GMT (5:33 p.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the eighth H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an automated cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Delayed from July. [July 29]
3rd QuarterProton ? Eutelsat 5 West B & MEV 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
An International Launch Services Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage will launch the Eutelsat 5 West B communications satellite and the first Mission Extension Vehicle for Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. Both spacecraft are built by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, formerly known as Orbital ATK. Eutelsat 5 West B will join Eutelsat’s communications fleet in geostationary orbit, replacing the Eutelsat 5 West A spacecraft providing digital and television services primarily in the French, Italian and Algerian markets. The MEV 1 spacecraft is the first in a series of satellite servicing vehicles for SpaceLogistics, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. MEV 1 will dock with the Intelsat 901 communications satellite and provide propulsion and attitude control functions to extend the spacecraft’s mission. Delayed from May. [April 1]
NET SeptemberPegasus 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. [June 23]
TBDVega ? SSMS POC
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch on the Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept mission with 42 microsatellites, nanosatellites and CubeSats for commercial and institutional customers. This rideshare launch is the first flight of a multi-payload dispenser funded by the European Space Agency to allow the Vega rocket to deliver numerous small satellites to orbit on a single mission. Delayed from August and Sept. 10. [Aug. 12]
NET SeptemberAtlas 5 ? CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test
Launch time: 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, April and Aug. 17. [June 18]
Sept. 25Soyuz ? ISS 61S
Launch time: 1357 GMT (9:57 a.m. EDT)
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-15 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. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration, the first use of the Soyuz-2 variant on a crewed launch. [Aug. 5]
NET SeptemberSSLV ? Demonstration Launch
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first orbital test flight. Consisting of three solid-fueled stages and a liquid-fueled upper stage, the SSLV is a new Indian launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites into low Earth orbit. [Aug. 12]


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