Satellite Launch Schedule 2014



Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time.

- "NET" stands for "No Earlier Than"
- "TBD" means "To Be Determined"
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April 16  Soyuz   •  EgyptSat 2
Launch time: 1620 GMT (12:20 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the EgyptSat 2 Earth observation satellite for Egypt's National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences. [April 9]
April 18  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 3
Launch time: 1925 GMT (3:25 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the fifth Dragon spacecraft on the third operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from April 6, Sept. 30, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 15, Feb. 11, Feb. 22, March 1, March 16 and March 30. Scrubbed on April 14. [April 14]
April 27  Proton  •  Luch 5V & Kazsat 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Luch 5V satellite to relay data from Russian spacecraft to ground sites, including the International Space Station, and the Kazsat 3 communications satellite for Kazakhstan. [Jan. 16]
April 28/29  Vega  •  DZZ-HR
Launch time: 0135:14 GMT on 29th (9:35:14 p.m. EDT on 28th)
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

A European Vega rocket, designated VV03, will launch with the DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite for Astrium and the Republic of Kazakhstan. DZZ-HR will provide high-resolution images to Kazakh authorities for homeland surveillance, resource management and environmental monitoring. Delayed from April 25. [April 7]
April 30  Falcon 9  •  Orbcomm OG2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch eight second-generation Orbcomm communications satellites. The satellites will operate for Orbcomm Inc., providing two-way data messaging services for global customers. The rocket will fly in the Falcon 9 v1.1 configuration with upgraded Merlin 1D engines, stretched fuel tanks, and a payload fairing. Delayed from September and November. [March 4]
May 6  Antares  •  Orb-2
Launch time: 1944-1949 GMT (3:44-3:49 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket will launch the third Cygnus cargo freighter on the second operational flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as Orb-2. Orbital Sciences is developing the Cygnus spacecraft to deliver supplies to the space station. Moved forward from May 8. Delayed from May 1. [March 20]
May 7  Atlas 5  •  NROL-33
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. 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. [March 4]
TBD  Zenit 3SL  •  Eutelsat 3B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North)

The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will carry into orbit the Eutelsat 3B communications satellite. Eutelsat 3B will provide telecommunications services over Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South America. Delayed from April 15. [April 7]
May 15/16  Delta 4  •  GPS 2F-6
Launch window: 0008-0026 GMT on 16th (8:08-8:26 p.m. EDT on 15th)
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will deploy the Air Force's sixth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. [April 9]
May 16  Proton  •  Express AM4R
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Express AM4R satellite to provide television broadcasting, broadband Internet, multimedia services and mobile communications for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. Delayed from April 6. [March 20]
May 23/24  H-2A   •  ALOS 2
Launch window: 0305-0320 GMT on 24th (11:05-11:20 p.m. EDT on 23rd)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the second Advanced Land Observing Satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. ALOS 2 carries a high-resolution radar payload for environmental, infrastructure and disaster monitoring. [March 14]
May 27  Ariane 5  •  Measat 3b & Optus 10
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA218, to launch the Measat 3b and Optus 10 satellites. Measat 3b will provide Ku-band direct-to-home broadcasting and other telecommunications services over Malaysia, India and Indonesia for Measat Global of Malaysia. NewSat Ltd. of Australia has also leased some of Measat 3b's capacity to be marketed as Jabiru 2. Optus 10 will deliver television broadcasts and two-way voice and data services to customers in Australia and New Zealand for SingTel Optus. [March 4]
May 28  Soyuz  •  ISS 39S
Launch time: 1956 GMT (3:56 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned 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 crew. [Sept. 12]
May  Falcon 9  •  AsiaSat 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the AsiaSat 8 communications satellite. AsiaSat 8 will support direct broadcasting, private networks and broadband connectivity for customers in China, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Delayed from April. [March 4]
2nd Quarter  PSLV  •  Spot 7
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C23 mission, will launch the Spot 7 remote sensing satellite for Astrium Services. Spot 7 is a commercial medium-resolution imaging satellite by and owned by Astrium. Delayed from December and 1st quarter 2014. [Jan. 16]
June  Proton  •  ASTRA 2G
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the ASTRA 2G communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg. ASTRA 2G will deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Delayed from May. [March 26]
NET June  Soyuz  •  O3b F2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry four satellites for O3b Networks, which will provide broadband service to developing countries. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from August, early September, Sept. 30 and March. [March 14]
NET June  Soyuz  •  Galileo FOC-1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry two Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat-MT upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from April, July and October 2013. [Nov. 2]
June 19  Soyuz   •  Meteor M2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Meteor M2 weather satellite and several secondary payloads, including the SkySat 2 spacecraft for Skybox Imaging, the TechDemoSat 1 spacecraft for the UK government and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., the Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite, or M3MSat, for Canada, and other small passengers. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [April 7]
June  Proton  •  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. [Jan. 16]
June  GSLV Mk.3  •  Atmospheric Test Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.3 will launch on a suborbital test flight. The GSLV Mk.3 is powered by two large solid rocket boosters, a liquid-fueled core second stage and a cryogenic third stage. This suborbital test flight will demonstrate the performance of the GSLV Mk.3 in the atmosphere. Delayed from May. [April 9]
July 1  Delta 2  •  OCO 2
Launch time: 0956 GMT (5:56 a.m. EDT; 2:56 a.m. PDT)
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 satellite for NASA. OCO 2 will make precise, time-dependent global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide from space. The rocket will fly in the 7320 configuration with three solid rocket boosters and no third stage. [Jan. 15]
Summer  Falcon 9  •  AsiaSat 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the AsiaSat 6 communications satellite. AsiaSat 6 will support video broadcasting and broadband networks for customers in Asia, Australia, India and the Pacific islands. Delayed from May. [March 4]
Summer  Proton  •  Inmarsat 5 F2
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 F2 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. Delayed from May. [March 14]
July  Atlas 5  •  GPS 2F-7
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Air Force's seventh 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. [Oct. 18]
July  Long March 4B  •  Gaofen 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Taiyuan, China

A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launch the Gaofen 2 high-resolution remote sensing satellite. Gaofen 2 will collect high-resolution images of Earth's surface for research and civil government applications. The main users of the satellite are the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. Delayed from December. [March 4]
July 24  Soyuz   •  Progress 56P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 56th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from July 1. [Dec. 10]
July 25  Ariane 5  •  ATV 5
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ES rocket, designated VA219, to launch the European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle, named Georges Lemaitre. The ATV is a cargo-carrying spacecraft to deliver supplies and equipment to the orbiting International Space Station. Delayed from June 17 and June 25. [March 14]
3rd Quarter  Delta 4  •  AFSPC 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the AFSPC 4 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. The payloads include two satellites for the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program. Delayed from February. Moved forward from December. [March 15]
Aug. 8  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the sixth Dragon spacecraft on the fourth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from April 6, April 29, June 6, June 8 and July 25. [March 20]
August  Atlas 5  •  WorldView 3
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the WorldView 3 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 mid-2014. [March 4]
August  Soyuz   •  Foton M4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the recoverable Foton M4 spacecraft with a payload of biological and materials science experiments. After orbiting the Earth for a few weeks, the craft's re-entry capsule will return to Earth under a parachute. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz 2-1a configuration. Delayed from May. [Feb. 24]
September  H-2A   •  Himawari 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Himawari 8 weather satellite for the Japan Meteorological Agency. Himawari 8 will collect weather imagery over the East Asia and Western Pacific regions. [March 26]
September  Atlas 5  •  CLIO
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the CLIO mission on a commercial flight for a U.S. government customer. [Jan. 28]
3rd Quarter  Soyuz  •  Galileo FOC-2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch on a mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry two Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation. The Soyuz 2-1b (Soyuz ST-B) rocket will use a Fregat-MT upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. [Jan. 28]
Sept. 25  Soyuz  •  ISS 40S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned 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 crew. [Dec. 13]
Oct. 3  Antares  •  Orb-3
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket will launch the fourth Cygnus cargo freighter on the third operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as Orb-3. The Antares rocket will fly an upgraded Castor 30XL second stage motor for the first time. [Dec. 13]
October  Vega  •  IXV
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

A European Vega rocket, designated VV04, will launch with the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle, or IXV. The IXV will launch on a suborbital trajectory, testing advanced flight control and re-entry technologies before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. [Dec. 26]
October  Super Strypi  •  ORS 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii

A Super Strypi launch vehicle will deliver the HiakaSat spacecraft and multiple CubeSat payloads into orbit. The Super Strypi is a rocket developed by Sandia National Laboratories with assistance from the University of Hawaii, Aerojet and the U.S. Defense Department. Delayed from October 2013 and April. [Jan. 15]
Oct. 29  Soyuz   •  Progress 57P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 57th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Jan. 15]
Nov. 5  Delta 2  •  SMAP
Launch window: 1416-1425 GMT (9:16-9:25 a.m. EST; 6:16-6:25 a.m. PST)
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite for NASA. SMAP is an Earth satellite mission designed to measure and map Earth's soil moisture and freeze/thaw state to better understand terrestrial water, carbon and energy cycles. The rocket will fly in the 7320 configuration with three solid rocket boosters and no third stage. [Jan. 15]
Nov. 23  Soyuz  •  ISS 41S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned 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 crew. Moved forward from Nov. 24. [March 4]
Nov. 26  Atlas 5  •  MMS
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale, or MMS, mission. The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission will use four identical spacecraft, variably spaced in Earth orbit, to make three-dimensional measurements of magnetospheric boundary regions and examine the process of magnetic reconnection. The rocket will fly in the 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Jan. 28]
Nov. 27  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the seventh Dragon spacecraft on the fifth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Sept. 12. [March 4]


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