Satellite Launch Schedule 2017



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]

Nov. 24Long March 2C ? Yaogan 30-02
Launch time: Approx. 1805 GMT (1:05 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 2C rocket is expected to launch with the Yaogan 30-02 payload for the Chinese military. [Nov. 22]
Nov. 28Soyuz ? Meteor M2-1
Launch time: 0541:46 GMT (12:41:46 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Russian Meteor M2-1 polar-orbiting weather satellite and several secondary payloads, including commercial weather CubeSats for Spire and an experimental low Earth orbit communications satellite for Telesat. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [Nov. 15]
Dec. 2Soyuz ? Lotos
Launch time: Approx. 1030 GMT (5:30 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Lotos electronic intelligence spy satellite. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration. [Nov. 22]
TBDEpsilon ? ASNARO 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s Epsilon rocket will launch the ASNARO 2 radar Earth observation satellite, a mission developed by Japan Space Systems and NEC Corp. The project is the second for the ASNARO program, which stands for Advanced Satellite with New System ARchitecture for Observation. Delayed from Nov. 11. [Sept. 30]
DecemberElectron ? Still Testing
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Launch Complex 1, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its second orbital test flight, which Rocket Lab calls “Still Testing,” from a new facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The commercial rocket is designed to carry small spacecraft into orbit. Several commercial CubeSats are expected to be aboard the Electron’s second mission. Delayed from mid-2017. [Aug. 9]
Dec. 4Falcon 9 ? SpaceX CRS 13
Launch time: 1953 GMT (2:53 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 15th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Delayed from Sept. 13 and Nov. 1. [Oct. 18]
TBDFalcon 9 ? Zuma
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Zuma payload. Northrop Grumman arranged to launch the Zuma payload with SpaceX on behalf of the U.S. government, but no other details about the mission have been disclosed. The Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage will return to landing at Landing Zone-1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Delayed from Nov. 15 to complete mission assurance work. Delayed from Nov. 16. [Nov. 16]
Dec. 7Zenit 3F ? AngoSat
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Ukrainian Zenit rocket with a Russian Fregat upper stage will launch the AngoSat communications satellite. Built by RSC Energia in Russia, AngoSat is Angola’s first satellite. [Oct. 18]
Dec. 11Long March 3B ? Alcomsat 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Xichang, China
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket will launch with the Alcomsat 1 geostationary communications satellite for the government of Algeria. [Nov. 15]
Dec. 12Ariane 5 ? Galileo 19-22
Launch time: 1836:07 GMT (1:36:07 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ES rocket, designated VA240, to launch four Galileo full operational capability satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. Delayed from Aug. 9. [Sept. 12]
Dec. 13Delta 4 ? NROL-47
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 3 and Oct. 18. [June 8]
Dec. 17Soyuz ? ISS 53S
Launch time: 0720 GMT (2:20 a.m. EST)
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 Oct. 26. Moved forward from Dec. 27. [Nov. 22]
Dec. 22/23Falcon 9 ? Iridium Next 31-40
Launch time: 0126 GMT on 23rd (8:26 p.m. EST; 5:26 p.m. PST on 22nd)
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. This mission will use a previously-flown first stage booster, and the first stage will land on SpaceX’s drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. Delayed from October and late November. [Oct. 21]
Dec. 22/23H-2A ? GCOM-C & SLATS
Launch time: 0126:22-0148:22 GMT on 23rd (8:26:22-8:48:22 p.m. EST on 22nd)
Launch site:
Tanegashima Space Center, Japan
A Japanese H-2A rocket, designated H-2A F37, will launch the Global Changing Observation Mission-Climate, or GCOM-C, spacecraft and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. GCOM-C, nicknamed Shikisai, will conduct surface and atmospheric measurements related to the carbon cycle and radiation budget, such as clouds, aerosols, ocean color, vegetation, and snow and ice. SLATS, nicknamed Tsubame, is an experimental technology demonstration satellite carrying an ion engine that will fly in a “super low” orbit where it will encounter greater air resistance than most spacecraft. [Nov. 22]
Dec. 22Soyuz ? Kanopus-V 3 and 4
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Kanopus-V 3 and 4 Earth observation satellites. The two spacecraft will assist the Russian government in disaster response, mapping and forest fire detection. The Soyuz 2-1a rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. [Oct. 10]
Dec. 24/25SS-520-5 ? TRICOM 1R
Launch window: 0100-0515 GMT on 25th (8:00 p.m.-12:15 a.m. EST on 24th/25th)
Launch site:
Uchinoura Space Center, Japan
Japan’s SS-520-5 rocket, a modified sounding rocket with an added third stage, will launch on an experimental demonstration flight with the TRICOM 1R spacecraft, a 3U CubeSat with a store and forward communications system and an imaging camera. This is the second flight of an SS-520 variant to attempt an orbital launch after a failure in January 2017. [Nov. 15]
Late DecemberLong March 2D ? Superview 1-03 and 04
Launch time: Approx. 1805 GMT (1:05 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
Taiyuan, China
A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch two SuperView 1 Earth observation satellites for Beijing Space View Technology Co. Also named GaoJing, the satellites will provide sub-meter high-resolution images for civilian and commercial customers in China and internationally. [Nov. 22]



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