Satellite Launch Schedule 2014



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. 30  Soyuz   •  Glonass K
Launch time: 2152 GMT (4:52 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch a Glonass K navigation satellite. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz 2-1b configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Moved forward from Nov. 23. Delayed from Nov. 20. [Nov. 26]
Nov. 30/Dec. 1  H-2A   •  Hayabusa 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission. Hayabusa 2 will encounter asteroid 1999 JU3 in 2018 and return at least a gram of samples to Earth in December 2020. Delayed from Nov. 30. [Nov. 27]
Dec. 4  Delta 4-Heavy  •  Orion EFT-1
Launch window: 1205-1444 GMT (7:05-9:44 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch NASA's Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle on Exploration Flight Test-1. The uncrewed test flight of the Orion spacecraft will reach an altitude of 3,600 miles before re-entering the atmosphere to demonstrate the capsule's heat shield. 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 September. [Nov. 18]
Dec. 4  Ariane 5  •  DirecTV 14 & GSAT 16
Launch window: 2038-2148 GMT (3:38-4:48 p.m. EST)
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA221, to launch the DirecTV 14 and GSAT 16 satellites. DirecTV 14 will provide direct-to-home television broadcasts across the United States. GSAT 16 will supply communications services for the Indian Space Research Organization. [Nov. 19]
December  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, June, July and August. [Nov. 2]
December  Long March 4B  •  CBERS 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Taiyuan, China

A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launch the CBERS 4 remote sensing satellite. CBERS 4 is the fourth China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications. [Sept. 8]
Dec. 11  Atlas 5  •  NROL-35
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

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 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. The rocket will also fly a new upper stage powerplant designated the RL10C engine. [July 18]
Dec. 12  Proton  •  Yamal 401
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Yamal 401 communications satellite for Gazprom Space Systems of Russia. Yamal 401 will deliver C-band and Ku-band communications services to Russia and neighboring countries. [Oct. 3]
December  PSLV  •  IRNSS 1D
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C27 mission, will launch the IRNSS 1D navigation satellite. The payload is the fourth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, which aims to improve positioning services over India and neighboring regions. [Sept. 26]
Dec. 16  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 5
Launch time: 1931 GMT (2:31 p.m. EST)
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. Moved up from Nov. 27. Delayed from Oct. 3 and Dec. 1. [Nov. 19]
Dec. 18  Soyuz  •  O3b F3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS10, 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 November. Moved up from early 2015. [Nov. 2]
December  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, June and Nov. 27. [Nov. 26]
Dec. 25  Angara 5   •  Maiden Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian Angara 5 rocket will launch on its first flight with a dummy payload. The rocket will fly with five Angara first stage cores strapped together and a Breeze M upper stage. [Nov. 2]
Dec. 26  Soyuz  •  Resurs P2
Launch time: 1900 GMT (2 p.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the Resurs P2 Earth observation satellite to collect remote sensing data for Russian government agencies and foreign customers. [Nov. 27]


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