November 29, 2008 - A regularly updated listing of planned missions from spaceports around the globe. 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. Please send any corrections, additions or updates by e-mail to: justin@spaceflightnow.com

Latest changes:
11/05: Adding date and window for H-2A/GOSAT
11/08: Adding window for Delta/NOAA-N Prime
11/13: Adding date for Proton/Ciel 2
11/19: Adding date for next Ariane 5; Adding date for Delta 4-Heavy/NROL-26
11/22: Adding times for Proton/Ciel and Atlantis/STS-125
11/24: Adding time for Endeavour/STS-127
11/29: Ariane 5 delayed

Dec. 10  Proton  •  Ciel 2
Launch time: 1343 GMT (8:43 a.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Canadian Ciel 2 telecommunications spacecraft to serve North America. [Nov. 13]
TBD  Ariane 5  •   Hot Bird 9 & W2M
Launch window: approx. 2135-2245 GMT (4:35-5:45 p.m. EST)
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace Flight 186 will use an Ariane 5 rocket with an ECA cryogenic upper stage to launch the European Hot Bird 9 television broadcast spacecraft and the W2M telecommunications satellite for Central Europe and Indian Ocean region. Both spacecraft will be operated by Eutelsat. Delayed from Oct. 29 and NSS 9 satellite replaced by W2M. Delayed from late November and Dec. 10. [Nov. 29]
Dec. 16  Delta 4-H  •  NROL-26
Launch time: Classified until about T-24 hours
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The 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 2005 and 2006. Delayed from Jan. 25, April, May 9, July 25, Sept. 9, Sept. 26, Oct. 17, Oct. 31 and Nov. 16. [Nov. 19]
Dec. 25  Proton  •  Glonass
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket will launch another trio of spacecraft for the Glonass satellite navigation constellation. [July 22]
Jan. 15  Taurus XL  •  OCO
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Area 576-E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The Orbital Sciences Taurus XL rocket will launch NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory. The Orbital Sciences-built satellite will measure atmospheric carbon dioxide. Delayed from Dec. 15. [June 5]
Jan. 20/21  H-2A  •  GOSAT
Launch window: 0354-0416 GMT on Jan. 21 (10:54-11:16 p.m. EST on Jan. 20)
Launch site: Tanegashima, Japan

The Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) environmental spacecraft for JAXA. Delayed from Fall 2008. [Nov. 5]
Jan.  Sea Launch  •  Sicral 1B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North)

The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will carry into orbit the Italy's Sicral 1B military telecommunications satellite. [Sept. 24]
TBD  Atlas 5  •  WGS SV 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-016) will launch the second 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 421 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, two solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Aug. 2. Delayed from Aug. 4 due to minor issues detected during spacecraft environmental testing. Delayed from Oct. 10, late November and Dec. 4. [Oct. 25]
TBD  Minotaur  •  TacSat 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Minotaur rocket will launch the Air Force Research Laboratory's TacSat 3 advanced technology research spacecraft. The four-stage rocket uses U.S. government-supplied Minuteman 2 motors and Pegasus rocket stages. Delayed from December, March 15, June 25, Aug. 14 and Sept. 14 and October. [Sept. 19]
Feb.  Rockot  •  GOCE
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch the Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite for the European Space Agency. GOCE will map global variations in Earth's gravity field with unprecedented detail and derive measurements of ocean circulation and changes in sea level. Delayed from Sept. 10 to replace unit in rocket's guidance and navigation subsystem. Delayed from Oct. 5 and Oct. 27. [Oct. 25]
Feb. 4  Delta 2  •  NOAA-N Prime
Launch window: 1022-1032 GMT (5:22-5:32 a.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the NOAA-N Prime civilian weather satellite into polar orbit for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The rocket will fly in the 7320 vehicle configuration. [Nov. 8]
Feb. 10  Soyuz  •  Progress 32P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 32nd Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [June 30]
Feb. 12  Shuttle Discovery   •  ISS 15A
Launch time: approx. 1230 GMT (7:30 a.m. EST)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

STS-119 will be the 28th U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver the Starboard 6 truss segment, giving the station its fourth and final set of power-generating solar wings. Delayed from Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. [Oct. 22]
Feb.  Ariane 5  •   Hot Bird 10 & NSS 9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace Flight 187 will use an Ariane 5 rocket with an ECA cryogenic upper stage to launch the European Hot Bird 10 television broadcast spacecraft for Eutelsat, the NSS 9 telecommunications satellite for SES New Skies and a pair of Spirale optical early-warning satellites for the French military. [Oct. 27]
Feb. 26  Atlas 5  •  OTV
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-022) will launch the U.S. military's X-37B, a prototype space plane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle. The rocket will fly in the 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from December. [Oct. 8]
TBD  Land Launch  •  MEASAT 3a
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

The Land Launch Zenit 3SLB rocket will carry into orbit the MEASAT 3a television broadcasting satellite for MEASAT Satellite Systems of Malaysia. Delayed from Aug. 21 to repair damage to spacecraft suffered during pre-flight processing at the launch base. [Aug. 11]
March 4/5  Delta 2  •  Kepler
Launch time: 0346 GMT on 5th (10:46 p.m. EST on March 4)
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch NASA's Kepler spacecraft to discover and characterize hundreds of planets. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration. Delayed from Feb. 16. Moved up from April 10. [Oct. 7]
March  Falcon 1  •  RazakSat
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands

The fifth flight of the SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket will launch the RazakSat Earth-imaging spacecraft for Malaysia. The satellite also features the name MACSat, or Medium-sized Aperture Camera Satellite. [Oct. 15]
Spring  Delta 2  •  GPS 2R-20 (M7)
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the seventh modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Block 2R military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration. Delayed from June 30, July 16, Oct. 16 and Nov. 7, 2008. [Sept. 24]
March 25  Soyuz  •  ISS 18S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the next manned Soyuz TMA spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the Expedition 19 crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the crew. [June 30]
April 1  Delta 2  •  STSS Demo
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) technology demonstration mission for the Missile Defense Agency. NASA will oversee the launch. The rocket will fly in the 7920 vehicle configuration. Delayed from Nov. 25, 2007, April, July 16, Nov. 1, Nov. 20, 2008, and Jan. 23. [Oct. 15]
April 6  Delta 4  •  GOES O
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite O, or GOES O, for NASA and NOAA. The weather satellite will orbit 22,300 miles above the planet to monitor conditions across the U.S. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from April, June 12, July 20, August, Nov. 5, December 2007, Jan. 22, Feb. 10 and March. [Oct. 27]
April 22  Soyuz  •  Progress 33P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 33rd Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [June 30]
April 24  Atlas 5  •  LRO
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-020) will launch NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to the moon and a lunar impactor secondary payload called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. 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 Oct. 28 and Nov. 24. Delayed from Feb. 27 and March 2. [Oct. 7]
April 30  Delta 2  •  STSS-ATRR
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Space Tracking and Surveillance System Advanced Technology Risk Reduction (STSS-ATRR) research and development mission for the Missile Defense Agency. The mission previously called Block 2010 Spacecraft Risk Reduction. NASA will oversee the launch. The rocket will fly in the 7920 vehicle configuration. Delayed from December 2006, March 15, May 31, Aug. 23, Nov. 8, 2007, Jan. 25, Feb. 21 and April 17, 2008. [June 28]
May 12?  Shuttle Atlantis   •  HST Servicing
Launch time: 1711 GMT (1:11 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

STS-125 will be the fifth and final space shuttle mission launched to service and upgrade the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Shuttle Atlantis will launch two new science instruments, along with stabilizing gyroscopes, batteries and thermal blankets to refurbish the observatory and extend its useful life another five years. The astronauts plan to conduct five spacewalks during the service call. Attempts to repair two other instruments are planned as well. Delayed from Aug. 7, Aug. 28, Oct. 8, Oct. 10 and Oct. 14. See our Mission Status Center. Launch date is tentative. [Nov. 22]
May 15?  Shuttle Endeavour   •  ISS 2J/A
Launch time: approx. 2305 GMT (7:05 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

STS-127 will be the 29th U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver the external experiment platform for the Japanese science laboratory facilities. Launch would move to late June if STS-125 flies in May. [Nov. 24]
May 25  Soyuz  •  ISS 19S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the next manned Soyuz TMA spacecraft to the International Space Station with additional members of the Expedition 19 crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the crew. [June 30]
June 24  Soyuz  •  Progress 34P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 34th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [June 30]
NET Summer  Atlas 5  •  DMSP F18
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-017) will launch the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 18 spacecraft for the U.S. Air Force. Built by Lockheed Martin, this polar-orbiting weather satellite will be used by the military for global weather forecasting. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no strap-on solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from April. Moved up from July 2. Delayed from June 29, Sept. 10 and late October and Nov. 2008. [Sept. 24]
TBD  Delta 4  •  WGS SV 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the third 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. [Jan. 4]
July 30?  Atlas 5  •  AEHF 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Aug. 27]
July 30  Shuttle Atlantis   •  ISS 17A
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

STS-128 will be the 30th U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver equipment and supplies with a reusable Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. [June 30]
Summer  Delta 2  •  GPS 2R-21 (M8)
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the eighth modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Block 2R military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration. Delayed from Sept. 11 and Dec. 18, 2008. [Aug. 29]



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