May 27, 2012 - 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: sclark@spaceflightnow.com

Latest changes:
5/01: Adding Soyuz/Kobalt; Proton/EchoStar 16 delayed; Adding PSLV/Spot 6; Adding GSLV/GSAT 14; Adding PSLV/SARAL
5/02: Falcon 9/Dragon C2+ delayed; Atlas 5/NROL-38 moved forward
5/03: Atlas 5/AEHF 2 scrubbed; Adding date for Soyuz/Galileo IOV
5/04: Adding Long March 2D/Tianhui; Falcon 9/Dragon C2+ delayed
5/09: Adding Long March 4B/Yaogan 14; Adding time for Proton/Nimiq 6
5/15: Adding time for Soyuz/Kobalt; Adding Long March 3B/Chinasat 2A; Adding date for Proton/SES 5
5/18: Zenit 3SL/Intelsat 21 delayed
5/19: Falcon 9/Dragon C2+ scrubbed
5/20: Adding Safir/Fajr; Adding time for Zenit 3SL/Intelsat 19; Adding time for Soyuz 31S
5/27: Safir/Fajr delayed; Next Ariane 5 delayed; Adding Ariane 5/Intelsat 20 & HYLAS 2; Adding date for Antares demo launch; Falcon 9/Dragon C3 delayed; Adding next two Long March/Beidou missions

June 13  Pegasus XL  •  NuSTAR
Launch window: 1530-1930 GMT (11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: L-1011, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands

The air-launched Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) spacecraft. NuSTAR will study high energy X-rays in the universe. Delayed from Feb. 3, March 14, March 21 and March 22. See our Mission Status Center. [April 26]
June 18  Atlas 5  •  NROL-38
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-023) 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. Moved up from June 20. [May 2]
June 18  Proton  •  SES 5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the SES 5 satellite. SES 5 will provide communications services over Africa, Europe and the Middle East. SES 5 will also carry the first hosted L-band payload for the European Commission's European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). [May 15]
June  Ariane 5  •  EchoStar 17 & MSG 3
Launch window: Approx. 2133-2201 GMT (5:33-6:01 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA207, to launch the EchoStar 17 and MSG 3 satellites. EchoStar 17, formerly known as Jupiter 1, will provide high-throughput broadband services across North America for Hughes Network Systems. MSG 3 is a geostationary weather satellite for Eumetsat, the European satellite meteorology agency. Delayed from June 19 by EchoStar 17 issue. [May 27]
June 28  Delta 4-Heavy  •  NROL-15
Launch window: TBD
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 December 2011. [Feb. 1]
TBD  Proton  •  Sirius FM6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Sirius FM6 satellite for Sirius XM Radio. Delayed from January, Feb. 20 and March 5. [Feb. 22]
NET June  Long March 2F  •  Shenzhou 9
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Jiuquan, China

A Long March 2F rocket will launch the Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, a crewed mission to dock with the orbiting Tiangong 1 laboratory module. The flight will be China's fourth human space mission. [Feb. 17]
July 14/15  Soyuz  •  ISS 31S
Launch time: 0237 GMT on 15th (10:37 p.m. EDT on 14th)
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. Delayed from May 30. [May 20]
July 20/21  H-2B   •  HTV 3
Launch time: 0218 GMT on 21st (10:18 p.m. EDT on 20th)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

The Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the third H-2 Transfer Vehicle. The HTV serves as an unmanned cargo vehicle to deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station. Delayed from Jan. 20, Feb. 18, June 26 and July 18. [March 23]
Late July  Soyuz  •  MetOp B
Launch time: 1628 GMT (12:28 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Starsem Soyuz rocket will launch the MetOp B weather satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, or Eumetsat. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz 2-1a configuration with a Fregat upper stage. Delayed from April and May 23. [April 27]
July  Ariane 5  •  Intelsat 20 & HYLAS 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA208, to launch the Intelsat 20 and HYLAS 2 communications satellites. Intelsat 20 will provide C-band and Ku-band video, voice and data network services over Asia, Africa and the Middle East. HYLAS 2 carriess a Ka-band payload for high-speed, low-cost data, Internet and video services to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. [May 27]
July 31  Soyuz   •  Progress 48P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 48th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from July 25. [Feb. 9]
Aug. 2  Atlas 5  •  NROL-36
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-033) 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. Delayed from June. [March 6]
Aug. 9  Antares  •  Demo
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The first Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, formerly known as the Taurus 2, will launch a simulated Cygnus spacecraft on a demonstration flight. Delayed from October, December and Jan. 23, February and July 6. [May 27]
August  PSLV  •  Spot 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C21 mission, will launch the Spot 6 remote sensing satellite for Astrium Services. Spot 6 is a commercial medium-resolution imaging satellite by and owned by Astrium. [May 1]
Summer  Soyuz  •  Globalstar
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch six second-generation Globalstar mobile communications satellites. The Soyuz rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the commercial launch. Delayed from June, September and November. [Jan. 10]
August  Zenit 3SL  •  Intelsat 21
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North)

A Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will deliver the Intelsat 21 communications satellite into orbit. Intelsat 21 will serve video distribution and direct-to-home television markets in Latin America. Delayed from July. [May 18]
Aug. 23  Atlas 5  •  RBSP
Launch window: 0807-0827 GMT (4:07-4:27 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-032) will launch the Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission for NASA. Built and managed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, this mission includes two spacecraft to fly in highly elliptical orbits to study Earth's radiation belts and probe the influences of the sun. 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 May. [April 12]
August  Rockot  •  Swarm
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch the Swarm mission for the European Space Agency. Swarm is an Earth Explorer mission comprising three satellites in different polar orbits to probe the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, in order to gain new insights into the Earth system by improving our understanding of the Earth's interior and physical climate. Delayed from July 16 by launcher issue. [April 12]
August  Long March 3B  •  Beidou
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China

A Chinese Long March rocket will launch two Beidou navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit for the Chinese government. [May 27]
September  Proton  •  EchoStar 16
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the EchoStar 16 satellite. EchoStar 16 is a direct-to-home television broadcasting satellite covering North America for EchoStar Corp. Delayed from July 20. [May 1]
Sept. 20  Delta 4  •  GPS 2F-3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will deploy the Air Force's third Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. [March 18]
Sept. 24  Falcon 9  •  Dragon C3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the third Dragon spacecraft, called Dragon C3, on the first operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Aug. 9. [May 27]
Sept. 28  Soyuz  •  Galileo IOV
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS03, will launch on its third mission from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry two Galileo in-orbit validation satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from August. [May 3]
October  GSLV  •  GSAT 14
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV), flying on the GSLV-D5 mission, will launch the GSAT 14 communications satellite. The rocket will fly in the GSLV Mk.2 configuration with an Indian-built cryogenic third stage. [May 1]
October  Atlas 5  •  OTV 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will deploy the U.S. military's X-37B, a prototype spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program's third mission. 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. [March 12]
October  Long March 3B  •  Beidou
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China

A Chinese Long March rocket will launch a Beidou navigation satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for the Chinese government. [May 27]
Oct. 15  Soyuz  •  ISS 32S
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. Delayed from Sept. 26. [Feb. 3]
October  PSLV  •  SARAL
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C20 mission, will launch the SARAL ocean altimetry satellite. SARAL is a collaboration between France and India designed to measure sea surface height from space. The rocket will also carry Canada's Sapphire space surveillance payload and NEOSSat space telescope to search for near-Earth asteroids. [May 1]
October  Antares  •  Cygnus 1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, formerly known as the Taurus 2, will launch the first Cygnus cargo freighter on a test flight to the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences is developing the Cygnus spacecraft to deliver supplies to the space station. Delayed from June and December 2011. Delayed from Feb. 23, April 28, Aug. 20, and Sept. 1. [April 21]
Nov. 1  Soyuz   •  Progress 49P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 49th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Feb. 22]
4th Quarter  Zenit 3SL  •  Eutelsat 70B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North)

A Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will deliver the Eutelsat 70B communications satellite into orbit. Eutelsat 70B, previously known as W5A, will provide government communications services, broadband access and professional video exchanges in Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. [Feb. 26]
Dec. 1  Pegasus XL  •  IRIS
Launch window: 1432:24-1437:24 GMT (9:32:24-9:37:24 a.m. EST)
Launch site: L-1011, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

The air-launched Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). IRIS will make detailed measurements of the flow of energy and plasma through the sun's atmosphere and heliosphere. [April 12]
Dec. 5  Soyuz  •  ISS 33S
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. [Feb. 8]
Dec. 15  Falcon 9  •  Dragon C4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the fourth Dragon spacecraft, called Dragon C4, on the second operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. [March 15]
December  Atlas 5  •  TDRS K
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-036) will launch the TDRS K communications and delay relay satellite for NASA. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) connects mission control with the International Space Station and other orbiting satellites. 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 June 12. [Nov. 28]
Dec. 26  Soyuz   •  Progress 50P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 50th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Feb. 22]
Late 2012  Soyuz  •  Pleiades 1B
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center in South America. The Soyuz will carry the Pleiades 1B optical high-resolution Earth observation satellite for CNES. The Soyuz 2-1a rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. [March 23]

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