September 4, 2013 - 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:
8/14: Adding time for Antares/Cygnus 1; Adding date for Proton/ASTRA 2E; Adding time for Soyuz 36S
8/15: Adding date and time for Delta 4/GPS 2F-5
8/19: GSLV/GSAT 14 scrubbed; Adding window for Falcon 9/Cassiope
8/21: Minotaur 1/ORS 3 delayed; Adding date and time for Soyuz/Gaia
8/22: Atlas 5/AEHF 3 moved up; Antares/Cygnus 1 delayed; Super Strypi/ORS 4 delayed; Adding Atlas 5/NROL-39 date; Adding Atlas 5/TDRS L time
8/23: Adding time for Delta 4/NROL-65; Adding Proton/Sirius FM6
8/27: Epsilon/SPRINT-A scrubbed; GSLV/GSAT 14 delayed; Falcon 9/Cassiope delayed
8/28: Adding Ariane 5/ASTRA 5B & Amazonas 4A
9/03: Falcon 9/Cassiope delayed
9/04: Adding time for Rockot/Gonets M; Proton/ASTRA 2E delayed; Adjusting time for Antares/Cygnus 1; Adding date for Proton/Sirius FM6; Soyuz/Galileo FOC-1 delayed

Sept. 6/7  Minotaur 5  •  LADEE
Launch window: 0327-0331 GMT on 7th (11:27-11:31 p.m. EDT on 6th)
Launch site: Pad 0B, Wallops Island, Va.

A U.S. Air Force Minotaur 5 rocket will launch the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Experiment, or LADEE, mission for NASA. LADEE will study the moon's tenuous atmosphere and dust from lunar orbit. Delayed from Aug. 12 and Sept. 5. See our Mission Status Center. [Aug. 12]
TBD  Epsilon  •  SPRINT-A
Launch window: 0445-0530 GMT (12:45-1:30 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: Uchinoura Space Center, Japan

Japan's Epsilon rocket will launch the SPRINT-A satellite with a small space telescope to observe Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, focusing on the interaction between the planets' atmospheres and the solar wind. This launch will be the first flight of Japan's small Epsilon launch vehicle. Scrubbed on Aug. 27. See our Mission Status Center. [Aug. 27]
Sept. 11  Rockot  •  Gonets M
Launch time: 2323 GMT (7:23 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

A Russian government Rockot vehicle will launch three Gonets M communications satellites. Delayed from March 20, April 23, July 25 and Sept. 10. [Sept. 4]
Sept. 14  Falcon 9  •  Cassiope
Launch window: 1600-1800 GMT (12-2 p.m. EDT; 9-11 a.m. PDT)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Cassiope satellite for the Canadian Space Agency. Cassiope carries a communications relay payload for a commercial digital broadcast courier service and an instrument to observe the Earth's ionosphere. 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 April, June 18, July 9, Sept. 5 and Sept. 10. [Sept. 3]
Sept. 16  Proton  •  ASTRA 2E
Launch time: 2141 GMT (5:41 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the ASTRA 2E satellite. ASTRA 2E will provide Ku-band and Ka-band broadcast and broadband services to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Delayed from July 19, July 20 and Sept. 15. [Sept. 4]
Sept. 17  Antares  •  Cygnus 1
Launch time: 1516 GMT (11:16 a.m. EDT)
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, Sept. 1, and October 2012. Delayed from April 5, May 3, June, Sept. 14 and Sept. 15. [Sept. 4]
Sept. 18  Atlas 5  •  AEHF 3
Launch window: 0704-0904 GMT (3:04-5:04 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-041, will launch the third 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. Delayed from Sept. 13. See our Mission Status Center. [Aug. 22]
Sept. 25  Soyuz  •  ISS 36S
Launch time: 2058 GMT (4:58 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. [Aug. 14]
Sept. 30  Soyuz  •  O3b F2
Launch time: 1831:45 GMT (2:31:45 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS06, 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 rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from August and early September. [Aug. 13]
October  Falcon 9  •  SES 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 8 communications satellite. SES 8 will provide Ku-band and Ka-band direct-to-home broadcasting and network services over the Asia-Pacific region. 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 July and August. [June 24]
October  Long March 4B  •  CBERS 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Taiyuan, China

A Chinese Long March 4B rocket will launch the CBERS 3 remote sensing satellite. CBERS 3 is the third China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for the collection of global imagery for environmental, urban planning and agricultural applications. Delayed from December 2012, January and February. [May 17]
Oct. 9  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 2012. [Sept. 4]
Oct. 17  Delta 4  •  GPS 2F-5
Launch window: 2220-2238 GMT (6:20-6:38 p.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will deploy the Air Force's fifth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. [Aug. 15]
Oct. 21  PSLV  •  Mars Orbiter Mission
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), flying on the PSLV-C25 mission, will launch the Mars Orbiter Mission, India's first probe to the red planet. The Mars orbiter, also named Mangalyaan, will study the red planet with imaging cameras and atmospheric sensors. [July 16]
October  Falcon 9  •  Thaicom 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. Thaicom 6 will provide C-band and Ku-band communications services across Southeast Asia and Africa. 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 August. [June 24]
Nov. 4  Minotaur 1  •  ORS 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0B, Wallops Island, Va.

A U.S. Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket will launch the Operationally Responsive Space 3, or ORS 3, mission. ORS 3 will test space-based rocket tracking technology and an autonomous flight termination system. The rocket will also launch the STPSat 3 satellite, a host platform for several U.S. military experiments. Delayed from June, September and Oct. 30. [Aug. 21]
Nov. 7  Soyuz  •  ISS 37S
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. 25. [April 18]
November  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, 2012, by launcher issue. Delayed from November 2012 by Breeze M investigation. Delayed from February by launcher issue. Delayed from April, May and summer timeframe. Delayed from Oct. 4. [July 22]
November  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. [June 24]
Nov. 18  Atlas 5  •  MAVEN
Launch window: 1828-2028 GMT (1:28-3:28 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-038, will launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission. The MAVEN orbiter will study the upper atmosphere of Mars and determine the role the loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. 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. [April 1]
Nov. 20  Soyuz  •  Gaia
Launch time: 0857 GMT (3:57 a.m. EST)
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 launch the Gaia mission, which will survey more than one billion stars, creating an astronomical census and map to help scientists chart the evolution of the Milky Way galaxy. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from Sept. 19. [Aug. 21]
Nov. 20  Soyuz   •  Progress 53P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 53rd Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. Delayed from Oct. 16. [April 18]
4th Quarter  H-2A   •  ALOS 2
Launch window: TBD
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. [Jan. 4]
December  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. Delayed from October, December, January, February, April, July and Aug. 6. Scrubbed on Aug. 19 by second stage fuel leak. [Aug. 27]
Dec. 5  Atlas 5  •  NROL-39
Launch window: 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 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Aug. 22]
Dec. 8  Antares  •  Cygnus 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket, formerly known as the Taurus 2, will launch the second Cygnus cargo freighter on the first operational flight to the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences is developing the Cygnus spacecraft to deliver supplies to the space station. Delayed from November. [May 24]
Dec. 13  Ariane 5  •  ASTRA 5B & Amazonas 4A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA216, to launch the ASTRA 5B and Amazonas 4A satellites. ASTRA 5B will provide Ku-band and Ka-band television broadcasting services for SES of Luxembourg, and the satellite hosts an L-band navigation payload for the European Commission's European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). Amazonas 4A will expand Ku-band broadcast television services over Latin America for Hispasat of Madrid. [Aug. 28]
December  Long March 3B  •  Chang'e 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China

A Long March 3B rocket will launch the Chang'e 3 mission, China's third lunar probe and its first robotic lander and rover. [July 16]
December  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. [Aug. 12]
Early 2014  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 rocket will use a Fregat-MT upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from April, July and October 2013. [Sept. 4]
Jan. 15  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 3
Launch time: TBD
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 and Dec. 9. [Aug. 13]
Jan. 23/24  Atlas 5  •  TDRS L
Launch time: approx. 0215 GMT on 24th (9:15 p.m. EST on 23rd)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the TDRS L communications and data 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. [Aug. 22]
Feb. 5  Soyuz   •  Progress 54P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 54th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Aug. 12]
Feb. 14  H-2A   •  GPM Core
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Global Precipitation Measurement mission Core satellite, a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The GPM Core observatory is equipped with an advanced radar and microwave imager to provide data and set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space. [Aug. 12]
Early 2014  Soyuz  •  Sentinel 1A
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 the Sentinel 1A radar observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket will use a Fregat upper stage. Arianespace will oversee the launch. Delayed from late 2013. [June 24]
February  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. [Aug. 13]
March  Atlas 5  •  DMSP F19
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 19 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 solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. [Aug. 13]
March 26  Soyuz  •  ISS 38S
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. [Aug. 12]
April  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. [Aug. 22]

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