October 21, 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:
9/23: Adding time for Proton/ASTRA 2E
10/01: Delta 4/GPS 2F-5 delayed; Adding date for Proton/Sirius FM6; Adding date and time for Falcon 9/SES 8
10/03: Adding time for Proton/Sirius FM6; Adding time for PSLV/Mars Orbiter Mission; Adding Proton/Raduga; Adding date and time for Proton/Inmarsat 5 F1; Adding date for GSLV/GSAT 14; Adding Long March 3B/Tupac Katari; Adding Proton/Express AM5; Adding Proton/Nauka
10/14: Falcon 9/SES 8 delayed; Adding date for Falcon 9/Thaicom 6; Adding timeframe for Soyuz/Sentinel 1A
10/15: Delta 4/GPS 2F-5 delayed
10/16: Minotaur 1/ORS 3 delayed
10/17: Adjusting Soyuz 37S launch time; Antares/Cygnus 2 delayed
10/18: Adding precise time for Rockot/Swarm; Adding date for Minotaur 1/ORS 3; Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 3 delayed; Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 4 delayed; Adding Delta 4/GPS 2F-6; Adding Atlas 5/GPS 2F-7
10/20: Proton/Sirius FM6 delayed; PSLV/Mars Orbiter Mission delayed; Proton/Raduga delayed; PSLV/Spot 7 delayed; Adding Falcon 9/AsiaSat 8
10/21: Proton/Sirius FM6 delayed

Oct. 25  Proton  •  Sirius FM6
Launch time: 1808 GMT (2:08 p.m. EDT)
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, Oct. 9, Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. [Oct. 21]
November  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. Delayed from Oct. 21 and Oct. 28. [Oct. 20]
Nov. 6/7  Soyuz  •  ISS 37S
Launch time: 0414 GMT on 7th (11:14 p.m. EST on 6th)
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. [Oct. 17]
Nov. 11  Proton  •  Raduga
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy a Raduga military communications satellite. Delayed from Nov. 5. [Oct. 3]
Nov. 12  Falcon 9  •  SES 8
Launch window: 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, August, October and Nov. 1. [Oct. 14]
Nov. 14  Rockot  •  Swarm
Launch time: 1202:29 GMT (7:02:29 a.m. EST)
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. [Oct. 18]
TBD  Delta 4  •  GPS 2F-5
Launch window: TBD
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. Delayed from Oct. 17 and Oct. 23. [Oct. 15]
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. 19  Minotaur 1  •  ORS 3
Launch window: 2330-0230 GMT (6:30-9:30 p.m. EST)
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, and 28 CubeSats. Delayed from June, September, Oct. 30 and Nov. 4. [Oct. 18]
Nov. 20  Soyuz  •  Gaia
Launch time: 0857 GMT (3:57 a.m. EST)
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 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. 21  Dnepr  •  Multi-payload
Launch time: 0711:29 GMT (2:11:29 a.m. EST)
Launch site: Dombarovsky, Russia

An ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket will launch the DubaiSat 2 Earth observation satellite for the United Arab Emirates, the STSAT 3 remote sensing and astronomy satellite for South Korea, the SkySat 1 Earth observation satellite for Skybox Imaging of California, and several more payloads. [Sept. 10]
Nov. 25  Soyuz   •  Progress 53P
Launch time: 2052 GMT (3:52 p.m. EST)
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. [Sept. 22]
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]
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  Proton  •  Inmarsat 5 F1
Launch time: 1212 GMT (7:12 a.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An International Launch Services Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Inmarsat 5 F1 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 12  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 and October. [Oct. 14]
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]
Dec. 15  Antares  •  Cygnus 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket will launch the second Cygnus cargo freighter on the first operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The Antares rocket will fly an upgraded Castor 30B second stage motor for the first time. Delayed from November and Dec. 8. [Oct. 17]
Dec. 15  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. [Oct. 3]
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]
Dec. 20  Long March 3B  •  Tupac Katari
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Xichang, China

A Chinese Long March 3B/E rocket will launch the Tupac Katari communications satellite for the government of Bolivia. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 26  Proton  •  Express AM5
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will deploy the Express AM5 civil communications satellite for the Russian Satellite Communications Co. [Oct. 3]
Dec. 27  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, February and October. [Sept. 22]
1st Quarter  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. Delayed from December. [Oct. 20]
Jan. 23/24  Atlas 5  •  TDRS L
Launch window: 0211-0251 GMT on 24th (9:11-9:51 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. [Sept. 19]
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]
1st Quarter  Soyuz  •  O3b F2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ELS, Sinnamary, French Guiana

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS07, 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, early September and Sept. 30. [Aug. 13]
Feb. 11  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, Dec. 9 and Jan. 15. [Oct. 18]
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]
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]
TBD  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 and November. [Sept. 12]
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  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. [Oct. 14]
April 9  Soyuz   •  Progress 55P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 55th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Sept. 12]
April  Proton  •  Nauka
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Proton rocket will launch the Nauka module for the International Space Station. Nauka, which means science in Russian, is also known as the Multipurpose Laboratory Module. Nauka will expand Russian research capabilities aboard the space station. The European Robotic Arm will launch with the Nauka module. [Oct. 3]
April  Falcon 9  •  AsiaSat 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the AsiaSat 8 communications satellite. AsiaSat 8 will support direct broadcasting, private networks and broadband connectivity for customers in China, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. [Oct. 20]
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]
April  Vega  •  DZZ-HR
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana

A European Vega rocket, designated VV03, will launch with the DZZ-HR Earth observation satellite for Astrium and the Republic of Kazakhstan. DZZ-HR will provide high-resolution images to Kazakh authorities for homeland surveillance, resource management and environmental monitoring. [Sept. 12]
April 29  Falcon 9  •  SpaceX CRS 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the sixth Dragon spacecraft on the fourth 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. [Oct. 18]
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]
May  Delta 4  •  GPS 2F-6
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will deploy the Air Force's sixth Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. [Oct. 18]
May 8  Antares  •  Cygnus 3
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia

The Orbital Sciences Antares rocket will launch the third Cygnus cargo freighter on the second operational flight to the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences is developing the Cygnus spacecraft to deliver supplies to the space station. [Sept. 12]
May 28  Soyuz  •  ISS 39S
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. [Sept. 12]
June  Ariane 5  •  ATV 5
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ES rocket to launch the European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle, named Georges Lemaitre. The ATV is a cargo-carrying spacecraft to deliver supplies and equipment to the orbiting International Space Station. [Sept. 12]
Mid-2014  Atlas 5  •  WorldView 3
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the WorldView 3 Earth observation satellite for DigitalGlobe. 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. [Sept. 12]
July 1  Delta 2  •  OCO 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 satellite for NASA. OCO 2 will make precise, time-dependent global measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide from space. The rocket will fly in the 7320 configuration with three solid rocket boosters and no third stage. [Sept. 12]
July  Atlas 5  •  GPS 2F-7
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Air Force's seventh Block 2F navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. 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. [Oct. 18]

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