Upcoming Launches

Time of Launch:
Tuesday, Aug 11 2020 10:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Electron | Return To Flight (Payload unknown)

Company Name:
Rocket Lab Ltd
Launchpad:
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A
Time of Launch:
Friday, Aug 14 2020 4:33 PM CT
Launch Name:
Ariane 5 ECA+ | Galaxy 30, MEV-2 & BSAT-4B

Launchpad:
Ariane Launch Area 3, Kourou
Mission Description:
Galaxy-30 is a geostationary communications satellite for Intelsat. Satellite is built by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) and is planned to provide video distribution and broadcast services to customers in North America. Galaxy 30 satellite is launched in tandem with MEV-2 vehicle. MEV-2, which stands for Mission Extension Vehicle-2, is the second servicing mission by NGIS. MEV-2 will rendezvous and dock with the Intelsat 1002 satellite in early 2021. Then, MEV-2 will use its own thrusters and fuel supply to control the satellite’s orbit, thereby extending its useful lifetime. Another passenger of the flight is the BSAT-4b satellite for the Japanese operator BSAT. BSAT-4b will serve as a back-up for BSAT-4a satellite, launched in 2017. BSAT-4b will provide Direct-to-Home television services and is expected to operate for at least 15 years.
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 16 2020 8:51 PM CT
Launch Name:
Vega | SSMS POC

Launchpad:
Ariane Launch Area 1, Kourou
Mission Description:
The Vega POC (Proof Of Concept) flight will be the first mission of the SSMS (Small Spacecraft Mission Service), a modular carbon fiber dispenser, a program initiated by ESA in 2016, with the contribution of the European Commission. For all the European partners involved, its purpose is to address the burgeoning institutional and commercial small spacecraft market with a new rideshare concept. Payload includes dozens of satellites: Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier, ESAIL, NEMO-HD, GHGSat C1, six Flock-v cubesats, several Lemur-2 cubesats, twelve SpaceBEE nanosats, FSSCat A & B, RTAF-Sat, DIDO 3, IGOSat, PICASSO, PINO, PIXL, QARMAN, SIMBA, TRISAT, Casaa-Sat, TTÜ100, and more.
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Time of Launch:
Wednesday, Aug 26 2020 12:50 AM CT
Launch Name:
Delta IV Heavy | NROL-44

Launchpad:
Space Launch Complex 37B, Cape Canaveral, FL
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 30 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sirius SXM-7

Company Name:
SpaceX
Launchpad:
Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL
Mission Description:
SXM-7 is a large high power broadcasting satellite for SiriusXM's digital audio radio service (DARS). Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) got in July 2016 the contract to build the two satellites based on their SSL-1300 bus - SXM-7 and SXM-8. Both operate in the S-band spectrum. Each satellite will generate more than 20-kW of power and will have a large unfurlable antenna reflector, which enables broadcast to radios without the need for large dish-type antennas on the ground. SXM-7 is meant to replace the XM-3 satellite.
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 30 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Falcon 9 Block 5 | SAOCOM 1B

Company Name:
SpaceX
Launchpad:
Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL
Mission Description:
The SAOCOM 1B spacecraft is the second of the two SAOCOM constellation satellites. It is tasked with hydrology and land observaion, and will also operate jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management.
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 30 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat | Glonass-K1

Launchpad:
43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 30 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Soyuz 2.1a | Bars-M No. 3

Launchpad:
43/4 (43R), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
Mission Description:
Bars-M is the second incarnation of the Bars project, which was started in the mid 1990ies to develop a successor for the Komtea class of area surveillance satellites. The original Bars project was halted in the early 2000s. In 2007, TsSKB-Progress was contracted for Bars-M, for which reportedly the Yantar-based service module was replaced by a new developed advanced service module. The Bars-M satellites feature an electro-optical camera system called Karat, which is developed and built by the Leningrad Optical Mechanical Association (LOMO), and a dual laser altimeter instrument to deliver topographic imagery, stereo images, altimeter data and high-resolution images with a ground resolution around 1 meter.
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 30 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Electron | STP-27RM

Company Name:
Rocket Lab Ltd
Launchpad:
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 2, Wallops Island, Virginia
Mission Description:
A U.S. Air Force experimental spacecraft.
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Aug 30 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Astra Rocket 3.1 | Maiden Flight

Company Name:
Astra Space
Launchpad:
Launch Pad B, Kodiak
Mission Description:
This is the first orbital attempt of Astra Space small satellite launch vehicle. Rocket carries no payload for this flight.
Time of Launch:
Monday, Aug 31 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Atlas V 531 | NROL-101

Launchpad:
Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL
Mission Description:
Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.
Time of Launch:
Monday, Aug 31 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Vega-C | LARES-2 (Maiden flight)

Launchpad:
Ariane Launch Area 1, Kourou
Time of Launch:
Sunday, Sep 06 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Antares 230+ | Cygnus CRS-2 NG-14

Company Name:
Orbital ATK
Launchpad:
Launch Area 0 A, Wallops Island, Virginia
Time of Launch:
Monday, Sep 28 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | Gonets-M27, Gonets-M28, Gonets-M29

Launchpad:
43/3 (43L), Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
Time of Launch:
Tuesday, Sep 29 2020 7:00 PM CT
Launch Name:
Falcon 9 Block 5 | GPS III SV04

Company Name:
SpaceX
Launchpad:
Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral, FL
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