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Launches and Orbital Operations

Tyneside, UK
2019 Oct 22
Tuesday, Day 295

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Go For Launch!

This page looks forward at launches plus on-orbit, re-entry and landing events of satellites and spacecraft. It carries three months of dates.

To see further into the future, go to's Still In the Clean Room... page.

If there's something you might have missed, there is the Cleared the Tower! page that lists events of the last four weeks or so.

Dates and times are in UTC and are derived from a mix of open sources and private contacts within the industry. Notes are prepared through a combination of research and information released by satellite owners, operators and manufacturers, space agencies and launch service providers.

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Cartosat 3A Launch
PSLV XL, Satish Dhawan SC, Sriharikota, India
2019 Oct 29, 04:55 UTC
(Approximate time)
First of India's third generation imaging cartographic and remote sensing satellites. The launch vehicle will also carry several smaller satellites. Date and Time to be confirmed.

Kounotori 8 Departure
2019 Nov 1, 17:20 UTC
Time shown is for release from ISS RMS. NASA TV coverage from 17:00 UTC:

Cygnus NG-12 Launch
Antares, Wallops Island
2019 Nov 2, 13:59 UTC
Supplies to ISS. Delayed from Oct 21 to avoid schedule conflict with spacewalks and departure of Kounotori 8 from ISS. NASA TV coverage from 13:30 UTC:

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Abort Test
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA
2019 Nov 4
Test to demonstrate ability to carry astronauts away from the scene of a launch pad emergency or during the ascent to orbit.

Cygnus NG-12 Arrival
2019 Nov 4, 09:15 UTC
Followed by capture using ISS RMS at 10:45 UTC. Nasa TV coverage from 08:45 UTC:

Cygnus NG-12 Docking
2019 Nov 4, 12:30 UTC
(Approximate time)
Attachment to Harmony Node using RMS. NASA TV coverage from 12:15 UTC:

Risat 2B(R2?) Launch
PSLV (CA version?), Satish Dharwan SC, Sriharikota, India
Approximate date
2019 Nov 7
Radar-carrying, remote-sensing satellite.

LauncherOne Test Flight
Boeing 747 + LauncherOne, Mojave Air and Space Port, USA
No earlier than
2019 Nov 15
Inaugural Mission of Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket. Will be released from Virgin's Boeing 747 'Cosmic Girl' above the Pacific Ocean off the Los Angeles. region of California. Payload is currently unknown.

JCSat 18 Launch
Falcon 9 Block 5, CCAFS
2019 Nov 15
Comsat serving east Asia. Part of the payload is branded as Kacific 1 and leased/operated by a private company. Expected location - 150° east.

Starlink Launch
Falcon 9, CCAFS
2019 Nov 15
Cluster of 60 broadband communications satellites for SpaceX.

Crew Dragon Abort Test
Falcon 9, CCAFS
No earlier than
2019 Nov 17
Full test of Dragon abort system. Launch of Falcon 9 will be followed by firing of Dragon escape rockets to simulate departure from a failed launch vehicle. Escape rocket firing will occur at Max-Q, 1-2 mins after lift off.

Inmarsat 5 F5 & TIBA-1 Launch
Ariane 5ECA (VA-250), CSG, French Guiana
2019 Nov 22, 22:30 UTC
(Approximate time)
Launch of a pair of comsats. Inmarsat 5 F5 High capacity comsat proving services to the Middle East, Europe and the Indian sub-continent. Fifth satellite in Intelsat's Global Express constellation. TIBA 1 Egyptian military communications satellite.

Gonets 24, 25 and 26 Launch
Rokot + Briz-KM, Plesetsk, Russia
No earlier than
2019 Nov 29
Three store/dump communications relay satellites for the Gonets constellation. Background info: A one month delay is a possibility. It seems to related to the launch vehicle rather than the satellites.

Test Launch
Angara-A5 + URM-1 upper stage, Plesetsk
No earlier than
2019 Dec 1
Second test mission of new heavy lift rocket. Payload details awaited. Date will almost certainly slip.

Beidou-3 (two satellites) Launch
CZ 3B + Y-1, Xichang SC, China
No earlier than
2019 Dec 1
Pair of navigation satellites for MEO.

Risat 2B(R2?) Launch
PSLV (CA version?), Satish Dharwan SC, Sriharikota, India
Approximate date
2019 Dec 1
Radar-carrying, remote-sensing satellite.

Bars-М 3 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Plesetsk SC
No earlier than
2019 Dec 1
Military imaging and cartography satellite. Will receive a number in the Cosmos series once it reaches orbit.

Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat, Plesetsk SC
No earlier than
2019 Dec 2
Navigation satellite to act as a spare or fill a gap in the constellation. Will receive a number in the Cosmos series once in orbit.

SpaceX Dragon CRS-19
Falcon 9, Kennedy SC
No earlier than
2019 Dec 4, 17:32 UTC
(Approximate time)
Supplies to ISS, and cargo return

Progress MS-13 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Baikonur SC
No earlier than
2019 Dec 6, 09:30 UTC
(Approximate time)
Supplies to ISS

CBERS 4A launch
CZ 4B, Taiyuan SC, China
Approximate date
2019 Dec 15, 03:25 UTC
(Approximate time)
China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for Earth imaging and remote sensing. Brazilian built using Chinese satellite bus.

CHEOPS, CSG-1 , ANGELS & Eyesat Launch
Soyuz-ST B + Fregat-MT (VS-23), CSG, French Guiana
2019 Dec 17, 08:54 UTC
CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets) ESA mission to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultra-high precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. CSG-1 (COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation) Italian second generation, follow-on, Earth imaging satellite equipped with synthetic aperture radar. ANGELS (Argos Neo on a Generic Economical and Light Satellite) Satellite fitted with a miniaturized ARGOS Néo instrument, ten times smaller than previous versions. It collects and determines the position of low-power signals and messages from ground-based ARGOS beacons. Eyesat 3U Cubesat from France's CNES, equipped with a small telescope designed to study the zodiacal light and to produce images of the Milky Way. Precise launch time aimed for: 08:54:20 UTC.

Boeing CST-100 Starliner Launch
Atlas V, CCAFS
Approximate date
2019 Dec 17, 12:25 UTC
(Approximate time)
Orbital Flight Test - first test mission for new vehicle to be used for carrying crew to/from ISS. On this flight, no crew will be aboard.

Shijian 20 Launch
CZ 5, Wenchang SC, China
No earlier than
2019 Dec 20
Large communications satellite. Launch will repeat the attempted mission from 2017 where the Shijian 18 satellite was lost when the first flight of the CZ 5 launch vehicle failed.

Elektro L-3 Launch
Proton-M + DM-3, Baikonur, Russia
2019 Dec 24, 15:00 UTC
(Approximate time)
Second generation Russian geosynchronous metsat. It provides a multispectral image of the complete visible hemisphere every 30 minutes with the interval increased to 15 minutes to cope with emergencies. The satellite also carries a COSPAS-SARSAT search and rescue system receiver. Location 14°.5 west or 166° east.

Eutelsat Konnect and GSat 30 Launch
Ariane 5ECA (VA-250?), CSG, French Guiana
Approximate date
2020 Jan 15
Two comsats for geosynchronous orbit: Eutelsat Konnect High-capacity broadband satellite to deliver services across Europe and Africa, supporting community networks connected to Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile phone backhauling and rural connectivity. GSat 30 High capacity comsat owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation. Will replace Insat 4A. Expected location 83° east.

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