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2019 Nov 22
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This page looks forward three months at launches plus on-orbit, re-entry and landing events of satellites and spacecraft.

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ISS EVA
Quest Airlock, US Segment, ISS
2019 Nov 22, 12:05 UTC
Second in a set of four spacewalks to repair the ISS Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) experiment mounted on the outside of the station. The job is particularly complex because the instrument was not designed to be repaired. Participants - Luca Parmitano (ESA) and Andrew Morgan (NASA), expected duration. 6.5 hrs. Background notes: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/ams-spacewalks-attempt-to-revive-scientific-experiment NASA TV coverage from 10:30 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv ESA TV coverage from 11:50 UTC: http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/ESA_Web_TV


TIBA 1 & Inmarsat 5 F5 (GX-5) Launch
Ariane 5ECA (VA-250), CSG, French Guiana
2019 Nov 22, 21:08 UTC
Launch of a pair of comsats. Time is the opening of a window that runs for 95 minutes. Daily launch opportunities run through to Dec 2 at similar times. Launch press kit: https://www.arianespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/DDP-VA250-GB-final.pdf TIBA 1 Egyptian government and military communications satellite. 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. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/geo-age.php


Beidou-3 M-21 & Beidou-3 M-22 Launch
CZ 3B + YZ-1, Xichang SC, China
2019 Nov 23, 00:45 UTC
(Approximate time)
Pair of Beidou-3, phase 2 operational, navigation satellites for MEO (2200 km, 55° inclination). Index numbers unconfirmed, may be M-19 & M-20.


Multiple Satellite Launch
Electron, Rocket Lab LC-1, Wairoa, New Zealand
2019 Nov 25, 07:56 UTC
Commercial mission to launch a cluster of small satellites. Time is the opening of a window that runs to 09:22 UTC. The potential launch period runs until Dec 11 with similar window times each day. Orbit may seems to be aimed for 350-400 km altitude. The requirement for the NOOR satellites is polar, Sun-synchronous. The Electron first stage will make a guided re-entry as a prelude to a later ability to recover stages for re-use. Six payloads manifested through mission provider Alba Orbital: ATL-1 A payload from Advanced Technology of Laser (ATL) from Hungary designed to test a new thermal isolation material in space, conduct a thermal insulator material experiment, and DVB-T band spectrum monitoring. Fossasat-1 FossaSat 1 is a picosatellite developed by Spanish non-profit organization Fossa Systems. The spacecraft, which fits in the palm of a hand, is a communications satellite that uses low power RF to provide IOT connectivity. NOOR 1A & NOOR 1B These satellites from Stara Space will demonstrate LEO-to-LEO intersatellite link technology communicating with ground stations on Earth; crucial technologies required to create a real-time global communications constellation in space. SMOG-P A novel spectrum monitoring payload built by students at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. Smog-P features a spectrum analyzer to measure man-made electromagnetic pollution from space. TRSI Sat ACME AtronOmatic is a US-Germany based software application development company that provides flight tracking services to the aviation community and to mobile applications such as MyRadar, a weather radar application for mobile devices. One payload from mission provider Spaceflight: ALE-2 Tokyo-based ALE Co., Ltd 's ALE-2 satellite aims to create 400 artificial meteors in a selection of colours (white, green, pink and orange) partly as performance art. The satellite includes multiple redundant attitude sensors and controllers, as well as a propulsion system for maneuvers. Live stream video of launch: https://www.rocketlabusa.com/live-stream


Military Satellite Launch
Soyuz-2 1V, Plesetsk SC, Russia
2019 Nov 25, 17:40 UTC
(Approximate time)
Military mission. Possible multiple payloads. Number(s) in the Cosmos series will be allocated after launch. The first stage drop zone indicates that the orbit will be polar, sun-synchronous. The Soyuz second stage will follow a sub-orbital trajectory and is expected to re-enter over the western Pacific Ocean. Any unburnt fragments will hit the ocean surface between New Zealand and South America slightly more than an hour after lift-off. NOTAMs indicate that the launch window could be quite long. Reserve date is Nov 26 at similar time.


Cartosat 3 Launch
PSLV XL C-47, Satish Dhawan SC, Sriharikota, India
2019 Nov 27, 03:58 UTC
Multi-satellite launch aimed at 509 km Sun-synchronous orbit with LTDN 09:30. https://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c47-cartosat-3-mission/launch-kit-glance Delayed from Nov 10 and Nov 25. Reserve dates Nov 28 and Nov 29 with the same launch time. Cartosat 3 Principal satellite on the launch. First of India's third generation imaging cartographic and remote sensing satellites. https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/130819/isro-gearing-up-to-launch-cartosat-3.html Flock 4P Cluster of twelve Planet Labs SuperDove imaging 3U Cubesats. https://www.planet.com/pulse/12-superdove-satellites-hitching-a-ride-to-orbit-on-pslv/ Meshbed 3U Cubesat from Analytical Space Inc aimed at testing its FUSE experimental phased array communication antenna. https://fcc.report/ELS/Analytical-Space/1560-EX-ST-2019/236389.pdf Satellites in sun-synchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/ss-Age.php


Progress MS-12 Departure
ISS on orbit
2019 Nov 29, 10:23 UTC
Undocking from Pirs module. Followed later by destructive re-entry above southern Pacific Ocean.


LauncherOne Test Flight
Boeing 747 + LauncherOne, Mojave Air and Space Port, USA
No earlier than
2019 Dec 1
First orbital launch 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. Date will probably slip.


Progress MS-13 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Baikonur SC
2019 Dec 1, 11:29 UTC
Supplies to ISS. Aimed to arrive Dec 3. 2019 Oct 23 - announced as brought forward from Dec 6 to accommodate the SpaceX Dragon mission expected to launch Dec 4. Roscosmos TV coverage: http://www.tvroscosmos.ru NASA TV coverage from 11:00 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


ISS EVA
Quest Airlock, US Segment, ISS
2019 Dec 2, 12:05 UTC
Third in a set of four spacewalks to repair the ISS Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) experiment mounted on the outside of the station. The job is particularly complex because the instrument was not designed to be repaired. Participants - Luca Parmitano (ESA) and Andrew Morgan (NASA), expected duration. 6.5 hrs. Background notes: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/ams-spacewalks-attempt-to-revive-scientific-experiment NASA TV coverage from 10:30 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv ESA TV coverage from 11:50 UTC: http://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/ESA_Web_TV


Progress MS-13 Arrival
ISS Russian segment, on orbit
2019 Dec 3, 13:41 UTC
Automatic docking with Pirs module. ISS crew will stand by with TORU remote control system in case of problems. NASA TV coverage from 13:00 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


Risat 2B(R2?) Launch
PSLV C-48 (CA version?), Satish Dharwan SC, Sriharikota, India
Approximate date
2019 Dec 4
Multiple satellite launch aimed at Sun-synchronous orbit. RISat (Radar imaging Satellite) 2B Principal satellite on the launch. Indian remote sensing satellite equipped with an imaging radar. Isanagi Japanese radar carrying earth observation satellite from the qPS institute. Lemur Four 3U Cubesats for earth observation and weather monitoring. Satellites in sun-synchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/ss-Age.php


SpaceX Dragon CRS-19
Falcon 9, Kennedy SC
2019 Dec 4, 17:51 UTC
Supplies to ISS, and cargo return. NASA TV coverage from 17:30 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


SpaceX Dragon CRS-19 Arrival
ISS, on orbit
2019 Dec 7, 10:55 UTC
(Approximate time)
Capture using RMS under control of ISS crew. NASA TV coverage from 09:30 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


SpaceX Dragon CRS-19 Arrival
ISS, on orbit
2019 Dec 7, 12:30 UTC
(Approximate time)
Docking with Harmony module using RMS under ground control. NASA TV coverage from 12:15 UTC: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


GLONASS-M Launch
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat, Plesetsk SC
2019 Dec 10
Navigation satellite to act as a spare or fill a gap in the constellation. Will receive numbers in the Cosmos series once in orbit.


Crew Dragon Abort Test
Falcon 9, CCAFS
No earlier than
2019 Dec 14
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.


RISat 1A Launch
PSLV C-49, Satish Dharwan SC, Sriharikota, India
Approximate date
2019 Dec 15
Multi satellite launch aimed at 555 km orbit at 37° inclination. Manifest to be confirmed. RISat 1B Principal satellite on the launch. Indian satellite equipped with an Earth imaging radar as a follow-on to RISat 1 (38248/2012-017A). Kleos Three satellites in Kleos Space "Kleos Scouting Mission", a technology demonstrator for the company's proposed maritime surveillance service. Originally due to be carried by Rocket Labs Electron but moved because of scheduling problems. Lemur Four 3U Cubesats for earth observation and weather monitoring.


JCSat 18 Launch
Falcon 9 Block 5, CCAFS
No earlier than
2019 Dec 16, 00:10 UTC
Japanese comsat serving east Asia. Part of the payload is branded as Kacific 1 and leased/operated by a private company. https://www.jsat.net/en/contour/jcsat-18.html Expected location - 150° east. Launch time shown is the opening of a 98 minute launch window. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/geo-age.php


CBERS 4A launch
CZ 4B, Taiyuan SC, China
2019 Dec 17, 03:21 UTC
China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite for Earth imaging and remote sensing. Brazilian built using Chinese satellite bus. Ained at Sun-synchronous orbit. Local Time at the Descending Node (LTDN) will be 10:30. Chinese satellites in Sun-synchronous orbit: http://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/ss-PRC-LTDN.php


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. https://sci.esa.int/web/cheops CSG-1 (COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation) Italian second generation, follow-on, Earth imaging satellite equipped with synthetic aperture radar. https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/c-missions/cosmo-skymed-second-generation 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. https://www.arianespace.com/press-release/arianespace-to-launch-angels-the-french-industrys-first-nanosatellite-in-2019/ 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. https://nano-ssa.sciencesconf.org/file/157769 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. http://www.boeing.com/space/starliner/index.page. Crew will be commander - Chris Ferguson (SpaceX) and passengers - Nicole Mann & Mike Fincke (both NASA).


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. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/geo-age.php


Boeing CST-100 Starliner Departure
ISS on orbit
2019 Dec 24
Followed by retro-fire and re-entry. Landing will by parachute in New Mexico.


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. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/geo-age.php


Gonets M 14, 15 and 16 Launch
Rokot + Briz-KM, Plesetsk, Russia
No earlier than
2019 Dec 25
Three Gonets-M store/dump communications relay satellites for the Gonets constellation. The launch vehicle may also carry a pair of BLITS-M (Ball Lens In The Space) satellites. They are spherical, made of glass, 22cm cm in diameter and act as laser retro reflectors. They will be used to make high precision geodetic measurements. Background info: http://www.zarya.info/Tracking/StrelaGonets/StrelaGonets.php Gonets system website: https://www.gonets.ru/rus/ Final use of Rockot to launch an orbital space mission.


Bars-М 3 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Plesetsk SC
No earlier than
2020 Jan 1
Military imaging and cartography satellite. Will receive a number in the Cosmos series once it reaches orbit.


SS Alan Bean (Cygnus NG-12) Departure
ISS, on orbit
Approximate date
2020 Jan 3
Undocking using ISS RMS under control of ground-based engineers, followed by release into independent orbit where it will remain for, possibly, a number of weeks before it executes a destructive re-entry. Cygnus carries a number of Cubesats that will be released during that time.


OneWeb Launch
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat, Baikonur SC, Russia
No earlier than
2020 Jan 15
Cluster of 30-35 satellites for the OneWeb constellation of broadband distribution satellites. The precise quantity will be advised nearer the date. https://oneweb.world/technology Aimed at 1200km orbit at 88° inclination.


Eutelsat Konnect and GSat 30 Launch
Ariane 5ECA (VA-251?), 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. Satellites in geosynchronous orbit: https://www.zarya.info/Diaries/Launches/GeoSS/geo-age.php


ISS EVA
Pirs Module, Russian Segment, ISS
Approximate date
2020 Feb 1
Participants Oleg Skripochka and Aleksandr Skvortsov.


SAOCOM 1B (SAtélite Argentino de Observación COn Microondas) Launch
Falcon 9, VAFB, USA
No earlier than
2020 Feb 1


Soyuz MS-13 Return to Earth
ISS
2020 Feb 6
Carrying Aleksandr Skortsov, Luca Parmitano and Christina Koch. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


Solar Orbiter Launch
Atlas V 441, CCAFS, USA
2020 Feb 6, 04:15 UTC
Joint ESA/NASA Solar probe to be placed into an elliptical heliocentric orbit with perihelion 42 million km and 168 days orbital period. The orbit will be resonant with that of Venus. Arrival will be early 2021 after using gravity assist from Venus. It will then use the gravity of Venus to raise the inclination to 25° relative to the ecliptic plane. The orbit has been chosen to allow about four weeks "dwell" time above a fixed location on the Sun each time the vehicle passes through perihelion. Mission notes https://sci.esa.int/web/solar-orbiter/home


Cygnus NG-13 Launch
Antares, Wallops Island
2020 Feb 7
Supplies to ISS.


OneWeb Launch
Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat, Baikonur SC, Russia
No earlier than
2020 Feb 15
Cluster of 30-35 satellites for the OneWeb constellation of broadband distribution satellites. The precise quantity will be advised nearer the date. https://oneweb.world/technology Aimed at 1200km orbit at 88° inclination.



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