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2019 Oct 22
Tuesday, Day 295

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Still In the Clean Room...

This page looks forward at launches, on-orbit, re-entry and landing events of satellites and spacecraft. It begins at the the three month point where dates start become distinctly vague and information is equally unreliable.

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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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 ---> Kazakhstan
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.


Crew Dragon mission 2
Falcon 9, Kennedy SC
Approximate date
2020 Mar 1
First SpaceX mission to carry a crew. Planned to carry NASA passengers to ISS. Actual date will be driven by the result of a Falcon 9/Dragon abort test during final six weeks of 2019.


AEHF 6 Launch
Atlas V 551, CCAFS, USA
No earlier than
2020 Mar 1
Advanced Extremely High Frequency military communications satellite. Notes https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/advanced-extremely-high-frequency-aehf/


SpaceX Dragon CRS-20
Falcon 9, Kennedy SC
Approximate date
2020 Mar 15
Supplies to ISS, plus cargo return.


Kepler Launch
Soyuz-2, Plesetsk, Russia
No earlier than
2020 Apr 1
Pair of LEO comsats for Kepler Communications/Innovative Space Logistics. As of 2010 October, date given as 2nd or third quarter 2020.


Galaxy 30 and MEV-2 Launch
Ariane 5ECA, CSLG, French Guiana
No earlier than
2020 Apr 1
Comsat for Intelsat to be located at 125° west. https://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/CommunicationsSatellites/Documents/Galaxy30.pdf Second Northrop Grumman Mission Extension vehicle. Detailed mission awaited. https://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/SpaceLogistics/Documents/MEV_Factsheet.pdf


Soyuz MS-15 Return to Earth
ISS ---> Kazakhstan
Approximate date
2020 Apr 1
Carrying Oleg Skripotchka, Jessica Meir and Drew Morgan. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


Soyuz MS-16 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Baikonur SC
2020 Apr 15
Carrying Nikolai Tikhonov & Andrei Babkin (Roscosmos) and Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA) to ISS. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


Gonets-M Launch
Soyuz-2 1B, Plesetsk SC, Russia
No earlier than
2020 Jun 1
Cluster of three Gonets-M store/forward communications satellites for LEO. Gonets notes: http://www.zarya.info/Tracking/StrelaGonets/StrelaGonets.php


Amazonia 1 Launch
PSLV, Satish Dhawan SC, India
No earlier than
2020 Jun 1
Indigenous Brazilian imaging and remote sensing satellite for civil use.


Comsat + Space Drone 1 & 2 Launch
Proton-M + Briz-M, Baikonur
Approximate date
2020 Jun 30
Primary satellite for the launch not yet announced. Launch is dependent on a contract for launch being concluded. Pair of 400-kilogram spacecraft (1m x 1m x 1.25m) will fly as the secondary payload on the launch. Each is equipped with a universal capture system to allow docking with a host satellite in geosynchronous orbit. The spacecraft will use electric propulsion to take over the station-keeping and attitude-control maneuvers of the joint stack. https://indico.esa.int/event/234/contributions/3749/attachments/3072/3776/2018_CSID_LinnBarnett_Spacedrone.pdf Potential missions for the Space Drone vehicles include station-keeping, relocation, deorbiting, orbit correction, inclination correction and ‘bringing into use’ (BIU). Target satellites for the pair are not yet known. Launch date subject to considerable refinement.


Soyuz MS-16 Return to Earth
ISS ---> Kazakhstan
No earlier than
2020 Oct 1
Carrying Nikolai Tikhonov, Andrei Babkin and Akihiko Hoshide. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv



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