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2019 Nov 22
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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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Angara Test Launch
Angara-A5 + URM-1 upper stage, Plesetsk
No earlier than
2020 Mar 1
Second test mission of new heavy lift rocket. Payload details awaited. Date is very uncertain.


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. To be flown by SpaceX astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. Actual date will be driven by the result of a Crew Dragon abort test late 2019 - early 2020.


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


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.


OTV-6 Launch
Atlas V 501 (AFSPC-7), Cape Canaveral AFS, USA
No earlier than
2020 Apr 1
Sixth mission for X-37B space plane, probably using flight vehicle #1. Payload is classified.


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


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


Progress MS-14 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Baikonur SC
No earlier than
2020 Apr 1


Soyuz MS-16 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Baikonur SC
Approximate date
2020 Apr 15
Carrying Nikolai Tikhonov & Andrei Babkin (Roscosmos) and Chris Cassidy (NASA) to ISS. Third seat was originally allocated to Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA) but NASA planning pushed him off the flight. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


Kounotori 9 (HTV 9) Launch
H-IIB, Tanegashima SC
No earlier than
2020 May 1
Supplies to ISS.


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
Launch is not firm. Primary satellite for the launch not yet announced. Launch is dependent on a contract being concluded for sale of the launch slot. Space Drone 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.


China - Mars Mission Launch
CZ 5, Xichang SC, China
No earlier than
2020 Jul 15
Two part spacecraft - orbiter and lander.


ExoMars 2020 Launch
Proton-M + (Briz-M)?, Baikonur SC, Russia
No earlier than
2020 Jul 15
Note - not confirmed whether mission will be ready to depart in the 2020 launch window. Joint ESA and Roscosmos Mars exploration mission. Russian lander/surface station will carry joint Roscosmos/ESA surface rover. https://exploration.esa.int/web/mars/-/48088-mission-overview


Mars 2020 Launch
Atlas V 541, Cape Canaveral AFS, USA
No earlier than
2020 Jul 17, 13:00 UTC
NASA Mars rover to seek signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, and search for evidence of past microbial life. Time is the opening of a daily window of 100 minutes. Project website: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ Opening date of 2020 launch window to Mars that extends to Aug 5.


Soyuz MS-16 Return to Earth
ISS ==> Kazakhstan
Approximate date
2020 Oct 1
Carrying Nikolai Tikhonov, Andrei Babkin and a NASA astronaut. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


Soyuz MS-17 Launch
Soyuz-2 1A, Baikonur SC
Approximate date
2020 Oct 14
Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner (Roscosmos) and Stephen Bowen (NASA) to ISS. NASA TV coverage: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv


China - Mars Mission Arrival
Mars
No earlier than
2021 Feb 15
Two part spacecraft. One vehicle into orbit and one to land on the. surface.


ExoMars 2020 Arrival
Mars
No earlier than
2021 Feb 15
Two part spacecraft in joint ESA and Roscosmos mission. Russian lander/surface station carrying joint Roscosmos/ESA rover. https://exploration.esa.int/web/mars/-/48088-mission-overview https://exploration.esa.int/web/mars/-/53845-landing-site


Mars 2020 Arrival
Mars
2021 Feb 18
Landing from direct approach to Jezero Crater. https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/timeline/entry-descent-landing/



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