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Launches and Orbital Operations

Tyneside, UK
2019 Oct 17
Thursday, Day 290

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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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Palisade Demonstrator Launch
Electron, Rocket Lab LC-1, Wairoa, New Zealand
2019 Oct 17, 01:22 UTC
Imaging satellite owned by Aquila Systems, built to test systems for its upcoming Palisade satellites. Based on shape of non-standard 16U (4x4) Cubesat as used for Aquila's Corvus satellites. Released from Electron kick stage at 02:33 UTC. Launch delayed from Oct 14 due to thunderstorms in the launch area. Launch was within a time window that closed at 03:00 UTC. Launch Press Kit: Orbit notes:

Quest Airlock, US Segment, ISS
2019 Oct 18, 11:50 UTC
An item installed during the Oct 11 EVA failed to activate. This EVA is to investigate and rectify the problem. Participants - Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, expected duration 6.5 hrs. Three planned spacewalks to continue the installation work are cancelled. NASA TV coverage from 10:30 UTC

Cartosat 3A Launch
PSLV, 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.

Pirs Airlock, Russian Segment, ISS
2019 Oct 31
Event to be confirmed. Date appeared in a document issued by NASA early 2019 October but was missing from a later version. Details of time, task list and duration awaited. Participants - Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Skvortsov. NASA TV coverage:

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.

Soyuz-2 1B + Fregat, Plesetsk SC
Approximate date
2019 Nov 15
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.

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.

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.

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.

CSG 1 & CHEOPS Launch
Soyuz-ST B + Fregat-MT (VS-23), CSG, French Guiana
2019 Dec 17, 08:54 UTC
CSG-1 (COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation) Italian second generation, follow-on, Earth imaging satellite equipped with synthetic aperture radar. CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets) ESA mission to searching for exoplanetary transits by performing ultra-high precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets. 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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