Long March 11
Long March 3B
Long March 4C
Long March 6
Space Launch System
Launch Date: November 5, 2017 Launch Window: ~11:40 UTC Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B / YZ-1 Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center Payload: Beidou-3M1 Beidou-3M2 Satellite Type: Navigation A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage will
|Launch Date:||November 5, 2017|
|Launch Window:||~11:40 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 3B / YZ-1|
|Launch Site:||Xichang Satellite Launch Center|
A Chinese Long March 3B rocket with a Yuanzheng-1 upper stage will lift a pair of Beidou-3 navigation satellites into a 21,500-Kilometer Medium Earth Orbit to join the Compass Navigation Satellite System to support its fully operational capability by the end of the decade. Beidou-3 comprises satellites in Geostationary Orbit, inclined Geosynchronous Orbits and Medium Earth Orbits to provide global coverage and compatibility with China’s previous two navigation system generations. This is the second dual-launch in support of the Beidou-3 MEO generation.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 3B
🛰 Payload Overview: Beidou-3 Satellite Navigation System
Launch Date: November 8, 2017 Launch Window: 01:42:31 UTC Launch Vehicle: Vega Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: MN35-A (Morocco EO Sat 1) Spacecraft Manufacturer: Airbus & Thales Alenia Satellite Operator: Government of Morocco Europe's Vega rocket,
|Launch Date:||November 8, 2017|
|Launch Window:||01:42:31 UTC|
|Launch Site:||ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Payload:||MN35-A (Morocco EO Sat 1)|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||Airbus & Thales Alenia|
|Satellite Operator:||Government of Morocco|
Europe’s Vega rocket, embarking on its eleventh mission, will lift the MN35-A Earth-Imaging Satellite for the Moroccan government, the first of two EO satellites purchased by Morocco from European satellite manufacturers Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia. Based on the AstroSat-1000 satellite platform, MN35-A hosts a Thales-built instrument to capture high-resolution imagery for environmental monitoring and reconnaissance purposes. VV11 is the third Vega launch of 2017.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Vega
🛰 Payload Overview: Mohammed VI-A Satellite
Launch Date: November 12, 2017 Launch Window: 12:14:52-12:19:52 UTC Launch Vehicle: Antares 230 Launch Operator: Orbital ATK Launch Site: Pad 0A, MARS, Wallops Island, Virginia Payload: Cygnus OA-8 Payload Operator: Orbital ATK for NASA's CRS Program An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will
|Launch Date:||November 12, 2017|
|Launch Window:||12:14:52-12:19:52 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Antares 230|
|Launch Operator:||Orbital ATK|
|Launch Site:||Pad 0A, MARS, Wallops Island, Virginia|
|Payload Operator:||Orbital ATK for NASA’s CRS Program|
An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will lift the eighth operational Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft into orbit for a mission to the International Space Station. Named the S.S. Gene Cernan, Cygnus OA-8 will carry 3,338 Kilograms of cargo to the ISS Expedition 53 crew after a planned two-day flight to the orbiting laboratory. The Antares rocket will be flying in its upgraded 230 configuration with a pair of RD-181 engines powering its first stage and a Castor 30XL acting as second stage to lift the 6,200-Kilogram spacecraft into orbit.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Antares 230
🛰 Payload Overview: Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft
Launch Date: November 14, 2017 Launch Window: ~18:40 UTC Launch Vehicle: Long March 4C Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center Payload: Fengyun-3D (FY-3D) Satellite Type: Meteorology Secondary Payload: Head-1 A Chinese Long March 4C will deliver the Fengyun-3D weather satellite into
|Launch Date:||November 14, 2017|
|Launch Window:||~18:40 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 4C|
|Launch Site:||Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center|
A Chinese Long March 4C will deliver the Fengyun-3D weather satellite into a Sun Synchronous Orbit to support China’s numerical weather forecasting capabilities as well as climate science. Fengyun-3 is the second generation of Chinese polar orbiting meteorological satellites, introduced in 2008 with the launch of FY-3A. Weighing in at 2,200 Kilograms, the FY-3 satellites host a total of 12 instruments to capture multi-spectral imagery, collect atmospheric soundings, capture mircowave and infrared emissions, measure space radiation and collect ozone measurements. FY-3D is intended as reinforcement and replacement for the three FY-3-class satellites launch to date, the latest reaching orbit in 2013.
Launch Date: November 18, 2017 Launch Window: 09:47:02-09:48:08 UTC Launch Vehicle: Delta II 7920 Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance Launch Site: SLC-2W Vandenberg Air Force Base, California Payload: JPSS 1 (Joint Polar Satellite System) Payload Manufacturer: NOAA & NASA Secondary Payloads: MiRaTA (3U, Technology) Buccaneer RRM
|Launch Date:||November 18, 2017|
|Launch Window:||09:47:02-09:48:08 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Delta II 7920|
|Launch Operator:||United Launch Alliance|
|Launch Site:||SLC-2W Vandenberg Air Force Base, California|
|Payload:||JPSS 1 (Joint Polar Satellite System)|
|Payload Manufacturer:||NOAA & NASA|
|Secondary Payloads:||MiRaTA (3U, Technology)
Buccaneer RRM (3U, Technology)
Makersat 0 (1U, Technology)
RadFxSat (1U, Radio/Technology)
Eagle Sat (1U, Education/Technology)
A United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket will launch the first spacecraft in the Joint Polar Satellite System, inaugurating the next-generation series of polar-orbiting weather satellites for numerical weather forecasting and scientific application. NASA is responsible for the development of the JPSS satellites while NOAA operates the satellites, analyzes and distributes their data. Delta II will be flying in its 7920 configuration with nine Solid Rocket Boosters around its RS-27A powered first stage with a Delta-K stage sitting atop and no third stage. This will be the penultimate flight of the venerable Delta II booster as is prepares to close a career of three decades.
Delayed from Nov. 10:
The ULA Delta II rocket carrying the JPSS-1 mission for NASA and NOAA is delayed, due to a faulty battery. The delay allows the team time to replace the battery on the Delta II booster. The vehicle and spacecraft remain stable. Launch of the JPSS-1 mission is scheduled for no earlier than Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.
Delayed from Nov. 14 due to technical issue & fouled range
Delayed from Nov. 15 due to Upper Level Winds
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Delta II 7920
🛰 Payload Overview: Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1)
(Saturday) 09:47 UTC
Launch Date: November 21, 2017 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Long March 6 Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China Payload: Jilin 1-04, 1-05, 1-06 Satellite Type: Earth Observation A Chinese Long March 6 will launch three commercial remote
|Launch Date:||November 21, 2017|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 6|
|Launch Site:||Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, China|
|Payload:||Jilin 1-04, 1-05, 1-06|
|Satellite Type:||Earth Observation|
A Chinese Long March 6 will launch three commercial remote sensing satellites for high-definition video collection within the Jilin-1 satellite constellation. Each of the satellites weighs around 95 Kilograms and measures 1.2 by 1.1 meters in size, equipped with a camera system capable of achieving a ground resolution of 1.13 meters, covering a frame of 4.3 by 2.4 Kilometers. The Jilin small satellite project is far more ambitious than launching four satellites into orbit, having outlined the goal of operating over 60 satellites in orbit by 2020 to be able to capture views of any point on Earth every 30 minutes.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 6
Launch Date: On Hold Launch Window: 01:00-03:00 UTC Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Block 4) Launch Operator: SpaceX Launch Site:
|Launch Date:||On Hold
|Launch Window:||01:00-03:00 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Falcon 9 FT (Block 4)|
|Launch Site:||Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Payload Manufacturer:||Northrop Grumman|
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the ZUMA payload in a launch procured by Northrop Grumman for an undisclosed customer. The satellite’s operator and purpose remain secret, though indications are that ZUMA is similar to the PAN, CLIO and potentially the NROL-76 mission operated by U.S. government agencies but launched under a commercial architecture. The existence of the ZUMA launch contract was only disclosed in October 2017 through regulatory filings. The Falcon 9 first stage will attempt a Return to Launch Site for a propulsive landing at Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone 1.
Delayed from November 16:
SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission. Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy; teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch. The launch time and window remain the same for Thursday, opening at 8:00 p.m. EST and remaining open until 10:00 p.m. EST.
Delayed from November 17:
We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer. Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT
Launch Date: NET 2nd Half of November 2017 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Electron Launch Operator: Rocket Lab Launch Site: Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, Mahia, New Zealand Payloads: 2 Flock CubeSats 2 Lemur-2 CubeSats Mission Name: Still Testing Rocket Lab's Electron rocket
|Launch Date:||NET 2nd Half of November 2017|
|Launch Operator:||Rocket Lab|
|Launch Site:||Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, Mahia, New Zealand|
|Payloads:||2 Flock CubeSats
2 Lemur-2 CubeSats
|Mission Name:||Still Testing|
Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will embark on its second test flight, christened ‘Still Testing,’ from the company’s Mahia launch complex on New Zealand’s North Island. Electron’s first test flight showed promising results and served as an overall demonstration of the vehicle’s design, though failed to reach orbit which has been made the primary goal of Still Testing. Employing electron-pump-fed engines and an all-composite structure, Electron has been designed to carry small satellites into orbit to tap into an as of yet unexplored market sector. Still Testing will carry at least four 3U CubeSats from operators Planet & Spire.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Electron
🔗 Related: Electron – It’s a Test
🛰 Payload Overview: Planet’s Flock
🛰 Payload Overview: Spire’s Lemur Satellites
Launch Date: November 28, 2017 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1B / Fregat Launch Operator: Roscosmos, Glavkosmos Launch Site: Vostochny 1S, Russia Payload: Meteor-M No. 2-1 Secondary Payloads: Flock-2 (Multiple) Lemur-2 (Multiple) Telesat LEO Prototype Baumanets-2 D-Star One Scout AISSat-3 SEAM A Russian government-operated Soyuz will launch the
|Launch Date:||November 28, 2017|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz 2-1B / Fregat|
|Launch Operator:||Roscosmos, Glavkosmos|
|Launch Site:||Vostochny 1S, Russia|
|Payload:||Meteor-M No. 2-1|
|Secondary Payloads:||Flock-2 (Multiple)
Telesat LEO Prototype
A Russian government-operated Soyuz will launch the Meteor-M No. 2-1 meteorological satellite into a polar orbit from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s far east. This will be the second-ever launch from Vostochny after the facility opened for business in 2016. The 2,700-Kilogram Meteor-M No. 2-1 hosts seven payloads for the collection and transmission of weather data including multi-channel imagery, atmospheric sounding data and specialized products for ice cover and space weather monitoring. Russian operator Glavkosmos manifested a number of commercial satellites on this mission riding as secondary and targeting a multi-orbit delivery provided by the Fregat Upper Stage.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B
Launch Date: November 2017 Launch Window: TBA
|Launch Date:||November 2017|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 11|
|Launch Site:||Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China|
Xiaoxiang-2, 3, 4, 5
A Chinese Long March 11 rocket will launch a series of small satellites into a Sun Synchronous Orbit optimized for Earth-Imaging applications. Long March 11 is an all-solid, light-lift member of the Long March family, debuting in 2015 as a cost-effective launch vehicle for commercial application as well as a quick-reaction launcher for national security purposes. The Jilin satellite series is designed to capture high-definition video at a ground resolution of 1.3 meters using small-sized spacecraft weighing no more than 100 Kilograms to enable a large orbiting constellation. Three Jilin satellites were launched in 2015 and 2017.