Launch Date: June 6, 2018 Launch Window: 11:12 UTC Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG Launch Operator: Roscosmos Launch Site: Site 1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Payload: Soyuz MS-09 (No. 739) Spacecraft Manufacturer: RSC Energia Crew: Sergei Prokopyev (Roscosmos, CDR) Serena Auñón-Chancellor (NASA, FE) Alexander Gerst (ESA, FE) Rendezvous & Docking: June
|Launch Date:||June 6, 2018|
|Launch Window:||11:12 UTC|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz FG|
|Launch Site:||Site 1/5, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan|
|Payload:||Soyuz MS-09 (No. 739)|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||RSC Energia|
|Crew:||Sergei Prokopyev (Roscosmos, CDR)
Serena Auñón-Chancellor (NASA, FE)
Alexander Gerst (ESA, FE)
|Rendezvous & Docking:||June 8, 2018|
A Russian Soyuz FG rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft into orbit for a same-day rendezvous with the International Space Station to bring the Expedition 55/56 crew to their orbital home and workplace for a half-year mission. Carrying an international crew trio from the U.S., Russia and Germany, the trusted Soyuz FG rocket will operate for nine minutes to deliver the spacecraft into a 200-Kilometer orbit from where it will maneuver up into the Station’s orbit of 400 Kilometers for a fully automated link-up. The 7,200-Kilogram Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft will remain docked to the Rassvet Module throughout the crew’s stay on ISS to act as life boat and return them to Earth at the end of their flight via parachute-assisted landing in Kazakhstan.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz FG
🛰 Payload Overview: Soyuz MS Series
Launch Date: June 10, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Long March 3A Launch Operator: CALT Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center Payload: Fengyun-2H (1,380 kg) Satellite Type: Meteorology A Chinese Long March 3A rocket, stripped of the characteristic boosters
|Launch Date:||June 10, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Long March 3A|
|Launch Site:||Xichang Satellite Launch Center|
|Payload:||Fengyun-2H (1,380 kg)|
A Chinese Long March 3A rocket, stripped of the characteristic boosters of the often-launched CZ-3B, will lift the country’s Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. This will be the last in China’s first-generation of geostationary weather satellites as the country’s Fengyun-4 next-generation GEO weather satellite series began deployment in 2016, switching from the antiquated spin-stabilized satellites to three-axis stabilized, multi-instrumented satellites.
Fengyun (Chinese for ‘Winds and Clouds’) is China’s Meteorological Satellite Program, consisting of at least one operational satellite in Geostationary Orbit and several satellites in polar orbits, creating a satellite constellation to monitor the Chinese and surrounding territory and deliver timely data relevant for weather forecasting and nowcasting.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Long March 3A
🛰 Payload Overview: Fengyun-2 Overview
Launch Date: June 11, 2018 Launch Window: 04:00-06:00 UTC Launch Vehicle: H-IIA Launch Operator: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Launch Site: Yoshinobu, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan Payload: IGS Radar 6 Payload Type: Radar Reconnaissance Satellite A Japanese H-IIA rocket will launch the sixth operational
|Launch Date:||June 11, 2018|
|Launch Window:||04:00-06:00 UTC|
|Launch Operator:||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries|
|Launch Site:||Yoshinobu, Tanegashima Space Center, Japan|
|Payload:||IGS Radar 6|
|Payload Type:||Radar Reconnaissance Satellite|
A Japanese H-IIA rocket will launch the sixth operational radar reconnaissance in Japan’s Information Gathering Satellite System. Japan initiated the Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) Program in 1998 as the country’s first space-based intelligence program to collect data over foreign territories to warn of any potential military threats in the Asia-Pacific Region. The program was in large part driven by the test launch of a North Korean Taepodong rocket that overflew the Japanese territory in 1998 in an apparent attempt to place an object into orbit using a modified intermediate-range ballistic missile.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: H-IIA 202
🛰 Payload Overview: Information Gathering Satellites
(Monday) 00:00 UTC
Launch Date: NET June 14, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL Launch Operator: Orbital-ATK Launch Site: L-1011 Air Launch, Kwajalein Atoll Payload: ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer) Payload Operator: NASA An air-launched Pegasus XL rocket operated by Orbital-ATK will launch NASA's
|Launch Date:||NET June 14, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Pegasus XL|
|Launch Site:||L-1011 Air Launch, Kwajalein Atoll|
|Payload:||ICON (Ionospheric Connection Explorer)|
An air-launched Pegasus XL rocket operated by Orbital-ATK will launch NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) to begin a study of Earth’s ionosphere, a vitally important region when attempting to understand the dynamics between Earth’s atmosphere and solar weather. ICON sets out to reveal the mechanisms of ionospheric disturbances caused by solar storms or terrestrial weather activity in the upper atmosphere which can have implications on the operation of satellites and the propagation of radio waves.
The L-1011 aircraft carrying the Pegasus XL rocket will take off from the Kawajalein Atoll and send the vehicle onto an ascent over the Pacific Ocean to deploy the 291-Kilogram spacecraft is be deployed into a circular orbit 575 Kilometers in altitude, inclined 27°. Staging operations (spacecraft processing, launch vehicle assembly) will take place at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Delayed from 2017 due to Launcher Issues:
NASA is postponing launch of the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) until 2018. The mission was previously planned to launch Dec. 8, 2017, on an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. NASA and Orbital ATK need additional time to assess a separation component of the rocket. More information on a revised launch date will be provided once it becomes available.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Pegasus XL
Launch Date: June 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat-M Launch Operator: Russian Space Forces Launch Site: Site 43/4, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia Payload: Glonass-M No. 59 Payload Type: Navigation A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome
|Launch Date:||June 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz 2-1B/Fregat-M|
|Launch Operator:||Russian Space Forces|
|Launch Site:||Site 43/4, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia|
|Payload:||Glonass-M No. 59|
A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome with a Glonass-M navigation satellite to join the country’s Medium Earth Orbit constellation similar in architecture as the American Global Positioning System to provide navigation services on a global scale. Due to problems in getting the next generation after Glonass-M into operation, Russia decided to stretch its existing inventory of Glonass-M ground spares by only launching them when needed. Glonass-M No. 59 was called up for launch when a, eight-year old satellite within Plane 1 of the constellation failed in April 2018.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B
🛰 Payload Overview: Glonass-M Satellites & Constellation
Launch Date: June 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Rockot Launch Operator: Russian Space Forces Launch Site: Site 133/3, Plesetsk Cosmodrome Payload: GEO-IK-2 No.3 (13L) Target Orbit: Low
|Launch Date:||June 2018|
|Launch Operator:||Russian Space Forces|
|Launch Site:||Site 133/3, Plesetsk Cosmodrome|
|Payload:||GEO-IK-2 No.3 (13L)|
|Target Orbit:||Low Earth Orbit|
|Payload Operator:||Russian MOD|
A Russian Rockot Booster – a converted UR-100N ballistic missile topped by a Briz-KM upper stage – will launch the GEO-IK-2 No. 3 Geodesy satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defence as part of a series of high-precision geodesy missions. Geodesy finds use in scientific studies looking at tectonic plate movements, gravitational properties and ocean currents, but is also needed in a number of military applications. Knowledge of Earth’s gravitational field can feed into guidance of ballistic missiles to adjust their trajectories based on gravitational parameters to make them more accurate.
GEO IK-2 No.3 is the third in Russia’s third generation of geodetic satellites in a program dating back to the 1980s. Initially, GEO IK-2 was to consist of heavy satellites launched from Plesetsk by the Zenit rocket, but the fall of the Soviet Union brought an untimely end to the program. In the early 1990s, a new satellite design was submitted, suited for launch atop the Soyuz 2 rocket, though funding woes ended the effort in 1997.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Rockot
🛰 Payload Overview: GEO-IK-2 No. 3
Launch Date: NET June 28, 2018 Launch Window: 10:03 UTC Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT Launch Operator: SpaceX Launch Site:
|Launch Date:||NET June 28, 2018|
|Launch Window:||10:03 UTC
|Launch Vehicle:||Falcon 9 FT
|Launch Site:||Cape Canaveral, Florida|
|Payload Manufacturer:||SpaceX under NASA’s CRS Program|
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 15th operational Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station on the company’s second mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services Program in 2018. Dragon SpX-15 is part of an extension to the original CRS-1 contract to bridge a gap to the second CRS contract round. The SpX-15 mission will carry the ECOSTRESS Instrument (Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) and a spare Latching End Effector for Canadarm2 as external payloads. The Falcon 9 first stage will attempt a Return to Launch Site recovery via a powered landing in Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone 1.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT
🛰 Payload Overview: Dragon Cargo Spacecraft
(Thursday) 10:03 UTC