General Military Space
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
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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: 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: August 21, 2018 Launch Window: 21:20 UTC Launch Vehicle: Vega Launch Operator: Arianespace Launch Site: ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana Payload: ADM Aeolus Spacecraft Manufacturer: Airbus Defence & Space Satellite Operator: ESA Aeolus - formerly known as the Atmospheric Dynamics
|Launch Date:||August 21, 2018|
|Launch Window:||21:20 UTC|
|Launch Site:||ZLV (ELA-1), Guiana Space Center, French Guiana|
|Spacecraft Manufacturer:||Airbus Defence & Space|
Aeolus – formerly known as the Atmospheric Dynamics Mission (ADM) – is a 1,400-Kilogram satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and outfitted with an experimental payload capable of measuring three-dimensional wind fields to demonstrate a potentially ground-breaking technique for measuring atmospheric dynamics and so improve weather forecasting and climate research. The Aeolus mission looks back at an extraordinarily long road to launch with an initial launch target of 2007.
The Aeolus spacecraft is fitted with an Active Doppler Lidar – pulsing lasers into Earth’s discernible atmosphere and measuring the Doppler shift in the in the return signal, backscattered light intensity from different atmospheric layers to be able to create altitude-dependent wind profiles. The primary payload of the satellite is known as Aladin (Atmospheric LAser Doppler INstrument) – combining a direct detection lidar with a fringe-imaging receiver and double-edge receiver.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Vega
Launch Date: October 18, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 531 Launch Operator: United Launch Alliance Launch Site: SLC-41 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida Payload: AEHF-4 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency) Payload Type: Military Communications Payload Operator: U.S. Air Force A United
|Launch Date:||October 18, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Atlas V 531|
|Launch Operator:||United Launch Alliance|
|Launch Site:||SLC-41 Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida|
|Payload:||AEHF-4 (Advanced Extremely High Frequency)|
|Payload Type:||Military Communications|
|Payload Operator:||U.S. Air Force|
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the AEHF-4 Advanced Extremely High Frequency Communications Satellite for the U.S. Air Force, joining three satellites launched earlier to provide the backbone of the Department of Defence’s military satellite communications architecture. Outfitted with state of the art encryption and anti-jamming features, the AEHF system delivers everything from low data rate mobile communications to extreme data rate capabilities to ground, sea and airborne assets. Built by Lockheed Martin, the fourth AEHF satellite will complete the baseline constellation capable of providing global coverage with another two satellites headed into orbit in 2018/19 to complete the system.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Atlas V 531
🛰 Payload Overview: AEHF Constellation
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