Launch Date: NET December 1, 2017 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 2-1B Launch Operator: Russian Space Forces Launch Site: Site 43/4, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia Payload: Lotos Payload Type: Electronic Intelligence Satellite A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket will lift off from the
|Launch Date:||NET December 1, 2017|
|Launch Vehicle:||Soyuz 2-1B|
|Launch Operator:||Russian Space Forces|
|Launch Site:||Site 43/4, Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia|
|Payload Type:||Electronic Intelligence Satellite|
A Russian Soyuz 2-1B rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome with the first 14F145/Lotos electronic intelligence satellite flying under the Liana Electronic Intelligence Program. The mission initially showed up on the schedule for October 25, 2017 before slipping into November and then December due to unspecified issues with the payload.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Soyuz 2-1B
🛰 Payload Overview: Liana ELINT Program
Launch Date: Late December 2017 / Early January 2018 Launch Window: TBA
|Launch Date:||Late December 2017 / Early January 2018
|Launch Vehicle:||Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle|
|Launch Operator:||Indian Space Research Organization|
|Launch Site:||Satish Dhawan Space Center|
CANYVAL-X 1 & 2
STEP Cube Lab
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will lift the CartoSat-2ER satellite into orbit to join the country’s CartoSat fleet that operates high-resolution, multi-band observation satellites for civilian and military applications. This mission will be the Return-To-Flight for the PSLV workhorse after a launch failure in 2016 in which the rocket’s payload fairing pyrotechnics malfunctioned and left the combined fourth stage-fairing-satellite stack stranded in a low orbit. In addition to CartoSat-2ER, PSLV will carry a number of secondary payloads of different shapes and sizes.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
🛰 Payload Overview: CartoSat-2 Series
(Friday) 00:00 UTC
Launch Date: NET January 10, 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Delta IV M+(5,2)
|Launch Date:||NET January 10, 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Delta IV M+(5,2)|
|Launch Operator:||United Launch Alliance|
|Launch Site:||SLC-6 Vandenberg Air Force Base, California|
|Payload Operator:||U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)|
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket will launch the classified NROL-47 payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, operator of all American intelligence-gathering satellites and their support assets. The launch vehicle and launch site indicate NROL-47 will join the Future Imagery Architecture, flying under the code name Topaz as a radar reconnaissance satellite operating from an unusual retrograde orbit inclined 123 degrees. This will be the last flight of the Delta IV M+(5,2) version with two Solid Rocket Boosters and a five-meter second stage & payload fairing as United Launch Alliance begins to retire the single-stick Delta IV versions.
Delayed from December 2017:
(Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017) The ULA Delta IV rocket carrying the NROL-47 payload for the National Reconnaissance Office is delayed in order to perform additional validation of the software and systems associated with Common Avionics. Common Avionics is a newly designed suite of avionics, flight software and ground systems that will fly on both Atlas V and Delta IV. This upgraded command and control system was designed to reduce cost and improve reliability. NROL-47 will be the first flight of the Common Avionics system on Delta IV. The vehicle and spacecraft remain stable. Launch of the NROL-47 mission is scheduled for no earlier than Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Delta IV M+(5,2)
🛰 Payload Overview: Future Imagery Architecture
(Wednesday) 00:00 UTC
Launch Date: January 30, 2017 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT Launch
|Launch Date:||January 30, 2017|
|Launch Vehicle:||Falcon 9 FT|
|Launch Site:||SLC-4E Vandenberg Air Force Base, California|
|1st Stage Recovery:||RTLS to SLC-4W (TBC)|
|Payload Type:||Radar Imaging|
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite for Madrid-based operator Hisdesat, becoming Spain’s first radar observation satellite as part of the National Earth Observation Program. The satellite is completing a multi-purpose mission, collecting radar imagery for application in national security and defence, civilian applications, science and commercial exploitation. The 1,200-Kilogram satellite carries an X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar capable of delivering imagery at a ground resolution of one meter, capturing around 200 scenes per day. Paz was originally planned to fly on a Dnepr booster, but as the vehicle fell victim to the political conflict between the Ukraine and Russia the mission was moved to a SpaceX Falcon 9 after encountering nearly three years of delays.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT
(Tuesday) 01:26 UTC