Confirmed launches

Pegasus XL • ICON

Second after planned for 21st November 2016, mission of the Pegasus rocket launch system designed and developed in the late eighties by Orbital ATK. It is air-launched, three stage rocket, with optional fourth stage. With maximal payload mass of 443 kg limited only to low Earth orbit, rocket remains only operational air-launched rocket system for commercial purposes. Pegasus remains in service since 1990…
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Antares 230 • Cygnus OA-9

One from Orbital ATK in-house missions under CRS-1 contract. Antares 230 rocket with two new RD-181 engines and larger Castor 30XL second stage. Rocket will deliver Cygnus robotic cargo spacecraft with supplies for international Space Station. Orbital will utilize during this mission enhanced version of Cygnus able to deliver up to 3200 kg of payload…
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Atlas V 401 • InSIGHT, Mars Cube One

CubeSats are a class of spacecraft based on a standardised small size and modular use of off-the-shelf technologies. The two CubeSats will separate from the Atlas V booster after launch and travel along their own trajectories to the Red Planet. Their first challenges will be to deploy two radio antennas and two solar panels. They…
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Falcon-9 1.2V • Dragon-2

DRAGON-2 spaceship is going to be launched with FALCON-9 1.2V rocket in mission. Test will be performed from Kennedy Space Center; Dragon will start, ascend and abort in maximum drag point. It is part of DRAGON V2 rescue system providing constant capability of escaping for the crew in all the way to the orbit.
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Ariane 5 ECA • BepiColombo

Joint mission of ESA and JAXA - to reach Mercury with space probe! BepiColombo will fly to Mercury for 6.5 years (MTM - Mercury Transfer Module manufactured by ESA - will be providing propulsion for probe), deploy orbiter (MPO - Mercury Planetary Orbiter, which will be manufactured by JAXA and stay on Mercury orbit) which will perform series of measurements of…
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Rokot • Gonets-M

This is scheduled for the mid-2016 and postponed recently for the end of 2016 mission of Rokot launch vehicle. This time objective is delivering to LEO three small communication satellites (with weight from 230 kg to 280 kg depending on version) manufactured by  NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki. They are part of the commercial communication system developed and…
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Delta IV • GPS-3 1st

First satellites from third generation of GPS satellites and first in history build by Lockheed Martin. It will be also ultimate GPS-3 satellite launched on atop of Delta IV rocket. Satellite will be lifted to circular orbit with inclination at 55.0° and altitude of 20200 km. Satellites will remain operational for 15 years. Satellite is based on A2100 bus…
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Falcon Heavy • Space Test Program-2

It will be first contracted launch of Falcon Heavy rocket. Mission is under Space Test Program 2 run by U.S. Air Force. Various test and demonstration satellites will be launched including Lightsail, COSMIC-2, GPIM, ARMANDILLO, BCP-100, Oculus-ASR, ISAT demonstrator, DSX (Deployable Structures Experiment), FalconSat-7, NPSat-1, Prox-1 and OTB-1 satellite. For now it is known that Falcon Heavy rocket core will utilize…
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Proton-M • Glonass-M

Launch of first three from eight planned for 2017 satellites operating under Glonass navigational system. Satellites belong to M series of Glonass spacecrafts; each satellite weighs 1415 kg and is operating for at least seven years. It is 3-Axis stabilized, powered by two deployable solar arrays providing up to 1250 W of power and are charging onboard…
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Rokot • Sentinel-3B

Launch of the Sentinel-3B was originally planned for March with Vega rocket. Mission was swapped with Sentinel-2B mission planned utilization of  Rockot launch vehicle probably in the end of the first half of 2017. Sentinel-3B is remote sensing satellite designed by Thales Alenia Space with utilization of Prima Bus. Spacecraft weighs around 1200 kg and is equipped…
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