Confirmed launches

Proton-M • EchoStar-21

Proton-M/Briz-M launch vehicle will deliver Echostar-21 satellite to GEO orbit from Baikonur cosmodrome for Echostar Corporation. Satellite will extend constellation of Echostar satellites and will help in improving services offered in Europe; it will provide 2 GHz mobile voice and data communications utilizing S-band transponders. Satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral (SSL) on SSL-1300S bus with estimated operational life of 15 years. Satellite…
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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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Minotaur-C • SkySat Earth

Six SKYSAT observation satellites will be launched by Orbital Sciences Corp. with MINOTAUR-C rocket from Vandenberg. Each satellite weights 120 kg and has expected orbit life of 6 years. Minotaur-C is solid fuel rocket based on ICBM Minuteman.
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Falcon-9 • Dragon

This time from launch site SLC-40 we will see launch of Dragon cargo spacecraft on atop of Falcon-9. Mission CRS-12 is contracted with NASA under conditions of Commercial Resupply Services agreement. Dragon is unmanned cargo spacecraft designed and manufactured by SpaceX especially for resupply missions to International Space Station. It is highly probable that SpaceX will…
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H-IIA • Michibiki-2

Japanese navigation satellite Michibiki-2 will operate under QZSS (Quasi Zenith Satellite System). Satellite was built on Mitsubishi ETS-8-Bus and weighs 4100 kg. It will operate at least 15 years from GEO orbit with following parameters: 32618 km × 38950 km. Satellite will be launched on the top of the H-IIA rocket from Tanegashima Space Center.
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Falcon-9 • Dragon SpX-11

SpaceX CRS-6, also known as SpX-6, was a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, contracted to NASA. It was the eighth flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft and the sixth SpaceX operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract. The Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule combination won a Commercial…
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Atlas V • NROL-42

Next highly confidential mission for National Reconnaissance Office conducted by United Launch Alliance with their proven Atlas V rocket. Rocket with 5 m wide payload fairing, four SRB boosters and single RL-10A engine in Centaur upper stage, will be launched from SLC-3E launch site.
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Soyuz-U • Progress MS-06

First mission of the Progress cargo spacecraft on atop of Soyuz-2.1a. Break from using Soyuz-2.1a in favor of Soyuz-U  which lasted for two missions, was not particularly lucky for Progress vehicle missions - first mission with Soyuz-U, MS-04, finished with disaster before reaching orbit. Hopefully this flight will finish with success and Progress MS-06 will…
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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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Atlas V • AEHF-4

AEFH-4 is fourth from series of new communication satellites for Department of Defense. They will be base for new military communication system operating worldwide, highly secured, fast and characterized with high level of capacity. AEFH-4 is built by Lockheed Martin with communication payload designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman. Lockheed was contracted for series of six satellites with…
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