Confirmed launches

Falcon-9 • Koreasat-5

Falcon-9 FT will deliver South Korean communication satellite to its lasting 15 years mission. Koreansat-5 is known also as Mugunghwa-5 and is designed and manufactured by Alcatel Alenia Space with utilization of Spacebus-4000C1. It will serve for both civilian and military purposes. It will operate with 36 transponders on Ku, C and SHF band - last one…
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Long March 2D • HXMT

Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope (HXMT) will be launched in late 2016 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on atop of Long March 2D. It will be used for observation of black holes and other high energy celestial phenomena. Telescope is result of over 15 years of cooperation between Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Chinese Academy…
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Long March 4C • FY-3D

This is launch of weather satellite from LC-9 launch site at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. It is fourth from planned seven spacecrafts design to help in weather forecasting and operated by National Satellite Meteorological Centre. Satellites are operating for at least three years using 806 km x 810 km orbit with inclination of 98.8°. Satellite planned to be…
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Proton-M/Briz-M • Blagovest-1

It is planned launch of new Russian classified communication satellite based on Ekspress-2000 bus manufactured by ISS Reshetnev and equipped with payload by Thales Alenia Space. Satellite will serve to Russian Ministry of Defense and will be placed on GEO orbit to operate for at least 15 years. Blagovest-1 is first from four satellites which will be launched…
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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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Atlas V • AFSPC-11

United Launch Alliance with their flagship Atlas V (551) will realize next mission for U.S. Air Force.  Rocket in 551 configuration will use 5 m wide payload fairing, five SRB boosters and single RL-10A engine installed in Centaur upper stage. As far as the main payload was not unveiled, we know that secondary payload will…
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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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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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