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Long March 3B / YZ-1 | Beidou-3 M19 & M20

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Sept. 22, 2019, 9 p.m.
Status: Go
Mission: Navigation

These two satellites will be used to provide global navigation coverage as part of the Chinese Beidou (Compass) satellite navigation system.


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H-IIB 304 | Kounotori 8 (HTV-8)

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries | JPN
Tanegashima, Japan
Sept. 24, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Status: Go
Mission: Resupply

Uncrewed cargo resupply mission to International Space Station.

#HTV8
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Long March 2D | Yunhai-1-02

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 25, 2019, 12:48 a.m.
Status: Go
Mission: Earth Science

The Yunhai-1 satellite is designed for detecting environmental elements in the atmosphere and ocean, the space environment, disaster prevention and reduction, and scientific experimentation. It is made by the Shanghai Institute of Spaceflight Technology.


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Soyuz-FG | Soyuz MS-15

Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Sept. 25, 2019, 1:57 p.m.
Status: Go
Mission: Human Exploration

Soyuz MS-15 begins expedition 61 by carrying NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and United Arab Emirates’ Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, a Roscosmos spaceflight participant and first Emirati in space that will spend only 8 days aboard ISS before returning to Earth aboard a Soyuz MS-12.


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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat | EKS 3 (Tundra 3)

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center | RUS
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Sept. 26, 2019, 7 a.m.
Status: Go
Mission: Government/Top Secret

The Tundra or EKS (meaning Unified Space System) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early warning satellites.


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Kuaizhou-11 | Maiden Flight

ExPace | CHN
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China
Sept. 30, 2019, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Test Flight

First flight of the new solid launcher developed by ExPace, subsidiary of CASIC. It will carry 2 communication satellites on this launch.

Low Earth Orbit
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Proton-M/Briz-M | Eutelsat 5 West B & MEV-1

International Launch Services | USA
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Sept. 30, 2019, 10:26 a.m.
Status: Go
Mission: Communications

Eutelsat 5 West B will replace the Ku-band capacity of Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly Stellat 5) satellite, a key digital infrastructure addressing predominantly French, Italian and Algerian broadcast markets. Eutelsat 5 West B will provide business continuity and improved quality for these services via a Ku-band payload. The satellite is built on Orbital ATKs GEOStar-2e bus and carries 35 equivalent 36 MHz Ku-band transponders connected to three service areas. Switchable transponders will also increase commercial flexibility. Co-passenger on this flight will be provided Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. MEV-1 (Mission Extension Vehicle-1) incorporates flight-proven technologies the company has used in its commercial satellite and space logistics businesses. After successfully completing a series of in-orbit tests, the MEV-1 will begin its mission extension service for Intelsat-901 satellite in the graveyard orbit. MEV-1 will relocate the satellite scheduled for the mission extension service, which is planned for a five-year period, after which Intelsat 901 will be place back into graveyard orbit. Intelsat will also have the option to service multiple satellites using the same MEV. MEV-1 is based on the company’s GEOStar-3 spacecraft bus platform. Controlled by the company’s satellite operations team, the MEV-1 uses a reliable, low-risk docking system that attaches to existing features on a customer’s satellite. The MEV-1 provides life-extending services by taking over the propulsion and attitude control functions. The vehicle has a 15-year design life with the ability to perform numerous dockings and undockings during its life span.


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Long March 3B | Fengyun-4B

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation | CHN
Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China
Oct. 1, 2019, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | Gonets-M27, Gonets-M28, Gonets-M29

Russian Space Forces | RUS
Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation
Oct. 1, 2019, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Minotaur IV | NROL-129

Orbital ATK | USA
Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Oct. 1, 2019, midnight
Status: TBD
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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