The Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM 4 (WGS-4) satellite blasts off aboard a Delta 4 rocket on Jan. 19, 2012 in this screenshot from a United Launch Alliance webcast.
LAST UPDATED Jan. 20: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Scroll down for launch results for the year.
NEXT: Jan. 20: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the Mobile User Objective System 3 (MUOS-3) tactical communications satellite for the U.S. Navy. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite is designed to provide narrowband tactical communications for U.S. military forces. Liftoff set for 7:43 p.m. EST (0043 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Jan. 28: A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Information Gathering Satellite, a radar reconnaissance satellite, for Japan's government in a mission blasting off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 8 p.m. EST (0100 Jan. 29 GMT).
Jan. 29: NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, an Earth-observation mission, will launch into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT). The SMAP satellite is designed to measure Earth's soil and moisture cycle from space.
Jan. 31: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, for the U.S Air Force, NOAA and NASA in a mission blasting off from SpaceX's pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is set for 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT). the DSCOVR satellite is designed to track Earth's climate and space weather conditions.
Feb. 1: An International Launch Services Proton rocket is due to launch the Inmarsat 5 F2 communications satellite for the London-based satellite communications company Inmarsat in a mission blasting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff set for 7:31 a.m. EST (1231 GMT).
Feb. 1: A Russian Soyuz 2 rocket will launch the Kanopus ST Earth observation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russian.
Feb. 11: A European-built Vega rocket will launch with the European Space Agency's prototype space plane, the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) on its first suborbital test flight in a mission staged from the Guiana Space Center on Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff set for between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. EST (1300 and 1500 GMT).
Feb. 17: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Progress 58 cargo mission to the International Space Station in an unmanned mission launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff set for 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT).
Feb. 17: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is slated to launch two communications satellites (Eutelsat 115 West B and ABS 3A) from SpaceX's pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a mission for satellite communication providers Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite of Bermuda and Hong Kong.
February: ISC Kosmotras is slated to launch a Dnepr rocket carrying the Kompsat 3A Earth observation satellite for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute.
February: A Super Strypi rocket built by the Sandia National Laboratory will launch the HiakaSat spacecraft and several small CubeSat satellites into orbit from the U.S. Pacific Missile Range in Barking Sands, Kauai.
Feb-March: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch two European Galileo navigation system satellites into orbit from the South American spaceport of Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
Editor's note: More missions will be added as dates warrant.
Jan. 10: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched its fifth Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA, a flight that also included an innovative reusable rocket landing test. The launch was a complete success, though the reusable rocket landing test failed to successfully land the Falcon 9 rocket's first stage on an ocean platform.
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