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2010

July 10: An International Launch Services Proton rocket will launch the new EchoStar 15 communications satellite from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. 2:40 p.m. EDT (1840 GMT).

July 18: A United States Air Force Minotaur 4 rocket to launch the first satellite in a planned Space-Based Surveillance System in a mission to blast off from Space Launch Complex 8 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 12:41-12:55 a.m. (0441-0455 GMT).

July 27: India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to launch the Cartosat 2B Earth-observation satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India. 11:53 p.m. EDT (0353 GMT).

July 30: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to launch the U.S. military's Advanced Extremely High Frequency 1 (AEHF 1) communications satellite into orbit from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

August 3: An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket to launch the new Rascom-QAF 1R and Nilesat 201 from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

August 31: A Russian-built Proton booster to loft three new Glonass navigation satellites into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

communications satellites from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

August: Japan's workhorse H-2A rocket to launch the new Michibiki satellite, formerly as the Quasi-Zenith Satellite, to boost Global Positioning Satellite services in Japan. 9:54-10:54 a.m. EDT (1354-1454 GMT).

August: An International Launch Services Proton rocket to loft the SkyTerra 1 mobile communications satellite from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

*NET Late August: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the company's second such booster, to launch the first Dragon spacecraft on a 4 1/2-hour demonstration flight (Dragon C1)? to blast off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

September 1: A United States Air Force Minotaur 4 rocket to launch the Space Test Program S26 mission, which includes multiple payloads from the USAF, NASA and others, from Kodiak Island in Alaska. ?

September 7: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to launch a classified reconnaissance satellite (NROL-41) for the National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

September 8: A Russian Soyuz rocket to launch the unmanned Progress 39 cargo ship from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver new supplies to the crew of the International Space Station.

September: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to orbit six new Globalstar mobile communications satellites.

September: An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket to launch the W3B and BSAT 3b communications satellites for Eutelsat and Japan from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

October 8: A Russian-built Soyuz rocket to launch three new crewmembers to the International Space Station aboard a new digital Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft blasting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to boost the outpost's Expedition 24 crew.

October 19: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to liftoff from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying the classified NROL-32 spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

October 27: A Russian Soyuz rocket to launch the unmanned Progress 40 cargo ship from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver new supplies to the crew of the International Space Station.

October 29: A United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket to launch the COSMO-SkyMed 4 radar satellite for Italy from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 10:21-10:34 p.m. EDT (0221-0234 Oct. 30 GMT).

October 29: A Russian-Ukranian Dnepr rocket to launch several satellites for Nigeria, Turkey, the University of Rome and others from Yasny launch base in Russia.

October: A Chinese Long March 3A rocket to launch the new Chang'e 2 spacecraft ? the country's second lunar orbiter ? from Xichang Space Center in the Sichuan province.

Fourth Quarter: ?A Russian Rockot booster to launch two additions to the Gonets satellite communications network from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

Fourth Quarter: ?A Zenit 3F rocket to launch the Russian Spektr R radio astronomy observatory from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Fourth Quarter: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket to launch on its debut flight from a brand-new launch pad at Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana to send the Hylas communications satellite into orbit for Avanti Communications of the United Kingdom.

*NET November 1: The space shuttle Discovery will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on what is expected to be the final space shuttle flight in history to deliver a huge shelf of spare parts and a cargo module that has been refitted to serve as a permanent storage module on the International Space Station. 4:33 p.m. EDT (2033 GMT).

November 17: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket to liftoff from Space Launch Complex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying the GPS 2F-2 global positioning system satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

November 22: An Orbital Sciences-built Taurus rocket to blast off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to launch the Glory Earth-watching satellite to monitor Earth's black carbon and aerosol levels in the atmosphere and other climate-related phenomena. 5:09 a.m. EST (1009 GMT).

November 30: An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket to launch the new Automated Transfer Vehicle 2 (ATV-2) Johannes Kepler, an unmanned cargo ship to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

November: A Minotaur 4 rocket to launch the new TacSat-4 demonstration satellite from Kodiak Island in Alaska.

December 1: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to liftoff from California's Vandenberg Air Force Station carrying the classified NROL-49 spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

December 10: A Russian-built Soyuz rocket to launch three new crewmembers to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft blasting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to boost the outpost's Expedition 25 crew.

December 10: A Minotaur 1 rocket to launch the Operationally Responsive Space 1 satellite from Wallops Island, Virginia.

December 27: A Russian Soyuz rocket to launch the unmanned Progress 41 cargo ship from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver new supplies to the crew of the International Space Station.

Early 2011: An Arianespace-managed Soyuz 2-1b rocket to launch two Galileo navigation satellites for the European Galileo navigation system from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

Early 2011: An Arianespace-managed Soyuz 2-1a rocket to launch its second mission from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, this one to orbit the Pleiades 1 Earth-observation satellite as well as four ELISA electronic intelligence satellites and Chile's SSOT remote-sensing spacecraft.

*NET February: The third Falcon 9 rocket built by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to launch the second Dragon test flight (Dragon C2) from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

*NET February 26, 2011: NASA's space shuttle Endeavour is slated to launch the STS-134 mission to the International Space Station to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a billion-dollar experiment, as well as vital supplies and spare parts.

 

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