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The Complete 2010 Launch Forecast

LASTUPDATED July 2, 2010:Thanks to all of you who are writing in withcorrectionsto this launch forecast. Please remember to cite your source for anysuggestions you make. And as always, please remember that there is no greaterwork of fiction than a Web site's launch schedule. These dates are often basedon unofficial sources and change almost every day. Please DO NOT scheduletravel based on a date you see here:

2010

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

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

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

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

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

August31:A Russian-built Proton booster to loft three new Glonass navigation satellitesinto orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

communicationssatellites from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

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

August: An InternationalLaunch Services Proton rocket to loft the SkyTerra 1 mobile communicationssatellite from the Central Asian spaceport of Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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

September1: AUnited States Air Force Minotaur 4 rocket to launch the Space Test Program S26mission, which includes multiple payloads from the USAF, NASA and others, fromKodiak Island in Alaska. ?

September7: AUnited Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket to launch a classified reconnaissancesatellite (NROL-41) for the National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg AirForce Base in California.

September8: ARussian Soyuz rocket to launch the unmanned Progress 39 cargo ship fromBaikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver new supplies to the crew of theInternational Space Station.

September: An Arianespace Soyuzrocket to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to orbit six newGlobalstar mobile communications satellites.

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

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

October19:A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to liftoff from Space LaunchComplex 37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying theclassified NROL-32 spy satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

October27:A Russian Soyuz rocket to launch the unmanned Progress 40 cargo ship fromBaikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver new supplies to the crew of theInternational Space Station.

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

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

October: A Chinese Long March3A rocket to launch the new Chang'e 2 spacecraft ? the country's second lunarorbiter ? from Xichang Space Center in the Sichuan province.

FourthQuarter:?A Russian Rockot booster to launch two additions to the Gonets satellitecommunications network from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

FourthQuarter:?A Zenit 3F rocket to launch the Russian Spektr R radio astronomy observatoryfrom Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

FourthQuarter:An Arianespace Soyuz rocket to launch on its debut flight from a brand-newlaunch pad at Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana to send the Hylascommunications satellite into orbit for Avanti Communications of the UnitedKingdom.

*NET November1:The space shuttle Discovery will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center inFlorida on what is expected to be the final space shuttle flight in history todeliver a huge shelf of spare parts and a cargo module that has been refittedto serve as a permanent storage module on the International Space Station. 4:33p.m. EDT (2033 GMT).

November17:A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket to liftoff from Space Launch Complex37B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying the GPS 2F-2 globalpositioning system satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

November22:An Orbital Sciences-built Taurus rocket to blast off from Vandenberg Air ForceBase in California to launch the Glory Earth-watching satellite to monitorEarth's black carbon and aerosol levels in the atmosphere and otherclimate-related phenomena. 5:09 a.m. EST (1009 GMT).

November30: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 theInternational Space Station, from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

November: A Minotaur 4 rocketto launch the new TacSat-4 demonstration satellite from Kodiak Island inAlaska.

December1: AUnited Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket to liftoff from California'sVandenberg Air Force Station carrying the classified NROL-49 spy satellite forthe U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

December10:A Russian-built Soyuz rocket to launch three new crewmembers to theInternational Space Station aboard a Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft blasting off fromBaikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to boost the outpost's Expedition 25 crew.

December10:A Minotaur 1 rocket to launch the Operationally Responsive Space 1 satellitefrom Wallops Island, Virginia.

December27:A Russian Soyuz rocket to launch the unmanned Progress 41 cargo ship fromBaikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver new supplies to the crew of theInternational Space Station.

Early2011:An Arianespace-managed Soyuz 2-1b rocket to launch two Galileo navigationsatellites for the European Galileo navigation system from Guiana Space Centerin Kourou, French Guiana.

Early2011:An Arianespace-managed Soyuz 2-1a rocket to launch its second mission fromGuiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, this one to orbit the Pleiades 1Earth-observation satellite as well as four ELISA electronic intelligencesatellites and Chile's SSOT remote-sensing spacecraft.

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

*NET February26, 2011:NASA's space shuttle Endeavour is slated to launch the STS-134 mission to theInternational Space Station to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, abillion-dollar experiment, as well as vital supplies and spare parts.

 

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