Here are the major satellite launches for 2018

Here are the major satellite launches for 2018

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 2018 satellite launches
Indian PSLV

The year 2018 beckons us to new hopes, ambitions and opportunities and the expectation that this year is going to be better than the preceding years – more calm, more peaceful, less precarious and geared towards innovation, rapid progress and momentous strides in the field of space technology.

Many satellites and spacecraft will be lifted and sent into orbital this year, and this will contribute more to our understanding of space and other phenomena on earth that impact us, including climate change, natural disasters, agricultural patterns, dwindling ice cover and ocean salinity, along with fostering an enabling mechanism for new disruptions.

China will take a giant leap in space exploration this year and launch 40 satellites. We will keep on updating you as new launch dates are released.

Let’s have a look at the schedule of satellite launches for 2018.

January 2018 satellite launches

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a secret payload called Zuma from Pad 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 8 p.m. EST on January 5.

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload (NROL-47) for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

India’s PSLV will launch its Cartosat 2 ER high-resolution Earth observation satellite and the NovaSAR-Sradar remote sensing satellite for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of the United Kingdom. The rocket will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India on January 10.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will take off from the International Space Station at 5:09 a.m. EST (1009 GMT) on January 13.

Japan’s Epsilon rocket will launch the ASNARO 2 radar Earth observation satellite from the Uchinoura Space Center on January 16.

An Atlas 5 rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance will launch the U.S. military’s fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 4) on January 18.

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the SES 14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana on January 25.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 30.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain from Vandenberg Air on January 30.

Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch two SuperView 1 Earth observation satellites from Taiyuan, China.

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 (GSLV Mk.2) will launch the GSAT 6A satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.

2018 satellite launches
Space X Falcon 9

February 2018 satellite launches

Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite, also known as Zhangheng 1 on February 1.

Russian Soyuz rocket will lift-off from Russia’s new Vostochny Cosmodrome with the Kanopus-V 3 and 4 Earth observation satellites on February 1.

Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 69th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station on February 11.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 12 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida on February 15.

Russian Proton rocket will launch the Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

2018 satellite launches
Russian Proton rocket

March 2018 satellite launches

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will be sent into orbit from the Guiana Space Center. It will carry four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides the broadband network to under-developed and developing nations.

United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch GOES-S, the second next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 1.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on March 13

NASA will launch its GRACE-FO (Follow-On) mission to track Earth’s gravity and water movement. It will lift off aboard SpaceX Falcon 9.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the Hylas 4 and Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana.

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission, India’s second mission to the moon.

Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 3B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia.

2018 satellite launches
Atlas V

April 2018 satellite launches

United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the AFSPC 11 mission for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission with an array of military and scientific research satellites on April 30

May 2018 satellite launches

Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-9) to the International Space Station on May 1

June 2018 satellite launches

On June 1, Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft will reach the asteroid Ryugu, where it will attempt to collect a sample and return it to Earth in 2020.

A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 70th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on June 13.

July 2018 satellite launches

United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on July 31.

The U.S. military will launch its fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.

August 2018 satellite launches

Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the seventh H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV -7), a cargo vehicle that will deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

2018 satellite launches
Russian Soyuz TMA-7

September 2018 satellite launches

Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the Expedition 57/58 crew: NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Nikolay Tikhonov.

October 2018 satellite launches

Russian Soyuz rocket will lift-off the Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station on October 11.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center.

India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3) will launch the GSAT 29 communications satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.

United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite to measure ice sheet elevation and ice sheet thickness changes associated with climate change, apart from measurements of Earth’s vegetation profile.

Arianespace Vega rocket will launch with the Aeolus satellite for the European Space Agency. ADM-Aeolus will be the first-ever satellite to deliver wind profiles on a global scale and on a daily basis.

Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Chang’e 5 mission to return samples from the moon. It will be the first lunar sample return mission attempted since 1976.

United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System (GPS 3-01).