Nov
9
Thu
Atlas 5 • SBIRS GEO Flight 4 at SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Nov 9 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-076, will launch the U.S. military’s fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 4, for missile early-warning detection. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Oct. 27. [Jan. 10]

Nov
14
Tue
Pegasus XL • ICON at L-1011, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands
Nov 14 @ 10:28 am – 11:59 pm

An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions. Delayed from June 15. [July 17]

Nov
17
Fri
Antares • OA-9 at Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
Nov 17 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch of the 10th Cygnus cargo freighter on the ninth operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as OA-9. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230 configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. [Oct. 18]

Dec
13
Wed
Delta 4 • NROL-47 at SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Dec 13 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters. Delayed from Oct. 3 and Oct. 18. [June 8]

Dec
27
Wed
Soyuz • ISS 53S at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Dec 27 @ 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the residents. Delayed from Oct. 26. [April 28]