International Launch Schedule, June 2003


 

JUNE 2003

 

06/26/2003: Delta 2 Mars Rover-B Mission
Launch time: 12:27 a.m. EDT
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 2 will send NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover-B, second of two robotic rovers to Mars in 2003.

06/30/2003: MOST & MIMOSA 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot will insert into orbit the Canadian Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) orbiting telescope and the Czech MIcro Measurements of Satellite Acceleration (MIMOSA) to study the density of the upper atmosphere.

 

JULY 2003

DELAYED INDEFINITELY: Sea Launch EchoStar 9-Telstar13
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North)

The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will insert into orbit a combo satellite to be used jointly between EchoStar and Loral Skynet. Dubbed EchoStar 9, the craft’s Ku-band and Ka-band payload will be operated by EchoStar for its DISH Network direct-to-home entertainment service.

 

07/11/2003: Delta 4 DSCS B6
Launch window: 16:30 pm EDT
Launch site: SLC-37B, CCAFS, Florida
Boeing Delta 4 Medium rocket will insert into orbit the Defense Satellite Communications System B6 spacecraft under the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

07/17/2003: Atlas 5 Rainbow 1
Launch time: 7:20 pm EDT
Launch site: SLC-41, CCAFS, Florida
Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket (AV-003) will into orbit the Rainbow 1 direct broadcasting spacecraft for Cablevision. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. The rocket will fly in the 521 configuration, marking the new launcher’s first mission using solid rocket boosters and a large nose cone.

07/19/2003 Titan 2 DMSP 16
Launch window: 12:27 pm EDT
Launch site: SLC-4W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The Air Force Titan 2, known as G-9, will insert into orbit the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 5D-3-F16 weather satellite into polar orbit.

07/24/2003: Delta 2 GPS 2R-10
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, CCAFS, Florida
Boeing Delta 2 will launch the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-10 military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force.

                                 

AUGUST 2003

 

08/2003 Atlas 2AS Superbird 6
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-36A, CCAFS, Florida
Lockheed Martin’s Atlas rocket, AC-163, will insert into orbit the Japanese Superbird 6 communications satellite.

8/2003 Ariane 5G Insat 3E e-Bird and SMART 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
The Arianespace Ariane 5G rocket Flight 162 will insert into orbit the Indian Space Research Organization’s Insat 3E and Eutelsat’s e-Bird communications satellites and European Space Agency’s SMART 1 technology demonstration craft destined to orbit the Moon.

08/2/2003 NET: Pegasus XL SciSat 1 
Launch window: 12:03 am EDT
Launch site: Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
(NASA-GSFC/Canadian Space Agency)
Air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will insert into orbit a NASA/Canadian SciSat-1 satellite to study atmospheric ozone. 

8/18/2003 Titan 4B NRO
Launch window:TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
The Lockheed Martin Titan 4B, known as B-36, will insert into orbit a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office with Centaur upper stage.

08/23/2003  Delta 2 SIRTF
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Boeing Delta 2 will insert into orbit NASA’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility, or SIRTF. The spacecraft is the fourth and final member of NASA’s Great Observatories series.

08/30/2003 Soyuz Progress 12P 
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will will insert into orbit the twelfth Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station.

 

SEPTEMBER 2003

09/30/2002: Delta 7420 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 7420 SWIFT (NASA-GSFC)
NASA/Boeing government civil launch

01/17/2004: Titan 4B DSP 22 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
Titan 4B, known as B-39, will insert into orbit the twenty second Defense Support Program missile warning satellite.

 

 

OCTOBER 2003

 

10/07/2003 Atlas 3B UHF F11 
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-36B, CCAFS, Florida
Lockheed Martin’s Atlas rocket, AC-203, will will insert into orbit the U.S. Navy’s Ultra-High Frequency Follow-On F11 satellite in support of the military’s global communications network.

10/15/2003: Atlas 2AS NROL -18
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg USAF, California
Atlas rocket, will insert into orbit a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

10/17/2003 Delta 2 GPS 2R-10 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Boeing Delta 2 will will insert into orbit the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-10 military navigation satellite. 

10/18/2003 Soyuz ISS 7S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will insert into orbit the Soyuz TMA spacecraft to the ISS that will serve as a lifeboat for the outpost’s three-person resident crew.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2003

11/06/2003: Delta 2 Gravity Probe-B 
Launch time: 1244 EDT
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Delta 2 will insert into orbit NASA’s Gravity Probe-B to measure how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and how the Earth’s rotation drags space-time around with it. Spacecraft will test Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
                                      

 

 

DECEMBER 2003

12/2003: Delta IV – NROL-22
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-6, Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
The Delta IV family blends new and mature technology to launch virtually any size medium or heavy payload into space. It is composed of five vehicles based on a common booster core (CBC) first stage. Delta IV second stages are derived from the Delta III second stage, using the same RL10B-2 engine, but with two sizes of expanded fuel and oxidizer tanks, depending on the model.

In designing the five Delta IV configurations, Boeing conducted extensive discussions with government and commercial customers concerning their present and future launch requirements. Proven technical features and processes were carried over from earlier Delta vehicles to Delta IV. New technologies and processes were incorporated where they added capability or reduced cost.

12/05/2003: Delta II Swift
Launch window: TBA
Launch site:  SLC-17, CCAFS, Florida
Boeing Delta 2 will insert into orbit NASA’s Swift gamma-ray burst research spacecraft. The satellite will focus on studying the recently-discovered afterglow from such bursts.

12/19/2003 NET: Delta II GPS 2R-11
Launch window: TBA
Launch site:  SLC-17, CCAFS, Floride
Boeing Delta 2 will insert into orbit the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-11 military navigation satellite.

 

 

JANUARY 2004

EARLY 2004: H-2A MTSAT 1R
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Tanegashima, Japan
The sixth flight of the Japanese H-2A rocket will insert into orbit the Multi-functional Transport Satellite 1R. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the MTSAT 1R spacecraft will be used by Japan’s Ministry of Transport for air traffic control and weather observation.

01/2004 Atlas 3 MBSAT 
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-36B, CCAFS, Florida
Lockheed Martin’s Atlas rocket, AC-202, will insert into orbit the MBSAT satellite for Japan’s Mobile Broadcasting Corporation. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the mobile communications spacecraft designed to serve Japan and South Korea. 

01/17/2004 Titan 4B DSP 22 
Launch window:TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
The Lockheed Martin Titan 4B, known as B-39, will will insert into orbit the 22nd Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite with the Boeing Inertial Upper Stage-10.

 

 

Delayed Shuttle Launches

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter — Atlantis (OV-104) 
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #114; Atlantis flight #27
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration — 12 days
STS-114 is the seventeenth U.S. mission to ISS. Will deliver (ULF1)/Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and crew rotation.

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter – Endeavour (OV-105)
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #115; Endeavour flight #20
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration –  10 DAYS
STS-115 is the eighteen U.S. mission to ISS. ISS eighteenth flight Deliver (12A) / P3/P4 arrays

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter — Atlantis (OV-104)
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #116; Atlantis flight #28
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration — 10 days
STS-116 is the nineteenth U.S. mission to ISS. Will deliver SPACEHAB. Due to exchange the Expedition Seven and crew rotation.

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter – Endeavour (OV-105)
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #117; Endeavour flight #21
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration –  10 days
STS-117 to ISS twentieth U.S. mission to ISS Deliver (13A) / S3/S4 arrays

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter –TBD
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #118; TBD 
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration –  11 days
STS-118 is the 21st U.S. mission to ISS. ISS (13A.1 )/ ITS S5, SPACEHAB

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter — Atlantis (OV-104)
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #119; Atlantis flight #29
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration — 11 days
STS-119 is the 22nd U.S. mission to ISS. (15A)/ITS S6 and  crew rotation.

DELAYED INDEFINITELY
Orbiter – Endeavour (OV-105)
Mission Number – Shuttle flight #120; Endeavour flight #22
Launch window: Under review
Launch site: TBD, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration –  10 days
STS-120 to ISS 23rd U.S. mission to ISS Deliver (10A) / U.S. Node 2.


Acronyms
Cdr = mission commander OV = orbiter vehicle cos = cosmonaut PC = payload commander EDT = Eastern Daylight Time Plt = pilot EST = Eastern Standard Time PS = payload specialist ISS = International Space Station TBD = to be determined MS = mission specialist UF = utilization flight NET = no earlier than U/R = under review

 

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International Launch Schedule, Sep 2002

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NOVEMBER 2002

11/25/2002: Proton Astra 1K 
Launch window: 6:04 p.m. EST
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Proton will insert into orbit the Societe Europeenne des Satellites’ Astra 1K a Ka- and Ku-band satellite.

11/28/2002 Kosmos-3M Mozhaets & AlSat-1 
Launch time: 02:00 a.m. EST
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Kosmos-3M will insert into orbit a Russian Mozhaets satellite and the AlSat-1 disaster monitoring satellite in orbit for Algeria.

11/28/2002: Ariane 5 Hot Bird 7 & Stentor spacecraft
Launch window: 1:25 a.m. – 6:05 a. m. EST
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Best Electronic Cigarette Review Arianespace Flight 157 will insert into orbit Eutelsat’s Hot Bird 7 a direct-to-home TV broadcasting satellite and the Stentor is a French space agency’s communications spacecraft.

11/28/2002: Kosmos-3M • Mozhaets & AlSat-1
Launch window: 2:00 a.m. EST
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Kosmos-3M small launch vehicle will carry the Russian Mozhaets satellite and the AlSat-1 disaster monitoring satellite for Algeria.

Date Unknown Molniya-M  Military
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Molniya-M rocket is scheduled to launch a classified satellite payload into orbit for the Russian military.

DECEMBER 2002

Early December: Ariane 44L NSS 6 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: ELA-2, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace Flight 156 will insert into orbit the NSS 6 telecommunications satellite.

Mid December: Sea Launch Galaxy 13 
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean
Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will insert into orbit PanAmSat’s Galaxy 13 communications satellite.

12/04/2002 Atlas IIA (AC-144)
Launch window: 10:42 p.m. – 11:22 p.m. EST
Launch site: SLC-36B, CCAFS, Florida
Atlas IIA insert into orbit the first of three new communications satellites; Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-j, TDRS-J  (NASA-GSFC)

12/13/2002: H-2A ADEOS 2 
Launch window: 20:30-20:50 EST
Launch site: Tanegashima, Japan
Japan’s fourth flight of the H-2A rocket will insert into orbit the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-2 (ADEOS-2) and the Micro-Lab Sat, a Whale Ecology Observation Satellite System (WEOSS) and a Federation Satellite (FedSat).

12/15/2002: Titan 2 Coriolis
Launch window: 09:18 EST
Launch site: SLC-4W, Vandenberg USAF, Ca.
Titan II, will insert into orbit the Coriolis spacecraft.

12/17/2002: Proton Nimiq 2 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Proton will insert into orbit the Canadian Nimiq 2 direct-to-home TV
broadcasting satellite into orbit.

12/19/2002: Delta 2 ICESAT and CHIPSAT
Launch window: 7:45-8:30 EST Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Delta 2 will insert into orbit NASA’s Ice; Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESAT) and Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer Satellite (CHIPSAT).
                                      

JANUARY 2003

01/2003: Sea Launch Thuraya 2 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean
Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will insert into orbit a mobile communications spacecraft for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company of United Arab Emirates.

01/12/2003: Ariane 5 Rosetta
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket will send the European Space Agency’s Rosetta 5 spacecraft to Comet 46 P/Wirtanen to observe the comet. It will deploy a lander to the comet’s surface too.

01/13/2003: Atlas 3B AsiaSat 4 
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-36B, CCAFS, Florida
Atlas rocket, will insert into orbit the AsiaSat 4 telecommunications satellite.

01/16/2003: Orbiter — Columbia (OV-102)
Launch period: TBD
Launch site: LC-39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration — 16 days
STS-107 will have Spacehab research lab in the shuttle’s payload bay for various experiments on a 16-day science mission.

01/21/2003: Titan 4B Milstar 2-F4 
Launch window: 16:35 EST
Launch site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
Titan 4B will insert into orbit the sixth and final Military Strategic and Tactical Relay 2-series communications satellite.

01/25/2003: Pegasus XL SORCE 
Launch window: 15:10-16:10 EST
Launch site: CCAFS, Fla.
Air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will insert into orbit NASA’s Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite into orbit.

01/2003: Proton AMC 9 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Proton will insert into orbit AMC 9 telecommunications satellite for SES Global.

01/29/2003: Delta 2 SIRTF 
Launch time: 10:27 a.m.EST
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 2 will insert into orbit NASA’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) . The last member of NASA’s Great Observatories series.

01/30/2003: Atlas 5 Hellas Sat 2 
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-41, CCAFS, Florida
Atlas 5 rocket (AV-002) will insert into orbit the Greek Hellas Sat 2 telecommunications satellite.

DATE Unknown First Quarter: Delta 4 Estrela do Sul 1
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-37B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 4 will insert into orbit a Brazilian Estrela do Sul 1 telecommunications satellite.

DATE Unknown First Quarter: Sea Launch Telstar 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North)
Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will insert into orbit Loral Skynet’s Telstar 8 communications satellite.

DATE Unknown First Quarter: MOST & MIMOSA 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia
A Eurockot Rockot will insert into orbit the Canadian Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) orbiting telescope and the Czech MIcro Measurements of Satellite Acceleration (MIMOSA) to study the density of the upper atmosphere.

DATE Unknown First Quarter : Pegasus XL GALEX 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: CCAFS, Florida
Pegasus XL rocket will insert into orbit NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite.

DATE Unknown: Delta 4 DSCS B6 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-37B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 4 Medium will put into orbit a Defense Satellite.

FEBRUARY 2003

02/06/2003: Delta 2 GPS 2R-9 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 2 will insert into orbit NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-9 military navigation satellite.

MARCH 2003

03/01/2003: Pegasus XL SciSat 1 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will insert into orbit a NASA/Canadian SciSat-1 satellite to study atmospheric ozone.

03/01/2003: Orbiter — Atlantis (OV-104)
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: LC-39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration — 11 days
STS-114 will be the seventeenth U.S. mission to ISS and will deliver supplies and equipment with the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. Due to exchange the Expedition Six and Seven crews.

03/2003: Pegasus XL OrbView 3 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will insert into orbit OrbView-3 Earth-imaging satellite.

APRIL 2003

04/24/2003: Delta 2 Gravity Probe-B 
Launch time: 1644 GMT (1244 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Delta 2 will insert into orbit NASA’s Gravity Probe-B to measure how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and how the Earth’s rotation drags space-time around with it. Spacecraft will test Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

                                      

MAY 2003

05/2003: Titan 4B NRO 
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Titan 4B will insert into orbit a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

05/2003 Titan 2 DMSP 16
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-4W, Vandenberg USAF, Calif.
Titan 2 will insert into orbit the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 5D-3-F16 weather satellite.

05/2003: M-5 MUSES-C 
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: Kagoshima, Japan
Japanese M-5 rocket will send the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science’s MUSES-C spacecraft to an asteroid to collect a sample for return to Earth later in the decade.

05/23/2003: Orbiter — Endeavour (OV-105)
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration  –  10 days
STS-115, the eighteenth U.S. mission to the ISS. Will deliver and attach the second port truss of the Integrated Truss Structure P3/P4,  solar arrays for the station.

05/30/2003: Delta 2 Mars Rover-A Mission
Launch time: 1828 GMT (1428 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-17A, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 2 will send NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover-A, one of two identical robotic rovers being sent to the Red Planet in 2003.
                           

JUNE 2003

06/2003: Atlas 2AS NRO 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg USAF, California
Atlas rocket, will insert into orbit a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

06/01/2003: Soyuz Mars Express Mission
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Russian Soyuz-Fregat rocket will send the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter spacecraft, it also carries a lander; Beagle 2.

06/09/2003: Titan 4B NRO 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
Titan 4B will insert into orbit a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

06/25/2003: Delta 2 Mars Rover-B Mission
Launch time: 0434 GMT (0034 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 2 will send NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover-B, second of two robotic rovers to Mars in 2003.

JULY 2003

07/24/2003: Orbiter — Atlantis (OV-104)
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Mission duration — 10 days
STS-116 is the nineteenth U.S. mission to ISS. Will deliver SPACEHAB. Due to exchange the Expedition Seven and Eight crews.

                                      
NO AUGUST 2003 LAUNCHES 

SEPTEMBER 2003

09/30/2002: Delta 7420
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
Delta 7420 SWIFT (NASA-GSFC)
NASA/Boeing government civil launch

DATE Unknown Titan 4B DSP 22 
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, CCAFS, Florida
Titan 4B, known as B-39, will insert into orbit the twenty second Defense Support Program missile warning satellite.

OCTOBER 2003

10/02/2003: Orbiter – Endeavour (OV-105)
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC- 39B
Mission duration –  TBD
STS-117 is the twentieth U.S. mission to ISS. Will deliver SPACEHAB. Will deliver and install S3/S4 solar arrays of the Integrated Truss Structure for the station.

NOVEMBER 2003

11/13/2003:  Orbiter — Columbia (OV-102)
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39B
Mission duration — 11 days
STS-118 is the twenty first  U.S. mission to ISS. Will deliver SPACEHAB. Will deliver and install ITS S5 and  SPACEHAB. Due to exchange the Expedition Eight and Nine crews.
                                      

DECEMBER 2003

12/01/2003: Delta III
Launch window: TBA
Launch site:  SLC-17B, CCAFS, Florida
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09/2002: Kosmos-3M Nadezhda & AlSat-1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia.
A Kosmos-3M small launch vehicle will carry the Russian Nadezhda navigation satellite and the AlSat-1 disaster monitoring satellite for Algeria.

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09/26/2002: Molniya Military
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia.
A Molniya M rocket is scheduled to launch a classified satellite payload into orbit for the Russian military.

09/2002: Delta 2 GPS 2R-8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-8 military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration.

10/02/2002: Shuttle Atlantis ISS 9A
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: LC-39, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STS-112 will be the fifteenth U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver the first starboard truss segment, the S1 Truss, and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A to help spacewalkers move around the station’s exterior.

10/06/2002: Titan 2 DMSP 16
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-4W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The Air Force Titan 2, known as G-9, will launch the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program 5D-3-F16 weather satellite into polar orbit.

10/09/2002: Delta 4 Inaugural flight
Launch window: 2242-2327 GMT (1842-1927 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.
The maiden flight of the Boeing Delta 4 rocket will launch the W5 commercial telecommunications satellite for Eutelsat. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration. The Delta 4 was developed as part of the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

Tentative Launch Date: Pegasus XL GALEX
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
An Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will carry NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite into space.

10/17/2002: Proton INTEGRAL
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
A Russian Proton rocket will launch the European Space Agency’s International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory satellite, or INTEGRAL, that will study objects and processes that emit the most powerful electromagnetic radiation in space.

10/28/2002: Soyuz ISS 5S
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
A Russian government Soyuz-U rocket will launch a fresh Soyuz capsule to the International Space Station that will serve as a lifeboat for the outpost’s three-person resident crew. Launch moved up from Nov. 4. The “taxi crew” flying this new Soyuz to the station will stay on the outpost for about a week before undocking Nov. 7 and riding the old Soyuz back to Earth.

11/07/2002 (tentative): Shuttle Endeavour: ISS 11A
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: LC-39, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STS-113 will be the sixteenth U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver the first port truss segment, P1 Truss, and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart B to help spacewalkers move around the station’s exterior. This flight will also exchange the Expedition Five and Six crews.

11/21/2002: Atlas 2A TDRS-J
Launch window: 0336-0416 GMT (2236-2316 EST on Nov. 20th)
Launch site: SLC-36B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket will launch NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite J, TDRS-J, the third of a new generation of Boeing-built spacecraft.

Tentative before end of year (tentative): Proton Astra 1K
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
An ILS Proton will launch the Societe Europeenne des Satellites’ Astra 1K telecommunications spacecraft. The Ka- and Ku-band satellite was built by Alcatel Space.

09/2002: Pegasus XL OrbView 3
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
An Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will carry the OrbView-3 Earth-imaging satellite into space for OrbImage. OrbView-3 will produce one-meter resolution panchromatic and four-meter resolution multi-spectral imagery.

11/2002: H-2A ADEOS 2
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Tanegashima, Japan.
The fourth flight of Japan’s H-2A rocket will launch (ADEOS-2) the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite-2, along with the Micro-Lab Sat, (WEOSS) Whale Ecology Observation Satellite System and (FedSat) the Federation Satellite.

11/2002: Delta 2 GPS 2R-9
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-9 military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration. The second stage will carry NASA’s Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer System (ProSEDS) as a secondary payload. Decision to fly ProSEDS on this flight was made once the Air Force determined whether this will be an ascending or descending node launch. ProSEDS requires ascending node.

12/01/2002: Pegasus XL SORCE
Launch time: approx. 1600 GMT (1100 EST)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
An Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will carry NASA’s (SORCE) Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment satellite into orbit to make precise measurements of total solar irradiance, which is the main source of energy in the Earth’s atmosphere.

12/2002: Titan 4B NRO
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The Lockheed Martin Titan 4B, known as B-36, will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office with Centaur upper stage. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force.

Tentative before end of year: Sea Launch Galaxy 13
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North).
The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will launch PanAmSat’s Galaxy 13 communications satellite built by Boeing Satellite Systems. The spacecraft’s C-band payload will support PanAmSat’s cable program distribution services in North America. The spacecraft’s Ku-band payload, which will be known as Horizons-1, will be used for the joint endeavor between PanAmSat and Japan’s JSAT and delivery of content and services between the U.S. and Asia using a Hawaii-based relay station.

12/14/2002: Delta 4 DSCS B6
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 4 Medium will launch the Defense Satellite Communications System B6 spacecraft on the first military launch of the Air Force’s (EELV) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program. Liftoff to occur at least two months after the maiden Delta 4 launch.

12/17/2002: Atlas 5 Nimiq 2
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Lockheed Martin Atlas 5 rocket (AV-002) will launch the Canadian Nimiq 2 direct-to-home TV broadcasting satellite. The Ku/Ka-band spacecraft was built by Lockheed Martin for Telesat Canada. The rocket will fly in the 401 configuration.

12/19/2002: Delta 2 ICESAT & CHIPSAT
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch NASA’s NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESAT) and the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer Satellite (CHIPSAT). The rocket will fly in the 7320 vehicle configuration.

01/09/2003: Delta 2 SIRTF
Launch time: 1527 GMT (1027 EST)
Launch site: SLC-17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch NASA’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility, or SIRTF. The spacecraft is the fourth and final member of NASA’s Great Observatories series. The rocket will fly in the 7920-Heavy vehicle configuration.

01/16/2003: Shuttle Columbia Spacehab
Launch period: TBD
Launch site: LC-39, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STS-107 will feature the flight of a Spacehab research laboratory in the shuttle’s payload bay with a variety of experiments for a 16-day science mission.

01/2003: Sea Launch Thuraya 2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North).
The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will launch the second Thuraya mobile communications spacecraft for Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company of United Arab Emirates. The Boeing-built satellite will join Thuraya 1 in providing a telephone network for Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia.

01/19/2003: Pegasus XL SciSat 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
An Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will carry the NASA-sponsored, Canadian-built SciSat-1 spacecraft into orbit to study atmospheric ozone depletion.

01/20/2003: Ariane 5 Rosetta
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana.
Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket will launch the European Space Agency’s Rosetta 5 spacecraft on a mission to rendezvous with Comet 46 P/Wirtanen for detailed observations. The probe will also deploy a lander to the comet’s surface.

01/2003: Titan 2 Coriolis
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-4W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The Air Force Titan 2, known as G-4, will launch the Coriolis spacecraft. The satellite carries the WindSat instrument to measure ocean surface wind speed and direction using an experimental polarimetric radiometer and the Solar Mass Ejection Imager payload.

01/30/2003: Atlas 3B AsiaSat 4
Launch time: TBA
Launch site: SLC-36B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Lockheed Martin’s Atlas rocket, AC-205, will launch the AsiaSat 4 telecommunications satellite. The Boeing-built craft will provide a variety of communications and broadband multimedia services to the Asia Pacific region and direct-to-home TV programming to Hong Kong.

02/02/2003: Delta 4 Estrela do Sul 1
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 4 Medium+ (4,2) will launch the Brazilian Estrela do Sul 1 telecommunications satellite. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the craft will provide Ku-band coverage to Brazil, North and South America and the North Atlantic Ocean Region.

Tentative Launch Date: Shuttle Atlantis ISS ULF1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: LC-39, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STS-114 will be the seventeenth U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver supplies and equipment to station using a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module marking the first station utilization mission. This flight will also exchange the Expedition Six and Seven crews.

02/2003: Delta 2 GPS 2R-10
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-10 military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration.

Tentative Launch Date: Sea Launch Telstar 8
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: Odyssey platform, Pacific Ocean (154° West, 0° North).
The Sea Launch Zenit 3SL rocket will launch Loral Skynet’s Telstar 8 communications satellite. Built by Space Systems/Loral, the tri-band spacecraft will provide C-band, Ku-band and Ka-band for expanded coverage of North and South America.

Tentative Launch Date: Rockot MOST & MIMOSA
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia.
A Eurockot Rockot will launch the Canadian Microvariability and Oscillations of STars (MOST) orbiting telescope spacecraft and the Czech MIcroMeasurements Of Satellite Acceleration (MIMOSA) spacecraft to study the density of the upper atmosphere.

Tentative Launch Date: Titan 4B Milstar 2-F4
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The Lockheed Martin Titan 4B, known as B-35, will launch the fourth Military Strategic and Tactical Relay 2-series communications satellite with Centaur upper stage. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. This will be the sixth and final Milstar satellite overall.

02/2003: Shuttle Endeavour ISS 12A
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
STS-115 will be the eighteenth U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver and attach the second port truss segment to the Integrated Truss Structure P3/P4 and associated set of power-generating solar arrays to the station.

04/24/2003: Delta 2 Gravity Probe-B
Launch time: 1644 GMT (1244 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch NASA’s Gravity Probe-B to measure how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and how the Earth’s rotation drags space-time around with it. The spacecraft will test the predictions of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

05/2003: Titan 4B NRO
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
The Lockheed Martin Titan 4B, known as B-30, will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force.

05/30/2003: Delta 2 Mars Rover-A
Launch time: 1828 GMT (1428 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-17A, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover-A, the first of two identical robotic rovers being sent to the Red Planet in 2003 to study different regions of Mars. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration.

06/01/2003: Soyuz Mars Express
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
A Russian Soyuz-Fregat rocket will launch the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter spacecraft, which also carries a small lander, called Beagle 2, to be dispatched to the surface of the Red Planet. The launch is managed by the commercial Starsem company that markets the Russian Soyuz. Arrival at Mars is expected around December 26, 2003.

06/2003: Atlas 2AS NRO
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Lockheed Martin’s Atlas rocket, AC-164, will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The launch is known as MLV-14 and will be run by the U.S. Air Force.

06/25/2003: Delta 2 Mars Rover-B
Launch time: 0434 GMT (0034 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover-B, the second of two identical robotic rovers being sent to the Red Planet in 2003 to study different regions of Mars. The rocket will fly in the Delta 2-Heavy vehicle configuration.

Tentative: Titan 4B DSP 22
Launch window: TBA
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
The Lockheed Martin Titan 4B, known as B-39, will launch the 22nd Defense Support Program missile-warning satellite with the Boeing Inertial Upper Stage-10. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. This will be the last Titan launch from Cape Canaveral.

Tentative Summer 2003: Delta 2 GPS 2R-11
Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-17, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Boeing Delta 2 will launch the NAVSTAR Global Positioning System 2R-11 military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the 7925 vehicle configuration.

 

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