The International Space Launches of April and May 0002/2018

There are a significant number of launches coming up in April and May, including an exciting mission to launch an InSight robotic Mars lander for the 12th mission of the Discovery program! Here are the international space launches over the remainder of April and May:

April 0002/2018

Date: April 18

Rocket: Proton-M (Breeze M Upper Stage)
Payload: Blagovest-12L
Launch Time: 22:12 GMT (6:12 PM EDT)
Launch Location: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, LC-81
Launch Service Provider: RVSN RF

Mission Description:

This mission by the Strategic Rocket Forces of the Russian Federation (RVSN RF) will see the launch of the Russian Blagovest-12L communications satellite into orbit. This satellite will provide high-speed internet, television, radio, and voice conferences for both domestic and military users in Russia. This flight was delayed four times: December 25th, February, March 22th, and April 4th.

Date: April 20

Rocket: Electron “It’s Business Time”
Payload: CubeSats x7, Lemur-2-74, Lemur-2-75, Outernet 1
Launch Time: Between 00:30-04:30 GMT on the 20th (8:30 PM-12:30 AM EDT on the 19th/20th)
Launch Location: Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1
Launch Service Provider: Rocket Lab

Mission Description:

This is the first fully commercial space flight of the Rocket Lab Electron rocket, named “It’s Business Time” by the company. They will be launching a number of different satellites into orbit, including several CubeSats for ISILunch, two Lemur-2 satellites for Spire Global, and the Outernet-1 satellite for Outernet.

Date: April 21

Rocket: Long March 3B/E
Payload: Apstar 6C
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Location: Xichang Satellite Launch Center
Launch Service Provider: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Mission Description:

This mission by CASC will put an Apstar 6C communications satellite into orbit to provide commercial video, direct-to-home broadcasting, VSAT connectivity, cellular backhaul, and mobile broadband services across the Asian-Pacific regions for APT Satellite Holdings.

Date: April 25

Rocket: Rokot (Briz-KM rocket stage)
Payload: Sentinel 3B
Launch Time: 22:12 GMT (6:12 PM EDT)
Launch Location: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Mirny, Site 133
Launch Service Provider: Eurockot Launch Services

Mission Description:

Eurockot Launch Services will be sending the Sentinel 3B observation satellite into orbit for the European Space Agency/European Commission. This satellite will monitor ocean-surface temperatures (for ocean and weather forecasting services), aquatic biological productivity, ocean pollution, and sea-level changes. The satellite will also gather information about changing land cover, vegetation, urban heat islands, and information for tracking wildfires. This launch has been delayed four times: mid-2017, November 2017, March 2018, and April 6th.

May 0002/2018

Date: May 2

Rocket: Long March 4C
Payload: Gaofen 5
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Location: Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, LA-9
Launch Service Provider: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Mission Description:

This mission by CASC will put a Gaofen-5 observation satellite into orbit for the China Academy of Space Technology. It will provide information for disaster prevention and relief, global warming monitoring, mapping, and agricultural support.

Date: May 4

Rocket: Falcon 9 Block 5
Payload: Bangabandhu-1
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Location: Kennedy Space Center, Florida, LC-39A
Launch Service Provider: SpaceX

Mission Description:

This SpaceX mission will launch the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite into orbit for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. It will be the first launch of the newly-upgraded Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket. The satellite will provide telecommunication services and direct-to-home television broadcasting to rural areas of Bangladesh and surrounding countries. This mission was delayed four times: December 2017, February, April 5th, and April 24th.

Date: May 5

Rocket: Atlas V 401
Payload: InSight
Launch Time: 11:05-13:05 GMT (7:05-9:05 AM EDT)
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, SLC-3E
Launch Service Provider: United Launch Alliance

Mission Description:

This ULA mission will launch NASA’s InSight lander to Mars. This is the 12th mission of the Discovery program. InSight is scheduled to land in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars by November 2018. It will study the interior of Mars and will look for seismic activity. This mission was delayed from March 2016.

Date: May 19

Rocket: Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Payload: Iridium NEXT 51–55, GRACE-FO 1-2
Launch Time: 20:03 GMT (4:03 PM EDT)
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, SLC-4E
Launch Service Provider: SpaceX

Mission Description:

This SpaceX mission will launch five Iridium NEXT communication satellites into orbit for Iridium, as well as two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On satellites for NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. The Falcon 9 rocket used for this mission will launch with a previously-launched first rocket stage. This mission was delayed four times: March 21st, April 14th, April 28th, and May 10th.

Date: May 20

Rocket: Antares 230
Payload: Cygnus CRS OA-9E
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Location: Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia, LP-0A
Launch Service Provider: Orbital ATK

Mission Description:

This Orbital ATK mission will launch the 10th Cygnus cargo freighter to the International Space Station. This will be the ninth operational cargo delivery flight to the ISS. It was delayed three times: March, May 1st, and May 9th.

Date: May 21

Rocket: Long March 4C
Payload: Chang’e 4 Relay, DSLWP-A1, DSLWP-A2
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Location: Xichang Satellite Launch Center
Launch Service Provider: China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Mission Description:

This CASC mission will launch the Chang’e 4 relay satellite towards the moon. This mission will enable communications between Earth and the Chang’e lunar lander and rover on the far side of the moon. Its objectives are to measure lunar surface temperatures and the composition of lunar rocks and soils, identify the structure of cosmic rays, observe and investigate solar coronas, and carry out low-frequency radio astronomical research. It will also be launching with two smaller astronomical observation satellites to monitor deep space.

Date: May 25

Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA
Payload: GSAT-11, Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38
Launch Time: 20:41-21:55 GMT (4:41-5:55 PM EDT)
Launch Location: Guiana Space Centre, Kourou, French Guiana, ELA-3
Launch Service Provider: Arianespace

Mission Description:

This Arianespace mission will launch two communication satellites into orbit. The GSAT-11 communication satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization will provide multi-spot beam coverages throughout the Indian mainland and surrounding islands. The Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 communication satellite is dual-purpose, providing direct-to-home television, governmental, and network services for Azercosmos, and direct-to-home television and network services across Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia for Intelsat. This mission was delayed from both April and May 18th.

Date: May 31

Rocket: PSLV
Payload: Blacksky Global 1
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Location: Satish Dhawan Space Centre, FLP
Launch Service Provider: Indian Space Research Organisation

Mission Description:

This ISRO mission will launch the Blacksky Global 1 satellite into low-Earth orbit for Blacksky Global. This observational satellite will monitor the Earth’s surface with advanced image quality and geolocation accuracy for Blacksky’s on-demand imagery service.

 

Please keep in mind that all of these launches are subject to change and can be rescheduled at any time. Stay tuned to Asgardia for June and July’s rocket launches!

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