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World's orbital launch attempts in 2014 (as of September 5, 2014 ):
The 2014 space launch score card (as of September 5, 2014 ):
PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2014:
Sept. 28: A Proton rocket to launch a semi-classified satellite annonced as Luch, but also known as Olymp, which is believed to be for military communications. The launch was previously scheduled for the end of May and for June 5, 2014.
Oct. 8: A Dnepr rocket to launch the Asnaro-1, Hodoyoshi-1, ChubuSat-1, TSUBAME and QSAT-EOS satellites from the Dombarovsky launch site. The mission was previously expected in 2013 and then scheduled for Sept. 18, 2014.
End of October: A Proton rocket to launch Ekspress-AM6 communications satellite for Russian Satellite Communications Company, RSCC. The satellite built by Reshetnev ISS (former NPO PM) was scheduled to be placed at 53 degrees East longitude over the Equator and have a life span of 15 years. The agreement for the mission was reached on Oct. 27, 2009, with the mission originally planned in the third quarter of 2012. During the first half of 2012, the mission was planned for the second quarter of 2013 and by September of that year it was postponed to the third quarter of 2013. By October, the mission was postponed until 2014. The launch was also scheduled for July 4, 2014.
Late November - early December: A Proton rocket to launch the Astra-2G communications satellite from Baikonur. (The launch was previously expected in September).
Third quarter: A Rockot booster to launch a trio of Gonets-M communications satellites and the DOSAAF-85 experimental satellite from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk. (The mission was previously expected in the third quarter of 2014.)
Late December: A Proton rocket to launch the Yamal-401 communications satellite for Gazprom from Baikonur into a geostationary orbit at 90 degrees East longitude over the Equator. The satellite was to be built by Thales Alenia Space with ISS Reshetnev (NPO PM) as a component supplier. The original agreement for the development of the satellite was reached in February 2009 and the launch was expected on the Ariane-5 rocket. However on January 21, 2010, a shareholders meeting of Gazprom Space Systems approved an increased involvement of the Russian industry into the project and switched the launch provider to ILS (Proton). On May 28, 2010, it was announced that the 3,150-kilogram Yamal-401 would be a smaller spacecraft in the Yamal-400 series, enabling its launch directly into the geostationary orbit. Unlike its predecessor in a series, Yamal-401 would be built by ISS Reshetnev, while Thales Alenia Space would provide a communications payload. Both Yamal-400-series satellites were to have an anticipated service life of 15 years and based on the Ekspress-2000 platform. On May 2, 2012, ISS Reshetnev flown the payload module of the satellite to Toulouse, France, for a seven-month integration with the transponders built by Thales Alenia Space. The mission was expected initially expected at the end of 2013, however by that middle of that year, it was postponed. In February 2014, the launch was planned for June of that year.
Oct. 23: A Strela rocket was scheduled to launch the Kondor-E remote-sensing satellite from Silo Facility No. 59 at Site 175 in Baikonur, however in August, Kazakh and Russian sources reported a possible delay citing legal issues in Russian-Kazakh agreements on a drop zone for the first stage of the launch vehicle in Kazakhstan.
Fourth quarter: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch Resurs-P No. 2 spacecraft from Baikonur (As of mid-2014. As of June 2013, the launch was expected in mid-2014). In August 2014, Kazakh and Russian sources reported a possible delay citing legal issues in Russian-Kazakh agreements on a drop zone for the first stage of the launch vehicle in Kazakhstan.
Postponed from summer 2014: A Soyuz rocket to launch the Baumanets-2 experimental satellite.
June: A Shtil 2.1 submarine-launched rocket to launch a 19-kilogram solar sail demonstrator, along with a constellation of 50 small CubeSat satellites for multi-point and long-duration studies of lower thermosphere of the Earth under QB-50 program into a 330-kilometer orbit, with the inclination 79 degrees toward the Equator. (As of September 2010)
End of 2014: Ukraine to launch a Sich-2M remote-sensing satellite. (As of May 2013)
2014: Russia to fly a Vozvrat retrievable capsule. (388)
2014: Russia to launch Kanopus-V No. 3 and No. 4 satellites.
2014: A Tsyklon-4 rocket to fly its first mission from Alcantara, Brazil with Nano-JASMINE payload. In November 2006, the Tsyklon-4 rocket was promised to fly its first mission from Alcantara in 2008. According to a Sept. 19, 2007, statement by the head of the Ukrainian space agency Yu. Alekseev, the mission would take place in 2009. As 2011, the launch was promised in November 2013, however by mid-2012, the mission was delayed to 2014.
2014: Russia to launch a second Geo-IK-2 satellite. (As of June 2013)
Fourth quarter: A Zenit-3SLB/Fregat-SB to launch a Ukrainian Lybid satellite from Baikonur. (As of April 2012. When first announced in 2006, the mission was promised to take place in 2010 and was later expected in September 2011. In April 2010, the launch was promised in April 2012. It was then delayed to the fourth quarter of 2013. In August 2014, Ukrainian space agency said that the spacecraft would be ready for launch in the fourth quater of that year)
Delayed from 2013:
Postponed from end of September 2013: A Soyuz-ST rocket to launch a second quartet of O3b satellites from Kourou, French Guiana. (As of beginning of 2013, the mission was expected in the middle of September of that year.)
Postponed from end of 2013: The Soyuz ST rocket to conduct the second of five missions delivering pairs of Full Operational Capability, FOC, satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation from Kourou.
Postponed from 2013: An Indian cosmonaut to fly onboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The inter-government agreement for the mission was reached during the visit of the Russian president Dmitry Medvedev to India in December 2008.
Postponed from 2012:
Postponed from 2012: An AzerSat-2 communications satellite to be launched from Baikonur for the government of Azerbaijan. The spacecraft is to be built by Orbital Sciences Corp.
Postponed from previous years:
Postponed from 2009: Russia to launch the TNS-2 nano-satellite developed by RNII KP equipped with magnetic attitude-control system and research payloads.
Postponed from 2013: Russia to launch an MKA-FKI No. 3 satellite with a Konus-M gamma-ray payload. (Canceled in 2014).
Postponed from Spring 2012: Originally, the Volna rocket was to launch German Space Agency's European eXPErimental Reentry Testbed, EXPERT, capsule on a suborbital trajectory from a submarine in the Pacific Ocean to the Kura impact range in the Kamchatka Peninsula. As of mid-2011. During 2010, the mission was planned in the summer of 2011. In 2008, the mission was expected in October of 2010. The Russian Navy refused to carry the mission and as of May 2012, ESA was still searching for alternative launch providers in Russia or in the US. As of October 2012, Roskosmos offered a Soyuz-1 launcher for the mission, however two sides still failed to reach an agreement. The payload was thyen moved to the Vega launcher.
This page is compiled by Anatoly Zak with contributions from George H. Chambers
Last update: September 5, 2014
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A Rockot booster launches a trio of Rodnik satellites on May 23, 2014. Credit: Zvezda TV Channel
Copyright © 2009 Anatoly Zak
Credit: Zvezda TV channel
A scale model of the Kompsat-3A satellite, which was expected to be launched on Dnepr booster. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
Europe's Sentinel-3 satellite was expected to fly on a Rockot booster. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
The MYRIADE micro-satellite bus would serve as a platform for French Space Agency's Taranis magnetosphere research mission, scheduled for launch in 2012-2013, possibly on a Russian rocket. Click to enlarge. Copyright © 2009 Anatoly Zak