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Soyuz-5 development in 2018


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Proton operations in 2018


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Russian space program in 2018

At the beginning of the year, Roskosmos, listed 23 launches in 2018 in its flight manifest, which if fulfilled, would increase the previous year's record. Still, it was likely to leave Russia in the third place after China and the United States in this key indicator of space activity. For comparison, on Jan. 4, the official Chinese press promised 35 launches of liquid-propellant Chang Zheng series of space rockets and five orbital shots of the solid-propellant Kuaizhou launchers. Back in Russia, the nation's military planned to boost its strategic arsenal with 20 Yars intercontinental ballistic missiles and to conduct 12 test launches, or twice as much as in 2017, according to the commander of Strategic Missile Forces, RVSN, Col. General Sergei Karakaev quoted by the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper in December 2017.


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The world's orbital launch attempts in 2018 (as of August 15, 2018 ):

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Country
Launch date
Time of launch
Payload
Payload type
Launch vehicle
Launch site
Launch complex
Launch pad
Status
1
USA
Jan. 8
01:00 GMT
Zuma (USA-280)
Military
Falcon-9 (048, B1043)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Failure*
2
China
Jan. 9
11:24:33.475 Beijing Time
GaoJing-1 (3), GaoJing-1 (4)
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D
Taiyuan
LC-9
-
Success
3
China
Jan. 12
07:18:04.434 Beijing Time
Beidou-3MEO7 (26), Beidou-3MEO8 (27)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B/Yuazheng-1
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
4
India
Jan. 12
09:28 India Standard Time

Cartosat-2F, Microsat-TD, LEO Vantage-1 (Telesat Phase-1 LEO), Carbonite-2, ICEYE-X1, INS-1C, Arkyd-6, CICERO-7, Corvus-BC-3 (Landmapper), Lemur-2 (1), Lemur-2 (2), Lemur-2 (3), Lemur-2 (4), Flock-3p (1), Flock-3p (2), Flock-3p (3), Flock-3p (4), SpaceBEE (1), SpaceBEE (2), SpaceBEE (3), SpaceBEE (2), MicroMAS-2, PicSat, Canyval-X1, Canyval-X2, CNUSail-1, Kausat-5, SIGMA (Khusat-3), DemoSat-2, Tyvak-61C, Fox-1D, STEP Cube Lab

Application / remote sensing
PSLV
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
5
USA
Jan. 12
2:11 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
NROL-47 (Topaz-5, USA-281)
Military
Delta-4-M+ (5,2) D-379
Vandenberg
SLC-6
-
Success
6
China
Jan. 13
07:10 GMT
Ludikancha Weixing (LKW-3)
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-2D (Y49)
Jiuquan
LC-43/603
-
Success
7
Japan
Jan. 17
21:06:11 GMT
Asnaro-2
-
Epsilon
-
-
-
Success
8
China
Jan. 19
04:12 GMT
Jilin 1-07 (Dequing-1), Jilin 1-08, Huaian 'Zhou Enlan', Xiaoxiang-2 (TY-2 Tianyi-2), Quantutong-1 (QTT-1), Kepler-1
-
Chang Zheng-11
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
9
USA
Jan. 20
00:48:00 GMT
SBIRS-GEO-4
Military / Early warning
Atlas-5 (411, AV-076)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
10
USA
Jan. 21
01:43 GMT
Dove-0F1C (Dove Pioneer), Lemur-2 (Tallhamn-ATC), Lemur-2 (Marshall)
Application / remote sensing
Electron
Mahia Peninsula
-
-
Success
11
China
Jan. 25
05:39 GMT
Yaogan 30 No. 10, Yaogan 30 No. 11, Yaogan 30 No. 12, NanoSat-1A
Military / reconnaisance
Chang Zheng-2C
Xichang
-
-
Success
12
Europe
Jan. 25
22:20 GMT
SES-14, Al Yah-3
Application / communications
Araine-5 ECA (VA-241)
-
Success**
13
USA
Jan. 31
21:25 GMT
GovSat-1 (SES-16)
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
14
Feb. 1
05:07:18 Moscow Time
Kanopus-V No. 3, Kanopus-V No. 4, S-Net-1, S-Net-2, S-Net-3, S-Net-4, Lemur-2-Kadi, Lemur-2-Thenickmolo, Lemur-2-Jin-Luen, Lemur-2-Uramchansol, D-StarOne
Application / remote sensing
-
Success
15
China
Feb. 2
15:51:04.428 GMT
Zhangheng-1 (ZH-1), Fengmaniu-1, Shaonian Xing (Youth Star), ÑuSat-4 "Ada" (Aleph-1-4), ÑuSat-5 "Maryam" (Aleph-1-5), GomX-4A (Ulloriaq), GomX-4B
Science / geophysics
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
LC-43/94
-
Success
16
Japan
Feb. 3
-
Tricom-1R (Tasuki)
Application / experimental communications
SS-520-5
Uchinoura
-
-
Success
17
USA
Feb. 6
3:45:00 p.m. EDT
Tesla Roadster
Planetary / experimental
Falcon Heavy
Cape Canaveral (KSC)
39A
A
Success
18
China
Feb. 12
05:03:04.218
Beidou-3MEO3 (Beidou-28); Beidou-3MEO4 (Beidou-29)
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
19
Feb. 13
11:13:33.233 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
6
Success
20
USA
Feb. 22
14:17 GMT
Paz, Tintin-A (MicroSat-2a), Tintin-B (MicroSat-2b) (SpaceX Starlink Satellite System-Precursor)
Military / reconnaissance
Falcon-9-051 (B1038.2)
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
21
Japan
Feb. 27
04:34:00 GMT
IGS Optical-6
Military / reconnaissance
H-2A F38
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
22
USA
March 1
22:02 GMT
GOES-17 (GOES-S)
Application / Weather forecasting
Atlas-5 (541/AV-077)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
23
USA
March 6
12:33 a.m. EST
Hispasat-30W-6
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
24 March 9
1:37:06 p.m. French Guiana time
Application / communications
-
Success
25
China
March 17
15:10 Beijing Time
Ludikancha Weixing (LKW-4)
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
26
March 21
20:44:23.396 Moscow Time
Manned
5
Success
27
India
March 29
16:56 India Standard Time
GSAT-6A
Application / communications
GSLV (F08)
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
28
March 29
20:38:42 Moscow Time
Military / reconnaissance
4
Success
29
China
March 29
17:50 GMT
Beidou-3 M9 (30), Beidou-3 M10 (31)
Military / navigation
Long March-3B/YZ-1
Xichang
2
-
Success
30
USA
March 30
7:13:51 a.m. PDT
Iridium-5 Next 140, Iridium-5 Next 142, Iridium-5 Next 143, Iridium-5 Next 144, Iridium-5 Next 145, Iridium-5 Next 146, Iridium-5 Next 148, Iridium-5 Next 149, Iridium-5 Next 150, Iridium-5 Next 157
Application / communications
Falcon-9
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
31
China
March 31
11:22 a.m. Beijing Time
Gaofen-1, Gaofen-1, Gaofen-1
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-4C
Taiyuan
-
-
Success
32
USA
April 2
4:30 p.m. EDT
Dragon CRS-14
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
33
Europe
April 5
18:34 French Guiana time
DSN-1/Superbird-8, Hylas-4
Communications
Ariane-5 ECA
-
Success
34
China
April 10
12:25 local time
Yaogan-31, Yaogan-31, Yaogan-31
Military / reconnaissance
Chang Zheng-4C
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
35
India
April 12
04:04 India Standard Time
IRNSS-1I
Application / navigation
PSLV-C41
Sriharikota
-
-
Sucess
36
USA
April 14
7:13 p.m. EDT
AFSPC-11, EAGLE (ESPA Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment): HTI-SpX, MYCROFT, CEASE-III-RR, ISAL, ARMOR
Military / communications
Atlas-5 551 (AV-079)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
37
April 19
01:12:00 Moscow Time
Military / communications
24
Success
38
USA
April 19
6:51 p.m. Eastern Time
TESS
Science / astronomy
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
-
-
Success
39
April 25
20:57:52.016 Moscow Time
Application / remote sensing
-
Success
40
China
April 26
-
Zhuhai-1 (A), Zhuhai-1 (B), Zhuhai-1 (C), Zhuhai-1 (D), Zhuhai-1 (E)
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-11
-
-
-
Success
41
China
May 3
16:06 UTC
Apstar-6C
Application / communications
Chang Zheng-3B
Xichang
-
-
Success
42
USA
May 5
4:05:00 a.m. PDT
InSight, MarCO-A, MarCO-B
Planetary / Mars
Atlas-5 (401)/Centaur
Vandenberg
SLC-3
-
Success
43
China
May 8
18:28 GMT
Gaofen-5
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-4C
Taiyuan
LC-9
-
Success
44
USA
May 11
4:14 p.m.
Bangabandhu-1
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (B1046)
Cape Canaveral (KSC)
LC-39A
A
Success
45
China
May 20
21:28 GMT
Queqiao, Longjiang-1 (DSLWP-A1), Longjiang-2 (DSLWP-A2)
Planetary / Lunar orbiter / data relay
Chang Zheng-4C (Y-27)
Xichang
LC-3
-
Success
46
USA
May 21
4:44:09.7 a.m. EDT
Cygnus OA9 (CRS-9)
Manned / cargo supply
Wallops
0A
-
Success
47
USA
May 22
19:47:58 GMT
Iridium-NEXT-110, Iridium-NEXT-147, Iridium-NEXT-152, Iridium-NEXT-161, Iridium-NEXT-162, GRACE-FO-1, GRACE-FO-2

Applications / communications

Science / geophysics

Falcon-9 (B1043.2)
Vandenberg
SLC-4E
E
Success
48
China
June 2
12:13 Beijing Time
Gaofen-6, Luojia-1
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2D
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
49
USA
June 4
04:45 GMT
SES-12
Application / communications
Falcon-9 (B1040.2)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
50
China
June 5
13:07:03.898 GMT
Fengyun-2H
Application / weather forecasting
Chang Zheng-3A
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
51
June 6
14:12:39.519 Moscow Time
5
Success
52
Japan
June 12
04:20:00 GMT
IGS Radar-6
Military / reconnaissance
H-2A 202 (F39)
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
53
June 17
00:46 Moscow Time
Military / navigation
4
Success
54
China
June 27
03:30:05.854 GMT
Xin Jishu Shiyan-A, Xin Jishu Shiyan-B
Military
Chang Zheng-2C
Xichang
LC-2
-
Success
55
USA
June 29
5:42:42 a.m. EDT
Dragon SpX-15, Ecostress, Lee
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9 B1045.2
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
-
Success
56
China
July 9
03:56 GMT
PRSS-1, PakTESS-1A
Application / remote sensing
Chang Zheng-2C/SMA
Jiuquan
-
-
Success
57
China
July 9
20:58 GMT
Beidou-2
Military / navigation
Chang Zheng-3A
Xichang
-
-
Success
58
July 10
00:51:34.452 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
6
Success
59 USA July 22 05:50 GMT Telstar-19 Vantage Application / communications Falcon-9 Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
60 Europe July 25 11:25 GMT Galileo-FOC-M8-23, Galileo-FOC-M8-24, Galileo-FOC-M8-25, Galileo-FOC-M8-26 Application / navigation Ariane-5 ES (VA-244) Kourou ELA-3 - Success
61 USA July 25 04:39:26 PDT Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7, Iridium Next-7,Iridium Next-7 Application / communications Falcon-9 (B1048.1) Vandenberg SLC-4E E Success
62 China July 29 09:48 Beijing Time Beidou-33 (3M5), Beidou-34 (3M6) Military / navigation Chang Zheng-3B/YZ-1 Xichang LC3 - Success
63 China July 31 11:00 Beijing Time Gaofen-11 Application / remote sensing Chang Zheng-4B Taiyuan - - Success
64 USA Aug. 7 05:18 UTC Merah Putih (Telkom-4) Application / communications Falcon-9 Block 5 Cape Canaveral SLC-40 - Success
65 USA Aug. 12 03:31 EDT Solar Probe (Parker) Planetary / Sun Delta-4 Heavy/Star-48BV (D-380) Cape Canaveral SLC-37B B Success

*The launch vehicle reported operating as planned, but its payload failed to separate from the upper stage. **an anomaly during orbital insertion

 

The 2018 space launch score card (as of August 15, 2018 ):

**
Country
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Total
Failed
1
USA
Falcon-9: 14 (1)*
Delta-4: 1
Atlas-5: 4
Electron: 1
Falcon Heavy: 1
Antares-230: 1
Delta-4 Heavy: 1
23
1
2
China
Chang Zheng-2D: 5
Chang Zheng-3B: 5
Chang Zheng-11: 2
Chang Zheng-2C: 3
Chang Zheng-4C: 4
Chang Zheng-3A: 2
Chang Zheng-4B: 1
22
0
3
-
-
10
0
4
Japan
Epsilon: 1
SS-520: 1
H-2A: 2
-
-
-
-
4
0
5
India
PSLV: 2
GSLV: 1
-
-
-
-
-
3
0
6
Europe
Ariane-5: 3
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
0
-
World:
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
65
1

*The launch vehicle reported operating as planned, but its payload failed to separate from the upper stage; **In case of an equal number of launches, the country that reached that number first is listed at the top; ***Failed launch

 

Planned Russian orbital launch attempts in 2018:

August: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the Bars-M No. 3 satellite from Plesetsk. (Postponed from July)

Postponed from June: A Rockot/Briz-KM booster to launch the Geo-IK-2 No. 13L geodesic satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk. (As of 2016, the mission was promised in 2017. Then planned between June and December 2018.)

September: Soyuz-2 (ST-B)/Fregat rocket to launch the European MetOp-C meteorological satellite from the ELS complex in Kourou, French Guiana. Built by Astrium, the Metop-C satellite will weigh 4,250 kg at launch. It will be fitted with a dozen instruments designed to take atmospheric measurements (pressure, humidity, temperature, ozone concentration, etc.) at different altitudes, and to map temperatures and wind fields on the ocean surface. The mission was first announced on Sept. 10, 2010, with the launch then expected in the 4th quarter of 2016. It was than planned in February 2018 and by March 2018, the launch was re-scheduled for September of that year.

Oct. 11: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch a Soyuz MS-10 (No. 740) manned transport spacecraft with a crew of three from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. The mission was scheduled for launch on Sept. 14, but by June 2018, it was re-scheduled for October 11. On March 28, RKK Energia announced that Russian cosmonauts Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babakin had participated in the so-called fitting tests of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft, which at the time, was undergoing final assembly at the company's facility in Korolev. Along with engineers, the cosmonaut pair conducted inspection and checks of the equipment aboard the vehicle and familiarized themselves with the placement of internal cargo, which was represented with simulators, RKK Energia said.

Active preparations of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft in Baikonur began in July 2018. On the evening of July 4, the vehicle was transferred from the echoless chamber at Site 254 to its pre-launch processing stand inside the same building, after a day-long testing of its Kurs rendezvous system and other radio equipment aboard the spacecraft. Between July 13 and July 19, the spacecraft was undergoing testing inside the vacuum chamber and on July 20, RKK Energia announced that test activations of all systems and integrated tests had been completed, and after placing all its components into the folded position, the spacecraft had been left in the storage mode.

On August 15, Roskosmos announced that the Soyuz-FG rocket for the Soyuz MS-10 mission was under assembly in Baikonur. The photos released at the time showed the integration of the two main components of the core stage and the subsequent attachment to it of the four strap-on boosters.

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The assembly of the Soyuz-FG rocket for the Soyuz MS-10 mission in August 2018.


Postponed from Oct. 11: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch the Progress MS-10 cargo ship from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. (As of 2014, the launch was set for Feb. 22, 2018. By the second half of 2017, the launch was expected around August 2018 and was later postponed to Sept. 14 and Oct. 11, 2018.)

October: A Rockot to launch a trio of Gonets-M communications satellites, a pair of Blits-M experimental satellites and the Radio-2017 experimental satellite from Plesetsk. The primary payload was originally planned for launch as early as 2016 and, in case of unavailability of the Roskot, could fly on the Soyuz-2-1v rocket. (The mission postponed from the fall of 2016 and the third quarter of 2017).

Oct. 22: A Proton rocket with Block DM-03 No. 6L to launch the Elektro-L No. 3 satellite from Baikonur. The launch was previously planned in 2017, but by the middle of that year, the mission had to be postponed until the fall of 2018. As of September 2017, the launch was scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018.

elektro

Nov. 15: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch a Soyuz MS-11 (No. 741) manned transport spacecraft with a crew of three from Pad 5 at Site 1 in Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS.

November: A Soyuz-2 (ST-B) rocket to launch a OneWeb Pilot Internet communications satellite from the ELS complex in Kourou, French Guiana.

Nov. 22: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch an EgyptSat-A satellite from Site 31 in Baikonur.

Fourth quarter: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch a Neitron satellite from Plesetsk.

Fourth quarter: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch a GLONASS-M No. 60 satellite from Plesetsk.

December: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch Meteor-M No. 2-2 meteorological satellite (postponed from October). The Soyuz-2-1b rocket for the mission arrived at Vostochny on June 18, 2018.

December: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch Kanopus-V No. 5 and No. 6 remote-sensing satellites and a secondary payload of 12 Dove satellites from Vostochny (As of January 2018). The Soyuz-2-1b rocket for the mission arrived at Vostochny on June 18, 2018.

Dec. 22: A Proton-M rocket to launch the Blagovest No. 13L communications satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense. (As of August 2018).


Uncertain launch dates

April 16: A Soyuz rocket to launch a Progress MS-11 cargo ship from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. (As of 2014)

July 1: A Soyuz rocket to launch a Progress MS-12 cargo ship from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. (As of 2014)

Oct. 16: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch a Progress MS-13 cargo ship from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. (As of 2014)

2018: A Soyuz rocket to launch Resurs-P No. 4 satellite.

2018: A Proton-M/Block DM-03 rocket to launch a trio of GLONASS-M navigation satellites (No. 56, 57, 58) from Baikonur. (Postponed from 2014, beginning of 2015, May 2015 and 1st quarter of 2017.)

2018: A Soyuz-2.1 rocket with a Fregat upper stage to launch first of four second-generation Meridian satellites for military communications. (As of 2016)

2018: A Rockot booster to launch the Geo-RG geodesic satellite.

After 2017: Soyuz rockets to launch SAR-Lupe-2 observation satellites. (As of September 2012)

End of 2018: Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch an eight-ton OKA-T-MKS No. 1 (52KS) free-flyer module from Vostochny to be serviced from ISS during its five-year mission. The spacecraft would be used for research in the field of nanoelectronics, alloys, composite materials and biotechnology. (459) The launch was originally planned for 2015, however by fall 2011, it had to be postponed to 2017-2018, due to lack of potential customers. (521) In April 2013, the launch was promised at the end of 2018. (634)

2018: An Angara-1.2 rocket to fly its first mission with Gonets-M satellites from Site 35 in Plesetsk. (As of 2016).

2018: An Angara-5 rocket to launch the TEM-1 experimental, nuclear-powered, electrically propelled space tug from Vostochny.

2018 (?): A Proton rocket to launch the Science and Power Module, NEM-2, to the ISS. (As of 2008, the launch was expected in 2015)

2018: A Rockot booster with a Briz-KM upper stage to launch the first Kondor-E (FKA) radar-carrying satellite from Plesetsk.

Delayed from beginning of 2018: Russia to launch Kanopus-VM No. 1 satellite.

2018 or 2019: A Zenit-3SLB/Fregat-SB to launch the Ukrainian Lybid communications satellite from Baikonur.

Lybid

When first announced in 2006, the Lybid spacecraft was expected to fly in 2010, but it was later postponed until September 2011. In April 2010, the launch was promised in April 2012. However, according to the Yuzmash production plant in Dnipro, Ukraine, it received an order for the Zenit rocket to launch Lybid in 2011. In the meantime, the mission was delayed until the fourth quarter of 2013. In August 2014, Ukrainian space agency said that the spacecraft would be ready for launch in the fourth quarter of that year, however political problems between Russia and Ukraine kept the spacecraft on the ground.

Only in March 2017, there were first signs that the Lybid program might have a chance to get off the ground. In an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, Acting Head of Ukrainian Space Agency, GKAU, Yuri Radchenko said that before the end of that month, the Yuzhmash factory in Dnepr, Ukraine, was expected to pay Moscow-based NPO Energomash for the RD-171 engine to be installed on the fully assembled first stage of the Zenit rocket slated to launch Lybid. At the same time, industry sources said that personnel at Yuzhmash had began testing a fully assembled second stage of the Zenit for the Lybid mission.

As of September 2017, the launch of the Lybid satellite was postponed from the end of the year to the first quarter of 2018. Within a month, the launch date was narrowed down to the Jan. 1-10, 2018, period. However on Jan. 11, 2018, Yuzmash announced that it had been waiting for $8.245 million to complete the manufacturing of the Zenit rocket for the mission, which was now officially under an order from the TsENKI launch infrastructure center, a division of the Roskosmos State Corporation. By taking the formal ownership of the launcher, TsENKI, likely provided a political cover for the Lybid launch, necessary under the conditions of mutual sanctions between Moscow and Kiev. As of February 2018, it was unclear whether the satellite could be launched before the end of the year.


Postponed from 2017:

End of 2017: A Proton rocket to launch the Yamal-501 communications satellite from Baikonur.

Third quarter: A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-M to launch GLONASS-K1 No. 13 (Block K3s) navigation satellite from Plesetsk. The launch was postponed from 2016.

Fourth quarter: A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-M to launch GLONASS-K1 No. 14 (Block K4s) navigation satellite from Plesetsk. The launch was postponed from 2016.

Third quarter: A Rockot/Briz-KM vehicle to launch the first Gonets-M1 satellite from Plesetsk.

Postponed from May or June: Russian military to launch a trio of Rodnik (14S137) communications satellites from Plesetsk.

2017: A Proton rocket to launch the 5th trio of GLONASS-K1 navigation satellites (No. 15, 16 and 17/Block K5) from Baikonur.

2017: Russia to launch first GLONASS-KM navigation satellites. Launched in pairs on Angara/Briz-M rockets or one by one on Soyuz-2/Fregat rockets.

2017: Russia to launch the Kartograf-OE No. 1 remote-sensing satellite. (Before 2012, the launch was expected as early as 2014).

2017: Russia to launch Smotr-R No. 1 remote-sensing satellite.


Postponed from 2015:

End of 2015 - end of 2016: A Soyuz or Vega rocket to launch the 200-kilogram Taranis satellite into a quasi-sun-synchronous orbit with an altitude of 700 kilometers. Developed by the French space agency, CNES, the Taranis satellite (Tool for the Analysis of RAdiation from lightNIng and Sprites) will be a secondary payload during a mission to deliver multiple spacecraft. The satellite will study magnetosphere-ionosphere-atmosphere coupling via transient processes, focusing in particular on two aspects: determining the characteristics and frequency of transient luminous events (TLE) involved in the coupling between the ionosphere and atmosphere, and characterizing the electron beams accelerated from the atmosphere to the magnetosphere. The contract for the mission between Toulouse Space Center and Arianespace was announced on July 9, 2012. The agreement also included options for the launch of two other CNES satellites, Microscope and Merlin.

Postponed from December 2015: A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat rocket to launch the Meteor-M remote-sensing satellite, along with a cluster of secondary payloads, including Flying Laptop, Flock 2, Scout, AISSat-3, Perseus-O1, Perseus-O2.

Postponed from 2015: A Soyuz-2 rocket to launch a Pion-NKS electronic intelligence satellite from Plesetsk. (As of 2014)

Postponed from 2015: A Soyuz-2 rocket to launch a cluster of Globalstar satellites from Baikonur. (As of March 2013)

Postponed from 2015: Soyuz rocket to launch the Foton-M No. 5 spacecraft. The spacecraft is expected to be equipped with solar panels, modified service module, and the new liquid-propellant orbit correction engine. The orbital life span of the satellite to be launched into the 400-450-kilometer orbit was expected to increase to 60 days. (As of April 2009)

Postponed from around 2015: Russia to launch Kosmos-SKh satellite to monitor agricultural development from space.

Postponed from 2015: Russia to launch the Kartograf-OE No. 2 remote-sensing satellite.

Postponed from 2015: A Rockot booster to make three flights with military payloads from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk. (As of middle of 2014)


Postponed from 2016:

2016: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch the second satellite for the EKS early-warning constellation from Plesetsk. (As of December 2015)

2016: A Rockot booster to launch its final military payload from Plesetsk.

2016: Angara-1.2 to fly its first test mission from Plesetsk.

2016: Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-SB rocket to launch the Arkon-2M No. 2 remote-sensing satellites for all-weather radar observations of the Earth surface from a 550-600-kilometer Sun-synchronous orbit. In 2010, a pair of spacecraft was scheduled for launch in 2013, however by 2012, the first Arkon-2M was expected to fly in 2015 and the second in 2016. The Arkon-2M program was canceled by November 2012.


Canceled Russian missions

Aug. 5: A Dnepr rocket to launch a pair of GRACE-FO scientific satellites for the European Space Agency, ESA, from a silo facility 370/13 in Dombarovsky. The mission was switched to a Falcon-9 rocket.

2017: Russia to launch Arkon-2 No. 1 radar remote-sensing satellite. As of 2008, the first launch of Arkon-2 was promised in 2011 (299), however during 2010-2012 period, the mission was expected in 2017.

2017: The Baiterek launch complex in Baikonur to host its first mission of the Angara rocket. (As of end of 2010. As of 2008, the first Angara mission from Baikonur was promised in 2012; by 2009, it slipped to 2014 and by 2011 to 2017. The program was canceled in 2012).

2017-2018: A Soyuz rocket with a Fregat upper stage to launch the first pair of a quartet of satellites from Plesetsk to study plasma within the Roy ("Swarm") project. Each 200-kilogram spacecraft would be based on the Karat platform with plasma-electric engines and carry around 60 kilograms of payload. Each spacecraft would carry a single magnetometer boom and four booms for measurement of Earth's electric field.

2017: A Dnepr rocket with a Krechet upper stage to launch Ukrainian Selena mini-orbiter toward the Moon. Developed by KB Yuzhnoe, Selena would be the first spacecraft in post-Soviet Ukraine designed to go beyond the Earth orbit. (Plans as of November 2011.) Ukrainian plans for developing a lunar station had been publicized during the crisis with the Russian Phobos-Grunt spacecraft and, possibly, were timed to facilitate contacts with Russia on a potential cooperative project in deep space. Ukraine's previous plans to launch a 300-kilogram lunar orbiter on the Zenit rocket stalled due to lack of funds. However, by scaling down the project to fit into a converted ballistic missile and, possibly, joining forces with Russia, could make the proposal affordable. It could be speculated, that after the Phobos-Grunt fiasco, Russian space strategists could be under pressure to fly an inexpensive test mission into deep-space before returning to ambitious and expensive planetary missions.

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Soyuz-2-1a lifts off on February 1, 2018, with a pair of Kanopus-V satellites and nine secondary payloads. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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Progress MS-08 lifts off on Feb. 13, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


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A Soyuz-2-1v rocket lifts off with the EMKA satellite on March 29, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: Russian Ministry of Defense


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Rockot with Sentinel-3B lifts off on April 25, 2018. Click to enlarge. Credit: ESA


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A Soyuz-2-1a rocket lifts off with Progress MS-09 spacecraft on July 10. Click to enlarge. Credit: ESA