Planned Russian orbital launch attempts:
Delayed from fourth quarter 2019: Russia to launch the Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103 communications satellites. The joint launch of two satellitew was originally promised in 2018, but as of 2016, the mission slipped to the fourth quarter of 2019. On Jan. 31, 2018, Roskosmos announced that the payload structure module for Ekspress-80 arrived to Rome from ISS Reshetnev and was undergoing acceptance checks at Thales Alenia Space Italy by a team of engineers including specialists from Reshetnev.
March 20: A Soyuz rocket to launch a Soyuz manned transport spacecraft with a crew of three from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. Planned launch date as of April 2019. The mission was previously expected to begin on March 30.
April: Russia to launch the Elektro-M No. 1-1 weather-forecasting satellite.
Middle of the year: A Proton rocket to launch the MLM Nauka multi-purpose module to the Russian Segment of the International Space Station, ISS. As of the beginning of 2019, the shipment of the module to the Baikonur Cosmodrome was expected at the end of that year.
November: A Soyuz rocket to launch Resurs-P No. 5 satellite. As of beginning of 2018, the launch was planned in 2019, but by the beginning of that year, it had slipped to November 2020.
December: A Soyuz-ST/Fregat rocket to launch Europe's Euclid telescope from Kourou on a mission to map the distribution of galaxies. (As of October 2011, pending final approval the launch was expected in 2019. Approved in June 2012 with the 2020 launch date. By the end of 2012, the mission was expected in the mid-2020s. By the end of 2015, the launch was confirmed in December 2020.)
3rd or 4th quarter: A Soyuz-2.1b rocket to launch the 2,100-kilogram Arktika-M No. 1 remote-sensing satellite into a highly elliptical 12-hour orbit (perigee: 800-2,500 kilometers, inclination: 62.8-63.5 degrees) from Baikonur. The constellation is designed to monitor high-altitude areas of the Earth. The spacecraft is to be based on the Elektro weather-forecasting satellite. In 2008, the first pair of Arktika-M satellites was expected to fly in 2013. (299), but by December 2010, the mission slipped to 2014. (442) By 2012, the first launch was promised in 2015 and the second in 2016. In the middle of 2015, the launch was postponed from 2016 to 2017. By the beginning 2018, the launch was promised in 2019, but by the middle of this year, the mission was not expected to liftoff before 2020.
End of 2020: A Soyuz rocket to launch Resurs-P No. 4 satellite. (As of beginning of 2019. Postponed from 2018. )
Postponed from 2019: A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat-M to launch the GLONASS-K1 No. 15L (Block K4s) navigation satellite from Pad No. 4 at Site 43 in Plesetsk. The spacecraft was apparently intended to replace the vehicle No. 717 which experienced technical problems.
2020: A Soyuz rocket to launch the Meteor-M No. 2-3 remote-sensing satellite. (As of beginning of 2018. The mission was previously planned for April 2019).
2020: Russia to launch Resurs-PM No. 1 remote-sensing satellite.
2020: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AMU5 communications satellite (as of 2014).
2020: Russia to launch the Ekspress-AMU6 communications satellite (as of 2014).
Beginning of 2020: Russia to launch Kanopus-VM No. 2 satellite.
2020: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-M (No. 2) weather-forecasting satellite into a geostationary orbit from Baikonur. (As of 2010, the launch was expected in 2020, (411) however by 2012, the mission was postponed to the second half of 2021.)
2020: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-M (No. 3) weather-forecasting satellite into a geostationary orbit from Baikonur. (As of 2012, the mission was expected in 2020, however by 2012, the launch was postponed to the middle of 2023.)
2020: Russia to launch the Okean No. 2 ocean-monitoring satellite (As of 2010-2012).
Around 2020: Russia to launch Astrometria satellite.
2020: Roskosmos to launch the first Kondor-FKA radar-carrying satellite. (As of 2019. Delayed from 2018; switched from Rockot/Briz-KM based in Plesetsk)
Delayed from 2019: Russia to complete the orbital deployment of the Obzor-O four-satellite remote-sensing constellation. (As of October 2012.)
This page is compiled by Anatoly Zak; Last update: October 14, 2019
Page editor: Alain Chabot; Last edit: April 30, 2011
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Scale model of the Mars rover for the ExoMars project. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
Scale model of the Mars lander with the ExoMars rover inside. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak
At the end of 2015, the Euclid space observatory was set for launch in December 2020. Credit: ESA
Resurs-PM satellite as depicted in 2017. Credit: RKTs Progress
The Arktika satellite could be based on the Elektro weather-forecasting satellite. Credit: Roskosmos