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PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2014:
2014: The Soyuz rocket to launch a quartet of 700-kilogram 03b satellites from Kourou, French Guiana, into a 8,000-kilometer orbit for 03B Networks. On Dec. 9, 2011, Arianespace announced that 03b Networks has exercised the first of the two options in its contract with Arianespace for an additional launch in 2014 for the O3b Networks’ satellite constellation. By exercising this option, O3b has allocated a total of three launches of 12 satellites to Arianespace, with two prior missions scheduled for 2013.
Early 2014: A Proton rocket to launch Turksat 4B communications satellite from Baikonur. The 3800-kilogram satellite was to be built by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, MELCO, of Tokyo, Japan, based on the company's standard DS2000 comsat platform. The design life of 15-year on orbit service of the satellites will provide telecommunication and direct TV broadcasting services throughout Turkey, as well as in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Turksat 4B will be operated at 50 degrees east position. The agreement for the launch was announced on April 5, 2011.
2014: A Proton rocket to complete the delivery of three Inmarsat-5 satellites from Baikonur. The agreement to launch a trio of satellites on three Proton rockets in 2013-2014 was announced on Aug. 1, 2011. Based on the 702HP Ka-band satellite built by Boeing, Inmarsat-5 was conceived to form the constellation to support Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. Global Xpress was designed to offer seamless global coverage and deliver unprecedented mobile broadband speeds of up to 50MB/s for users in the government, maritime, enterprise, energy and aeronautical sectors. Inmarsat promised to invest an estimated amount of $1.2 billion in the Global Xpress program, which includes launch costs.
2013-2014: A Proton rocket to launch the MEXSAT-1 satellite for the Mexican government’s Ministry of Communications and Transportation, the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes, SCT. MEXSAT-1 is a 5800-kilogram satellite built on Boeing’s 702 HP platform for GEO-Mobile services, designed for a lifetime of 15 years. The satellite will carry a 22-meter L-band reflector for mobile terminal links, complemented by a 2-meter Ku-band antenna. Located at the orbital location of 113 degrees West, MEXSAT-1 will join the country's current satellite fleet to offer mobile satellite services and fixed satellite services to support governmental, civil and humanitarian efforts. The agreement for the launch was announced on March 9, 2012.
2014: An Angara-1.2 rocket (a light "PP" version - from the Russian abbreviation of "first launch") to fly its first test mission from Plesetsk with a dummy payload. As of May 2012, the launch was promised in the second quarter of 2013, however by April of that year it was officially postponed to 2014.
Fourth quarter 2013 - or 2014: An Angara-5 rocket (heavy version) equipped with a Briz-M upper stage to fly a test mission from Plesetsk. (As of beginning of 2011. In 2009, the mission was delayed from the second half of 2011; in the middle of 2010, delayed from 2012 to 2013.) As of 2011, the International Launch Services, ILS, a US-based subsidiary of Moscow-based GKNPTs Khrunichev, was requested to market the first Angara-5 mission to potential commercial customers at a discount rate.
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)
As early as 2014: A Proton rocket to launch an Asiasat communications satellite from Baikonur. On June 22, 2012, the International Launch Services, ILS, which markets Proton to commercial customers, announced a contract with Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. one of the company's future satellites, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 8 or AsiaSat 9, a replacement satellite to be procured for AsiaSat 4. The launch contract had included an option for AsiaSat to order one additional launch service from ILS for any of its upcoming three satellites, ILS said.
Nov. 15: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch the 7,290-kilogram modified Progress space tug with the 4,000-kilogram Node Module to the International Space Station. The spacecraft will be docked to the nadir port of the Multi-purpose Laboratory Module, MLM. The Node module will provide additional docking ports and 14 cubic meters of pressurized volume for the Russian segment, along with one-time delivery of 1,000 kilograms of cargo. (As of June 2008, the launch was promised in 2012-2013).
2014: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch a cluster of four Rezonans spacecraft to study plasma and the magnetic field around the Earth. The same launch would also deploy MKA-FKI No. 4/Karat spacecraft carrying the Strannik plasma-research payload. In 2008, the launch was promised as early as 2012, 299 and later in 2013. By 2009, the mission was planned in 2014. (388)
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 EgyptSat-2 satellite built by RKK Energia. (As of January 2013).
This page is compiled by Anatoly Zak, with contributions from George H. Chambers
Last update: April 25, 2013
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