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World's orbital launch attempts in 2014 (as of April 23, 2014 ):

 
Country
Launch date
Time of launch
Payload
Payload type
Launch vehicle
Launch site
Launch complex
Launch pad
Status
1
India
Jan. 5
4:18 p.m. local time

GSAT-14

Applications / communications
GSLV-D5 (Mk. II)
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
2
USA
Jan. 6
5:06 p.m. EST

Thaicom-6

Applications / communications
Falcon-9 v.1.1
Cape Canaveral
40
-
Success
3
USA
Jan. 9
1:07:05 p.m. EST
Cygnus (Orb-1)
Manned / cargo supply
Antares
Wallops Island
0A
-
Success
4
USA
Jan. 24
9:33 p.m. EST.
TDRS-L
Applications / Relay
Atlas-5 401
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
-
Success
5
Feb. 5
20:23 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
5
Success
6
Europe
Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. local
ABS-2, Athena-Fidus
Applications / communications
Ariane-5 ECA
-
Success
7
Feb. 15
01:09:03 Moscow Time
Applications / communications
24
Success
8
USA
Feb. 21
8:59 p.m. EST
GPS 2F-5
Applications / navigation
Delta-4-M+ (4,2)
Cape Canaveral
SLC-37B
B
Success
9
Japan
Feb. 27
18:37 GMT
GPM Core, STARS-II, ShindaiSat, TeikyoSat-3, KSAT2, OPUSAT, INVADAR, ITF-1
Applications / weather forecasting
H-2A (202) F-23
Tanegashima
-
-
Success
10
March 16
03:08:00 Moscow Time
24
Success
11
Europe
March 22
7:04 p.m. local
Astra-5B, Amazonas-4A
Applications / communications
Ariane-5 ECA (VA-216)
-
Success
12
March 24
02:54 Moscow Time
Military / navigation
4
Success
13
March 26
01:17:23 Moscow Time
Manned
5
Success
14
China
March 31
10:46 Beijing Time
Shijian 11-06
Military / experimental
Chang Zheng-2C
Jiuquan
43
603
Success
15
USA
April 3
7:46 a.m. local
DMSP-5D3 F19
Military / weather forecasting
Atlas-5 401 (AV-044)
Vandenberg
SLC-3E
E
Success
16
April 3
6:02:26 p.m. local time
Applications / remote sensing
-
Success
17
India
April 4
17:14 India Time
IRNSS-1B
Application / navigation
PSLV-C24
Sriharikota
-
-
Success
18
April 9
19:26 Moscow Time
Manned / cargo supply
5
Success
19
Israel
April 9
21:59
Ofeq-10 (TecSAR)
Military / remote sensing
Shavit
Palmakhim
-
-
Success
20
USA
April 10
17:45 GMT
NRO L-67
Military
Atlas-5 541
Cape Canaveral
SLC-41
41
Success
21
April 16
20:20:00 Moscow Time
Military / reconnaissance
6
Success
22
USA
April 18
3:25 p.m. EDT
Dragon (CRS 3), All-Star (THEIA), SporeSat, TSAT (TestSat-Lite), KickSat (with 104 Sprites), PhoneSat 2.5
Manned / cargo supply
Falcon-9
Cape Canaveral
SLC-40
40
Success

 

The 2014 space launch score card (as of April 23, 2014 ):

-
Country
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Launch vehicle
Total
Failed
1
-
8
0
2
USA
Atlas-5: 3
Falcon-9: 2
Antares: 1
Delta-4: 1
7
0
3
Europe
Ariane-5: 2
-
-
-
2
0
4
India
GSLV-D5 (Mk. II): 1
PSLV: 1
-
-
2
0
5
Japan
H-2A: 1
-
-
-
1
0
6
China
Chang Zheng-2C: 1
-
-
-
1
0
7
Israel
Shavit: 1
-
-
-
1
0
-
World:
-
-
-
-
22
0

 

PLANNED RUSSIAN SPACE MISSIONS IN 2014:

April 28, 08:25 Moscow Time: A Proton-M rocket to launch the KazSat-3 communications satellite for the government of Kazakhstan and the Luch-5V data relay satellite riding to orbit above the KazSat-3. The launch was previously expected in March 2014, however by the beginning of that year, the mission slipped to April 28.

May 16, 01:42 Moscow Time: A Proton rocket to launch Ekspress-AM4R communications satellite from Baikonur. The spacecraft was delivered to the launch site on February 28. By March 2014, maintenance work at Pad 39 at Site 200 in Baikonur likely required to postpone the launch of the Ekspress-AM4R from April 6 to around May 16.

May 28: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch Soyuz TMA-13M (No. 713) from Baikonur to the ISS.

June 5: A Proton rocket to launch a classified payload known as Olymp (a.k.a. Luch) (The launch was previously scheduled for the end of May).

June: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch a Meteor-M No. 2-1 satellite, along with a cluster of secondary payloads from Baikonur. As of beginning of 2014, secondary payloads included AISSat-2 for the University of Toronto and the Institute for Aerospace Studies in Norway; Baumanets-2 for Bauman Moscow State Technical University in Moscow, Russia; DX-1 developed by Dauria Aerospace, Russia; M3MSat for CSA / COM DEV, Canada; Relek (MKA-PN-2) developed by NPO Lavochkin; SkySat-2, Skybox Imaging, USA; TechDemoSat-1 for SSTL in UK; UKube-1 for the UK Space Agency; Venta-1 for Ventspils University, Latvia. Previous plans called for the launch of Ionosfera No. 1 and Ionosfera No. 2 satellites during this mission. The launch was previously scheduled for June 1, 2014.

June 25: An Angara-1.2 rocket (a light "PP" version - from the Russian abbreviation of "first launch") to fly its first suborbital 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. By May 2013, the launch was delayed until May. By February 2014, the launch was expected at the beginning of June, however by mid-April, it was postponed until June 25.

July 4: 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.


UNCERTAIN DATES

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 Soyuz-2 rocket to launch Persona No. 3 satellite. (As of June 2013, the mission was expected at the end of 2013 - early 2014)

First quarter: A Rockot booster to launch a trio of Rodnik communications satellites from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk, according to a statement of the commander of the Russian air and space forces, VKO, to the Zvezda TV channel on Dec. 25, 2013.

First quarter: A Rockot booster to launch a trio of Gonets-M communications satellites from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk.

Delayed from April: A Soyuz rocket to launch the Foton-M No. 4 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. Originally, the mission was expected as early as 2010, but required beginning of funding in 2008. In mid-2011, the launch was expected at the end of 2013. In June 2013, the head of TSKB Progress promised the launch of Foton-M4 in April 2014. At the time, the assembly of the satellite was entering a final stage and its scientific payload were expected to arrive in July-August of 2013.

June: 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.

June 6: A Dnepr booster to launch KOMPSat-3A remote-sensing satellite for South Korea from Dombarovsky-13.

Mid-2014: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch Resurs-P No. 2 spacecraft from Baikonur (As of June 2013).

Summer: A Soyuz rocket to launch the Baumanets-2 experimental satellite.

Fall of 2014: A Proton rocket to launch Ekspress-AM7 communications satellite for Russian Satellite Communications Company, RSCC. The satellite will replace Ekspress-AM1 in the orbital position of 40 degrees East logitude. (As of August 2013. Originally planned for launch in the beginning of 2014.)

September: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch Soyuz TMA-14M (No. 714) from Baikonur to the ISS.

November: A Soyuz-FG rocket to launch Soyuz TMA-15M (No. 715) from Baikonur to the ISS.

Third quarter: A Rockot booster to launch a trio of Gonets-M communications satellites from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk.

September: A Proton rocket to launch Astra-2G communications satellite from Baikonur.

September: A Proton rocket to launch Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite 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. In February 2014, the launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 was planned in September.

October: 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 in 2013 or 2014 was announced on March 9, 2012. In February 2014, the launch of Inmarsat-5 F2 was planned in October.

November: 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. In February 2014, the launch of Turksat-4B was planned in November.

2014: A Zenit-3SLBF/Fregat-SB to launch the Elektro-L No. 2 weather-forecasting satellite from Baikonur.

2014: A Proton-M/Block DM-03 rocket to launch a trio of GLONASS-M navigation satellites from Baikonur.

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.

End of 2014: Ukraine to launch a Sich-2M remote-sensing satellite. (As of May 2013)

2014: A Rockot to launch the first new-generation Gonets-M1 satellite for the low-orbital communications network.

2014: A Soyuz-U rocket to launch Progress M-24M (No. 424) from Baikonur to the ISS.

2014: A Soyuz-U rocket to launch Progress M-25M (No. 425) from Baikonur to the ISS.

2014: A Soyuz-U rocket to launch Progress MS-1 (No. 431) from Baikonur to the ISS.

Oct. 23: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the Progress M-26M (No. 427) from Baikonur to the ISS.

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: A Rockot booster to launch a Lisa Pathfinder satellite from Pad 3 at Site 133 in Plesetsk.

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 second Geo-IK-2 satellite. (As of June 2013)

2014: A Proton rocket to launch Ekspress-AM8 communications satellite for Russian Satellite Communications Company, RSCC. The mission was initially expected in the third quarter of 2013, but August 2013, it was postponed until 2014.

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 second half of 2013: The Soyuz ST rocket to conduct the first of five missions delivering pairs of Full Operational Capability, FOC, satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation constellation from Kourou. Arianespace announced signing of a contract for five missions on Jan. 26, 2010. The mission was delayed from December 2012.

Postponed from fourth quarter of 2013: 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.)

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 April-May: A Soyuz-2.1v rocket to launch the 500-kilogram Mikhailo Lomonosov satellite. As of May 2012, the launch was expected around April-May 2013, with the delivery of Moscow University's instruments to a prime manufacturer, VNIIEM, by the end of August 2012.

Postponed from middle of 2013: A Dnepr rocket to carry a PAZ payload from the Dombarovsky 13 launch site.

Postponed from March: A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat rocket to launch the Meteor-M No. 2 remote-sensing satellite, along with secondary payloads including MKA-FKI PN2 Relek, Venta-1 and UKube-1 satellite built by Clyde Space in Glasgow, UK. (As of May 2011. As of March 2008, the launch was promised in the third quarter of 2011. At the end of 2009, the launch was still expected in 2011, however by February 2011, the mission slipped to 2012. It was first expected in September and later slipped to November-December 2012. By 2012, the mission was delayed to March 2013.

A Soyuz-2-1b/Fregat rocket to launch the GLONASS-K1 satellite from Pad 4 at Site 43 in Plesetsk.

Postponed from first quarter: A Proton rocket to launch the Eutelsat-7B communications satellite from Baikonur.

Postponed from summer 2012: A Proton-M rocket to launch the Garpun military communications satellite for the Russian Ministry of Defense from Baikonur.

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 2013: A Proton-M/Block DM-03 rocket to launch a trio of GLONASS-M navigation satellites from Baikonur.

Postponed from 2013: Russia to introduce a new version of its navigation satellite – GLONASS-K2. (As of November 2010. (438))

Postponed from December 2010: A Proton to launch SkyTerra 2 comsat from Baikonur. The spacecraft was built by Boeing for SkyTerra LLC.

Postponed from 2013: A Soyuz-2/Fregat rocket to launch the sixth Meridian satellite from Pad 4 at Site 43 in Plesetsk.

Postponed from 2013: A Dnepr rocket to carry Asnaro-1 payload from the Dombarovsky 13 launch site.

Postponed from 2013: Russia to launch an MKA-FKI No. 3 satellite with a Konus-M gamma-ray payload.

Postponed from October: A Rockot booster to launch Sentinel-3A satellite from Plesetsk.

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.


Postponed from 2012:

Postponed from 2012: A Soyuz rocket to launch the Bars military cartography satellite from Plesetsk.

Postponed from second quarter of 2012: The Tsyklon-2 rocket to launch the last US-P satellite from Baikonur's Site 90. (As of January 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 2012 at the earliest: A Soyuz-2-1b to launch the Lotos 14F145 satellite for the Liana electronic intelligence network from Plesetsk. (As of end of 2009)


Postponed from previous years:

Postponed from second half of 2009: A Proton M/Block DM-3 to launch a pair of Yamal-300 satellites from Baikonur.

Postponed from 2009: Russia to launch the TNS-2 nano-satellite developed by RNII KP equipped with magnetic attitude-control system and research payloads.


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This page is compiled by Anatoly Zak with contributions from George H. Chambers

Last update: April 23, 2014

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Egyptsat2

A Soyuz-U rocket launches Egyptsat-2 satellite on April 16, 2014. Click to enlarge. Credit: Roskosmos


Scale

A new-generation Angara-1.2 rocket was being prepared for its first suborbital test mission during 2014. Copyright © 2009 Anatoly Zak


KompSat

A scale model of the Kompsat-3A satellite, which was expected to be launched on Dnepr booster. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak


Sentinel

Europe's Sentinel-3 satellite was expected to fly on a Rockot booster. Copyright © 2010 Anatoly Zak


Myriade

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


Konus

The Konus spacecraft. Credit: NPO Lavochkin