Nine launches are scheduled worldwide for the month of May. The manifest includes three launches by American providers, three by Russia, one joint Russian-Ukrainian flight, and one launch each by Japan and Europe.
The U.S. launches include six Orbcomm OG2 communications satellites by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, and a pair of military satellites to be launched by ULA’s Atlas V and Delta V rockets.
The Russian launches include a new crew to the International Space Station, two communications satellites (1 with Ukraine), and a reconnaissance satellite. Arianespace will launch a pair of communications satellites with Ariane 5, while the Japanese H-2A will launch the ALOS 2 Earth observing spacecraft.
There have been 24 orbital launches through April, all successful. That number will rise to 33 if all scheduled launches are completed in May.
|MAY 2014 — SCHEDULED LAUNCHES|
|Date||Launch Vehicle||Payload(s)||Launch Site||Nation|
|05/06/14||Soyuz||Kobalt reconnaissance satellite||Plesetsk||Russia|
|05/10/14||Falcon 9||Orbcomm OG2 commsats (6)||CCAFS||USA|
|05/15/14||Proton||Express AM4R commsat||Baikonur||Russia|
|05/15/14||Delta 4||GPS 2F-6 navigation satellite||CCAFS||USA|
|05/22/14||Atlas V||NROL-33 reconnaissance satellite||CCAFS||USA|
|05/23/14||H-2A||ALOS 2 Earth observing satellite||Tanegashima||Japan|
|05/26/14||Zenit 3SL||Eutelsat 3B commsat||Odyssey Platform,|
|05/28/14||Soyuz||ISS 39S crew||Baikonur||Russia|
|05/28/14||Ariane 5||Measat 3b & Optus 10 commsats||Kourou||Europe|