Scheduled Launches for March

Atlas V booster launches the GOES-S weather satellite. (Credit: ULA)

Below is the current launch schedule for March. In total, there are 8 launches planned for the month with 16 communications satellites, one meteorological satellite, and one crew mission to the International Space Station. The launches include:

  • United States: 3 (2 Falcon 9, 1 Atlas V)
  • Russia: 2 (Soyuz from Baikonur & French Guiana)
  • Europe: 1 (Ariane 5)
  • China: 1 (Long March 3B)
  • India: 1 (GSLV Mk. 2)

This schedule is subject to change. Please visit https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ for updates.

March 1

Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Payload: GOES-S meteorological satellite
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Outcome: Successful

March 6

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite
Launch Window: 12:33-2:33 a.m. EST (0533-0733 GMT)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Payload: O3b F4 communications satellite
Launch Time: 11:38:36 a.m. EST (1638:36 GMT)
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

March 15

Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Payload: Apstar 6C communications satellite
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: Xichang, China

March 21

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz
Payload: Soyuz MS-08
Launch Time: 1:44 p.m. EDT (1744 GMT)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

NASA astronauts A.J. (Drew) Feustel and Ricky Arnold and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev will travel to the International Space Station.

Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5
Payload: Superbird 8/DSN 1 & Hylas 4 communications satellites
Launch Time: 5:42 p.m. EDT (2142 GMT)
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana

March 24

Launch Vehicles: GSLV Mk.2
Payl0ad: GSAT 6A communications satellite
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, India

March 29

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Iridium Next 41-50 communications satellites
Launch Time: 10:19:49 a.m. EDT; 7:19:49 a.m. PDT (1419:49 GMT)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

  • windbourne

    And this should be the end of new block 4 for SX. Early in April starts the block 5 and hopefully, the last update of the falcon line.

  • Kirk

    The SpaceX Atlantic fleet pulled into Port Canaveral overnight Thursday night, after being at sea for eight days, and have not headed back out yet. I wonder if they will slip the Hispasat launch further toward the end of next week when calmer seas are predicted, or if they will pull those pricey titanium grid fins and expend the booster.

  • Michael Halpern

    What’s TESS flying on, block 5 isn’t approved for scientific payloads yet, and unless NASA greenlighted a flight proven,

  • I’m actually most interested in that GSLV launch. India can take a while to get a vehicle operational, but as they’ve shown with PSVL, once they have one in the stable they use it a lot. It’ll be interesting to see Indians move from light-medium lift to medium-heavy capabilities.

  • windbourne

    I missed that.
    Tess will be the last New B4.
    After that, it is reusable.

    wiki/List_of_Falcon_9_and_Falcon_Heavy_launches

  • Michael Halpern

    makes sense then that USAF’s STP 2 is the second FH, they haven’t figured out how to treat reuse yet either.

  • nathankoren

    Curiously, Wikipedia lists a few more launches (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_in_spaceflight):

    – Another Long March 3B on March 12th
    – A Long March 2D on March 20th
    – A Soyuz on March 23rd

    Additionally another RocketLab flight is planned (but not yet scheduled) for this month, as well as the debut of the private Chinese Nanosat launcher LandSpace-1 (https://www.popsci.com/chinese-private-space-company-scores-first-foreign-contract).

    Worth noting that so far this year, launches are occurring at twice the pace of last year. It’s possible that 2018 will set an all-time record for the number of launches (the current record of 139 was set in 1967!).

  • nathankoren

    This is the GSLV Mark II, which is an older and entirely different rocket to the GSLV Mark III. Definitely not a heavy-lifter.

  • duheagle

    That remains to be seen. The second FH will obviously fly with a new Block 5-spec center core. But the side cores, which are also planned to be Block 5’s, could both be reflights if SpaceX and USAF agree in time.

  • Michael Halpern

    According to Spaceflightnow its been decided stp 2 will fly on fh #2

    Side boosters its anyone’s call but as the scrutiny is generally on the core more than anything,

  • duheagle

    It’ll be interesting to see what USAF decides. Some of their higher-ups have certainly been publicly vocal in hoping for savings from reusability. And the only such savings in prospect at this point in time are those available from SpaceX.

    As for scrutiny, the FH will be under close USAF scrutiny in any case given that SpaceX wants to get it EELV-certified soonest.

  • windbourne

    my question would be, once FH is certified, what will USAF fly? Seriously, it is 50-60 tonnes (possibly >70 tonnes), which is more than double the DIVH. Are they looking at creating something unique? Perhaps they are counting on BO also doing launches, so they can have a new class of sats up there.
    But something that is that large, well, wow.

  • duheagle

    Me and Bob Oler figure what USAF wants to launch on FH is that reusable Raptor-powered upper stage it’s been paying for and that what it wants to launch on top of that is the X-37C. There are also plenty of other things USAF might well want to see launched over the next few years. Time will tell.