Update Global Launch Schedule for April

PSLV-C40 booster lifts off (Credit: ISRO)

The schedule is subject to change. Please check with our friends at Spaceflight Now for updates.

April 11

Launch Vehicle: PSLV
Payload: IRNSS 1I navigation satellite
Launch Time: TBA
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, India

April 14/15

Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
Payload: AFSPC 11 mission
Launch Window: 6:00-10:00 p.m. EDT on 12th (2200-0200 GMT on 12th/13th)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The U.S. Air Force’s EAGLE satellite will carry multiple military experiments.

April 16

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Launch Window: 6:32-6:33 p.m. EDT (2232-2233 GMT)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

April 18

Launch Vehicle: Proton
Payload: Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite
Launch Window: 6:12 p.m. EDT (2212 GMT)
Launch Site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

April 19/20

Launch Vehicle: Electron
Payload: 2 Spire Global CubeSats, 1 GeoOptics satellite
Launch Time: 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EDT on 19th/20th (0030-0430 GMT on 20th)
Launch Site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

April 21

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

NET April 24

Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payload: Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite
Launch Window: TBA
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center, Florida

April 25

Launch Vehicle: Rockot
Payload: Sentinel 3B Earth observation satellite
Launch Window: 1:57 p.m. EDT (1757 GMT)
Launch Site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

Final launch of Rockot, a converted ballistic missile.

  • Kirk

    From FCC permits, it appears that the TESS launch is expected to include an ASDS landing. This is interesting, as while the satellite is destined for an extremely high orbit, it is quite light, and calculations seem to indicate that the booster could successfully RTLS.

  • Paul451

    Odd, it’s a Block 4 and recently SpaceX has been intentionally burning those up, using them to explore the test-to-fail envelope while clearing the decks for the Block 5s.

  • Kirk

    Yes, but it will be the first flight of this core. They have typically been expending the pre-Block 5 cores on their second flight. Once exception was with the Hispasat 1F mission in early March where they expended core 1044, titanium grid fins and all. They had originally be planning on an ASDS landing, but that wasn’t possible due to heavy seas left over from one of those strong nor’easters.

  • Robert Sutton

    Will TESS be the highest flying Space X launched sat?
    Will Steven be out and about again?

  • duheagle

    I don’t think so. TESS is supposed to be placed in a very high Earth orbit – perigee about 3 times higher than GEO, apogee almost as far away as the Moon – but an earlier F9 put DSCOVR in orbit around Earth-Sun L1. That’s over a million miles away.