Tally of planned launches for 2017

Ariane 5 on pad for VA227 launch. Credit: Arianespace.
Ariane 5 on pad for VA227 launch. Credit: Arianespace.

I’m constantly amazed at the activity in space. Maybe I’m just slow to catch on but there is a lot of work getting stuff into orbit.

Spaceflight 101 reports their tally of planned space shots in their post Spaceflight101 Launch Calendar.

I will modify their tally by adding another 15 launches by China as reported by GBTimes, China to attempt close to 30 space launches in 2017. Behind the Black explains that China is somewhat secretive about their space plans, so they don’t announce all their expected launches.

Previously mentioned the tally of actual launches for 2016.

In other news, Behind the Black reports India considers going to Jupiter and Venus. Their first manned flights are planned for 2024. BtB also reports Arianespace wins two contracts, aims for a dozen launches in 2017. Article guesses that Arianspace is getting these contracts because SpaceX has a backlog longer than their current capacity can deliver timely. Article indicates SpaceX needs to up their launch rate to stay competitive.

So, here is the list of planned launches. I also include the lift vehicle. That data is useful for me in order to keep straight what rockets belong to whom.

origin plan lift vehicle
China 4 CA-4
1 CA-7
3 CZ-2
4 CZ-3
2 CZ-5
1 Kuaizhou
15 15 presumed
China Total 30
ESA 16 Ariane
3 Vega
ESA Total 19
India 4 GSLV
India Total 8
Interorbital Systems 4 Neptune
Interorbital Systems Total 4
Iran 1 Simorgh
Iran Total 1
Japan 3 Epsilon
1 SS-520
Japan Total 9
North Korea 1 Unha
North Korea Total 1
Orbital ATK 2 Antares
1 pegasus
Orbital ATK Total 3
Oribital Science 2 Minotaur (MMII)
Oribital Science Total 2
Rocket Lab 1 Electron
Rocket Lab Total 1
Russia 2 Angara
1 Dnepr
8 Proton
2 Rockot
19 Soyuz
1 Zenit
Russia Total 33
SpaceX 28 Falcon 9
3 Falcon Heavy
SpaceX Total 31
ULA 10 Atlas V
4 Delta
ULA Total 14
Virgin Galactic 2 LauncherOne
Virgin Galactic Total 2
Grand Total 158

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