Know about the Major satellite launches of 2019

What are the major satellite launches planned in 2019 and how will it shape the geospatial industry.

Know about the Major satellite launches of 2019
Satellite launches of 2019

Know about the Major satellite launches of 2019

2018 was indeed an eventful year. It was marked with more than 100 orbital launches globally.  114 launches were conducted over the year 2018 as compared to 91 in 2017 with 25% acceleration in the global activity of the launch industry.

We hope the same increase in innovation and exploration in 2019. There are a large number of satellites and spacecraft which are planned to be launched into the orbit this year. It will give a better understanding and more research power to different sectors globally.

Let's have a look at major orbital launches of 2019 and its planned schedule.


Iridium Next satellite constellation, used for worldwide data and voice communication, launched aboard Space X Falcon 9. It was successfully launched on January 11.

The Epsilon Rocket is a Japanese solid-fuel rocket designed to launch scientific satellites, which is a follow-on project to the larger and more expensive M-V rocket which was retired in 2006. On January 18, SpaceX launched its crewed Dragon 2 spacecraft on its first test flight named Demonstration Mission 1 (DM-1).

The Delta IV Heavy (Delta 9250H) is an expendable heavy-lift launch vehicle, the largest type of the Delta IV family and the world's second-highest-capacity rocket in operation.  It was launched with NROL -71 on January 19 for intelligence purposes.

JAXA launched Epsilon-4 with Rapid-1 and MicroDragon satellites as payload on January 17 from Mu Center, Uchinoura, Japan. 

ISRO launched the small satellite EMISAT mission aboard a PSLV rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India on January 24.


Arianespace’s Ariane 5 will be set in the orbit from Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana on February 5, carrying GSAT-31 and HellasSat-4/ SaudiGeoSat-1, which is Saudi Arabian government satellite. It will provide advanced telecommunications capabilities in the Middle East.

Falcon 9 will be launched from California carrying PSN-6 which is a geosynchronous communications satellite.
On February 21 Soyuz-2, the 21st century Soyuz Russian Rocket will launch EgyptSat-A, an Egyptian Earth observation satellite.

BeiDou-3, a part of Chinese Satellite navigation system will be launched in the end February.
ISRO PSLV will carry Cartosat-3 & NEMO-AM to the orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Center in India.


On March 14, ROSCOSMOS Soyuz MS-12 will be launched aboard Soyuz-FG from Baikonur Site, a spaceport located in an area of southern Kazakhstan leased to Russia.

Arabsat- 6A, a Saudi Arabian communication satellite, will be launched aboard Space X Falon Heavy.
Chinasat 18, a part of communications satellites operated by China Satellite Communications will be sent to orbit in mid-March.

Indian Earth Observation satellite RISAT-2BR1 will be launched aboard ISRO PSLV.
Soyuz-2.1a will carry Meridian 8, a Russian Communication Satellite for military purpose to the orbit.


ROSCOSMOS Proton-M will launch communication satellites Yamal-601 and Blagovest-14L. ROSCOSMOS Soyuz-2 will also carry Meteor-M, a meteorology satellite, from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
Also, GSLV Mk III will be launched with Chandrayaan-2 which is a lunar orbiter, lander and rover.


Ariane 5, a European heavy-lift launch vehicle will carry geosynchronous Indian communication Satellite GSAT-30.
Eutelsat 5 West B, a French communication satellite and MEV-1, a small-scale in-space satellite-refuelling spacecraft will be launched aboard Proton-M / Briz-M P4.

GLONASS-M 758 which is a part of Russian Satellite Navigation System will be sent abroad Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat-M.


On June 5, Soyuz-2.1a will carry abroad Progress MS-12 which is a Progress spacecraft to be used by Roscosmos to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).

Long March 4B will be launched on June 22 carrying three earth observation satellites of China, ie, Ziyuan 2D, BNU-1, Tianyi MV-1.

US military communications satellite AEHF-5 will be launched aboard Atlas V 541 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 27.

EDRS-C which is a part of the European Data Relay System will be taken to the orbit by Ariane 5.
Falcon 9 Block 5 will carry SpX-DM2 (SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2) which is the mission designation of the first crewed test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft. If this goes on schedule, it will be the first crewed flight of an American spacecraft into orbit since STS-135 in June 2011.


On July 6, Soyuz –FG will carry Soyuz MS-13 which will be crewed flight with three cosmonauts. Falcon 9 Block 5 will take aboard SpaceX CRS-18 of NASA and will be shot from Cape Canaveral on July 8.

Another Chinese Navigation Satellite, BeiDou-3 I3Q will be carried to orbit by Long March 3A from Xichang. Athena, ION CubeSat Carrier and Small Satellite Mission Service will be carried out in orbit by Vega.


India will send its geosynchronous communications satellite GSAT-20 by the vehicle GSLV Mk III.

Atlas V N22 will carry Starliner Boe-CFT, Boeing Crewed Flight Test of CST-100 Starliner as part of Commercial Crew Development program (nominally 14 days). 


GISAT Earth Observation satellite is to be launched aboard ISRO GSLV Mk II from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.
Soyuz MS-15 is a Soyuz spaceflight planned for October 2019. It will transport three members of the Expedition 61 crew to the International Space Station. MS-15 will be the 144th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. It will be sent aboard Soyuz-FG.


Antares 230 will be launched from Virginia carrying Cygnus NG-12 on October 1.
SpaceX CRS-19 of NASA and NanoRacks Airlock Module will be sent aboard Falcon 9 Block 5 on October 15.
CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) is a planned European space telescope for the study of the formation of extrasolar planets. It will be put in the orbit aboard Soyuz ST-B on October 15.


On November 21, Lunar Pathfinder of UK will be sent onboard Indian PSLV from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.


Russsian Soyuz-2.1a will be launched on December 4 carrying Progress-MS 13.

We are looking forward to the successful launch of these all these satellites on schedule.