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October-November 2004:

Latest changes:

09/17: Adding new date for Delta/Swift

09/20: ISS Soyuz 9S/Expedition 10 delayed; Delta 4-Heavy demo launch delayed; Delta 4/GOES-N delayed

09/21: Adding Pegasus/DART launch window

09/22: Adding ISS Soyuz 9S/Expedition 10 launch time

09/24: Adding new launch dates for ISS Progress 16P, 17P and 18P and Soyuz 10S

09/28: Delta/GPS 2R-13 delayed; ISS Soyuz 9S/Expedition 10 date uncertain; Delta/Swift date uncertain; Atlas/AMC 16 delayed

09/29: New date and time for Proton/AMC 15

10/01: Adding new date and time of ISS Soyuz 9S/Expedition 10 launch

10/02: Pegasus/DART delayed; Adding new date and window for Delta/Swift; Shuttle return to flight delayed


Oct. 14 Soyuz ISS 9S

Launch time: 0306:25 GMT (11:06:25 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the manned Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft to the International Space Station carrying the Expedition Ten resident crew. The capsule will remain at the station for about six months, providing an escape pod for the crew. Delayed from Oct. 9 due to explosive bolt problem on the spacecraft. Delayed from Oct. 11 due to further technical concerns with the Soyuz. [Oct. 1]

Indefinite Delta 2 GPS 2R-13

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: SLC-17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The Boeing Delta 2 rocket will launch the next NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Block 2R ( Navstar GPS 2R-8) military navigation satellite. The launch will be run by the U.S. Air Force. The rocket will fly in the Delta 2 7925 vehicle configuration. Delayed from Sept. 22 in the wake of Hurricane Frances. Delayed from Oct. 8 due to Hurricane Jeanne. [Sept. 28]

Oct. 14 Proton AMC 15

Launch time: 2123 GMT (5:23 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

An ILS Proton rocket with a Breeze M upper stage will launch the AMC 15 telecommunications spacecraft for operator SES AMERICOM. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite will provide video, Internet and broadband services across the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii. Pushed back from late August and Sept. 14. Delayed from Sept. 23 for additional testing of an avionics subsystem onboard the upper stage. [Sept. 29]

Oct. 26 Pegasus XL DART

Launch window: 1813-1820 GMT (2:13-2:20 p.m. EDT)

Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

An Orbital Sciences air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will carry NASA's Demonstration for Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft into orbit. DART is a space flight demonstrator aimed at testing technologies required for the Orbital Space Plane to locate and rendezvous with the space station. The DART craft will perform its autonomous operations using the existing MUBLCOM communications test satellite. Delayed from April 15, Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. [Oct. 2]

Oct.? Ariane 5 XTAR-EUR

Launch window: TBD

Launch site: ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana

The Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket with the new ECA cryogenic upper stage will fly a demonstration test flight. The rocket presumably will carry the XTAR-EUR X-band military communications satellite for Loral and Hisdesat and a satellite simulator mass. [July 18]

Late-Oct. Proton Express AM-1

Launch time: TBA

Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

A Russian government ILS- PROTON rocket with a Block DM upper stage will launch the domestic Express AM-1 communications satellite. It will provide digital television, telephony, videoconferencing, data transmission and the Internet access services. Delayed from June. [July 22]

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