Planned Russian orbital launch attempt:
February 19: A Soyuz-2 (ST-B) rocket to launch a OneWeb Pilot Internet communications satellite from the ELS complex in Kourou, French Guiana. The launch was originally planned for November 2018, but by August of that year, the mission had to be postponed until February 2019, apparently due to delays with the production of the spacecraft. As a result of a domino effect of delays, the first launch of OneWeb satellites from Baikonur was now possible no earlier than the end of summer of beginning of fall 2019. The first launch of the satellites from Vostochny slipped to 2020. By the middle of December 2018, the launch was postponed from February 7 to February 19, 2019.
February 21: A Soyuz-2-1b rocket to launch an EgyptSat-A satellite from Site 31 in Baikonur. The launch was originally planned for November 22, 2018, but by September of that year, the mission was postponed until Dec. 27, 2018. The launch vehicle for the mission arrived at Baikonur around the middle of October 2018, but the launch was then postponed until Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, 2019.
Feb. 28-March 1: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch a Soyuz MS-12 (No. 742) manned transport spacecraft from Baikonurtoward the International Space Station, ISS. The crew will include Aleksei Ovchinin, Nick Hague and Christina Hammock-Koch. (The launch was previously planned for March 7 and March 14.)
March 28: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the Progress MS-11 cargo ship from Baikonur to the International Space Station, ISS. The spacecraft should follow a two-orbit rendezvous profile. As of 2014, the launch was scheduled for April 16, 2018, and the mission was eventually re-scheduled for Feb. 8, 2019, and March 28, 2019. The assembly of the vehicle was completed in September 2018. After its delivery to Baikonur, the spacecraft was unloaded from its rail container and installed in its test rig for initial checks on Sept. 12, 2018. In the wake of the air leak incident aboard the Soyuz MS-09spacecraft in orbit in August 2018, Progress MS-11 underwent an additional inspection. The cargo ship was then put in storage until the start of its launch campaign in November 2018. In the fall of 2018, the mission was rescheduled from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2019. The launch vehicle for the mission arrived at Baikonur around the middle of October 2018 and the spacecraft itself was shipped to the launch site in the middle of December 2018.
April: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch Meteor-M No. 2-2 meteorological satellite (postponed from October). The Soyuz-2-1b rocket for the mission arrived at Vostochny on June 18, 2018, and its launch was originally planned for Dec. 6, 2018, and the first quarter of 2019. By October 2018, the mission was postponed until April 2019, at the earliest.
End of April: A Proton-M/Block-DM-03 rocket to launch the Spektr-RG X-ray observatory. (As of April-June 2014, the launch was postponed from March 26, 2016, to 2017. By the end of 2015, the launch was planned for Sept. 25, 2017.).
April or May: A Proton-M rocket to launch the Yamal-601 satellite for Gazprom Space Systems, a division of the largest Russian oil and natural gas producer. According to original deal struck in 2014, the Yamal-601 satellite, weighing over 5,700 kilograms, was to be built by Thales Alenia Space on the flight proven Spacebus-4000 platform. The mission marked the second Russian company switching from domestic communications satellite developers to foreign suppliers. Previously, Russian Satellite Communications Company, RSCC, also gave contracts to non-Russian satellite producers.
However after the events in Crimea later that year, the contract was re-written to base the project on the platform developed at ISS Reshetnev in Russia, while leaving the communications payload to be supplied by Thales.
The satellite will be launched into geostationary transfer orbit and has an anticipated service lifetime of 15 years. Yamal-601 satellite will replace Yamal-202 and will provide fixed communications and transmission services in C-band over Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa and South-East Asia from the orbital position at 49 degrees East longitude. This satellite is also designed for development of business in Ku- and Ka-bands in the Russian market.
The International Launch Services, ILS, a US-based company that markets the Proton rocket to commercial customers, announced the contract for the launch of Yamal-601 on Jan. 22, 2014, promising the launch in February 2016.
In July 2016, Moscow-based Sberbank provided Gazprom with five lines of credit totaling 22 billion rubles for the development of the Yamal-601 satellite, its ground infrastructure, its launch and insurance.
By April 2017, the mission slipped to the end of 2018. The launch date was confirmed in September 2017.
On April 6, 2018, RIA Novosti quoted head of Gazprom KS Nikolai Sevastyanov promising the launch in January 2019. By July 2018, the launch was re-scheduled for February 2019, but before the end of the year, the launch had to be postponed until April or May 2019.
Middle of May or later: A Proton-M/Briz-M rocket to launch from Baikonur with a pair of satellites built by Orbital ATK: Eutelsat-5 West-B and the first Mission Extension Vehicle, MEV-1. The Eutelsat-5 West B satellite is based on Orbital ATK’s GEOstar platform and carries communications payload developed at Airbus Defense and Space. During its ride to orbit on the Proton, Eutelsat-5 West-B will be stacked on top of the MEV-1 satellite. The two-launch agreement between Eutelsat and the International Launch Services, ILS, which markets Proton rockets to comercial customers, was announced on October 12, 2016. The deal also included the first order for the yet-to-be developed Proton-Medium rocket to carry an unidentified payload for Eutelsat in 2019 or 2020. The agreements for both launches were pre-arranged in a preliminary deal between ILS and Eutelsat, first announced in October of 2015. By July 2018, the mission had to be postponed from the the fourth quarter of 2018 to March 2019, until after the launch of Yamal-601 satellite, due to delays with the delivery of Eutelsat and MEV satellites. At the end of 2018, delays with the tests of the payload adapter required to postpone the mission until the second quarter of 2019.
July 6: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch a Soyuz MS-13 (No. 743) manned transport spacecraft with a crew of three from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. The mission was first rescheduled from July 10 to July 24, before being advanced to July 6.
July 31: A Soyuz rocket to launch a Progress MS-12 cargo ship from Baikonur toward the International Space Station, ISS. As of 2014, the launch was scheduled for July 1, 2018. The mission was later re-scheduled for June 5, 2019, and July 31, 2019.
Sept. 12: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the Soyuz MS-14 (No. 744) transport spacecraft without crew from Baikonurtoward the International Space Station, ISS. The mission was postponed from August 23 and Sept. 4, 2019.
Oct. 18: A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the Soyuz MS-15 (No. 745) transport spacecraft without crew from Baikonurtoward the International Space Station, ISS. The launch was previously planned for Oct. 18, 2019.
Fourth quarter: Russia to launch the Ekspress-80 and Ekspress-103 communications satellites. The joint launch of two satellitew was originally promised in 2018, but as of 2016, the mission slipped to the fourth quarter of 2019. On Jan. 31, 2018, Roskosmos announced that the payload structure module for Ekspress-80 arrived to Rome from ISS Reshetnev and was undergoing acceptance checks at Thales Alenia Space Italy by a team of engineers including specialists from Reshetnev.