|The Air Force's Wideband Global SATCOM 4 (WGS-4) satellite blasts off aboard a Delta 4 rocket on Jan. 19, 2012 in this screenshot from a United Launch Alliance webcast.
LAST UPDATED Jan. 20: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Scroll down for launch results for the year.
NEXT: Jan. 20: A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the Mobile User Objective System 3 (MUOS-3) tactical communications satellite for the U.S. Navy. The Lockheed Martin-built satellite is designed to provide narrowband tactical communications for U.S. military forces. Liftoff set for 7:43 p.m. EST (0043 GMT) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
Jan. 28: A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch the Information Gathering Satellite, a radar reconnaissance satellite, for Japan's government in a mission blasting off from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center at 8 p.m. EST (0100 Jan. 29 GMT).
Jan. 29: NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite, an Earth-observation mission, will launch into orbit atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT). The SMAP satellite is designed to measure Earth's soil and moisture cycle from space.
Jan. 31: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, for the U.S Air Force, NOAA and NASA in a mission blasting off from SpaceX's pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is set for 6:30 p.m. EST (2330 GMT). the DSCOVR satellite is designed to track Earth's climate and space weather conditions.
Feb. 1: An International Launch Services Proton rocket is due to launch the Inmarsat 5 F2 communications satellite for the London-based satellite communications company Inmarsat in a mission blasting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff set for 7:31 a.m. EST (1231 GMT).
Feb. 1: A Russian Soyuz 2 rocket will launch the Kanopus ST Earth observation satellite from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russian.
Feb. 11: A European-built Vega rocket will launch with the European Space Agency's prototype space plane, the Intermediate Experimental Vehicle (IXV) on its first suborbital test flight in a mission staged from the Guiana Space Center on Kourou, French Guiana. Liftoff set for between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. EST (1300 and 1500 GMT).
Feb. 17: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the Progress 58 cargo mission to the International Space Station in an unmanned mission launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Liftoff set for 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT).
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