October 2 – In a mission that was procured for Mexico’s Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, United Launch Alliance successfully launched the Morelos-3 satellite on an Atlas V launch vehicle. Manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc., Morelos-3 is part of the Mexsat constellation, which provides communications services for the Mexican government and users in rural areas.
October 17 – A Long March 3B/E launch vehicle successfully orbited the APSTAR-9 satellite for APT Satellite Company Limited. Manufactured by China Great Wall Industry (Hong Kong) Corp. Ltd., APSTAR-9 is equipped with 32 C- and 14 Ku-band transponders and will replace the APSTAR-9A satellite to provide telecommunications and broadcasting services to customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
October 19 – ILS International Launch Services Inc. successfully launched the TURKSAT 4B satellite for Türksat Uydu Haberleşme Kablo TV ve İşletme A.Ş. on a Proton launch vehicle. Manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, TURKSAT 4B will provide telecommunications and DTH broadcasting services to users in Turkey, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa.