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Current Rocket Launch Schedule 2018

Atlas V Rocket Launch [Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls]
Atlas V Rocket Launch [Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls]

If you ever get the opportunity to watch the launch of a rocket then you do not want to miss it; it is an experience of a lifetime. Words cannot describe the sounds of a rocket blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center.

Upcoming launches

Note that all launch dates are provisional and are subject to change, you should always check with the Kennedy Space Center before making a special trip. Click to see the next launch date.

Click here for previous launch details for 2017 and future launches for 2019 and beyond.

Both SpaceX with their Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon 2) and Boeing with their CST–100 Starliner are working on crew capsules to support missions to the International Space Station but both projects have been delayed. Initially both companies were due to certify their respective crew spacecraft by the end of 2017 so the US no longer had to rely on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

SpaceX has now abandoned the idea of propulsive landings with SuperDraco thrusters for the time being and have reverted to parachute assisted water landings. They expect to launch their first test flight in August 2018.

Boeing also expect to launch their first test CST–100 in August 2018.

With the successful launch of the first Falcon Heavy, SpaceX now have two landing zones (LZ–1 and LZ–2) in operation at the Kennedy Space Center. Their autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” will be joined soon by a second drone ship to be called “A Shortfall Of Gravitas”.

January 7, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Zuma

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a mystery payload organised by Northrop-Grumman on behalf of the US government under the project name “Zuma”.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–40 with a launch window from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT. It was originally scheduled to launch from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from November 15, 16 and 17, 2017 and January 4 and 5, 2018.

After a successful launch and recovery of the first stage booster, rumours began to circulate that the Zuma satellite failed to reach orbit but there has been no word from Northrop-Grumman either way. SpaceX has said that the second stage performed nominally.

January 19, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, SBIRS GEO Flight 4

The Atlas V rocket launched the fourth U.S. military Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO Flight 4) for early warning missile detection.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–41 at 7:48 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from October 27, November 9, 2017 and January 18, 2018.

January 31, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 16/GovSat 1

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and Luxembourg.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–40 at 4:25 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from December 2017, January 15 and 30, 2018.

February 6, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Demo Flight

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launched on its first demonstration flight. It effectively consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines. Both the outer cores have been re-used from previous launches.

SpaceX hoped to recover all three cores and was also planning to put CEO Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla roaster car on an Earth escape trajectory into a heliocentric orbit.

Both outer cores were successfully recovered but the main central core ran out of ignition fuel and crashed into the ocean when two of the three engines failed to reignite during the descent.

Launch was from launch pad LC–39A with a launch window from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Launch was at 3:45 p.m.

Delayed from Quarter 3, 2015, April, September and December 2016, Quarter 1, 2 and 3 and November/December 2017, January 2018.

March 1, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, GOES-S

The Atlas V rocket launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-S) for the United States’ National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service to support weather forecasting and severe storm tracking.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–41 with a launch window from 5:02 to 7:02 p.m. EDT.

March 6, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Hispasat 30W–6

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Hispasat 30W–6 communications satellite. It was the fiftieth launch of a Flacon 9.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–40 with a launch time of 12:35 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from December 2017, February 14, 22 and 25, 2018.

April 2, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 14

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 16th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission was to take the 14th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

The launch used a pre-flown stage 1 booster and Dragon capsule. No attempt was made to recover the booster.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–40 with a launch time of 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from September 13, November 1, 2017, February 9 and March 13, 2018.

April 12, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC–11

The Atlas V rocket launched a military communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–41 with a launch window from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from December 7, 2017 and March 2018. Moved up from April 18, 2018

April 18, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, TESS

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to detect small planets from high-earth elliptical orbit.

Launch was from launchpad SLC–40 with a launch window of 6:51 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from March 20 and April 16, 2018.

May 11, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Bangabandhu 1

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

This was the first flight of the improved Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket that offers the potential for more reuse. The first stage was successfully recovered by SpaceX’s droneship “Of Course I Still Love You” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Launch was from launch pad LC–39A with a launch time of 4:14 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from December 2017, February, March, April 5 and 24 and May 4 and 7, 2018.

June 4, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 12

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SES 12 communications satellite for SES of Luxembourg.

It used a previously flown stage 1 booster rocket but was not recovered.

Launch was from launchpad SLC–40 at 12:45 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from February, April 30, May 24 and June 1, 2018.

June 29, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 15

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 17th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission was to take the 15th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

The mission used a previously flown first-stage booster and Dragon capsule. This is likely to be the last launch of a Block 4 Falcon 9 first stage booster, all future flights will use the upgraded Block 5 version which is designed for a very quick turnaround.

Launch was from launchpad SLC–40 at 05:42 a.m. EDT

Delayed from September 13, November 1, 2017, June 6, 9 and 28, 2018.

July 19, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telstar 19 VANTAGE

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite for Telesat of Canada.

Delayed from June 2018.

July 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telstar 18 VANTAGE

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite for Telesat of Canada.

August 4, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy Rocket, Parker Solar Probe

The Delta 4 Heavy rocket will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe on a mission to the sun.

The Delta Heavy consists of three booster rockets (side by side like the Falcon Heavy).

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B with a launch window of 3:57 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from July 31, 2018.

Quarter 3, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telkom–4

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telkom–4 satellite for Telkom Indonesia.

August 2018 - SpaceX Falcon - Crew Dragon DM–1 Demonstration Mission 1

The SpaceX Falcon rocket will launch the first unmanned Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) capsule to the International Space station.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from December 2016, May, July, August and November 2017, February and April 2018.

August 27, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the first test flight of an unmanned Boeing CST–100 Starliner crew module to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from June 2018.

October 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, GPS IIIA–01

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force. This launch was originally schedule to be launched by a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Rocket.

Delayed from September 2018.

October 5, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF 4

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the U.S. military.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from December 15, 2016, January 26, May 4, June 22 and 29, October 11, 2017 and July 2018. Moved up from October 18, 2018.

October 30, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - STP–2

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a group of 25 military and scientific research satellites as part of the U.S. Air Force Test Program–2.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from October 2016, March and September 2017, April 30 and June 13, 2018.

November 16, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 16

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 18th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 16th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

December 13, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket, WGS–10

The Delta IV rocket will launch the tenth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft (Wideband Gapfiller Satellite) for the U.S. military.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

Delayed from November 1 and 16, 2018.

December 2018 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Arabsat 6A

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite. It consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from Q1/2 2018.

The following rockets were originally scheduled to launch in 2018 but may slip into 2019.

November 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner Flight Test

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the second test flight of the Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station. This will be the first ever manned launch using an Atlas V rocket.

The crew will consist of a NASA astronaut and a Boeing test pilot.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

December 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Crew Dragon DM–2 Demonstration Mission 2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft on a manned demo flight to the International Space Station. This will be first ever Crew Dragon manned flight.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from December 2016, May, July, August and November 2017.

Quarter 4, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GiSAT–1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GiSAT–1 communications satellite for Global IP Cayman.

Late 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN–6

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the PSN–6 satellite for Pasifik Satelit Nusantara.

2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - In Flight Abort Test

A modified SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 crew capsule and perform an in flight abort tEDT.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from June 2018.

Quarter 2, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Es’hail 2

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Es’hail 2 satellite for Es’hailSat.

2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF–5

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the U.S. military.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from June 2018.

NASA Launch Schedules

Sources

  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Space Flight Now
  • Aviation Week and Space Technology
  • SpaceX
  • United Launch Alliance
  • Wikipedia

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