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 have 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 start launching crews by mid 2018.

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

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. EST. 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 have said that the second stage performed nominally.

January 18, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, SBIRS GEO Flight 4

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

Launch is from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from October 27 and November 9, 2017

January 2018 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Demo Flight

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch 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 will be re-used from previous launches. SpaceX hope to recover all three cores.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

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

January 30, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 16/GovSat 1

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

Launch is from launch pad SLC–40 with a launch window from 4:23 to 6:37 p.m. EST.

Delayed from December 2017 and January 15, 2018.

February 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 12

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 12 communications satellite.

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

The Atlas V rocket will launch 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 will be from launch pad SLC–41 with a launch window at 5:01 a.m. EDT.

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

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Hispasat 30W–6 communications satellite.

Delayed from December 2017.

March 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Bangabandhu 1

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

Delayed from December 2017 and February 2018.

March 13, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 14

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

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

Early 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.

March 20, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, TESS

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

Launch will be from launchpad SLC–40.

April 18, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC 11

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from December 7, 2017 and March 2018.

April 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 2018.

June, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - STP–2

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a group of 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, 2018.

June 6, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 15

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

Delayed from September 13 and November 1, 2017.

June 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.

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

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

July 31, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Rocket, Parker Solar Probe

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

August 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 of an Atlas V.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

August 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.

TBC 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Rocket, GPS 3–01

The Delta 4 rocket will launch a GPS satellite.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

October 18, 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 and October 11, 2017, July 2018.

November 1, 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.

December 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the first operational mission of the Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station carrying two astronauts.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Late 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC 8

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Autumn 2018 - Space Launch System

The first launch of the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket. The mission will be to send an unmanned Orion capsule around the moon.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–39B.

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

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

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GTO–1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GTO–1 satellite for Spaceflight Industries.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GTO–2

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GTO–2 satellite for Spaceflight Industries.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN–6

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

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Es’hail 2

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

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - ABS–8

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the ABS–8 satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telkom–4

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

Sources

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

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