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Current Rocket Launch Schedule 2019

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.

All times are local times.

Abbreviations:

  • EDT — Eastern Daylight Time
  • EST — Eastern Standard Time (during the winter months)
  • NET — “No earlier than”

Click here for previous launch details for 2018 and future launches for 2020 and beyond.

2019 should see the first launches of the long delayed SpaceX with their Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon 2) and Boeing with their CST–100 Starliner crew capsules to support missions to the International Space Station. The commissioning of these two systems should see the beginning of the end of US reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to rotate crews to the International Space Station.

SpaceX also hope to launch more Falcon Heavy missions in 2019 following the successful first launch in 2018. Their autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” will be joined by a second drone ship to be called “A Shortfall Of Gravitas”.

This would give SpaceX the potential to simultaneously recover two Falcon 9 boosters on land and a further two at sea.

It is also expected that SpaceX’s fairing catching support vessel “Mr Steven” that has been trialling in California for some months will transition to the east coast to support launches from Kennedy.

Mr Steven is to be used to capture the two fairing halves, that enclose the payload during launch, to enable them to be reused further reducing launch costs.

Blue Origin also intend to recover their New Glenn rocket in Florida starting in 2021. In preparation for that they and have purchased a secondhand ship called the “Stena Freighter”. It will be converted into a mobile landing platform.

February 18, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN–6 & SpaceIL Lunar Lander

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

This launch will also include several “piggyback” rideshare payloads including the SpaceIL Sparrow moon lander “Beresheet” (Hebrew for Genesis).

Launch window is 8:58 p.m. EST from launchpad SLC–40.

Delayed from January and February 13, 2019.

NET March 2, 2019 - 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 window is 5:33 a.m. EST from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from December 2016, May, July, August and November 2017, February, April, August, November and December 2018. Delayed from January 7 and 17, February 9, 16 and 23, 2019.

Quarter 1, 2019 - Pegasus XL - ICON

A Lockheed TriStar will air launch the Pegasus XL rocket to deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite to study the ionosphere.

Launch window will be from 3:00 to 4:30 a.m. EST.

Delayed from June 15, November 14 and December 8, 2017, June 14, September 24, October 6, October 26, November 3 and November 7, 2018.

NET March 7, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Arabsat–6A

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the 13,000 pound (6,000 kg) Arabsat–6A communications satellite. It consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines.

SpaceX will attempt to recover the two side boosters on land with the central core touching down on their autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from Quarter 1, 2 and 4, 2018.

March 13, 2019 - 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 window is 6:58 p.m. EDT from launch pad SLC–37B.

Delayed from November 1 and 16 and December 13, 2018. Delayed from January 23 and 25, 2019.

NET April 12, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 17

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 19th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 17th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Delayed from November 16, 2018, February 1 and 17, March 16, 2019.

NET April 2019 - 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, August 27 and late 2018. Delayed from January and March 2019.

April 2019 - 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, June 13, October 30 and November 30, 2018.

Quarter 2, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Amos 17

A flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Amos 17 communications satellite for Spacecom of Israel.

This mission is a replacement launch for Spacecom. On September 1, 2016, the ill fated Amos 6 satellite was destroyed when a Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the pad just before commencement of a static-fire test.

June 2019 - 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 on a 14 day mission.

This will be first ever Crew Dragon manned flight. The Crew Dragon capsule will splashdown at sea on its return to Earth.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

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

June 27, 2019 - 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.

Moved forward from July.

July 8, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 18

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 20th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 18th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station including the third International Docking Adapter (IDA–3).

Delayed from May 7, 2019.

July 2019 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket, GPS 3 SV02

The Delta IV rocket will launch the second third-generation GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force. This launch was originally scheduled with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

Delayed from November 1 and December 13, 2018 and April 4, 2019.

August 2019 - 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 and will land in the western United States on its return to Earth.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from November 2018.

October 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV03

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the third third-generation GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

October 15, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 19

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 21st Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 19th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

NET December 2019 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC–7 (X–37B OTV–6)

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch one of the top-secret X–37B Orbital Test Vehicles for the US military on its sixth mission.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

The following launches were originally scheduled for 2019 but are not currently listed on any manifest.

2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Mission to the Moon

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a mission to the moon with the objective of finding NASAs Lunar Roving Vehicle.

An Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) containing a pair of Audi Lunar Quattro rovers, will land near to the original Apollo 17 landing site and stream images back to Earth using a small 4G base station on board the ALINA.

Delayed from 2017 and 2018.

2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GiSAT–1

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

2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - JCSat 18/Kacific 1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSat 18/Kacific 1 satellites for JSAT Corporation and Kacific Ltd.

2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM–7

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SXM–7 satellite for SiriusXM.

2019 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF–6

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

2019 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, STP–3

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch a group of military and scientific research satellites as part of the U.S. Air Force Test Program–3.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

2019 - 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.

2019 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, NROL–44

The Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

NASA Launch Schedules

Sources

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

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