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Rocket Launch Schedule 2020

Atlas V launch viewed from the Apollo Saturn V Center viewing area [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]
Atlas V launch viewed from the Apollo Saturn V Center viewing area [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]

This page lists the complete Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch schedule for 2020 and the Cape Canaveral launch schedule for 2020.

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.


The Kennedy Space Center is actually two launch sites, the civilian NASA Kennedy Space Center and the military Cape Canaveral Air Force Station which make up part of the “Eastern Range” overseen by the 45th Space Wing that also looks after nearby Patricks Air Force Base. Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is the headquarters of the “Western Range”.

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. Check to see the next launch date and where you can watch a rocket launch.

All times are local times.

Abbreviations:

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

Click here for previous launch details for 2019 and future launches for 2021 and beyond.

SpaceX started the new year with two autonomous spaceport drone ships (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” and “Just Read The Instructions” based on the east coast along with two fairing recovery vessels “Ms. Tree” and “Ms. Chief”.

This gives SpaceX the potential to recover up to two Falcon 9 boosters on land and two at sea at any one time.

2020 is looking like a busy year for SpaceX with the possibility of over 30 launches, many of them being the new Starlink missions where 60 small satellites are launched each time as part of a global internet service.

SpaceX is currently working on new fixtures at their former Space Shuttle launch pad, LC-39A. As well as support for future Starship/Super Heavy launches they are also building a vertical integration tower to enable them to mount sensitive military satellites vertically.

At present all SpaceX launched satellites are mounted horizontally in the SpaceX hanger close to the pad but some military satellites have to be kept vertical prior to launch.

Both SpaceX and Boeing hope 2020 will bring the first crewed launches of their crew capsules to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) ending reliance on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. In May, SpaceX fulfilled that ambition with the first human launch from US soil to the ISS in 9 years.

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

A small-to-medium sized rocket builder, Firefly Aerospace are establishing a factory with a view to launching its Alpha and Beta rockets from SLC 20 (former Titan) launchpad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Another former Titan and Pershing missile launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, LC-16 is to be the new home of Relativity Space. They intend to launch small satellites up to 2,750 pounds (1,250 kg) by the end of 2020 using their 3-D printed Terran 1 rocket.

January 6, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 3

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 2nd batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 9:19 p.m. EST and the first stage booster (B1049) successfully landed on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You”. The booster had successfully launched and been recovered three times before this launch.

Delayed from November 4 and late December, 2019, January 3, 2020.

January 18, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched an unmanned Crew Dragon spacecraft on a critical in-flight abort test (IFA) to prove that astronauts could be safely rescued in the event of a failure during launch.

The first stage booster (B1046) was the first Block 5 Falcon 9 booster and had flown three times before. It was expected to be destroyed during the test as the abort was set to happen around Max Q, during peak aerodynamic stress on the rocket. SpaceX were not planning to try and land it and had even removed the grid fins and landing legs.

About 84 seconds into the flight at an altitude of around 65,000 feet, the nine Merlin engines were shut down and the Super Draco thrusters in the crew capsule ignited to push the capsule to safety. The Falcon 9 first stage booster broke up and exploded in a huge fireball under the extreme aerodynamic load. B1046 was the third Block 5 booster to achieve four launches.

The Crew Dragon capsule then descended by parachutes to a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean where it was recovered.

Launch was from launch pad LC-39A and the four hour launch window opened at 8:00 a.m. EST.

The launch could have taken place as early as April 2019 but was more likely to be May/June as it was dependent upon the refurbishment of the capsule from the Crew Dragon DM-1 Demonstration Mission 1.

Unfortunately there was an explosion during an engine test on April 20, 2019 and the capsule was destroyed. SpaceX allocated an alternative capsule for the test which successfully completed a ground test firing of the Super Draco thrusters on November 13, 2019.

January 29, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 4

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 3rd batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 9:06 a.m. EST.

The first stage booster (B1051) successfully landed on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You”. This booster has now successfully launched and been recovered three times.

The recovery ship “Ms. Tree” successfully caught one half of the payload fairing whilst the other ship “Ms. Chief” nearly caught the other half.

Delayed from January 24, 27 and 28 due to high upper level winds and bad weather in the offshore landing area.

February 9, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Solar Orbiter

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the Solar Orbiter (SolO) probe for the European Space Agency to measure the inner heliosphere and nascent solar wind and provide the closest ever views of the Sun.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-41 with a launch window of 11:03 p.m. to 1:03 a.m. EST.

Delayed from July 2017, October 2018, February 2019 and February 5, 2020.

February 17, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 5

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 4th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

This was the third Starlink launch in 2020 and brings the total number of Starlink broadband satellites to 300.

The first stage booster (B1056) had already flown three times and SpaceX attempted to recover it again on board the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” for the fourth time. Unfortunately is narrowly missed the barge on landing, believed to be caused by unexpected high winds.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 10:04 a.m. EST.

Delayed from February 15 and 16, 2020.

March 6, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 20

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 22nd Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission was to take the 20th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station. Amongst the cargo was the Bartolomeo external platform.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 11:50 p.m. EST.

SpaceX recovered the first stage booster (B1059) back at Cape Canaveral, marking the 50th successful recovery of a first stage booster and the second flight for this booster.

Delayed from October 15, 2019 and March 2, 2020.

This was the last mission of the original phase 1 Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract and the last ever flight of the original Dragon 1 spacecraft.

A further six resupply cargo missions are planned between 2020 and 2024 as part of the Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract. These will use modified versions of the Dragon 2 Crew spacecraft without the SuperDraco abort engines, seats, control and life support systems and will be capable of automated docking.

Whilst the Dragon 1 spacecraft were certified to fly up to three missions, the Dragon 2 are expected to be able to fly at least five missions.

SpaceX will also launch another six crew missions as part of the ISS Crew Transportation Services program (CTS).

March 18, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink L6 (V1 L5)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 5th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Launch was from launch pad LC-39A with a launch time of 8:16 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from January, February 14, March 4, 11 and 15, 2020.

Booster B1048 became the first Block 5 Falcon 9 to complete 5 launches.

One of the nine Merlin engines of the first stage booster cut out prematurely during launch but the other engines were able to compensate and the primary mission was a success. However during the landing phase, contact was lost with the booster and it failed to land on the barge.

The previous launch attempt was scrubbed at T-0 because one engine was reading higher than expected thrust levels. It has not been confirmed whether this was the engine that subsequently failed or whether it had anything to do with the failed landing. SpaceX subsequently discovered that the engine failure was due to an improper engine cleaning procedure of one of the Merlin 1D engines.

Both fairing halves were recovered from the ocean.

Several missions have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic

March 26, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF-6

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the 6th Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the U.S. military.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-41 at 4:18 p.m. with a launch window of 2:57 to 4:57 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from March 13 and 19, 2020.

April 22, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 7

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 6th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg). Including the initial v0.9 satellites, SpaceX has now launched 422 Starlink satellites.

Booster B1051 had already flown three times before and is the sixth Falcon 9 first stage booster to have flown four times. Both payload fairings were also pre-flown on the Amos-17 mission in August of last year.

It successfully landed on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You”.

Launch was from launch pad LC-39A with a launch time of 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from April 16, 2020.

May 17, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, USSF 7 (X-37B OTV-6)

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched one of the two top-secret reusable Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles (OTV) for the U.S. Space Force (USSF) on its 6th mission. The mission was previously known as AFSPC-7.

The payload includes two NASA space environment experiments; one to evaluate the reaction of different materials to space and one to study ambient radiation on seeds. There is a also a small FalconSAT-8 satellite built by cadets at the US Air Force Academy and an experiment to convert solar power into a radio frequency microwave beam designed by the US Naval Research Laboratory.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-41 with a launch window from 9:14 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from December 2019 and moved up from May 20, 2020. Delayed from May 16 due to bad weather.

May 30, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Crew Dragon DM-2 Demonstration Mission 2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft (C206) on a manned demo flight to the International Space Station (ISS).

It is the first ever Crew Dragon manned flight, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

This historic flight is the first time in nine years that astronauts have launched from US soil since the Space Shuttle programme was halted in 2011. The last flight of Atlantis arrived at the ISS on July 10, 2011.

The brand new first stage booster (B1058) carried the iconic stylised retro red “worm” NASA logotype, last used in 1992 and was successfully recovered on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You”.

Launch was from launch pad LC-39A at 3:22 p.m. EDT.

During the 19 hour flight to the ISS it was announced that the spacecraft would be christened “Endeavour” after its namesake, the retired NASA space shuttle that is now displayed at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The name Endeavour was also used for Apollo 15’s command module and HMS Endeavour was the name of the 18th-century research sailing ship sailed by British explorer James Cook.

On July 17, NASA announced that astronauts Hurley and Behnken would stay at the ISS until August 1. The Crew Dragon capsule would then splashdown the following day in the Atlantic Ocean on its return to Earth.

On August 1, after 64 days at the ISS, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken undocked from the ISS for their return to Earth. Due to Hurricane Isaias, the splashdown recovery zone was moved to the Gulf of Mexico, close to Pensacola with a secondary backup zone near Panama City.

The SpaceX recovery ship “Go Navigator” supported by two fast boats transitioned from the Atlantic to the Gulf in preparation for the successful landing at 2:48 p.m. EDT. After touchdown, Go Navigator hoisted the Crew Dragon capsule onto its deck before the two astronauts exited the capsule. The intention is to refurbish the capsule at Cape Canaveral for a future mission in the Spring of 2021.

This launch signalled several milestones for SpaceX:

  • it is the first time SpaceX have launched humans into space and recovered them back to Earth.
  • it is the first time a commercial rocket has carried astronauts to the ISS
  • unlike the Cargo Dragon capsule the Crew Dragon is able to autonomously dock with the ISS using the new International Docking Adapter
  • the spacecraft only has about 30 switches and is primarily controlled via three large touchscreens
  • the two man crew wore SpaceX spacesuits designed by Hollywood designer Jose Fernandez in collaboration with NASA
  • the mission was controlled by SpaceX’s own mission control in Hawthorne, California

Delayed from December 2016, May, July, August and November 2017, December 2018, June, July 25 and September 21, 2019, February and April and May 7, 2020.

Delayed just 20 minutes from lift off on May 27, 2020 due to bad weather remnants of Tropical Storm Bertha.

June 3, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 7

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 8th batch of 60 Starlink satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Some of the latest batch have been fitted with a VisorSat “sun visor” to block sunlight and hence help reduce the observable glare from Earth. Astronomers have voiced concern about the reflective glare from the satellites disrupting celestial observations.

Including the initial v0.9 development batch, this launch brings the total operational Starlink satellite count to around 475 (out of 480, a few have failed since initial launch).

This launches booster (B1049) is the second booster to have launched five times. Because SpaceX’s primary autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” was returning from sea with the Crew Dragon demo booster, SpaceX deployed their second ASDS, the recently upgraded “Just Read The Instructions” for recovery.

This is a new record for orbital class rockets with five successful launches and recoveries and was almost 10 years to the day from the first ever Falcon 9 rocket launch.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 9:25 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from May 7, 17, 18 and 19, 2020 due to slippage of the preceding Atlas V OTV-6 launch, the passage of Tropical Storm Arthur and the first manned Crew Dragon demo flight.

June 13, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 8/SkySats 16–18

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 9th batch of 58 Starlink satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg). This brings the total Starlinks launched to 538.

This launch also marks the start of SpaceX’s SmallSat Rideshare missions where small satellites can be “piggy-backed” with other payloads.

Also sharing the payload on this flight are three small SkySat high resolution Earth-observing satellites (SkySat 16, 17 and 18) built by Maxar for Planet. They were launched into low earth orbit. A further three will launch on an upcoming Starlink launch in the summer.

Because of the inclusion of the three SkySat satellites, only 58 Starlink satellites instead of the usual 60 are including in this mission.

The first stage booster (B1059) has flown twice before and the two payload fairings are also being re-used.

The booster was successfully recovered after landing on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You” positioned in the Atlantic Ocean.

Though both fairings missed being caught by the two recovery vessels, they made a successful splashdown in the ocean and were recovered.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 5:21 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from late May 2020 as other missions were pushed back and June 12, 2020.

June 30, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV03

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 3rd third-generation GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin in their first dedicated mission for the new U.S. Space Force.

This launch used a brand new first stage booster (B1060) and SpaceX had negotiated with the military to fly a slightly different profile so they could attempt to recover the first stage.

The recovery was successful when the booster touched down on the ASDS “Just Read The Instructions” positioned in the Atlantic, nearly 400 miles northeast of Cape Canaveral. The two fairing recovery ships planned to retrieve the fairings from the water, not try to catch them in their nets.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch window from 3:55 to 4:10 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from October and December 2019, January, March and April 29, 2020.

July 20, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, ANASIS-II

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the ANASIS-II (KMilSatCom 1) military communications satellite for South Korea built by Airbus Defence and Space in France.

This launch re-used booster B1058 which successfully launched the first crewed Dragon spacecraft on Crew Dragon DM-2 Demonstration Mission 2 just 51 days ago. This is a new SpaceX record for turning around a previously flown first stage booster.

It then made a successful landing on the ASDS “Just Read the Instructions” moored in the Atlantic Ocean. In addition, both fairing halves were successfully captured in the nets of the two recovery ships, another first for SpaceX.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch window from 5:00 to 10:50 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from November 2019 and July 14, 2020.

NET July 30, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Mars 2020

The Atlas V rocket launched the Mars 2020 rover project to land on the red planet. The new rover called “Perseverance” is based on the Curiosity rover but with a new payload and is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.

For the landing, it will use the same “sky crane” manoeuvre that was used for the descent of NASA’s Curiosity rover onto the surface of Mars in August 2012.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-41 with a launch window from 7:50 to 9:50 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from July 17, 20 and 22, 2020

August 7, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 9/BlackSky Global 5–6

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 10th batch of 57 Starlink satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Like the previous Starlink mission, this mission was also a rideshare with a pair of Earth-observing satellites (BlackSky Global 5 and 6) manufactured by LeoStella and operated by BlackSky Global.

The first stage booster (B1051) was another veteran with four previous flights under its belt and after lift off it successfully landed on the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean.

Launch was from launch pad LC-39A with a launch time of around 1:14 a.m. EDT.

The total number of Starlink satellites launched is now 595.

Moved up from June 24, then delayed from June 23, 25 and 26, July 8, 11 and 31, August 6, 2020.

August 18, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 10/SkySats 19–21

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 11th batch of 58 Starlink satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg) and brings the total launched to date to around 653.

Again this mission was also a rideshare with a trio of small SkySat high resolution Earth-observing satellites (SkySat 19, 20 and 21) built by Maxar for Planet.

The first stage booster (B1049) is another veteran with five previous flights under its belt, once in 2018, twice in 2019 and already twice in 2020 on previous Starlink missions. The fairing halves had also flown before.

B1049 is now the most flown booster in the SpaceX fleet are making another successful landing at sea on the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You”, positioned about 350 miles northeast of the Cape.

SpaceX also successfully recovered both halves of the payload fairing, one made a soft landing in the water and the other was captured by the net of “GO Ms. Tree”, one of the two recovery boats.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of around 10:31 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from late July, 2020.

August 30, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SAOCOM 1B

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SAOCOM1B (Satélite Argentino de Observación COn Microondas) Earth observation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite for Argentina’s space agency CONAE.

There was two additional smaller payloads; the Gnomes-1 (Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Navigation and Occultation Measurement Satellite) weather data satellite operated by PlanetiQ and Tyvak 0172, built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems.

At one time the second additional payload was going to be the Capella 2 (Sequoia) earth observation SAR microsatellite built by Capella Space but when the launch was delayed from March 2020, Capella switched to Rocket Labs in New Zealand. Two further Capella satellites are scheduled for SpaceX rideshare launches later in 2020.

This flight used booster B1059 which had flown three previous missions.

The SAOCOM1B satellite was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California but SpaceX has reduced the number of launches from Vandenberg and are concentrating on Florida.

Because of its unusual southerly polar trajectory after launch, SpaceX recovered the booster back on land at Cape Canaveral Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1). This is the first southerly polar launch from Kennedy since 1969.

Launch was from launchpad SLC-40 with a launch time is 7:18 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from quarter 4, 2019, January, February, March 30 (due to coronavirus pandemic), July 25 and August 28, 2020.

Originally it was planned to launch three rockets in the space of 48 hours but the Delta IV Heavy launch on August 29 was aborted just seconds before liftoff and then bad weather prevented the morning launch of the first SpaceX rocket, the Starlink mission.

September 3, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 11

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 12th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Booster B1060 had flown on one previous mission and successfully landed on the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You” several hundred miles east of Charleston, South Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean.

Launch was from launch pad LC-39A with a launch time of 8:46 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from August 30, 2020 due to bad weather. A second SpaceX Falcon 9 was due to launch in the evening from launch pad SLC-40. Delayed again from September 1, 2020.

September 26, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, NROL-44

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-37B with a launch time of 12:14 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from June, August 26, 27 and 28, 2020. On August 29, the launch was aborted just after the three main engines were given the signal to ignite at T-3 seconds.

The delays in August had a knock-on effect on two upcoming planned SpaceX launches originally planned for late August.

September 27, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 12

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 13th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Booster B1058 has already made two successful launches this year as has one of the two payload fairing halves.

Launch is from launch pad LC-39A with a launch time of 10:43 a.m. EST.

Delayed from September 17 because of a “recovery” issue and then September 18 due to bad weather in the recovery zone.

NET September 30, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV04

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 4th third-generation GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

This flight will use a brand new first stage booster (B1062).

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch window from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.

Delayed from October and December 2019, May, July and August 2020.

October, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 13

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 14th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

The booster will be B1051 which has already made five flights.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

October 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM-7

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SXM-7 radio broadcasting satellite built by Maxar Technologies for SiriusXM.

Delayed from August 1, 2020.

October, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink 14

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 15th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network. Each satellite weighs around 500 lb (227 kg).

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

October 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, NROL-101

The Atlas V rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

This will be the first launch of an Atlas 5 with Northrop Grumman GEM-63 solid rocket motors. Previous Atlas 5 rockets have used Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket motors.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

Delayed from September.

NET October 23, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV-1 (NASA Crew Flight 1)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the operational flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft (C207). The purpose of the mission is to take the first crew of four astronauts for NASA to the International Space Station.

The crew is likely to be Soichi Noguchi (JAXA) and Victor J Glover, Shannon Walker and Michael S Hopkins (NASA) and they are expected to stay in space for around 210 days.

This flight will use a brand new first stage booster (B1061).

Launch is from launchpad LC-39A with an instantaneous launch time of 5:47 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from August 30 and late September, 2020.

November 15, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 21

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 21st resupply cargo load to the International Space Station including the first ever commercial airlock developed by NanoRacks and called the Bishop Airlock.

Launch is from launchpad LC-39A.

Delayed from August 5 and October 30, 2020.

November 30, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Türksat 5A

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Türksat 5A satellite for the Türksat Satellite Communications and Cable TV Operations Company of Turkey.

Quarter 4, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - US Space Force 44 (USSF-44)

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a classified payload (formerly known as AFSPC-44) for the U.S. Space Force.

For the first time, the SpaceX mission will attempt to launch the payload directly into geostationary orbit (GEO).

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

On the three previous Falcon Heavy launches, the two side boosters have landed back at the Cape at pads LZ-1 and LZ-2 but SpaceX has yet to successfully recover the special centre core.

On the first and third attempts, the centre booster missed the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) and though the booster made a successful landing on the second attempt it then toppled over due to heavy seas.

For the USSF 44 mission, it is possible that SpaceX will attempt to recover both side boosters on their two ASDS barges, “Of Course I Still Love You” and “Just Read The Instructions”.

Quarter 4, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, USSF 8

The Atlas V rocket will launch two military communications satellites (GSSAP5 and 6) for the U.S. Space Force as part of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP). The mission was previously known as AFSPC-08.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

December 16, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Transporter 1

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 1 mission with is a rideshare flight into a Sun synchronous orbit. The payload will consist of many small micro satellites and nano satellites for both commercial customers and government agencies.

November 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Smallsat SSO Starlink Rideshare 1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch their 1st rideshare mission which allows small satellite operators to place typical individual payloads of up to 200 kg into Sun Sychromous Orbit (SSO) and share ride costs.

The launch will probably also include a number of SpaceX’s own Starlink satellites.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

December 1, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM-8

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SXM-8 satellite for SiriusXM.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

Potential 2020 Launches

The following launches are not currently confirmed but might occur during 2020.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS 3 SV05

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 5th third-generation GPS satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, MicroGEO

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the MicroGEO satellite for Astranis helping provide internet access to Alaska.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Ovzon

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the first satellite for Swedish company, Ovzon of Solna.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, ViaSat-3

The Atlas V rocket will launch the ViaSat-3 satellite for ViaSat Inc.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Mission to the Moon

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a privately funded “Mission to the Moon” with the objective of finding and recording NASAs Lunar Roving Vehicle.

PTScientists of Berlin are working in conjunction with a number of partners including Audi, Vodafone, Omega and Red Bull Media House.

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 of December 1972 and stream images back to Earth using a small 4G base station on board the ALINA.

Delayed from 2017, 2018 and 2019.

By the end of 2020 - Space Launch System - Artemis 1

The first launch of the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket which replaces the cancelled Constellation programme and the retired Space Shuttle programme. Originally called Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) the mission is now known as Artemis 1.

The SLS will be the most powerful rocket ever built.

The mission will be to send an unmanned Orion capsule around the moon and deploy 6 small CubeSats.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-39B.

Delayed from November 2018, December 2019 and June 2020.

NASA Launch Schedules

Sources

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

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