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Current Rocket Launch Schedule 2019

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]

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. 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”

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

2019 has already see the first launch of the long delayed SpaceX with their Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon 2) to support missions to the International Space Station with Boeing with their CST–100 Starliner crew capsule expected soon.

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.

Both SpaceX and NASA plan to carry out in-flight abort tests on unmanned version of the Crew Dragon and Orion capsule, respectively.

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 in mid 2019 by a second drone ship to be called “A Shortfall Of Gravitas”.

This would give SpaceX the potential to 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 and has now transitioned to the east coast to start supporting 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.

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.

February 22, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN–6 & SpaceIL Lunar Lander

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

This launch also included two “piggyback” rideshare payloads; the S5 space surveillance satellite for the U.S. Air Force and the SpaceIL Sparrow moon lander “Beresheet” (Hebrew for Genesis).

Launch was at 8:45 p.m. EST from launchpad SLC–40.

Delayed from January and February 13 and 18, 2019.

The first stage booster (B1048) was successfully recovered after landing on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You”. This was the third successful flight for this booster after two launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last year.

It is likely this same booster will be used one final time for the Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort (IFA) test.

The Sparrow moon lander went on to successfully orbit the moon but a technical fault resulted in it crash landing on the surface of the moon as it attempted to land on April 11.

March 2, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon - Crew Dragon DM–1 Demonstration Mission 1

The SpaceX Falcon rocket launched the first unmanned Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) capsule to the International Space Station (ISS).

Launch window was 2:48 a.m. EST from launch pad LC–39A.

The first stage booster rocket landed on the autonomous spaceport drone ship (ASDS) “Of Course I Still Love You”.

The Dragon 2 made a successful rendezvous and docking with the ISS. After five days it returned to Earth with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida on Friday, April 8.

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.

March 15, 2019 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket, WGS–10

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

Launch was from launch pad SLC–37B at 8:26 p.m. EDT.

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

NET April 11, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Arabsat–6A

The second ever flight of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the 13,000 pound (6,000 kg) Arabsat–6A communications satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia.

The Falcon Heavy is currently the world’s most powerful rocket and consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines.

This is the first ever flight of the Falcon 9 Heavy with Block 5 boosters and the first commercial launch of a Falcon 9 Heavy.

Launch was from launch pad LC–39A with a launch window of 6:35 to 8:32 p.m. EDT.

SpaceX successfully recovered 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” moored 600 miles out in the Atlantic.

Both side boosters are earmarked for a future mission Falcon Heavy mission, the U.S. Air Force Test Program 2.

Delayed from Quarter 1, 2 and 4, 2018 March and April 7, 9 and 10, 2019.

April 26, 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.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–40 with a launch time of 5:55 a.m. EDT.

Delayed from November 16, 2018, February 1 and 17, March 16 and April 25, 2019.

Quarter 2, 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, Quarter 1 2019.

NET May 27, 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.

May/June 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Crew Dragon In-Flight Abort Test

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

The booster (B1048) has flown three times before and is expected to be destroyed during the test as the abort will happen around Max Q, during peak aerodynamic stress on the rocket.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

The launch could take place as early as April but is more likely to be May/June as it is dependent upon the refurbishment of the capsule from the Crew Dragon DM–1 Demonstration Mission 1.

NET June 12, 2019 - Orion Ascent Abort–2 (AA–2) Test

As part of the Space Launch System (SLS) programme, NASA will test an in-flight abort of an unmanned Orion capsule.

The capsule will be launched by an Orbital ATK solid rocket booster and at an altitude of around 6 miles, the launch abort system will be triggered.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–46.

Delayed from April 2019.

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.

June 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.

The mission will likely use a new central core Falcon 9 first stage booster and two flight-proven side boosters from the earlier Falcon Heavy Arabsat mission.

Delayed from October 2016, March and September 2017, April 30, June 13, October 30 and November 30, 2018, April 2019.

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 25, 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.

NET July 25, 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, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. 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 and June 2019.

NET August 17, 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, March and April 2019.

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.

November 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 astronauts Eric Boe and Nicole Mann and a Boeing test pilot Chris Ferguson 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 and August 2019.

December 4, 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.

Delayed from October 15, 2019.

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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