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Florida Rocket Launch Schedule 2021 and beyond

Atlas V launch as seen from Hangar Beach [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]
Atlas V launch as seen from Hangar Beach [© 2019, floridareview.co.uk, all rights reserved]

This page lists the complete Kennedy Space Center (KSC) launch schedule and the Cape Canaveral launch schedule for 2021 and beyond.

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.


All launch dates are provisionally and are subject to change, you should always check with the Kennedy Space Center before making a special trip.

Kennedy Space Center Launch Sites

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

Upcoming Florida Rocket Launches for 2021

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.

Below is a complete list of planned rocket launches from the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in 2021 but you can click to jump straight to the next scheduled launch date and where you can watch a rocket launch.

If you are interested in the Florida rocket launch schedules for 2022 or beyond, then jump straight to them here:

Note that SpaceX Starlink missions are often only announced a week or so before 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 the complete launch manifest for 2020.

2021 Florida Rocket Launch Highlights

After SpaceX launched 25 rockets from Florida in 2020, it is expected that the schedule for 2021 will be equally full with as many as 53 launches on the manifest.

A major milestone in Mars exploration happened on February 18, 2021 when the Perseverance Rover landed in the Jezero Crater. If all goes to plan, the rover will collect rock samples and ultimately they will be sent back to Earth, the first time material from another planet has ever been returned to Earth.

Moon Lander Progress

Three companies were selected in April 2020 by NASA to produce proposals for the construction of a human moon lander module as part of the Artemis programme. SpaceX, Blue Origin (in conjunction with Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Draper) and Dynetics have now submitted their proposals and a decision was originally expected in February 2021. On January 27, 2021 NASA announced they were delaying the decision until April 30.

Dynetics is looking to utilise the United Launch Alliance Vulcan launcher as is Blue Origin who are also developing their New Glenn rocket. Both rockets are expected to make their first flights this year. SpaceX is already in the early phases of test flying their Starship which is a fully integrated lander that would be launched on the Starship Super Heavy Rocket.

SpaceX Rocket Launches

There are 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”.

With the two landing zones at the Cape, this gives SpaceX the flexibility to recover up to two Falcon 9 boosters on land and two at sea at any one time.

2021 is to be busy as SpaceX continue with their new Starlink and ride-share missions where up to 60 small satellites are launched each time as part of their global internet service. Note that these launches are not usually added to the manifest until quite close to the launch date.

In total, SpaceX has approval to launch up to 12,000 Starlink satellites.

As SpaceX continues to work on their next-generation Starship rocket system in Texas, there could be up to three Falcon Heavy launches in Florida.

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. This Rocket Mobile Service Tower is needed by 2022 to support their National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service contract with the Department of the U.S. Air Force.

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.

Having successfully launched their first crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020, there are two further SpaceX crewed missions planned for 2021.

On January 13, SpaceX successfully recovered the first of their upgraded Cargo Dragon spacecraft when it splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, the first time a Cargo Dragon has left the ISS and returned to Florida. Their “Go Navigator” recovery ship hoisted the capsule out of the water in preparation for a return to the SpaceX refurbishment facility at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) Rocket Launches

After the problem in late 2019, Boeing hope to make the first mission to the ISS using their new CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. If this is successful they will also make their first crewed mission in 2021.

The new ULA Vulcan Centaur rocket is also scheduled to make it’s first flight in 2021. Its first stage is powered by the new Blue Origin BE-4 engines which will end the reliance on Russian built RD-180 engines as used in the Atlas V series.

NASA Rocket Launches

One of the biggest anticipated launches of the year was to be the first ever flight of the new Space Launch System, Artemis 1. This has been delayed several times over the last three years and has now been further delayed until 2022. Its launch is eagerly anticipated from the other former shuttle launch pad, LC-39B.

NASA has also built a brand new launch pad about a mile south from shuttle pad LC-39A. Pad LC-48A is described as a “clean” pad to offer maximum flexibility to a range of launch customers though none have been announced to-date. The pad is designed to offer quick turnaround for low-cost smaller launchers.

A second pad, LC-48B could also be built close by.

Blue Origin Rocket Launches

As well as the ULA Vulcan Centaur, the New Glenn rocket from Blue Origin will also use the BE-4 engines. Blue Origin rockets will launch from LC-36.

Like SpaceX, Blue Origin is intending to re-use the first stage with recovery at sea. In preparation for that, in 2018 they purchased a secondhand ship called the “Stena Freighter” which is being modified in Pensacola to become a mobile landing platform. It has recently been re-christened “Jacklyn” after Jeff Bezos’s mother.

Each booster is expected to have a lifetime of 25 launches.

Blue Origin had hoped to make the first test flight in July 2021 but they are now targeting late 2022.

Sierra Nevada Rocket Launches

Sierra Nevada Corporation who are building the “mini shuttle” Dream Chaser are planning to launch their spacecraft on the new United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket. First flight of the Vulcan is planned for 2021 but it now looks like the Dream Chaser launch will not be until 2022. Sierra Nevada has a contract for six launches to the ISS.

Firefly Aerospace Rocket Launches

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 Space Force Station.

Relativity Space Rocket Launches

Another former Titan and Pershing missile launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, LC-16 is the new home of Relativity Space. They intend to launch small satellites up to 2,750 lbs (1,250 kg) by the end of 2021 using their 3-D printed Terran 1 rocket. Longer term they are planning to build the Terran R with a payload of over 44,000 lbs (20,000 kg) and reusable first and second stages.

January 7, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Türksat 5A

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Türksat 5A satellite built by Airbus for the Türksat Satellite Communications and Cable TV Operations Company of Turkey. It is the first of a pair of satellites, SpaceX will launch Türksat 5B in June.

The booster B1060 had launched three time before.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch window from 8:28 p.m. to 12:28 a.m. EST.

The booster was successfully recovered on the Autonomous Drone Ship (ASDS) “Just Read the Instructions” in the Atlantic Ocean around 400 miles east of Cape Canaveral.

Delayed from November 30 and December, 2020, January 4, 2021.

January 20, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L16

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 17th 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 8:02 a.m. EST.

This takes the total number of Starlink satellites to 1,015 including prototypes launched in the last 18 months with around 940 operational.

This mission used booster B1051 which last flew on December 13, 2020 for the seventh time, making a record breaking turn around time of just 38 days for its eighth launch. Both fairing halves had also flown before.

The booster made a successful landing on the ASDS “Just Read the Instructions” despite slightly adverse weather conditions, in the Atlantic Ocean around 400 miles northeast of Cape Canaveral.

Delayed from January 17 and then again from January 18, 2021 due to poor weather in the recovery zone. Delayed from January 19, 2021 to allow further pre-launch inspections.

January 24, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SXRS-3 (Rideshare 3 / Transporter 1)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SXRS-3 mission which is a rideshare launch (SmallSat Rideshare Mission 3) into a near polar Sun-synchronous orbit. The payload consisted of 133 small micro satellites and nano satellites for both commercial customers and government agencies plus 10 Starlink satellites.

Included in the manifest is Spaceflight’s Sherpa-FX which is a non-propulsive orbital transfer vehicle that is able to deploy multiple satellites and host payloads. On this mission it launched around six micro satellites, ten cubesats and two hosted payloads including several from Nanoracks.

Another part of the manifest was the German Exolaunch transfer vehicle that launched 30 satellites.

One rather unusual payload was Celestis 17 containing cremated remains.

The two previous rideshare missions in 2020 piggybacked onto existing Starlink missions. This mission started out as the first exclusively third-party rideshare mission but it also included 10 Starlink v1.0 satellites launched into a polar orbit.

The total satellites for launch stands at 143 which is a new record for a single launch.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch window of 10:00 to 10:22 a.m. EST.

The booster, B1058 had been flown on five previous missions and made a successful landing on the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You” positioned south of Miami. Both fairing halves were also recovered.

Delayed from December 16, 2020 and January 14, 21 and 22, 2021. Delayed from January 22, 2021 due to bad weather at the launch site.

February 4, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L18

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 18th 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 takes the total Starlink satellite launches to 1,085 with over 1,000 now in service.

Launch was from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch time of 1:19 a.m. EST.

SpaceX successfully landed the booster B1060 on ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You” and recovered both fairing halves. It was the booster’s fifth launch. It previously launched on January 8, 2021, less than a month ago.

This 27 day turn around is the fastest yet for SpaceX, previous record was 38 days.

February 15, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L19

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 19th 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 10:59 p.m. EST.

The satellites were successfully deployed but the first stage booster suffered engine cover fatigue during the re-entry burn causing one engine to shut down prematurely and failed to land on the ASDS “Of Course I Still Love You” situated about 400 miles northeast of the Cape.

The booster B1059 was on its sixth launch.

Delayed from February 13, 2021. Delayed from February 14, 2021 due to bad weather.

March 4, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L17

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the 20th 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 at 3:24 a.m. EST.

The booster, B1049 had been flown on seven previous missions and SpaceX was able to recover it on the ASDS “Just Read the Instructions”. The fairing halves had also flown before, one half has flown twice and the other three times.

This is the sixth SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 so far this year and brings the total Starlink satellites launched to 1,205.

Delayed from January 29 and 30, February 1, 2021. Delayed from February 2, 2021 due to bad weather in the recovery area.

It was originally planned to launch ahead of Starlink V1.0-L18 but was switched due to poor weather in the recovery zone and some extra pre-flight checks. It also gave SpaceX time to reposition it’s two fairing recovery ships.

Delayed again from February 4, 5 and 7, 2021 due to technical issues.

Delayed again from February 17, 2021 after the entry burn glitch of the previous booster B1059 resulting in it failing to land on the ASDS. Delayed from February 28 after an automatic abort at T-00:01:24.

Delayed from March 2, 2021 due to unfavourable launch and recovery area weather.

March 7, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L20

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 21st 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 will be from launch pad SLC-40 with a launch window starting at 10:41 p.m. EST.

The first stage booster B1058 has made five previous flights including two Dragon flights .

March 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L21

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 22nd batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

March 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L22

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 23rd batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

March 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L23

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 24th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

NET April 2, 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, CST-100 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2)

Following the issues with the first test flight of the unmanned Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew module to the International Space Station (ISS) in December 2019, Boeing and NASA decided to attempt a second unmanned test mission before their first crewed mission.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the unmanned Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the ISS. Having spent around a week at the ISS, the Starliner will return to Earth and land in the western United States.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

Delayed from Quarter 3, 2020. Delayed from January 4 and 5, 2021. Moved up from March 29, 2021 and then moved back to April 2, 2021.

Bad weather and power cuts in Texas have resulted in a week long halt to software testing. Coupled with that, a Russian Soyuz capsule is due to dock on April 9 followed by a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule departing the ISS on April 17 and then the next Crew Dragon is due to arrive April 20.

As a result the Starliner launch might slip into May at the earliest.

NET April 20, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV-3 (NASA Crew Flight 2)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft “Endeavour” (C206) that previously flew on the Crew Demo 2 mission.

The purpose of the mission is to take the 2nd crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station (ISS).

The crew is expected to comprise of commander Robert Shane Kimbrough (NASA), pilot K. Megan McArthur (NASA) and two mission specialists, Japanese Space Agency Akihiko Hoshide (JAXA) and European Space Agency Thomas Pesquet (ESA). They are expected to spend up to six months on station.

As well as being the second flight of the spacecraft C206 it is also the second flight of the booster B1061.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

Delayed from March 30, 2021.

April 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L24

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 25th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

April 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L25

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 26th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

April 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L26

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 27th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

May 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, SBIRS GEO-5

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch the 5th Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force to provide early warning of enemy attacks and to detect natural events like wildfires and volcanic eruptions.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

May 20, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 22

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 2nd Dragon 2 cargo spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 22nd resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch is from launchpad LC-39A.

May 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SXM-8

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

May 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L27

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 28th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

May 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L28

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 29th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

May 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L29

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 30th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

June 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Türksat 5B

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

June 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, NROL-85

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office with two satellites codenamed Intruder 13A and 13B.

June 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L30

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 31st batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

June 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L31

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 32nd batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

June 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L32

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 33rd batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

June 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, STP-3

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the STP-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force. This is a rideshare mission including the STPSat 6 satellite, LPDE 1 and other smaller satellites.

The STPSat 6 satellite includes payloads for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System-3 (SABRS-3) and NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) experiment.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

Delayed from February 26, 2021 to allow further work on the STPSat 6 satellite.

July 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, GPS III SV05

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

Block 5 booster, B1062, has flown on one previous mission, GPS III SV04 “Sacagawea”.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

July 2021 - 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. There is a secondary payload, the Tetra-1 micro-satellite developed by Millennium Space Systems.

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 expected 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”. All three boosters, B1064, B1065 and B1066 are brand new but the centre core booster B1066 will be expended.

Delayed from Quarter 4, 2020 and Quarter 2, 2021.

July 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Aurora 4A

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the MicroGEO satellite Aurora 4A for Astranis in partnership with Pacific Dataport to provide broadband internet access to Alaska. This is a secondary payload, the primary payload has not yet been announced.

Originally scheduled for quarter 4, 2020.

July 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L33

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 34th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

July 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L34

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 35th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

August 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, USSF-08

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.

Delayed from Quarter 4, 2020 and March 2021.

August 18, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 23

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 25th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 23rd resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

August 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L35

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 36th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

August 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L36

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 37th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

August 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L37

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 38th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

September 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test 1

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the first manned Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) on mission Crew Flight Test 1 (CFT 1).

The crew originally consisted of Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson and NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann. In October 2020, Chris Ferguson withdrew from the assignment and his place was taken by another NASA astronaut, Barry “Butch” Wilmore.

After docking with the ISS, the capsule will return to Earth for a landing on land in the western United States.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

Delayed from August 2019 and Quarter 1, 2020. Then further delayed from mid 2020 following the decision to re-fly the Orbital Test Flight. Delayed from early 2021 and June 2021.

September 13, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV-5 (NASA Crew Flight 3)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 3rd crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

The crew is likely to be Thomas Marshburn, Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and German astronaut Matthias Maurer (ESA).

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

September 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Starlink V1.0-L38

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 39th batch of 60 Starlink v1.0 satellites as part of SpaceX’s own Starlink broadband network.

October 11, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Nova-C

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first Nova-C lunar lander for Intuitive Machines. Intuitive Machines hope to be the first commercial company to successfully land a lunar lander on the surface of the Moon as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract.

A secondary payload is Ispace’s Hakuto-R lunar lander.

Launch is from launch pad LC-39A.

October 2021 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, US Space Force 52 (USSF-52)

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a classified payload (formerly known as AFSPC-52) for the U.S. Space Force.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

October 2021 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Peregrine

The first United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the Peregrine lunar lander for Astrobotic. Peregrine is part of the preparation for a crewed landing on the Moon in 2024 as part of NASA’s Artemis programme.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

October 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, O3b mPOWER 1, 2 & 3

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 1st group of three O3b mPOWER communications satellites for SES, Luxembourg.

Launch is from launch pad SLC-40.

October 16, 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, Lucy

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch a NASA planetary science mission known as Lucy on a 12 year mission to fly by a main belt asteroid and six Trojan asteroids orbiting the Sun near Jupiter.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

October, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Inspiration4

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft to fly four space tourists into low earth orbit for several days before splashing down in the Atlantic. Unlike the Axiom missions it will not dock with the ISS.

The launch has been chartered by businessman and jet pilot Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and Draken International. It will be the first commercial flight commanded by a non-government astronaut.

The mission is to support the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Isaacman hopes to raise over $200 million for the hospital. He has already pledged $100 million himself.

As well as Isaacman, a front-line physician assistant, Hayley Arceneaux from St. Jude has already been selected and will act as the crew’s medical officer. The third crew member will be a donor to St. Jude who will be selected in a random draw and the fourth crew member will be an entrepreneur who will be selected by a national competition from customers of Shift4 Payments.

Launch is from launch pad LC-39A.

November 15, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 24

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 26th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 24th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

November 17, 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, IXPE

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Imaging X-Ray Explorer Mission (IXPE) for NASA which will consist of three identical space telescopes to investigate black holes and neutron stars.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

December 7, 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, GOES-T

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch a third geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, SBIRS GEO-6

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch the 6th Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force to provide early warning of enemy attacks and to detect natural events like wildfires and volcanic eruptions.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

Future Rocket Launch Schedule for 2022 and beyond

SpaceX had originally planned to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket with a crewed Dragon 2 capsule and two private fee paying passengers on a trip around the moon and back.

This mission has now been cancelled and replaced with a more ambitious launch of the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), now renamed Starship. In September 2018, SpaceX announced that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had signed up to fly around the moon as early as 2023 with a group of six to eight hand-picked companion artists.

In December 2020, SpaceX was awarded a contract to launch up to 28 Transport and Tracking Layer (TTL) satellites for the US military. They will be launched on two Falcon 9 rockets between September 2022 and March 2023.

President Trump had set NASA the target of landing astronauts on the Moon by 2024 under project Artemis.

At present the plan is to use the Space Launch System (SLS) in conjunction with the Orion spacecraft and a new module in Moon orbit called “Gateway”, a bit like the International Space Station orbiting Earth. As well as supporting landing on the Moon, the Gateway could also be used to support flights to Mars.

Maxar Technologies are building the power and propulsion module for launch in 2022 with Northrop Grumman constructing the habitation module for launch in 2023 with elements of the lunar lander being launched in 2024.

The Gateway module will require about six launches to get all the necessary components into orbit. The first component was originally scheduled to launch in 2022 but the latest news is that the Gateway module is no longer on the critical path for moon landings.

In May 2020, NASA awarded initial 10 month feasibility study contracts to three companies to propose human landing system designs for NASA’s planned Artemis moon landings, starting in 2024.

  • Blue Origin is putting forward their three stage Integrated Lander Vehicle (ILV) in conjunction with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, which would launch on their own New Glenn Rocket System and the ULA Vulcan launch system.
  • Dynetics is proposing their single stage Dynetics Human Landing System (DHLS) in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corp. to launch on the ULA Vulcan launch system.
  • SpaceX is currently developing the Starship which is a fully integrated lander to be launched by their upcoming Super Heavy rocket.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, GPS III SV06

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 6th third-generation GPS satellite “Amelia Earhart” for the U.S. Air Force.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, WorldView Legion

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second pair of WorldView Legion earth observation satellites for Maxar Technologies.

January 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, USSF-12

The Atlas V rocket will launch a payload for the U.S. Space Force including a Wide Field of View Testbed missile-warning satellite (WFOV).

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

January 2022 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser CRS-1

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the first Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, an unmanned fully autonomous re-usable mini space shuttle on a mission to the International Space Station. Like the space shuttle before it, Dream Chaser can land on a runway after it’s re-entry of the earth’s atmosphere.

In August 2020, the first prototype was given the name “Tenacity”.

The Dream Chaser can carry around 2,000 lbs (900 kgs) of cargo and can be fitted with a cargo module called “Shooting Star” with a capacity of a further 10,000 lbs (4,500 kgs). Unlike the main spacecraft, the cargo module cannot be returned to earth but is designed to burn up in the atmosphere on re-entry.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

January 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, ViaSat-3

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy, ViaSat-3

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket will launch a ViaSat-3 communications satellite for ViaSat Inc. directly into geostationary orbit.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

January 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, Silent Barker

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch a Silent Barker payload for the U.S. Defense Department. Silent Barker is a joint programme between the Air Force Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, O3b mPOWER 4, 5 & 6

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 2nd group of three O3b mPOWER communications satellites for SES, Luxembourg.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Space Adventures Dragon Mission

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on behalf of Space Adventures and will fly four space tourists into high earth orbit for between three to five days.

Unlike the Axiom mission it will not dock with the ISS but will orbit two to three times higher than the ISS orbit.

Launch is from launch pad LC-39A.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Axiom Space-1 (AX-1)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on behalf of Axiom Space and will fly four space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) for around an eight day stay. The spacecraft is C207 Resilience which has flown once before.

Michael Lopez-Alegria is a retired astronaut and he will be joined by former Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe, the actor Tom Cruise and film director Doug Liman.

The Dragon spacecraft will dock with the Harmony module and stay for about a week. During that time it is expected that Cruise and Liman will shoot a movie.

Launch is from launch pad LC-39A.

SpaceX announced the deal with Axiom Space in March 2020. Tickets are expected to cost around $55 million per seat.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES-18 and 19

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES-18 and SES-19 satellites for SES.

January 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, SES-20 & SES-21

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch the SES-18 and SES-19 satellites for SES.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

January 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Immarsat I-6 F2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Immarsat I-6 F2 satellite for Immarsat.

January 2022 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, USSF-51

A United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. Space Force.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

February 4, 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV-7 (NASA Crew Flight 4)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 4th crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

The crew is likely include Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

February 24, 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, CST-100 Starliner Mission 1

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the 1st operational mission of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station carrying three NASA astronauts on a six month mission. Crew will consist of Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada and Jeanette Epps.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

This flight will be followed by five further confirmed missions.

NET February 2022 - 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 with 8.8 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. The rocket consists of two Northrop Grumman solid-propellant boosters and four refurbished and upgraded Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 main engines from the Space Shuttle programme.

Segments of the solid rocket boosters are also repurposed from the shuttle programme.

The mission will be to send an unmanned Orion capsule around the moon and deploy 13 small CubeSats.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-39B.

Unlike on the previous Shuttle programme, the boosters will not be recovered after lift-off.

Delayed from November 2018, December 2019, June and November 2020.

April 21, 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, CST-100 Starliner Mission 2

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the2nd operational mission of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

April 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Nilesat 301

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Nilesat 301 communications satellite for the Egyptian company Nilesat. The Nilesat 301 satellite is being built by the European company Thales Alenia Space.

April 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 25

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 27th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 25th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-40.

June 2022 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser CRS-2

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the second Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

June 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, O3b mPOWER 7, 8 and 9

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 3rd group of three O3b mPOWER communications satellites for SES, Luxembourg.

June 2022 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, USSF-106

A United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. Space Force.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

June 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Galaxy 31 and 32

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Galaxy 31 and Galaxy 32 satellites for Intelsat.

June 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Galaxy 33 and 34

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Galaxy 33 and Galaxy 34 satellites for Intelsat.

July 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Intelsat 40e

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 40e communications satellite for Intelsat using a flight-proven stage 1 booster. The satellite is being built by Maxar Technologies.

A secondary payload is the NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution satellite (TEMPO).

August 1, 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, KPLO

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) and Lunar Impactor CubeSat for the Korea Aerospace Research Institute of South Korea.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-40.

August 15, 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV-9 (NASA Crew Flight 5)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 5th crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

August 2022 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser CRS-3

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the third Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

August 2022 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, Psyche

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a NASA exploration mission to the large metallic asteroid named Psyche as part of NASA’s Discovery programme. This will be NASA’s first primary mission flying on an Falcon Heavy.

There will also be two secondary smallsat payloads, Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (EscaPADE) which will study the Martian atmosphere and Janus, which will study pairs of binary asteroids.

After liftoff the spacecraft will perform a Mars flyby in 2023 en route to Psyche. Once it arrives at Psyche in January 2026 it will orbit the asteroid.

Psyche is one of the largest asteroids in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and consists mainly of iron and nickel.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

August 15, 2022 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, US Space Force 67 (USSF-67)

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a classified payload (formerly known as AFSPC-67) for the U.S. Space Force.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

September 30, 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, JPSS-2

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch the Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2 (JPSS-2) on behalf of NOAA and NASA.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

September 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 26

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 28th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 26th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-40.

November 2022 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser SRS-4

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the fourth Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

November 14, 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, CST-100 Starliner Mission 3

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the 3rd operational mission of the Boeing CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

December 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Masten Mission One (MM1)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch nine NASA and technology experiments as well as several commercial payloads to the lunar south pole on board the Masten Space Systems XL-1 lunar lander.

December 2022 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, NROL-68

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.

Quarter 4, 2022 - New Glenn 1, First Demo Flight

The New Glenn 1 heavy lift rocket, named after the pioneering astronaut John Glenn, will launch on its first demonstration mission.

Developed by Blue Origin, the first stage is powered by seven BE-4 engines. These engines will also power the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket.

The second stage is powered by two BE-3U engines. All the engines have also been developed by Blue Origin.

Like SpaceX, Blue Origin intend to recover the first stage for re-use using a floating landing platform.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-36.

January 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 27

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 29th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 27th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

February 1, 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV-11 (NASA Crew Flight 6)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 6th crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

March 2023 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser SRS-5

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the fifth Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

March 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Hakuto-R Moon Lander

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Ispace’s Hakuto-R lunar lander with a rover.

March 31, 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, PACE

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite for a NASA earth science mission.

An Ocean Color Imager will study phytoplankton in the ocean whilst two polarimeters will study the properties of clouds, aerosols and the ocean.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-40.

May 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 28

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 30th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 28th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

June 2023 - Space Launch System, Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2) Artemis 2

The 2nd launch of the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket with astronauts aboard an Orion capsule on a journey around the moon.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-39B.

August 2023 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser SRS-6

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the sixth Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser to the International Space Station. This is the last mission as part of the original contract.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

September 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 29

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 31st Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 29th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

October 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SATRIA

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SATRIA satellite for PSN.

October 2023 - Terran 1, Cryogenic Demonstration Mission

Relativity Space Rocket will launch their first 3D printed rocket, the Terran 1.

Launch will be from launchpad SLC-16.

January 2024 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy, NROL-70

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

This is likely to be the last ever Delta IV rocket launch.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-37B.

February 2024 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser SRS-7

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch the seventh Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-41.

May 2024 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, Gateway PPE and HALO

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket will launch the first two components of the Gateway orbiting station around the Moon.

The payload will consist of the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) manufactured by Maxar Technologies and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) manufactured by Northrop Grumman.

Launch will be from launchpad LC-39A.

June 2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9, O3b mPOWER 10 and 11

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 4th group of two O3b mPOWER communications satellites for SES, Luxembourg.

May 2024 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, GLS-1

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the first Gateway Logistics Services mission to the Lunar Gateway using a Dragon XL spacecraft.

September 2024 - Space Launch System, Exploration Mission 2 (EM-3) Artemis 3

The third launch of the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket with astronauts aboard an Orion capsule on a journey to the south polar region of the moon.

This will be the first crewed landing on the surface of the moon since the end of the Apollo programme.

The crew will consist of four astronauts, two will remain on the Gateway/Orion orbital station whilst the other two descend to the moon in the Human Landing System (HLS). They are expected to spend around 6 days on the surface.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC-39B.

2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy, Gateway

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket will launch a Dragon XL cargo capsule for NASA carrying up to 11,000 pounds of cargo, experiments and supplies to the Gateway orbiting station around the Moon.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 30

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 32nd Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 30th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

February 1, 2025 - SpaceX Falcon 9, IMAP

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP) for NASA.

Launch will be from launch pad LC-39A.

January 2026 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, GLS-2

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the second Gateway Logistics Services mission to the Lunar Gateway using a Dragon XL spacecraft.

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