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Florida Rocket Launch Schedule 2023 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) rocket launch schedule and the Cape Canaveral rocket launch schedule for 2023 and beyond.

Click here for the complete rocket launch manifest for 2022.

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 provisional 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 rocket launch facility on Florida’s East coast consists of 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”.

This is 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 2023

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 2022 and where you can watch a rocket launch.

If you are interested in the Florida rocket launch schedules for 2023 or beyond, then jump straight to them here:

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

January 10, 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.

January 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Türksat 6A

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Türksat 6A communications satellite for the Türksat Satellite Communications and Cable TV Operations Company of Turkey.

Unlike Türksat 5A and 5B that were built in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space and both launched in 2021, Türksat 6A is built entirely in Turkey.

February 1, 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–6 (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.

NET March, 2023 - 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 four NASA astronauts on a six month mission. This mission will fly using the same spacecraft as on the first orbital test flight.

Crew will consist of:

  • Sunita Williams (NASA) — Commander
  • TBA — Pilot
  • Jeanette Epps (NASA) — Mission Specialist 1
  • Koichi Wakata (JAXA) — Mission Specialist 2

Josh Cassada was originally assigned to this mission but has been switched to the SpaceX Crew 5 mission.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

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 Mission 2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second Ispace’s Hakuto-R lunar lander, this time with an onboard lunar 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.

March 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Axiom Space–3 (AX–3)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on behalf of Axiom Space on their third mission and will fly four space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) for around an eight day stay.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Quarter 1, 2023 - 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.

April 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USSF–36

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a payload as part of the National Security Space Launch Phase 2.

June 5, 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.

July 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Thuraya 4-NGS

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Thuraya 4-NGS communications satellite for Yahsat of the UAE.

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.

September 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Blue Ghost (CLPS–19D)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Blue Ghost lunar lander for Firefly Aerospace.

Blue Ghost will carry a number of payloads as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) programme.

The lander will touch down at Mare Crisium in the Moon’s Crisium basin.

Quarter 3, 2023 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, USSF–112

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch a military satellite for the U.S. Space Force as part of the National Security Space Launch (NSSL) Phase 2 contract.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

October 20, 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 broadband internet satellite for PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (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.

October 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Axiom Space–4 (AX–4)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on behalf of Axiom Space on their fourth mission and will fly four space tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) for around an eight day stay.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

October 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–7 (NASA Crew Flight 7)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 7th crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

November 2023 - 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 lunar lander, Xelene XL–1.

November 2023 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, Griffin Mission 1 (GM1)/VIPER

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Griffin Lunar Lander carrying NASA’s water-sourcing Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (Viper) to the lunar south pole near the western edge of the Nobile Crater, as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.

The Griffin lander is being built by space robotics startup Astrobotic, Pittsburgh. After landing west of the Nobile Crater, the Viper rover will drive down a ramp to start a 100 day mission to explore the lunar surface and try and detect water ice and other resources.

Astrobotic is also building a smaller lander called Peregrine as part of the same program. Peregrine was due to land on the Moon in 2021 after being launched by the new United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket on its very first flight but this has been pushed back to 2022.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

November 30, 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, PACE

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) spacecraft to study the Earth and examine the oceans, clouds and air particles.

Launched will be from launchpad SLC–40.

Quarter 4, 2023 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, USSF–87

The Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch a military satellite for the U.S. Space Force as part of the National Security Space Launch (NSSL ) Phase 2 contract.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Quarter 4, 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, NROL 69

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office as part of the National Security Space Launch Phase 2.

2023 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V, CST–100 Starliner Mission 2

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the 2nd operational mission of the Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

This flight will be followed by at least five further confirmed missions between 2023 and 2026.

2023 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser CRS–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.

2023 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser CRS–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.

2023 - 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.

January 2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9, IM–3

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the third Nova-C lunar lander for Intuitive Machines. Unlike the two previous missions, IM–3 is not part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract.

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.

January 2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–8 (NASA Crew Flight 8)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 8th crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

April 2024 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, GOES-U

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket will launch the last of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GOES-R series into geostationary orbit.

GOES-R is a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The satellites are designed to monitor weather, oceans, the environment, lightning, solar activity and weather in space.

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.

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.

September 2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–9 (NASA Crew Flight 9)

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

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

October 10, 2024 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, Europa Clipper

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Europa Clipper spacecraft for NASA. The mission is to fly to Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa.

It is expected to arrive in April 2030 and will then spend around four Earth years observing and orbiting the moon.

It had originally been intended to launch Europa on the NASA’s own Space Launch System rocket.

Launch will be from launchpad LC–39A.

November 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.

December 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.

Launch will be from launchpad LC–39A.

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.

2024 - United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser CRS–6

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

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.

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January 2026 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy, GLS–2

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

Future Rocket Launch News

The number of missions from Florida continues to increase.

SpaceX

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.

United Launch Alliance

In April 2021, ULA won a contract for nine Atlas V launches to support Amazon’s Project Kuiper to provide low-latency Ka-band broadband services to customers across the globe. In total Amazon expects to launch around 3,236 satellites, half of them by mid 2026.

Project Kuiper is a rival to SpaceX’s Starlink constellation and the OneWeb system.

Artemis

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 as part of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP–2).

  • Blue Origin put 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 proposed 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.

It was expected that NASA would award two contracts but due to budget constraints, in April 2021, NASA announced that they had awarded a single $2.89bn contract to SpaceX to build a lander based on their Starship craft. It will be known as the Human Landing System (HLS).

Both Blue Origin and Dynetics filed lawsuits objecting to the awarding of a single contract to SpaceX. The US Government Accountability Office rejected the lawsuits in July 2021 but then Blue Origin filed another suit in the US Court of Federal Claims in August. This has resulted in further delays to the programme.

The current plan is to launch four astronauts on an SLS rocket into lunar orbit aboard an Orion spacecraft. Two crew members would then transfer to an HLS to land on the lunar surface near the south pole. After a mission lasting around a week, they would lift off from the surface of the moon, transfer back to the Orion spacecraft before returning to Earth.

Despite this contract been awarded, the planned schedule of returning humans to the surface of the moon by 2024 seems unlikely.

NASA Launch Schedules

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