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Future Rocket Launch Schedule 2020 and beyond

Atlas V launch as seen from Hangar Beach
Atlas V launch as seen from Hangar Beach

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


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). 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.

President Trump has 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.

The Gateway module will require about six launches to get all the necessary components into orbit. The first component is scheduled to launch in 2022.

Future Launch Schedule for 2020 and beyond

Click here for the current NASA launch schedule from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center 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”

February 5, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Solar Orbiter

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch 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 will be from launch pad SLC–41 with a launch window of 11:27 p.m. EST.

Delayed from July 2017, October 2018 and February 2019.

March 1, 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 20

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 22nd Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 20th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

This is 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 are 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 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS 3–03

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

Quarter 1, 2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Cygnus / Peregrine

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch a Cygnus cargo payload plus the Peregrine lunar lander for Astrobotic.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

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

The Atlas V rocket will launch the Mars 2020 rover project to land on the red planet. The new rover is based on the Curiosity rover but with a new payload.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

August 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.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Quarter 4, 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 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser

The Atlas V rocket will launch the first prototype Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, a re-usable mini space shuttle. A second launch is scheduled for 2021.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Quarter 4, 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 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - AFSPC–52

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a classified Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)–52 satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - KPLO

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

Launch is from launchpad SLC–40.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM–8

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

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 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC–8

The Atlas V rocket will launch a military communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy - ViaSat–3

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket will launch the ViaSat–3 satellite for ViaSat.

Late 2020 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - AFSPC–44

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a classified Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)–44 payload for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

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.

NET March 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, SBIRS GEO5

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket will launch the fifth 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.

2020 - 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 space telescopes to investigate black holes and neutron stars.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

October 2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, 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.

2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner Mission 2

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the second operational mission of the Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station carrying two astronauts.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

2021 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser

The Atlas V rocket will launch a Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, a re-usable mini space shuttle on a mission to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

2021 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, 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.

2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, NROL–85

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

2022 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, NROL–70

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.

2022 - First Gateway Element

A private rocket (to be announced) will launch the first module of the Gateway providing power, electric propulsion and communications.

2022 - Space Launch System - Exploration Mission 2 (EM–2) Artemis 2

The second 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.

NET 2022 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, 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.

NASA Launch Schedules

Sources

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

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