Countdown to Next Launch


Monday, September 27, 2021

ULA | Atlas V 401 | LandSat 9

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-3E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, USA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Landsat 9 Earth observation satellite for NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Built by Northrop Grumman, Landsat 9 will continue the series of Landsat images of Earth dating back nearly 50 years. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.


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SpaceX | Falcon 9 | Starlink

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Starlink internet satellites. This mission will deploy an unspecified number of Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit.


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ULA | Atlas V N22 | OFT-2

Launch window: TBD (To Be Determined)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket will launch Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner spacecraft on its Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station (ISS). OFT-2 is the second uncrewed flight of the Starliner that will demonstrate the spacecraft's human transportation capabilities. This test flight is the last major step before the Atlas V and Boeing's Starliner capsule take American astronauts to the International Space Station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.


Saturday, October 16, 2021

ULA | Atlas V 401 | Lucy

Launch window: 0935 UTC (0535 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Lucy spacecraft. Built by Lockheed Martin and led by the Southwest Research Institute, Lucy will fly by seven Trojan asteroids, a unique family of asteroids that orbit the sun in front of and behind Jupiter. The rocket will fly in the 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.


Sunday, October 31, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 - B1067-2 | Crew-3

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA Astronauts Raja Chari, Kayla Barron and Tom Marshburn, who will serve as Spacecraft commander, Mission Specialist 2 and pilot, respectively, and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer, who will serve as Mission Specialist 1.


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SpaceX | Falcon Heavy - B1064, B1065, B1066(core) | USSF-44

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: LC-39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the USSF 44 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The mission is expected to deploy two spacecraft payloads directly into geosynchronous orbit, one of which is the military’s TETRA 1 microsatellite. 


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ULA | Atlas V 551 | STP-3

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the STP-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The STP-3 rideshare mission will launch the STPSat 6 satellite and several small satellites. STPSat 6 hosts several payloads and experiments, including the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System-3 (SABRS-3) payload, and NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) experiment. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.


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Rocket Lab | Electron | STP-27RM

Launch window: TBD
Launch site: Launch Complex 2, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

A Rocket Lab Electron rocket will launch on its first mission from a new launch pad at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch customer is the U.S. Air Force, and the mission will launch an experimental mission for the Space Test Program called Monolith with a space weather instrument. The Monolith mission will demonstrate the ability of a small satellite to support large aperture payloads.