Countdown to Next Launch


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 | Starlink 4-3

Launch window: 2220 UTC (1820 EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a batch of approx. 53 Starlink satellites. This launch will break the agency's in house record of total launches in 1 calendar year. The mission name is designated Starlink 4-3.


Saturday, December 5, 2021

ULA | Atlas V 551 | STP-3

Launch window: 0904 UTC (0404 EST)
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.


Thursday, December 9, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 | IXPE

Launch window: 0600 - 0730 UTC (0100 - 0230 EST)
Launch site: LC-39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer. IXPE exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes.


Saturday, December 18, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 | Turksat 5B

Launch window: 0358-0528 UTC 12/19 (2258-0028 EST 11/18-19)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with significant Turkish contributions, the Turksat 5B satellite will provide broadband services over a wide coverage area, including Turkey, the Middle East and large regions of Africa.


Sunday, December 21, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 | CRS-24

Launch window: 1006 UTC (0506 EST)
Launch site: LC-39A, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its fourth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 24th mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.


NET 2021

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.


NET January, 2022

SpaceX | Falcon 9 | CSG-2

Launch window: 1111 UTC (1811 EST)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation, or CSG 2, radar surveillance satellite for ASI, the Italian space agency. The spacecraft was built by Thales Alenia Space.


NET 2022

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.


NET Early 2022

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.