Countdown to Next Launch


Thursday, June 17, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 - B1062-2 | GPSIII SV05

Launch window: 1609-1624 UTC (1209-1224 EDT)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Space Force’s fifth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. This will be the second flight of this Falcon 9 rocket booster.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 - B1060-8 | Transporter 2

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a dedicated rideshare to SSO (Sun Synchronous Orbit). It will debut two different orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) for the first time, including an industry’s first-ever electric propulsion vehicle, Sherpa-LTE by Spaceflight. There will be roughly thirty-six (~36) satellites onboard the mission, designated Transporter 2. The Falcon 9 supporting this mission will be its eighth flight and potential landing.


Friday, July 30, 2021

ULA | Atlas V N22 | OFT-2

Launch window: 1853 UTC (1453 UTC)
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.


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SpaceX | Falcon Heavy | 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. Falcon Heavy side boosters: B1064 & B1065, Falcon Heavy Core: B1066, will all be flown for the first time.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

SpaceX | Falcon 9 - B1067-2 | Inspiration4

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

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the world’s first all-commercial astronaut mission to orbit. The launch is to inspire support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and send a humanitarian message of possibility. Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Chris Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor will make up the crew of four. This will be the second flight of this Falcon 9. It will also be the second time Crew Dragon Resilience will be used.


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SpaceX | Falcon 9 | 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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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.