Upcoming Rocket Launch List

July 29. 2016


**Launch dates are tentative and subject to change**

 

Date: August 2, 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Merah Putih

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Merah Putih communications satellite for Telkom Indonesia. Merah Putih, previously known as Telkom 4, will provide C-band telecommunications services over Indonesia and India, replacing the aging Telkom 1 communications craft. The Merah Putih satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-40

Launch Window: 1:19 – 3:19 am EDT


Date: August 6, 2018

Vehicle: Delta IV Heavy | Parker Solar Probe

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. The Parker Solar Probe will be the first-ever mission to “touch” the sun. The spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will travel directly into the sun’s atmosphere about 4 million miles from our star’s surface.

**Delayed from August 4, 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-37B

Launch Window: Aprrox. 4:00am EDT


Date: August 17/18, 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Telstar 18V

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite for Telesat. The Telstar 18 VANTAGE satellite will provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over parts of India, China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region. APT Satellite of Hong Kong has an agreement to use capacity on Telstar 18V, which is also known as Apstar 5C. The satellite was built SSL.

**Delayed from July 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: 11:35 pm – 3:35 am EDT


Date: August 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Es’hail 2

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Es’hail 2 communications satellite. Built by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and owned by Qatar’s national satellite communications company Es’hailSat, Es’hail 2 will provide television broadcasts, broadband connectivity and government services to Qatar and neighboring parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Es’hail 2 also carries the first amateur radio payload to fly in geostationary orbit.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date: September 24, 2018

Vehicle: Pegasus XL | ICON

Mission: An air-launched Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket will deploy NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit. ICON will study the ionosphere, a region of Earth’s upper atmosphere where terrestrial weather meets space weather. Disturbances in the ionosphere triggered by solar storms or weather activity in the lower atmosphere can cause disturbances in GPS navigation and radio transmissions.

**Delayed from June 14, 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station- L-1011, Skid Strip

Launch Window: 4:00 – 5:30 am EDT


Date: 3rd Quarter

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Crew Dragon Demo 1

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program.

**Delayed from August 2018**

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center – LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: October 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | GPS 3-01

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. Switched from a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket. The third GPS 3-series satellite will now launch on a Delta 4.

**Delayed from September 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date: October 4/5, 2018

Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | AEHF 4

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-073, will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. Built by Lockheed Martin, this U.S. military spacecraft will provide highly-secure communications. The rocket will fly in the 531 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, three solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

**Moved up from October 18, 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41

Launch Window: 11:07 pm EDT on the 4th 


Date: November 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon Heavy STP-2

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission with a cluster of military and scientific research satellites. The heavy-lift rocket is formed of three Falcon 9 rocket cores strapped together with 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff.

**Delayed from October 30, 2018**

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center – LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: November 29, 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | CRS 16

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 18th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

**Delayed from November 16, 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, FL

Launch Window: TBD


Date: December 13, 2018

Vehicle: ULA Delta 4 | WGS 10

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. Built by Boeing, this geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces. The rocket will fly in the Medium+ (5,4) configuration with four solid rocket boosters.

**Delayed from November 1, 2018**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-37B

Launch Window: TBD


Date: Late 2018

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon Heavy | Arabsat 6A

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Arabsat of Saudi Arabia. Arabsat 6A will provide Ku-band and Ka-band communications coverage over the Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as a footprint in South Africa.

**Delayed from first half of 2018**

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center – LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: Late 2018

Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | CST-100 Starliner Orbital

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-080, will launch Boeing’s first CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on an unpiloted Orbital Test Flight to the International Space Station. The capsule will dock with the space station, then return to Earth to landing in the Western United States after an orbital shakedown cruise ahead of a two-person Crew Test Flight. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage.

**Delayed from August 27, 2018*

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41

Launch Window: TBD