Upcoming Rocket Launch List

February 12, 2020


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

Date: October, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a group of Starlink internet satellites

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 40

Launch Window: TBD


Date: October, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Mission: 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.

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: October 16, 2021

Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V 500 Series

Mission: 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.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: 5:34 am


Date: October 31, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its third operational flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft. A fourth crew member will be assigned at a later date.

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: November, 2021

Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V 500 Series

Mission: 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.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: TBD


Date: November, 2021

Vehicle: Boeing CST-100 Starliner

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-082, will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on second unpiloted test flight to the International Space Station.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: TBD


Date: November, 2021

Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V 500 Series

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the USSF 8 mission with the fifth and sixth satellites for the Space Force’s Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, designed to help the military track and observe objects in geosynchronous orbit. The rocket will fly in the 511 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: TBD


Date: November, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 40

Launch Window: TBD


Date: November 17, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: 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

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: December 4, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: 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

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: December, 2021

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 3 mission, a rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with numerous small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 40

Launch Window: TBD


Date: January 8, 2022

Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V 500 Series

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch GOES-T, the third next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA. GOES-T will orbit 22,300 miles above the equator to monitor weather conditions across the United States.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: 4:33 pm - 6:33 pm ET


Date: January, 2022

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the USSF 52 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The mission will launch an unspecified military payload on this mission

Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - LC-39A

Launch Window: TBD


Date: February, 2022

Vehicle: United Launch Alliance Atlas V 500 Series

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch on its inaugural flight with the Peregrine commercial lunar lander for Astrobotic. The Peregrine robotic lander will carry multiple experiments, scientific instruments, and tech demo payloads for NASA and other customers

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: TBD


Date: February, 2022

Vehicle: Boeing CST-100 Starliner

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its first mission with astronauts, known as the Crew 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. NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore, Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann will fly on the Crew Flight Test.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station - SLC 41

Launch Window: TBD