Upcoming Rocket Launch List

July 29. 2016


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

Date: February 15, 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Starlink 4 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the fifth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 4. Delayed from January. **Delayed from January** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-40 Launch Window: 10:46 AM


Date: March 2, 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | CRS 20 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 22nd Dragon spacecraft mission on its 20th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. **Delayed from October 15, 2019 and March 1, 2020** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-40 Launch Window: 1:45 AM


Date: March 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Starlink 5 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the sixth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 5. **Delayed from January and February 2020** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – LC-39A Launch Window: TBD


Date: March 13, 2020 Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | AEHF 6 Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the sixth 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 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41 Launch Window: 3:45 – 5:45 PM EDT


Date: March 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | SAOCOM 1B Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency. SAOCOM 1B is the second of two SAOCOM 1-series Earth observation satellites designed to provide radar imagery to help emergency responders and monitor the environment, including the collection of soil moisture measurements. Delayed from 4th Quarter of 2019, January and February. This mission was originally scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida Launch Window: TBD


Date: April 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Crew Dragon Demo 2 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its first test flight with astronauts on-board to the International Space Station under the auspices of NASA’s commercial crew program. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will fly on the Demo-2 mission. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. **Delayed from February** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – LC-39A Launch Window: TBD


Date: April 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | GPS 3 SV03 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s third third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. The Air Force previously planned to launch the second GPS 3-series satellite on this mission. **Delayed from January 2019** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida Launch Window: TBD


Date: May 2020 Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | AFSPC 7/OTV-6 Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the AFSPC 7 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The mission’s primary payload is the X-37B, a spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program’s sixth mission. The rocket will fly in the 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from December. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41 Launch Window: TBD


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Date: May 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | GPS 3 SV04 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s fourth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. **Delayed from December 2019** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida Launch Window: TBD


Date: June 2020 Vehicle: ULA Delta 4-Heavy | NROL-44 Mission: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-37B Launch Window: TBD


Date: Mid 2020 Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test Mission:  United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-082, 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. Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson and NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann will fly on the Crew Flight Test. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from August and 1st Quarter of 2020. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41 Launch Window: TBD


Date:  July 17, 2020 Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | Mars 2020 Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s Mars 2020 rover to the Red Planet. After landing in February 2021, the Mars 2020 rover will study Martian geology, search for organic compounds, demonstrate the ability to generate oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide, and collect rock samples for return to Earth by a future mission. The rocket will fly in the 541 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, four solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41 Launch Window: 9:00-10:40 a.m.


Date: August, 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | GPS 3 SV04 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s fourth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The satellite is built by Lockheed Martin. **Delayed from October, December, May and July** Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida Launch Window: TBD


Date: August 5, 2020 Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | CRS 21 Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its first cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 21st mission by SpaceX conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida Launch Window: TBD


Date: September, 2020 Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | NROL-101 Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. 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. This will be the first launch of an Atlas 5 rocket with new Northrop Grumman-built GEM-63 solid rocket motors, replacing the Aerojet Rocketdyne AJ-60A solid rocket motors used on previous Atlas 5s. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41 Launch Window: TBD


Date: 4th Quarter 2020 Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | AFSPC-8 (GSSAP 5 & 6) Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the AFSPC-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 401 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station – SLC-41 Launch Window: TBD