Upcoming Rocket Launch List

July 29. 2016


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

Date: NET November 2019

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | Starlink 3

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is expected to launch the fourth batch of approximately 60 satellites for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband network, a mission designated Starlink 3.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date: December 4, 2019

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | CRS 19

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 21st Dragon spacecraft mission on its 19th 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**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: 12:48 p.m.


Date: NET December 2019

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.

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date: December 15, 2019

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9 | JCSAT 18/Kacific 1

Mission: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite jointly owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. of Japan and Kacific Broadband Satellites of Singapore. Built by Boeing, the JCSAT 18/Kacific 1 communications satellite will provide mobile and broadband services across the Asia-Pacific region.

**Delayed from November 11, 2019**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date: January 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 December 2019**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date:  February 5, 2020

Vehicle: ULA Atlas V | Solar Orbiter

Mission: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the Solar Orbiter spacecraft for NASA and the European Space Agency. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, Solar Orbiter, or SolO, will travel inside the orbit of Mercury to study how the sun creates and controls the heliosphere, the vast bubble of charged particles blown by the solar wind into the interstellar medium. The rocket will fly in the 411 vehicle configuration with a four-meter fairing, one solid rocket booster and a single-engine Centaur upper stage.

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

Launch Window: 11:27 p.m.


Date: March 1, 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**

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

Launch Window: TBD


Date:  February 5, 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: TBD


Date:  2nd Quarter 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


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:  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:  Quarter 3, 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