Current Rocket Launch Schedule 2017

Atlas V Rocket Launch [Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls]
Atlas V Rocket Launch [Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls]

If you ever get the opportunity to watch the launch of a rocket then you do not want to miss it; it is an experience of a lifetime. Words cannot describe the sounds of a rocket blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center.

Upcoming launches

Note that all launch dates are provisional and are subject to change, you should always check with the Kennedy Space Center before making a special trip. Click to see the next launch date.

Following the explosion on the launchpad of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Amos 6 satellite on September 1, all future SpaceX flights are on hold and it currently looks as if launches will recommence in February 2017

Click here for previous launch details for 2016 and future launches for 2018.

January 21, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, SBIRS GEO 3

The Atlas V rocket launched the third U.S. military Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 3) for early warning missile detection.

Launch was from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from May 26, July 27 and October 3, 2016.

February 19, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 10

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the twelfth Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the tenth resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch was from launch pad LC–39A.

This was a historic moment as it was the first launch from launch pad LC–39A since the Space Shuttle Atlantis flew the 135th and last ever mission on July 11, 2011.

Delayed from February 13, June 10 and August 1. Moved up from November 21, 2016. Delayed from November 11, 2016, January 22, February 8, 15 and 19, 2017.

March 14, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Echostar 23

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the EchoStar 23 communications satellite for EchoStar Corp.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A with a launch window of 1:34 to 4:04 a.m. EST.

Delayed from Q3 and Q4, 2016, January 26, 30, February 3 and 28, 2017.

March 17, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket, WGS 8

The Delta IV rocket will launch the ninth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft (Wideband Gapfiller Satellite) for the U.S. military.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–37B with a window of 7:44 to 8:58 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from February 2, March 2 and 8, 2017.

March 21, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Cygnus CRS OA–7

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the eighth Cygnus resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–41, 10:11 to 10:41 p.m. EDT.

Delayed from March 9.

March 27, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 9

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 10 communications satellite.

This will be the first ever mission by SpaceX re-using the first stage booster from a previous launch and recovery.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from Q3 and October, 2016, February 2017.

April 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Intelsat 35e

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Intelsat 35e communications satellite.

Launch will be from launch pad LC–39A.

April 9, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 11

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the thirteenth Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the eleventh resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from June 2 and August 15, 2016, January 13 and February 1, 2017.

April, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, NROL–76

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

First ever launch of an NRO satellite by SpaceX.

Quarter 2, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 11/Echostar 105

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 11 communications satellite.

Delayed from October and November 2016.

Quarter 2, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Inmarsat 5 F4

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Inmarsat 5 F4 communications satellite.

June 29, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF 4

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite for the U.S. military.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from December 15, 2016, January 26, May 4 and June 22, 2017.

July 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Koreasat 5A

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Koreasat 5A communications satellite for KTsat.

Launch is from launchpad LC–39A.

Delayed from November 10 and December 8, 2016.

July 15, 2017 - Minotaur 4, ORS 5

An Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 rocket will launch the ORS 5 for the U.S. military. The Operationally Responsive Space programme (ORS) is designed to scan space for other satellites and debris.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–46.

Quarter 3, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Demo Flight

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch on its first demonstration flight. It consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from Quarter 3, 2015, April, September and December 2016 and Quarter 1 and 2, 2017.

August 1, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 12

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the fourteenth Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the twelfth resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–40.

Delayed from December 15, 2016, Quarter 1, April 8 and June 1, 2017.

August 3, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, TDRS M

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) that will provide communications between Mission Control and the International Space Station and other orbiting satelites.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–41.

Moved up from August 4, 2017.

August 31, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, NROL–52

The Atlas V rocket launched a classified payroll for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Quarter 3, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - STP–2

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a group of military and scientific research satellites as part of the U.S. Air Force Test Program–2. It consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from October 2016 and March 2017.

TBD, 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 12

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the fifteenth Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the thirteenth resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Delayed from September 13, 2017.

November 9, 2017 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, SBIRS GEO 4

The Atlas V rocket will launch the fourth U.S. military Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 4) for early warning missile detection.

Launch is from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from October 27, 2017

November 2017 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Crew Dragon Demo 1

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft on an unmanned demo flight to the International Space Station.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from December 2016, May, July and August 2017.

Late 2017 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket, GPS 301

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket will launch the first third-generation Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

Delayed from May 3, 2017.

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