Future Rocket Launch Schedule 2018

Atlas V launch as seen from Hangar Beach
Atlas V launch as seen from Hangar Beach

All launch dates are provisionally and are subject to change, you should always check with the Kennedy Space Center before making a special trip.

Future Launch Schedule for 2018 and beyond

Click here for the current NASA launch schedule from Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center.

January 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 16/GovSat 1

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite for LuxGovSat, a joint venture between SES and Luxembourg.

Delayed from December 2017.

January 18, 2018 - 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 and November 9, 2017

February 8, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 14

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 16th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 14th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Delayed from September 13 and November 1, 2017.

February 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Bangabandhu 1

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

Delayed from December 2017.

Early 2018 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Arabsat 6A

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite. It consists of three Falcon 9 cores joined together with a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

March 1, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, GOES-S

The Atlas V rocket will launch the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-S) for the United States’ National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service to support weather forecasting and severe storm tracking.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41 with a launch window at 5:01 a.m. EDT.

March 20, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, TESS

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to detect small planets from high-earth orbit.

Launch will be from launchpad SLC–40.

Quarter 1, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, SES 12

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 12 communications satellite.

April 18, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC 11

The Atlas V rocket will launch a military communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Delayed from December 7, 2017 and March 2018.

April 2018 - SpaceX Falcon - Crew Dragon DM–1 Demonstration Mission 1

The SpaceX Falcon rocket will launch the first unmanned Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) capsule to the International Space station.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from December 2016, May, July, August and November 2017, February 2018.

April 30, 2018 - 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.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

Delayed from October 2016, March and September 2017.

May 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS IIIA–2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GPS IIIA–2 satellite for the USAF.

June 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - In Flight Abort Test

A modified SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 crew capsule and perform an in flight abort test.

Quarter 2, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telstar 19V

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 19V communications satellite for Telesat of Canada.

Quarter 2, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telstar 18V

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telstar 18V communications satellite for Telesat of Canada.

July 2018 - 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, June 22 and 29 and October 11, 2017.

July 31, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Rocket, Parker Solar Probe

The Delta 4 rocket will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe on a mission to the sun.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

TBC 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Rocket, GPS III–1

The Delta 4 rocket will launch a GPS satellite.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

June 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF–5

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

June 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner Flight Test

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the first test flight of an unmanned Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

July 31, 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, Solar Probe Plus

The Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch the NASA Solar Probe Plus to investigate the outer corona of the Sun.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

Delayed from 2015.

August 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, Crew Dragon DM–2 Demonstration Mission 2

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft on a manned demo flight to the International Space Station. This will be first ever Crew Dragon manned flight.

Launch is from launch pad LC–39A.

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

August 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 15

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 17th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 15th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Delayed from September 13 and November 1, 2017.

August 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner Flight Test

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the second test flight of the Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station. This will be the first ever manned launch of an Atlas V.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

October 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Solar Orbiter

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the Solar Orbiter probe for the European Space Agency to provide the closest ever views of the Sun.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

August 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, CST–100 Starliner

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch the first operational mission of the Boeing CST–100 Starliner to the International Space Station carrying two astronauts.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Autumn 2018 - Space Launch System

The first launch of the new Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket. The mission will be to send an unmanned Orion capsule around the moon.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–39B.

Quarter 4, 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GiSAT–1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GiSAT–1 communications satellite for Global IP Cayman.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GTO–1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GTO–1 satellite for Spaceflight Industries.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GTO–2

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GTO–2 satellite for Spaceflight Industries.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - PSN–6

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the PSN–6 satellite for Pasifik Satelit Nusantara.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Es’hail 2

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Es’hail 2 satellite for Es’hailSat.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - ABS–8

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the ABS–8 satellite for Asia Broadcast Satellite.

TBC 2018 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - Telkom–4

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Telkom–4 satellite for Telkom.

Late 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Rocket, WGS–10

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

Late 2018 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AFSPC 8

The Atlas V rocket will launch a military communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

February 2019 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, AEHF–6

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

Late 2018 - United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy Rocket, NROL–44

The Delta IV Heavy rocket will launch a classified payroll for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

TBC 2019 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, NROL–52

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

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

TBC 2019 - SpaceX Falcon Heavy - Lunar Free-Return Mission

The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch a crewed Dragon 2 capsule with two private fee paying passengers. on a trip around the moon and back.

April 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 16

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 18th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 16th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

June 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 17

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 19th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 17th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

August 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 18

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 20th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 18th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Quarter 3, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 19

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 21st Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 19th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - JCSat 18/Kacific 1

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the JCSat 18/Kacific 1 satellites for JSAT Corporation and Kacific Ltd.

Quarter 4, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 20

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 22nd Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 20th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

Quarter 4, 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–1 (NASA Crew Flight 1)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the first crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

TBC 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 21

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 23rd Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 21st resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GPS IIIA–3

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GPS IIIA–3 satellite for the USAF.

TBC 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM–7

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SXM–7 satellite for SiriusXM.

TBC 2019 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SXM–8

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SXM–8 satellite for SiriusXM.

2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Mars 2020

The Atlas V rocket will launch the Mars 2020 rover project to land on the red planet. The new rover is based on the Curiosity rover but with a new payload.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

2020 - United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket, Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser

The Atlas V rocket will launch the first prototype Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser, a re-usable mini space shuttle. A second launch is scheduled for 2021.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–41.

TBC 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - GTO-C

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the GTO-C satellite for Spaceflight Industries.

TBC 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy - ViaSat–3

A SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy rocket will launch the ViaSat–3 satellite for ViaSat.

TBC 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 22

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 24th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 22nd resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 23

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 25th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 23rd resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 24

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 26th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 24th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2020 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–2 (NASA Crew Flight 2)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the second crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

TBC 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9 - SWOT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SWOT (Surface water & ocean topography) satellite for NASA, CNES (France)and CSA (Canada).

TBC 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 25

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 27th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 25th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 26

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 28th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 26th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, CRS 27

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 29th Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the 27th resupply cargo load to the International Space Station.

TBC 2021 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–3 (NASA Crew Flight 3)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the third crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

TBC 2022 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–4 (NASA Crew Flight 4)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the fourth crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

TBC 2023 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–5 (NASA Crew Flight 5)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the fifth crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

TBC 2024 - SpaceX Falcon 9, USCV–6 (NASA Crew Flight 6)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The purpose of the mission is to take the sixth crew flight for NASA to the International Space Station.

Other Future Launches

Both SpaceX with their Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon 2) and Boeing with their CST–100 Starliner are working on crew capsules to support missions to the International Space Station but both projects have been delayed. Initially both companies were due to certify their respective crew spacecraft by the end of 2017 so the US no longer had to rely on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

SpaceX have now abandoned the idea of propulsive landings with SuperDraco thrusters for the time being and have reverted to parachute assisted water landings. They expect to start launching crews by mid 2018.

Boeing expect to launch their first test CST–100 in June 2018.

See also:- NASA tours | NASA tickets

Other pages of interest