Future Rocket Launch Schedule 2018

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

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Future Launch Schedule for 2018 and beyond

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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

TBC - 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.

February 2018 - SpaceX Falcon - Crew Dragon Demonstration Mission 1

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

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.

March 2018 - 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, August and November 2017.

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 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.

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

The Delta 4 rocket will launch a GPS satelite.

Launch will be from launch pad SLC–37B.

June 2018 - SpaceX Falcon - Crew Dragon Demonstration Mission 2

The SpaceX Falcon rocket will launch the second Crew Dragon (Dragon 2) capsule to the International Space station. It will be the first ever crewed launch by SpaceX.

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 - 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.

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–5

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.

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.

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.

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.

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