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March 2020 - December 2021

LaunchDateLocation
Starlink 4-3 | SpaceX | Falcon 9Wednesday, December 1, 6:20 p.m. ESTSLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
STP-3 | ULA | Atlas V 551Saturday, December 4, 4:04 – 6:04 a.m. ESTSLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
MS-20 | Roscosmos | SoyuzWednesday, December 8, 2:38 a.m. ESTSite 31, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
IXPE | SpaceX | Falcon 9Thursday, December 9, 1:00 – 2:30 a.m. ESTLC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
CRS-24 | SpaceX | Falcon 9Saturday, December 21, 5:06 a.m. ESTLC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
James Webb Space Telescope | Arianespace | Ariane 5Saturday, December 18, 7:20 a.m. ESTELA-3, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana
Artemis I | NASA | Space Launch SystemSaturday, February 12, 5:56 p.m. ESTLC-39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
GOES-T | ULA | Atlas VSaturday, February 16, 4:40 p.m. ESTSLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
AX-1 | SpaceX | Falcon 9Monday, February 21LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Upcoming Launch Descriptions


Wednesday, December 1, 6:20 p.m. EST

SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida


STP-3 | ULA | Atlas V 551

Saturday, December 4

SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

The Space Test Program 3 (STP-3) mission will carry the STPsat-6 to a slightly higher orbit than geostationary orbits. There are several payloads aboard STPsat-6:

  • NNSA’s Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System-3
  • NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration
  • Six secondary payloads for the US Air Force

This mission will launch aboard an Atlas V 551. This version of Atlas features a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and one RL-10 engine on Centaur.

Updates

  • Launch date moved from November 22 to December 4.
  • Launch delayed “due to a space vehicle processing issue.”

MS-20 | Roscosmos | Soyuz [CREWED]

Wednesday, December 8

Site 31, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Russian’s MS-20 flight to the International Space Station will differ from previous missions as it won’t carry any crew members to take part in the current Expeditions. Instead, it will bring two paying space tourists, arranged through Space Adventures, for a 12 day stay on the station. One tourist is Yusaku Maezawa, who holds a ticket to fly around the Moon on SpaceX’s Starship vehicle.

Crew

  • Alexander Misurkin (Commander, Roscosmos)
  • Yusaku Maezawa (Flight Participant 1, Space Adventures)
  • Yozo Hiran0 (Flight Participant 2, Space Adventures)

IXPE | SpaceX | Falcon 9

Thursday, December 9

LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center or SLC-40 Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes.

Updates

  • Launch date moved from November 17 to December 9.

CRS-24 | SpaceX | Falcon 9

Saturday, December 21, 5:06 a.m. EST

LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

The upcoming launch of SpaceX’s 24th Commercial Resupply Services mission for NASA to the International Space Station. The fourth of NASA’s CRS-2 contract and with the Dragon 2 cargo spacecraft. Along with new experiments and additional supplies for the crew, 14 CubeSats will be deployed on this mission from universities, NASA Centers, and research centers worldwide.

Updates

  • Launch time added for 5:06 a.m. EST.
  • Launch date changed from December 4 to the 21.

James Webb Space Telescope | Arianespace | Ariane 5

Saturday, December 18, 7:20 a.m. EST

ELA-3, Guiana Space Centre, French Guiana

The joint NASA, ESA, and CSA telescope and long-awaited replacement to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will take over NASA’s astrophysics missions once operational. The inferred telescope will reside in the L2 Lagrange point, meaning it will stay in the shadow of Earth. Webb will be the largest, most powerful, and complex space telescope built and launched into space.


Artemis I | NASA | Space Launch System

Friday, February 12, 5:56 p.m. EST

LC-39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

NASA’s maiden launch of the Space Launch System will carry an Orion spacecraft around the Moon and back to validate the launch and life support systems. If successful, this mission will put NASA on a path to return humanity to the Moon, this time to stay and land the first woman and person of color on another celestial body.


GOES-T | ULA | Atlas V

Saturday, February 16, 4:40 p.m. EST

SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

GOES-T will be the third in a new line of upgraded weather satellites for the NOAA. The GOES series of satellites sit in geostationary orbit to monitor weather systems as they develop.

Updates

  • Launched date changed from January 8 to February 16.

AX-1 | SpaceX | Falcon 9

Monday, February 21

LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Axiom’s first private mission to the International Space Station will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 and use the Dragon spacecraft. The spacecraft will carry a former NASA astronaut and now Axiom VP as the commander and three highly successful businessmen to enjoy low Earth orbit and conduct their experiments on the station. The most notable member of the crew, Eytan Stibbe, will be the second Israeli to go to space. The first was Ilan Ramon, who perished in the Columbia Disaster.

Crew

  • Michael López-Alegría (Commander, Axiom)
  • Larry Connor (Pilot, Axiom)
  • Mark Pathy (Mission Specialist, Axiom)
  • Eytan Stibbe (Mission Specialist, Axiom)