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Upcoming Launches

September 29, 2020: Northrop Grumman Antares Cygnus / NG-14

  • Launch from NASA Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia
  • Cargo resupply mission to International Space Station for NASA Commercial Resupply Services contract

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September TBD: Arianespace Vega / VV16

  • Small Spacecraft Mission Service with 53 satellites
  • Launching from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana
  • Proof-of-concept mission to demonstrate ridesharing capabilities
  • Postponed on September 1 due to weather

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September TBD: ULA Delta IV Heavy / NROL-44

  • National security mission for the National Reconnaissance Office
  • Unclassified launch period of 1:50 to 6:25 a.m. ET from Space Launch Complex-37 in Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • 12th Delta IV Heavy launch, first since January 2019 at Vandenberg, first from from Cape Canaveral since August 2018
  • Launch delay from August 26th by customer request, August 27th due to ground pneumatic issues

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September TBD: SpaceX Falcon 9 / Starlink 11

  • Targeting 10:08 a.m. ET
  • Launching from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center
  • Payload includes Starlink internet satellites

September TBD: Blue Origin New Shepard / NS-13

  • 13th New Shepard launch, 10th commercial flight
  • Launching and landing from Blue Origin’s West Texas facility
  • Blue Origin has not yet announced launch

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October 23: SpaceX Falcon 9 / Crew-1

  • First operational mission for SpaceX and NASA under Commercial Crew Program, second-ever crewed spaceflight on SpaceX hardware
  • Four astronauts will travel to International Space Station for 6 month mission
  • Planned for no earlier than October 23

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Recent Launches

August 30: SpaceX Falcon 9 / Saocom 1B

  • Launch is set for no earlier than 7:19 p.m. ET
  • Payload contains earth observation satellite for the Argentinian space agency
  • Delay since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • First polar launch from Cape Canaveral since 1960
  • Pushed back due to NROL scrub

August 29, 2020: Rocket Lab Electron / Flight 14

  • Liftoff is no earlier than 11:05 p.m. ET
  • Launching from Launch Complex-1 in New Zealand
  • Return to flight following loss of vehicle in flight 13
  • Launch delay from August 26 and 28 due to weather

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August 18, 2020: SpaceX Falcon 9 / Starlink 10

  • Targeting 10:31 a.m. ET
  • Launching from Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida
  • Payload includes 58 Starlink broadband internet satellites and 3 Planet spacecraft (SkySats 19-21)

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August 15, 2020: Ariane 5 / Flight Ariane VA253

  • First launch attempt scrubbed on July 31
  • Launching three satellites from Guiana Space Center
  • Targeting 5:33 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. ET on August 14
  • Possible optimizations may allow launch one day sooner

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August 4-7, 2020: Astra Rocket 3.1 / Rocket 1 of 3 – SCRUBBED

  • Astra originally planned to launch from Kodiak, Alaska in March for DARPA Challenge before sensor detected issue
  • Now Astra wants to complete a first stage burn and fairing and stage separation
  • Weather and boater scrubbed launch on August 2, weather prevented next attempt on August 3
  • Launch window opens daily at 6:00 PM and closes at 8:30 PM local.

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August 6, 2020: SpaceX Falcon 9 / Starlink 9

  • Launch attempt at 1:33 a.m. ET from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida
  • Launching tenth batch of Starlink satellites for upcoming internet service and two Earth observation microsatellites for BlackSky Global
  • 60% probability of favorable launch conditions, 70% probability if pushed back 24 hours

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July 30, 2020: ULA Atlas V / Mars 2020

  • Launch window opens for two hours a 7:50 a.m. ET
  • Launching Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter for NASA
  • Perseverance and Ingenuity arriving to Mars on February 18, 2021

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Find more missions in our launch history archive.

Latest update: September 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ET