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Launch Calendar

Upcoming Missions This Year for: Falcon

Aug 24 Formosat-5 & Sherpa

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 11:50 AM PDT / 2017-08-24 18:50:00Z
Window 44 minutes

Developed by Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), Formosat-5 is a remote sensing satellite. Similar to Formosat-2, the primary payload on Formosat-5 will be an optical Remote Sensing Instrument (RSI), which provides 2-m resolution panchromatic (PAN, black & white) and 4-m resolution multi-spectral (MS, color) images. Sherpa is a commercial payload deployer from Spaceflight Industries that will carry approximately 90 cubesats and other small payloads for multiple customers.

NETSep 7 OTV-5

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

In early June 2017, it was reported SpaceX would be launching the fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission (OTV-5) later in the summer. This will be the first time the Falcon 9 has launched the U.S. military's unpiloted X-37B spaceplane.

NETSep 27 SES 11/EchoStar 105

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

Manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, SES-11/EchoStar 105 is hybrid communications satellite providing Ku- and C-band coverage across North America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. The satellite's functionality will replace the AMC-15 and AMC-18 satellites currently in orbit.

Sep 30 Iridium Next Flight-3

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time 6:30 AM PDT / 2017-09-30 13:30:00Z

The third of seven planned SpaceX flights for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch ten additional next generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. Iridium Flight 3 consists of ten satellites, designated Iridium NEXT 21-30.

NETNov Iridium Next Flight-4

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Vandenberg AFB SLC-4
Time TBD

The fourth of seven planned SpaceX flights for Iridium Communications, each flight will launch ten additional next generation Iridium communications satellites to orbit. Iridium Flight 4 consists of ten satellites, designated Iridium NEXT 31-40.

NETNov Falcon Heavy Test Flight

Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX will launch the Heavy variant of the company's Falcon booster on its first demonstration flight. This new system uses a standard Falcon 9 core with two strap-on boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage for a total of 27 Merlin 1D engines firing at liftoff.

NETDec SpaceX CRS-13

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX will conduct its fourteenth overall Dragon/Falcon 9 flight to the International Space Station supporting NASA's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) program. The company's Dragon spacecraft will be loaded with crew supplies, and experiments to be used on the orbiting lab.

Missions No Earlier Than 2017 for: Falcon

NET2017 SES-14

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SES-14 will replace SES's satellite NSS-806 and support new capacity over the Americas and the North Atlantic Region. The Ku-band wide beams will bring augmented capacity to serve growing video neighborhoods in the Americas and support existing VSAT services. The HTS (High Throughput Satellite) Ku-band multi-spot beams are ideal for traffic-intensive data applications such as mobile backhaul, maritime and aeronautical services.

NET2017 Koreasat 5A

Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

Built on the Upgraded Spacebus-4000B2 platform from Thales Alenia Space, Koreasat-5A is a communications satellite for KTsat based in South Korea. Koreasat-7A's coverage zone encompasses Korea, Japan, Indochina, and the Middle East.

Missions No Earlier Than 2018 for: Falcon

NETFeb Crew Dragon Demo 1

Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

A Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) "full thrust" Falcon 9 rocket will launch the crewed variant of the Hawthorne, California-based aerospace firm's Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on a test flight. The flight is slated to get underway from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

NET2018 SpaceX In-Flight Abort

Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX plans to conduct an uncrewed in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon/Dragon 2 spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket equipped with only 3 engines to launch a Crew Dragon test vehicle to an altitude as high as Max-Q (approximately 35,000 ft. or 11 km.) Upon reaching maximum aerodynamic drag, an intentional in-flight abort will be initiated to test the spacecraft's abort system.

NET2018 STP-2

Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

The Space Test Program-2 (STP-2) mission is comprised of a cluster of military and scientific research satellites for the United States Air Force (USAF).