December 8, 2021

SpaceX wins NASA contract to launch X-ray telescope on reused rocket

July 8, 2019

NASA has selected a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — flying with a reused first stage booster — to launch the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in April 2021, bypassing Northrop Grumman’s air-launched Pegasus rocket for the task.

SpaceX is about to break its own annual launch record

November 17, 2021

After a lull in launch activity the last few months, SpaceX plans to close out 2021 with a spurt of missions from all three of the company’s active launch pads in Florida and California, with five or more Falcon 9 flights planned before the end of the year.

Rockets purchased by Stratolaunch back under Northrop Grumman control

October 10, 2019

Hardware for two air-dropped Pegasus XL launchers previously purchased by Stratolaunch, a space launch company founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen, are now back under Northrop Grumman control and for sale to NASA, the Air Force, or commercial satellite operators, industry officials said.

NASA picks candidates for new space telescope

August 3, 2015

NASA has selected three finalists for a new Explorer-class astrophysics satellite mission scheduled to launch by the end of 2020, and two of the proposals aim to fulfill similar goals to an X-ray telescope shelved after cost overruns in 2012.

Launch Schedule

October 4, 2014

A regularly updated listing of planned orbital missions from spaceports around the globe. Dates and times are given in Greenwich Mean Time. “NET” stands for no earlier than. “TBD” means to be determined. Recent updates appear in red type. Please send any corrections, additions or updates by e-mail to: See our Launch Log for a listing of completed space missions since 2004. Latest changes: Dec. 5: Atlas 5/STP-3 delayed; Electron/BlackSky 14 & 15 delayed; Updating time for Proton/Express AMU3 & Express AMU7; Adding month for Falcon 9/Starlink 2-3 Dec. 4: Atlas 5/STP-3 delayed Dec. 3: Soyuz/Galileo 27 & 28 scrubbed Dec. 2: Soyuz/Galileo 27 & 28 delayed; Adding date and time for Electron/BlackSky 12 & 13 Nov. 30: Falcon 9/Starlink 4-3 delayed; Soyuz/Galileo 27 & 28 delayed Dec. 7Atlas 5 • STP-3 Launch window: 0904-1104 GMT (4:04-6:04 a.m. EST) Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the STP-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The STP-3 rideshare mission will launch the STPSat 6 satellite and several small

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