December 7, 2022

Launch Schedule

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: sclark@spaceflightnow.com.

See our Launch Log for a listing of completed space missions since 2004.

Latest changes:

Dec. 6: Falcon 9/ispace Hakuto-R Mission 1 delayed; Falcon 9/OneWeb 15 delayed
Dec. 5: Falcon 9/OneWeb 15 delayed; Adding date and time for Falcon 9/ispace Hakuto-R Mission 1; Falcon 9/Starlink 4-37 delayed; Adding RS-1/Flight 1; Adding Electron/”Virginia is for Launch Lovers”; Falcon 9/O3b mPOWER 1 & 2 moved forward; Falcon 9/SDA Tranche 0 delayed
Nov. 30: Falcon 9/ispace Hakuto-R Mission 1 delayed; Falcon 9/Starlink 4-37 delayed; Adding date and time for Falcon 9/OneWeb 15; Falcon 9/SWOT delayed; Adding time for Ariane 5/Galaxy 35, Galaxy 36, and MTG-I1
Nov. 29: Falcon 9/ispace Hakuto-R Mission 1 delayed; Adding date and time for Falcon 9/Starlink 4-37; Ariane 5/Galaxy 35, Galaxy 36, and MTG-I1 moved forward; Adding date for Vega C/Pléiades Neo 5 & 6
Nov. 24: Vega C/Pléiades Neo 5 & 6 delayed; Falcon 9/ispace Mission 1 delayed
Nov. 22: Falcon 9/SpaceX CRS 26 scrubbed; Adding PSLV/EOS-06; Adding Soyuz/Glonass M; Falcon 9/ispace Mission 1 delayed; Adding date for Long March 2F/Shenzhou 15; Falcon 9/Starlink 4-37 delayed; Adding time for Falcon 9/SWOT; Adding Falcon 9/Starlink 2-2; Adding Falcon 9/Starlink 2-4; Adding date for Falcon 9/O3b mPOWER 1 & 2; Falcon Heavy/ViaSat 3 Americas delayed; Falcon 9/WorldView Legion 1 & 2 delayed; Adding Ariane 5/Syracuse 4B & Heinrich Hertz; Adding Falcon 9/O3b mPOWER 3 & 4; Adding Falcon 9/O3b mPOWER 5 & 6; Adding Falcon 9/WorldView Legion 3 & 4; Atlas 5/CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test delayed; Adding Ariane 5/JUICE; Adding Atlas 5/ViaSat 3 EMEA

Dec. 7RS-1 • Flight 1
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
LP-3C, Pacific Spaceport Complex, Kodiak Island, Alaska
An ABL RS-1 rocket will launch on its first orbital test flight, carrying two CubeSats for OmniTeq, a company with plans to deploy a constellation of small satellites to provide maritime communications services. [Dec. 5]
Dec. 8Falcon 9 • OneWeb 15
Launch time: 2227 GMT (5:27 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 40 satellites into orbit for OneWeb, which is developing and deploying a constellation of hundreds of satellites in low Earth orbit for low-latency broadband communications. This will be the first launch of OneWeb satellites with SpaceX. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Delayed from November, Dec. 6, and Dec. 7. [Dec. 6]
Dec. 9/10Electron • “Virginia is for Launch Lovers”
Launch window: 2300-0100 GMT on 9th/10th (6:00-8:00 p.m. EST on 9th)
Launch site:
LC-2, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle will lift off with three satellites for HawkEye 360, radio frequency geospatial analytics provider. This will be the first Rocket Lab mission from a new launch pad in Virginia. [Dec. 5]
TBDFalcon 9 • ispace Hakuto-R Mission 1
Launch time: Approx. 0800 GMT (3:00 a.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first commercial Hakuto-R lunar lander for ispace, a Japan-based company that competed for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and is now developing a series of robotic lunar landers. The first lunar lander, called ispace Mission 1, was assembled in partnership with ArianeGroup and carries a package of international and commercial payloads, including two small lunar rovers from the United Arab Emirates and Japan. The mission will target a landing in the Lacus Somniorum region of the moon. NASA’s Lunar Flashlight CubeSat will be a rideshare payload on this launch. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Delayed from mid-November, Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Nov. 30, and Dec. 7. [Dec. 6]
Dec. 13Ariane 5 • Galaxy 35, Galaxy 36, and MTG-I1
Launch time: 2030 GMT (3:30 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA259, to launch the Galaxy 35 and 36 communications satellites for Intelsat, and the MTG-I1 weather satellite for Eumetsat. Galaxy 35 and 36, built by Maxar, will provide C-band television and video broadcast services over the United States. The first Meteosat Third Generation Imager satellite, MTG-I1, will provide weather imagery over Europe for the European weather satellite agency, Eumetsat. [Nov. 30]
Dec. 13Falcon 9 • O3b mPOWER 1 & 2
Launch time: Approx. 2120 GMT (4:20 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first two O3b mPOWER broadband internet satellites into Medium Earth Orbit for SES of Luxembourg. The satellites, built by Boeing, will provide internet services over most of the populated world, building on SES’s O3b network. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Delayed from May, June, and August, and November. [Dec. 5]
Dec. 15Falcon 9 • SWOT
Launch time: 1146:40 GMT (6:46:40 a.m. EST; 3:46:40 a.m. PST)
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission for NASA. SWOT is a science mission jointly developed by NASA and CNES, the French space agency, to measure how much water is in Earth’s oceans, lakes, and rivers. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg Space Force Base. Delayed from Dec. 12. [Nov. 30]
DecemberFalcon 9 • Starlink 2-2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch another batch of Starlink internet satellites from Vandenberg Space Force Base. This mission will deployed the Starlink satellites into a high-inclination orbit inclined 70 degrees to the equator after flying southeast from Cape Canaveral. Delayed from Nov. 16 and Nov. 18. [Nov. 22]
Dec. 20Vega-C • Pléiades Neo 5 & 6
Launch time: 0147 GMT (9:47 p.m. EST)
Launch site:
ZLV, Kourou, French Guiana
An Arianespace Vega-C rocket will launch the Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 Earth observation satellites for Airbus. Pléiades Neo 5 and 6 are the third and fourth members of the four-satellite Pléiades Neo constellation built, owned, and operated by Airbus. Delayed from Nov. 21, Nov. 23, and Nov. 24. [Nov. 29]
DecemberFalcon 9 • Transporter 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Transporter 6 mission, a rideshare flight to a sun-synchronous orbit with numerous small microsatellites and nanosatellites for commercial and government customers. Delayed from October and November. [Sept. 9]
TBDFalcon 9 • Starlink 4-37
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with another batch of Starlink internet satellites. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Delayed from October, November, Dec. 5, and Dec. 6. [Dec. 5]
TBDSSLV • BlackSky Global
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India
India’s Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) will launch on its first commercial mission with four Earth observation satellites for BlackSky Global, a Seattle-based company. The rideshare mission for BlackSky is being arranged by Spaceflight. Delayed from November, late 2019 and early 2020. Delayed from early 2021 and July. [March 31]
TBDStarship • Orbital Test Flight
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Starbase, Boca Chica Beach, Texas
A SpaceX Super Heavy and Starship launch vehicle will launch on its first orbital test flight. The mission will attempt to travel around the world for nearly one full orbit, resulting in a re-entry and splashdown of the Starship near Hawaii. Delayed from early 2022. [March 9]
JanuaryFalcon Heavy • USSF 67
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the USSF 67 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The mission will launch the Space Force’s second Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM, or CBAS 2, military communications satellite and the Long Duration Propulsive ESPA 3A, or LDPE 3A, rideshare satellite hosting multiple experimental payloads. Delayed from 4th Quarter 2022. [Oct. 26]
JanuaryFalcon 9 • GPS 3 SV06
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Space Force’s sixth third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite was built by Lockheed Martin. Delayed from late 2022. [Oct. 26]
JanuaryFalcon 9 • WorldView Legion 1 & 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first two WorldView Legion Earth observation satellites for Maxar Technologies. Maxar plans to deploy six commercial WorldView Legion high-resolution remote sensing satellites into a mix of sun-synchronous and mid-inclination orbits on three SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. Delayed from January and September 2021. Delayed from March, May, June, July, and September 2022. Delayed again from 4th Quarter 2022. [Nov. 22]
JanuaryFalcon 9 • SDA Tranche 0
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch around 10 Tranche 0 demonstration satellites for the U.S. military’s Space Development Agency. The launch is the first of two Falcon 9 missions to carry SDA demonstration spacecraft for a future constellation of military missile tracking and data relay satellites. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 4 at Vandenberg. Delayed from Sept. 24. Delayed from Sept. 29 by payload supply chain issues. [Dec. 5]
NET JanuaryFalcon Heavy • ViaSat 3 Americas
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the ViaSat 3 Americas broadband communications satellite. ViaSat 3 Americas is the first of at least three new-generation Boeing-built geostationary satellites for ViaSat. A small communications satellite named Arcturus will launch as a secondary payload for Astranis. Delayed from 3rd Quarter and December. [Nov. 22]
Early 2023Falcon 9 • SES 18 & SES 19
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch SES 18 and SES 19 communications satellites for SES of Luxembourg. SES 18 and 19, built by Northrop Grumman, will provide C-band television and data services over the United States. [May 24]
FebruaryFalcon 9 • Crew 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the program’s ninth flight with astronauts. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, Warren “Woody” Hoburg, UAE astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, and Russian cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. [Sept. 22]
1st QuarterFalcon 9 • O3b mPOWER 3 & 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second pair of O3b mPOWER broadband internet satellites into Medium Earth Orbit for SES of Luxembourg. The satellites, built by Boeing, will provide internet services over most of the populated world, building on SES’s O3b network. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. [Nov. 22]
Feb. 16Soyuz • Progress 83P
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 83rd Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [Oct. 26]
FebruaryFalcon 9 • Inmarsat 6 F2
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
Cape Canaveral, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Inmarsat 6 F2 communications satellite for London-based Inmarsat. Built by Airbus Defense and Space, the satellite carries L-band and Ka-band payloads to provide mobile communications services to airplanes and ships. [Nov. 22]
1st QuarterVulcan Centaur • Peregrine
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket will launch on its inaugural flight with the Peregrine commercial lunar lander for Astrobotic. The Peregrine robotic lander will carry multiple experiments, scientific instruments, and tech demo payloads for NASA and other customers. The Vulcan Centaur rocket will fly in the VC2S configuration with two GEM-63XL solid rocket boosters, a short-length payload fairing, and two RL10 engines on the Centaur upper stage. Delayed from mid-2022 and late 2022. [Oct. 26]
FebruaryAriane 5 • Syracuse 4B & Heinrich Hertz
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA259, to launch the Syracuse 4B and Heinrich Hertz communications satellites. Syracuse 4B, built by Airbus, will relay secure communications between French military aircraft, ground vehicles, and naval vessels, including submarines. The Heinrich Hertz satellite, built by OHB, will test new communications technologies on a mission funded by the German government. The small Ovzon 3 geostationary communications satellite for the Swedish company Ovzon will also be on this launch. [Nov. 22]
MarchFalcon 9 • Polaris Dawn
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the program’s 10th flight with astronauts. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The Polaris Dawn mission will be commanded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, making his second trip to space. He will be joined on the all-private mission by pilot Scott “Kidd” Poteet, and SpaceX employees Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from November and December. [Sept. 22]
MarchAntares • NG-19
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Pad 0A, Wallops Island, Virginia
A Northrop Grumman Antares rocket will launch the 20th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 19th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. The mission is known as NG-19. The rocket will fly in the Antares 230+ configuration, with two RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage. This will be the final flight of an Antares 230+ rocket before a redesign with new U.S.-made engines. [Oct. 26]
MarchFalcon 9 • IM-1
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the IM-1 mission with the Nova-C lander built and owned by Intuitive Machines. The IM-1 mission will attempt to deliver a suite of science payloads to the surface of the moon for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. Delayed from 3rd Quarter of 2022, December 2022, and January 2023. [Oct. 26]
MarchSoyuz • ISS 69S
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft to the International Space Station with the next team of three cosmonauts and astronauts to live and work on the complex. The crew is led by commander Oleg Kononenko, who will be joined by Russian flight engineer Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara. The rocket will fly in the Soyuz-2.1a configuration. [Sept. 22]
MarchDelta 4-Heavy • NROL-68
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch a classified spy satellite cargo for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. The largest of the Delta 4 family, the Heavy version features three Common Booster Cores mounted together to form a triple-body rocket. This is the penultimate flight of a Delta 4 rocket. [Oct. 26]
Early 2023Falcon 9 • WorldView Legion 3 & 4
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second pair of WorldView Legion Earth observation satellites for Maxar Technologies. Maxar plans to deploy six commercial WorldView Legion high-resolution remote sensing satellites into a mix of sun-synchronous and mid-inclination orbits on three SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets. [Nov. 22]
1st QuarterFalcon 9 • O3b mPOWER 5 & 6
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the third pair of O3b mPOWER broadband internet satellites into Medium Earth Orbit for SES of Luxembourg. The satellites, built by Boeing, will provide internet services over most of the populated world, building on SES’s O3b network. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. [Nov. 22]
2nd QuarterFalcon Heavy • USSF 52
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the USSF 52 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The Falcon Heavy will launch an unspecified military payload on this mission. Delayed from October 2021 and 2nd Quarter 2022. Delayed from October. [Oct. 26]
NET April 5Ariane 5 • JUICE
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
ELA-3, Kourou, French Guiana
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, designated VA261, to launch the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission, or JUICE. The JUICE spacecraft, built by Airbus, will make detailed observations of the giant gas planet and its three large ocean-bearing moons — Ganymede, Callisto and Europa — with a suite of remote sensing, geophysical and in situ instruments. JUICE will enter orbit around Jupiter in July 2031. This will mark the final launch of Europe’s Ariane 5 rocket. [Nov. 22]
AprilAtlas 5 • CST-100 Starliner Crew Flight Test
Launch window: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-085, will launch Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on its first mission with astronauts, known as the Crew Test Flight, to the International Space Station. The capsule will dock with the space station, then return to Earth to landing in the Western United States. NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will fly on the mission. The rocket will fly in a vehicle configuration with two solid rocket boosters and a dual-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from August and 1st Quarter of 2020. Delayed from mid-2020 after Boeing decision to refly the Orbital Flight Test. Delayed from early 2021, June 2021, and late 2021. Delayed from late 2022 to implement fixes on the Starliner spacecraft after OFT-2. [Nov. 22]
2nd QuarterAtlas 5 • USSF 51
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-101, will launch the USSF 51 mission for the U.S. Space Force. This mission will launch an undisclosed payload for the military. [Oct. 26]
MayFalcon 9 • Axiom Mission 2
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a Crew Dragon spacecraft on the program’s 11th flight with astronauts. The commercial mission, managed by Axiom Space, is commanded by former NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Paying passengers John Shoffner will serve as pilot of the mission. Two commercial space fliers from Saudi Arabia will also be on the approximately two-week mission to the space station. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea off the coast of Florida. [Oct. 26]
SummerAtlas 5 • ViaSat 3 EMEA
Launch time: TBD
Launch site:
SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-100, will launch launch the ViaSat 3 EMEA broadband communications satellite. ViaSat 3 Americas is the second of at least three new-generation Boeing-built geostationary satellites for Viasat. ViaSat EMEA will cover the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. [Nov. 22]
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