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Prepare for liftoff: Here’s a list of upcoming important SpaceX rocket launches

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SpaceX is known for its nail-biting rocket launches that keep people glued to their screens, waiting to see if the mission will be a success or a fiery failure. Watching these launches has become so popular that SpaceX is now live streaming nearly every one. Want to watch a Falcon Heavy or the cutting-edge Dragon capsule take to the skies? Then check out this curated schedule of upcoming SpaceX launches below, so you know when to tune in. Dates listed are as up to date as possible, but due to changing weather conditions and a variety of other factors, launch dates frequently shift.

Launch Date

Customer

Launch Site

Vehicle

Purpose

11/15/18Es’hailSatCape Canaveral Air Force Station in FloridaFalcon 9Launch of the Es’hail 2 communications satellite and the world’s first orbiting ham radio transponders
11/19/2018Airbus Defence and SpaceVandenbergFalcon 9Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission with payloads from up to 50 government and commercial organizations from 16 countries.
12/15/18U.S. Air ForceCape Canaveral Air Force StationFalcon 9Launch of the second GPS III navigation satellite
12/30/18IridiumVandenberg Air Foce BaseFalcon 9Launch of 10 Iridium Next Satellites for mobile communications.
12/2018NASACape Canaveral Air Force StationFalcon 9/DragonDragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. Launch time: TBD.
1/2019NASAFalcon 9/Dragon spacecraftKennedy Space Center, FloridaCrew Dragon uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station. Launch window: TBD.
Early 2019Arabsat of Saudi ArabiaKennedy Space Center, FloridaFalcon HeavyLaunch of Arabsat 6A communications satellite.
2/17/2019NASACape Canaveral, FloridaFalcon 9/DragonDragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. Launch time: TBD.
2/18/2019Canadian Space Agency and MDAVandenberg Air Force Base, CaliforniaFalcon 9Launch of three Earth-observation Radarsat satellites
Early 2019U.S. Air ForceKennedy Space Center, FloridaFalcon HeavyUSAF’s Space Test Program-2 mission. Launch window: TBD.
5/7/2019NASACape Canaveral, FloridaFalcon 9/DragonDragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. Launch time: TBD.
10/2019U.S. Air ForceCape Canaveral, FloridaFalcon 9Launch of the third GPS III navigation satellite

SpaceX is on a mission to make spaceflight affordable by creating a reusable rocket that can launch, land, and fly again — much like a passenger plane. The privately funded company has made great strides since its debut in 2002, and logged a record number of firsts — including the first retrieval of a private spacecraft from low orbit, the historic landing of a Falcon 9 rocket, and an impressive drone ship landing. Let’s also not forget that one time Elon Musk sent a Tesla Roadster into space, headed for Mars orbit.

Launch and landing are just the beginning though. In recent years, Space X has moved closer to its reusable rocket dreams by successfully reusing a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver a commercial satellite into orbit. This year, the company has an aggressive launch schedule that includes several ISS resupply missions, a Falcon heavy launch and even a demonstration of its cutting-edge Crew Dragon capsule which one day will shuttle crew to the ISS. Each successful flight brings the company closer to its goal of making rocket launches into space as safe and routine as airline flights.


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