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.
|11/15/18||Es’hailSat||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida||Falcon 9||Launch of the Es’hail 2 communications satellite and the world’s first orbiting ham radio transponders|
|11/19/2018||Airbus Defence and Space||Vandenberg||Falcon 9||Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission with payloads from up to 50 government and commercial organizations from 16 countries.|
|12/15/18||U.S. Air Force||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station||Falcon 9||Launch of the second GPS III navigation satellite|
|12/30/18||Iridium||Vandenberg Air Foce Base||Falcon 9||Launch of 10 Iridium Next Satellites for mobile communications.|
|12/2018||NASA||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station||Falcon 9/Dragon||Dragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. Launch time: TBD.|
|1/2019||NASA||Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Crew Dragon uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station. Launch window: TBD.|
|Early 2019||Arabsat of Saudi Arabia||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Falcon Heavy||Launch of Arabsat 6A communications satellite.|
|2/17/2019||NASA||Cape Canaveral, Florida||Falcon 9/Dragon||Dragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. Launch time: TBD.|
|2/18/2019||Canadian Space Agency and MDA||Vandenberg Air Force Base, California||Falcon 9||Launch of three Earth-observation Radarsat satellites|
|Early 2019||U.S. Air Force||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Falcon Heavy||USAF’s Space Test Program-2 mission. Launch window: TBD.|
|5/7/2019||NASA||Cape Canaveral, Florida||Falcon 9/Dragon||Dragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. Launch time: TBD.|
|10/2019||U.S. Air Force||Cape Canaveral, Florida||Falcon 9||Launch 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.