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The latest rocket launch schedule for Florida’s Space Coast, which includes Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Active launch providers are SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. All times Eastern.
>No earlier than Jan. 26: Astra VCLS Demo
Company / Agency: Astra for NASA and other customers
Rocket: Rocket 3
Location: Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
Launch Time: Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET
About: Launch upstart Astra will fly its first Cape Canaveral mission, which features several payloads for NASA and universities, no earlier than Jan. 23. The small 40-foot rocket is designed to use plug-and-play pads and is shipped via container. The California-based company has so far launched its missions from Kodiak, Alaska.
>Jan. 27: SpaceX COSMO-SkyMed 2
Company / Agency: SpaceX for the Italian Space Agency
Rocket: Falcon 9
Location: Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
Launch Time: Early evening TBD
About: A Falcon 9 rocket is slated to launch an Earth observation satellite for the Italian Space Agency known as COSMO-SkyMed 2 from Launch Complex 40.
>No earlier than March: Artemis I
Company / Agency: NASA
Rocket: Space Launch System
Location: Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center
Launch Time: TBD
About: NASA’s highly anticipated Space Launch System will make its premiere for this mission known as Artemis I. It does not include astronauts, but the uncrewed Orion capsule will fly around the moon before returning to Earth for splashdown. If successful, it will pave the way for astronauts to do the same on Artemis II and, eventually, land on the lunar surface for Artemis III.
>No earlier than May: Atlas V Starliner OFT-2
Company / Agency: United Launch Alliance for Boeing / NASA
Location: Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
Launch Time: TBD
ULA’s Atlas V will re-fly the Orbital Flight Test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. An attempt in December 2019 failed to reach the station.
- Delayed from July 30 to Aug. 3 due to Russian module issues at ISS.
- Scrubbed Aug. 3 due to issues with Starliner propulsion system valves.
- Delayed from Aug. 4 to continue troubleshooting propulsion system valves.
- Delayed from mid-August to TBD as teams work on opening valves. Unknown if a 2021 launch is possible.
Previous 2022 launches:
1. Jan. 6 at 4:49 p.m. ET: SpaceX launches 35th Starlink mission from Kennedy Space Center. Read the full post-launch story here.
2. Jan. 13 at 10:25 a.m. ET: SpaceX launches Transporter-3 mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Read the full post-launch story here.
3. Jan. 18 at 9:02 p.m. ET: SpaceX launches 36th Starlink mission from Kennedy Space Center. Read the full post-launch story here.
4. Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. ET: ULA launches the USSF-8 mission, including GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 satellites, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. Read the full post-launch story here.