Prepare for liftoff: Here are all the important upcoming SpaceX rocket launches
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.
|2/9/2019||NASA||Falcon 9/Crew Dragon spacecraft||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Crew Dragon Demo 1 – uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station.|
|Feb 2019||PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara and SpaceIL||Falcon 9||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida||Launch of the PSN communications satellite and the SpaceIL Lunar Lander, a privately funded lunar lander developed by Israel’s SpaceIL Launch window: TBD.|
|March 2019||Arabsat of Saudi Arabia||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Falcon Heavy||Launch of Arabsat 6A communications satellite.|
|3/16/2019||NASA||Cape Canaveral, Florida||Falcon 9/Dragon||17th Dragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.|
|March 2019||Canadian Space Agency and MDA||Vandenberg Air Force Base, California||Falcon 9||Launch of three Earth-observation Radarsat satellites Launch window: TBD.|
|April 2019||U.S. Air Force||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Falcon Heavy||USAF’s Space Test Program-2 mission. Launch window: TBD.|
|2nd Quarter 2019||Spacecom||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station||Falcon 9||Launch of the Amos 17 communications satellite from Boeing and Spacecom. Launch window: TBD.|
|June 2019||NASA||Falcon 9/Crew Dragon spacecraft||Kennedy Space Center, Florida||Crew Dragon Demo 2 – first manned test flight to the International Space Station and back with a sea splashdown landing. NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will fly the spacecraft.|
|7/8/2019||NASA||Cape Canaveral, Florida||Falcon 9/Dragon||18th Dragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.|
|Oct 2019||U.S. Air Force||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station||Falcon 9||Launch of the second GPS III navigation satellite (GPS3 SVO3).|
|10/15/2019||NASA||Cape Canaveral, Florida||Falcon 9/Dragon||19th Dragon cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.|
|4th Quarter 2019||Conae||Vandenberg Air Force Base, California||Falcon 9||Launch of the Saocom 1B Earth observing satellite for Argentina’s Conae space agency. Launch window: TBD.|
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.