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June 11, 2018

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

by John_A

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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.

Date

Customer

Launch Site

Vehicle

Purpose

6/4/18
SES of Luxembourg
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon 9
Launch of SES 12 communications satellite

6/?/18
Telesat of Canada
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon 9
Launch of Telestat 19V communications/broadband satellite

6/28/18
SpaceX
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon 9/Dragon
ISS resupply mission

7/?/18
Iridium
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Falcon 9
Launch of Iridium Next Satellites 56-65

Mid-2018
Telkom Indonesia
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon 9
Launch of Telkom 4 communications satellite

7/?/18
Spaceflight
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Falcon 9
Launch of Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission with payloads from up to 50 government and commercial organizations from 16 countries

8/?/18
Iridium
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Falcon 9
Launch of Iridium Next Satellites 66-75

8/?/18
Iridium
Kennedy Space Center, FL
Falcon 9/Crew Dragon
Uncrewed demo to ISS

10/?/18
U.S. Air Force
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon 9
Launch of GPS navigation satellite

10/30/18
SpaceX/U.S. Air Force
Kennedy Space Center, FL
Falcon Heavy
USAF’s Space Test Program-2 mission

11/16/18
NASA
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon 9/Dragon
ISS resupply mission

Late 2018
Arabsat of Saudi Arabia
Cape Canaveral, FL
Falcon Heavy
Launch of Arabsat 6A communications 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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