Space Coast launch schedule

The Space Coast saw a record number of launches from the two facilities with 57 in 2022.

Space Launch Delta 45 commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Purdy said in January that there could be between 86 and 92 potential launches in 2023.

Check back for the latest information on upcoming launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

By The Numbers: 31 Space Coast launches in 2023 (updated June 22) | 24 from Cape Canaveral, 7 from KSC | 

29 from SpaceX (26 Falcon 9s, 2 Falcon Heavy), 1 from United Launch Alliance (1 Delta IV Heavy), 1 from Relativity Space | 2 human spaceflights (Crew-6, Ax-2)

JUNE June 22 (delayed from April 20, June 21): United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy on NROL-68 for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command and

the National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37B lifted off at 5:18 a.m. 

This was the second-to-last Delta IV Heavy launch with the final one expected in 2024. Read more.

June 23: SpaceX Falcon 9 on the Starlink 5-12 mission from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 during a launch window that runs from 9-11:42 a.m.,

according to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The first-stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic.

AUGUST Mid-August: SpaceX Crew-7 mission on a Falcon 9 launching the Crew Dragon Endurance from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39-A. 

It’s the seventh SpaceX operational mission under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Flying are NASA astronaut and mission commander Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA astronaut and pilot Andreas Mogensen,

mission specialist JAXA astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and mission specialist Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov.

This will be Endurance’s third spaceflight after having been used on the Crew-3 and Crew-5 missions.

OCTOBER As early as Oct. 10: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy to send NASA’s Psyche probe into space launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39-A. 

The probe was delayed from 2022, and headed for the asteroid Psyche, using a Mars-gravity assist and not arriving until August 2029. 

Psyche is a nickel-iron core asteroid that orbits the sun beyond Mars anywhere from 235 million to 309 million miles away. Read more.

UPCOMING: TBD IN 2023 TBD (Delayed from May 4): First-ever launch of United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur on Certification-1 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 41: 

Slated to carry commercial company Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander to the moon, and the first two test satellites for Amazon’s Project Kuiper internet constellation. 

Also flying will be another human remains payload for Celestis Inc.,, this time brining the ashes of more than 150 people to space including “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry 

and actor James Doohan who played “Scotty” on the TV series. 

TBD, 4th quarter of 2023: Polaris Dawn mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 topped with the Crew Dragon Resilience from KSC’s Launch Pad 39-A. 

The private orbital mission will bring billionaire Jared Isaacman to space for a second time after 2021′s Inspiration4 mission.

It’s the first of up to three planned Polaris missions, and will feature a tethered spacewalk. Also flying are Scott Poteet, given the title of mission pilot, 

specialist Sarah Gillis, and specialist and medical officer Anna Menon. Both Gillis and Menon are SpaceX employees.


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