List of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches
This is a list of missions, historic and planned, for the SpaceX Falcon 9 family of launch vehicles. The four versions of the rocket are the Falcon 9 v1.0, Falcon 9 v1.1 (both retired), the currently-operational Falcon 9 Full Thrust, and the in-development Falcon Heavy.
- 1 Notable missions
- 2 Launch history
- 3 Future missions
- 4 Statistics
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Falcon 9 maiden launch occurred on June 4, 2010 and was deemed a success, placing the test payload within 1 percent of the intended orbit. The second stage engine performed a short second burn to demonstrate its multiple firing capability.
The rocket experienced "a little bit of roll at liftoff" as Ken Bowersox from SpaceX put it. This roll had stopped prior to the craft reaching the top of the tower. The second stage began to slowly roll near the end of its burn, which was not expected.
COTS demo missions
The second launch of Falcon 9 was called COTS Demo Flight 1, aiming to test an operational Dragon capsule. The launch took place on December 8, 2010. The booster placed the Dragon spacecraft in a roughly 300-kilometer (190 mi) orbit. After two orbits, the capsule re-entered the atmosphere to be recovered off the coast of Mexico. This flight tested the pressure vessel integrity, attitude control using the Draco thrusters, telemetry, guidance, navigation, control systems, the PICA-X heat shield, and parachutes at speed. The "secret" test payload on this mission was a wheel of cheese.
The NASA COTS qualification program included two more test flights Demo 2 and Demo 3 whose objectives were combined into a single Dragon C2+ mission, on condition that all Demo 2 milestones would be validated in space before proceeding with the ultimate demonstration goal: berthing Dragon to the International Space Station and delivering its cargo. After clearing a few readiness delays and a launch abort, the Dragon capsule was propelled to orbit on May 22 and tested its positioning system, solar panels, grapple fixture and proximity navigation sensors. Over the next two days, the spacecraft performed a series of maneuvers to catch up to the ISS orbit and prove its rendezvous capabilities at safe distances. On May 24, all the Demo 2 milestones had been successfully cleared and NASA approved the extended mission. On May 25, Dragon performed a series of close approach maneuvers until reaching its final hold position a mere 9 meters away from the Harmony nadir docking port. Astronaut Don Pettit subsequently grabbed the spacecraft with the station's robotic arm. On the next day, May 26 at 09:53 UTC, Pettit opened the hatch and remarked that Dragon "smells like a brand new car." Over the next few days, ISS crew unloaded the incoming cargo and filled Dragon with Earth-bound items such as experiment samples and unneeded hardware. The spacecraft was released on May 31 at 09:49 UTC and successfully completed all the return procedures: unberthing, maneuvering away from the ISS, deorbit burn, trunk jettison, atmospheric reentry, parachute deployment and ocean splashdown.
With successful completion of these demo missions, Falcon 9 became the first fully commercially developed launcher to deliver a payload to the International Space Station, paving the way for SpaceX and NASA to sign the first Commercial Resupply Services agreement for 12 cargo deliveries starting in October 2012. The historic Dragon C2+ capsule is now on display hanging from the ceiling at SpaceX headquarters.
The first operational cargo resupply mission to ISS was launched on October 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM EST. At 76 seconds after liftoff, engine 1 of the first stage suffered a loss of pressure which caused an automatic shutdown of that engine. The remaining eight first-stage engines continued to burn and the Dragon capsule reached orbit successfully. Due to safety regulations required by NASA, the secondary Orbcomm-2 satellite payload was released into a lower-than-intended orbit, and subsequently declared a total loss.
Engine anomaly on one of the nine engines on the Falcon 9 first stage during the ascent after 1 min 19 sec flight resulted in automatic engine shutdown and a longer first-stage burn on the remaining eight engines to complete orbital insertion. This was the first demonstration of SpaceX Falcon 9 "engine out" capability in flight. NASA requires a greater-than-99% estimated probability that the stage of any secondary payload on a similar orbital inclination to the Station will reach its orbital goal above the station. Due to the original engine failure, the Falcon 9 used more fuel than intended, bringing this estimate down to around 95%. Because of this, the second stage did not attempt another burn, and Orbcomm-G2 was deployed into a rapidly decaying orbit and burned up in Earth's atmosphere within 4 days after the launch. The mission continued to rendezvous and berth the Dragon capsule with the ISS where the ISS crew unloaded its payload and reloaded it with cargo for return to Earth.
Maiden flight of Falcon 9 v1.1
SpaceX launched the maiden flight of the Falcon 9 v1.1—an essentially new launch vehicle, much larger and with greater thrust than Falcon 9 v1.0—on September 29, 2013, a demonstration launch. Although the rocket carried CASSIOPE as a primary payload, CASSIOPE had a payload mass that is very small relative to the rocket's capability, and it did so at a discounted rate—approximately 20% of the normal published price for SpaceX Falcon 9 LEO missions—because the flight was a technology demonstration mission for SpaceX.
After the second stage separated from the booster stage, SpaceX conducted a novel high-altitude, high-velocity flight test, wherein the booster attempted to reenter the lower atmosphere in a controlled manner and decelerate to a simulated over-water landing. The test was successful, but the booster stage was not recovered.
Loss of CRS-7 mission
On June 28, 2015, Falcon 9 Flight 19 carried a Dragon capsule on the seventh Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station. The second stage disintegrated due to an internal helium tank failure while the first stage was still burning normally. This was the first mission loss for any Falcon 9 rocket. In addition to ISS consumables and experiments, this mission carried the first International Docking Adapter (IDA-1), whose loss delayed preparedness of the stations's US Orbital Segment for future crewed missions.
Performance was nominal until T+140 seconds into launch when a cloud of white vapor appeared, followed by rapid loss of second-stage LOX tank pressure. The booster continued on its trajectory until complete vehicle breakup at T+150 seconds. The Dragon capsule was ejected from the disintegrating rocket and continued transmitting data until impact with the ocean. SpaceX officials stated that the capsule could have been recovered if the parachutes had deployed; however, the Dragon software did not include any provisions for parachute deployment in this situation. Subsequent investigation traced cause of the accident to the failure of a strut which secured a helium bottle inside the second-stage LOX tank. With the helium pressurization system integrity breached, excess helium quickly flooded the tank, eventually causing it to burst from overpressure.
Full-thrust version and first booster landing
On December 22, 2015, SpaceX launched the highly anticipated return-to-flight mission after the loss of CRS-7, inaugurating a new Falcon 9 Full Thrust version of its flagship rocket featuring increased performance, notably thanks to subcooling of the propellants. This first mission of the upgraded vehicle launched a constellation of 11 Orbcomm-OG2 second-generation satellites. Performing a controlled-descent and landing test for the 8th time, SpaceX managed to return the first stage successfully to the Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, marking the first successful recovery of a rocket first stage that launched a payload to orbit.
First landings on drone ship
On April 8, 2016, SpaceX launched its eighth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. After completing its part of the mission, the first stage booster slowed itself with a boostback maneuver, re-entered the atmosphere, executed an automated controlled descent and landed vertically onto the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, marking the first successful landing of a rocket on a ship at sea. This was the fourth attempt to land on a SpaceX drone ship, as part of the company's experimental controlled-descent and landing tests. This also marked the return-to-flight of the Dragon capsule, after the loss of CRS-7.
On May 6, 2016, SpaceX launched its JCSAT-14 mission, a geostationary communications satellite operating over Asia. Eight minutes and forty seconds into the flight, the first stage re-entered Earth's atmosphere at twice the speed of their first success, and hence four times the kinetic energy to dissipate (eight times as much heating). The stage successfully landed on the drone ship a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida.
Overall rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched 28 times over 6 years, resulting in 26 full mission successes, one partial success (with main mission completed), and one failure (with total loss of spacecraft). This yields a reliability record of 96% for primary missions. Six of eleven landing attempts (55%) have succeeded in recovering the rocket's first stage.
|Flight №||Date and
|Launch site||Payload||Payload mass||Orbit||Customer||Outcome|
2010 to 2013
|1||June 4, 2010, 18:45||v1.0
|CC LC40||Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit||LEO||SpaceX||Success||Parachutes
|1st flight of Falcon 9 v1.0|
|2||December 8, 2010, 15:43||v1.0
|CC LC40||NASA COTS – Demo 1, 2 Cubesats||LEO||NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, National Reconnaissance Office||Success ||Parachutes
|Maiden flight of Dragon Capsule; 3 hours, testing of maneuvering thrusters and reentry|
|3||May 22, 2012, 07:44||v1.0
|CC LC40||NASA COTS – Demo C2+||LEO||NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services||Success||Unknown|
|Launch was scrubbed on first attempt, second launch attempt was successful.|
|4||October 8, 2012, 00:35||v1.0
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-1||500 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Unknown|
|Secondary payload: Orbcomm-OG2||150 kg
|CRS-1 successful, but the secondary payload was inserted into abnormally low orbit and lost due to Falcon 9 boost stage engine failure, ISS visiting vehicle safety rules, and the primary payload owner's contractual right to decline a second ignition of the second stage under some conditions.|
|5||March 1, 2013, 15:10||v1.0
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-2||677 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Unknown|
|Final scheduled flight of Falcon 9 v1.0 vehicle.|
|6||September 29, 2013, 16:00||v1.1
|VAFB SLC-4E||CASSIOPE||500 kg
|Polar orbit||MDA Corp||Success||Ocean
|Commercial mission and first Falcon 9 v1.1 flight, with improved 13-tonne to LEO capacity. Following second-stage separation from the first stage, SpaceX attempted to perform a propulsive return and ocean touchdown of the discarded booster vehicle. The exercise provided good test data on the experiment—its primary objective—but as the booster neared the ocean, aerodynamic forces caused an uncontrollable roll. The center engine, depleted of fuel by centrifugal force, shut down resulting in the impact and destruction of the vehicle.|
|7||December 3, 2013, 22:41||v1.1
|CC LC40||SES-8||3,170 kg
|First GTO launch for Falcon 9.|
|8||January 6, 2014, 22:06||v1.1
|CC LC40||Thaicom 6||3,325 kg
|GTO||Thaicom||Success||No attempt|
|Second GTO launch for Falcon 9.
The USAF later evaluated launch data from this flight as part of a separate certification program for SpaceX to qualify to fly US military payloads and found that the Thaicom 6 launch had "unacceptable fuel reserves at engine cutoff of the stage 2 second burnoff".
|9||April 18, 2014, 19:25||v1.1
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-3||2,296 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Ocean
|Following second-stage separation, SpaceX conducted a second controlled-descent test of the discarded booster vehicle and achieved the first successful controlled ocean touchdown of a liquid-rocket-engine orbital booster. Following touchdown the first stage tipped over as expected and was destroyed.
This was the first Falcon 9 booster to fly with extensible landing legs and the first Dragon mission with the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle.
|10||July 14, 2014, 15:15||v1.1
|CC LC40||OG2 Mission 1
6 OG2 satellites
|Second Falcon 9 booster with landing legs. Following second-stage separation, SpaceX conducted a controlled-descent test of the discarded booster vehicle. The first stage successfully decelerated from hypersonic velocity in the upper atmosphere, made reentry and landing burns, deployed its landing legs and touched down on the ocean surface. As with the previous mission, the first stage then tipped over as intended and was not recovered.|
|11||August 5, 2014, 08:00||v1.1
|CC LC40||AsiaSat 8||4,535 kg
|12||September 7, 2014, 05:00||v1.1
|CC LC40||AsiaSat 6||4,428 kg
|13||September 21, 2014, 05:52||v1.1
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-4||2,216 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Ocean
|14||January 10, 2015, 09:47||v1.1
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-5||2,395 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Drone ship
|Following second stage separation, SpaceX performed a test flight which attempted to return the first stage of the Falcon 9 through the atmosphere and land it on an approximately 90-by-50-meter (300 ft × 160 ft) floating platform—called the autonomous spaceport drone ship. Many of the test objectives were achieved, including precision control of the rocket's descent to land on the platform at a specific point in the Atlantic ocean, and a large amount of test data was obtained from the first use of grid fin control surfaces used for more precise reentry positioning. The grid fin control system ran out of hydraulic fluid a minute before landing and the landing itself resulted in a crash.|
|15||February 11, 2015, 23:03||v1.1
|CC LC40||DSCOVR||570 kg
|Sun-Earth L1||U.S. Air Force / NASA / NOAA||Success||Ocean
|First launch under USAF's OSP 3 launch contract. First SpaceX launch to put a satellite to an orbit with an orbital altitude many times the distance to the Moon: Sun-Earth libration point L1. The first stage made a test flight descent to an over-ocean landing within 10 m (33 ft) of its intended target.|
|16||March 2, 2015, 03:50||v1.1
Eutelsat 115 West B (ex-Satmex 7)
|GTO||Asia Broadcast Satellite,
|The launch was Boeing's first-ever conjoined launch of a lighter-weight dual-commsat stack that was specifically designed to take advantage of the lower-cost SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Per satellite, launch costs were less than $30 million. The ABS satellite reached its final destination ahead of schedule and started operations on September 10.|
|17||April 14, 2015, 20:10||v1.1
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-6||1,898 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Drone ship
|Following the first-stage boost, SpaceX attempted a controlled-descent test of the first stage. The first stage contacted the ship, but soon tipped over due to excess lateral velocity caused by a stuck throttle valve resulting in a later-than-designed downthrottle.|
|18||April 27, 2015, 23:03||v1.1
|CC LC40||TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT ||4,707 kg
|GTO||Turkmenistan National Space Agency||Success||No attempt|
|19||June 28, 2015, 14:21||v1.1
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-7||1,952 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Failure||Drone ship
|Launch performance was nominal until an overpressure incident in the second-stage LOX tank, leading to vehicle breakup at T+150 seconds. The Dragon capsule survived the explosion but was lost upon splashdown because its software did not contain provisions for parachute deployment on launch vehicle failure. (more details above)|
|20||December 22, 2015, 01:29||F9 FT
|CC LC40||OG-2 Mission 2
11 OG2 satellites
|First launch of the upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle (now called Falcon 9 Full Thrust), with a 30 percent power increase. Orbcomm had originally agreed to be the third flight of the enhanced-thrust rocket, but the change to the maiden flight position was announced in October 2015. SpaceX applied to the FAA for permission to land the booster on solid ground at Cape Canaveral; this landing attempt was successful.|
|21||January 17, 2016, 18:42||v1.1
|VAFB SLC-4E||Jason-3||553 kg
|First launch of NASA and NOAA joint science mission under the NLS II launch contract (not related to NASA CRS or USAF OSP3 contracts). Last launch of the original Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket. The Jason-3 satellite was successfully deployed to target orbit. SpaceX again attempted a recovery of the first stage booster by landing on an autonomous drone ship; this time located in the Pacific Ocean. The first stage did achieve a soft-landing on the ship, but a lockout on one of the landing legs failed to latch and it fell over and exploded.|
|22||March 4, 2016, 23:35||F9 FT
|CC LC40||SES-9||5,271 kg
|Second launch of the enhanced Falcon 9 Full Thrust launch vehicle. Following the launch, SpaceX attempted an experimental landing test to a drone ship, although a successful landing was not expected because launch mass exceeded previously indicated limit for a GTO there was little fuel left. As predicted, booster recovery failed: the spent first stage "landed hard", but the controlled-descent, atmospheric re-entry and navigation to the drone ship were successful and returned significant test data on bringing back high-energy Falcon 9s.|
|23||April 8, 2016, 20:43||F9 FT
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-8||3,136 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Drone ship
|Dragon carried over 1500 kg of supplies and delivered (stowed in its trunk) the inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the ISS for two years of in-orbit tests. The rocket's first stage landed smoothly on SpaceX's autonomous spaceport drone ship 9 minutes after liftoff, making this the first ever successful landing of a rocket booster on a ship at sea as part of an orbital launch.|
|24||May 6, 2016, 05:21||F9 FT
|CC LC40||JCSAT-14||4,696 kg
|GTO||SKY Perfect JSAT Group||Success||Drone ship
|Launched the JCSAT 14 communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. JCSAT 14 will support data networks, television broadcasters and mobile communications users in Japan, East Asia, Russia, Oceania, Hawaii and other Pacific islands. This was the first time a booster successfully landed on a drone ship after a GTO mission.|
|25||May 27, 2016, 21:39||F9 FT
|CC LC40||Thaicom 8||3,100 kg
|Manufactured by Orbital ATK, the 3,100-kilogram (6,800 lb) Thaicom 8 communications satellite will serve Thailand, India and Africa from the 78.5° East geostationary location. It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders.|
|26||June 15, 2016, 14:29||F9 FT
|CC LC40||ABS 2A,
Eutelsat 117 West B (ex-Satmex 9)
|GTO||Asia Broadcast Satellite,
|One year after pioneering this technique on flight 16, Falcon again launched two Boeing 702SP gridded ion thruster satellites in a dual-stack configuration, with the two customers sharing the rocket and mission costs. First stage landing attempt on drone ship failed on landing due to low thrust on one of the three landing engines.|
|27||July 18, 2016, 04:45||F9 FT
|CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-9||2,257 kg
|LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services||Success||Ground pad
|Among other cargo, an International Docking Adapter (IDA-2) was carried to the ISS. This mission had a successful first-stage landing at Cape Canaveral.|
|28||August 14, 2016, 05:26||F9 FT
|CC LC40||JCSAT-16||4,600 kg
|GTO||SKY Perfect JSAT Group||Success||Drone ship
Future missions are listed in order of launch when firm planning dates are in place, and reliably sourced. The order of the later launches is much less certain, as the official SpaceX manifest does not include a schedule. Tentative launch dates are picked from compilations not derived from Wikipedia or from individual sources for each launch. Launches are expected to take place "no earlier than" (NET) the listed date.
SpaceX indicated in January that it had "well over a dozen" launches planned for 2016, and expected to sustain a faster launch cadence. On February 3, company president and COO Gwynne Shotwell said "You should see us fly every two to three weeks." At a satellite industry panel on March 9, she forecast a total of 18 launches for 2016 including two already flown, and a 30-50% yearly growth.
|Date and time (UTC)||Type /
|September 3, 2016, 07:00||F9 FT
|The purchase of Spacecom by Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is contingent on Amos-6 successfully being placed into service.|
|September 20, 2016, 04:49||F9 FT
|VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 1-10||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|Iridium NEXT will replace the original Iridium constellation, launched in the late 1990s. Each Falcon mission will carry 10 satellites, with a goal to complete deployment of the 72-satellite constellation by the end of 2017. The first two Iridium qualification units were supposed to ride a Dnepr rocket in April but got delayed, so Iridium will qualify this first batch of 10 satellites instead. Total payload mass will be 9,600 kg (21,200 lb) : 10 satellites weighing 860 kg each, plus the 1,000-kg dispenser. The target orbit is 780 kilometers high.|
|Mid October 2016||F9 FT||CC LC40 or LC39A||SES-10||GTO||SES|
|Late October 2016||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||FormoSat-5
|Formosat-5 is an Earth observation satellite of the Taiwanese space agency. The SHERPA space tug will deliver nearly 90 small satellites aggregated by Spaceflight Industries.|
|November 11, 2016||F9 FT||CC LC40 or LC39A||SpaceX CRS-10||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|This mission will deliver the SAGE III and Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) Earth-observation instruments to the ISS.|
|November 2016||F9 FT||CC LC40 or LC39A||SES-11 / EchoStar 105||GTO||SES /
|November 2016||F9 FT||CC LC-40||Koreasat 5A||GTO||KT Corporation|
|December 2016||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 11-20||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|Q4, 2016||F9 FT||CC LC40||Echostar 23||GTO||Echostar|
|Communications satellite for EchoStar Corp. EchoStar 23, based on a spare platform from the cancelled CMBStar 1 satellite program, will provide direct-to-home television broadcast services over Brazil.|
|2016||F9 FT||CC LC40||BulgariaSat-1||GTO||Bulsatcom|
|2016||F9 FT||CC LC40||Es’hail 2||GTO||Es'hailSat|
|February 1, 2017||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-11||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|This mission will deliver the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) to the ISS, along with the MUSES Earth imaging platform and ROSA solar array.|
|Early 2017||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 21-30||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|Early 2017||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 31-40||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|Early 2017||Heavy||KSC LC39A||Falcon Heavy Demo||TBA||SpaceX|
|Maiden flight of Falcon Heavy. Rocket will fly without any payload.|
|March 2017||F9 FT||CC LC40||NROL-76||?||National Reconnaissance Office|
|12 May 2017||F9 FT||KSC LC39A||SpX-DM1||LEO||NASA Commercial Crew Development|
|Demonstration mission to ISS for NASA with an uncrewed Dragon 2 capsule.|
|June 1, 2017||F9 FT||KSC LC39A or CC LC40||SpaceX CRS-12||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|Dragon is expected to carry 2,349 kg (5,179 lb) of pressurized mass and 961 kg (2,119 lb) unpressurized. The external payload manifested for this flight is the CREAM cosmic-ray detector.|
|Q2, 2017||F9 FT||?||SES-16 / GovSat-1||GTO||SES|
|Mid 2017||F9 FT||KSC LC39A||Crew Dragon in-flight abort test||Suborbital||NASA Commercial Crew Development|
|A Falcon 9 first stage will propel the Dragon 2 test capsule in a sub-orbital flight to conduct a separation and abort scenario in the transonic regime at Max Q, i.e. under the worst structural stress conditions of a real flight. The spacecraft will then splash down in the ocean with traditional parachutes, possibly with assistance of its integrated thrusters.|
|Mid 2017||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 41-50||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|24 August 2017||F9 FT||KSC LC39A||SpX-DM2||LEO||NASA Commercial Crew Development|
|Dragon 2 will carry its first crew of NASA astronauts on a 14-day mission to the ISS. Unless Boeing's CST-100 Starliner flies first (currently planned for February 2018), they will be the first people to ride an American spacecraft since the last Shuttle flight in 2011.|
|September 2017||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-13||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|Q3, 2017||Heavy||KSC LC39A||DSX, FormoSat-7 A/B/C/D/E/F, LightSail 2, GPIM, DSAC, ISAT||LEO / MEO||U.S. Air Force|
|USAF Space Test Program Flight 2 (STP-2), carrying more than 30 satellites.|
|October 2017||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||SAOCOM 1A
|2017||Heavy or F9 FT||?||EuropaSat / Hellas Sat 3||GTO||Inmarsat / Hellas Sat|
|2017||F9 FT||?||PSN-6 / co-payload TBA||GTO||PSN / TBA|
|2017||F9 FT||?||ABS-8||GTO||Asia Broadcast Satellite|
|2017||Heavy||KSC LC39A||Inmarsat 5-F4||GTO||Inmarsat|
|Q4, 2017||F9 FT||?||SES-14 with GOLD||GTO||SES
UCF / NASA
|The SES-14 communications satellite will carry the GOLD Earth-observation instrument as a guest payload under contract with University of Central Florida and NASA.|
|Late 2017||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 51-60||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|Late 2017||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||Iridium NEXT 61-70||LEO||Iridium Communications|
|Late 2017||F9 FT||?||Hispasat 1F or Amazonas 5||GTO||Hispasat|
|Late 2017||F9 FT||?||Google Lunar X Prize / SpaceIL lander and a dozen small satellites to be announced||SSO + TLI||Spaceflight Industries
|A Falcon 9 booked by Spaceflight Industries will deliver a 500-kg Moon lander built by Israeli project SpaceIL. This is the first launch contract officially verified by Google Lunar X Prize, allowing the competition to continue until the end of 2017. The launch customer plans to share the mission with a dozen other payloads from 50 to 575 kg.|
|December 2017||F9 FT||CC LC40||Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)||HEO||NASA|
|February 2018||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-14||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|The IDA-3 docking adaptor will be launched on this mission to replace IDA-1 lost with CRS-7 in June 2015. Other payloads include MISSE-FF materials research platform, phase 3 of the RRM space refueling experiment and the TSIS heliophysics sensor.|
|Early 2018||F9 FT||?||TelStar 18V||GTO||Telesat|
|Early 2018||F9 FT||?||TelStar 19V||GTO||Telesat|
|April 2018||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-15||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|May 2018||F9 FT||CC LC40||GPS IIIA-2||MEO||USAF|
|SpaceX's first launch of an EELV-class payload.|
|Spring 2018||Heavy||KSC LC39A||Red Dragon||Mars||SpaceX|
|August 2018||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-16||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|October 2018||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-17||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|December 2018||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-18||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|2018||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||RADARSAT Constellation||SSO||Canadian Space Agency|
|2018||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||SARah 1 (aktiv)||SSO||Bundeswehr|
|2018||Heavy||KSC LC39A||ArabSat 6A||GTO||ArabSat|
|2018||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||SAOCOM 1B||SSO||CONAE|
2019 and beyond
|May 2019||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-19||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|Fall 2019||F9 FT||KSC LC-39A||SpaceX CRS-20||LEO||NASA Commercial Resupply Services|
|2019||F9 FT||VAFB SLC-4E||SARah 2/3 (passiv)||SSO||Bundeswehr|
|Summer 2020||Heavy||KSC LC39A||Mars Cargo 1||Mars||SpaceX|
|Summer 2020||Heavy||KSC LC39A||Mars Cargo 2||Mars||SpaceX|
Flights by rocket configuration
Flights by launch site
Flights by mission outcome
Flights by landing outcome[a]
- Experimental first-stage landings only
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- "UFO spotted over eastern Australia". ABC Online. June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
- "'UFO' Spotted Over Australia Likely a Private Rocket". Space.com. June 7, 2010.
- "Private space capsule's maiden voyage ends with a splash". BBC News. December 8, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
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- Klingler, Dave (May 31, 2012). "Dragon spacecraft makes perfect splashdown". Ars Technica. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- Clark, Stephen (August 24, 2012). "NASA ready for operational cargo flights by SpaceX". Spaceflight Now. Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom: Spaceflight Now Inc. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
SpaceX has completed all milestones under a development and demonstration partnership with NASA, clearing the way for the firm to begin regular operational cargo deliveries to the International Space Station in October, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced Thursday.
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But the Falcon 9 is not just changing the way launch-vehicle providers do business; its reach has gone further, prompting satellite makers and commercial fleet operators to retool business plans in response to the low-cost rocket. In March 2012, Boeing announced the start of a new line of all-electric telecommunications spacecraft, the 702SP, which are designed to launch in pairs on a Falcon 9 v1.1. Anchor customers Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) of Hong Kong and Mexico's SatMex plan to loft the first two of four such spacecraft on a Falcon 9. […] Using electric rather than chemical propulsion will mean the satellites take months, rather than weeks, to reach their final orbital destination. But because all-electric spacecraft are about 40% lighter than their conventional counterparts, the cost to launch them is considerably less than that for a chemically propelled satellite.
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This mission is going to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Following stage separation, the first stage of the Falcon 9 will attempt an experimental landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship. Given this mission’s unique GTO profile, a successful landing is not expected.
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After a variety of problems delayed four previous launch attempts, a SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched the SES-9 communications satellite March 4, although an attempted landing of the rocket’s first stage on a ship was not successful, as expected.
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Satellite - Region - Application - Launch Date
SES-9 - Asia-Pacific - Video, Enterprise, Mobility - Q2/Q3 2015
SES-10 - Latin America - Video, Enterprise - Q4 2016
SES-11 - North America - Video - Q4 2016
SES-12 - Asia-Pacific - Video, Enterprise, Mobility - Q4 2017
SES-14 - Latin America - Video, Enterprise, Mobility - Q4 2017
SES-15 - North America - Enterprise, Mobility, Government - Q2 2017
SES-16/GovSat1 - Europe/MENA - Government - Q2 2017
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Essentially what we’re saying is we’re establishing a cargo route to Mars. It’s a regular cargo route. You can count on it. It’s going to happen every 26 months. Like a train leaving the station. […] By the next launch window, in 2020, Musk said the company would aim to fly at least two Falcon Heavy rockets and Dragon spacecraft, loaded with experiments.
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The ViaSat-2 satellite, now in construction at Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of El Segundo, California, will be launched in the first three months of 2017 aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket, and not the SpaceX Falcon Heavy vehicle as previously contracted. […] ViaSat is maintaining its Falcon Heavy launch contract, which will now be used to launch one of the ViaSat-3 satellites around 2020, and has booked a reservation for a future Falcon Heavy, also for ViaSat-3, which is not yet a contract.
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ViaSat secured two launches with Arianespace - one for ViaSat-2 and one for a ViaSat-3 class satellite. The transition of the ViaSat-2 launch to Arianespace builds confidence in the launch schedule to meet ViaSat's goals of bringing new high-speed service plans across North and Central America, the Caribbean and the North Atlantic Ocean by the middle of calendar year 2017. ViaSat has also designated a ViaSat-3 class satellite launch to long-term partner SpaceX, using its Falcon Heavy.