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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.

Falcon 9 flight 16 night launch from Cape Canaveral on March 2, 2015

Notable missions[edit]

Maiden launch[edit]

Launch of Falcon 9 Flight 1 with a boilerplate Dragon
Main article: Falcon 9 Flight 1

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.[1]

The rocket experienced "a little bit of roll at liftoff" as Ken Bowersox from SpaceX put it.[2] 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.[1]

The halo from the venting of propellant from the Falcon 9 second stage as it rolled in space could be seen from all of Eastern Australia and some believed it to be a UFO.[3][4]

COTS demo missions[edit]

Main articles: COTS Demo Flight 1 and Dragon C2+

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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."[8] 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.[9]

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[10] for 12 cargo deliveries starting in October 2012. The historic Dragon C2+ capsule is now on display hanging from the ceiling at SpaceX headquarters.

CRS-1[edit]

Dragon CRS-1 berthed to the ISS on October 14, 2012, photographed from the Cupola
Main article: SpaceX CRS-1

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.[11]

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.[12][13] 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[11] and burned up in Earth's atmosphere within 4 days after the launch.[11][14] 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[edit]

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch from Vandenberg with CASSIOPE
Main article: Falcon 9 Flight 6

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.[15] 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.[16][17][18]

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[edit]

SpaceX CRS-7 disintegrating two minutes after liftoff, as seen from a NASA tracking camera
Main article: SpaceX CRS-7

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.[19] 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.[20][21]

Full-thrust version and first booster landing[edit]

Main article: Falcon 9 Flight 20

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.[22] 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.[23]

First landings on drone ship[edit]

Main article: SpaceX CRS-8

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.[24]

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).[25] The stage successfully landed on the drone ship a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida.

Launch history[edit]

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
time (UTC)
Type /
Serial
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Outcome
Mission Landing[a]

2010 to 2013[edit]

1 June 4, 2010, 18:45 v1.0[26]
F9-001
CC LC40 Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit LEO SpaceX Success Parachutes[27]
Failure[28]
1st flight of Falcon 9 v1.0[1]
2 December 8, 2010, 15:43[29] v1.0[26]
F9-002
CC LC40 NASA COTS – Demo 1, 2 Cubesats[30] LEO NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services, National Reconnaissance Office Success [28] Parachutes[31]
Failure[28]
Maiden flight of Dragon Capsule; 3 hours, testing of maneuvering thrusters and reentry[32]
3 May 22, 2012, 07:44[33] v1.0[26]
F9-003
CC LC40 NASA COTS – Demo C2+[34] LEO NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Success[35] Unknown
Launch was scrubbed on first attempt,[36] second launch attempt was successful.[37]
4 October 8, 2012, 00:35[38] v1.0[26]
F9-004
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-1[39] 500 kg
(1,100 lb)
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success Unknown
Secondary payload: Orbcomm-OG2[40] 150 kg
(330 lb)
LEO Orbcomm Failure[14][41]
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.[11][14]
5 March 1, 2013, 15:10[42] v1.0[26]
F9-005
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-2[43][44] 677 kg
(1,493 lb)
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success Unknown
Final scheduled flight of Falcon 9 v1.0 vehicle.[45]
6 September 29, 2013, 16:00[18] v1.1[26]
F9-006
VAFB SLC-4E CASSIOPE[46] 500 kg
(1,100 lb)
Polar orbit MDA Corp Success[18] Ocean
Failure
Commercial mission and first Falcon 9 v1.1 flight, with improved 13-tonne to LEO capacity.[45] 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.[18]
7 December 3, 2013, 22:41[47] v1.1
F9-007
CC LC40 SES-8[48][49] 3,170 kg
(6,990 lb)
GTO SES Success[50] No attempt[51]
First GTO launch for Falcon 9.[48]

2014[edit]

8 January 6, 2014, 22:06[52] v1.1
F9-008
CC LC40 Thaicom 6 3,325 kg
(7,330 lb)
GTO Thaicom Success[53] No attempt[citation needed]
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".[54]
9 April 18, 2014, 19:25[55] v1.1
F9-009
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-3[43][44] 2,296 kg
(5,062 lb)[56]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success Ocean
Success
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.[57][58] 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
F9-010
CC LC40 OG2 Mission 1
6 OG2 satellites
≥1,032 kg
(2,275 lb)
[citation needed]
LEO Orbcomm Success[59] Ocean
Success
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.[60]
11 August 5, 2014, 08:00 v1.1
F9-011
CC LC40 AsiaSat 8[61][62][63] 4,535 kg
(9,998 lb)
GTO AsiaSat Success[64] No attempt[65]
12 September 7, 2014, 05:00 v1.1
F9-013
CC LC40 AsiaSat 6[61][62][66] 4,428 kg
(9,762 lb)
GTO AsiaSat Success[67] No attempt[68]
13 September 21, 2014, 05:52[69][70] v1.1
F9-012
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-4[44] 2,216 kg
(4,885 lb)[71]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success[72] Ocean[73]
Success[74]

2015[edit]

14 January 10, 2015, 09:47[75] v1.1
F9-014
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-5[61] 2,395 kg
(5,280 lb)[76]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success[77] Drone ship
Failure
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.[78][79]
15 February 11, 2015, 23:03[80] v1.1
F9-015
CC LC40 DSCOVR[81] 570 kg
(1,260 lb)
Sun-Earth L1 U.S. Air Force / NASA / NOAA Success Ocean
Success
First launch under USAF's OSP 3 launch contract.[82] 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.[83]
16 March 2, 2015, 03:50[38][84] v1.1
F9-016
CC LC40 ABS-3A,
Eutelsat 115 West B (ex-Satmex 7)[61]
4,159 kg
(9,169 lb)
GTO Asia Broadcast Satellite,
Eutelsat (Satmex)
Success No attempt[85]
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.[86][87] Per satellite, launch costs were less than $30 million.[88] The ABS satellite reached its final destination ahead of schedule and started operations on September 10.[89]
17 April 14, 2015, 20:10[38] v1.1
F9-017
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-6[61] 1,898 kg
(4,184 lb)[90]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success Drone ship
Failure
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.[91][92]
18 April 27, 2015, 23:03[93] v1.1
F9-018
CC LC40 TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT [94] 4,707 kg
(10,377 lb)
GTO Turkmenistan National Space Agency[95] Success No attempt[96]
19 June 28, 2015, 14:21[38][97] v1.1
F9-020
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-7[61] 1,952 kg
(4,303 lb)[98]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Failure[19] Drone ship[99]
Attempt precluded
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[100] F9 FT
F9-021
CC LC40 OG-2 Mission 2[100]
11 OG2 satellites
≥1,892 kg
(4,171 lb)
[citation needed]
LEO Orbcomm Success Ground pad
Success
First launch of the upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle (now called Falcon 9 Full Thrust), with a 30 percent power increase.[101] Orbcomm had originally agreed to be the third flight of the enhanced-thrust rocket,[102] but the change to the maiden flight position was announced in October 2015.[101] SpaceX applied to the FAA for permission to land the booster on solid ground at Cape Canaveral;[103] this landing attempt was successful.[104]

2016[edit]

21 January 17, 2016, 18:42[38] v1.1
F9-019
VAFB SLC-4E Jason-3[105] 553 kg
(1,219 lb)
LEO NASA, NOAA,
CNES
Success Drone ship
Failure
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.[106] 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.[107][108]
22 March 4, 2016, 23:35[38] F9 FT
F9-022
CC LC40 SES-9[109][110] 5,271 kg
(11,621 lb)
GTO SES Success Drone ship
Failure
Second launch of the enhanced Falcon 9 Full Thrust launch vehicle.[101] Following the launch, SpaceX attempted an experimental landing test to a drone ship,[111] although a successful landing was not expected[112] 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",[113] 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.[114]
23 April 8, 2016, 20:43[38] F9 FT
F9-023
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-8[110] 3,136 kg
(6,914 lb)[115]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success[116] Drone ship
Success
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.[117] The rocket's first stage landed smoothly on SpaceX's autonomous spaceport drone ship 9 minutes after liftoff,[118] 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[38] F9 FT
F9-024
CC LC40 JCSAT-14[119] 4,696 kg
(10,353 lb)[120]
GTO SKY Perfect JSAT Group Success Drone ship
Success
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.[121]
25 May 27, 2016, 21:39[122] F9 FT
F9-025
CC LC40 Thaicom 8[123][124] 3,100 kg
(6,800 lb)[125]
GTO Thaicom Success Drone ship
Success
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.[126] It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders.
26 June 15, 2016, 14:29[38] F9 FT
F9-026
CC LC40 ABS 2A,
Eutelsat 117 West B (ex-Satmex 9)
3,600 kg
(7,900 lb)[127]
GTO Asia Broadcast Satellite,
Eutelsat (Satmex)
Success Drone ship
Failure
One year after pioneering this technique on flight 16, Falcon again launched two Boeing 702SP gridded ion thruster satellites in a dual-stack configuration,[89] 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.[128]
27 July 18, 2016, 04:45[38] F9 FT
F9-027
CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-9[129] 2,257 kg
(4,976 lb)[130]
LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services Success Ground pad
Success
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.[131]
28 August 14, 2016, 05:26 F9 FT
F9-028
CC LC40 JCSAT-16 4,600 kg
(10,100 lb)
GTO SKY Perfect JSAT Group Success Drone ship
Success

Future missions[edit]

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.[132] Tentative launch dates are picked from compilations not derived from Wikipedia[133][134][135] 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,[136] 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."[137] 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.[138][139]

Date and time (UTC) Type /
Serial
Launch site Payload Orbit Customer

2016[edit]

September 3, 2016, 07:00[133] F9 FT
F9-029
CC LC40 Amos-6[140] GTO Spacecom
The purchase of Spacecom by Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is contingent on Amos-6 successfully being placed into service.[141]
September 20, 2016, 04:49[133] F9 FT
F9-030
VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 1-10[142][143] 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.[144] 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.[145] 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.[146]
Mid October 2016[134][147] F9 FT CC LC40 or LC39A[138] SES-10[109][148] GTO SES
Late October 2016[149][133] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E FormoSat-5[150][151][152]
SHERPA
SSO NSPO
Spaceflight Industries
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.[149]
November 11, 2016[133][135] F9 FT CC LC40 or LC39A[135] SpaceX CRS-10[129] 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[133] F9 FT CC LC40 or LC39A[138] SES-11[148][147] / EchoStar 105 GTO SES /
EchoStar
November 2016[135] F9 FT CC LC-40 Koreasat 5A[153] GTO KT Corporation
December 2016[133][146] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 11-20[142][143] LEO Iridium Communications
Q4, 2016[133][135] 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[135] F9 FT CC LC40 BulgariaSat-1[154] GTO Bulsatcom
2016[135] F9 FT CC LC40 Es’hail 2[155] GTO Es'hailSat

2017[edit]

February 1, 2017[133] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-11[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
This mission will deliver the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER)[156] to the ISS, along with the MUSES[157] Earth imaging platform and ROSA[158] solar array.[159]
Early 2017[146] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 21-30[142][143] LEO Iridium Communications
Early 2017[146] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 31-40[142][143] LEO Iridium Communications
Early 2017[160] Heavy KSC LC39A Falcon Heavy Demo[161] TBA SpaceX
Maiden flight of Falcon Heavy. Rocket will fly without any payload.[162]
March 2017[135] F9 FT CC LC40 NROL-76[163]  ? National Reconnaissance Office
12 May 2017[133][135][164] F9 FT KSC LC39A SpX-DM1[165] LEO NASA Commercial Crew Development
Demonstration mission to ISS for NASA with an uncrewed Dragon 2 capsule.
June 1, 2017[133] F9 FT KSC LC39A[135] or CC LC40 SpaceX CRS-12[129] 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.[159]
Q2, 2017[148] F9 FT  ? SES-16 / GovSat-1[166] GTO SES
Mid 2017[167] F9 FT KSC LC39A[168] Crew Dragon in-flight abort test[168][169] 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.[169] The spacecraft will then splash down in the ocean with traditional parachutes, possibly with assistance of its integrated thrusters.
Mid 2017[146] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 41-50[142][143] LEO Iridium Communications
24 August 2017[135] F9 FT KSC LC39A SpX-DM2[165] 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[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-13[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
Q3, 2017[149] Heavy KSC LC39A DSX, FormoSat-7 A/B/C/D/E/F, LightSail 2,[170] GPIM,[171] DSAC,[172] ISAT LEO / MEO U.S. Air Force
USAF Space Test Program Flight 2 (STP-2),[82] carrying more than 30 satellites.[149]
October 2017[135] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E SAOCOM 1A[173][174]
ITASAT-1
SSO CONAE
ITA
2017[135] Heavy or F9 FT[175]  ? EuropaSat / Hellas Sat 3[176][175][177] GTO Inmarsat / Hellas Sat
2017[135] F9 FT  ? PSN-6[178] / co-payload TBA GTO PSN / TBA
2017[135] F9 FT  ? ABS-8[179] GTO Asia Broadcast Satellite
2017[180] Heavy KSC LC39A Inmarsat 5-F4[176] GTO Inmarsat
2017[180] Heavy KSC LC39A TBD GTO Intelsat
Q4, 2017[148] F9 FT  ? SES-14[166] with GOLD[181] 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.[182]
Late 2017[146] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 51-60[142][143] LEO Iridium Communications
Late 2017[146] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 61-70[142][143] LEO Iridium Communications
Late 2017[183] F9 FT  ? Hispasat 1F[184] or Amazonas 5[185] GTO Hispasat[183]
Late 2017 F9 FT  ? Google Lunar X Prize / SpaceIL lander[186] and a dozen small satellites to be announced[187] SSO[188] + TLI Spaceflight Industries[188]
SpaceIL
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.[186] The launch customer plans to share the mission with a dozen other payloads from 50 to 575 kg.[187]
December 2017[189] F9 FT CC LC40 Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)[190] HEO NASA

2018[edit]

February 2018[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-14[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
The IDA-3 docking adaptor will be launched on this mission[191] to replace IDA-1 lost with CRS-7 in June 2015. Other payloads include MISSE-FF[192] materials research platform, phase 3 of the RRM[193] space refueling experiment and the TSIS[194] heliophysics sensor.[159]
Early 2018 F9 FT  ? TelStar 18V[195] GTO Telesat
Early 2018 F9 FT  ? TelStar 19V[195] GTO Telesat
April 2018[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-15[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
May 2018[135] F9 FT CC LC40 GPS IIIA-2[196] MEO USAF
SpaceX's first launch of an EELV-class payload.[196]
Spring 2018 Heavy KSC LC39A Red Dragon[197] Mars SpaceX
August 2018[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-16[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
October 2018[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-17[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
December 2018[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-18[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
2018 F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E RADARSAT Constellation[198] SSO Canadian Space Agency
2018 F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E SARah 1 (aktiv)[199][200] SSO Bundeswehr
2018 Heavy KSC LC39A ArabSat 6A[201] GTO ArabSat
2018[174] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E SAOCOM 1B[173] SSO CONAE

2019 and beyond[edit]

May 2019[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-19[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
Fall 2019[135] F9 FT KSC LC-39A[135] SpaceX CRS-20[129] LEO NASA Commercial Resupply Services
2019 F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E SARah 2/3 (passiv)[199][202] SSO Bundeswehr
Summer 2020 Heavy KSC LC39A Mars Cargo 1[203] Mars SpaceX
Summer 2020 Heavy KSC LC39A Mars Cargo 2[203] Mars SpaceX
2020[204] Heavy KSC LC39A ViaSat-3[205] GTO ViaSat

Statistics[edit]

See also[edit]

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