Vandenberg Launch Schedule

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Delta IV Heavy | NROL-82

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Dec. 31, 2020, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.


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Firefly Alpha | Maiden Flight

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Test Flight

First flight of the new Firefly Alpha small sat launcher developed by Firefly Aerospace.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 4-7

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 1-3

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
June 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Robotic Exploration

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecraft with it at high speed – a technique known as a kinetic impactor. DART is a planetary defense-driven test of one of the technologies for preventing the Earth impact of a hazardous asteroid: the kinetic impactor. DART’s primary objective is to demonstrate a kinetic impact on a small asteroid. The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the target for DART. While Didymos’ primary body is approximately 800 meters across, its secondary body (or “moonlet”) has a 150-meter size, which is more typical of the size of asteroids that could pose a more common hazard to Earth. The DART spacecraft will achieve the kinetic impact by deliberately crashing itself into the moonlet at a speed of approximately 6 km/s, with the aid of an onboard camera and sophisticated autonomous navigation software. The collision will change the speed of the moonlet in its orbit around the main body by a fraction of one percent, enough to be measured using telescopes on Earth.

Heliocentric N/A B1063 - Flight Proven ( ) Landing Zone 4
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | WorldView Legion 1

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | SWOT - Surface Water and Ocean Topography

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | WorldView Legion 2

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Unknown Mission

There are no mission or payload details available for this launch.


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Atlas V 401 | Landsat 9

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Earth Science

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey to continue the Landsat program’s critical role in monitoring, understanding and managing the land resources needed to sustain human life. Landsat 9, like Landsat 8, will have a higher imaging capacity than past Landsats, allowing more valuable data to be added to the Landsat’s global land archive. Satellite will operaite in sun-synchronous orbit at an altitude of 705 km and has a mission lifetime of 5 years.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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Atlas V 401 | JPSS 2 (Joint Polar Satellite System spacecraft No. 2)

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2022, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Earth Science

JPSS is a collaborative program between NOAA and NASA. JPSS-2 is one of five satellites that will comprise the JPSS constellation. These spacecraft gather global measurements of atmospheric, terrestrial and oceanic conditions, including sea and land surface temperatures, vegetation, clouds, rainfall, snow and ice cover, fire locations and smoke plumes, atmospheric temperature, water vapor and ozone.

Sun-Synchronous Orbit
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H-IIA
Launch Successful
2 days, 4 hours ago
JDRS-1
Yoshinobu Launch Complex - Tanegashima, Japan

JDRS-1 is a Japanese Data Relay Satellite.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
6 days, 9 hours ago
Starlink 15
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 5
Launch Successful
1 week ago
Chang'e 5
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Chang'e 5 is China's robotic lunar sample return mission, which is set to bring back at least 2 kg of lunar soils and rock samples. The probe will ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
1 week, 2 days ago
Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich (Sentinel-6A; Jason-CS)
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and Sentinel-6B make up the Sentinel-6 mission, also known as Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS), which is a pa...


Electron
Launch Successful
1 week, 4 days ago
Return to Sender
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

"Return to Sender" will loft 30 satellites to a sun-synchronous orbit at 500 km altitude for a range of customers, including TriSept, Unseenlabs, S...


Vega
Launch Failure
2 weeks ago
SEOSAT-Ingenio & Taranis
Ariane Launch Area 1 - Kourou, French Guiana

SEOSAT-Ingenio is a high-resolution optical imaging mission of Spain - the flagship mission of the Spanish space strategic plan. Its mission is dev...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Launch Successful
2 weeks, 1 day ago
SpX USCV-1 (NASA Crew Flight 1)
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

SpaceX's first operational flight of manned Dragon 2 vehicle.


Atlas V 531
Launch Successful
2 weeks, 3 days ago
NROL-101
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.


Long March 3
Launch Successful
2 weeks, 4 days ago
Tiantong-1-02
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Designed by the CAST Institute (China Academy of Space Technology), a subsidiary of the Chinese aerospace group CASC and specialized in spacecraft ...


PSLV-DL
Launch Successful
3 weeks, 3 days ago
EOS-01 (RISAT-2BR2)
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

EOS-1 (previously known as RISAT-2BR2) is an imaging mission of ISRO using an active SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imager to provide continuity of...