Vandenberg Launch Schedule

Upcoming launches out of Vandenberg AFB, California

Firefly Alpha | Maiden Flight

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Feb. 28, 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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Delta IV Heavy | NROL-82

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
April 30, 2021, midnight
Status: To Be Determined
Mission: Government/Top Secret

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


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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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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 1-3

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 30, 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 | 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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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 4-7

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
March 31, 2022, 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
Success
3 days, 8 hours ago
Starlink 16
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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


Electron
Success
3 days, 13 hours ago
Another One Leaves The Crust
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Dedicated mission for a single communication microsatellite that will enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit. The launch w…


Long March 3
Success
4 days, 4 hours ago
Tiantong-1-03
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tiantong-1-03 is the third satellite in a series of Chinese geostationary communication satellites.


LauncherOne
Success
6 days, 1 hour ago
Launch Demo 2 (VCLS ELaNa XX)
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

This is Virgin Orbit's second attempt to launch the LauncherOne rocket. It also carries cubesats which were contracted by NASA through Venture Class …


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
NS-14
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

For this mission, the New Shepard crew capsule will be outfitted with upgrades for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight. …


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
Türksat 5A
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Türksat 5A is the first of two Turkish next generation communications satellites, which will be operated by Türksat for commercial and military purpo…


Soyuz STA
Success
3 weeks, 4 days ago
CSO-2
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

The CSO-2 (Composante Spatiale Optique-2) satellite is the second of three new-generation high-resolution optical imaging satellites for the French m…


Long March 4C
Success
3 weeks, 6 days ago
Long March 4C
Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Long March 8
Success
1 month ago
XJY-7 & others
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

XJY-7 is an undisclosed Chinese government payload for the first launch of Long March 8


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 month ago
NROL-108
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Classified payload for NRO.