Vandenberg Launch Schedule

Upcoming launches out of Vandenberg AFB, California

Firefly Alpha | Maiden Flight

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
April 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
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

Boeing | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Oct. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Government/Top Secret

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


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Nov. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
Mission: Earth Science

The Sentinel-6A mission, also known as Jason Continuity of Service (Jason-CS), is a partnership between NASA, NOAA, ESA, and EUMETSAT. This mission consists of two parts: the first one continues the long-term global sea surface height data record begun by first Jason satellites in 1992. This part of the mission will provide altimeter data necessary for ocean climate monitoring, ocean modelling and numerical ocean prediction, weather forecasting, marine meteorology, coastal altimetry and modelling. A secondary objective of the mission is to collect high-resolution vertical profiles of temperature, using the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Radio-Occultation sounding technique, to assess temperature changes in the troposphere and stratosphere and to support numerical weather prediction. Sentinel-6A is to operate in a highly-inclined circular orbit at an altitude of 1336 km, with an operational mission lasting 5 years.

Low Earth Orbit
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Falcon 9 Block 5 | Dedicated SSO Rideshare Mission 1

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Dec. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
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
Dec. 1, 2020, midnight
Status: TBD
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 | WorldView Legion 1

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

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


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Falcon 9 Block 5 | O3b mPower 4-7

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Jan. 1, 2021, midnight
Status: TBD
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: TBD
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
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Soyuz 2.1A Fregat-M
Success
1 day, 22 hours ago
Meridian-M No.19L
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Meridian is a series of communications satellite for military and civilian use.


Long March 2D
Success
2 days, 9 hours ago
XJS-C, XJS-D, XJS-E, XJS-F
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

These are four experimental satellites which will be used mainly to test some Earth observation technologies.


Ariane 5 ECA+
Success
3 days, 8 hours ago
JCSAT-17 & GEO-KOMPSAT-2B
Ariane Launch Area 3 - Kourou, French Guiana

JCSAT-17 is a Japanese communication satellite of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. Its payloads incorporate S-band, C-band and Ku-band transponders, w...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
4 days, 15 hours ago
Starlink 4
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.


Antares 230+
Success
6 days, 10 hours ago
Cygnus CRS NG-13 (S.S. Robert H. Lawrence.)
Launch Area 0 A - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

This is the 14th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 13th flight to the International Space Station und...


Atlas V 411
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Solar Orbiter
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Solar Orbiter is a joint ESA/NASA mission dedicated to solar and heliospheric physics. It will be used to examine how the Sun creates and controls ...


Simorgh
Failure
1 week, 5 days ago
Zafar-1
Imam Khomeini Spaceport - Semnan Space Center, Islamic Republic of Iran

Zafar-1 is a small Earth observation satellite with reported ground resolution of 22.5 m. This is also a third attempt for Simorgh rocket to conduc...


H-IIA 202
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
IGS Optical 7
Yoshinobu Launch Complex - Tanegashima, Japan

Information Gathering Satellite (IGS) is a Japanese governmental spy satellite program. IGS Optical 7, as the name suggests, is an optical reconnai...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
OneWeb 2
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Interned broadband service for individual cons...


Electron
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
NROL-151 (Birds of a Feather)
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This is a dedicated launch for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The contract was awarded under Rapid Acquisition of a Small Rocket (RASR) ...