Vandenberg Launch Schedule

Upcoming launches out of Vandenberg AFB, California

Falcon 9 Block 5 | Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Nov. 10, 2020, 7:45 p.m.
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 B1063 - Maiden Flight Landing Zone 4
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Firefly Alpha | Maiden Flight

Firefly Aerospace | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Nov. 21, 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

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Dec. 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Atlas V 401 | Landsat 9

United Launch Alliance | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 1, 2021, 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 | SWOT - Surface Water and Ocean Topography

SpaceX | USA
Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
Sept. 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
Success
1 day, 3 hours ago
Starlink 13
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.


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
5 days, 10 hours ago
Soyuz MS-17
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-17 begins expedition 63 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins to the I...


New Shepard
Success
6 days, 2 hours ago
NS-13
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

This will be the 13th New Shepard mission and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle (a record), demonstrating its operational reus...


Long March 3
Success
1 week ago
Gaofen 13
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Starlink 12
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.


Antares 230+
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Cygnus CRS-2 NG-14 (S.S. Kalpana Chawla)
Launch Area 0 A - Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

This is the 15th planned flight of the Orbital ATK's uncrewed resupply spacecraft Cygnus and its 14th flight to the International Space Station und...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
3 weeks ago
Gonets-M27, Gonets-M28, Gonets-M29 and others
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Gonets-M are an upgraded version of Gonets satellites, derived from military communications system Strela-3. Gonets-M constellation is tasked with...


Long March 4
Success
3 weeks, 1 day ago
Huanjing 2A, 2B
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Huanjing (abbreviated as HJ) is a constellation of environmental monitoring satellites. The HJ-2A and HJ-2B are 16-meter optical satellites which w...


Long March 4
Success
4 weeks ago
Haiyang 2C
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Haiyang (Chinese: "Ocean"), abbreviated HY, is a marine remote sensing satellite series planned by China.


Long March 11
Success
1 month ago
Gaofen-03-1
Mobile launch platform - Sea Launch

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...