Florida’s Space Coast is slated to see high-profile launches this year, including the first uncrewed and crewed demonstration flights spearheaded by SpaceX and Boeing. Several commercial launches are expected, too.

>July 17: Atlas V 

Company / Agency: United Launch Alliance for the U.S. Air Force

Location: Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Time: 7:12 a.m. ET

Launch Window: Two hours

An Atlas V rocket will launch the Air Force’s fifth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF-5) communications satellite to a geostationary orbit. 

>July 21: Falcon 9

Company / Agency: SpaceX for NASA

Location: Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Time: 7:35 p.m. ET

Landing: Landing Zone 1, Cape Canaveral

A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to the International Space Station for its 18th mission under NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services. 

>July 25: Delta IV

Company / Agency: United Launch Alliance for the U.S. Air Force

Location: Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Time: 10:55 a.m. ET

ULA will launch the Air Force’s second Global Positioning System III satellite to a medium-Earth orbit. This is the last scheduled launch of a medium-class Delta IV rocket.

>No earlier than August: Atlas V 

Company / Agency: United Launch Alliance for NASA

Location: Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Time: TBD

An Atlas V rocket will launch an uncrewed Orbital Flight Test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. 

>No earlier than November: Atlas V

Company / Agency: United Launch Alliance for NASA

Location: Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Time: TBD

ULA’s Atlas V will launch the Crew Flight Test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner capsule to the International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The three-person crew includes NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann, and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson.

>2019 or 2020 TBD: Falcon 9

Company / Agency: SpaceX for NASA

Location: Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center

Launch Time: TBD

Landing: TBD

SpaceX will launch Demo-2 for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, the first flight of the company’s Crew Dragon capsule with astronauts on board. NASA test pilots Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will fly to and from the International Space Station.

>2019 TBD: Pegasus XL

Company / Agency: Northrop Grumman for NASA

Location: Skid Strip, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Launch Time: TBD

Northrop Grumman’s air-launched Pegasus XL rocket will launch NASA’s $252 million Ionospheric Connection Explorer science mission, or ICON, about 100 miles off the coast of Daytona Beach at an altitude of 39,000 feet.

  • First attempt scrubbed on Nov. 7, 2018, due to technical issues