There is always something spectacular about a rocket launch, especially when the rocket in question is using super-cold oxygen and can land vertically on a floating drone ship.

Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, promising the next generation of space flight, and the company’s Falcon 9 rockets are working on an ambitious launch calendar for all your space-related needs. We’re talking commercial and government satellite launches, NASA resupply missions to the International Space Station, and astronaut flights to and from the ISS on track for late 2018. Since launches can be delayed for all sorts of reasons — from accidents to inclement weather, the calendar changes regularly. This is what we know: SpaceX is essentially planning a launch every few weeks for the next few months. You can watch live webcasts of SpaceX launches — and the droneship landings — at

SpaceX’s next launch is scheduled for April 30 from 7:00 – 9:00 A.M. EST.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a classified spacecraft payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. This will be SpaceX’s first launch for the NRO. Delayed from April 16.

The SpaceX Calendar

Because a number of scheduled flights had to be delayed because of the explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket in September, the upcoming SpaceX calendar is chock-full of rocket launches.

May 15 7:20 – 8:10 P.M. EST

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Inmarsat 5 F4 communications satellite for Inmarsat of London. Inmarsat 5 F4 will be the fourth satellite in Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. The spacecraft was originally supposed to launch on a Falcon Heavy rocket. Delayed from April 30.


Other Updates:

The SpaceX Cargo Resupply Mission CRS 11 will be sometime in May and carry with it the the 13th Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station.

In late May (TBD), there will be a Falcon 9 launch carrying the BulgariaSat 1 communications satellite, which will provide direct-to-home television broadcast and data communications services over southeast Europe for Bulsatcom. The payload will be the first geostationary communications satellite owned by a Bulgarian company.

Also in June will be the Falcon 9 Intelsat 35e launch sometime in June, which will launch the Intelsat 35e satellite into orbit as part of the Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet that will provide video and mobile communications services over eastern North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa. But, this launch has already been rescheduled from April.

The Iridium launch scheduled for mid-April has now been moved sometime into June, according to a press statement from Iridium on February 16. Iridium expects the remainder of its SpaceX satellite launches to occur every two months starting in June.

SpaceX’s first launch of the Falcon Heavy, the world’s largest rocket, has been pushed back from June for some time in the late summer or early fall. Official dates are still to be set, but it will certainly be a sight to enjoy when the demo flight launches from the Kennedy Space Center.

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