Falcon 9, Minotaur IV Launches Set for Thursday & Friday

Three launches are scheduled for the week ahead, including a pair in the United States and one in India.

Falcon 9
Formosat 5 remote sensing satellite
Date: Thursday, Aug. 24
Time: 2:50-3:34 p.m. EDT; 11:50 a.m.-12:34 p.m. PDT (1850-1934 GMT)
Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Minotaur IV
Date: Friday, Aug. 25
Time: 11:14 p.m.-3:15 a.m. EDT (0314-0715 GMT on Aug. 26)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

This marks the first flight of Orbital ATK’s Minotaur IV booster from Cape Canaveral. The payload, also known as SensorSat, is a military satellite that will scan for other spacecraft and orbital debris. ORS 5 was produced by the military’s Operationally Responsive Space program.

IRNSS 1H navigation satellite
Date: Thursday, Aug. 31
Time: TBA
Launch Site: Satish Dhawan Space Center, Sriharikota, India


  • Love to see a full launch schedule. You can’t expand the space economy if you aren’t launching!

  • Douglas Messier

    I’ve published longer schedules in the past. But I’ve found that launches slip so often that they’re often out of date within days. Then I need to go back and correct it.

    The best bet is this schedule: https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

    It’s authoritative and updated regularly.

  • Yeah, I like that site too. And you’re certainly right about constant slippage!

  • Larry J

    There are lies, damned lies, and launch schedules.

  • starbase

    Here is an enhanced Google calendar version of the schedule, including reminders and webcast links: bit.ly/SpaceLaunchCalendar

    And there is another one for dockings, berthings, landings and EVAs: bit.ly/SpaceEventCalendar

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    If I recall correctly the single year record for ULA is 16 flights across Atlas V, Delta IV and Delta II (With a bunch being Delta II). Next flight for SpaceX will be OTV-5 (Flight 13 for the year). Could this be the year SpaceX passes ULAs per year record?

  • duheagle

    Seems very likely.

  • windbourne

    If not this, then next year. They are looking to launch weekly next year.