Busy Stretch of Launches Coming Up

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft on board, (Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

There is a busy schedule of launches for the rest of the month. Nine launches are on tap, including seven in the next week. SpaceX is planning three flights this month, including launches from Florida and California within two days next week.

October 7

Atlas V
Payload: NROL-52 reconnaissance satellite
Launch time: 0759 GMT (3:59 a.m. EDT)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

October 9

Long March 2D
Payload: Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite
Launch time: Approx. 12:10 a.m. EDT (0410 GMT)
Launch site: Jiuquan, China

Falcon 9
Payload: Iridium Next 21-30 communications satellites
Launch time: 8:37 a.m. EDT; 5:37 a.m. PDT (1237 GMT )
Launch site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Payload: Michibiki 4 navigation satellite
Launch time: Approx. 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT)
Launch site: Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

October 11

Falcon 9
Payload: SES 11/EchoStar 105 communications satellite
Launch window: 6:53-8:53 p.m. EDT (2253-0053 GMT)
Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

October 12

Payload: Progress 68P resupply ship
Launch time: 5:32 a.m. EDT (0932 GMT)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

October 13

Payload: Sentinel 5p Earth observation satellite
Launch time: 5:27 a.m. EDT (0927 GMT)
Launch site: Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russia

October 17

Payload: 6 SkySat Earth observation satellites
Launch time: 5:37 p.m. EDT; 2:37 p.m. PDT (2137 GMT)
Launch site: SLC-576E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

October 30

Falcon 9
Payload: Koreasat 5A communications satellite
Launch window: 3:34-5:58 p.m. EDT (1934-2158 GMT)
Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

  • windbourne

    What I find interesting is that SX has 9 launches, including the FH left for this year.
    If they manage this, it will be at a clip of a launch of less than every 2 weeks.

    As it is, they have already done 13 launches for this year.
    So, well on their way to looking like a 19[67]0s launch schedule.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Who know’s we might live to see Soviet launch rates again, and done by the US no less!

  • windbourne

    Soviet? Nope.
    Well, the more that I think about it, kind of.

    But assuming you mean Russia, zero chance, which is too bad.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    No Soviet. They launched once every 3 days at their peak. Space X says 30 launches a year, that’s every 12 days. Then include ULAs typical 12 a year, so every 4 weeks that’ll be a gap of only 6 odd days in between SX’s. Now assume BO has some flights to add to that …… We’ll find ourselves playing with Soviet launch rates. Of course if you go by throw weight, we’ll beat them sooner.

  • windbourne

    Sorry, I thought u meant the Soviets were launching again. My bad.
    Yeah, it be interesting to see what rate SX gets up to, esp once they have BFR.