Launch Crews 3-for-3 Today

Falcon 9 launch

Launch crews in the United States, China and Japan are celebrating successful flights to start a busy launch week.

China got things started by launching the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite aboard a Long March 2D rocket from Jiuquan.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 followed up with an early morning launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The flight included the 17th successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage.

The Japanese successfully launched the Michibiki 4 navigation satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center.

Below is the launch schedule for the rest of the month. It is possible that an Atlas V that had been scheduled to launch a national reconnaissance satellite last week will be added to the schedule for later this month. The launch was delayed twice due to weather and the third time because of a faulty telemetry transmitter. ULA has not set a new launch date.

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

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

October 13

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

October 17

Minotaur-C
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

  • Congrats to each team on their successful launches.

  • ReSpaceAge

    Money in the bank to build BFR. More money Wednesday, then again at the end of the month. After watching the Launch today while sitting at the airport I listened to Elons updated BFR Speech for the first time. We will have humans in the MOON in less then a decade and maybe Mars too. BFR will work.

  • Arthur Hamilton

    I remember reading a sci-fi thriller in the 80’s titled “To the Stars.” This is the second start of our journey to the stars. And this time if a President cancels the government’s current BEO travel architecture, the momentum won’t be squashed because of SpaceX and Blue Origin.

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    Wow! Awesome, congrats all around!

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Congress trying to justify SLS/Orion by mid-2020s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK9odsWwfIo

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yes, great job!

  • ThomasLMatula

    Nope, that is not how the Swamp works. If will be some poor scapegoats from NASA that Congress Critters will throw under the bus for the SLS testifying in the Hearing that Congress will hold asking why NASA wasted so much money on SLS/Orion.

    Yes, I know the history, its The Senate Launch System, but again, that is NOT how the Swamp works. Congress will pin the blame on NASA for wasting money on a poorly designed rocket that went way over cost and had constant delays…