The week ahead features launches by Rocket Lab and SpaceX, Vega’s first rideshare mission, two Chinese launches, and a Japanese sounding rocket flight.
Launch Vehicle: Momo-F5
Launch Window: 0200-0320 GMT on June 13 (10:00 — 11:20 p.m. EDT on June 12)
Launch Site: Taiki Aerospace Research Field
Interstellar Technologies will launch its Momo suborbital sounding rocket for the fifth time.
UPDATE: Scrubbed due to high level winds. Aiming to launch on Sunday, June 14.
Launch Vehicle: Electron
Payloads: Rideshare — 5 small satellites
Launch Time: 0443 GMT (12:43 a.m. EDT)
Launch Site: Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand
Rocket Lab’s 12th Electron launch will carry three satellites for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office, one satellite for Boston University, and one Australian communications test spacecraft.
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9
Payloads: 58 Starlink Internet broadband and three Planet SkySat Earth observation satellites
Launch Time: 0921 GMT (5:21 a.m. EDT)
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Launch Vehicle: Long March 3B
Payload: Beidou navigation satellite
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: Xichang Satellite Launch Center, China
Launch Vehicle: Long March 2D
Payload: Gaofen 9-03 Earth observation satellite
Launch Time: 0725 GMT (3:25 a.m. EDT)
Launch Site: Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China
Launch Vehicle: Vega
Payloads: Rideshare mission
Launch Time: 0151 GMT on June 19 (9:51 p.m. EDT on June 18)
Launch Site: Kourou, French Guiana
Vega’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service (SSMS) Proof of Concept will carry about 50 satellites into orbit.