There are some interesting launches among the nine orbital flights currently scheduled for May. Highlights include:
- NASA’s Mars InSight lander with two deep-space CubeSats (May 5);
- SpaceX’s first flight of a Falcon 9 Block 5 variant (NET May 7);
- Two Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE Follow-On) satellites (May 19);
- Orbital ATK’s Antares Cygnus ISS resupply mission (May 20);
- China’s Chang’e-4 lunar relay satellite with two deep-space microsats (TBD); and,
- Rocket Lab’s first Electron commercial flight (TBD).
There have been 40 orbital launches through April, with 38 successes, one failure and one partial failure.