WMMB Launch Schedule


Dec. 5Atlas 5 • STP-3

Launch window:0904-1104 GMT (4:04-6:04 a.m. EST)

Launch site:SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the STP-3 mission for the U.S. Space Force. The STP-3 rideshare mission will launch the STPSat 6 satellite and several small satellites. STPSat 6 hosts several payloads and experiments, including the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Space and Atmospheric Burst Reporting System-3 (SABRS-3) payload, and NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) experiment. The rocket will fly in the 551 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, five solid rocket boosters, and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Delayed from Feb. 26, June 23, early September, Nov. 22, and Dec. 4.

Dec. 9Falcon 9 • IXPE

Launch window:0600-0730 GMT (1:00-2:30 a.m. EST)

Launch site:LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer. IXPE exploits the polarization state of light from astrophysical sources to provide insight into our understanding of X-ray production in objects such as neutron stars and pulsar wind nebulae, as well as stellar and supermassive black holes. Delayed from Nov. 17. Moved forward from Dec. 13. [Oct. 19]

Dec. 14Falcon 9 • CSG 2

Launch time: Approx. 2311:12 GMT (6:11:12 p.m. EST)

Launch site: Cape Canaveral, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation, or CSG 2, radar surveillance satellite for ASI, the Italian space agency. The spacecraft was built by Thales Alenia Space. Delayed from Nov. 18. [Nov. 4]

Dec. 18/19Falcon 9 • Turksat 5B

Launch window:0358-0528 GMT on 19th (10:58 p.m.-12:28 a.m. EDT on18th/19th)

Launch site:SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Turksat 5B communications satellite for Turksat, a Turkish satellite operator. Built by Airbus Defense and Space with significant Turkish contributions, the Turksat 5B satellite will provide broadband services over a wide coverage area, including Turkey, the Middle East and large regions of Africa. Delayed from June.

Dec. 21Falcon 9 • SpaceX CRS 24

Launch time:1006 GMT (5:06 a.m. EDT)

Launch site:LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon 2 spacecraft on its fourth cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The flight is the 24th mission by SpaceX conducted under a Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Delayed from Dec. 4.


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