The captive-carry testing planned just prior to launch is now scheduled to begin no earlier than December 6th according to this new FCC filing, so the launch itself is probably NET the last week or two of 2019, assuming all goes well.https://fcc.report/ELS/Virgin-Orbit/2061-EX-ST-2019
Scheduled:Date - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site - Time (UTC)2019NET December 4 - Dragon SpX-19 (CRS-19), HISUI, CIRiS, EdgeCube, PTD-1 - Falcon 9-077 (B1056.3) - Kennedy LC-39A Canaveral SLC-40 - 17:51 (or Q1 2020)December 15 16 - Kacific 1 (JCSat 18) - Falcon 9-078 - Kennedy LC-39A - 00:10-01:38December 17 - CST-100 Starliner (unmanned test) (Boe-OFT) - Atlas V N22 (AV-080) - Canaveral SLC-41 ~12:45Changes on October 23rdChanges on November 2ndChanges on November 15thChanges on November 17thzubenelgenubi
October 22, 2019 MEDIA ADVISORY M19-117NASA Invites Media to Next SpaceX Space Station Cargo LaunchMedia accreditation is open for the launch of the next SpaceX delivery of science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station.A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida no earlier than Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12:48 p.m. EST.
2019 (NET) F9 . S Starlink v1 Flight 2 LEO . C-40
The next SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral is scheduled to launch the CRS-19 Dragon resupply mission to the ISS from pad 40 on December 4 at 12:51pm EST
Then, a Falcon 9 is scheduled to launch the next set of Starlink internet constellation satellites on late December TBD.
The next United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, flying with two solid rocket boosters, will launch Boeing's Starliner spacecraft on its first flight, an uncrewed demonstration mission to the International Space Station, on December 17 at 7:47am EST.
he Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is acquiring a more advanced WGS spacecraft, dubbed WGS-11+. The Air Force and Boeing are still negotiating the terms of a $605 million deal the company was awarded in April to produce the satellite.
Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSFAnd drumroll please... the to the second launch times are:4 Dec: 12:51:58 EST (17:51:58 UTC)5 Dec: 12:29:23 EST (17:29:23 UTC)
2019-12-04 1248/-5 F9 1059 S CRS SpX-19 LEO ~10k C-40 772019-12-15*1910/-5 F9 1056.3 S JCSAT-18/Kacific-1 GTO 6800 C-40 78
By the end of 2018, the company had successfully completed a launch-test campaign and secured funding through the National Science Foundation and a venture capital firm. In 2020, they hope to fully flight-qualify their platform by conducting their first flight, which will be followed by commercial operations and maybe even contracts with NASA.“These commercial operations will be our entry into the $2.6B High-Altitude Platform Services market with a range of civil, defense, and commercial customers,” said Rudy. “We have been working with NASA JPL to explore several different use cases. One example is carrying Martian entry vehicles into the upper atmosphere here on Earth and dropping them to collect data and test aerodynamic performance.”
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And an Atlas 5 with five SRBs will launch AEHF-6 for the US Air Force on mid-March at the earliest.
“It’ll probably end up between eight and 10.”...“We could see four or five Atlas launches and potentially two Delta Heavies for the NRO,” said Bongiovi. SpaceX has national security missions scheduled for 2020 as well, with as many as three by Falcon 9’s and the first Falcon Heavy national security mission.
The launch of Boeing’s uncrewed Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station, as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, now is targeted for 6:36 a.m. EST Friday, Dec. 20.
Dec. 16/17 • Falcon 9 • JCSAT 18/Kacific 1Launch window: 0010-0138 GMT on 17th (7:10-8:38 p.m. EST on 16th)Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida