Launch Complex 39A
Crawlerway, Merritt Island, FL, USA
Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center has been America’s primary on-ramp to space, hosting a dozen launches of the mighty Saturn V including all lunar surface expeditions under Program Apollo. Pad 39A then supported 82 missions of the Space Shuttle over the course of its three-decade career before NASA turned the complex over to SpaceX in 2014. LC-39A is now host to the company’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
Events at this location
Launch Date: NET January 4, 2018 Launch Window: 01:00-03:00 UTC (TBC) Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Block 4) Launch Operator: SpaceX
|Launch Date:||NET January 4, 2018
|Launch Window:||01:00-03:00 UTC (TBC)
|Launch Vehicle:||Falcon 9 FT (Block 4)|
|Launch Site:||Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Payload Manufacturer:||Northrop Grumman|
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the ZUMA payload in a launch procured by Northrop Grumman for an undisclosed customer. The satellite’s operator and purpose remain secret, though indications are that ZUMA is similar to the PAN, CLIO and potentially the NROL-76 mission operated by U.S. government agencies but launched under a commercial architecture. The existence of the ZUMA launch contract was only disclosed in October 2017 through regulatory filings. The Falcon 9 first stage will attempt a Return to Launch Site for a propulsive landing at Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone 1.
Delayed from November 16:
SpaceX is now targeting Thursday, Nov. 16 for launch of the Zuma mission. Both Falcon 9 and the payload remain healthy; teams will use the extra day to conduct some additional mission assurance work in advance of launch. The launch time and window remain the same for Thursday, opening at 8:00 p.m. EST and remaining open until 10:00 p.m. EST.
Delayed from November 17:
We have decided to stand down and take a closer look at data from recent fairing testing for another customer. Though we have preserved the range opportunity for tomorrow, we will take the time we need to complete the data review and will then confirm a new launch date.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT
Launch Date: NET Mid-January 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Falcon Heavy Launch Operator: SpaceX Launch Site: LC-39A, Kennedy
|Launch Date:||NET Mid-January 2018
|Launch Vehicle:||Falcon Heavy|
|Launch Site:||LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Vehicle Configuration:||Core: B1033 (New)
Side: B1023.2 (Thaicom 8)
Side: B1025.2 (SpX-9)
|Recovery:||RTLS (Side Boosters), ASDS (Core Stage)|
The long-awaited Falcon Heavy debut is targeting a late 2017 rollout to Launch Complex 39A for final testing ahead of a high-profile liftoff from Florida’s Space Coast. Comprising three Falcon 9 cores, Falcon Heavy hosts a total of 27 engines that fire to lift the vehicle off the ground followed by a period of reduced thrust flight on the central core to extend its burn time. Both side boosters used on the maiden launch are re-used Falcon 9 stages each with one prior operational flight; they will target near-simultaneous landings on two pads at Cape Canaveral’s Landing Zone-1 while the center core will aim for touchdown on the OCISLY Drone Ship.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon Heavy
⏰ Reference: Falcon 9 Countdown Timeline
Launch Date: NET April 2018 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT (Block 5) Launch Operator: SpaceX Launch Site: LC-39A Kennedy Space Center, Florida Payload: SpX-DM1 Payload Type: Dragon 2 Test Flight Payload Operator: SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Crew Program A SpaceX Falcon
|Launch Date:||NET April 2018|
|Launch Vehicle:||Falcon 9 FT (Block 5)|
|Launch Site:||LC-39A Kennedy Space Center, Florida|
|Payload Type:||Dragon 2 Test Flight|
|Payload Operator:||SpaceX under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program|
A SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to finish certification of the Dragon 2 mission architecture for future crewed missions with ISS Expedition crew members. The Dragon 2 spacecraft will test the approach and automated docking procedure with the Space Station, marking a first for SpaceX as the previous generation of Cargo Dragons used a robotic capture and berthing instead of directly coming in for docking. Dragon 2 will remain docked to ISS for a few weeks before demonstrating its end-of-mission ops, specifically an on-target splashdown and recovery. The SpX-DM1 spacecraft will be re-used for the Falcon 9 in-flight abort test.
🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT