Banner Year for Rocket Launches on Florida’s Space Coast

The year is already starting off on a good foot.  Not only is there a rocket launch planned during the first month of the new year, but practically every month so far is booked.

Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station have long been our nation’s gateway to exploring, discovering and understanding our universe.  And it seems that tradition is being carried on in 2013.

Photo credit: United Launch Alliance
Photo credit: United Launch Alliance

Here’s a view at the current schedule of rocket launches scheduled on Florida’s Space Coast: 

 

 

January 30, 2013 • Atlas 5 • TDRS K
Launch Time: 8:48 pm-9:28 pm
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
The United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas 5 rocket that will carry the TDRS K communications and delay relay satellite for NASA. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) connects mission control with the International Space Station and other orbiting satellites.

March 2013 • Delta 4 • WGS 5
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
United Launch Alliance will launch a Delta 4 rocket containing Boeing’s fifth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft. This geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces. Delayed from Jan. 18.

March 1, 2013 • Falcoln 9 • SpaceX CRS 2
Launch Time: 10:10 am
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Delayed from an earlier launch, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon C4 on a fourth cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station for NASA to fulfill its commercial resupply services contract.

March 14, 2013 • Atlas 5 • SBRIS GEO 2
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
The United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas V rocket for the U.S. military. The launch will be the second Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite, or SBIRS GEO 2, for missile early-warning detection

May 2013 • Atlas 5 • GPS 2F-4
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
The United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas 5 rocket for the U.S. Air Force’s fourth Block 2F navigation satellite which is used for their Global Positioning System.

June 2013 • Delta 4 • WGS 6
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
United Launch Alliance will launch a Delta 4 rocket with the fifth Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft built by Boeing. This geostationary communications spacecraft will serve U.S. military forces.

June, 2013 • Falcoln 9 • SES 8
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the SES 8 communications satellite, which will provide Ku-band and Ka-band broadcasting and network services over the Asia-Pacific region.

July 2013 • Atlas 5 • MUOS
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
The United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas 5 rocket for the Navy. This mobile user objective satellite (MUOS) built by Lockheed Martin will be the second for the military branch and will provide more ground communications for the military.

August 2013 • Falcoln 9 • Orbcomm OG2
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
This SpaceX rocket launch will carry an Orbcomm satellite that will provide two-way data messaging for global customers.

September 2013 • Atlas 5 • AEHF
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
Held over from a November 2012 launch, this United Launch Alliance rocket will take an Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into orbit. Built by Lockheed Martin, this satellite will provide highly-secure communications for the U.S. military.

September 30, 2013 • Falcoln 9 • SpaceX CRS 3
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon C3 for its fifth operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being conducted under the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA.

November 2013 • Delta 4 • GPS 2F-5
Launch Time: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-37B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
This United Launch Alliance rocket will carry a U.S. Air Force navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System.

November 18, 2013 • Atlas 5 • MAVEN
Launch Time: 8:48 pm-9:28 pm
Launch Site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
The United Launch Alliance will launch an Atlas 5 rocket that will carry the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. This orbiting satellite will study the upper atmosphere of Mars and determine the loss of atmospheric gas which played a role in changing the planet’s climate through time.

To keep up with all the rocket launches planned on our coast, you should bookmark our launch schedule at www.spacecoastlaunches.com!

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