After Record Year, Space Coast Schedule of Rocket Launches Remains Robust

In 2014, NASA contractors United Launch Alliance and Space X successfully launched nineteen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast. The missions ranged from carrying Global Positioning System satellites and delivering cargo to the International Space Station to NASA’s first Exploration Flight Test for Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft.

Orion upon landing back on Earth Image Credit: NASA
Orion upon landing back on Earth Image Credit: NASA

This year, the two commercial space launch service providers are on track to complete even more missions. At least a dozen — and perhaps as many as 16 — space missions are on SpaceX’s manifest, while United Launch Alliance have nine scheduled from Cape Canaveral.

Among SpaceX’s plans for 2015: The first launch of the company’s Falcon Heavy mega-rocket, which will be powered by 27 engines when it blasts off from the Apollo- and shuttle-era launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

United Launch Alliance, with more than 90 satellites launched under their belts, will begin resupply missions to the International Space Station in late 2015 after winning the contract from Orbital Sciences Corp. who is in the process of redesigning their Antares booster with a new engine following a catastrophic failure seconds after liftoff in October.

For a complete list of 2015 rocket launches scheduled for Florida’s Space Coast check out www.spacecoastlaunches.com

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