Prepare for liftoff: Here are all the important upcoming SpaceX rocket launches

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SpaceX is known for its nail-biting rocket launches that keep people glued to their screens, waiting to see if the mission will be a success or a fiery failure. Watching these launches has become so popular that SpaceX is now live streaming nearly every one. Want to watch a Falcon Heavy or the cutting-edge Dragon capsule take to the skies? Then check out this curated schedule of upcoming SpaceX launches below, so you know when to tune in. Dates listed are as up to date as possible, but due to changing weather conditions and a variety of other factors, launch dates frequently shift.

Launch Date

Customer

Launch Site

Vehicle

Purpose

7/22/18 Telesat of Canada Cape Canaveral, FL Falcon 9 Launch of Telstar 19V communications/broadband satellite
7/25/18 Iridium Vandenberg AFB, CA Falcon 9 Launch of Iridium Next Satellites 56-65 (Flight 7)
8/4/2018 Telkom Indonesia Cape Canaveral, FL Falcon 9 Launch of Telkom-4 communications satellite
8/17/2018 Telesat of Canada Cape Canaveral, FL Falcon 9 Launch of Telstar 18V communications/broadband satellite
9/?/18 Iridium Vandenberg AFB, CA Falcon 9 Launch of Iridium Next Satellites 66-75 (Flight 8)
Late 2018 Iridium Kennedy Space Center, FL Falcon 9/Crew Dragon Crew Dragon Demo 1, an uncrewed demonstration flight to the ISS
10/1/18 Spaceflight Vandenberg AFB, CA Falcon 9 Launch of Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission with payloads from up to 50 government and commercial organizations from 16 countries
10/?/18 U.S. Air Force Cape Canaveral, FL Falcon 9 Launch of GPS III-1 navigation satellite
10/30/18 SpaceX/U.S. Air Force Kennedy Space Center, FL Falcon Heavy USAF’s Space Test Program-2 mission
11/29/18 NASA Cape Canaveral, FL Falcon 9/Dragon ISS resupply mission CRS-16
Late 2018 Arabsat of Saudi Arabia Cape Canaveral, FL Falcon Heavy Launch of Arabsat 6A communications satellite

SpaceX is on a mission to make spaceflight affordable by creating a reusable rocket that can launch, land, and fly again — much like a passenger plane. The privately funded company has made great strides since its debut in 2002, and logged a record number of firsts — including the first retrieval of a private spacecraft from low orbit, the historic landing of a Falcon 9 rocket, and an impressive drone ship landing. Let’s also not forget that one time Elon Musk sent a Tesla Roadster into space, headed for Mars orbit.

Launch and landing are just the beginning though. In recent years, Space X has moved closer to its reusable rocket dreams by successfully reusing a Falcon 9 rocket to deliver a commercial satellite into orbit. This year, the company has an aggressive launch schedule that includes several ISS resupply missions, a Falcon heavy launch and even a demonstration of its cutting-edge Crew Dragon capsule which one day will shuttle crew to the ISS. Each successful flight brings the company closer to its goal of making rocket launches into space as safe and routine as airline flights.

Sources: Spaceflight Insider, SpaceX, Rocketlaunch.live

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