When is the next rocket launch from Florida?

2022 is a busy year for rocket launches at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, carrying Americas newest weather satellite, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The satellite will be designated GOES-18 and will improve wildfire and flood forecasting across the western half of the country. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Florida’s Space Coast is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the busiest launch sites in the world.

This year, the spaceport is more crowded than ever as more commercial launch providers like Boeing, SpaceX, ULA and Astra deliver satellites and astronauts into low-Earth orbit.

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We’ve compiled a list of upcoming Space Coast launches to keep you in the know.

Keep checking back because as most space enthusiasts know, launch schedules are subject to change due to weather, technical reasons and range restrictions.

I repeat: All launch dates are tentative!


Date: Oct. 5 2022

Vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Mission: Dragon’s fifth operational human spaceflight mission (Crew-5) to the International Space Station. The crew will conduct over 200 science experiments and technology demonstrations in areas such as human health and lunar fuel systems. The missions consists of four SpaceX Crew-5 crewmates - Commander Nicole Mann, Pilot Josh Cassada, and Mission Specialists Koichi Wakata and Anna Kikina.

Launch Window: 12:00 p.m.

Location: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Complex -39A


Date: Targeting Nov. 2022

Vehicle: NASA Space Launch System (SLS)

Mission: Artemis I: On its maiden flight, the Space Launch System (SLS) will send an uncrewed Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle on a 3 week mission to the Moon and back, including 6 days in a retrograde lunar orbit.

Launch Window: TBA

Location: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Complex 39B

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About the Author:

Katrina Scales joined News 6 as a TV producer in June 2021.