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Here is your one-stop shop for space launches with our October launch schedule. This month sees 3 launches to space stations, 2 spacecraft launched and 38 satellites launched. Read on to find out more!

Last updated: May 15th 2021

Launches to Space Stations

  • 5th ISS 65S : The next Expedition crew will make their way to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft. They will launch aboard a Russian government Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Delayed from September 22nd.
  • 23rd Crew 3 : SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on its 3rd crewed operational flight to the International Space Station. The crew will be NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and a 4th member to be assigned later. It will launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Delayed from September 13th. Watch it live.
  • 28th Progress 79P : A Russian government Soyuz rocket will launch the 79th Progress cargo delivery to the International Space Station. It will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Delayed from August 21st.

Spacecraft Launches

  • 31st James Webb Space Telescope : The largest space telescope ever, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch from Kourou, French Guiana. Intended to replace and improve on the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST was developed by NASA, ESA and the Canadian Space Agency and will operate at the L2 Lagrange point. It will launch aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket, developed by Arianespace.

Satellite Launches

  • Undated USSF 52 : The U.S. Space Force launch an unspecified military payload aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. Known as mission USSF 52, it will launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
  • Undated OneWeb 12 : An Arianespace Soyuz rocket, designated VS26, launches 34 OneWeb satellites for their broadband network. They will launch from Sinnamary, French Guiana.
  • Undated CERES : 3 CERES signals intelligence satellites launch for the French military from Kourou, French Guiana. Built by Airbus Defense and Space and Thales Alenia Space, they will launch aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket.

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