Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More

LAST UPDATED Jan. 18: These dates are subject to change, and will be updated throughout the year as firmer dates arise. Please DO NOT schedule travel based on a date you see here. Launch dates collected from NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, Spaceflight Now  and others. Please send any corrections, updates or suggested calendar additions to hweitering@space.com.

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Jan. 18/19: An Atlas 5 rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance will launch the U.S. military’s fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous satellite (SBIRS GEO 4) for missile early-warning detection. It will lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:52–8:32 p.m. EST (0052-0132 GMT on Jan. 19).

Jan. 19/20: A Rocket Lab Electron rocket may launch on its second orbital test flight — a mission titled “Still Testing” — from a new facility on the Mahia Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island between 8:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 19 and 12:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 20 (0130–0530 GMT on Jan. 20). 

Jan. 25: Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the SES 14 and Al Yah 3 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana at 5:20–6:05 p.m. EST (2220-2305 GMT). 

Jan. 30: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 16/GovSat 1 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:23–6:37 p.m. EST (2123–2337 GMT). [Watch Live ]

Jan. 31: A blue blood moon…or a bloody blue moon? The blue moon  will coincide with a blood moon  for the first blue moon total lunar eclipse in 150 years . The eclipse will be visible from Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean and western North America. It will also be the second full moon in January and the second “supermoon ” of 2018.

Jan. 31/Feb. 1: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome with the Kanopus-V 3 and 4 Earth observation satellites at 9:07 p.m. EST on Jan. 31 (0207 GMT on Feb. 1).

Also slated to launch in January (from Spaceflight Now ):

  • SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy rocket  for its first demonstration flight from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. [Preview  | Watch Live ]
  • Japan’s SS-520-5 rocket will launch on an experimental demonstration flight from the Uchinoura Space Center with the TRICOM 1R spacecraft.

Feb. 1: A Chinese Long March 2D rocket will launch the China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite, also known as Zhangheng 1, and several secondary payloads from Jiuquan, China.

Feb. 10: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite for Hisdesat of Madrid, Spain from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:22 a.m. EST (1422 GMT). [Watch Live ]

Feb. 11: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 69th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station at 3:58 a.m. EST (0858 GMT). [Watch Live ]

Feb. 15: A partial solar eclipse will be visible in southern South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic and Antarctica. [Solar Eclipse Guide 2018: When, Where & How to See Them ]

Feb. 24/25: A Japanese H-2A rocket will launch an Information Gathering Satellite from Japan’sTanegashima Space Center at between 11 p.m. EST on Jan. 24 and 1 a.m. EST on Jan. 25 (0400-0600 GMT on Jan. 25).

Also slated to launch in February (from Spaceflight Now ): 

  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the SES 12 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida. [Watch Live ]
  • NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will undock their Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station and land in Kazakhstan. [Watch Live ]
  • Russian Proton rocket will launch the Blagovest No. 12L communications satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Hispasat 30W-6 communications satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida. [Watch Live ]

March 1: An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch from the Guiana Space Center in South America carrying four satellites for O3b Networks, which provides broadband service to developing countries.

March 1: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch GOES-S, the second next-generation geostationary weather satellite for NASA and NOAA, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:02 a.m. EST (1002 GMT).

March 13: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-14 spacecraft on a cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. [Watch Live ]

March 15: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with members of the Expedition 55/56 crew: NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemtyev. [Watch Live ]

March 20: Spring equinox. This is the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, it is the first day of fall (the autumn equinox).

March 20: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. [Watch Live ]

Also slated to launch in March (from Spaceflight Now ):

  • NASA will launch its GRACE-FO (Follow-On) mission to track Earth’s gravty and water movement. It is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as part of an Iridium commercial satellite launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9. [Watch Live ]
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will lift off from Cape Canaveral, Florida to launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. [Watch Live ]
  • India will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission to the moon from the Satish Dhawan Space Center.
  • Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the Hylas 4 and Azerspace 2/Intelsat 38 communications satellites from Kourou, French Guiana. 
  • India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 2 will launch the Chandrayaan 2 mission, India’s second mission to the moon. 
  • Eurockot Rockot vehicle will launch with the Sentinel 3B Earth observation satellite for the European Space Agency and the European Commission from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.

April 18: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch the AFSPC 11 mission for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.  

April 22/23: The Lyrid meteor shower  will peak overnight between Sunday, April 22 and Monday, April 23.

April 30: SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket  will launch the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission with a cluster of military and scientific research satellites. [Watch Live ]

May 1: An Orbital ATK Antares rocket  will launch a Cygnus cargo spacecraft (OA-9) to the International Space Station from Wallops Island, Virginia. [Watch Live ]

May 5: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch NASA’s InSight Mars lander  from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:10 a.m. EDT (1110 GMT).

May 6: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower  will peak early in the morning (before dawn) on Sunday, May 6. Meteors from this shower will be visible from mid-April to the end of May. 

June 1: Japan’s Hayabusa 2  spacecraft will reach the asteroid Ryugu, where it will attempt to collect a sample and return it to Earth in 2020. 

June 6: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with members of the Expedition 56/57 crew: European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopev. [Watch Live ]

June 9: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Dragon CRS-15 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. [Watch Live ]

June 13: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 70th Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. [Watch Live ]

June 21: Summer solstice. In the nothern hemisphere, this is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. In the southern hemisphere, June 21 is the winter solstice, or the first day of winter, and the shortest day of the year. 

July 13: A partial solar eclipse will be visible from southern Australia, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean. [Solar Eclipse Guide 2018: When, Where & How to See Them ]

July 27/28: A total lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon,” will be visible from Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and Antarctica. [Lunar Eclipse 2018 Guide: When, Where & How to See It ]

July 29/30: The southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak overnight on Sunday, July 29 into the early morning hours of Monday, July 30. Meteors from this shower will be visible from mid-July to the end of August.

July 31: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will launch NASA’s Parker Solar Probe  from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 10:07 a.m. EDT (1407 GMT).

Aug. 11: A partial solar eclipse will be visible from parts of Europe, Asia, Canada, Greenland, the Atlantic and the Arctic. [Solar Eclipse Guide 2018: When, Where & How to See Them ]

Aug. 13: The Perseid meteor shower  will peak before dawn in the early morning hours of Monday, Aug. 13.

Aug. 27: A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket will launch Boeing’s first CST-100 Starliner spacecraft on an unpiloted Orbital Test Flight to the International Space Station. The capsule will dock with the space station, then return to Earth to landing in the Western United States after an orbital shakedown cruise ahead of a two-person Crew Test Flight. 

Also slated to launch in August (from Spaceflight Now ):

  • SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon  spacecraft from Kennedy Space Center in Florida for an uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station. [Watch Live ]
  • Japanese H-2B rocket will launch the seventh H-II Transfer Vehicle  (HTV -7), an uncrewed cargo vehicle that will deliver equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.

Sept. 14: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the Expedition 57/58 crew: NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Nikolay Tikhonov. [Watch Live ]

Oct. 11: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch the 71st Progress cargo delivery ship to the International Space Station. [Watch Live ]

Oct. 18: The U.S. military will launch its fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite aboard an Atlas 5 rocket provided by the United Launch Alliance. It will launch from pad SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

Nov. 1: A United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the 10th Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft, formerly known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite. 

Nov. 10: An Orbital ATK Antares rocket will launch the 11th Cygnus cargo freighter on the 10th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station. 

Nov. 15: A Russian Soyuz rocket will launch a crewed Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station with members of the next Expedition crew. 

Nov. 16: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 18th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.  

  • An air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket will send NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite into orbit from Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. [Watch Live ]
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat 6A communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A. [Watch Live ]
  • India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk. 3 (GSLV Mk.3) will launch the GSAT 29 communications satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India.
  • United Launch Alliance Delta 2 rocket will launch NASA’s ICESat-2  satellite to measure ice sheet elevation and ice sheet thickness changes linked to climate change, along with measurements of Earth’s vegetation biomass.
  • An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch with the Aeolus satellite for the European Space Agency. ADM-Aeolus will be the first ever satellite to deliver wind profiles on a global scale and on a daily basis.
  • Chinese Long March 5 rocket will launch the Chang’e 5  mission to return samples from the moon. It will be the first lunar sample return mission attempted since 1976.
  • United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System (GPS 3-01).

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