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Article By: Michael Baylor


SpaceX Falcon 9

SpaceX’s launch manifest for the remainder of 2018 is beginning to take shape. The company has five launches remaining on its schedule for the year. Executing all of them would take SpaceX’s 2018 launch total to 22 – surpassing the launch provider’s previous record of 18 launches in a single year.

The next mission on SpaceX’s manifest is Es’hail 2. Scheduled for no earlier than November 14th, a Falcon 9 will launch the communications spacecraft from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center for the Qatar Satellite Company.

The Mitsubishi built satellite has already arrived in Florida after shipment from Japan.

Following the Es’hail 2 launch, Falcon 9’s first stage will perform a landing on OCISLY. The serial number of the first stage booster which will execute the mission has not been confirmed.

  • November 19, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch with Spaceflight’s SSO-A rideshare mission, a stack of satellites heading into sun-synchronous polar orbit.
  • November 27, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the 18th Dragon spacecraft mission on its 16th operational cargo delivery flight to the International Space Station.
  • December 15, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the U.S. Air Force’s first third-generation navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System.
  • December 30, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 satellites for the Iridium next mobile communications fleet.