List of Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launches

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This is a list of all flights by the Falcon 9 family of launch vehicles, manufactured by SpaceX. Since their first mission in June 2010, Falcon 9 rocket variants were launched 45 times, as of 15 December 2017. Out of these, 43 missions were successful, one mission was destroyed in flight, and one mission placed its primary payload in the correct orbit but failed to deliver a secondary, experimental payload. Additionally, one rocket exploded on the launch pad in a pre-flight test.

Falcon 9 features a reusable first-stage booster, landing either on a ground pad near the launch site, or on a drone ship at sea.[1] It was the first rocket to land propulsively after delivering a payload to orbit.[2] This achievement is expected to significantly reduce launch costs.[3] Falcon 9 core boosters have successfully landed and been recovered 20 times out of 25 attempts, and four of them have flown a second mission.

The Falcon 9 rocket family includes the retired Falcon 9 v1.0 and v1.1, the currently operational Falcon 9 Full Thrust and its Block 4 upgrade, and the in-development Falcon 9 Block 5 and Falcon Heavy. Falcon Heavy is a heavy-lift derivative of Falcon 9: it joins a strengthened central core with two refurbished Falcon 9 first stages as side boosters.[4] Falcon Heavy's maiden flight is planned for January 2018.[5]

Falcon 9 Flight 16 night launch from Cape Canaveral on March 2, 2015
First vertical landing on an autonomous spaceport drone ship of a Falcon 9 first-stage booster (serial number B1021) on April 8, 2016 after the CRS-8 mission

Notable missions

Maiden launch

Launch of Falcon 9 Flight 1 with a boilerplate Dragon

The Falcon 9 maiden launch occurred on June 4, 2010 and was deemed a success, placing the test payload within 1 percent of the intended orbit.[6] Ken Bowersox, Vice President of SpaceX, described the launch as having "a little bit of roll at liftoff".[7] Roll is a rotation around the length of the rocket. This roll had stopped prior to the craft reaching the top of the tower. The second stage began to slowly roll near the end of its burn, which was not expected.[6]

The halo from the venting of propellant from the Falcon 9 second stage as it rolled in space could be seen from all of Eastern Australia where some believed it to be a UFO.[8][9]

COTS demo missions

The second launch of Falcon 9 was called COTS Demo Flight 1, aiming to test an operational Dragon capsule. The launch took place on December 8, 2010.[10] The booster placed the Dragon spacecraft in a roughly 300-kilometer (190 mi) orbit. After two orbits, the capsule re-entered the atmosphere to be recovered off the coast of Mexico.[11] This flight tested the pressure vessel integrity, attitude control using the Draco thrusters, telemetry, guidance, navigation, control systems, the PICA-X heat shield, and intended to test the parachutes at speed. The "secret" test payload on this mission was a wheel of cheese.[12] The capsule is now permanently on display at SpaceX headquarters.[13]

The NASA COTS qualification program included two more test flights; Demo 2 and Demo 3 whose objectives were combined into a single Dragon C2+ mission,[14] on the condition that all Demo 2 milestones would be validated in space before proceeding with the ultimate demonstration goal: berthing Dragon to the International Space Station (ISS) and delivering its cargo. After clearing a few readiness delays and a launch abort, the Dragon capsule was propelled to orbit on May 22, 2012 and tested its positioning system, solar panels, grapple fixture and proximity navigation sensors. Over the next two days, the spacecraft performed a series of maneuvers to catch up to the ISS orbit and prove its rendezvous capabilities at safe distances. On May 24, all the Demo 2 milestones had been successfully cleared and NASA approved the extended mission. On May 25, Dragon performed a series of close approach maneuvers until reaching its final hold position a mere 9 meters (30 ft) away from the Harmony nadir docking port.[15] Astronaut Don Pettit subsequently grabbed the spacecraft with the station's robotic arm. On the next day, May 26 at 09:53 UTC, Pettit opened the hatch and remarked that Dragon "smells like a brand new car."[16] Over the next few days, ISS crew unloaded the incoming cargo and filled Dragon with Earth-bound items such as experiment samples and unneeded hardware. The spacecraft was released on May 31 at 09:49 UTC and successfully completed all the return procedures: unberthing, maneuvering away from the ISS, deorbit burn, trunk jettison, atmospheric reentry, parachute deployment and ocean splashdown.[17] The Dragon C2+ capsule is now on display at Kennedy Space Center.[18]

With successful completion of these demo missions, Falcon 9 became the first fully commercially developed launcher to deliver a payload to the International Space Station, paving the way for SpaceX and NASA to sign the first Commercial Resupply Services agreement for 12 cargo deliveries starting in October 2012.[19]


Dragon CRS-1 berthed to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 14, 2012, photographed from the Cupola

The first operational cargo resupply mission to ISS, the fourth flight of Falcon 9, was launched on October 7, 2012, at 20:35 EST. At 76 seconds after liftoff, engine 1 of the first stage suffered a loss of pressure which caused an automatic shutdown of that engine. The remaining eight first-stage engines continued to burn and the Dragon capsule reached orbit successfully. This was the first demonstration of SpaceX Falcon 9 "engine out" capability in flight.[20][21]

Due to safety regulations required by NASA, the secondary Orbcomm-2 satellite payload was released into a lower-than-intended orbit, and subsequently declared a total loss.[22] NASA requires a greater-than-99% estimated probability that the stage of any secondary payload on a similar orbital inclination to the Station will reach its orbital goal above the station. Due to the original engine failure, the Falcon 9 used more fuel than intended, bringing this estimate down to around 95%. Because of this, the second stage did not attempt another burn, and Orbcomm-G2 was deployed into a rapidly decaying orbit[22] and burned up in Earth's atmosphere within four days after the launch.[22][23] The mission continued to rendezvous and berth the Dragon capsule with the ISS where the ISS crew unloaded its payload and reloaded it with cargo for return to Earth.[24]

Maiden flight of Falcon 9 v1.1

SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 launch from Vandenberg with CASSIOPE

SpaceX launched the maiden flight of the Falcon 9 v1.1—an essentially new launch vehicle, much larger and with greater thrust than Falcon 9 v1.0—on September 29, 2013, a demonstration launch.[25] Although the rocket carried CASSIOPE as a primary payload, CASSIOPE had a payload mass that is very small relative to the rocket's capability, and it did so at a discounted rate—approximately 20% of the normal published price for SpaceX Falcon 9 LEO missions—because the flight was a technology demonstration mission for SpaceX.[26][27][28]

After the second stage separated from the booster stage, SpaceX conducted a novel high-altitude, high-velocity flight test, wherein the booster attempted to reenter the lower atmosphere in a controlled manner and decelerate to a simulated over-water landing. The test was successful, but the booster stage was not recovered.[28]

Loss of CRS-7 mission

SpaceX CRS-7 disintegrating two minutes after liftoff, as seen from a NASA tracking camera

On June 28, 2015, Falcon 9 Flight 19 carried a Dragon capsule on the seventh Commercial Resupply Services mission to the ISS. The second stage disintegrated due to an internal helium tank failure while the first stage was still burning normally. This was the first primary mission loss for any Falcon 9 rocket.[29] In addition to ISS consumables and experiments, this mission carried the first International Docking Adapter (IDA-1), whose loss delayed preparedness of the stations's US Orbital Segment for future crewed missions.[30]

Performance was nominal until T+140 seconds into launch when a cloud of white vapor appeared, followed by rapid loss of second-stage LOX tank pressure. The booster continued on its trajectory until complete vehicle breakup at T+150 seconds. The Dragon capsule was ejected from the disintegrating rocket and continued transmitting data until impact with the ocean. SpaceX officials stated that the capsule could have been recovered if the parachutes had deployed; however, the Dragon software did not include any provisions for parachute deployment in this situation. Subsequent investigation traced cause of the accident to the failure of a strut which secured a helium bottle inside the second-stage LOX tank. With the helium pressurization system integrity breached, excess helium quickly flooded the tank, eventually causing it to burst from overpressure.[31][32]

Full-thrust version and first booster landing

On December 22, 2015, SpaceX launched the highly anticipated return-to-flight mission after the loss of CRS-7, inaugurating a new Falcon 9 Full Thrust version of its flagship rocket featuring increased performance, notably thanks to subcooling of the propellants. This first mission of the upgraded vehicle launched a constellation of 11 Orbcomm-OG2 second-generation satellites.[33] Performing a controlled-descent and landing test for the eighth time, SpaceX managed to return the first stage successfully to the Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral, marking the first successful recovery of a rocket first stage that launched a payload to orbit.[34]

First landings on drone ship

On April 8, 2016, SpaceX launched its eighth commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station with the 23th launch. After completing its part of the mission, the first-stage booster slowed itself with a boostback maneuver, re-entered the atmosphere, executed an automated controlled descent and landed vertically onto the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, marking the first successful landing of a rocket on a ship at sea.[35] This was the fourth attempt to land on a SpaceX drone ship, as part of the company's experimental controlled-descent and landing tests. This also marked the return-to-flight of the Dragon capsule, after the loss of CRS-7.[36]

On May 6, 2016, SpaceX launched JCSAT-14, a geostationary communications satellite operating over Asia, with Flight 24. As this flight profile has a smaller margin for the booster recovery, the first stage re-entered Earth's atmosphere faster than for previous landings, with five times the heating power. Eight minutes and forty seconds after the launch the stage successfully landed on the drone ship a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida.[37][38]

Loss of Amos-6 on the launch pad

On September 1, 2016, the 29th Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launchpad while propellant was being loaded for a routine pre-launch static fire test. The payload, Israeli satellite Amos-6, partly commissioned by Facebook, was destroyed with the launcher.[39]

First launch and landing of a reused first stage

On March 30, 2017, Flight 32 launched the SES-10 satellite with the first-stage booster B1021, which had been previously used for the CRS-8 mission. The stage was successfully recovered a second time; it will be retired and put on display at Cape Canaveral.[40]

Launch statistics

Rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched 45 times over 7 years, resulting in 43 full mission successes (95.6% success rate), one partial success (with primary orbital payload delivery completed, but a secondary payload left in a lower-than-planned orbit), and one failure (with total loss of spacecraft). Additionally, one rocket and payload were destroyed before launch in preparation for an on-pad static fire test. 20 of 25 landing attempts (80%) have succeeded in recovering the rocket's first stage, including the 16 latest ones.

The first rocket version Falcon 9 v1.0 was launched 5 times from June 2010 to March 2013, its successor Falcon 9 v1.1 15 times from September 2013 to January 2016 and the latest upgrade Falcon 9 Full Thrust 25 times from December 2015 to present.

Flights by rocket configuration

Flights by launch site


Flights by mission outcome

  •   Success
  •   Partial failure
  •   Loss during flight
  •   Loss before launch

Flights by landing outcome

  •   Ground pad success
  •   Drone ship success
  •   Ocean success
  •   Parachutes failure
  •   Ground pad failure
  •   Drone ship failure
  •   Ocean failure
  •   No attempt

Past launches

2010 to 2013

Flight № Date and
time (UTC)
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Mission
1 June 4, 2010, 18:45 F9 v1.0[41] CCAFS LC-40 Dragon Spacecraft Qualification Unit LEO SpaceX Success Failure[42]
First flight of Falcon 9 v1.0[6] (more details above)
2 December 8, 2010, 15:43[44] F9 v1.0[41] CCAFS LC-40 Dragon demo flight C1, two CubeSats,[45] barrel of Brouère cheese[12] LEO Success[42] Failure[42]
Maiden flight of Dragon capsule; 3 hours, testing of maneuvering thrusters and reentry[47] (more details above)
3 May 22, 2012, 07:44[48] F9 v1.0[41] CCAFS LC-40 Dragon demo flight C2+[49] 525 kg
(1,157 lb)[50]
LEO NASA (COTS) Success[51] No attempt
Launch was scrubbed on first attempt,[52] second launch attempt was successful.[48] (more details above)
4 October 8, 2012, 00:35[53] F9 v1.0[41] CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-1[54] 500 kg
(1,100 lb)
LEO NASA (CRS) Success No attempt
Secondary payload: Orbcomm-OG2[55] 172 kg
(379 lb)[56]
LEO Orbcomm Partial failure[23][57]
CRS-1 was successful, but the secondary payload was inserted into abnormally low orbit and lost due to Falcon 9 boost stage engine failure, ISS visiting vehicle safety rules, and the primary payload owner's contractual right to decline a second ignition of the second stage under some conditions.[22][23] (more details above)[58]
5 March 1, 2013, 15:10 F9 v1.0[41] CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-2[54] 677 kg
(1,493 lb)
LEO NASA (CRS) Success No attempt
Last launch of the original Falcon 9 v1.0 launch vehicle.[59]
6 September 29, 2013, 16:00[28] F9 v1.1[41] VAFB SLC-4E CASSIOPE[54][60] 500 kg
(1,100 lb)
Polar orbit MDA Success[28] Failure
Commercial mission and first Falcon 9 v1.1 flight, with improved 13-tonne to LEO capacity.[59] Following second-stage separation from the first stage, an attempt was made to perform an ocean touchdown test of the discarded booster vehicle. The test provided good test data on the experiment—its primary objective—but as the booster neared the ocean, aerodynamic forces caused an uncontrollable roll. The central engine, depleted of fuel by centrifugal force, shut down, resulting in the impact and destruction of the vehicle.[28] (more details above)
7 December 3, 2013, 22:41[61] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 SES-8[54][62][63] 3,170 kg
(6,990 lb)
GTO SES Success[64] No attempt[65]
First GTO launch for Falcon 9.[62]


Flight № Date and
time (UTC)
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Mission
8 January 6, 2014, 22:06[66] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 Thaicom 6[54] 3,325 kg
(7,330 lb)
GTO Thaicom Success[67] No attempt[68]
Second GTO launch for Falcon 9. The USAF evaluated launch data from this flight as part of a separate certification program for SpaceX to qualify to fly U.S. military payloads and found that the Thaicom 6 launch had "unacceptable fuel reserves at engine cutoff of the stage 2 second burnoff".[69]
9 April 18, 2014, 19:25[53] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-3[54] 2,296 kg
(5,062 lb)[70]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Success[b][71]
Following second-stage separation, SpaceX conducted a second controlled-descent test of the discarded booster vehicle and achieved the first successful controlled ocean touchdown of a liquid-rocket-engine orbital booster.[72][73] Following touchdown, the first stage tipped over as expected and was destroyed. This was the first Falcon 9 booster to fly with extensible landing legs and the first Dragon mission with the Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle.
10 July 14, 2014, 15:15 F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 OG2 Mission 1[54]
6 Orbcomm-OG2 satellites
1,316 kg
(2,901 lb)
LEO Orbcomm Success[74] Success[b][75]
Total payload mass was 1,316 kg (2,901 lb): 6 satellites weighing 172 kg each,[56] plus two 142-kg mass simulators.[76] This was the second Falcon 9 booster equipped with landing legs. Following second-stage separation, SpaceX conducted a controlled-descent test of the first stage, which successfully decelerated from hypersonic velocity in the upper atmosphere, made reentry and landing burns, deployed its legs and touched down on the ocean surface. As with the previous mission, the first stage then tipped over as expected and was not recovered.[77]
11 August 5, 2014, 08:00 F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 AsiaSat 8[54][78][79] 4,535 kg
(9,998 lb)
GTO AsiaSat Success[80] No attempt[81]
12 September 7, 2014, 05:00 F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 AsiaSat 6[54][78][82] 4,428 kg
(9,762 lb)
GTO AsiaSat Success[83] No attempt
13 September 21, 2014, 05:52[53] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-4[54] 2,216 kg
(4,885 lb)[84]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success[85] Failure[86]


Flight № Date and
time (UTC)
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Mission
14 January 10, 2015, 09:47[88] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-5[89] 2,395 kg
(5,280 lb)[90]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success[91] Failure[92]
(drone ship)
Following second-stage separation, SpaceX performed a test flight, which attempted to return the first stage of the Falcon 9 through the atmosphere and land it on an approximately 90-by-50-meter (300 ft × 160 ft) floating platform—called the autonomous spaceport drone ship. Many of the test objectives were achieved, including precision control of the rocket's descent to land on the platform at a specific point in the Atlantic ocean, and a large amount of test data was obtained from the first use of grid-fin control surfaces used for more precise reentry positioning. The grid-fin control system ran out of hydraulic fluid a minute before landing, and the landing itself resulted in a crash.[93][94]
15 February 11, 2015, 23:03[95] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 DSCOVR[89][96] 570 kg
(1,260 lb)
Sun-Earth L1 Success Success[b]
First launch under USAF's OSP 3 launch contract.[97] First SpaceX launch to put a satellite to an orbit with an orbital altitude many times the distance to the Moon: Sun–Earth libration point L1. The first stage made a test flight descent to an over-ocean landing within 10 m (33 ft) of its intended target.[98]
16 March 2, 2015, 03:50[53][99] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 4,159 kg
(9,169 lb)
GTO Success No attempt[100]
The launch was Boeing's first-ever conjoined launch of a lighter-weight dual-commsat stack that was specifically designed to take advantage of the lower-cost SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.[101][102] Per satellite, launch costs were less than $30 million.[103] The ABS satellite reached its final destination ahead of schedule and started operations on September 10.[104]
17 April 14, 2015, 20:10[53] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-6[89] 1,898 kg
(4,184 lb)[105]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Failure[106]
(drone ship)
Following the first-stage boost, SpaceX attempted a controlled-descent test of the first stage. The first stage contacted the ship, but soon tipped over due to excess lateral velocity caused by a stuck throttle valve resulting in a later-than-intended downthrottle.[107][108]
18 April 27, 2015, 23:03[109] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 TürkmenÄlem 52°E / MonacoSAT[89][110] 4,707 kg
(10,377 lb)
GTO Turkmenistan National Space Agency[111] Success No attempt[112]
19 June 28, 2015, 14:21[53][113] F9 v1.1 CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-7[89] 1,952 kg
(4,303 lb)[114]
LEO NASA (CRS) Failure
(in flight)[29]
(drone ship)[115]
Launch performance was nominal until an overpressure incident in the second-stage LOX tank, leading to vehicle breakup at T+150 seconds. The Dragon capsule survived the explosion but was lost upon splashdown because its software did not contain provisions for parachute deployment on launch vehicle failure. (more details above)
20 December 22, 2015, 01:29[116] F9 FT
CCAFS LC-40 OG2 Mission 2[54][116]
11 Orbcomm-OG2 satellites
2,034 kg
(4,484 lb)
LEO Orbcomm Success Success[118]
(ground pad)
Total payload mass was 2,034 kg (4,484 lb): 11 satellites weighing 172 kg each,[56] plus a 142-kg mass simulator.[76] This was the first launch of the upgraded v1.1 version (later called Falcon 9 Full Thrust), with a 30% power increase.[119] Orbcomm had originally agreed to be the third flight of the enhanced-thrust rocket,[120] but the change to the maiden flight position was announced in October 2015.[119] SpaceX received a permit from the FAA to land the booster on solid ground at Cape Canaveral[121] and succeeded.[118] This booster, serial number B1019, is now on permanent display outside SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, CA at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Jack Northrop Ave.[117] (more details above)


Flight № Date and
time (UTC)
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Mission
21 January 17, 2016, 18:42[53] F9 v1.1 VAFB SLC-4E Jason-3[89][122] 553 kg
(1,219 lb)
LEO Success Failure
(drone ship)
First launch of NASA and NOAA joint science mission under the NLS II launch contract (not related to NASA CRS or USAF OSP3 contracts). Last launch of the original Falcon 9 v1.1 launch vehicle. The Jason-3 satellite was successfully deployed to target orbit.[123] SpaceX again attempted a recovery of the first-stage booster by landing on an autonomous drone ship, this time located in the Pacific Ocean. The first stage did achieve a soft landing on the ship, but a lockout on one of the landing legs failed to latch, so that the booster fell over and exploded.[124][125]
22 March 4, 2016, 23:35[53] F9 FT CCAFS LC-40 SES-9[89][126][127] 5,271 kg
(11,621 lb)
GTO SES Success Failure
(drone ship)
Second launch of the enhanced Falcon 9 Full Thrust launch vehicle.[119] Following the launch, SpaceX attempted an experimental landing test to a drone ship,[128] although a successful landing was not expected[129] because launch mass exceeded previously indicated limit for a GTO, so there was little fuel left. As predicted, booster recovery failed: the spent first stage "landed hard",[130] but the controlled-descent, atmospheric re-entry and navigation to the drone ship were successful and returned significant test data on bringing back high-energy Falcon 9s.[131]
23 April 8, 2016, 20:43[53] F9 FT
CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-8[89][127] 3,136 kg
(6,914 lb)[133]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success[134] Success[135]
(drone ship)
Dragon carried over 1500 kg of supplies and delivered (stowed in its trunk) the inflatable Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) to the ISS for two years of in-orbit tests.[136] The rocket's first stage landed smoothly on SpaceX's autonomous spaceport drone ship 9 minutes after liftoff, making this the first ever successful landing of a rocket booster on a ship at sea as part of an orbital launch.[137] The first stage B1021 was later also the first orbital booster to be used again, when launching SES-10 on March 30, 2017.[132]
24 May 6, 2016, 05:21[53] F9 FT
CCAFS LC-40 JCSAT-14[139] 4,696 kg
(10,353 lb)[140]
GTO SKY Perfect JSAT Group Success Success
(drone ship)
Launched the JCSAT 14 communications satellite for Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. JCSAT 14 will support data networks, television broadcasters and mobile communications users in Japan, East Asia, Russia, Oceania, Hawaii and other Pacific islands. This was the first time a booster successfully landed after a GTO mission.[141]
25 May 27, 2016, 21:39[142] F9 FT
CCAFS LC-40 Thaicom 8[144][145] 3,100 kg
(6,800 lb)[146]
GTO Thaicom Success Success[147]
(drone ship)
Manufactured by Orbital ATK, the 3,100-kilogram (6,800 lb) Thaicom 8 communications satellite will serve Thailand, India and Africa from the 78.5° east geostationary location.[148] It is equipped with 24 active Ku-band transponders.[149]
26 June 15, 2016, 14:29[53] F9 FT CCAFS LC-40
3,600 kg
(7,900 lb)[150] [151]
GTO Success Failure
(drone ship)
One year after pioneering this technique on Flight 16, Falcon again launched two Boeing 702SP gridded ion thruster satellites in a dual-stack configuration,[104] with the two customers sharing the rocket and mission costs. First-stage landing attempt on drone ship failed on landing due to low thrust on one of the three landing engines.[152] The stage ran out of propellant just above the deck of the landing ship.[153]
27 July 18, 2016, 04:45[53] F9 FT
CCAFS LC-40 SpaceX CRS-9[89][154] 2,257 kg
(4,976 lb)[155]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Success
(ground pad)
Among other cargo, an International Docking Adapter (IDA-2) was carried to the ISS. This mission had a successful first-stage landing at Cape Canaveral.[156] Including the reusable Dragon Capsule, total payload to orbit was 6,457 kilograms (14,235 lb).
28 August 14, 2016, 05:26 F9 FT CCAFS LC-40 JCSAT-16 4,600 kg
(10,100 lb)
GTO SKY Perfect JSAT Group Success Success
(drone ship)
First attempt to touch down from a ballistic trajectory using a single-engine landing burn. All previous landings from a ballistic trajectory had fired three engines on the landing burn, which provided more braking force, but subjected the vehicle to greater structural stresses. The single-engine landing burn takes more time and fuel, but allows more time to make corrections during final descent.[157]
N/A September 1, 2016, 13:07 F9 FT CCAFS LC-40 Amos-6[158] 5,500 kg
(12,100 lb)
GTO Spacecom Failure
(drone ship)[159]
The rocket and Amos-6 payload were lost in a launch pad explosion on September 1, 2016 during propellant fill prior to a static fire test.[160] The pad was clear of personnel, and there were no injuries.[161]


Flight № Date and
time (UTC)
Launch site Payload Payload mass Orbit Customer Mission
29 January 14, 2017, 17:54 F9 FT
VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 1–10[163][164][165] 9,600 kg
(21,200 lb)
LEO Iridium Communications Success Success[166]
(drone ship)
Return-to-flight mission after the loss of Amos-6 in September 2016. Iridium NEXT will replace the original Iridium constellation, launched in the late 1990s. Each Falcon mission will carry 10 satellites, with a goal to complete deployment of the 66 plus 9 spare[167] satellite constellation by mid-2018.[168][169] The first two Iridium qualification units were supposed to ride a Dnepr rocket in April 2016, but were delayed, so Iridium decided to qualify the first batch of 10 satellites instead.[170] Total payload mass was 9,600 kg (21,200 lb): 10 satellites weighing 860 kg each, plus the 1,000-kg dispenser. The target orbit has 780 kilometers (480 mi) altitude.[171]
30 February 19, 2017, 14:39 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A SpaceX CRS-10[154] 2,490 kg
(5,490 lb)[173]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Success
(ground pad)
First Falcon 9 flight from the historic LC-39A launchpad at Kennedy Space Center, carrying supplies and materials to support dozens of science and research investigations scheduled during ISS Expeditions 50 and 51. The first stage returned to launch site and landed at LZ-1.[174]
31 March 16, 2017, 06:00 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A EchoStar 23 5,600 kg
(12,300 lb)[176]
GTO EchoStar Success No attempt
Communications satellite for EchoStar Corp. EchoStar XXIII, based on a spare platform from the cancelled CMBStar 1 satellite program, will provide direct-to-home television broadcast services over Brazil.[177] There was no attempt at a first-stage recovery, so this rocket did not have landing legs or grid fins.[178]
32 March 30, 2017, 22:27 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A SES-10[126][179][180] 5,300 kg
(11,700 lb)[181]
GTO SES Success[182] Success
(drone ship)
First payload to fly on a reused first stage, B1021, previously launched with CRS-8, which also landed a second time.[183][182] In what is also a first, the payload fairing remained intact after a successful splashdown achieved with thrusters and a steerable parachute.[184][185]
33 May 1, 2017, 11:15 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A NROL-76[186] Classified LEO[187] NRO Success Success
(ground pad)
First launch under SpaceX's certification for national security space missions, which allows SpaceX to contract launch services for classified payloads.[188] Second-stage speed and altitude telemetry were omitted from the launch webcast, which displayed first-stage telemetry instead, with continuous tracking of the booster from liftoff to landing for the first time.[189]
34 May 15, 2017, 23:21 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A Inmarsat-5 F4[191] 6,070 kg
(13,380 lb)[192]
GTO Inmarsat Success No attempt
The launch was originally scheduled for the Falcon Heavy, but performance improvements allowed the mission to be carried out by an expendable Falcon 9 instead.[193]
35 June 3, 2017, 21:07 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A SpaceX CRS-11[154] 2,708 kg
(5,970 lb)[195]
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Success
(ground pad)
This mission delivered the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER)[196] to the ISS, along with the MUSES[197] Earth-imaging platform and ROSA[198] solar array.[199][200] For the first time, this mission launched a refurbished Dragon capsule,[201] serial number C106, which first flew in September 2014 on the CRS-4 mission.[194]
36 June 23, 2017, 19:10 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A BulgariaSat-1[203] 3,669 kg
(8,089 lb)[204]
GTO Bulsatcom Success Success
(drone ship)
Second time a booster was reused: second flight of B1029 after the Iridium mission of January 2017.[202] BulgariaSat-1 is the first commercial Bulgarian-owned communications satellite and will provide television broadcasts and other communications services over southeast Europe.[202]
37 June 25, 2017, 20:25 F9 FT
VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 11–20 9,600 kg
(21,200 lb)
LEO Iridium Communications Success Success
(drone ship)
First flight with titanium grid fins to improve control authority and better cope with heat during re-entry.[206]
38 July 5, 2017 23:38 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A Intelsat 35e[208] 6,761 kg
(14,905 lb)[209]
GTO Intelsat Success No attempt
Due to the constraints of sending a heavy satellite (6,761 kg) to GTO, the rocket flew in its expendable configuration and the first-stage booster was not recovered.[210] The rocket achieved a super-synchronous orbit peaking at 43,000 km (27,000 mi), exceeding minimum requirements of 28,000 km (17,000 mi).[211] To date the heaviest payload that SpaceX has delivered to GTO.
39 August 14, 2017, 16:31 F9 FT/B4
KSC LC-39A SpaceX CRS-12[154] 3,310 kg
(7,300 lb)
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Success
(ground pad)
Dragon carried 2,349 kg (5,179 lb) of pressurized mass and 961 kg (2,119 lb) unpressurized. The external payload manifested for this flight was the CREAM cosmic-ray detector.[199] First flight of the upgrade known informally as "Block 4", which increases thrust from the main engines and includes other small upgrades.[212] Last flight of a newly-built Dragon capsule; further missions will use refurbished spacecraft.[213]
40 August 24, 2017, 18:51 F9 FT
VAFB SLC-4E FORMOSAT-5[215][216] 475 kg
(1,047 lb)[217]
SSO NSPO Success Success
(drone ship)
Formosat-5 is an Earth observation satellite of the Taiwanese space agency. By March 2017, the Spaceflight Industries SHERPA space tug had been removed from the cargo manifest of this mission.[218]
41 September 7, 2017,
F9 FT/B4
KSC LC-39A Boeing X-37B OTV-5 4,990 kg
(11,000 lb)[220] + unknown payload
LEO U.S. Air Force Success Success
(ground pad)
Classified mission. Second-stage speed and altitude telemetry were omitted from the launch webcast, which displayed first-stage telemetry instead, with continuous tracking of the booster from liftoff to landing. Notable because Boeing is the primary contractor of the X-37B, which has until now been launched by ULA, a SpaceX competitor and Boeing partnership.[221] Second flight of the Falcon 9 Block 4 upgrade.[222]
42 October 9, 2017, 12:37 F9 FT/B4
VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 21–30 9,600 kg
(21,200 lb)
LEO Iridium Communications Success Success
(drone ship)
Third flight of the Falcon 9 Block 4 upgrade. This launch follows on from the Iridium NEXT-2 launch that took place in June, with the third launch set to transport another 10 satellites into a constellation that will eventually number 75 spacecraft.[223]
43 October 11, 2017, 22:53 F9 FT
KSC LC-39A SES-11 / EchoStar 105 5,200 kg
(11,500 lb)
GTO Success Success
(drone ship)
Third time a booster was reused.[224]
44 October 30, 2017, 19:34 F9 FT/B4
KSC LC-39A Koreasat 5A[225] 3,500 kg
(7,700 lb)
GTO KT Corporation Success Success
(drone ship)
KoreaSat 5A is a Ku-band satellite capable of providing communication services from East Africa and Central Asia to southern India, Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Guam, Korea, and Japan. The satellite will be placed in GEO at 113° east longitude and will provide services ranging from broadband internet to broadcasting services and maritime communications.[226]
45 December 15, 2017, 15:36[227] F9 FT
CCAFS SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-13[154] 2,205 kg
(4,861 lb)
LEO NASA (CRS) Success Success
(ground pad)
Second reuse of a Dragon capsule, previously flown on CRS-6, and fourth reuse of a booster, previously flown on CRS-11.[229][228]

Future launches

Future launches are listed chronologically when firm planning dates are in place. The order of the later launches is much less certain, as the official SpaceX manifest does not include a schedule.[230] Tentative launch dates are picked from individual sources for each launch.[231][232] Launches are expected to take place "no earlier than" (NET) the listed date.

In November 2017, Gwynne Shotwell expected to increase launch cadence in 2018 by about 50% compared to 2017, leveling out at a rate of about 30 to 40 per year.[233] Repairs and modernization of the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40 have been successfully completed and the pad has been returned to service with the launch of SpaceX CRS-13 on 15 December 2017, increasing the possible launch rate.[234][235]


Date and time (UTC) Version,
Launch site Payload Orbit Customer
December 23, 2017, 01:32[231] F9 FT
VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 31–40[163][164] LEO Iridium Communications
Will reuse the first-stage booster[236] from the second Iridium NEXT mission.[228]


Date and time (UTC) Version,
Launch site Payload Orbit Customer
January 5, 2018, 01:00–03:00[232] F9 FT/B4
CCAFS SLC-40 Zuma (built by Northrop Grumman)[237][238][235] LEO Unspecified US government agency[235]
Originally planned for mid November, the mission was delayed due to test results from the fairing of another customer.
January 2018[231][5] Heavy[143]
  • B1033.1 core
  • B1023.2 side
  • B1025.2 side
KSC LC-39A Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster[239] TMI SpaceX
Maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, using two recovered Falcon 9 cores as side boosters, B1023 from the Thaicom 8 mission[240] and B1025 from CRS-9.[143] Musk stated that SpaceX may attempt to recover the upper stage to further advance their development of full reusability.[241] The rocket will fly without a commercial payload.[242][241] Musk tweeted on December 1, 2017 that the rocket will launch his Tesla Roadster to a Mars transfer orbit.[243][244] The static fire test, potentially before the end of 2017,[245] will be the first time all 27 engines are tested together.[246]
January 30, 2018, 21:23[232] F9 FT CCAFS SLC-40 SES-16 / GovSat-1[247] GTO SES
January 30, 2018[248] [needs update] F9 FT VAFB SLC-4E
  • Paz[249]
  • Secondary payloads: AIS receiver & Radio Occultation and extreme precipitation (ROHP) experiment.[250]
Formerly called SEOSAR, this radar observation satellite will be operated in a constellation with the German SAR fleet TSX and TDX on the same orbit.[249] Paz weighs 1,200 kg,[251] and the combined mass with secondary payloads is 1,400 kg.[250]
February 2018[252] F9 FT
VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 41–50[163][164] LEO Iridium Communications
Will reuse a booster.[236]
February 2018[231] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SES-12[253] GTO SES
The SES-12 communications satellite will serve the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region at the same place as SES-8. It is the largest satellite built for SES.[253]
March 2018[231] F9 FT LC-39A or SLC-40 Bangabandhu-1[254][255] GTO BTRC
March 13, 2018 [231] F9 FT LC-39A or SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-14[154] LEO NASA (CRS)
The IDA-3 docking adaptor will be launched on this mission[256] to replace IDA-1 lost with CRS-7 in June 2015. Other payloads include MISSE-FF[257] materials research platform, phase 3 of the RRM[258] space refueling experiment and the TSIS[259] heliophysics sensor.[199]
March 20, 2018[260] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)[261] HEO NASA
March 22, 2018, 01:43:38[231] F9 B5[262] VAFB SLC-4E LEO
DLR arranged a rideshare of GRACE-FO on a Falcon 9 with Iridium following the cancellation of their Dnepr launch contract in 2015.[252] Iridium CEO Matt Desch disclosed in September 2017 that GRACE-FO would be launched on the sixth Iridium NEXT mission.[264]
Early 2018[231] F9 FT CCAFS SLC-40 Hispasat 30W-6[265][266] GTO Hispasat[265]
As the satellite weighs 6,092 kg (13,431 lb), Falcon 9 will fly in its expendable configuration.[266]
Early 2018[267][268][269] F9 VAFB SLC-4E SSO-A mission with SHERPA dispenser for ~90 payloads[270] SSO Spaceflight Industries
Rideshare mission "Sun Synch Express"[270] SSO-A will carry close to 90 small satellites,[271] including Eu:CROPIS[272] for DLR and ORS-6 (COWVR)[273] for the U.S. Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Office.
Early 2018[274][231] Heavy KSC LC-39A ArabSat 6A[275] GTO ArabSat
April 2018[276] F9 B5[277] KSC LC-39A SpX-DM1[278] LEO NASA (CCD)
Demonstration mission to ISS for NASA with an uncrewed Dragon 2 capsule.[277]
Q2 2018[279] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Telstar 18V[280] GTO Telesat
Q2 2018[279] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Telstar 19V[280] GTO Telesat
May 2018[281] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 GPS III A-2[281] MEO U.S. Air Force
SpaceX's first launch of an EELV-class payload.[281]
June 6, 2018[231] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-15[154] LEO NASA (CRS)
June 2018[252] F9 VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 56–65[163][164] LEO Iridium Communications
June 2018[282] F9 VAFB SLC-4E SAOCOM 1A[283][284]
June 2018[231] Heavy KSC LC-39A DSX, FormoSat-7 A/B/C/D/E/F, Prox-1[285] / LightSail 2,[286] GPIM,[287] DSAC,[288] ISAT LEO / MEO U.S. Air Force
USAF Space Test Program Flight 2 (STP-2),[97] carrying as many as 20 satellites.
2018[277] F9 B5[277] KSC LC-39A[289] Crew Dragon in-flight abort test[289][290] Suborbital NASA (CCD)
A Falcon 9 first stage will propel the Dragon 2 test capsule in a sub-orbital flight to conduct a separation and abort scenario in the transonic regime at Max Q, i.e. under the worst structural stress conditions of a real flight.[290] The spacecraft will then splash down in the ocean with traditional parachutes.
August 2018[252] F9 VAFB SLC-4E Iridium NEXT 66–75[163][164] LEO Iridium Communications
August 2018[291] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-16[154] LEO NASA (CRS)
August 2018[276] F9 B5[277] KSC LC-39A SpX-DM2[278] LEO NASA (CCD)
Dragon 2 will carry its first crew of NASA astronauts on a 14-day mission to the ISS. Unless Boeing's CST-100 Starliner flies first (currently planned for November 2018), they will be the first people to be launched to orbit in an American spacecraft since the last Shuttle flight in 2011, and the first people in orbit not launched by a government organization.
August 2018[292] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Telkom 4[293] GTO Telkom Indonesia
Q3 2018[294] F9 VAFB SLC-4E RADARSAT Constellation[295] SSO Canadian Space Agency
The mission will reuse a previously flown booster.[296]
October 2018[291] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-17[154] LEO NASA (CRS)
Late 2018[297] Heavy KSC LC-39A SpaceX lunar tourism mission[298] TLI / Free return Two private citizens
Two paying individuals will launch on a Falcon Heavy to fly by the Moon and return to Earth.[298]
December 2018[291] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-18[154] LEO NASA (CRS)
2018[299] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Es'hail 2[300] GTO Es'hailSat
Q4 2018[301] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 GiSAT-1[301] GTO Global-IP
2018[302] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 PSN-6[302] GTO PSN
2018[303] F9 VAFB SLC-4E SARah 1[304][303] SSO Bundeswehr


Date and time (UTC) Version,
Launch site Payload Orbit Customer
February 2019[305] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 GPS III A-3[306][307] MEO U.S. Air Force
May 2019[291] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SpaceX CRS-19[154] LEO NASA (CRS)
H2, 2019[308] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 JCSat-18[309] / Kacific 1 GTO JSAT
2019[310] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Amos 17 GTO Spacecom
The mission will reuse a previously flown booster.[310]
2019[282] F9 VAFB SLC-4E SAOCOM 1B[283], SAOCOM-CS[311], SARE-1B 1–4[312] SSO CONAE
2019[313] F9 VAFB SLC-4E SARah 2/3[304][313] SSO Bundeswehr
2019[314] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SXM 7[230] GTO Sirius XM

2020 and beyond

Date and time (UTC) Version,
Launch site Payload Orbit Customer
2020[310] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 Amos 8 GTO Spacecom
2020[315] F9 VAFB SLC-4E[315] Sentinel-6A[315] LEO NASA
2020[314] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 SXM 8[230] GTO Sirius XM
2020[316] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 or BC Türksat 5A GTO Türksat
2020[317] Heavy KSC LC-39A ViaSat-3 class satellite[318] GTO ViaSat
2020–2024 F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 CRS-20 and six more missions under the CRS2 contract[319] LEO NASA (CRS)
The initial Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract was extended to 20 missions. As of October 2017 the schedule for the last mission, CRS-20, is undefined. Additionally, NASA has awarded SpaceX six more cargo missions under the CRS2 contract.[319] Those missions were originally scheduled to begin in 2019 but were delayed.
April 2021[320] F9 VAFB SLC-4E[320] Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT)[320] LEO NASA
2021[321] F9 LC-39A or SLC-40 or BC Türksat 5B GTO Türksat

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