Worldwide Rocket Launch Schedule for June 20214th Jun 2021
Rocket launch schedule for the first month of summer has a record number of planned launches – 30. As usual, most of these missions are in TBD status, but nine dates for the June rocket launch schedule have already been confirmed. Besides regulars on the launch calendar, companies that have not been active join the June rocket launch schedule list. Those are Northrop Minotaur, Jaxa Epsylon, and Pegasus XL. But we traditionally start with the leader.
Next SpaceX Rocket Launch Schedule: Falcon 9
SpaceX will suspend its Starlink launches for the ISS supply mission and the delivery of three satellites – GPS Navstar, Sirius XM, and Transporter 2.
On 3rd June, Falcon 9 will launch the Dragon cargo vehicle into orbit to dock with the ISS. As part of its 22nd supply mission, Dragon will deliver 3.3 tons of cargo to ISS, including the first pair of iROSA solar panels, which will provide the station with additional power. The launch will take place from the Kennedy Space Center.
On 6th June, another Falcon 9, this time from Cape Canaveral, will deliver a 5,400 kg radio satellite to the GTO for Sirius XM as part of the SXM 8 mission. As a reminder, SXM-7 was damaged during orbital tests in the previous mission this winter. As a result, part of its payload was lost. Satellite manufacturer Maxar Technologies announced that Sirius M is fully responsible for this loss.
On 17th June , and again from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX rocket will launch 10 Lockheed Martin GPS satellites for the Navstar Global Positioning System into medium Earth orbit.
SpaceX’s launch schedule June 2021 series will be completed by the rideshare Transporter 2 mission with several satellites weighing up to 200 kg for commercial and government customers. Launch date is yet to be announced.
Northrop Grumman Minotaur 1 Rocket Launch
On 15th June, Northrop Grumman will launch its Minotaur 1 light rocket with a secret spy satellite for the US National Intelligence Agency on mission NROL-111 from Wallops, Virginia. Notably, this will be Minotaur’s first flight in seven years. This 5-stage rocket completed 11 successful missions from 2000 to 2013. In total, the Minotaur series has 7 modifications with different parameters.
Virgin Orbit Launcher One Launch
Virgin Orbit is planning a third mission in its launch schedule June 2021, named “Tubular Bells, Part One“. This time, the LauncherOne light rocket will deliver payloads to LEO for three customers – the US Department of Defense as part of a demonstration mission under the STP space test program, the first Dutch military satellite Brik-2, and two STORK-4 and STORK-5 optical satellites for SatRevolution. The launch is scheduled from Mojave, California, with a date to be confirmed.
JAXA Epsilon and H-IIA
Japan plans two launches in June, which is a rare event. The Japanese Space Agency’s light rocket will start on its first mission in two and a half years. This mission will be its fifth since 2013. As part of this mission, eight small satellites will be deployed to LEO. The launch will take place from Uchinoura Space Center, Japan. The date and time are to be confirmed.
The next rocket launch will be carried out by a heavy Japanese H-IIA rocket, which will deploy the Inmarsat-6 F1, an Airbus Defense and Space communications satellite for the British satellite operator Inmarsat, to the GTO.
Rocket Lab Electron Launch
Peter Beck’s New Zealand launcher Peter Beck will try to rehabilitate himself after its third failed launch on 15th May, 2021. Then, problems with the second stage engine resulted in the loss of two Earth remote sensing satellites from the American company BlackSky. However, RocketLab managed to successfully splash down its rocket’s first stage in the ocean for further reuse.
As part of its launch schedule June 2021, Electron will launch an experimental payload called Monolith with space weather equipment under the US Defense Department’s STP space test program. The Monolith mission will demonstrate the small satellite’s ability to support a large aperture payload. The mission was repeatedly postponed by the customer, so it may not take place this time either.
Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL
This launch was scheduled for May but was later set to the June rocket launch schedule. The Pegasus XL lightweight air-launch rocket should complete the TacRL-2 (Tactically Responsive Launch) mission. Its purpose is to demonstrate the possibility of quick payload deployment by the US Air Force’s order. The next rocket launch is scheduled from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, USA, and could be the last for the Pegasus project due to its high launch cost ($40 million) and low payload capacity (up to 400 kg).
MSF RF/Roscosmos Soyuz 2.1 – Angara A5
Russia is planning a total of six launches. MSF RF should carry out five of those, and Roscosmos — another one. As part of these missions, the Soyuz 2.1 and Angara A5 rockets will launch several communications satellites and Russian Progress MS-17 cargo ship, which will replenish the International Space Station.
As usual, China has ambitious plans, too. The Chinese are planning a total of ten launches this June, but so far, only three launch dates for the Long March rockets have been confirmed. The next rocket launch of China’s first private liquid-propellant rocket, the ZhuQue 2, deserves special attention, but no details have yet been disclosed.
This is the June launch calendar according to nextspaceflight.com website. We will keep you posted on rocket launch schedule events as they happen.