2022 Rocket Launch Schedule Should Be More Eventful Than Ever: See Updated Stats

18th Oct 2021
2022 Rocket Launch Schedule Should Be More Eventful Than Ever: See Updated Stats

When it comes to the rocket launch schedule, 2022 promises to be even more eventful than the outgoing year. Hundreds of new events await in the rocket launch calendar, including missions to the Moon, Mars, and Jupiter and an increase in suborbital tourist flights from Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic. In addition, new providers should emerge in the small payload delivery market – Orbex and Skyrora in the UK, Australian Gilmour Space Technologies, German ISAR Aerospace, and Rocket Factory Augsburg.

As part of the spaceflight calendar for 2022, ESA will launch the updated Vega-C and Ariane-6, and the United Launch Alliance will launch the Vulcan Centaur to gradually replace the Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy. More events in the rocket launch calendar include China completing construction of the China Space Station (CSS) and Boeing conducting its first Crewed test Flight with the CST-100 Starliner.

Already in January, as part of the Artemis lunar mission, NASA plans the first flight of the Orion spacecraft and several commercial lunar vehicles and rovers under the Commercial Lunar Payload Service program. Russia wants to resume its lunar exploration program with the Luna 25 lander. Japan will launch the Lunar Lander SLIM, and India will again attempt to bring a robotic lander to the lunar surface, adding to the rocket launch calendar of 2022.

2022 rocket launch schedule

SpaceX Starlink and OneWeb will continue to actively deploy their global Internet satellite constellations, and the UK will open the first spaceports on its territory.

In its turn, Orbital Today will keep monitoring all events in the 2022 spaceflight calendar and will inform you about them, as always.

Below, you can see the table of all past and upcoming 2022 rocket launch schedules, and we will regularly update it. So, bookmark this article to stay up to date on the latest events.

 Rocket launches accomplished in January

Date and time (UTC) LSP/ Rocket Payload Function Operator/ Country Orbit Launch Site Status
06.01
21.49
SpaceX/
Falcon 9 Block 5
Starlink Group 4-5
49 satellites 
Communication Space X
USA 
LEO Kennedy LC-39A In orbit 
13.01.
15.25
SpaceX/
Falcon 9 Block 5
Dedicated 110 SmallSats Rideshare
designated 
Transporter-3
Communication
Earth Observation
IoT
SIGINT
Tech Demo
Amateur Radio
Education
UHD streaming
AIS Tracking
Wildfire Monitoring
Total 35 Operators/
USA 
GB 
Canada 
Italy
Germany
Israel
Poland
Switzerland
Brazil
Nepal
Sweden
Spain
Ukraine
Argentina
Turkey
Holland
Czech
South Africa
Norway
Taiwan
SSO Cape Canaveral SLC-40 In orbit
13.01
22.51
Virgin Orbit/
Launcher One
Mission 
“Above the clouds”
ADLER-1 Space debris measurement Austrian SpaceForum LEO Cosmic Girl, Mojave In orbit
GEARRS-3 Tech Demo US AirForce Research Centre
PAN-A, B Tech Demo Cornell University, USA
SteamSat-2 Tech Demo SteamJet Space Systems, UK
TechEdSat-13 Tech Demo Ames Research Center, USA
STORK-3 Earth Observation Sat Revolution, Poland
17.01
02.35
CASC/
Long March 2D
Shiyan-13 Tech Demo Chinese Academy of Science SSO Taiyuan LC-9 In orbit
19.01
02.02
SpaceX/
Falcon 9 Block 5
Starlink Group 4-6
49 satellites
Communications Space X
USA
LEO Kennedy LC-39A In orbit
21.01
19.00
ULA
Atlas V
First and only flight of the 511 configuration for Atlas V
GSSAP-5
GSSAP-6
Space surveillance US Space Force GSO Cape Canaveral SLC-41 In orbit
25.01
23.44
CASC/
Long March 4C
Ludi Tance-1 01A (L-SAR 01A) Earth Observation Ministry of Natural Resources, China SSO Jiuquan SLS-2 In orbit
31.01
23.11
SpaceX/
Falcon 9 Block 5
CSG-2
Second COSMO-SkyMed 2nd Generation satellite.
Earth Observation Italian Space Agency SSO Cape Canaveral SLC-40 In orbit

Rockets launched in February

Date and time (UTC) LSP/ Rocket Payload Function Operator/ Country Orbit Launch Site Status
02.02
20.47
SpaceX/
Falcon 9 Block 5
NROL-87 Reconnaissance National Reconnaissance Office, USA SSO Vandenberg SLC-4E In orbit
03.03.
18.13
SpaceX/
Falcon 9 Block 5
Starlink Group 4-7
49 satellites
Communication Space X,USA LEO Kennedy LC-39A In orbit
A geomagnetic storm on 4 February 2022 significantly increased atmospheric drag at the deployment altitude of these satellites, resulting in 38 of them reentering the atmosphere over the following eight days.
05.02
07.00
VKS
Soyuz-2.1a/ Fregat
Neitron No. 1 Reconnaissance Ministry of Defense, Russia LEO Plesetsk Site 43/4 In orbit
10.02
18:09
Arianespace Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-MT One Web х34 Communications One Web, UK LEO Kourou ELS In orbit
10.02 20.00
Astra Space/ Rocket 3
First launch by Astra from Cape Canaveral. The ELaNa 41 mission, consisting of four CubeSats, will launch on this flight.
BAMA-1 Tech Demo University of Alabama LEO Cape Canaveral SLC-46 Launch failure
An anomaly occurred around second stage ignition
INCA Research Mexico State University
QubeSat Quantum gyroscope University of California, Berkeley
R5-S1 Tech Demo Johnson Space Center, NASA
14.02
00.29
ISRO/PSLV-XL EOS-04 (RISAT-1A)
INSPIRESat-1
Earth Observation
Ionospheric Research
ISRO, India
National Central University, Taiwan
SSO Satish Dhawan FLP In orbit
15.02 04.25
Roscosmos Soyuz 2.1a
Supply mission to ISS
Progress MS-19 ISS logistics Roscosmos ISS/LEO Baikonur Site 31/6 In Orbit
Tanyusha-YuZGU-55 (RadioSkaf) × 6 Tech Demo Kursk State University, Russia
19.02 17.39
Northrop Grumman
Antares 230+
Supply mission to ISS
The ELaNa 44 mission, consisting of one CubeSa
Cygnus NG-17 and tech demo satellites ISS logistics/tech demo NASA ISS/LEO Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), Wallops USA In orbit
21.02 14.44
SpaceX/Falcon 9 Block 5 Starlink Group 4-8
49 satellites
Communications Space X, USA LEO Vandenberg SLC 4E In Orbit
26.02 23.44
CASC
Long March 4C
Ludi Tance-1 01B (L-SAR 01B) Earth Observation Ministry of Natural Resources, China SSO Jiuquan SLS-2 In Orbit
27.02 03.06
CASC
Long March 8
Second Long March Express commercial rideshare mission, carrying 22 satellites Earth Observation
Tech Demo
Astronomy
IoT
8 companies and organizations of China SSO Wenchang LC-2 In Orbit
28.02 20.37
Rocket Lab/Electron
The Owl’s Night Continues
StriX-β Earth Observation Synspective SSO Mahia LC-1B In Orbit
First of three dedicated launches for Synspective’s StriX constellation. First launch from Pad B at Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in Mahia

Rocket launches in March (fact)

Date and time (UTC)

LSP/ Rocket

Payload

Function

Operator/ Country

Orbit

Launch Site

Status

01.03

21:38

ULA

Atlas V 541

GOES T

Meteorology

NOAA/NASA

GSO

Cape Canaveral

In Orbit

03.03

14:25

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-9

47 satellites

Communications

Space X, USA

LEO

Kennedy SC LC 39A

In Orbit

05.03

06:01

CASC/

Long March 2C

7 satellites

Rideshare mission

5G communications

Earth Observation

Galaxy Space,

SpaceWish

LEO

Xichang LC-3

In Orbit

08.03

05:06

IRGC/ Qased 

Noor-2

Iranian 

military sat


Reconnaissance

IRGC 

LEO 

Shahrud Missile Test Site

In Orbit

09.03

13:45

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-10

48 satellites

Communications

Space X, USA

LEO

Cape Canaveral SLC-40

In Orbit



15.03

16:22



Astra Space/

Rocket 3.3


The mission for Spaceflight, Inc



Tech Demo,

Communications

NearSpace Launch,

Portland State Aerospace Society,

Swarm Technologies




SSO



Kodiak LP-3B




In Orbit

17.03

07:09

CASC/

Long March 4C

Yaogan 34-02

Reconnaissance

Chinese Academy of Science

LEO

Jiuquan SLS-2

In Orbit

18.03

15:55

Roscosmos/

Soyuz-2.1a

Soyuz MS-21

Expedition 66/67

Roscosmos

ISS

Baikonur Site 31/6

In Orbit

19.03

04:42

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-12

53 satellites

Communications

Space X, USA

LEO

Cape Canaveral SLC-40

In Orbit

22.03

12:48

RVSN RF/

Soyuz-2.1a / Fregat

Meridian M10

Communications

Ministry of Defense

Molniya 

Plesetsk Site 43/4

In Orbit

29.03

09:50

CASC/Long March 6A

Pujiang-2


Tiankun-2

Earth Observation


Tech Demo

CASC, 


CASIC

SSO 

Taiyuan LC-9A

In Orbit

30.03

02:29

CASC/Long March 11

Tianping 2A,

2B, 2C

Radar Calibration

Atmospheric Research

CASIC

SSO

Jiuquan

In Orbit


31.03

13.57

Blue Origin/

New Shepard


NS 20

Space Tourism

Crewed spaceflight


Blue Origin


Suborbit

107 km


Corn Ranch


Success

Rocket  launches in April (fact)

Date and time (UTC)

LSP/ Rocket

Payload

Function

Operator/ Country

Orbit

Launch Site

Status





01.04

16:24





Space Х/ Falcon 9


Transporter 4

Dedicated 39 SmallSats Rideshare mission 


Navigation,

Communications,

IoT,

Tech Demo,

Earth Observation,

SIGINT,

Ionospheric research,

Amateur Radio

USA,

India,

Germany,

Italy,

Chile, 

Brazil,

Norway, France,

Czech,

Argentina,

Luxembourg





SSO





Cape Canaveral 

SLC-40





In Orbit

02.04

12:41

Rocket Lab/Electron

Black Sky 16, 17

Earth Observation,

BlackSky, USA

LEO

Mahia LC 1A

In Orbit


06.04

23.47


CASC/Long March 4C


SAR Gaofen 3-03


Earth Observation



Ministry of Natural Resources, China 


SSO 

Jiuquan

SLC – 2


In Orbit

07.04

11.20

RVSN RF/

Soyuz-2.1b

Lotos-S1

№5


SIGINT 

Ministry of Defense


SSO

Plesetsk Site 43/4


In Orbit


08.04

15.17

SpaceX/

Falcon 9

Block 5 

Axiom Mission 1

Crew Dragon


Private Spaceflight


Axiom Space 


ISS 


 Kennedy LC-39A


Success 

15.04

12.00

CASC/ Long March 3B/E

ChinaSat 6D


Communications


China Satcom


GSO 

Xichang LC-2


In Orbit

15.04

18.16

CASC/Long March 4C


Daqi-1

Environmental Monitoring

Ministry of Ecology and Environment


SSO

Taiyuan LC-9


In Orbit


17.04

13.13

SpaceX/

Falcon 9

Intruder 13A, 13B


SIGINT


NRO, USA


LEO

Vandenberg SLC-4E

In Orbit 

21.04

17.51

Space X 

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink 

Group 4-14

х 53


Communications


Space X


LEO 

Cape Canaveral SLC-40


In Orbit


27.04

07.52

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Space X Crew-4 

Crew Dragon


Expedition 67


Space X, NASA


ISS


Kennedy LC-39A


Success

29.04

04.11

CASC/

Long March 2C

SuperView Neo 1-01, 1-02

Earth Observation

China Siwei

LEO

Jiuquan SLS-2

In Orbit


29.04

19.55

RVSN RF/

Angara 1.2

MKA-R

Reconnaissance

VKF

SSO


Plesetsk Site 35/1

In Orbit


29.04

21.27

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Group 4-16

Starlink × 53

Communications

Space X, USA

LEO

Cape Canaveral SLC-40

In Orbit


30.04

03.30


CASC/Long March 11H


Gaofen 03D х 4

Gaofen 04A х1



Earth Observation




Chang Guang Satellite Technology


SSO 

Tai Rui Launch Platform, East China Sea

In Orbit

Completed rocket launches in May 2022

Date and time (UTC)

LSP/ Rocket

Payload

Function

Operator/ Country

Orbit

Launch Site

Status




02.05

22.49

Rocket Lab/Electron

First mid-air helicopter capture attempt of an Electron first stage following launch.



Rideshare mission х

34 SmallSats 


SIGINT,

Communication,

Earth Observation,

Tech Demo,

Amateur Radio

Alba Orbital, Astrix Astronautics, Aurora Propulsion Technologies,E-Space, Unseenlabs, Swarm Technologies





SSO





Mahia LC 1A





Success



05.05

02.38



CASC/Long March 2D


Jilin-1 Kuanfu-01C

Jilin-1 Gaofen-03D × 7



Earth observation 


Chang Guang Satellite Technology


SSO


Taiyuan LC-9



Success


 06.05

 09.42

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-17

х 53


Communications


Space X, USA


LEO


Kennedy LC-39A


Success 




09.05

17.57




CASC

Long March 7


Tianzhou 4

Third Cargo flight mission to the Tiangong space station





Space logistics




China Manned Space Agency





TSS





Wenchang LC-2





Success 



13.05

07.09



I-Space 

Hyperbola 

Jilin-1 Mofang-01A



Earth Observation 


Chang Guang Satellite Technology



SSO

Jiuquan

SLC 95



Launch

failure


13.05

22.07

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-13

х 53


Communications


Space X, USA


LEO


Vandenberg SLC-4E


Success


14.05

20.40

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-15

х 53


Communications


Space X, USA


LEO


Canaveral SLC-40


Success


 18.05

 10.59

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-18

х 53


Communications


Space X, USA


LEO


Kennedy 

LC-39


Success


19.05

08.03

RVSN RF

Soyuz-2.1a

Bars-M 3L (Kosmos-2556)

Reconnaissance


VKS


SSO

 

 Plesetsk Site 43/4


 Success



19.05

22.54



ULA/ATLAS V

Boe-OFT 2

Boeing Orbital Flight Test 2 of Starliner


Flight test / ISS logistics



Boeing,

NASA



ISS



Canaveral SLC-41



Success 



20.05

10.30



CASC/

Long March 2C / YZ-1S


LEO Test Sat 1, 2


Digui Tongxin Weixing




 Communications

Chang Guang Satellite Technology,

DFH Satellite




LEO




Jiuquan SLS-2




Success 





25.05

18.35





Space Х/ Falcon 9


Transporter 5

Dedicated 60+ SmallSats Rideshare mission 



Education, Satellite as a Service, IoT, Tech Demo, Earth Observation,

Navigation, Amateur Radio

USA, Spain, Germany,

Poland, Canada, Bulgaria, 

Italy, Finland, Denmark, Albania, Australia, Norway, Czech, Argentina, Luxembourg





SSO





Cape Canaveral

SLC-40





 Success 



Rocket  launch scheduled for June 2022 (Completed)

Date and time (UTC)

LSP/ Rocket

Payload

Function

Operator/ Country

Orbit

Launch Site

Status


02.06

04:00

CASC/

Long March 2C

Jili Xingzuo-1 

× 9


Communications


Geely


LEO


Xichang LC-3


In Orbit


03.06

09:32

Roscosmos/

Soyuz 2.1a 

Progress MS-20 / 81P,


RadioSkaf) × 2,


Tsiolkovsky-Ryazan × 2


ISS Logistic



Tech Demo



Amateur Radio


Roscosmos


South-West State University


RSREU


ISS

Site 31/6, Baikonur






Success


04.06

13.25


Blue Origin

New Shepard


Suborbital

flight 

NS-21


Tourism



Blue Origin



Sub

orbit

Launch Site One, West Texas



Success 




05.06

02:44



CASC/

Long March 2F

Shenzhou 14,

Third crewed flight to the Tiangong space station




Crewed spaceflight




CMSA




TSS




Jiuquan SLS-1




 Success 

08.06

21.04

Space Х

Falcon 9 Block 5

Nilesat-301


Communications

Nilesat


GTO


Canaveral SLC-40


In Orbit 


12.06

17:43


Astra Space/

Rocket 3.3


TROPICS -1 х2


Earth Observation


NASA


LEO

Cape Canaveral SLC-46


Failure 

17.06 

17:09

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-19

х 53


Communications


Space X, USA


LEO


Kennedy 

LC-39


In Orbit


18.06

14:20

Space Х

Falcon 9 Block 5


SARah 1


Reconnaissance


Bundeswehr


SSO


Vandenberg SLC-4E


In Orbit

19.06

04:27

Space Х

Falcon 9 Block 5

Globalstar FM15


Communications

Globalstar 


LEO


Canaveral SLC-40


In Orbit 



21.06

07:00



KARI/

Nuri (KSLV-II)

Dummy payload


 Four CubeSats 

Mass Simulator

Flight Test 



Tech Demo 

Korean Aerospace Research Institute


Universities of South Korea




SSO




 Naro LC-2




In Orbit 

22.06

02:08

ExPace/

Kuaizhou 1A


Tianxing-1

Space environment observation


CAS


SSO


Jiuquan LA-4


In Orbit



23.06

02:22



CASC/Long March 2D



Yaogan 35 х 3



Reconnaissance



CAS



LEO



Xichang LC-3



In Orbit



27.06

15:46



CASC/Long March 4С



Gaofen-12 03



Earth observation



CSNA



SSO



Jiuquan SLS-2



In Orbit


28.06 

09:56


Rocket Lab 

Electron


Capstone


Photon

Tech Demo

Space Tug Lunar flyby


NASA


Rocket Lab


Lunar


TLI


 Mahia LC-1B



In Orbit

29.06

21:04

Space Х

Falcon 9 Block 5


SES-22


Communications


SES S.A.


 GSO


Canaveral 

SLC-40


In Orbit



30.06 

12:32



ISRO/

PSLV-CA


DS-EO


NeuSAR


Scoob-1


Earth observation


Earth observation

 Education 



Agencies of Singapore



LEO



Satish Dhawan SLP



In Orbit

Rocket  Launch Schedule for July 2022

Date and time (UTC)

LSP/ Rocket

Payload

Function

Operator/ Country

Orbit

Launch Site

Status


01.07

23:15


ULA/

Atlas 5

USSF-12



 WFOV

Tech Demo



Early Warning

Space Test Programme


US Space Force 



GSO


Canaveral 

SLC-41


In Orbit




02.07

06:53




Virgin Orbit

LauncherOne


STP-S28A mission – 7 satellites. The ELaNa 39 mission – two CubeSats





Tech Demo


Earth Observation

Dept of National Defense, Langley Research Center, University of Colorado, SMDC, LANL, AFRL





LEO





Cosmic Girl, Mojave





In Orbit

07.07

09:18

RVSN RF/

Soyuz-2.1b/ Fregat

GLONASS-K 16L (K1 No. 4)


Navigation

Russian Aerospace Forces(VKS)


MEO 

 Plesetsk Site 43/4


In Orbit

07.07

13:11

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-21

х 53


Communications


Space X, USA


LEO


Canaveral 

SLC-40


In Orbit




11.07

13:11




SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 3-1

х 53

First dedicated mission deploying Starlink to SSO




Communications




Space X, USA


 


SSO




Vandenberg SLC-4E


12.07 

05:00


Rocket Lab 

Electron


RASR -3 

NROL-162 mission 


Reconnaissance



NRO 



LEO 



 Mahia LC-1A


13.07

11:13


Arianespace/

Vega-C

First flight 


Rideshare mission х 7 cubesats

Tech Demo


Space Farming


Laser Ranging Geodesy

ASI,

Universities of Italy, France, Slovenia


MEO


LEO



Kourou ELV





15.07

00:45




SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5


SpaceX CRS-25


The ELaNa 45 mission, consisting of five CubeSats


ISS Logistic



Tech demo, 

Education


NASA



Educational organizations of USA, Australia, Moldova






LEO






Kennedy LC-39A



17.07

TBD



Firefly Aerospace/ Alpha Rocket

Second orbital launch attempt, carrying 8 educational payloads.


Amateur Radio


Tech Demo

Stanford University,

Cal Poly, AMSAT,Libre Space Foundation




LEO



Vandenberg SLC-2W


22.07 

TBD


Rocket Lab 

Electron


RASR -4 

NROL-199 mission 


Reconnaissance



NRO 



LEO 



 Mahia LC-1A

July 

TBD

Rocket Lab 

Electron Curie


ACS3

Tech Demo


NASA


LEO 


Mahia LC-1A



July 

TBD



CASC/

Long March 5B

Wentian (the first Laboratory Cabin Module of the TSS 



Space station assembly




CMSA




TSS




Wenchang LC-1


July 

TBD

Galactic Energy/

Ceres 1

Taijing-1 01, 02


Fangzhou-2F

Earth Observation



Tech Demo

MinoSpace



Space Ark



SSO


 

Jiuquan


July 

TBD


SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5


Starlink Group 3-2

х 53



Communications



Space X


 

SSO



Vandenberg SLC-4E

July 

TBD

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-22

х 53


Communications


Space X


LEO


Canaveral or Kennedy

July 

TBD

SpaceX/

Falcon 9 Block 5

Starlink Group 4-25

х 53


Communications


Space X


LEO


Canaveral or Kennedy

July 

TBD

ISRO/

SSLV

First Flight


EOS-2


Earth observation


ISRO


LEO

Satish Dhawan FLP

July 

TBD

Relativity Space/

Terran 1

Without payload


Test flight


Relativity Space


LEO 

SLC-16, Cape Canaveral 


July 

TBD


Astra Space/

Rocket 3.3


TROPICS -2 


Earth Observation


NASA


LEO

Cape Canaveral SLC-46


July 

TBD


Astra Space/

Rocket 3.3


TROPICS -3 


Earth Observation


NASA


LEO

Cape Canaveral SLC-46

July 

TBD

CASC/

Jielong-1

Yizheng 03 & 04


Earth Observation


MinoSpace


LEO


Jiuquan

Site 95


July 

TBD

Isar Aerospace/

Spectrum-1


Unknown 


Unknown


Unknown


LEO

Andøya Rocket Range, Norway

July 

TBD

Roscosmos/

Angara A5 Persey

Ekspress-AMU

Communications

Roscosmos

GTO

Site 35/1, Plesetsk

Orbital Today will keep posting updates on the rocket launch schedule events for 2022, so come back for more exciting news.

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