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

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

Rocket launch schedule for May

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

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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