Rocket launches in Florida: Here's an updating list of all 2024 Space Coast missions

This year, officials expect Florida's Space Coast — home of NASA's Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station — to break the freshly established 2023 annual record of 72 orbital rocket launches, with SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 accounting for most of the missions.

Following is the list of 2024 launches thus far from Cape Canaveral:

1. SpaceX Ovzon-3 satellite

An Ovzon-3 communications satellite launched from a SpaceX Falcon 9 at 6:04 p.m. Jan. 3 from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

Ovzon-3: SpaceX Ovzon-3 satellite mission marks first launch from Space Coast during 2024

2. SpaceX Starlink 6-35

SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink internet-beaming satellites aboard a Falcon 9 at 5:35 p.m. Jan. 7 from CCSFS Launch Complex 40. Note: Liftoff occurred just eight hours and 43 minutes before the historic United Launch Alliance Vulcan launch.

Starlink 6-35: ULA Vulcan rocket launches without delay on history-making maiden flight from Cape Canaveral

3. ULA Vulcan Cert-1 maiden flight

United Launch Alliance's next-generation Vulcan rocket flew its first certification mission at 2:18 a.m. Jan. 8 from KSC pad 39A.

Cert-1: ULA Vulcan rocket launches without delay on history-making maiden flight from Cape Canaveral

4. SpaceX Starlink 6-37

SpaceX launched a batch of Starlink internet-beaming satellites aboard a Falcon 9 at 8:52 p.m. Jan. 14 from CCSFS Launch Complex 40.

Starlink 6-37: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket Sunday; Axiom Space crewed mission is up next on Wednesday

5. SpaceX-Axiom Space Ax-3 crewed mission

Axiom Space sent its third crew of private astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 at 4:49 p.m. Jan. 18 from KSC pad 39A.

Ax-3: Ax-3 mission lifts 4 European private astronauts for International Space Station rendezvous

6. SpaceX Starlink 6-38

SpaceX launched another batch of 23 Starlink internet-beaming satellites aboard a Falcon 9 — with the rocket's first-stage booster notching its 18th mission — at 8:10 p.m. Jan. 28 from KSC pad 39A.

Starlink 6-38: SpaceX Sunday Starlink launch sends Falcon 9 rocket booster from KSC on 18th flight

7. SpaceX-NASA NG-20 resupply mission

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted a Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station for the first time on a 12:07 p.m. Jan. 30 NASA resupply mission from CCSFS Launch Complex 40.

NG-20: NASA, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman team up on International Space Station cargo resupply launch

8. SpaceX-NASA PACE spacecraft

NASA's PACE spacecraft, which will study Earth's oceans and atmosphere, launched at 1:33 a.m. Feb. 8 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from CCSFS Launch Complex 40.

PACE: Red tide, manatees and hurricanes: NASA PACE spacecraft to collect Florida environmental data

9. SpaceX USSF-124

On Valentine's Day, SpaceX launched the Space Force's USSF-124 national security mission at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

USSF-124: SpaceX rockets launch moon lander, military satellites in Valentine's doubleheader from Cape

10. SpaceX-Intuitive Machines IM-1

The Intuitive Machines moon lander, Odysseus, launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 1:05 a.m. Feb. 15 from pad 39A at KSC as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.

IM-1: SpaceX rockets launch moon lander, military satellites in Valentine's doubleheader from Cape

11. SpaceX Merah Putih 2

SpaceX launched Merah Putih 2, a satellite for Indonesian satellite communications provider Telkomsat, at 3:11 p.m. Feb. 20 from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Merah Putih 2: SpaceX Falcon 9 launches Indonesian satellite from Cape to geosynchronous transfer orbit

12. SpaceX Starlink 6-39

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS, lifting a series of 24 Starlink internet-beaming satellites into low-Earth orbit at 5:06 p.m. Feb. 25.

Starlink 6-39: SpaceX sends 24 Starlink satellites into orbit during Sunday launch from Cape Canaveral

13. SpaceX Starlink 6-40

In a rare leap day launch, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket promptly vanished into hazy skies at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 29 from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-40: SpaceX leap day launch sends Starlink satellites soaring skyward; Crew-8 delayed to Saturday

14. NASA's SpaceX Crew-8

After high offshore winds and waves along Dragon Endeavour's flight path prompted crews to postpone two Crew-8 launch attempts, their SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket hurtled off pad 39A at 10:53 p.m. March 3 at KSC.

Crew-8: After successful launch, NASA's SpaceX Crew-8 due to dock early Tuesday with space station

15. SpaceX Starlink 6-41

SpaceX's Starlink 6-41 mission lifted off in a cloak of sea fog at 6:56 p.m. March 4 from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-41: SpaceX rockets launch Starlink mission from Cape, Sidus Space satellite from California

16. SpaceX Starlink 6-43

Kicking off a Florida-California SpaceX launch doubleheader, a Falcon 9 rocket vaulted off the pad at 7:05 p.m. March 10 on another Starlink satellite mission from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-43: SpaceX Sunday Starlink liftoff precedes similar launch in Vandenberg, California, by 5 hours

17. SpaceX Starlink 6-44

The twice-scrubbed Starlink 6-44 mission hurtled into the darkness off pad 39A at KSC at 8:21 p.m. March 15, deploying another payload of 23 broadband satellites into low-Earth orbit.

Starlink 6-44: SpaceX finally launches Falcon 9 Friday night after transporter erector woes, two scrubs

18. NASA's SpaceX CRS-30

A SpaceX Falcon 9 carried a SpaceX Dragon capsule loaded with more than 6,000 pounds of cargo at 4:55 p.m. March 22 from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS en route to rendezvous with the International Space Station.

CRS-30: SpaceX Dragon soars under sunny skies Thursday to dock with International Space Station

19. SpaceX Starlink 6-42

After a series of storm cells packing lightning swept past the Cape — triggering a three-hour, 40-minute launch delay — SpaceX finally launched a Falcon 9 rocket near the tail end of the mission's launch window at 11:09 p.m. March 23 from KSC pad 39A.

Starlink 6-42: SpaceX waits out storms, launches Falcon 9 on Starlink mission Saturday night from KSC

20. SpaceX Starlink 6-46

From Cocoa Beach, spectators briefly watched the orange glow of a SpaceX Falcon 9 soaring skyward near sundown for roughly 15 seconds before the rocket slipped behind layers of low-lying clouds after the 7:42 p.m. March 25 dusk liftoff from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-46: SpaceX Falcon 9 breaks through low clouds Monday on mission to deploy Starlink satellites

21. SpaceX Eutelsat 36D

SpaceX kicked off a spring break doubleheader with the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Eutelsat 36D telecommunications satellite from KSC's pad 39A at 5:52 p.m. March 30. The weather was perfect, and crowds gathered to watch the first of two planned launches.

Eutelsat 36D: SpaceX Falcon 9 double-header launch treats Space Coast over Spring Break

22. SpaceX Starlink 6-45

Three hours and 38 minutes after the Eutelsat 36D launch, SpaceX sent another batch of Starlink satellites into orbit with a launch from CCSFS Launch Complex 40 at 9:30 p.m. March 30.

Starlink 6-45: SpaceX Falcon 9 double-header launch treats Space Coast over Spring Break

23. SpaceX Starlink 6-47

Two hours before sunrise, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket illuminated the predawn darkness during a Friday morning liftoff at 5:12 a.m. April 5 from CCSFS Launch Complex 40.

Starlink 6-47: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 in predawn darkness Friday on Starlink mission from Cape Canaveral

24. SpaceX Bandwagon-1

Described as "a new line of rideshare missions that will deliver spacecraft to mid-inclination orbits" during SpaceX's launch broadcast, the Bandwagon-1 Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 7:16 p.m. April 7 from pad 39A at KSC.

Bandwagon-1: SpaceX launches Bandwagon-1 spacecraft 'rideshare' mission Sunday from Kennedy Space Center

25. ULA Delta IV Heavy NORL-70

ULA's last Delta IV Heavy rocket bolted skyward on the NROL-70 mission, delivering a secretive payload for the National Reconnaissance Office to orbit after the 12:53 p.m. April 9 liftoff from CCSFS Launch Complex 37.

NROL-70: Delta IV Heavy's final fiery liftoff sends huge rocket into retirement from Cape Canaveral

26. SpaceX Starlink 6-48

After a trio of delays totaling more than 1½ hours, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 23 Starlink satellites during a 1:40 a.m. April 10 liftoff from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-48: After delays, SpaceX sends Falcon 9 into orbit early Wednesday on Starlink mission from Cape

27. SpaceX Starlink 6-49

SpaceX launched a batch of 23 Starlink satellites into orbit with a Friday night launch at 9:40 p.m. April 12 from CCSFS Launch Complex 40.

Starlink 6-49: SpaceX launches Starlink 6-49 in Friday night rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida

28. SpaceX Starlink 6-51

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered another 23 Starlink broadband satellites into low-Earth orbit, lifting off at 5:26 p.m. April 17 from KSC pad 39A and adding to the company's ever-expanding global constellation.

Starlink 6-51: Sunny rocket launch: SpaceX Starlink mission sails Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center

29. SpaceX Starlink 6-52

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delivered another 23 Starlink broadband satellites into low-Earth orbit, lifting off at 6:40 p.m. on April 18 from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 40. This was the second launch in just over 24 hours.

Starlink 6-52: Second SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off in just over 24 hours from Florida

30. SpaceX Starlink 6-53

"Stage one landing leg deployed," a SpaceX crew member announced during the company webcast. About four seconds later, the rocket stage touched down on the drone ship — marking SpaceX's 300th Falcon booster landing after a 6:17 p.m. April 23 liftoff from Launch Complex 40 at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-53: SpaceX notches 300th Falcon rocket booster landing after Tuesday liftoff from Cape Canaveral

31. SpaceX/ESA Galileo L12

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried Galileo navigational satellites to medium-Earth orbit on April 27. The Falcon 9 booster saw its 20th and final flight.

Galileo L12: SpaceX launches Galileo satellites from Cape Canaveral, the first in back-to-back launches

32. SpaceX Starlink 6-54

Brevard County space buffs enjoyed a SpaceX Saturday-Sunday launch doubleheader weekend, with back-to-back Falcon 9 rockets sending satellites arcing up into orbit. The second Falcon 9 lifted off at 6:08 p.m. April 28 from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on the Starlink 6-54 mission.

Starlink 6-54: SpaceX completes weekend launch doubleheader with Sunday Starlink liftoff from Cape Canaveral

33. SpaceX Starlink 6-55

Multicolored flames trailing from a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket treated Brevard County spectators to a spectacular show as another Starlink mission soared along a southeasterly trajectory at 10:37 p.m. May 2 from CCSFS Launch Complex 40.

Starlink 6-55: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket flashes fiery multicolored exhaust across nighttime sky Thursday

34. SpaceX Starlink 6-57

SpaceX sent another Falcon 9 rocket roaring skyward amid sunshine and shimmering heat waves at 2:14 p.m. May 6 from Launch Complex at CCSFS.

Starlink 6-57: SpaceX kicks off Cape Canaveral launch doubleheader Monday with afternoon Starlink mission

35. SpaceX Starlink 6-56

Liftoff took three hours and 42 minutes longer than anticipated. But a thrice-delayed SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket finally launched from pad 39A at 2:42 p.m. May 8 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

Starlink 6-56: SpaceX rocket launches on Starlink mission after hours of delay Wednesday at Cape Canaveral

36. SpaceX Starlink 6-58

Originally set to liftoff at 8:11 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, SpaceX announced Sunday afternoon that the launch was postponed until 8:53 p.m. that night. The Falcon 9 lifted off without further delay from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40.

Starlink 6-58: Into the night: SpaceX launches Starlink satellites Sunday from Cape Canaveral, Florida

37. SpaceX Starlink 6-59

A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off Friday, May 17 at 8:32 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex - 40. The timing of the sunset launch created a "jellyfish" effect in the sky. The booster saw its 21st launch and landing.

Starlink 6-59: Jellyfish in the sky: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida

38. SpaceX Starlink 6-62

The night launch lifted off at 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 40. With an on time liftoff, SpaceX launched the first of back-to-back Starlink launches.

Starlink 6-62: SpaceX launches first of back-to-back Starlink missions Wednesday from Cape Canaveral

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