Upcoming Missions

    Liftoff of an expendable launch vehicle Image above: An expendable launch vehicle streaks across the early morning sky after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Image credit: NASA

    NASA's Kennedy Space Center is the designated lead center for the acquisition and management of expendable launch vehicles (ELV) launch services for the agency. The Kennedy team manages all NASA ELV launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, Kodiak Island in Alaska, Kwajalein Island in the Pacific, and elsewhere.

    Today, the LSP team is working diligently to prepare the following future missions for launch.

Recent and Upcoming Missions



Artist's rendering of the Juno spacecraft

Beneath its clouds, Jupiter holds secrets about our solar system's early history.

› Mission Site
› Juno Newsletter (609 Kb PDF)
› Juno Poster (1.83 Mb Jpeg)
› Juno Logo

Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)

Artist's concept of GRAIL spacecraft

The GRAIL spacecraft will use high-quality gravity field mapping of the moon to determine the moon's interior structure.

› Mission Site  →
› GRAIL Newsletter (877 Kb PDF)
› GRAIL Poster (663 Kb Jpeg)
› GRAIL Logo

NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP)

Artist's concept of NPP spacecraft

The NPP Mission will provide atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity sounding, land and ocean biological productivity, and cloud and aerosol properties.

› Mission Site  →
› NPP Poster (JPG)
› NPP Newsletter (PDF)
› NPP Logo

Mars Science Laboratory

Artist's concept of Curiosity rover on Mars

Meet the next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, nicknamed Curiosity.

› Mission Site
› MSL Poster (JPG)
› MSL Newsletter (PDF)
› MSL Logo

Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR)

the nustar images for the mission blinds

NuSTAR will use high energy X-rays to search for black holes, map supernova explosions, and study the most extreme active galaxies.

› Mission Site  →
› NuSTAR Poster (438 KB PDF)
› NuSTAR Newsletter (438 KB PDF)
› NuSTAR Logo

Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP)

rbsp images for mission blinds

The Radiation Belt Storm Probes will study Earth's radiation belts to improve future spacecraft operations, system designs and mission planning.

› Mission Site  →
› RBSP Logo
› RBSP Newsletter (PDF)

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS)

lsp tdrss image

The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) consists of several operational satellites that provide in-flight communications with spacecraft operating in low-Earth orbit.

› Mission Site  →

Interface Region Imaging Spectograph (IRIS)

lsp iris logo

IRIS fills a crucial gap in our ability to advance Sun-Earth connection studies by tracing the flow of energy and plasma through this foundation of the corona and heliosphere.

› Mission Site  →
› IRIS Logo

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