iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch apps for upcoming launch countdowns

Apps used:

LaunchTime (iPhone)

free with no ads, IAP to tip developer

Calendar (iPhone preinstalled app)

Countdowns (iPhone, iPad, & Apple Watch)

full name of app: Countdown Widget: Track Events

free with ads, IAP to remove ads & to tip developer

screenshot of LaunchTime iPhone app
screenshot of Calendar iPhone app
screenshot of Countdowns iPhone app
screenshot of Countdowns iPad app
screenshot of Countdowns Apple Watch app

The workflow for the following steps 1-5 is summarised in this diagram:

[screenshot of MindNode slark-launch-countdowns/timezones mindmap]

Step 1

LaunchTime (iPhone)

1. Tap top-right Filter Launches button

2. Change selection to match screenshot

Filter list I use for Spaceports/Rocket Launch Sites.

screenshot of list of spaceports/rocket launch sites in LaunchTime iPhone app

Step 2

LaunchTime (iPhone)

Tap each listed launch → tap Add to Calendar

This step will export the list of upcoming rocket launch events from the list in LaunchTime, and import the list to the LaunchTime calendar in Calendar.

screenshot of list of rocket launches in LaunchTime iPhone app
screenshot of detail of a rocket launch in LaunchTime iPhone app

Step 3

Calendar (iPhone preinstalled app)

1. Tap Calendars → tap SHOW ALL → tap HIDE ALL → tap tick in circle next to LaunchTime → tap Done

2. Zoom into Calendar day view if not already selected

3. Tap •— × 3 button at top-right if not already selected (this makes iPhone Calendar in general much more useful IMO—why this isn't the default iPhone Calendar view I don't know…)

This step will visually confirm the step 2 export of the list of upcoming rocket launch events from the list in LaunchTime, imported to the LaunchTime calendar in Calendar.

screenshot of list of calendars in Calendar iPhone app
screenshot of list of upcoming rocket launch events in LaunchTime calendar in Calendar iPhone app

Step 4

Countdowns (iPhone)

1. Tap Settings

2. Change selections to Settings (1st screenshot)

3. Tap Defaults

4. Change selections to Defaults (2nd screenshot)

My recommended Countdowns app Settings & Defaults (for new Countdowns events).

Step 5

Countdowns (iPhone)

1. Tap + → Tap Import from Calendar → Tap LaunchTime

2. Tap < and/or > buttons at bottom to select month of rocket launch

3. Tap each listed launch

4. Tap Done


This step will export the list of upcoming rocket launch events from the LaunchTime calendar in Calendar, and import the list to the LaunchTime list in Countdowns.

screenshot of Add Countdown with Import from Calendar circled in Countdowns iPhone app
screenshot of list of calendars with LaunchTime circled in Countdowns iPhone app
screenshot of Choose Event with list of upcoming rocket launches in Countdowns iPhone app
screenshot of LaunchTime list with list of upcoming rocket launches in Countdowns iPhone app

Following steps 1-5 as detailed above should result in similar results to the Countdowns iPhone/iPad/Apple Watch app screenshots × 3 at the top of this page.


The actual list of rocket launches in LaunchTime → Calendar → Countdowns will of course change over time as LaunchTime updates their launch list (including rockets that are actually launched and the (almost inevitable) delay(s) leading up to a launch).

Abbreviations to prepend to Countdowns list entries (for Apple Watch complications):

Launch Provider
Launch Provider abbreviation
Rocket(s)

Arianespace
ARI
Vega / Soyuz-2 / Ariane 5

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
NGI
Antares

Rocket Lab
RLB
Electron

Roscosmos
ROS
Soyuz-FG / Soyuz-2

SpaceX
SPX
Falcon 9 / Falcon Heavy

United Launch Alliance
ULA
Atlas V / Delta IV / Delta IV Heavy