China's first independent interplanetary mission was lauched with a Long March 5 rocket (it's fourth mission) and consists of both an orbiter and a rover, with a total of 13 science payloads. The priorities of the mission include finding both current and previous life, and evaluating the planet's surface and environment.
The orbiter itself carries 7 acience payloads and has a powerful high resolution camera. After the orbit insertion it is expected to operate at least for 2 Earth years.
The 6 wheel solar powered rover will only land 2 or 3 months after the orbit insertion of the Tianwen-1 spacecraft. The 240Kg rover is expected to operate for at least 90 days in a southern area of the Utopia Planitia.
Rocket Lab's Electron Rocket is a 18 meter height launch vehicle mainly dedicated to the small satellite launch market. Electron's first stage is powered by 9 Rutherford engines and has a maximum payload of 300Kg. The Rutherford engine is the first oxygen/kerosene engine to use 3D printing for all primary components.
January 31, 2020✔ Mission 11: "Birds of a Feather"
June 13, 2020✔ Mission 12: "Don't Stop Me Now"
July 4, 2020✖ Mission 13: "Pics or it didn't happen"
August 31, 2020✔ Mission 14: "I Can't Believe It's Not Optical"
October 28, 2020✔ Mission 15: "In Focus"
October 28, 2020✔ Mission 16: "Return to Sender"
December 15, 2020✔ Mission 17: The Owl's Night Begins
January 20, 2021✔ Mission 18: Another One Leaves The Crust
SN15 High Altitude Flight Test Replay (May 5, 2021)
These prototypes are test vehicles for the main Starship project.
The Starhopper prototype, powered by one Raptor engine, had a 9 meter diameter and 18 meter height. After the 4 successful tests (including the 150 meter flight) this amazing prototype is now retired and being used as a vertical test stand for Raptor engines.
In November 2019 the development of the prototypes Mk1 and Mk2 was suspended after the Mk1 prototype was destroyed in a tank pressure test. Both prototypes had 3 Raptor Engines.
In February 2020 Starship SN1 (ex Mk3) was destroyed in a pressurization test and SpaceX started testing the Starship SN2 (test tank). After SN2 passed a pressurization test in the beginning of March, the company finished the Starship SN3 prototype but it was also destroyed in the beginning of April.
The SN4 prototype was finished in April and equipped with one Raptor engine, but it was completely destroyed in a dramatic explosion right after completing a static-fire test.
In June 2020 SpaceX completed the SN7 test tank and it ruptured during a stress test.
In August 2020 the SN5 prototype, powered by a solo offset Raptor engine, made a successful 150 meter flight making it the first full-scale Starship prototype to fly and land safely. And in the beginning of September 2020 the Raptor only SN6 prototype made a successful hop flight.
In December 2020 the new steel alloy SN8 with three Raptor engines installed made the first ever high altitude flight. It reached an altitude of 12.5Km and made the "belly flop" manoeuvre and also the "flip landing". Despite exploding right on the spot on the landing pad, the test was a great success for SpaceX.
In February 2021 the prototype SN9 completed its 10km high altitude flight test. Everything went well but unfortunately it exploded on the landing pad after the flip landing manoeuvre.
In the beginning of March SpaceX successfully launched Starship prototype SN10 and it was the first prototype to land safely right on the landing pad. Unfortunately it exploded eight minutes later. In the end of that same month, SpaceX launched the SN11 prototype with harsh weather conditions and dense fog, but it exploded in flight right before the landing.
SN15 launched in the beginning of May and was the first complete success for SpaceX. The prototype landed smoothly on its legs at the landing pad and it showed that it is indeed a valid technology of a fully reusable space transportation system.
The next prototype in line is the new SN16 and it's now almost ready to make SpaceX's sixth high altitude flight test with three new Raptor engines installed.
SpaceX also finishing the construction of the SN17 and SN18 while actively developing other Starship prototypes (SN19 to SN20) and the Super Heavy booster (BN3).
SN5 Hop Flight Replay (August 4, 2020)
SN6 Hop Flight Replay (September 3, 2020)
SN8 High Altitude Flight Test Replay (December 9, 2020)
Starship SN9 High Altitude Flight Test (February 2, 2021)
Starship SN10 High Altitude Flight Test (March 3, 2021)
Starship SN11 High Altitude Flight Test (March 30, 2021)
Starship SN15 High Altitude Flight Test (May 5, 2021)
2019 Timeline Click to expand
April 3, 2019✔
Starhopper Tethered Test 1 (Alt: Few centimeters)
April 5, 2019✔
Starhopper Tethered Test 2 (Alt: 1 meter)
July 25, 2019✔
Starhopper Hover Test 3 (Alt: 20 meters)
August 27, 2019✔
Starhopper Hover Test 4 (Alt: 150 meters)
September 28, 2019✔
Starship Update Presentation
November 20, 2019✖
Starship MK1 Explosion
February 28, 2020✖
Starship SN1 Explosion
April 3, 2020✖
Starship SN3 Explosion
May 30, 2020✖
Starship SN4 Explosion
June 23, 2020✖
Starship SN7 Test Tank Rupture
August 4, 2020✔
Starship SN5 test Flight 1 (Alt: 150 meters)
September 3, 2020✔
Starship SN6 Test Flight 1 (Alt: 150 meters)
December 9, 2020✖
Starship SN8 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 12.5 Km)
February 2, 2021✖
Starship SN9 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
March 3, 2021✔
Starship SN10 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
March 30, 2021✖
Starship SN11 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
May 5, 2021✔
Starship SN15 High Altitude Flight Test (Alt: 10 Km)
June, 2021 Starship SN16 High Altitude Flight Test
Coming in 2021 Starship SN17 High Altitude Flight Test
The New Shepard reusable launch system is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing, suborbital crewed rocket that is being developed by Blue Origin as a commercial system for suborbital space tourism. The main objective of the New Shepard program is to carry tourists, commercial payloads and scientific experiments on brief trips to suborbital space. Blue Origin is expected to start flying people on New Shepard this July.
The AFSPC-44 mission is scheduled for launch in 2021 for the United States Air Force (USAF).
This classified mission will use a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket to be launched from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.
Astrobotic's Peregrine moon lander will be launched by the first ever United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan Centaur misson (successor to ULA's workhorse Atlas V rocket).
It will carry 30 different payloads (half of them provided by NASA) to study several aspects of the moon's environment like the lunar regolith, the moon's radiation environment and the the chemistry of the moon's thin atmosphere. Unfortunately the lander is not expected to survive the lunar night.
The Peregrine lander will also carry two small rovers: Spacebit's walking rover (UK) and Dymon's Yaoki rover (Japan).
Spacebit's tiny walking rover will be the first payload from the UK to reach the moon surface. It will drop from beneath the Peregrine rover, move at least 10 meters with its own four legs and transmit fullHD videos during its 10 day mission.
Yaoki rover will be Japan's first lunar rover and it was developed by Tokyo-based company Dymon. It is also a very small robot and, unlike Spacebit's rover, will have wheels instead of walking legs.
The CST-100 Starliner (Crew Space Transportation) is Boeing's entry for NASA's
Commercial Crew Program that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station.
This uncrewed mission will be Boeing's second attempt to reach the ISS after the partial failure of the first OFT-1 mission. It will test all the capabilities of the capsule and the docking process with the ISS. The mission will end with the capsule landing in New Mexico, returning safely to the primary landing site.
November 4, 2019✔
Pad Abort Test
December 20, 2019✖
OFT-1: Orbital Flight Test to ISS (Uncrewed)
August, 2021 OFT-2: Orbital Flight Test-2 to ISS (Uncrewed)
Intuitive Machines Nova-C Moon Lander will be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket and will carry five NASA payloads to the Moon to explore and test technologies to process some natural resources of our natural satellite. Unfortunately the lander is not expected to survive the lunar night.
The James Webb Space Telescope is a space telescope developed in collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency that will be the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The JWST will offer unprecedented resolution and sensitivity, and will enable a broad range of investigations across the fields of astronomy and cosmology.
The Space Launch System is an American Space Shuttle-derived heavy-lift expendable launch vehicle. It is part of NASA's deep space exploration plans including a crewed mission to Mars. It will be the most powerful rocket ever built with a total thrust greater than that of the Saturn V, putting the SLS into the super heavy-lift launch vehicle class of rockets.
Artemis Timeline (Credit: Nasa)
Artemis-1 Mission will be the first flight of the SLS and the second flight of the Orion spacecraft. It will send the uncrewed Orion capsule on a loop around the Moon to test the hardware in deep space. The mission will have a planned duration of 25 days.
Artemis-1 Details (Credit: Nasa)
The plan for the Artemis-2 Mission is for a crewed Orion spacecraft with four astronauts to perform a lunar flyby test and return safely to Earth.
Europa Clipper mission will send the orbiter to Jupiter's moon Europa to explore its habitability and help to choose the landing site for the future Europa Lander Mission.
The launch of the Artemis-3 Mission is scheduled for 2024 and it will finally land 2 humans, a man and a woman on the surface of the moon at the lunar south pole.
PTScientists is a group of volunteer scientists and engineers based in Germany. Their objective is to perform the world's first private Moon landing by 2021 and will include backing from the following corporate sponsors: Audi, Vodafone and Red Bull Media House.
The lander is intended to go to the Taurus-Littrow region of the moon, in the vicinity of the Apollo 17 landing site, carrying two rovers
ESA's ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin is headed to the red planet in 2020, on a mission to search for
potential signatures of past or present life, specifically by looking at environments where water could have flowed. It also will carry a drill that can penetrate up to 2 meters (6 feet) below the surface.
It will land in Oxia Planum, a plain in the Red Planet's northern hemisphere that shows lots of evidence of ancient water activity.
The Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander mission will be India's second attempt to land on the moon after the partial failure of the Vikram lander that crashed on the moon's surface during the previous Chandrayaan-2 mission.
This new mission will have a lander and a rover. If all runs as expected, India's ISRO will become the
fourth space angency to soft land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon.
Asteroid study and sample-return mission to study asteroid 101955 Bennu, a carbonaceous 500 meter diameter asteroid. The objective of the mission is to grab a sample from the asteroid and bring it to Earth.
September 08, 2016✔ Launch
December 03, 2018✔ Arrival at asteroid 101955 Bennu (Alt. 5 Km)
October 20, 2020✔ Sample extraction "Touch and Go"
NASA's VIPER moon rover will fly to the moon aboard Astrobotic's Griffin lunar lander under the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Astrobotic announced later that it had selected SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket as the mission launch vehicle
The VIPER rover will touchdown on the south pole of the moon and it will look for water ice at the surface and below (with a meter long drill). It can be controlled in almost real-time by NASA operators and it's the fist rover ever equipped with headlights for exploring dark shadowed areas.
The mission will have a duration of 100 days and the rover is expected to cover a total distance of 12Km.