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Upcoming Missions This Year

Oct 1 RAISE 2
jaxa ihi aerospace
Vehicle Epsilon
Location Uchinoura Space Center
Time 9:48 AM JST / 2021-10-01 00:48:00Z
Window 11 minutes

RAISE-2, or Rapid Innovative Payload Demonstration Satellite 2, is a technology demonstration mission for the Japanese space agency, JAXA. Also aboard are more than a half-dozen other rideshare payloads. This will be the fifth launch of the Epsilon rocket and it is set to take its multi-satellite payload into a Sun-synchronous orbit.

Oct 5 Soyuz MS-19
rka tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time 2:55 PM ALMT / 2021-10-05 08:55:00Z

A Soyuz rocket is slated to launch the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft to the International Space Station with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild. While Shkaplerov will remain aboard ISS for about six months, the other two will remain aboard for about 12 days before returning on Soyuz MS-18 with Oleg Novitsky. Note: The image used in this entry shows the Soyuz-FG variant. Soyuz missions now exclusively use the Soyuz-2 variant.

Oct 16 Lucy
nasa ula
Vehicle Atlas V 401
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time 5:34 AM EDT / 2021-10-16 09:34:00Z

United Launch Alliance is set to launch NASA's Lucy spacecraft on a mission to Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, which orbit around the Sun both ahead of and behind the giant planet.

Oct 25 QZS 1R
jaxa mitsubishi
Vehicle H-IIA 202
Location Tanegashima Space Center Pad 1
Time 11:00 AM JST / 2021-10-25 02:00:00Z
Window 1 hour

JAXA will be launching a replacement spacecraft for its Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, which is designed to augment GPS capability in the Japanese archipelago. QZS-1R is expected to replace QZS-1, which was launched in 2010.

NETOct 28 Progress MS-18
rka tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-2
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

Roscosmos is slated to send the uncrewed Progress MS-18 cargo resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station. Upon reaching orbit, the freighter is expected to take about two days to reach the outpost and dock with the Zvezda module.

NETOct 31 Crew-3 Dragon
nasa spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX's Crew-3 Dragon mission is slated to bring NASA's Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron, as well as German astronaut Matthias Maurer to the International Space Station. They'll replace outgoing astronauts from the Crew-2 flight and are expected to remain aboard the outpost for about six months before being replaced by the Crew-4 Dragon astronauts in the first half of 2022.

NETOct USSF 44
dod spacex
Vehicle Falcon Heavy
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX is set to launch its first Falcon Heavy rocket in more than two years by sending a classified payload into orbit for the United States Space Force. It'll deploy two spacecraft directly into a geosynchronous orbit. While the primary satellite is classified, a secondary micro-satellite called TETRA-1 is also set to be deployed. This will be the fourth flight of a Falcon Heavy and will involve the two side boosters landing on drone ships downrange while the center core will be expended

Nov 22 Galileo 27, 28
arianespace
Vehicle Soyuz-2 (Arianespace)
Location Guiana Space Centre ELS
Time 10:07:49 PM GFT / 2021-11-23 01:07:49Z

Launching atop a Soyuz 2.1b rocket will be two Galileo navigation constellation satellites for Europe: Galileo 27 and 28.

Nov 24 DART
nasa spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time 1:58 AM EST / 2021-11-24 06:58:00Z

SpaceX is set to launch NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test, DART, atop a Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to be the agency's first mission to demonstrate an asteroid defense capability -- kinetic impact. The goal is to rendezvous with the small binary asteroid system Didymos to change the speed of its satellite asteroid companion Dimorphos by slamming an impactor on its surface.

NETDec 4 CRS-24 Dragon
nasa spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

SpaceX is expected to launch its fourth Dragon 2 cargo spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket. CRS-24 will also be the 24th SpaceX cargo Dragon flight under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services program.

NETDec 8 Soyuz MS-20
rka tsskb-progress
Vehicle Soyuz-FG
Location Baikonur Cosmodrome LC-31
Time TBD

A Russian Soyuz rocket is expected to launch Soyuz MS-20 and three people to the International Space Station for a say of roughly 12 days. Aboard is to be professional Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and space tourists Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano. This is the first dedicated Russian tourist flight via the Soyuz spacecraft. Note: The image used in this entry shows the Soyuz-FG variant. Soyuz missions now exclusively use the Soyuz-2 variant.

NETDec 18 James Webb Space Telescope
nasa arianespace
Vehicle Ariane 5 ECA
Location Guiana Space Centre ELA-3
Time TBD

After more than a two decades of development and a cost of more than $10 billion, NASA's flagship James Webb Space Telescope is finally set to launch atop an Ariane 5 rocket. This largest space telescope ever launched (its mirror is some 6.5 meters once deployed) is set to be sent to the Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange point some 1 million miles from Earth in order to observe the universe in infrared wavelengths.

Missions No Earlier Than 2022

NETFeb 21 Axiom Mission 1
spacex
Vehicle Falcon 9 (Crew Dragon)
Location Kennedy Space Center LC-39A
Time TBD

Axiom Space has contracted with SpaceX and NASA to fly the first private International Space Station crew for a weeklong stay at the outpost. Included are former NASA astronaut and Ax-1 Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, American entrepreneur Larry Connor, Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy and Israeli investor and philanthropist Eytan Stibbe.

NET2022 Orbital Flight Test 2
nasa ula
Vehicle Atlas V 421
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

Launching atop an Atlas 5 rocket in an "N22" variant* will be Boeing's second uncrewed Starliner test mission to the International Space Station, OFT-2. This was delayed from summer 2021 because of a problem with thrusters on the spacecraft's service module. *The variant designation means it will have no payload fairing, two solid rocket motors and two engines on the Centaur upper stage. Note: The image used in this entry shows the 421 variant.

NET2022 Starliner CFT
nasa ula
Vehicle Atlas V 421
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

Launching atop an Atlas 5 rocket in an "N22" variant* will be Boeing's first crewed CST-100 Starliner mission to the International Space Station. It will see NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore, Michael Fincke and Nichole Mann fly to the outpost for at least one or two weeks. *The variant designation means it will have no payload fairing, two solid rocket motors and two engines on the Centaur upper stage. Note: The image used in this entry shows the 421 variant.

NET2022 Boeing Starliner-1
nasa ula
Vehicle Atlas V 421
Location Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41
Time TBD

Launching atop an Atlas 5 rocket in an "N22" variant* will be Boeing's first operational crewed CST-100 Starliner mission to the International Space Station: Starliner-1. It will see NASA astronauts Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada and Jeanette Epps, as well as Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. *The variant designation means it will have no payload fairing, two solid rocket motors and two engines on the Centaur upper stage. Note: The image used in this entry shows the 421 variant.