JULY 15: # Soyuz; Progress 76P cargo launch from Baikonur to the ISS.
JULY 17 (-AUG.05): > NASA plans to launch the Mars 2020 Rover and drone helicopter Mission to the Red Planet on an Atlas 5 (541) from Cape Canaveral SLC 41. (Landing on Mars Feb. 2021) The rover will collect samples that will be returned to Earth by a future Mars mission ( perhaps in 2026).
JULY 25 (/2022) > Planned launch of the ESA/Russian ExoMars 2020 mission lander 'Kazachok' & rover 'Rosalind Franklin' on a Proton rocket from Baikonur. It will search for traces of life and characterize the nature of the surface environment.
JULY: > OSIRIS-REx will use its robotic arm to obtain a sample of asteroid Bennu. It wil be returned to Earth in September 2023.
JULY: > Planned launch on a Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegasshima of the UAE Mars Hope orbiter to study the Martian Atmosphere.
JULY / AUGUST: > China plans to launch (on a Long March 5) a mission to Mars that will include an orbiter and a surface rover.
OCTOBER 12: > BepiColombo Venus gravity assist enroute to Mercury.
DECEMBER: > Planned return to Earth of Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe, landing in the Australian outback, carrying samples from asteroid 162173 Ryugu (1999 JU3).
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- Possible first launch of Japan's new H-3 rocket.
- Possible first launch of China's new medium-lift Long March 8.
- China plans to launch the 2nd module of a new space station (Tiangong 3) into orbit on a Long March 5 booster. After this laboratory module, the 3rd module will be launched in 2022.
% ESA hopes to launch the unmanned Space Rider spaceplane on a Vega rocket from Kourou.
- Planned first launch of the new Ariane 6 rocket.
^ Blue Origin expects to begin flying paying passengers on its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle.
# Planned launch of Bigelow's BA-330 expandable module ' 'XBASE' on an Atlas 5 (552). Bigelow intends to berth the module to the ISS.
> Moon Express plans to launch the first commercial lunar sample- return mission.
] GOES-R weather satellite launch.
+# Planned first manned test flight (Boe-CFT) of a Boeing CST-100 Starliner capsule to the ISS, on an Atlas 5 (401) rocket from Cape Canaveral Complex 41. Parachute landing on land in the US southwest after about 6 months.
> China plans to launch the Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission, on a Long March 5 from the new near-equatorial spaceport Wenchang on Hainan Island. The mission will make an automatic rendezvous and docking with a return module in lunar orbit before flying back to Earth.
+^ Virgin Galactic is expected to begin commercial suborbital flights with their 2nd SpaceShipTwo 'VSS Unity'.
- Planned first commercial orbital launch of LauncherOne, air-dropped from Virgin Galactic's 747 'Cosmic Girl'.
%^ Blue Origin expects to begin crewed test flights of its reusable suborbital New Shepard vehicle.
- China plans to launch the 1st module (Tianhe-1) of a new space station (Tiangong 3) into orbit on a Long March 5 booster. After this core module, the 2nd and 3rd modules will be launched in 2022.
% ESA will possibly test its new Advanced Re-entry Vehicle, which will be able to bring cargo back from the ISS.
% Planned launch of an ESA Aurora technology precursor mission to demonstrate aerobraking/aerocapture, solar electric propulsion and soft landing.
%# Russia plans to launch the OKA-T microgravity laboratory on a Soyuz 2-1b from Vostochny. The human-tended spacecraft is able to dock with the ISS.
- The first UK spaceport is planned to become operational.
+# Russia plans to conduct a simulated Mars flight aboard the ISS. After a year on the Space Station cosmonauts would return to Earth for a brief period and then go back to the ISS for a further year. WW2
# Planned launch on a Proton rocket of the Russian MLM (Multi-Purpose Laboratory) 'Nauka' to the ISS. It will replace the Pirs module which will be deorbited.
+% Stratolaunch begins test flying their air-launch carrier aircraft.
^ Blue Origin plans to begin suborbital commercial flights of research payloads on their New Shepard system.
> First of 3 planned launches on a Rocket Lab Electron of a Moon Express MX-1E robotic spacecraft to the lunar surface. Moon Express was one of the Google Lunar X PRIZE contenders.
℅ ESA plans to conduct another IXV test flight, this time making a ground- landing instead of a splashdown.
> PTScientists (Germany) plans to launch a Quattro rover to the Taurus Littrow Valley on the Moon.
+> Possible first tourist flight to orbit the Moon. The Deep Space Exploration - Alpha mission will use a Soyuz TMA and a 2nd habitation module plus an additional Block DM propulsion module launched separately on a Proton rocket. After a possible stopover at the ISS the Soyuz will dock with the 2 modules. An unmanned test flight will be flown first.
> Moon Express plans to set up a robotic research outpost near the lunar south pole and prospect for water and other resources.
> Team Indus (India) plans to launch its first unmanned Lunar mission.
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TBD: - Planned first launch of the Cyclone-4M rocket, from Canso, Nova Scotia.