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FEBRUARY 18:
> Planned landing of the Mars 2020 Rover and drone helicopter Mission on the Red Planet.
The rover will collect samples that will be returned to Earth by a future Mars mission ( perhaps in 2026).

MARCH 30:
=* Planned launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on an Ariane 5 ECA from Kourou ELA-3 to the L2 Lagrange point.

MARCH:
> OSIRIS-REx Departure from asteroid Bennu, carrying samples back to Earth.

MARCH:
* Possible launch of the JAXA/NASA XARM X-ray satellite to replace the failed Hitomi satellite.

MARCH:
> The ExoMars rover arrives at Mars. It will search for traces of life and characterize the nature of the surface environment.

AUGUST 11:
> BepiColombo Venus gravity assist enroute to Mercury.

OCTOBER 02:
> BepiColombo Mercury gravity assist.

OCTOBER:
> Planned launch on an Atlas 5-401 of NASA's Lucy flyby mission to 4 Trojan asteroids.

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> The UAE Mars Hope will enter orbit around the Red Planet.

- Planned launch on a Vega rocket of ESA's e.Deorbit active space debris removal spacecraft from Kourou ELA-1.

* A Long March 2C will possibly launch the joint ESA/Chinese SMILE (Solar Wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer) probe into orbit.

# Planned first unmanned operational launch of the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser on an Atlas 5 from Cape Canaveral SLC-41, carrying supplies to the ISS.

- Planned first launch of Orbital ATK's intermediate version of its new OmegA launcher from KSC Pad 39B.

* Possible launch of the Spektr-UV / World Space Observatory - UV (WSO-UV) on a Zenit-2SB/Fregat rocket.

% Planned first test flight of the UK's Reaction Engines SABRE engine on the unmanned Nacelle Test Vehicle.
2 Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engines will power the future Skylon space plane.

+ India plans to launch its first crewed spacecraft 'Gaganyaan' into orbit on a GSLV Mk 3 rocket.

% Blue Origin plans to launch a BE-4 + BE-3 powered New Glenn orbital rocket from Cape Canaveral SLC-36.