Questions tagged [future-missions]

Missions expected to happen over the next decade, but that have not launched yet. In particular if such is only a concept at this time.

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Is there something inherently more difficult about servicing satellites in the 2nd Sun-Earth Lagrangian point?

There are several questions already asked on here about the potential for servicing the James Webb Space Telescope. This question asks what happens if the JWST needs repair. Basically, there are no ...
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Why doesn’t NASA build its rockets using graphene?

Graphene would be a great material to build a rocket out of. Graphene is extremely thin. One single atom thin layer of graphene can withstand 15 000 000 pascal . A square meter of this material only ...
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Is electric propulsion feasible for human spaceflight?

I have been reading a lot about electric propulsion and was wondering if it would be feasible for human spaceflight. It is really efficient but it takes a while to get to the desired speed. Would it ...
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Why doesn't NASA fly its rockets on suborbital trajectories to the Moon?

After trying it out in Kerbal Space Program for a while, I was wondering why NASA doesn't fly on suborbital trajectories to the Moon. When I tested this idea in Kerbal Space Program I found out that ...
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Can double deck spacecraft be designed and constructed for manned missions?

Double Deck Aeroplane Similar to double deck Aeroplane, can a double deck crewed mission spacecraft be designed and constructed? Benefits: More astronauts in the manned mission spacecraft viz Mars, ...
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Mission maneuver to Enceladus, I have some results from JPL trajectory browser, what comes next?

I am working on a project titled 'Astrodynamic mission maneuver to Enceladus'. I have found the launch date using NASA trajectory Browser. Can you let me know how to proceed further?
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Are they already planning a successor to the JWST?

Hubble has been flying for 30+ years. JWST took 10 years to fund and build. But given its 10 year (if we're lucky) life expectancy, I assume its successor is already on a drawing board somewhere.
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What are and could be all the advantages and disadvantages to have a crewed station on Phobos before landing crewed missions on Mars?

Stickney crater on Phobos For both images, credits: NASA/JPL The image above shows the Phobos monolith near Stickney crater, a sign or message to go there first ? An example of an advantage is the ...
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Are there any projects of flying launch pads on high altitude ballons? [duplicate]

It is possible to fly up to 30 km with high altitude balloons. Is it possible to build an island there with launch pad on it? Will it help to fly to space?
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how to soft-kill or soft-deny a target satellite?

Thanks to the rapid growth of commercial space technologies, the use of space by new players is increasing. To prevent outlaw or problematic new spacecraft let's suppose there is a "space police&...
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Is the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator scheduled for any upcoming Mars mission? Is the program still active?

Back in 2014 and 2015, some tests of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator were performed. The LDSD is intended to land heavier payloads on Mars than is currently possible. Mark Adler (the project ...
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Why do larger and newer rockets not use electric pumps?

Rocketlab's Electron uses an electric pump combustion cycle with no preburner so all fuel is fed into the combustion chamber rather than wasted in a preburner/staged combustion-powered turbopump that ...
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Using Space Stations in fixed orbits instead of Space Ships for the Whole Journey

I'm very new, so I hope this question is within the guidelines of this group. I remember an interview with Sally Ride where she mentioned using a larger habitat/space station that was put into a ...
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What would be merits of placing space telescope after the asteroid belt or closer to the Kupier belt?

I want to know what difference does it make, in terms of observations made and the benefits for the astronomical society if we place a space telescope after the asteroid belt or near the Kuiper belt. ...
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How many organisations are involved in missions that go further than the moon?

I'm trying to get an idea of how many missions are planning to go further than the moon? I'd like to know which companies or organisations are doing, or planning to do this (e.g. missions to Mars or ...
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Can a strong magnetic field be used to propel a spacecraft towards Mars and outer planets in Solar system?

Sun is bombarding us with ionized particles and these particles are moving towards outer planets. During solar flares this effect is intensified greatly. If we are able to create very strong magnetic ...
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Is additive manufacturing ever tested in space or are there some future missions which plan to do so?

Unlike ISS where astronauts can count on supply of mission critical parts from Earth, future interplanetary travelers must have sufficient number of spare parts onboard, or technology to produce them ...
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Will astronauts on the way to mars do experiments like in orbital labs?

Astronauts on Mars-bound missions will be stuck in their spacecraft for months on end. I could find many articles on what psychological issues will have to be faced, how they may/will be faced, how ...
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What are the problems humans will face after migration to Mars [closed]

This was the question I was asked to check the research ability. Forgive me because I have just started this topic. What do you think could be the best answer? Background Once upon a time in the ...
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Which of the upcoming space missions has the greatest chance of proving the existence of life on exoplanets?

Confirming the existence of life on other distant planets would be one of the greatest discoveries in our history. I believe that many space enthusiasts would love this to happen in the coming decades....
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Has there ever been crewed mission plans by any Space Agency to go to a solar system object other than the Moon and Mars?

As we know there are crewed mission plans to go to Mars and people has been in the Moon already. Has there ever been crewed mission plans by any Space Agency, to go to a solar system object other than ...
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Is there any independent evaluation/report on the feasibility of SpaceX going to Mars by 2024?

According to Independent report concludes 2033 human Mars mission is not feasible An independent report concluded that NASA has no chance of sending humans to Mars by 2033, with the earliest such a ...
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What does NASA intend to do about the Martian day in regards to the astronauts who go there?

The Martian day is about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day. What does NASA intend to do about the Martian day in regards to the Mars mission? Will they adjust the astronauts to their landing day ...
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Have we looked in the right place for life on Mars?

I know it's (extremely) unlikely there is (& perhaps ever was) any life on Mars but having had a glance through the missions I can find I can't help thinking we've not really looked in the best ...
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Will be there no ISS in 2030s according to current plans in 2019?

While it took about 10 years and 30 missions to assemble the ISS, and its end of life is about mid to end of 2020's, is there any plan to plan for a new ISS? Otherwise, the time window might become ...
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Why will the next missions to Mars not search for past life where once hydrothermal vents were?

The iron-sulfur world theory and the deep sea vent hypothesis are among the most popular ones to explain the origin of life on Earth. This article (Michalski J et al. Ancient hydrothermal seafloor ...
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Can we use magnetic devices to anchor to asteroids?

One of the challenges about missions to asteroids is staying attached to them when you land. Many asteroids are described as nickel/iron, and we know that both nickel and iron are ferromagnetic. Is it ...
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Has any mission to Titan tested the idea of producing electricity from Saturn's magnetic field?

From an answer to Astronomy SE question How does Titan maintain the atmosphere And we know the idea of generating electricity with a coil orbiting through a planet's magnetic field is sound in ...
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How will Mars terraforming missions really work, how do pioneers like SpaceX plan on conquering Mars? [duplicate]

We know Mars is now dead in the water (or space), it is now merely an oversized rock hurtling through space, with a bit of atmosphere. I was reading up on terraforming the planet, and learned that ...
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What are the chances a space probe will make it to another star without hitting a bit of space dust?

tl;dr: What is the density of "space dust" or micrometeorites in interstellar space, and how likely is it that a tiny interstellar craft could avoid hitting any? In a future time we will likely ...
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Does it make sense to invest money on space investigation? [closed]

I recently saw this picture - drawn by the excellent Spanish cartoonist 'El roto' Translated (please, don't hesitate to edit the question if you find a better translation) They looked for signals ...
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What is the state of current plans for a permanent moon base?

With all the news regarding SLS/Commercial Crew and the refocus on Moon then Mars, I was curious as to what we will actually be able to do with these upcoming launch capabilities. I'm familiar with ...
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Is there a list of space exploration mission ordered by "size"?

While playing KSP I came to realize how counter-intuitive distances in space exploration are. Just because a planet is closer doesn't mean it's easier to get to. For example, I used to think that ...
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Longer lasting missions [closed]

I realize the tremendous advances in the length of missions the last 20 years but I have a lay question so please don't beat me up. If an asteroid such as Oumuamua, billions of years old has the ...
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Could it be worthwhile to bring a small and simple greenhouse with biofilms along with one of the next missions to Mars?

Planetary protection rules could be a reason not to bring biofilms to Mars, but because several landers and satellites that crashed or landed on Mars were probably not sterilized these rules were ...
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What are the advantages to sending a person vs robotics to Mars?

Why is it needed to send a person to Mars one day when we have Rovers? What not obvious advantages do humans have in space exploration over Robotics and vise versa?
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NASA's Mars helicopter blade & weight

I've been really interested in NASA's Mars helicopter and have been reading bits of articles on that recently. But I have a few questions I hope people can help me understand — in this article, it ...
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What is the response to the criticism of LOP-G project by Zubrin and others?

Many people have aired criticism of the project (see here for some). Was there any response from the project's team or NASA regarding these criticisms?
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How many companies are working on creating viable spaceplanes in the near future for human spaceflight(10-20 years)

As we are goinh into 2019 and we've seen the likes of XCOR Aerospace adn Virgin orbit working towards spaceplanes. How many other companies are working on getting humans to space, suborbital and ...
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LEO or GEO or Lx for a space shipyard?

Given space mining and in situ production goes well, where would a space shipyard best located, LEO, GEO or one of L points and why? Rough ideas regarding "specs" of the shipyard: a space shipyard ...
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How much asteroid can we divert from the Earth?

There are many movies with the Earth being saved by sending a bomb out blow up the asteroid. What realistically could we do to that degree today? Do we have interplanetary missiles? if so how much of ...
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Differences in NASA long term human space exploration since 1989?

I'm doing some research in to the various NASA long term programs for human space exploration, and I'm having a really hard time figuring out how they are really different. It seems that since the "90 ...
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What is the rarest launch window?

What situation would make a launch window rare? What is the rarest known launch window?
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Does any group have plans for manned missions longer than the 5 year Callisto mission?

I understand the five-year duration of the HOPE Callisto mission to be at the edge of future manned missions for NASA. Are there any missions planned to be longer than that, by NASA or anyone else? ...
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Does NASA, or any other group, have any plans to directly explore caves on Mars or the moon?

The importance of Martian caves for life past and present, volatiles being trapped, and for future habitats would seem to put their exploration high on the list but I don't see any missions to do so. ...
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Is there any central world organization which authenticate achievement of various space agencies missions?

Recently Isro's mars orbitor has completed 4 years in mars orbit I guess. I am proud of that as I am Indian. but as curious person I still wonder for proofs of that mars orbitor is still in mars ...
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How much CO2 would city-to-city rocket flight produce compared to airliners?

After seeing Elon Musk's proposal of using rockets to travel from city to city I was wondering how much fuel such a rocket would use, and how would that compare to traditional flights in terms of ...
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Any proposed missions to explore the black liquid on Titan? Technical challenges?

I was very interested to know what the black lake on Titan would look like. Are there any plans or proposals for a future mission to land on and/or in one of the lakes of black liquid on Titan, or ...
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Are there any planned missions for spacecraft leaving the solar system? [duplicate]

We have some spacecraft that have extended missions outside of the solar system (ie voyager), but are there any plans for new spacecraft that will leave our solar system either by a primary or ...
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Juno possible retirement adjustment

Notice: I deeply apologize if I'm missing a Logical Issue to this Plan. Instead of ending Juno's mission in 2018 by deorbiting it into Jupiter why not follow these steps. Allow the amount of time ...
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