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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What is the feasibility of launching a probe to Sedna?

This dwarf planet reaches perihelion in the summer of 2076. At a distance of 76 au, is it feasible to launch a probe that would reach Sedna in time? With an orbital period of over 11,000 years, this ...
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Is any space station planned to be put in orbit in decade 2014-2024?

ISS will be closed by 2020. Are there any other space stations planned to be put in orbit in decade 2014-2024 that have really chances to be built?
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What's after Pluto for New Horizons?

I have read that the New Horizons probe plans on visiting some other Kuiper-belt objects once it passes Pluto, but not sure which ones. This brings up a few questions: Are there any leading KBO ...
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What landings beyond Mars and the Moon are scheduled?

Recent years have brought us some interesting landings: Titan, the comet, the Chinese landed on the Moon, we got a lab the size of a SUV on Mars. Currently, Mars is in the focus of the West, while ...
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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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Why not use deep space hibernation in all missions?

If Deep Space Hibernation of a probe saves energy and power, then why isn't it implemented on long planetary missions and Interstellar missions like, New Horizons, Voyagers, Pioneers, Cassini, etc.......
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Are there plans for another mission to Titan?

I've always liked the idea of exploring the moon Titan, most likely because of the atmosphere, pressure, and the fact that it has stable bodies of liquids at the surface. Although it's very cold, ...
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How useful is placing an asteroid in Lunar orbit?

Quoting from NASA warned plan to send humans to Mars may fail news article: The Obama administration is opposed to another moon landing, saying such a mission would be too costly. It wants ...
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What is the United States' current plan to get back to launching people into space?

It has now been two years since the last Space Shuttle mission ended (July 21, 2011). Since then, the United States has not had its own capability to launch astronauts into space. To my knowledge ...
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How feasible would it be to move the ISS to the surface of the Moon to recycle its components in future?

I see it as an awful waste of energy in not only creating the International Space Station (ISS) components, but also in getting them into space to only decommission the station by letting it fall back ...
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What are the current state in plans to put a liquid telescope on the moon or in space?

The utility of using liquid metals or ionic salts to automate casting of a telescope mirror could offer a cheap way to build a massive telescope on the moon or in space. The image above, along with ...
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Is there any chance of a US based astronaut launch prior to 2017?

Since the last shuttle retired in 2011, US astronauts have been paying to ride to space on Russian rockets. According to recent news: BBC 16 September 2014 the earliest US launch is late 2017. ...
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Good year for start of an interstellar mission, due to gravity-assist

What is the next excellent year for a interstellar mission (beyond Neptune). The main acceleration for those missions are gravity-assists with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2 managed ...
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How are long space travel times motivated? (17 year Europa mission)

ESA:s mission to Europa will produce first data 17 years after it was decided. It will take 8 years from launch to arrive at Jupiter. Since technology advances rapidly, I wonder if it would not be ...
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How can we determine the optimal destination for a manned mission beyond our solar system?

The 100YSS mission currently includes a discussion about Alpha Centauri (our closest star) as a potential target destination, but is it really the best candidate for the 100YSS? To narrow the ...
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Why doesn't NASA create targeted campaigns for donations?

In this article is stated that in order to land on Mars NASA might need the help of the ESA or even the Chinese, not because it doesn't have the capability, but because it needs more financial help. ...
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One year Mission: Using data from Valeri Polyakov?

NASA One Year Mission will send two people to ISS for one year to help us to get closer to Mars Valeri Polyakov Is current record holder for longest space flight. So, there is one of most obvious ...
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How effective would the ARES aircraft be?

NASA has been working on a glider aircraft they wanted to send to Mars - this is the Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey. (ARES) How long would it be able to travel? What would be the possible ...
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Is the UK Space's MoonLITE project still on?

Impacting the Moon with ballistic projectiles to study its surface characteristics through debris plume sounds fantastic to me, especially with the success of previous such missions (or better said ...
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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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Are there any planned extra-solar missions by NASA or others?

Voyager 1 and 2 have been gone for a LONG time now (decades) and presumably we can produce bigger, faster and better probes these days that could tell us a lot more about the heliosphere. I've not ...
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Is space mining and development as shown in the television show “The Expanse” realistic?

In the television show "The Expanse", we see the Solar System having been partially colonized and developed during the 23rd century. The spacecraft in the show appear to depend on conventional ...
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Why is the Pirs docking module being discarded?

According to a ISS operations/launch manifest on May 2, 2014 the Progress docked to Pirs, will undock, with Pirs attached to deorbit it. ...
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What will the new Iranian satellites be imaging?

Iran is soon to launch two satellites which will reportedly take images "with a high degree of accuracy of less than 10 meters" (azernews). What will these satellites be imaging?
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What do the gravitational wave findings mean for Evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna satellite

Being announced as the discovery of the decade (sucks to work in science for the next 4 years I guess) the recent announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves from the collision of two black ...
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Are there any Mars missions currently in the design phase which could take advantage of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator?

NASA's LDSD project, which underwent a mostly successful test last year, has been indicated to improve the maximum payload deliverable to the surface of Mars from 1.5 metric tonnes to 2-3 metric ...
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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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Are there currently any plans for a Venus lander?

I am interested in what the surface of Venus looks like in true color, but have discovered that true color images of Venusian surface are rare, and am hoping that a lander mission is planned to take ...
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What plans does AEB (the Brazilian Space Agency) have for missions beyond GEO?

Besides the US, we focus a lot on Russia and China's space programs. India also gets a little attention. Brazil, Russia, India, and China form the BRIC group which is widely presumed to surpass G7 ...
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Does any group have a serious proposal to build & maintain a station at L1?

To me, it's a no-brainer that the Earth-Moon L1 location is a strategic locale, sort of a forks of the Ohio in local space. I've seen some proposals to put some long-term station there, but has anyone ...
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Could the ISS be propelled to Mars?

As the ISS has shown the ability for human habitation for extended periods, might we be able to add a propulsion unit to the ISS that would be capable of providing delta-v to send ISS to a martian ...
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Will Soyuz TMA-16M have the most experienced crew?

I was looking at the names of the crew for Soyuz TMA-16M (for the year long expedition) and I was thinking "wow that's an experienced crew!". I looked up their combined experience and it shows as: ...
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What is the accepted methodology for prioritizing scientific exploration missions?

This question is motivated by an argument that arose in relation to this question. We know there are decadal surveys recommending the priorities in planetary exploration. There is also a neat problem ...
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Will any near future lunar missions use GRAIL data?

Lunar missions are known to be the subject to the exceptionally disuniform gravity. GRAIL generated a very high resolution gravity map of Luna. Will any missions to Luna in the near future (say, ...
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Oxygen for manned missions

What are some techniques/ways to provide enough oxygen for some manned mission that would last, say, years? edited I mean some arbitrary mission departing from earth to infinity and beyond... No ...
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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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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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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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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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What should a Discovery Program mission budget look like?

NASA recently released preliminary guidelines for proposals for the next Discovery Program mission. The Principal Investigator (PI) budget, which covers the cost of the spacecraft, its science payload,...
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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 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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Which LV families is Roscosmos hoping to operate from the future Eastern Spaceport?

It seems that Russians and Roscosmos were given a green light, a go ahead to build the Vostochny Cosmodrome, or Eastern Spaceport by 2018. They planned on spending \$1 billion on its construction in ...
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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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Any “what if” plans for space programs?

I assume that all space programs, manned and unmanned, have many "what if" plans for situations that might happen. For example, on the ISS they had fire alarm and evacuated to the Russian side. Are ...
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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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What would be the delta-v of rendezvousing with temporarily captured asteroids in Sun-Earth L-points?

It is believed that at any point in time, a handful of small asteroids (TCO's) are temporarily orbiting the Sun-Earth Lagrange points 1 & 2. They are random samples from the Asteroid Belt and ...
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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 there a list of space exploration mission ordered by “size”?

While playing KSP I came to realize how 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 ...
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Can Red Dragon generate electrical power after a Mars landing, or will it rely only on battery power?

Red Dragon will presumably have to shed or re-stow solar arrays before any landing. What will be the source of electrical power after landing?