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May is a lovely month. What's up for May?

3 May China CNSA Chang'e-6 Moon sample return from far side of the Moon
4 May Australia Gilmour Space Eris rocket maiden flight test
7 May US Boeing Starliner crewed spacecraft flight test
30 May Russia Roscosmos Progress cargo delivery to ISS
(TBD) US SpaceX Starship fourth flight test
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The complex Chang'e 6 Moon sample return is a precursor to the crewed Moon landing by this decade.
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The 8.2 t Chang'e 6 probe consists of an orbiter, lander, ascender and a returner and with a funny mini-rover and a Pakistan's Moon orbiter
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you never know what this is used for
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Update: Major events for the rest of 2024

7 May 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing starliner first crewed test flight
(TBD)May 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
(TBD)May SpaceX Starship Flight 4
(TBD)June 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS

Other possible new launchers without definite launch windows:
(TBD)2024 Argentina TLON Space Aventura I first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Canada Reaction Dynamics Aurora first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 French Venture OS Zéphyr first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany Isar Aerospace Spectrum first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany HyImpulse SL1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Russia VKS RF Rokot first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Perigee Aerospace Blue Whale 1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Innospace Hanbit-Nano first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Skyrora Skyrora XL first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Orbex Prime first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Astra Rocket 4.0 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Aevum Ravn X first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Phantom Space Daytona first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Rocket Lab Neutron first orbital flight
 
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Pakistan’s first lunar satellite ICUBE-Q successfully enters moon’s orbit
Pakistan now owns a Moon orbiter ICUBE-Qamar
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A senior official of the country’s Institute of Space Technology (IST) confirmed it, saying the “important” development could pave the way for “bigger” space missions for the country in the future.
 

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Pakistan’s first lunar satellite ICUBE-Q successfully enters moon’s orbit
Pakistan now owns a Moon orbiter ICUBE-Qamar View attachment 252032
A senior official of the country’s Institute of Space Technology (IST) confirmed it, saying the “important” development could pave the way for “bigger” space missions for the country in the future.
First image from Pakistan's first Moon orbiter released. Pakistan officials say the mission is a complete success.
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A small step for the world. A giant leap for Pakistan.
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Update: Major events for the rest of 2024

19 May 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing starliner first crewed test flight
(TBD)May 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
(TBD)June 2024 CNSA Chang'e 6 Ascent module orbital launch from the Moon surface
(TBD)June SpaceX Starship Flight 4
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS

Other possible new launchers without definite launch windows:
(TBD)2024 Argentina TLON Space Aventura I first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Canada Reaction Dynamics Aurora first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 French Venture OS Zéphyr first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany Isar Aerospace Spectrum first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany HyImpulse SL1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Russia VKS RF Rokot first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Perigee Aerospace Blue Whale 1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Innospace Hanbit-Nano first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Skyrora Skyrora XL first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Orbex Prime first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Aevum Ravn X first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Phantom Space Daytona first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Rocket Lab Neutron first orbital flight

Nothing new except for multiple delays
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List of all major events in 2024

8 Jan 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first orbital flight with lunar lander Peregrine & rovers
11 Jan 2024 Orienspace Gravity-1 first orbital flight
17 Jan 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-7 cargo mission to CSS
18 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-3 crewed mission to ISS
20 Jan 2024 IRGC Qaem 100 first orbital flight
28 Jan 2024 ISA Simorgh first successful orbital flight of Simorgh
30 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Cygnus NG-20 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-26 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Nova-C IM-1 lunar lander
17 Feb 2024 JAXA H3 first successful orbital flight of H3
4 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-8 crewed mission to ISS
13 Mar 2024 Space One KAIROS first orbital flight
13 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 2C DRO A/B lunar orbiters
14 Mar 2024 SpaceX Starship flight 3
20 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 8 Queqiao-2 lunar orbiters
21 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-30 cargo mission to ISS
23 Mar 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz MS-25 crewed mission to ISS
9 Apr 2024 ULA Delta 4 Heavy final flight of Delta 4 Heavy
25 Apr 2024 CASC Long March 2F/G Shenzhou-18 crewed mission to CSS
3 May 2024 CASC Long March 5 Chang'e 6 lunar sample return

19 May 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing starliner first crewed test flight
(TBD)May 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
(TBD)June 2024 CNSA Chang'e 6 Ascent module orbital launch from the Moon surface
(TBD)June SpaceX Starship Flight 4
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS

Other possible new launchers without definite launch windows:
(TBD)2024 Argentina TLON Space Aventura I first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Canada Reaction Dynamics Aurora first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 French Venture OS Zéphyr first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany Isar Aerospace Spectrum first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany HyImpulse SL1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Russia VKS RF Rokot first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Perigee Aerospace Blue Whale 1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Innospace Hanbit-Nano first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Skyrora Skyrora XL first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Orbex Prime first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Aevum Ravn X first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Phantom Space Daytona first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Rocket Lab Neutron first orbital flight


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List of all major events in 2024

8 Jan 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first orbital flight with lunar lander Peregrine & rovers
11 Jan 2024 Orienspace Gravity-1 first orbital flight
17 Jan 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-7 cargo mission to CSS
18 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-3 crewed mission to ISS
20 Jan 2024 IRGC Qaem 100 first orbital flight
28 Jan 2024 ISA Simorgh first successful orbital flight of Simorgh
30 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Cygnus NG-20 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-26 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Nova-C IM-1 lunar lander
17 Feb 2024 JAXA H3 first successful orbital flight of H3
4 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-8 crewed mission to ISS
13 Mar 2024 Space One KAIROS first orbital flight
13 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 2C DRO A/B lunar orbiters
14 Mar 2024 SpaceX Starship flight 3
20 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 8 Queqiao-2 lunar orbiters
21 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-30 cargo mission to ISS
23 Mar 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz MS-25 crewed mission to ISS
9 Apr 2024 ULA Delta 4 Heavy final flight of Delta 4 Heavy
25 Apr 2024 CASC Long March 2F/G Shenzhou-18 crewed mission to CSS
3 May 2024 CASC Long March 5 Chang'e 6 lunar sample return

26 May 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing starliner first crewed test flight
(TBD)May 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
(TBD)June 2024 CNSA Chang'e 6 Ascent module orbital launch from the Moon surface
(TBD)June SpaceX Starship Flight 4
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Q3 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 iSpace Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS

Other possible new launchers without definite launch windows:
(TBD)2024 Argentina TLON Space Aventura I first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Canada Reaction Dynamics Aurora first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 French Venture OS Zéphyr first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany Isar Aerospace Spectrum first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany HyImpulse SL1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Russia VKS RF Rokot first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Perigee Aerospace Blue Whale 1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Innospace Hanbit-Nano first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Skyrora Skyrora XL first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Orbex Prime first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Aevum Ravn X first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Phantom Space Daytona first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Rocket Lab Neutron first orbital flight


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8 Jan 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first orbital flight with lunar lander Peregrine & rovers
11 Jan 2024 Orienspace Gravity-1 first orbital flight
17 Jan 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-7 cargo mission to CSS
18 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-3 crewed mission to ISS
20 Jan 2024 IRGC Qaem 100 first orbital flight
28 Jan 2024 ISA Simorgh first successful orbital flight of Simorgh
30 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Cygnus NG-20 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-26 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Nova-C IM-1 lunar lander
17 Feb 2024 JAXA H3 first successful orbital flight of H3
4 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-8 crewed mission to ISS
13 Mar 2024 Space One KAIROS first orbital flight
13 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 2C DRO A/B lunar orbiters
14 Mar 2024 SpaceX Starship flight 3
20 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 8 Queqiao-2 lunar orbiters
21 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-30 cargo mission to ISS
23 Mar 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz MS-25 crewed mission to ISS
9 Apr 2024 ULA Delta 4 Heavy final flight of Delta 4 Heavy
25 Apr 2024 CASC Long March 2F/G Shenzhou-18 crewed mission to CSS
3 May 2024 CASC Long March 5 Chang'e 6 lunar sample return

26 May 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing starliner first crewed test flight
30 May 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-27 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)May 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
(TBD)June 2024 CNSA Chang'e 6 Ascent module orbital launch from the Moon surface
(TBD)June SpaceX Starship Flight 4
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Q3 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 iSpace Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS

Other possible new launchers without definite launch windows:
(TBD)2024 Argentina TLON Space Aventura I first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Canada Reaction Dynamics Aurora first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 French Venture OS Zéphyr first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany Isar Aerospace Spectrum first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany HyImpulse SL1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Russia VKS RF Rokot first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Perigee Aerospace Blue Whale 1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Innospace Hanbit-Nano first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Skyrora Skyrora XL first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Orbex Prime first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Aevum Ravn X first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Phantom Space Daytona first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Rocket Lab Neutron first orbital flight
 

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8 Jan 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first orbital flight with lunar lander Peregrine & rovers
11 Jan 2024 Orienspace Gravity-1 first orbital flight
17 Jan 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-7 cargo mission to CSS
18 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-3 crewed mission to ISS
20 Jan 2024 IRGC Qaem 100 first orbital flight
28 Jan 2024 ISA Simorgh first successful orbital flight of Simorgh
30 Jan 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Cygnus NG-20 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-26 cargo mission to ISS
15 Feb 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Nova-C IM-1 lunar lander
17 Feb 2024 JAXA H3 first successful orbital flight of H3
4 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-8 crewed mission to ISS
13 Mar 2024 Space One KAIROS first orbital flight
13 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 2C DRO A/B lunar orbiters
14 Mar 2024 SpaceX Starship flight 3
20 Mar 2024 CASC Long March 8 Queqiao-2 lunar orbiters
21 Mar 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-30 cargo mission to ISS
23 Mar 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz MS-25 crewed mission to ISS
9 Apr 2024 ULA Delta 4 Heavy final flight of Delta 4 Heavy
25 Apr 2024 CASC Long March 2F/G Shenzhou-18 crewed mission to CSS
3 May 2024 CASC Long March 5 Chang'e 6 lunar sample return

30 May 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-27 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)May 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
1 June SpaceX Starship Flight 4
2 June 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing Starliner first crewed test flight

(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
(TBD)June 2024 CNSA Chang'e 6 Ascent module orbital launch from the Moon surface
(TBD)July 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Q3 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 iSpace Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS

Other possible new launchers without definite launch windows:
(TBD)2024 Argentina TLON Space Aventura I first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Canada Reaction Dynamics Aurora first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 French Venture OS Zéphyr first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany Isar Aerospace Spectrum first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Germany HyImpulse SL1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 Russia VKS RF Rokot first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Perigee Aerospace Blue Whale 1 first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 South Korea Innospace Hanbit-Nano first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Skyrora Skyrora XL first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 UK Orbex Prime first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Aevum Ravn X first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Phantom Space Daytona first orbital flight
(TBD)2024 US Rocket Lab Neutron first orbital flight
 

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NASA defends Artemis cost and schedule amid planning of possible changes
Does it mean NASA Artemis III planned for Sept 2026 will be further delayed?
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Nelson: "It is a difficult task and, if we land, it is dependent on SpaceX having their lander ready "
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Blue Origin is accelerating development of its sub-super-heavy rocket New Glenn
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NASA and ISRO continue discussions about Indian astronaut flight to ISS

Jeff FoustMay 25, 2024

LOS ANGELES — NASA and the Indian space agency ISRO remain in discussions about flying an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station after America’s ambassador to India said such a mission was still planned for this year.

Speaking at an event May 22, Eric Garcetti, U.S. ambassador to India, appeared to confirm plans described in a joint statement of the U.S. and Indian governments after a June 2023 meeting in Washington between President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That statement said Indian astronauts would train in the U.S. with the goal “of mounting a joint effort to the International Space Station in 2024.”

“We are going to put an Indian astronaut into the International Space Station this year,” Garcetti said, as reported by the Press Trust of India. “We promised when PM Modi came that by the end of this year, we will do this and our mission is still on track to be able to go in space this year.”

Neither NASA nor ISRO have provided formal updates on that effort since the joint statement. Modi announced India’s first group of four astronauts in February, with the expectation that three of them will fly on the first crewed flight of India’s Gaganyaan program no earlier than 2025 and one of them on a mission to the ISS, but ISRO did not announce specific crew assignments.

“At this time, the details regarding the potential space station flight by an ISRO astronaut are being finalized. Once that process is complete, NASA will determine the mission timelines and training modules required to fly to the International Space Station,” NASA spokesperson Julian Coltre told SpaceNews May 24 in response to questions about Garcetti’s comments

The joint statement from last June stated that NASA would provide “advanced training” to Indian astronauts at the Johnson Space Center and that the agencies would develop “a strategic framework for human spaceflight cooperation by the end of 2023.” NASA did not answer questions about whether any Indian astronauts have started training at JSC or if that strategic framework had been completed.

The most likely flight opportunity for an Indian astronaut would be on a private astronaut mission, which would go to the station for up to two weeks. The next such mission is Axiom Space’s Ax-4 mission, slated for late this year, but the company has not announced the crew for that mission. If an Indian astronaut does fly on a private astronaut mission, it is unclear what NASA’s role would be beyond giving approvals required for any such flight to the ISS.
 

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South Korea plans moon landing by 2032, Mars flag by 2045

SEOUL: South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol announced today (May 30) that South Korea will push for a space project to send a space exploration vehicle to the moon by 2032 and plant a national flag on Mars by 2045.

Yoon unveiled the plan to invest 100 trillion won (US$72.5 billion) by 2045 during the opening ceremony of the nation's new space agency, the Korea AeroSpace Administration (KASA), in Sacheon, about 300 kilometers south of Seoul.

"We will land our space exploration vehicle on the moon in 2032 and plant the Taegeukgi on Mars in 2045," Yoon said in his opening remarks.
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Mid-year statistics of global orbital launches in 2024
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It's weird South Korea hasn't launched anything so far.
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List of major events for the rest of 2024

2 June 2024 ULA Atlas 5 Boeing Starliner first crewed test flight
5 June SpaceX Starship Flight 4
(TBD)June 2024 CNSA Chang'e 6 Ascender orbital launch from the Moon
(TBD)June 2024 Gilmour Space Eris first orbital flight
(TBD)June 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Polaris Dawn crewed mission first commercial spacewalk
20 July 2024 CASC Long March 8A first launch of Guowang
(TBD)July 2024 ESA Arianespace Ariane 6 first orbital flight
(TBD)July 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 1 first uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)July 2024 CASC Long March 12 first orbital flight
15 Aug 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress MS-28 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Crew-9 crewed mission to ISS
(TBD)Aug 2024 Space Pioneer Tianlong-3 first orbital flight
11 Sept 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Soyuz MS-26 crewed mission to ISS
29 Sept 2024 Blue Origin New Glenn ESCAPADE Mars orbiters
30 Sept 2024 CASC Long March 7 Tianzhou-8 cargo mission to CSS
(TBD)Sept 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 CRS-31 cargo mission to ISS
(TBD)Q3 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 Firefly Blue Ghost lunar lander
(TBD)Q3 2024 Skyroot Aerospace Vikram 1 first orbital flight
8 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 ESA Hera Asteroid orbiter
10 Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Europa Clipper Jupiter orbiter
16 Oct 2024 Roscosmos Soyuz Progress cargo mission to ISS
23 Oct 2024 CASC Long March 2F Shenzhou-19 crewed mission to CSS
(TBD)Oct 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 AX-4 crewed mission
(TBD)Nov 2024 Galactic Energy Pallas-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Nov 2024 SpaceX Falcon Heavy Griffin lunar lander
(TBD)Dec 2024 Rocket Lab Electron Photon & Venus Life Finder Venus flyby & entry
(TBD)Dec 2024 ISRO LVM 3 Gaganyaan 2 second uncrewed Gaganyaan flight test
(TBD)Dec 2024 Deep Blue Aerospace Nebula-1 first orbital flight
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 IM-2 lunar lander & various rovers
(TBD)Dec 2024 SpaceX Falcon 9 iSpace Hakuto-R 2 lunar lander & rover
(TBD)Q4 2024 RFA RFA One first orbital flight
(TBD)Q4 2024 ULA Vulcan Centaur first Dream Chaser cargo mission to ISS


Anything else?
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Mid-year statistics of global orbital launches in 2024View attachment 255528

It's weird South Korea hasn't launched anything so far.
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Rank of global space powers in the eyes of South Koreans

The two Koreas are ambitious in space exploration. North Korea aims to become a space superpower and South Korea has a clear goal of landing on Moon & Mars.

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We don't know why India is not the list. It's published by South Korean media.
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Roundup for May

US launched 15 times in May(14 from SpaceX and 1 from Rocket Lab)
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Followed by 9 Chinese launches
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Followed by two Russian launches and one North Korean launch(failure).
 

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