Next in Space

What's coming up in space exploration

US

2017

End of 2017
First test crewed launch of New Shepard

2018

January 2018
Pad abort test of CST-100 Starliner
Early 2018
Bigelow starts taking deposits from prospective clients for B330
April-May 2018
Launch of Red Dragon
June 2018
Orbital flight test (uncrewed) of CST-100 Starliner
Mid 2018
SpaceX starts testing the Interplanetary Transportation System's Ship
2018
First operational launch of New Shepard
August 2018
First crewed flight of CST-100 Starliner
September 2018
First launch (uncrewed) of SLS and Orion (EM-1)
October 2018
Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope
December 2018
First operational flight of CST-100 Starliner

2019

Mid 2019
SpaceX starts testing the Interplanetary Transportation System's Booster
Before the end of the decade (2010s)
First flight of Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket

2020

Early 2020
SpaceX starts orbital testing of the Interplanetary Transportation System
Around 2020
Voyager 1 initiates instrument power shutdown
2020
Launch of the Mars 2020 rover
Around 2020
Voyager 2 initiates instrument power shutdown
2020
Launch of the first Bigelow B330
2020 or 2021
Launch of Axiom Space's commercial ISS module

2021

August 2021
First crewed launch of SLS and Orion (EM-2)

2022

Late 2022
SpaceX starts flying the Interplanetary Transportation System to Mars

2025

No earlier than 2025
Voyager 2 can no longer power any single instrument
No earlier than 2025
Voyager 1 can no longer power any single instrument

Far Future

In about 300 years
Voyager 1 reaches the Oort Cloud
In about 30,000 years
Voyager 1 leaves the Oort Cloud
In about 40,000 years
Voyager 2 passes within 1.7 light-years from Ross 248
In about 40,000 years (from 2013)
Voyager 1 is closer to Gliese 445 than to our sun
In about 296,000 years
Voyager 2 passes within 4.3 light-years from Sirius