2022 in spaceflight

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2022 in spaceflight
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This article documents expected notable spaceflight events during the year 2022.

In 2022, the European Space Agency plans to launch the JUICE spacecraft, which will explore Jupiter and its large ice-covered moons, following a seven-year transit.[1]

NASA will launch the first component of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway as part of its effort to return to the Moon, as well as a starting point of a manned exploration of Mars.[2]

Japan plans to launch the SLIM lunar lander.

The European Space Agency plans to test its orbital uncrewed spaceplane Space RIDER.[3]

Orbital launches[edit]

Date and time (UTC) Rocket Flight number Launch site LSP
Payload
(⚀ = CubeSat)
Operator Orbit Function Decay (UTC) Outcome
Remarks

January[edit]

January (TBD)[4] Japan H-IIA 202 Japan Tanegashima LA-Y1 Japan MHI
Japan United States XRISM JAXA / NASA Low Earth X-ray astronomy  
Japan SLIM JAXA Selenocentric Lunar lander  


March[edit]

March (TBD)[5] United States Atlas V 551 United States Cape Canaveral SLC-41[6] United States ULA
United States Silent Barker (NROL-107)[7] NRO Geosynchronous Space situational awareness  
March (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1a Kazakhstan Baikonur Site 31/6 Russia Roscosmos
Russia Soyuz MS-20 Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) Expedition TBD  
Q1 (TBD)[9] Europe Vega C France Kourou ELV France Arianespace
France Pléiades-Neo 3[10] CNES Low Earth Earth observation  
France Pléiades-Neo 4[10] CNES Low Earth Earth observation  


June[edit]

June (TBD)[11] Europe Ariane 5 ECA France Kourou ELA-3 France Arianespace
Europe Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) ESA Jovicentric Ganymede orbiter  
The spacecraft will embark on an 88-month journey including five gravity assist maneuvers at Earth, Venus, Earth, Mars, and again Earth. Arrival at Jupiter is scheduled for October 2029.[11]
June (TBD)[12] Russia Soyuz-STB / Fregat-MT France Kourou ELS France Arianespace
Europe Euclid ESA Sun–Earth L2 Astronomy  
H1 2022 (TBD)[13] Europe Ariane 64 France Kourou ELA-4 France Arianespace
European Union GO-1 ESA Geostationary Satellite dispenser  
Dedicated smallsat rideshare mission directly to geostationary orbit.

July[edit]

July (TBD)[14] United States Falcon 9 Block 5 United States Cape Canaveral SLC-40 United States SpaceX
South Korea Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO)[15] KARI Selenocentric Lunar orbiter  
South Korea Lunar Impactor[14] KARI Selenocentric Geological research  

August[edit]

August (TBD)[16] United States TBA United States TBA United States TBA
United States PUNCH NASA Low Earth Heliophysics  
United States TRACERS NASA Low Earth (Polar) Magnetospheric  
Launch of two missions for NASA's Small Explorer program.
August (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1a / Fregat-M Russia Vostochny Site 1S Russia Roscosmos
Russia Kondor-FKA No.2 Roscosmos Low Earth Reconnaissance  

September[edit]

September (TBD)[17][18] India GSLV Mk II India Satish Dhawan SLP India ISRO
United States India NISAR[19] NASA / ISRO Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
September (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1a Kazakhstan Baikonur Site 31/6 Russia Roscosmos
Russia Soyuz MS-21 Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) Expedition TBD  
Q3 (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat-M Russia Plesetsk Site 43/4 Russia RVSN RF
Russia GLONASS-K 22 (K1 №10) VKS Medium Earth Navigation  


November[edit]

2 November[20] United States TBA United States TBA United States TBA
United States PACE NASA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  

December[edit]

December (TBD)[22] United States Commercial launch vehicle United States TBA United States TBA
United States Power and Propulsion Element NASA Selenocentric (NRHO) Space station assembly  
First module of the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway planned for launch.[21]
Q4 (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat-M Russia Plesetsk Site 43/4 Russia RVSN RF
Russia GLONASS-K2 24 (K2 №3) VKS Medium Earth Navigation  
Q4 (TBD)[24] Russia Soyuz ST-B / Fregat-M Russia Kourou ELS Russia Arianespace
Russia MetOp-SG A1[25] EUMETSAT Low Earth (SSO) Meteorology  
First of six MetOp-SG launches.[23]
Q4 (TBD)[26] TBA TBA TBA
Indonesia SATRIA PSN Geostationary Communications  

To be determined[edit]

2022 (TBD)[27] Russia Angara 1.2 Russia Plesetsk Russia Roscosmos
Russia Gonets-M 26 Gonets Satellite System Low Earth Communications  
Russia Gonets-M 27 Gonets Satellite System Low Earth Communications  
Russia Gonets-M 28 Gonets Satellite System Low Earth Communications  
2022 (TBD)[28] Russia Angara A5 Russia TBA Russia Roscosmos
Russia TEM prototype Roscosmos Low Earth Technology demonstration  
2022 (TBD)[29][30] Europe Ariane 5 ECA France Kourou ELA-3 France Arianespace
France Syracuse 4B (Comsat-NG 2)[31] DGA Geosynchronous Communications  
2022 (TBD)[14] United States Atlas V 401 United States Vandenberg SLC-4E United States ULA
United States JPSS-2 NOAA Low Earth (SSO) Meteorology  
United States LOFTID[32] LaRC / ULA Low Earth Technology demonstration  
H2 2022 (TBD)[33] United States Delta IV Heavy United States Vandenberg SLC-6[34] United States ULA
United States Orion 12 (NROL-91)[35] NRO Geostationary SIGINT  
H2 2022 (TBD)[33] United States Delta IV Heavy United States Cape Canaveral SLC-37B[34] United States ULA
United States Orion 13 (NROL-70)[35] NRO Geostationary SIGINT  
2022 (TBD)[36] United States Electron New Zealand Mahia LC-1 United States Rocket Lab
United States Archinaut One Made In Space Low Earth Technology demonstration
Space manufacturing
 
2022 (TBD)[37] Spain Miura 5 France Kourou Spain PLD Space
TBA Low Earth  
Maiden flight of Miura 5.
2022 (TBD)[38] United Kingdom Prime United Kingdom Sutherland United Kingdom Orbex
United Kingdom Faraday-2b In-Space Missions Low Earth Technology demonstration  
2022 (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1a Kazakhstan Baikonur Russia Roscosmos
Russia Progress MS-20 / 81P Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics  
2022 (TBD)[8][39] Russia Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat Kazakhstan Baikonur Russia Roscosmos
Russia Luna 27 Roscosmos Selenocentric Lunar lander  
2022 (TBD)[8] Russia Soyuz-2.1b / Fregat-M Russia Vostochny Site 1S France Arianespace / Russia Starsem
United Kingdom OneWeb × 34–36
(Vostochny flight 7)
OneWeb Low Earth Communications  
2022 (TBD)[40][8] Russia Soyuz-2.1b Russia Vostochny Site 1S Russia Roscosmos
Russia Resurs-PM N1 Roscosmos Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
2022 (TBD)[41] Russia Soyuz-2.1b Kazakhstan Baikonur Russia Roscosmos
Russia Soyuz GVK Roscosmos Low Earth (ISS) ISS logistics  
First flight of a new Russian spacecraft designed to return cargo to Earth
2022 (TBD)[42] Russia Soyuz-5 / DM-SLB [43] Kazakhstan Baikonur[44] Russia Roscosmos
A dummy payload matching a future satellite in weight and size Roscosmos Test flight  
2022 (TBD)[45] United States Terran 1 United States Cape Canaveral LC-16 United States Relativity Space
Thailand TBA mu Space Low Earth IoT  
2022 (TBD)[46] Europe Vega France Kourou ELV France Arianespace
Europe Biomass ESA Low Earth (SSO) Earth observation  
2022 (TBD)[9] Europe Vega C France Kourou ELV France Arianespace
France CO3D × 4[47] CNES Low Earth Earth observation  
2022 (TBD)[3] Europe Vega C France Kourou ELV France Arianespace
Europe Space Rider ESA Low Earth Test flight  
2022 (TBD)[48] TBA TBA TBA
Brazil SGDC-2 Telebrás Geosynchronous Communications  

Suborbital flights[edit]

Deep-space rendezvous[edit]

Date (UTC) Spacecraft Event Remarks
23 June BepiColombo Second gravity assist at Mercury

Extravehicular activities (EVAs)[edit]

Start Date/Time Duration End Time Spacecraft Crew Remarks

Orbital launch statistics[edit]

By country[edit]

For the purposes of this section, the yearly tally of orbital launches by country assigns each flight to the country of origin of the rocket, not to the launch services provider or the spaceport. For example, Soyuz launches by Arianespace in Kourou are counted under Russia because Soyuz-2 is a Russian rocket.

Country Launches Successes Failures Partial
failures
Remarks

By rocket[edit]

By family[edit]

Family Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks

By type[edit]

Rocket Country Family Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks

By configuration[edit]

Rocket Country Type Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks

By spaceport[edit]

Site Country Launches Successes Failures Partial failures Remarks

By orbit[edit]

Orbital regime Launches Achieved Not achieved Accidentally
achieved
Remarks
Transatmospheric 0 0 0 0
Low Earth 0 0 0 0
Geosynchronous / transfer 0 0 0 0
Medium Earth 0 0 0 0
High Earth 0 0 0 0
Heliocentric orbit 0 0 0 0 Including planetary transfer orbits

Notes[edit]

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