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Launch Schedule features new space missions for 2013. It includes launch date, launch schedule and mission info on nasa, esa, nasa, russia, private space industry and other space 2013 missions.
* NASA and Bigelow Aerospace announce plans for
inflatable station modules
* The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)
SpaceX CRS-2 is the 2nd SpaceX operational mission contracted to
NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract. It was the 4th
fourth flight for SpaceX's uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft. A
minor technical issue on the Dragon spacecraft involving the RCS
thruster pods occurred upon reaching orbit, but it was
* Antares A-ONE - First Antares Test Flight: The first flight of Orbital Science Antares Rocket was on 21 April 2013 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, USA. Antares A-ONE mission was the first test flight under NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement with the company.
* ISS Progress 51:
Progress 51 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to
the International Space Station. It maybe launched April 24, 2013
from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Soyuz Rocket.
* First Vietnamese Earth Observation Satellite
* ISS Automated Transfer Vehicle 4 (ATV-4): The European Space Agency’s ATV-4, also known as the “Albert Einstein” was launched on an Ariane 5ES rocket from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on 5 June 2013. The Albert Einstein ATV was named after the German-born physicist Albert Einstein. It is the fourth and penultimate ATV to be built.
The ATV-4 European unmanned cargo resupply spacecraft delivered several tons of supplies to the International Space Station. The ATV docked successfully with the ISS on 15 June 2013.
* Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS): IRIS is designed to provide significant new information to increase our understanding of energy transport into the corona and solar wind and provide an archetype for all stellar atmospheres.
The spacecraft arrived at Vandenberg AFB, California on 16 April 16, 2013 and was successfully launched on 27 June 27, 2013 on a Pegasus-XL rocket.
* ISS HTV-4: HTV-4 will be launched on 3 August 2013 from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan. The HTV-4 will take up 3.6 tons of dry cargo, water, experiments and spare parts to the International Space Station.
* Assembly Flight: 36S
* Orbital Sciences Corporation Test Flight
The first Cygnus cargo spacecraft maybe launched on 14 September 2013 on a test flight to the International Space Station. The demonstration flight will use an Orbital Antares Rocket under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services agreement. Cygnus will make an attempt to rendezvous and berth with the International Space Station.
* Gaia: Gaia is an astrometry space mission and a successor to the ESA Hipparcos mission. It was included within the context of the ESA Horizon 2000 Plus long-term scientific programme in 2000. It is expected to be launched in October 2013 on a Soyuz ST-B rocket from Kourou, French Guiana. It will be operated in a Lissajous orbit around the Sun-Earth L2 Lagrangian point.
Dates Not Known
* Russia’s First Private Satellite to Be Launched in 2013:
Russia’s first satellite manufactured and operated by a private firm will be launched in 2013.
The DX1-class 50-kg satellite will be designed to fine-tune a satellite platform, monitor the movement of ships in the world’s oceans and test a variety of payloads.
* Chang'e 3: Chang'e 3 is a Chinese lunar-lander and rover scheduled for launch in 2013. It will be China's first lunar rover, part of the second phase of the Chinese lunar exploration program undertaken by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
FUTURE SPACE MISSIONS
* Sentinel-1: Sentinel-1 is a two satellite constellation from ESA of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program. Sentinel-1A is scheduled for launch in February 2014 and Sentinel-1B is scheduled launch in 2015.
Google Lunar X Prize: The challenge calls for teams to compete in successfully launching, landing and operating a rover on the lunar surface. The prize awards US$20 million to the first team to land a rover on the moon that successfully roves more than 500 meters and transmits back high definition images and video. The X Prize awards the first prize until December 31, 2012, thereafter it awards $15 million until December 31, 2014.
NASA's Orion Exploration Flight
Test-1 in 2014
* BepiColombo: BepiColombo is a Mercury exploration project jointly planned by Japan and the European Space Agency (ESA). Two spacecraft will be launched by a Soyuz-Fregat 2B rocket in 15 August 2015. The spacecraft will be separated at the Mercury orbit and observe Mercury for about 1 year under collaboration.
* Sentinel-1B: Sentinel-1B is scheduled for launch in 2015.
* Chandrayaan 2: Chandrayaan-2 is a joint lunar exploration mission proposed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA). The mission includes a lunar orbiter and a lunar rover made in India as well as one lander built by Russia. It might be launched in 2015 by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV).
* Luna-Glob (Russian Robotic Moon Mission): Luna-Glob is an unmanned mission to the Moon planned by Russia and maybe launched in 2015 by a Soyuz-Fregate rocket. Luna-Glob may include an orbiter as well as a landing module with 12 ground penetrating sensors. The largest two of them will most likely be a reuse of sensors previously built for the cancelled Japanese mission LUNAR-A. Luna-Glob will land a surface probe in South Pole-Aitken basin at the Moon's south pole, where it will search for signs of water ice.
* LISA Pathfinder: LISA Pathfinder is an NASA/ESA space probe. It might be launched in January 2015. It was previously called SMART-2 (SMART stands for Small Missions for Advanced Research in Technology). The spacecraft will test in flight the concept of low-frequency gravitational wave detection.
* Russian Free-flying ISS Module: Russia (as of 2007) planned to operate an industrial module OKA-T in close proximity to the International Space Station from 2012 to produce ultra pure material. According to Russia's Central Research and Development Institute of Machine Building (TsNIIM), OKA will dock to the ISS for servicing and unloading experiment samples. Development commenced in 2012 and it maybe launched in 2015.
* NASA's ICESat-2: NASA plans to launch ICESat-2 by 2016 to study Earth's polar regions.
* Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM): The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an expandable International Space Station module. It will be transported in 2015 to the ISS inside the unpressurized trunk on the SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 cargo mission . It is being developed by Bigelow Aerospace under contract to NASA for use as a temporary module on the ISS.
* Chinese Lunar Sample Return Mission: China plans a lunar sample return mission in 2017 using of the CZ-5/E heavy launch vehicle. Up to two kilograms of lunar samples may be returned to Earth.
Selene-2 is a proposed Japanese moon lander as a successor to the 2007 SELENE (Kaguya) moon orbiter. The exact configuration has not yet released.
- Hopefully there will be a Mars Sample Return Mission.
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