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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.

January 2013

 * NASA and Bigelow Aerospace announce plans for inflatable station modules
NASA buys private inflatable module for the International Space Station. NASA announced the plan to Expand ISS by using the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on 16 January 2013.

 * NASA Launches Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K): NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) was launched at 8:48 pm EST on 30 January 2013 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-K (TDRS-K) liftoff on Atlas V Rocket



TDRS-K spacecraft is part of the next-generation series in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, a constellation of space-based communication satellites providing tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services.

February 2013

 * Iran cancels Zohreh satellite deal with Russia: Zohreh 1 was an Iranian commercial communications satellite. In February 2013, Iran cancelled the deal with Russia over the purchase of the Zohreh telecommunications satellite after Moscow failed to provide required guarantees for the project. It was going to be launched ion a Russian Proton rocket.

 * The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is the future of Landsat satellites. It will continue to obtain valuable data and imagery to be used in agriculture, education, business, science, and government. Launch date: February 11, 2013 on a Atlas V-401 rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

 * ISS Progress 50
ISS Progress 50 (Progress M-18M) was launched on 11 February 2013 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It carried supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station.

March 2013

 * SpaceX-CRS-2 Commercial Resupply Services Flight:  SpaceX CRS-2 was the second commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). It was launched on 26 March 2013 from Space Launch Complex 40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket.

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 recoverable.

 * Soyuz TMA-08M launches to ISS: Soyuz TMA-08M was launched on March 28, 2013 on a Soyuz Rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. It transported three members of the Expedition 35 crew to the International Space Station.

April 2013

* 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.

May 2013

 * Assembly Flight: 35S:
Soyuz TMA-09M will carry three Expedition 36/37 crew members to the International Space Station. It maybe launched on May 28 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Soyuz Rocket.

 * First Vietnamese Earth Observation Satellite
VNREDSat 1A is Vietnam's 1st Earth observation satellite. It was launched on 2nd Flight of Europe's Vega launcher on 7th May 2013.

June 2013

 * 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.

July 2013

 * Progress M-20 launches to ISS: Russia’s Progress M-20M (NASA ISS-52P) was launched on 27 July 2013 on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. It is carrying supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station.

August 2013

 * Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)
LADEE will gather detailed information about conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these influences will help researchers understand how future exploration may shape the lunar environment and how the environment may affect future explorers. It maybe launched on August 12 on a Minotaur V from Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0B, Wallops Flight Facility, Va.

 * 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.

September 2013

 * Assembly Flight: 36S
Description: Soyuz TMA-10M will carry three Expedition 37/38 crew members to the International Space Station. It maybe launched on September 25 2013 on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

 * SpaceX-3 Commercial Resupply Services Flight:
SpaceX-3 will be the third commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station by Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). It maybe launched on September 30 on a Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
Launch Pad: Space Launch Complex 40.

 * 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.

October 2013

 * ISS Progress 53:
Progress 53 will carry supplies, hardware, fuel and water to the International Space Station. It maybe launched on October 16, 2013 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Soyuz Rocket.

 * 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.

November 2013

 * ISS Expedition 37 Crew Return Olympic Torch to Earth.

Soyuz landed in Kazakhstan on 10 November 2013.

ISS Expedition 37 Crew Return Olympic Torch to Earth. Soyuz landed in Kazakhstan on 10 November 2013.

The Soyuz carried three people who spent 166 days in space: American astronaut Karen Nyberg, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin. The three also brought back to Earth an Olympic torch that had been launched to the station on another Soyuz spacecraft on Thursday, and carried outside the station during a spacewalk Saturday.

 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN)
MAVEN will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The mission's goal is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. It maybe launched on November 18 on an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

 * Assembly Flight: 37S
Description: Soyuz TMA-11M will carry three Expedition 38/39 crew members to the International Space Station. It maybe launched on Date: November 25, 2013 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Soyuz Rocket.

December 2013

 *  Assembly Flight: 3R - Multipurpose Laboratory Module with European Robotic Arm (ERA)
A Russian Proton rocket will deliver the Multipurpose Laboratory Module with European Robotic Arm (ERA) to the International Space Station. It maybe launched on a December 11, 2013 on a Proton Rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

Dates Not Known

 * Russia’s First Private Satellite to Be Launched in 2013:

Russia’s First Private Satellite Picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

2014

 * 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
Orion Exploration Flight Test 1
(EFT-1) is the 1st planned un-crewed test flight of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Launch scheduled for September 2014.

2015

 * 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.

2017

 *  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.

BEYOND 2018

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.
- Humans may return to the Moon and set up base.


Useful Links

Russia’s First Private Satellite to Be Launched in 2013: from RIANovosti News.
Iran cancels Zohreh satellite deal with Russia: Payvand Iran News (1st February 2013).

NASA Launch Schedule
Launch Schedule
: by satelliteonthenet.co.uk
Launch Schedule: by Space.com
Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule:
Japanese Launch Schedule: by JAXA
Kennedy Space Center Launch Schedule

Space Launch Report: by Ed Kyle.
NASA Awards Contract For Microgravity Aircraft Services: NASA News (Jan 1st, 2008)


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