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2013? - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg WTR. Launch Platform: SSBN UNK. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • - (144ss) - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2013 January 2 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. Launch Vehicle: Fateh-110.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

2013 January 3 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. Launch Vehicle: Fateh-110.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

2013 January 5 - . Launch Site: Al Qalamon. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 January 5 - . 18:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. Launch Pad: VLA LC1. Launch Vehicle: STIG-B.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: ARMAD. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

2013 January 9 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. Launch Vehicle: Fateh-110.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

2013 January 15 - . 16:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/3. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • Cosmos 2482 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39057 . COSPAR: 2013-001A. Apogee: 1,515 km (941 mi). Perigee: 1,474 km (915 mi). Inclination: 82.5000 deg. Period: 115.86 min. Strela-3M / Rodnik-S military store-dump communications satellite. Due to Briz-KM failure, used its on-board propulasion system to maneuver to 1472 km x 1515 km x 115.86 minute operational orbit..
  • Cosmos 2483 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39058 . COSPAR: 2013-001B. Apogee: 1,502 km (933 mi). Perigee: 1,478 km (918 mi). Inclination: 82.5000 deg. Period: 115.76 min. Strela-3M / Rodnik-S military store-dump communications satellite. Due to Briz-KM deployment failure, remained in 1477 km x 1502 km x 115.76 minute deployment orbit..
  • Cosmos 2484 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39059 . COSPAR: 2013-001C. Apogee: 1,513 km (940 mi). Perigee: 1,476 km (917 mi). Inclination: 82.5100 deg. Period: 115.86 min. Strela-3M / Rodnik-S military store-dump communications satellite. Due to Briz-KM deployment failure, used its on-board propulasion system to maneuver to 1472 km x 1515 km x 115.86 minute operational orbit..

2013 January 26 - . 22:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. LV Family: Pegasus. Launch Vehicle: GBI.
  • EKV CTV-01 - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Manufacturer: OSC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). ABM test of CE-II EKV kill vehicle..

2013 January 27 - . 04:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIA 202.
  • IGS 8A - . Payload: JSE Reda-4. Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Surveillance. Type: Civilian surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 39061 . COSPAR: 2013-002A. Apogee: 524 km (325 mi). Perigee: 512 km (318 mi). Inclination: 97.5000 deg. Period: 94.90 min. IGS military radar satellite 4, with a synthetic aperture radar payload..
  • IGS 8B (DEMO) - . Payload: Jissho eisei. Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: IGS. USAF Sat Cat: 39062 . COSPAR: 2013-002B. Apogee: 524 km (325 mi). Perigee: 512 km (318 mi). Inclination: 97.5000 deg. Period: 94.98 min. Demonstration satellite, with a test optical imaging payload..

2013 January 27 - . 08:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Visakhapatnam. Launch Vehicle: K-15.
  • RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). Test flight of SLBM, launched from a container in a submerged pontoon off shore..

2013 January 27 - . 12:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Urumqi. Launch Vehicle: DF-21.
  • Interceptor - . Nation: China. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). ABM Test, repeat of January 2010 test..

2013 January 27 - . 12:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: DF-11. Launch Vehicle: B-611.
  • Target RV - . Nation: China. Agency: PLA2AC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). ABM Target.

2013 January 28 - . Launch Complex: Damghan. LV Family: Fateh-110. Launch Vehicle: Kavoshgar K110.
  • Kavoshgar Pishgam - . Nation: Iran. Agency: IRSA. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi). Seventh in Kavoshgar series of biology missions; Capsule C recovery test; monkey recovered successfully..

2013 January 29 - . 22:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Mk 70 Orion.
  • NASA 41.107GT - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmospheric sciences payload. Tested new lithium release experiments..

2013 January 30 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Goheung. LV Family: Angara. Launch Vehicle: Naro-1.
  • STSat-2C - . Mass: 90 kg (198 lb). Nation: Korea South. Class: Earth. Type: Geodetic satellite. Spacecraft: STSat. USAF Sat Cat: 39068 . COSPAR: 2013-003A. Apogee: 1,464 km (909 mi). Perigee: 295 km (183 mi). Inclination: 80.2700 deg. Period: 102.56 min. First indigenously-launched South Korean satellite; first successful launch of KSLV-III launch vehicle..

2013 January 31 - . 01:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • TDRS 11 - . Payload: HS 601HP. Mass: 3,454 kg (7,614 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 601. USAF Sat Cat: 39070 . COSPAR: 2013-004A. Apogee: 35,826 km (22,261 mi). Perigee: 35,749 km (22,213 mi). Inclination: 6.9000 deg. Period: 1,436.14 min.

    First new-generation TDRS satellite, supporting communications with the International Space Station and military satellites. Released by the Centaur upper stage into a 4336 km x 35,791 km x 25.7 deg orbit. The satellite then used its R-4D engine to reach station in geosynchronous orbit.


2013 February 1 - . 06:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiritimati. Launch Platform: Odyssey. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SL. FAILURE: A first-stage hydraulic pump failure 4 seconds after launch led to shut down 20 seconds later. The vehicle, with the Intelsat communications satellite, impacted the Pacific Ocean 56 seconds after launch.. Failed Stage: 1.
  • Intelsat IS-27 - . Payload: BSS-702MP. Mass: 6,241 kg (13,759 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. The lost satellite carried Ku and C band communications transponders and an Italian UHF payload..

2013 February 6 - . 16:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. Launch Pad: LC31/6. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Globalstar M097 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 39072 . COSPAR: 2013-005A. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 114.08 min.
  • Globalstar M093 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 39073 . COSPAR: 2013-005B. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 51.9800 deg. Period: 114.08 min.
  • Globalstar M094 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 39074 . COSPAR: 2013-005C. Apogee: 927 km (576 mi). Perigee: 916 km (569 mi). Inclination: 52.0100 deg. Period: 103.44 min.
  • Globalstar M096 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 39075 . COSPAR: 2013-005D. Apogee: 1,415 km (879 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 52.0000 deg. Period: 114.08 min.
  • Globalstar M078 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 39076 . COSPAR: 2013-005E. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 51.9900 deg. Period: 114.08 min.
  • Globalstar M095 - . Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Proteus. USAF Sat Cat: 39077 . COSPAR: 2013-005F. Apogee: 1,414 km (878 mi). Perigee: 1,413 km (877 mi). Inclination: 51.9800 deg. Period: 114.08 min. Six satellites in one launch; replenishment of Globalstar MEO mobile-phone communications satellite constellation..

2013 February 7 - . 08:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Oriole IV.
  • NASA 49.001UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 754 km (468 mi). VISIONS auroral payload.

2013 February 7 - . 21:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Amazonas 3 - . Mass: 6,265 kg (13,811 lb). Nation: Spain. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 39078 . COSPAR: 2013-006A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0500 deg. Period: 1,436.07 min. Provides C and Ku band communications services to Brazil for Hispamar, a joint venture of Spain's Hispasat and Brazilian oil company Oi/Telemar..
  • Azerspace - . Payload: Star-2 bus. Mass: 3,275 kg (7,220 lb). Nation: Azerbaijan. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 39079 . COSPAR: 2013-006B. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,779 km (22,231 mi). Inclination: 0.0100 deg. Period: 1,436.07 min. Operated by Azercosmos for the Azerbaijan Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies. Some capacity also used by Measat of Malaysia to provide services to Africa under the name Africasat-1A..

2013 February 11 - . 14:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.
  • Progress M-18M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 418 / ISS-50P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 165.00 days. Decay Date: 2013-07-26 . USAF Sat Cat: 39082 . COSPAR: 2013-007A. Apogee: 421 km (261 mi). Perigee: 409 km (254 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.88 min. Docked with the Pirs module of the ISS at 20:34 GMT on launch day. Undocked from the Pirs module at 20:53 GMT on July 25 and was deorbited over the South Pacific three hours later, with debris ocean impact around 00:42 GMT July 26..

2013 February 11 - . 18:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC3E. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • Landsat 8 - . Payload: SA-200HP / LEOStar-3. Mass: 2,623 kg (5,782 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources radar satellite. Spacecraft: SA-200. USAF Sat Cat: 39084 . COSPAR: 2013-008A. Apogee: 704 km (437 mi). Perigee: 701 km (435 mi). Inclination: 98.2100 deg. Period: 98.83 min. Carried the OLI (Operational Land Imager) and TIRS (Thermal Infrared Sensor) cameras to continue collection of comparable earth resource data that began with Landsat 1 in 1972. Total launch mass of 2787 kg included 395 kg of hydrazine propellant..

2013 February 13 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-B Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). ABM Target.

2013 February 13 - . 09:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: SM-3.
  • FTM-20 KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). ABM Interceptor.

2013 February 15 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.104GT - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Technology.

2013 February 15 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 Feb 15? - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 Feb 16? - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 Feb 16? - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 Feb 17? - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 Feb 17? - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 Feb 18? - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 February 19 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 February 22 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 February 22 - . Launch Site: Al Nasriyah. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud.
  • Combat launch - . Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2013 February 25 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Palmachim. LV Family: Arrow. Launch Vehicle: Arrow 3.
  • Arrow KV - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). ABM - exoatmospheric interceptor test..

2013 February 25 - . 12:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC3E. Launch Vehicle: PSLV.
  • SARAL - . Mass: 346 kg (762 lb). Nation: India. Class: Earth. Type: Sea satellite. Spacecraft: Minisatellite-SSB. USAF Sat Cat: 39086 . COSPAR: 2013-009A. Apogee: 785 km (487 mi). Perigee: 784 km (487 mi). Inclination: 98.5200 deg. Period: 100.54 min. Joint project between the French space agency CNES and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for ocean studies. Carried the Altika Ka-band altimeter..
  • AAUSAT3 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Denmark. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39087 . COSPAR: 2013-009B. Apogee: 787 km (489 mi). Perigee: 770 km (470 mi). Inclination: 98.6300 deg. Period: 100.41 min. 2U cubesat built by Aalborg University in Denmark; carried a double AIS ship tracking receiver and a GPS receiver for tracking ships in Arctic regions. Successful..
  • Sapphire - . Mass: 150 kg (330 lb). Nation: Canada. Agency: DND. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Surveillance. Type: Orbital object tracking satellite. Spacecraft: SSTL-150. USAF Sat Cat: 39088 . COSPAR: 2013-009C. Apogee: 787 km (489 mi). Perigee: 772 km (479 mi). Inclination: 98.6300 deg. Period: 100.44 min. Canadian Forces satellite for space object surveillance and missile early warning, based with a 0.15m visible-light telescope..
  • NEOSSat - . Mass: 65 kg (143 lb). Nation: Canada. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Multi-Mission Microsatellite Bus. USAF Sat Cat: 39089 . COSPAR: 2013-009D. Apogee: 786 km (488 mi). Perigee: 771 km (479 mi). Inclination: 98.6300 deg. Period: 100.43 min. Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite, joint Canadian Space Agency/DRDC mission to survey asteroids and space debris, also with a 0.15m telescope..
  • STRaND-1 - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: UK. Agency: Surrey. Manufacturer: Surrey. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39090 . COSPAR: 2013-009E. Apogee: 783 km (486 mi). Perigee: 771 km (479 mi). Inclination: 98.6300 deg. Period: 100.40 min. 3U cubesat, a technical test project of Surrey Satellite and the Surrey Space Centre. Carried a Google Nexus One smartphone as its main avionics, and featured plasma thrusters and a water-alcohol thruster. Successful; first in STRaND Program..
  • TUGSAT-1 - . Payload: BRITE-A. Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: Austria. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Toronto GNB. USAF Sat Cat: 39091 . COSPAR: 2013-009F. Apogee: 784 km (487 mi). Perigee: 770 km (470 mi). Inclination: 98.6300 deg. Period: 100.38 min. Satellite based on the Toronto Generic Nanosatellite Bus, built by the Technical University of Graz, Austra with help from UTIAS. Carried an 0.03m telescope-photometer for stellar photometry and astroseismology..
  • UniBRITE - . Payload: BRITE-U. Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: Austria. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Toronto GNB. USAF Sat Cat: 39092 . COSPAR: 2013-009G. Apogee: 783 km (486 mi). Perigee: 771 km (479 mi). Inclination: 98.6300 deg. Period: 100.39 min. Nanosatellite built by UTIAS for the University of Vienna, Austria. Carried an 0.03m telescope-photometer for stellar photometry and astroseismology..

2013 March 1 - . 15:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC40. Launch Pad: SLC40. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9.
  • Dragon CRS-2 - . Mass: 9,500 kg (20,900 lb). Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft: Dragon. Duration: 25.00 days. Decay Date: 2013-03-26 . USAF Sat Cat: 39115 . COSPAR: 2013-010A. Apogee: 409 km (254 mi). Perigee: 380 km (230 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.44 min.

    Initial issues with thrusters and solar panel deployment were solved, but delayed rendezvous with the ISS by one day. Captured by the ISS SSRMS robot arm at 10:31 GMT on 3 March. Delivered 677 kg of cargo in the pressurized section. Externally, two 119 kg grapple fixtures for the ISS Heat Rejection System were delivered. Undocked and released by the SSRMS at 10:56 GMT on 26 March. Retrofire at 15:42 GMT followed by splashdown in the Pacific at 30.52 deg N / 120.04 deg W at 16:35 GMT.


2013 March 7 - . Launch Site: McGregor. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Grasshopper.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: SPX. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). 80m.

2013 March 11 - . 06:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Lynx. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • Shark - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). ABM Target.

2013 March 13 - . 12:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2013 March 19 - . 21:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • USA 241 - . Payload: SBIRS GEO-2 / A2100M. Mass: 4,500 kg (9,900 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 39120 . COSPAR: 2013-011A. Apogee: 35,800 km (22,200 mi). Perigee: 35,775 km (22,229 mi). Inclination: 6.0000 deg.

    Second geosynchronous orbit in the Space-Based Infrared System for detecting missile launches and tracking missiles, air vehicles, and certain surface events. The Centaur upper stage placed the satellite in a 182 km x 35804 km x 22.2 deg transfer orbit. SBIR-2 used its own engines to reach its operational geosynchronous orbit.


2013 March 26 - . 19:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Satmex 8 - . Payload: EUTE 117 WEST A. Mass: 5,500 kg (12,100 lb). Nation: Mexico. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 39122 . COSPAR: 2013-012A. Apogee: 35,797 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0200 deg. Period: 1,436.11 min. Communications satellite for Satelites Mexicanos..

2013 March 28 - . 20:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-08M - . Call Sign: Karat. Crew: Cassidy, Misurkin, Vinogradov. Backup Crew: Hopkins, Kotov, Ryazansky. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 708. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-08M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 166.26 days. Decay Date: 2013-09-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 39125 . COSPAR: 2013-013A. Apogee: 421 km (261 mi). Perigee: 409 km (254 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.88 min.

    Docked with the Poisk module of the ISS at 02:28 GMT on 29 March. Soyuz TMA-08M undocked from the ISS and made its deorbit burn at 02:05 GMT. The BO and PAO modules were jettisoned at 02:32 GMT and the SA descent module containing Vinogradov, Misurkin and Cassidy touched down safely in Kazakhstan at 02:58 GMT after 166.3 days in space.


2013 March 29 - . Launch Site: Al Qalamon. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud D.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 April 3 - . 15:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-113/GF24 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi). TO time 1418.

2013 April 4 - . 21:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Hainan. LV Family: Tianying-3C. Launch Vehicle: Tianying-3E.
  • Kunpeng-1 - . Nation: China. Apogee: 191 km (118 mi). Ionosphere mission..

2013 April 7 - . 04:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC4. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 2.
  • Agni RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Operational test.

2013 April 10 - . Launch Site: Sonmiani. LV Family: DF-15. Launch Vehicle: Shaheen 1.
  • Haft-IV RV - . Nation: Pakistan. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Operational test.

2013 April 12 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-114/CF01 Cold Flow - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2013 April 12 - . 04:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VSB-30.
  • TEXUS 50 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 261 km (162 mi). Microgravity mission.

2013 April 15 - . 18:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. Launch Pad: LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Anik G-1 - . Mass: 4,905 kg (10,813 lb). Nation: Canada. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 39127 . COSPAR: 2013-014A. Apogee: 35,788 km (22,237 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.0100 deg. Period: 1,436.11 min. Carried Ku, C and X-band communications payloads for Telesat..

2013 April 19 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-35-1 - . Crew: Romanenko, Roman, Vinogradov. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-08M. Exited from Pirs module of ISS. Installed Ostanovka experiment on Zvezda module; returned external exposure experimental panels to the station (Vinogradov lost his grip on one panel, which floated off into space and was not returend)..

2013 April 19 - . Launch Site: McGregor. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Grasshopper.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: SPX. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). 250m.

2013 April 19 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. Launch Pad: LC31/6. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1A.
  • Bion-M No. 1 - . Mass: 6,266 kg (13,814 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Biology. Type: Biology satellite. Spacecraft: Bion-M. Decay Date: 2013-05-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 39130 . COSPAR: 2013-015A. Apogee: 579 km (359 mi). Perigee: 471 km (292 mi). Inclination: 64.8800 deg. Period: 95.14 min.

    The biosat combined a Vostok spherical pressurized reentry capusle and a Yantar service module. The capsule carried mice, gerbils, geckos, and snails; microorganisms in FRAGMENTER and BIOKONT-B containers; fish and algae in an OMEGAHAB aquarium; plants in FITO plant containers; and some microgravity materials experiments. Landed 82 km north of Orenburg at 03:12 GMT on 19 May. The gerbils had perished due to equipment failure; all of the geckos and half of the mice were alive

  • OSSI-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Korea South. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-07-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 39131 . COSPAR: 2013-015B. Apogee: 348 km (216 mi). Perigee: 218 km (135 mi). Inclination: 64.8600 deg. Period: 90.17 min. Cubesat developed by a Korean artist..
  • Dove-2 - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39132 . COSPAR: 2013-015C. Apogee: 575 km (357 mi). Perigee: 564 km (350 mi). Inclination: 64.8700 deg. Period: 96.06 min. 3U cubesat, a demonstration satellite for Cosmogia, designed to return on-board system health data and validate the design for future Dove satellites, which will carry remote sensing payloads..
  • BEESAT-3 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Germany. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39134 . COSPAR: 2013-015E. Apogee: 574 km (356 mi). Perigee: 558 km (346 mi). Inclination: 64.8800 deg. Period: 95.97 min. 1U cubesat from the Technical University of Berlin. Reaction wheel technology qualification. Successful..
  • Aist 2 - . Mass: 39 kg (85 lb). Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: Aist. USAF Sat Cat: 39133 . COSPAR: 2013-015D. Apogee: 575 km (357 mi). Perigee: 564 km (350 mi). Inclination: 64.8800 deg. Period: 96.05 min. Small satellite released from the side of Bion-M's service module, developed by TsSKB-Progress and the Samara Aerospace University; carried a magnetometer, acclerometers and a micrometeor experiment..
  • SOMP - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Germany. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39135 . COSPAR: 2013-015F. Apogee: 574 km (356 mi). Perigee: 558 km (346 mi). Inclination: 64.8800 deg. Period: 95.98 min. Student Oxygen Measurement 1U cubesat from Technical University of Dresden. Mission: Education, testing software defined radio, measuring atomic oxygen concentration, demonstrating TFSC ..
  • BEESAT-2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Germany. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39136 . COSPAR: 2013-015G. Apogee: 574 km (356 mi). Perigee: 558 km (346 mi). Inclination: 64.8800 deg. Period: 95.98 min. 1U cubesat from the Technical University of Berlin. Mission: Reaction wheel technology qualification. Successful..

2013 April 21 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • SLICE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 318 km (197 mi). Far Ultraviolet Astronomy mission.

2013 April 21 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LP0A. LV Family: Antares LV. Launch Vehicle: Antares 110.
  • Cygnus Mass Simulator - . Mass: 4,000 kg (8,800 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: OSC. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft: Cygnus. Decay Date: 2013-04-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 39142 . COSPAR: 2013-016A. Apogee: 161 km (100 mi). Perigee: 153 km (95 mi). Inclination: 51.6100 deg. Period: 87.63 min.

    First launch of the Antares launch vehicle, combining surplus rocket engines from the Soviet N1 moon rocket program with US-built components. The mass simulator carried instrumentation to measure the launch vehicle environment in preparation for future launches of the Cygnus spacecraft designed to carry cargo to the International Space Station. It also released four cubesats into independent orbits.

  • Dove-1 - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-04-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 39143 . COSPAR: 2013-016B. Apogee: 169 km (105 mi). Perigee: 160 km (90 mi). Inclination: 51.6200 deg. Period: 87.78 min. 3U cubesat, a demonstration satellite for Cosmogia, designed to return on-board system health data and validate the design for future Dove satellites, which will carry remote sensing payloads..
  • Alexander - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-04-27 . USAF Sat Cat: 39144 . COSPAR: 2013-016C. Apogee: 152 km (94 mi). Perigee: 134 km (83 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 87.35 min. 1U cubesat from NASA's Ames Research Center, designed to demonstrate use of a commercial Nexus S mobile phone as a spacecraft avionics/computer system, together with an S-band radio, solar panels, GPS receiver, magnetorquers and reaction wheels..
  • Bell - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-05-10 . USAF Sat Cat: 39145 . COSPAR: 2013-016D. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Perigee: 144 km (89 mi). Inclination: 51.6100 deg. Period: 87.42 min. 1U cubesat from NASA's Ames Research Center, designed to demonstrate use of a commercial Nexus One Android-based mobile phone as a spacecraft avionics/computer system..
  • Graham - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2013-04-26 . USAF Sat Cat: 39146 . COSPAR: 2013-016E. Apogee: 175 km (108 mi). Perigee: 161 km (100 mi). Inclination: 51.6200 deg. Period: 87.85 min. 1U cubesat from NASA's Ames Research Center, designed to demonstrate use of a commercial Nexus One Android-based mobile phone as a spacecraft avionics/computer system..

2013 April 23 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • EUNIS - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 320 km (190 mi). Solar EUV mission.

2013 April 24 - . 10:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.
  • Progress M-19M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 419 / ISS-51P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 56.00 days. Decay Date: 2013-06-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 39148 . COSPAR: 2013-017A. Apogee: 418 km (259 mi). Perigee: 360 km (220 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.34 min.

    Although one of the spacecraft's rendezvous antennae did not deploy, it docked successfully with the aft port of the ISS Zvezda module at 12:25 GMT on 26 April. Undocked from the Zvezda module at 13:58 GMT on 11 June to clear the port for the ATV resupply vehicle. Maneuvered to a 416 km x 456 km orbit for Radar-Progress ionospheric experiments.


2013 April 26 - . 04:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan SLS-2. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2D.
  • Gaofen 1 - . Mass: 800 kg (1,760 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: CAST2000. USAF Sat Cat: 39150 . COSPAR: 2013-018A. Apogee: 656 km (407 mi). Perigee: 628 km (390 mi). Inclination: 98.0600 deg. Period: 97.56 min. High resolution imaging satellite with a 2 m resolution pan-chromatic camera, an 8 m resolution multi-spectral camera and a 16 m resolution wide-angle multi-spectral camera..
  • NEE-01 Pegaso - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Ecuador. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39151 . COSPAR: 2013-018B. Apogee: 654 km (406 mi). Perigee: 627 km (389 mi). Inclination: 98.0700 deg. Period: 97.53 min. 1U cubesat for the Ecuadorian space agency EXA..
  • Turksat-3USAT - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: Turkey. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39152 . COSPAR: 2013-018C. Apogee: 654 km (406 mi). Perigee: 628 km (390 mi). Inclination: 98.0500 deg. Period: 97.54 min. 3U cubesat from Istanbul Technical University..
  • CubeBug-1 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: Argentina. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39153 . COSPAR: 2013-018D. Apogee: 654 km (406 mi). Perigee: 627 km (389 mi). Inclination: 98.0700 deg. Period: 97.53 min. 2U cubesat from Argentina..

2013 April 26 - . 05:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Cosmos 2485 - . Payload: Glonass-M No. 47. Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. USAF Sat Cat: 39155 . COSPAR: 2013-019A. Apogee: 19,176 km (11,915 mi). Perigee: 19,084 km (11,858 mi). Inclination: 64.7600 deg. Period: 675.73 min. Part of launch series to bring Glonass navigation satellite constellation up to full operation..

2013 April 29 - . 14:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-115/PF01 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

2013 April 29 - . 17:09 GMT - .
2013 May 1 - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: B-52H. LV Family: ATACMS. Launch Vehicle: X-51A.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: AFRL. Air dropped in Point Mugu Drop Zone..

2013 May 1 - . 07:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.100DR - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 189 km (117 mi). Ionosphere.

2013 May 1 - . 16:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3BE.
  • Zhongxing 11 - . Payload: Chinasat 11. Mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb). Nation: China. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-4. USAF Sat Cat: 39157 . COSPAR: 2013-020A. Apogee: 35,794 km (22,241 mi). Perigee: 35,780 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.5500 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Communications satellite operated by China Satcom with 45 C-band and Ku-band transponders..

2013 May 5 - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay launch area. Launch Complex: Bay of Biscay launch area. Launch Pad: SSBN Le Vigilant. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M20. FAILURE: Destroyed after a first stage failure..
  • MSBS M21 Launch Failure - . Nation: France. Destroyed after a first stage failure..

2013 May 5 - . 07:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Pad: 47.63 N x 4.05 W. Launch Platform: S618. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51.
  • Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

2013 May 7 - . 02:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Vehicle: Vega.
  • Proba-V - . Mass: 158 kg (348 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: PROBA. USAF Sat Cat: 39159 . COSPAR: 2013-021A. Apogee: 819 km (508 mi). Perigee: 814 km (505 mi). Inclination: 98.7200 deg. Period: 101.21 min. European Space Agency technology satellite; carryied the Vegetation sensor previously used on French SPOT remote sensing satellites..
  • VNREDSAT-1 - . Payload: AstroSat-100. Mass: 115 kg (253 lb). Nation: Vietnam. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Myriade. USAF Sat Cat: 39160 . COSPAR: 2013-021B. Apogee: 685 km (425 mi). Perigee: 683 km (424 mi). Inclination: 98.1300 deg. Period: 98.43 min. Remote sensing satellite for the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology..
  • ESTCube-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Estonia. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39161 . COSPAR: 2013-021C. Apogee: 672 km (417 mi). Perigee: 656 km (407 mi). Inclination: 98.1300 deg. Period: 98.03 min. 1U cubesat by the Estonian Student Satellite Program led by the University of Tartu. Space test of the electric solar wind sail. Successful. First Estonian satellite.

2013 May 7 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • REXUS 14 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi). Microgravity mission.

2013 May 7 - . 07:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Pad: Roi-Namur. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole.
  • NASA 45.005UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 350 km (210 mi). Atmospheric sciences payload.

2013 May 7 - . 07:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Pad: Roi-Namur. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Malemute.
  • NASA 46.001UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 350 km (210 mi). Atmospheric sciences payload.

2013 May 9 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Improved Orion.
  • REXUS 13 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi). Microgravity mission.

2013 May 9 - . 07:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Pad: Roi-Namur. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 41.102DR - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi). Ionospheric payload.

2013 May 11 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-21 - . Crew: Cassidy, Marshburn. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-08M. Emergency EVA to fix ammonia coolant leak discovered on 9 May. The astronauts replaced the Pump Flow Control System Unit on solar array wing 2B with a spare launched in 2001..

2013 May 11 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • FORTIS - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi). UV Astronomy mission.

2013 May 13 - . 12:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Vehicle: DF-31.
  • Kunpeng-7 - . Nation: China. Apogee: 30,000 km (18,000 mi).

    Magnetosphere mission. Said to be a very high altitude barium release experiment, but US Department of Defence stated it was a direct-ascent anti-geosynchronous satellite weapon test to an altitude of 30,000 km. Chinese officials stated it was a scientific mission with a payload launched to 10,000 km altitude consisting of a Langmuir probe, particle detectors, a magnetometer, and a barium cloud release.


2013 May 14 - . 16:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. Launch Pad: LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Eutelsat 3D - . Payload: Spacebus 4000C3. Mass: 5,370 kg (11,830 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Spacebus 4000. USAF Sat Cat: 39163 . COSPAR: 2013-022A. Apogee: 35,797 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,776 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min. Ku-band and Ka-band transponders. Stationed at 3 deg E until replaced by Eutelsat 3B; then to move to 7 deg E..

2013 May 15 - . 21:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • USA 242 - . Payload: Navstar 68 / GPS SVN 66 / IIF-4 / SV-5 Vega. Mass: 1,630 kg (3,590 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Boeing. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Navstar. Spacecraft: GPS Block 2F. USAF Sat Cat: 39166 . COSPAR: 2013-023A. Apogee: 20,187 km (12,543 mi). Perigee: 20,178 km (12,538 mi). Inclination: 55.0200 deg. Period: 717.97 min.

    Fourth GPS Block IIF satellite, 2.5m high satellite with a solar panel span of 18 m. The IIF navigation payloads carry atomic clocks and broadcast L-band navigation signals in the L1M, L2M, L2C and L5 channels; they also carry sensors to detect nuclear explosions as part of an early warning system.


2013 May 16 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Talos Castor.
  • FTM-19 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). ABM Target. Booster was ARAV-C two-stage vehicle, thought to use Talos and Castor 1 solid motors..

2013 May 16 - . 03:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Pad: POA3. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard. Launch Vehicle: SM-3-IB.
  • FTM-19 Stellar Hecate - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2013 May 22 - . 13:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF04. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • GT207GM - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Operational test. Reentry vehicle splashed down in Kwajalein Atoll..

2013 May 23 - . Launch Site: Alcantara. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

2013 May 25 - . 00:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC37B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(5,4).
  • USA 243 - . Payload: WGS 5. Mass: 5,987 kg (13,199 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. USAF Sat Cat: 39168 . COSPAR: 2013-024A. Apogee: 40,362 km (25,079 mi). Perigee: 31,171 km (19,368 mi). Inclination: 0.2300 deg. Period: 1,435.07 min. Wideband Gapfiller Satellite; provided communications for the US military from geosynchronous orbit..

2013 May 28 - . 20:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-09M - . Call Sign: Olympus. Crew: Nyberg, Parmitano, Yurchikhin. Backup Crew: Mastracchio, Tyurin, Wakata. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 709. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-09M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 166.26 days. Decay Date: 2013-11-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 39170 . COSPAR: 2013-025A. Apogee: 421 km (261 mi). Perigee: 409 km (254 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.88 min.

    Docked with the Rassvet module of the ISS at 02:10 GMT on 29 May after a 5 hour 39 minute flight. On 1 November 2013 Yurchikin, Nyberg and Parmitano, undocked from the Rassvet module at 08:33 GMT and flew around the station at a distance of 200 m to redock at 08:54 GMT with the Zvezda aft port freed up by ATV-4. Undocked from the Zvezda module on 10 November at 23:26 GMT and landed in Kazakhstan at 02:49 GMT on 11 November.


2013 June 3 - . 09:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. Launch Pad: LC200/3. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • SES-6 - . Mass: 6,140 kg (13,530 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 39172 . COSPAR: 2013-026A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0900 deg. Period: 1,436.10 min. Civilian communications..

2013 June 5 - . 21:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ES.
  • ATV-4 Albert Einstein - . Mass: 19,870 kg (43,800 lb). Nation: Europe. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft: ATV. Duration: 150.00 days. Decay Date: 2013-11-02 . USAF Sat Cat: 39175 . COSPAR: 2013-027A. Apogee: 421 km (261 mi). Perigee: 409 km (254 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.88 min. Delivered supplies to the ISS. Deorbited over the Pacific on 2 November 2013 at 11:28 GMT, entry loss of signal was at 12:04 GMT..

2013 June 6 - . 03:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA1 AML. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XII.
  • CIBER - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 577 km (358 mi).

    CIBER near infrared astronomy telescope, sent to its highest ever altitude, to minimize atmospheric emissions contaminating its observations of the cosmic extragalactic background light. The CIBER payload fell in the Atlantic as planned, and was not recovered. CIBER observes in the 0.8-2 micron band.


2013 June 6 - . 17:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Rubezh.
  • RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

    R&D launch. New-generation Rubezh ('Frontier') missile, most likely impacting the Balkash test range at Sary Shagan. The new missile is suspected to be a derivative of the existing Topol solid fuel series of missiles; earlier launches were in September 2011 and May and October 2012.


2013 June 7 - . 18:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43. Launch Pad: LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Cosmos 2486 - . Mass: 7,100 kg (15,600 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Persona. USAF Sat Cat: 39177 . COSPAR: 2013-028A. Apogee: 733 km (455 mi). Perigee: 714 km (443 mi). Inclination: 98.3000 deg. Period: 99.26 min. Second Persona reconnaisance satellite, in sun-synchronous orbit with 10:31 local time descending node. Said to have failed after a short time in orbit..

2013 June 11 - . 09:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan SLS. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2F.
  • Shenzhou 10 - . Crew: Nie Haisheng, Wang Yaping, Zhang Xiaoguang. Mass: 7,800 kg (17,100 lb). Nation: China. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Spacecraft: Shenzhou. Duration: 14.60 days. Decay Date: 2013-06-25 . USAF Sat Cat: 39179 . COSPAR: 2013-029A. Apogee: 337 km (209 mi). Perigee: 333 km (206 mi). Inclination: 42.7800 deg. Period: 91.23 min.

    Docked with the Tiangong-1 spacelab on June 13 at 05:11 GMT. On June 23 the crew carried out a redocking exercise. They undocked Shenzhou 10 from Tiangong at 00:26 GMT, backed away from the station, and redocked with it at 02:00 GMT. On June 24 the crew undocked for the final time, made a flyaround of the Tiangong station, and then prepared to return to Earth. The deorbit burn was at about 23:23 GMT Jun3 25. The capsule landed in China at 00:07 GMT June 26, at 42.33N 111.36E.


2013 June 13 - . 18:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. LV Family: FTB. Launch Vehicle: FTI.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 52 km (32 mi).

2013 June 14 - . Launch Site: McGregor. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Grasshopper.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: SPX. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). 325m.

2013 June 20 - . Launch Site: Al Qalamon. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Scud D.
  • Nation: Syria. Agency: SYMC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 June 20 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA1 AML. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Orion.
  • NASA 40.106UO - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi). RockOn 2013 Education mission.

2013 June 21 - . 13:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL.
  • SL-7/FOP-1 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 119 km (73 mi). UP Aerospace technology mission under NASA's Flight Opportunities Program..

2013 June 25 - . 17:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. Launch Pad: LC31/6. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1B.
  • Resurs-P - . Mass: 6,600 kg (14,500 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Yantar. Spacecraft: Resurs-Spektr. USAF Sat Cat: 39186 . COSPAR: 2013-030A. Apogee: 473 km (293 mi). Perigee: 459 km (285 mi). Inclination: 97.2800 deg. Period: 93.91 min. Civilian imaging satellite with a Geoton-L1 telescope with 1-meter resolution multispectral imager and a 25m resolution hyperspectral imager..

2013 June 25 - . 19:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELS. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-ST-B.
  • O3b SC4/FM5 - . Payload: O3B FM5. Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: UK. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: ELiTeBus. USAF Sat Cat: 39188 . COSPAR: 2013-031A. Apogee: 7,838 km (4,870 mi). Perigee: 7,808 km (4,851 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 280.71 min. O3b (the other 3 billion) satellite providing Ka-band communications with steerable antennas for broadband internet capacity in the developing world..
  • O3b SC3/FM4 - . Payload: O3B FM4. Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: UK. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: ELiTeBus. USAF Sat Cat: 39189 . COSPAR: 2013-031B. Apogee: 7,838 km (4,870 mi). Perigee: 7,820 km (4,850 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 280.88 min.
  • O3b SC2/FM2 - . Payload: O3B FM2. Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: UK. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: ELiTeBus. USAF Sat Cat: 39190 . COSPAR: 2013-031C. Apogee: 7,838 km (4,870 mi). Perigee: 7,828 km (4,864 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 281.00 min.
  • O3b SC1/PFM - . Payload: O3B PFM. Mass: 700 kg (1,540 lb). Nation: UK. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: ELiTeBus. USAF Sat Cat: 39191 . COSPAR: 2013-031D. Apogee: 8,007 km (4,975 mi). Perigee: 7,843 km (4,873 mi). Inclination: 0.0300 deg. Period: 283.73 min.

2013 June 26 - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL1 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 June 26 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: FTB. Launch Vehicle: FTI.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 52 km (32 mi). Z-3.

2013 Jun 27? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL4 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 Jun 27? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL5 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 Jun 27? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL3 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 Jun 27? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL2 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 June 27 - . 16:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC175/2. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Strela launch vehicle.
  • Cosmos 2487 - . Mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Earth. Type: Earth resources radar satellite. Spacecraft: Kondor. USAF Sat Cat: 39194 . COSPAR: 2013-032A. Apogee: 501 km (311 mi). Perigee: 497 km (308 mi). Inclination: 74.7300 deg. Period: 94.60 min.

    First Kondor satellite, part of a new system of optical and radar military surveillance satellites; payload on this mission reportedly an S-band synthetic apperture radar with a swath width of 10 km and ground resolution of 1 m in spotlight mode, 3 m in stripmap mode, and 5-30 m in ScanSAR mode.


2013 June 27 - . 23:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30/Orion.
  • WADIS 1 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 115 km (71 mi).

2013 Jun 28? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL6 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 June 28 - . 02:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Platform: L-1011. LV Family: Pegasus. Launch Vehicle: Pegasus XL.
  • IRIS - . Mass: 200 kg (440 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Astronomy. Type: Solar satellite. Spacecraft: IRIS Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph. USAF Sat Cat: 39197 . COSPAR: 2013-033A. Apogee: 663 km (411 mi). Perigee: 622 km (386 mi). Inclination: 97.9000 deg. Period: 97.56 min.

    NASA Small Explorer program; the IRIS Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph was designed to obtain high resolution (0.3 arcseconds) high cadence (1 second intervals) imaging and spectra of the sun with its 20-cm telescope, in two far-UV bands (1332-1358A, 1380-1406A) and one near-UV band (2785-2835A). Air dropped in Point Mugu Drop Zone.


2013 Jun 29? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL7 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 Jun 30? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL8 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 Jul 1? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL9 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 July 1 - . 18:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota PSLV. Launch Pad: LP1. LV Family: PSLV. Launch Vehicle: PSLV-XL.
  • IRNSS-1A - . Mass: 1,425 kg (3,141 lb). Nation: India. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: I-1K. USAF Sat Cat: 39199 . COSPAR: 2013-034A. Apogee: 35,866 km (22,286 mi). Perigee: 35,706 km (22,186 mi). Inclination: 27.3500 deg. Period: 1,436.06 min. First Indian operational navigation satellite, beginning the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. Provides L-band and S-band navigation signals..

2013 Jul 2? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL10 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 July 2 - . 02:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/DM-3. FAILURE: Proton unstable in pitch; by T+17 s arced over towards ground; nose disintegrated at T+24s; booster crashed into ground at T+32s, less 2 km downrange.. Failed Stage: 1.
  • Glonass-M No. 48 - . Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass. Uragan-M (Glonass-M) navigation satellite constellation replenishment launch; previous attempt with Proton in 2010 also failed..
  • Glonass-M No. 49 - . Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass.
  • Glonass-M No. 50 - . Mass: 1,415 kg (3,119 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Navigation. Type: Navigation satellite. Spacecraft: Glonass.

2013 Jul 3? - . Launch Site: Andoya. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki.
  • WADIS SL11 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2013 July 4 - . 14:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Mk 70 Orion.
  • NASA 41.090GE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Ionosphere mission. NASA Daytime Dynamo experiment..

2013 July 4 - . 14:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VC.
  • NASA 21.140GE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 135 km (83 mi). Ionosphere mission. NASA Daytime Dynamo experiment..

2013 July 5 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: LV-2.
  • FTG-07 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). ABM Target..

2013 July 5 - . 18:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. LV Family: Pegasus. Launch Vehicle: GBI.
  • FTG-07 CE-I EKV - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Manufacturer: OSC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Anti-ballistic missile. Failure; did not intercept target vehicle..

2013 July 9 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-22 - . Crew: Cassidy, Parmitano. EVA Duration: 0.26 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-09M. Replaced the Space-to-Ground Transmitter-Receiver controller; retrieved two external experiments; modified some external systems in preparation for future Russian module..

2013 July 12 - . Launch Site: Palmachim. LV Family: Jericho. Launch Vehicle: Jericho III.
  • Jericho RV - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). Developmental test.

2013 July 15 - . 05:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30.
  • MAPHEUS 4 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 151 km (93 mi). Microgravity mission.

2013 July 15 - . 09:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • SJ-11-05 - . Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Early warning satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-11. USAF Sat Cat: 39202 . COSPAR: 2013-035A. Apogee: 702 km (436 mi). Perigee: 687 km (426 mi). Inclination: 98.1500 deg. Period: 98.66 min. Suspected infrared-telescope-equipped missile early warning satellite; replaces the fourth spacecraft was lost in a launch failure in 2011..

2013 July 16 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-23 - . Crew: Cassidy, Parmitano. EVA Duration: 0.0576 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TMA-09M. Continued work on rearrangement of external hardware to accommodate future Russian module. Spacewalk aborted when coolant system in Parmitano's suit sprang a leak, putting 1.5 litres of water into the suit's interior, blinding and nearly drowning him..

2013 July 19 - . 13:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 551.
  • MUOS 2 - . Payload: A2100M. Mass: 6,700 kg (14,700 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 39206 . COSPAR: 2013-036A. Apogee: 35,822 km (22,258 mi). Perigee: 7,847 km (4,875 mi). Inclination: 14.6000 deg. Period: 786.00 min. Mobile User Objective System; provides UHF communications links for the US Navy. 3800 kg dry mass..

2013 July 19 - . 23:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4C.
  • Shiyan 7 - . Mass: 800 kg (1,760 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: CAST3000. USAF Sat Cat: 39208 . COSPAR: 2013-037A. Apogee: 674 km (418 mi). Perigee: 660 km (410 mi). Inclination: 98.0400 deg. Period: 98.09 min. Satellite inspector with robotic arm. After maneuvering close to Chuangxin-3 on 6 and 9 August, it completed an unexpected rendezvous in a 564 x 610 km x 97.7 deg orbit with the Shi Jian 7 (SJ-7), launched in 2005..
  • Chuangxin 3 - . Mass: 40 kg (88 lb). Nation: China. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Ban Xing. USAF Sat Cat: 39209 . COSPAR: 2013-037B. Apogee: 673 km (418 mi). Perigee: 665 km (413 mi). Inclination: 98.0400 deg. Period: 98.12 min. Served as target for the Shiyan 7 satellite inspector / robotic arm test vehicle..
  • SJ-15 - . Mass: 2,700 kg (5,900 lb). Nation: China. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-6. USAF Sat Cat: 39210 . COSPAR: 2013-037C. Apogee: 608 km (377 mi). Perigee: 563 km (349 mi). Inclination: 97.6800 deg. Period: 96.39 min.

    Thought to be carrying out observations of space debris. Made a slight orbit adjustment of 1 km on 15 October to a 660 km x 675 km orbit, then released a new object, 2013-037J, with which it maintained stationkeeping within 2 km. The new object was perhaps a target subsatellite, possibly passive, for experiments with proximity operations.


2013 July 20 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Vehicle: S-310.
  • S-310-42 - . Nation: Japan. Apogee: 139 km (86 mi). Atmospheric science mission..

2013 July 20 - . 02:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. Launch Vehicle: S-520.
  • S-520-27 - . Nation: Japan. Apogee: 316 km (196 mi). Atmospheric science mission..

2013 July 24 - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Vehicle: DF-31.
  • Nation: China. Agency: PLA2AC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2013 July 25 - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-130/GF25 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2013 July 25 - . 19:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Alphasat - . Payload: I-4A F4. Mass: 6,500 kg (14,300 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Alphabus. USAF Sat Cat: 39215 . COSPAR: 2013-038A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.4000 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min.

    Testbed communications satellite, a joint project between the European Space Agency and Inmarsat. Demonstrated a laser communications system and radio communications links in Q and V band; carried an operational extended L-band payloadto supplement Inmarsat's satellite broadband capacity. First flight of the new Astrium/Lampoldshausen 500N EAM (European Apogee Motor), a MON/MMH system with an Isp of about 325s. Dry mass iaround 3500 kg. By July 30 Alphasat was in a 25608 x 35809 km x 0.3 deg orbit.

  • Insat 3D - . Mass: 2,090 kg (4,600 lb). Nation: India. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Insat 2. Spacecraft: Insat 3. USAF Sat Cat: 39216 . COSPAR: 2013-038B. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.0700 deg. Period: 1,436.11 min. Indian Space Research Organization meteorological satellite, with 6-channel imager, 19-channel sounder, data relay system for Earth-based meteo stations, and a Satellite Aided Search and Rescue transponder. 935 kg dry mass..

2013 July 27 - . 20:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.
  • Progress M-20M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 420 / ISS-52P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 199.00 days. Decay Date: 2014-02-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 39219 . COSPAR: 2013-039A. Apogee: 414 km (257 mi). Perigee: 361 km (224 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.30 min.

    Docked with the Pirs module of the ISS 5 hr 41 min after launch. Payload delivered to the station included a 1U cubesat, Chasqui 1 from Peru's Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria. Undocked from the Pirs module of the ISS at 16:21 GMT on 3 February 2014. Deorbited on February 11 following a week of independent operations, with impact in the South Pacifc at 15:55 GMT.


2013 August 3 - . 19:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Tanegashima. Launch Complex: Tanegashima Y2. LV Family: H-2. Launch Vehicle: H-IIB.
  • Konoutori 4 / HTV-4 - . Mass: 16,000 kg (35,000 lb). Nation: Japan. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft: HTV. Duration: 35.00 days. Decay Date: 2013-09-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 39221 . COSPAR: 2013-040A. Apogee: 408 km (253 mi). Perigee: 189 km (117 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 90.48 min.

    Fourth Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle mission to the ISS. Carried on its external pallet the Space Test Program H4 package to be installed on ELC1 (around 400 kg), a spare Main Bus Switching Unit for ELC2 (100 kg), and a spare SARJ Utility Transfer Assembly for ELC4 (around 300 kg). The pressurized cargo was packaged in 8 HTV Resupply Racks and included the FROST freezer, the Kirobo robot, NASA's RRM Task Board 3 robotics experiment, and two J-SSOD cubesat launchers. The J-SSODs were later taken outside via the Kibo science airlock ejected five cubesats. HTV 4 reached the ISS on 9 Auguest, holding 10 metres off the Station until the Canadarm-2 robot arm captured it at 11:22 GMT. The arm berthed the module on the Harmony node at 15:28 GMT. The hatch to the pressurized cabin of the HTV was opened at 11:11 GMT on 10 August. On 11 August at 21:07 GMT the Canadarm removed the Exposed Pallet (EP) from the HTV, and at 03:59 GMT 12 August the EP was installed on the end of the Kibo Exposed Facility pallet. The equipment on the EP will be relocated to the ELC pallets on the truss using the Japanese and Canadian robot arms. After completing operations, it was unberthed from Harmony at 12:07 GMT on 4 September and released by the Canadarm at 16:20 GMT. After several maneuvers, final retrofire was over Japan at 06:11 GMT on 7 September, with burnup over the South Pacific at around 41 deg S at 06:37 GMT.


2013 August 8 - . 00:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC17B. Launch Pad: SLC37B. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4M+(5,4).
  • USA 244 - . Payload: WGS 6. Mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. USAF Sat Cat: 39222 . COSPAR: 2013-041A. Apogee: 66,680 km (41,430 mi). Perigee: 20,934 km (13,007 mi). Inclination: 2.7600 deg. Period: 1,864.76 min. US military X/Ka-band Wideband Global Satcom communications satellite. Funded by Australia; the Australian Defense Force also makes use of the WGS network..

2013 August 8 - . 14:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-131/GF26 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2013 August 8 - . 17:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Alcantara. Launch Vehicle: FTB.
  • Nation: Brazil. Agency: AEB. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi). Z-3.

2013 August 8 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.239DS - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi). Solar Ultraviolet mission.

2013 August 12 - . 03:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Prithvi RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Military training.

2013 August 13 - . Launch Site: McGregor. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Grasshopper.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: SPX. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi). 250m.

2013 August 13 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Malemute. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Improved Malemute.
  • Rocksat-X - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 151 km (93 mi). Education Mission.

2013 August 15 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: R-UNK.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2013 August 16 - .
  • EVA ISS VKD-34 - . Crew: Misurkin, Yurchikhin. EVA Duration: 0.31 days. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Crew exited the Pirs airlock using the Orlan-MK 5 and 6 spacesuits. They installed the Vinovlivost Panel 2 exposure experiment on Poisk, and routed cables for the Russian MLM module that is to be launched later to the station..

2013 August 22 - .
  • EVA ISS VKD-35 - . Crew: Misurkin, Yurchikhin. EVA Duration: 0.25 days. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS.

    Crew exited the Pirs airlock using the Orlan-MK 4 and 5 spacesuits. They retrieved the BLTS-N laser communications experiment, replacing it with the DPN/VRM adjustable mount. The mount was incorrectly assembled, but after a delay it was decided to install it anyway and take out the incorrect orientation by swivelling the DPN articulated arm. An Earth observing camera will be installed on the mount in a future spacewalk. The astronauts also inspected and tightened the remaining WAL antenna covers, obtained samples of the exterior of the Poisk module, and waved the Russian flag to celebrate the country's flag day.


2013 August 22 - . 14:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. Launch Pad: Yasniy Sh370/13. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: Dnepr.
  • Arirang-5 - . Payload: Kompsat-5. Mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb). Nation: Korea South. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: T200. Spacecraft: Kompsat. USAF Sat Cat: 39227 . COSPAR: 2013-042A. Apogee: 560 km (340 mi). Perigee: 545 km (338 mi). Inclination: 97.6000 deg. Period: 95.70 min. South Korea's first X-band SAR satellite..

2013 August 28 - . 18:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC6. LV Family: Delta IV. Launch Vehicle: Delta 4H.
  • USA 245 - . Payload: EIS- 7 / NROL-65. Mass: 15,000 kg (33,000 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: EIS. USAF Sat Cat: 39232 . COSPAR: 2013-043A. Apogee: 1,002 km (622 mi). Perigee: 259 km (160 mi). Inclination: 97.9000 deg. Secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office; thought to be an imaging spy satellite of the EIS/Enhanced CRYSTAL type..

2013 August 29 - . 20:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELA3. LV Family: Ariane 5. Launch Vehicle: Ariane 5ECA.
  • Eshail 1 - . Payload: EUTE 25B. Mass: 6,310 kg (13,910 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 39233 . COSPAR: 2013-044A. Apogee: 35,793 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,781 km (22,233 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 1,436.12 min. Communications satellite jointly owned by Eutelsat and Eshailsat, a spinoff of ictQATAR, the Qatari Supreme Council of Information and Communications Technology. The satellite's is Arabic for Canopus. Stationed in geosynchronous orbit at 31.7 East..
  • GSAT-7 - . Payload: Insat 4F. Mass: 2,650 kg (5,840 lb). Nation: India. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: I-2K. USAF Sat Cat: 39234 . COSPAR: 2013-044B. Apogee: 35,811 km (22,251 mi). Perigee: 35,762 km (22,221 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min. Communications satellite for the Indian Navy..

2013 August 31 - . 20:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC45/1. LV Family: Zenit. Launch Vehicle: Zenit-3SLB.
  • Amos 4 - . Mass: 4,260 kg (9,390 lb). Nation: Israel. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Amos. USAF Sat Cat: 39237 . COSPAR: 2013-045A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0300 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min. Communications satellite for Spacecom company of Tel Aviv. Built by IAI-MBT with a mass much greater than previous AMOS satellites. Bus is probably around 5.0 x 2.5m with a span across the two solar arrays in the 12 to 15 meter range..

2013 September 1 - . 19:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Complex: Jiuquan SLS-2. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4C.
  • Yaogan 17A - . Mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Naval signals intelligence satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-8. USAF Sat Cat: 39239 . COSPAR: 2013-046A. Apogee: 1,116 km (693 mi). Perigee: 1,065 km (661 mi). Inclination: 63.4100 deg. Period: 107.05 min.

    Triplet of naval surveillance satellites, believed to operate like the old US PARCAE/NOSS system, in which a group of loosely formation-flying spacecraft locate radio emitters using the difference in time of arrival of the radio signals at the different satellites.

  • Yaogan 17B - . Mass: 200 kg (440 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Naval signals intelligence satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-8. USAF Sat Cat: 39240 . COSPAR: 2013-046B. Apogee: 1,116 km (693 mi). Perigee: 1,065 km (661 mi). Inclination: 63.4100 deg. Period: 107.05 min.
  • Yaogan 17C - . Mass: 200 kg (440 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Naval signals intelligence satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-8. USAF Sat Cat: 39241 . COSPAR: 2013-046C. Apogee: 1,116 km (693 mi). Perigee: 1,064 km (661 mi). Inclination: 63.4100 deg. Period: 107.05 min.

2013 September 3 - . 06:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Mediterranean sea. Launch Complex: F-15. Launch Platform: F-15D. Launch Vehicle: Silver Sparrow.
  • Radar target - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

    ABM Target. First Silver Sparrow target missile on a suborbital flight from an F-15 airplane over the Mediterranean Sea. Launched eastward towards the Israeli coast, for tests of Israeli missile defense radars. The flight's detection by Russian tracking systems led to some initial public consternation until the mission was acknowledged by Israel.


2013 September 5 - . 16:00 GMT - .
2013 September 5 - . 16:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-132/PF02 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 21 km (13 mi).

2013 September 6 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: K-550. Launch Platform: K-550. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Bulava.
  • Bulava RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Bulava missile launch from the submarine K-550 Aleksandr Nevskiy; meant to fly from the White Sea to the Kura range in Kamchatka, but the second stage failed..

2013 September 7 - . 03:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0B. LV Family: Peacekeeper. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur V.
  • LADEE - . Mass: 383 kg (844 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar probe. Spacecraft: MCSB. Decay Date: 2014-04-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 39246 . COSPAR: 2013-047A.

    NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Enviroment Explorer mission. It carried an ultraviolet spectrometer, a lunar dust experiment, a neutral mass spectrometer, and a laser communications experiment. An Aerojet Rocketdyne/Redmond R-4D-15 HiPAT 455N thruster, with 135 kg of propellant, was used for lunar orbit insertion and orbit maneuvers. After three perigee boost maneuvers it entered lunar gravitational sphere of influence on 6 October at 18:02 GMT. The lunar orbit insertion burn at 10:57 GMT placed LADEE in a 24-hour-period 269 km x 15,772 km selenocentric orbit inclined 157 deg to the lunar equator. Two further burns, the last on 12 October at 10:40 GMT, placed the spacecraft in a 248 km x 251 km orbit. The spacecraft was lowered into an orbit with a 2 km perilune in early April 2014, and it impacted the lunar farside between 04:30 and 05:22 GMT April 18, possibly on the east rim of the crater Sundman V at 12N 93W, north of Mare Orientale.


2013 September 10 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Pad: Drop Zone POR25. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SR19/SR19.
  • FTO-01 THAAD Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2013 September 10 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein Meck. Launch Vehicle: THAAD.
  • THAAD KV Aegis Backup - . Nation: USA. Anti-ballistic missile.

2013 September 10 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein Meck. Launch Vehicle: THAAD.
  • THAAD KV eMBRM intercept - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Anti-ballistic missile.

2013 September 10 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Pad: USS Decatur. Launch Platform: DDG-73. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: SM-3.
  • Aegis KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Anti-ballistic missile.

2013 September 10 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: eMRBM.
  • FTO-01 Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2013 September 10 - . 21:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Pad: SSBN. Launch Platform: SSBN 734. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • FCET-47? USN RV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Missile test. Apparent high altitude rocket burns were observed from the Canary Islands. In the 1970s Poseidon MIRV reentries were observed in this area, it was speculated that the event may represent a classified Trident missile launch..

2013 September 10 - . 21:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Pad: SSBN. Launch Platform: SSBN 734. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • FCET-47? USN RV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Missile test - (146ss).

2013 September 11 - . 23:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/3. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • Gonets-M No. 14 - . Payload: Gonets-M 05. Mass: 280 kg (610 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39249 . COSPAR: 2013-048A. Apogee: 1,508 km (937 mi). Perigee: 1,481 km (920 mi). Inclination: 82.4800 deg. Period: 115.86 min. Three low orbit communications satellites in a single launch..
  • Gonets-M No. 16 - . Payload: Gonets-M 06. Mass: 280 kg (610 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39250 . COSPAR: 2013-048B. Apogee: 1,510 km (930 mi). Perigee: 1,479 km (919 mi). Inclination: 82.4800 deg. Period: 115.86 min.
  • Gonets-M No. 17 - . Payload: Gonets-M 07. Mass: 280 kg (610 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39251 . COSPAR: 2013-048C. Apogee: 1,508 km (937 mi). Perigee: 1,481 km (920 mi). Inclination: 82.4800 deg. Period: 115.85 min.

2013 September 12 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Pad: SSBN. Launch Platform: SSBN 734. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • FCET-48? USN RV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Missile test- (148ss).

2013 September 12 - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral ETR. Launch Pad: SSBN. Launch Platform: SSBN 734. LV Family: Trident. Launch Vehicle: Trident D-5.
  • FCET-48? USN RV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Missile test- (147ss).

2013 September 14 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kagoshima. LV Family: J-1. Launch Vehicle: Epsilon.
  • Hisaki - . Payload: SPRINT A. Mass: 340 kg (740 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: NEXTAR NX-300L. USAF Sat Cat: 39253 . COSPAR: 2013-049A. Apogee: 1,156 km (718 mi). Perigee: 951 km (590 mi). Inclination: 29.7200 deg. Period: 106.27 min.

    Spectroscopic Planet Observatory for Recognition of Interaction of Atmosphere; carryied a 0.20-meter silicon carbide mirror with an extreme ultraviolet spectrometer observing in the 550 to 1450 Angstrom range, used to study the exospheres of planets in our solar system. First launch of Japan's Epsilon solid propellant launch vehicle.


2013 September 15 - . 09:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. Launch Complex: Balasore IC4. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 5.
  • Agni RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi). Missile test.

2013 September 18 - .
  • Scramspace 1 - . University of Queensland Scramspace 1 hypersonic research payload was launched 11:15 GMT Sep 18 from Andoya by the German space agency DLR. The first stage of the VS30/Orion rocket failed and it did not reach space..

2013 September 18 - . 08:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 531.
  • USA 246 - . Payload: AEHF 3 / A2100M. Mass: 6,168 kg (13,598 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: AS 2100. USAF Sat Cat: 39256 . COSPAR: 2013-050A. Third Advanced EHF communications satellite for the US Air Force. The satellite has a Japanese IHI BT-4 bipropellant thruster and an Aerojet electric propulsion system..

2013 September 18 - . 13:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Sonda. Launch Vehicle: VS-30/Orion.
  • SCRAMSPACE 1 - . Nation: Norway. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

2013 September 18 - . 14:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0A. LV Family: Antares LV. Launch Vehicle: Antares 110.
  • SS G David Low - . Payload: Cygnus OD-1. Mass: 4,127 kg (9,098 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: OSC. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft: Cygnus. Duration: 35.00 days. Decay Date: 2013-10-23 . USAF Sat Cat: 39258 . COSPAR: 2013-051A. Apogee: 414 km (257 mi). Perigee: 411 km (255 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.81 min.

    First Orbital Sciences Cygnus ISS resupply spacecraft. Named SS G. David Low after the late astronaut, son of the former NASA administrator, and Orbital employee. The Cygnus consisted of a pressurized cargo module (PCM) built by Thales Alenia in Torino, and a service module (SM) built by Orbital/Dulles. The craft carried 700 kg of cargo. Intiial orbit was 261 km x 277 km x 51.6 deg; at 20:07 GMT this was raised to 274 km x 384 km. On 22 September the first attempt at rendezvous with the ISS was cancelled due to a software problem in the GPS navigation system; Cygnus passed ISS at a distance of 4 km at 08:45 GMT. On 29 September Cygnus completed its rendezvous with ISS, reaching a 250 m hold point at 09:08 GMT. The SSRMS arm captured Cygnus at 11:00 GMT, and after berthing to the Harmony module of the ISS he astronauts began unloading the ship's cargo. Cygnus unberthed from Harmony at 10:04 GMT on 22 October and was released into a 415 x 419 km orbit by the SSRMS at 11:31 GMT. On 23 October Cygnus conducted its retrofire burn at 17:41 GMT, and burnt up at 18:16 GMT over the South Pacific.


2013 September 19 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Talos Castor.
  • ARAV-C++ FTM-21 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). ABM Target - Aegis Readiness Assessment Vehicle-C++.

2013 September 19 - . 00:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Pad: USS Lake Erie. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard. Launch Vehicle: SM-3-IB.
  • Aegis KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). Anti-ballistic missile. Two Aegis launches, of SM-3 Block IB missiles, took place against an ARAV-C++ separating target (probably a Talos-Castor rocket) launched from Kauai..

2013 September 19 - . 00:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Pad: USS Lake Erie. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard. Launch Vehicle: SM-3-IB.
  • Aegis KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). Anti-ballistic missile. The Aegis missiles were stated to have reached a record altitude for the type, in excess of the 250 km achieved in the 2008 USA 193 antisatellite test..

2013 September 22 - . 10:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF10. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • Mk 21 RV? - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Operational test.

2013 September 23 - . 03:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Pad: LC9. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4C.
  • FY-3-03 - . Payload: Fengyun-3C. Mass: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb). Nation: China. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: FY-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39260 . COSPAR: 2013-052A. Apogee: 828 km (514 mi). Perigee: 827 km (513 mi). Inclination: 98.7700 deg. Period: 101.45 min. Third Fengyun-3 polar orbiting meteorological satellite..

2013 September 25 - . 04:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. LV Family: DF-21. Launch Vehicle: Kuaizhou.
  • Kuaizhou-1 - . Payload: KZ-1. Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Kuaizhou satellite. Decay Date: 2015-09-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 39262 . COSPAR: 2013-053A. Apogee: 301 km (187 mi). Perigee: 279 km (173 mi). Inclination: 96.5900 deg. Period: 90.31 min.

    First launch of China's Kuaizhou small quick-response launch vehicle. "Kuaizhou" means "Swift Boat". The solid propellant vehicle is thought to be built by CASIC in collaboration with the Harbin Institute of Technology and may be a derivative of the DF-21 family, like the failed KT-1 launch vehicle of 2002-2003. Development of the rocket began in 2010. The satellite's initial orbit was 275 x 293 km x 96.7 deg, raised on 27 September to 299 x 306 km. The satellite payload is operated by the State Remote Sensing Center. The satellite maneuvered following launch: its initial 275 x 293 km orbit, was raised on September 27 to 299 x 306 km. The orbit decayed to 279 x 288 km and then was raised on October 17 to 288 x 321 km; after a further decay another reboost on November 1 restored the orbit to 290 x 317 km. The third reboost on November 19 raised the orbit from 267 x 294 km to 287 x 322 km.


2013 September 25 - . 20:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-10M - . Call Sign: Pulsar. Crew: Hopkins, Kotov, Ryazansky. Backup Crew: Artemyev, Skvortsov, Swanson. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 710. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-10M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 166.27 days. Decay Date: 2014-03-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 39263 . COSPAR: 2013-054A. Apogee: 415 km (257 mi). Perigee: 411 km (255 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.82 min. Docked with the Poisk module of the ISS 5 hours 46 minutes after launch. Undocked from the Poisk module of the ISS at 00:02 GMT on 11 March, landing in Kazakhstan at 03:24 GMT..

2013 September 26 - . 10:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF09. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • Mk 21 RV? - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Operational test.

2013 Sep 27? - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: UR-100NU 15A35.
  • Hypersonic RV - . Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2013 September 29 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC4E. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9.
  • Cassiope - . Mass: 500 kg (1,100 lb). Nation: Canada. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: MAC-200. USAF Sat Cat: 39265 . COSPAR: 2013-055A. Apogee: 1,437 km (892 mi). Perigee: 324 km (201 mi). Inclination: 80.9900 deg. Period: 102.57 min.

    Canadian Space Agency satellite with two payloads: the CASCADE high bandwith Ka-band communications relay package and the ePOP suite of instruments to study the polar ionosphere. The satellite was built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA Ltd.) using a Bristol Aerospace spacecraft bus. First launch of the Falcon 9 v1.1 upgrade of the Falcon 9 rocket.

  • CUSat - . Mass: 23 kg (50 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: CUSat. USAF Sat Cat: 39266 . COSPAR: 2013-055B. Apogee: 1,426 km (886 mi). Perigee: 323 km (200 mi). Inclination: 80.9900 deg. Period: 102.45 min.

    Cornell University satellite; carried a differential GPS navigation system and pulsed plasma thrusters. The defunct-before-launch CUSAT 2/Top satellite remained attached to the Falcon 9 second stage. CUSAT (formerly CUSAT 1/Bottom) was launched attached to CUSAT 2 and separated from it after orbit insertion.

  • DANDE - . Mass: 38 kg (83 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: DANDE. USAF Sat Cat: 39267 . COSPAR: 2013-055C. Apogee: 1,448 km (899 mi). Perigee: 324 km (201 mi). Inclination: 80.9900 deg. Period: 102.69 min.

    Drag and Atmospheric Neutral Density Explorer from the University of Colorado. The sphere carried a particle spectrometer to measure the outer atmosphere wind speed and direction, and a drag measurement system. It was attached to an 8 kg Lightband adapter which was jettisoned on October 30 (cataloged as 2013-055AC) and DANDE then began its atmospheric density studies.

  • POPACS 1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39268 . COSPAR: 2013-055D. Apogee: 1,419 km (881 mi). Perigee: 323 km (200 mi). Inclination: 81.0000 deg. Period: 102.37 min. 3U cubesat which split after deployment into four spacer sections that released three 0.10 m diameter aluminium spheres used as passive atmospheric density calibration probes..
  • POPACS 2 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39269 . COSPAR: 2013-055E. Apogee: 1,440 km (890 mi). Perigee: 323 km (200 mi). Inclination: 81.0000 deg. Period: 102.60 min.
  • POPACS 3 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39270 . COSPAR: 2013-055F. Apogee: 1,451 km (901 mi). Perigee: 324 km (201 mi). Inclination: 81.0000 deg. Period: 102.73 min.

2013 September 29 - . 21:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Astra 2E - . Mass: 6,020 kg (13,270 lb). Nation: SES. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Eurostar 3000. USAF Sat Cat: 39285 . COSPAR: 2013-056A. Apogee: 35,796 km (22,242 mi). Perigee: 35,777 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0500 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min. Eurostar E3000 satellite carrying Ka-band and Ku-band transponders..

2013 October 4 - . 05:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Oriole. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Terrier Oriole.
  • ARAV-ER FTM-22 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). ABM Target - Aegis Readiness Assessment Vehicle-Extended Range.

2013 October 4 - . 05:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Pad: USS Lake Erie. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard. Launch Vehicle: SM-3-IB.
  • Aegis KV - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Anti-ballistic missile.

2013 October 7 - . Launch Site: McGregor. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Grasshopper.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: SPX. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi). 325m.

2013 October 7 - . 03:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Prithvi RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Operational test.

2013 October 8 - . 06:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: Prithvi. Launch Vehicle: Prithvi 2.
  • Prithvi RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Operational test.

2013 October 10 - . 13:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Experimental RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

    Flew an experimental reentry vehicle on a Topol launch from Kapustin Yar to the Balkash range at Sary Shagan on; the launch was observed by Mike Hopkins on board the ISS, orbiting several thousand km to the southeast. Ejecta in an upper stage rocket plume of some kind were illuminated by the Sun making an easily visible cloud.


2013 October 21 - . 18:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.290US - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 278 km (172 mi). Solar mission. Carried Colorado's annual payload to calibrate the SDO EVE solar flux experiment..

2013 October 25 - . 03:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4B.
  • SJ-16 - . Payload: SJ-16. Mass: 2,700 kg (5,900 lb). Nation: China. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: SJ-6. USAF Sat Cat: 39358 . COSPAR: 2013-057A. Apogee: 614 km (381 mi). Perigee: 599 km (372 mi). Inclination: 74.9800 deg. Period: 96.82 min. The mission of SJ-16 is unknown; the orbit represents a new profile for the series. The SJ ('practice') series satellites carry a mix of technology development and military payloads..

2013 October 25 - . 18:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. Launch Pad: LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Sirius FM6 - . Mass: 6,003 kg (13,234 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: FS-1300. USAF Sat Cat: 39360 . COSPAR: 2013-058A. Apogee: 35,792 km (22,240 mi). Perigee: 35,780 km (22,230 mi). Inclination: 0.0300 deg. Period: 1,436.07 min. Provided satellite digital radio services for Sirius XM..

2013 October 29 - . 02:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2C.
  • Yaogan 18 - . Payload: Jianbing 7. Mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-7. USAF Sat Cat: 39363 . COSPAR: 2013-059A. Apogee: 514 km (319 mi). Perigee: 510 km (310 mi). Inclination: 97.5200 deg. Period: 94.87 min. The third in a satellite series that began with Yaogan 6 and 13..

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: Tochka. Launch Vehicle: Tochka-U.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 26 km (16 mi).

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: S-300. Launch Vehicle: S-300PMU-1 48N6E.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: PVO. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: S-300. Launch Vehicle: S-300PMU-1 48N6E.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: PVO. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: R-36M2 15A18M.
  • 10 RVs?? - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Launched from Dombarovskiy to to Kura. One of a series of missiles launched on the same day as part of a large scale Russian military exercise..

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Barents Sea Launch Area. Launch Pad: K-117. Launch Platform: K-117. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Sineva.
  • RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

    Launched from a sub in the Barents Sea to Kura. One of a series of missiles launched on the same day as part of a large scale Russian military exercise. One Iskander-M and three Tochka-U short range missiles were also launched from Kapustin Yar to unknown targets


2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Topol' RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Launched from Plesetsk to Kura. One of a series of missiles launched on the same day as part of a large scale Russian military exercise..

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: Tochka. Launch Vehicle: Tochka-U.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 26 km (16 mi).

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Sary Shagan. Launch Pad: LC35. LV Family: A-135. Launch Vehicle: 53T6.
  • Test - . Nation: Russia. Agency: PRO. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: Tochka. Launch Vehicle: Tochka-U.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 26 km (16 mi).

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Okhotsk. Launch Platform: K-433. LV Family: R-29. Launch Vehicle: Volna.
  • RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Launched from a sub in the Sea of Okhotsk to Chizha. One of a series of missiles launched on the same day as part of a large scale Russian military exercise..

2013 October 30 - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. LV Family: Oka. Launch Vehicle: Iskander-M.
  • Nation: Russia. Agency: RVSN. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

2013 November 3 - . 09:25 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.294UH - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi). X-ray Astronomy mission. The Wisconsin/Goddard X-ray Quantum Calorimeter payload made its sixth flight..

2013 November 5 - . 09:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Sriharikota. Launch Complex: Sriharikota PSLV. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: PSLV. Launch Vehicle: PSLV-XL.
  • Mars Orbiter Spacecraft - . Mass: 1,350 kg (2,970 lb). Nation: India. Class: Mars. Type: Mars probe. Spacecraft: Chandrayaan. USAF Sat Cat: 39370 . COSPAR: 2013-060A.

    First Indian mission to Mars. Carried 15 kg of instruments, including a color camera, but primary purpose was to test technologies for future planetary missions. Carried 850 kg of propellant for trans-Mars ejection and insertion into Martian orbit on arrival there. The MOS was inserted in elliptical Earth orbit; it used its own propulsion to achieve trans-Mars injection. The fourth stage and MOM payload entered a 251 x 23,892 km x 19.4 deg orbit with first perigee over the South Pacific. On November 7 the orbit was raised to 259 x 28,726 km, and on November 8 to over 70,000 km apogee. A further burn on November 10 delivered only 35 m/s, raising the apogee less than planned. A makeup burn on November 11 fixed the problem, and a burn on November 15 put the spacecraft in a 853 x 194,683 km x 19.4 deg orbit. A final perigee burn at 19:19 GMT on November 30 accelerated MOM to a hyperbolic Earth escape trajectory, and it entered an 0.98 x 1.45 AU solar orbit on December 3 on the way to Mars.


2013 November 7 - . 04:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-FG.
  • Soyuz TMA-11M - . Call Sign: Vostok. Crew: Mastracchio, Tyurin, Wakata. Backup Crew: Gerst, Surayev, Wiseman. Payload: Soyuz TMA s/n 711. Mass: 7,200 kg (15,800 lb). Nation: Russia. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Soyuz TMA-11M. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA. Duration: 187.91 days. Decay Date: 2014-05-14 . USAF Sat Cat: 39373 . COSPAR: 2013-061A. Apogee: 418 km (259 mi). Perigee: 415 km (257 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.90 min. Docked with the Rassvet module of the ISS at 10:27 GMT the day of launch. Undocked from the Rassvet module at 22:36 GMT on May 13 and made the deorbit burn at 01:05 GMT May 14. Landing in Kazakhstan came at 01:58:30 GMT on May 14..

2013 November 9 - .
  • EVA ISS VKD-36 - . Crew: Kotov, Ryazansky. EVA Duration: 0.24 days. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS.

    The crew exited the station via the Pirs module. They carried an Olympic torch for a publicity event. The Yakor platform was removed from Zvezda's transfer compartment but could not be attached to the VRM/URM-D articulating mount on side IV of the main part of Zvezda, and was brought inside instead. A piece of equipment called DPN was be removed from the VRM (it was installed on the EVA in August 2013). The RK-21-8 Radiometria experiment installed on 2011 Feb 16 on another URM-D experiment mount on side II of Zvezda was disconnected, but the astronauts had trouble stowing its deployed panels.


2013 November 11 - . 23:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Raduga-1M - . Payload: Raduga 1M-3. Mass: 2,300 kg (5,000 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft Bus: KAUR-3. Spacecraft: Raduga-1. USAF Sat Cat: 39375 . COSPAR: 2013-062A. Apogee: 35,797 km (22,243 mi). Perigee: 35,775 km (22,229 mi). Inclination: 0.0300 deg. Period: 1,436.07 min. Globus-1M military communications satellite..

2013 November 12 - . 16:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Spaceport America. LV Family: SpaceLoft. Launch Vehicle: SpaceLoft XL.
  • SL-8 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 116 km (72 mi). Technology mission.

2013 November 18 - . 18:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC41. Launch Pad: SLC41. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401.
  • MAVEN - . Mass: 2,454 kg (5,410 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Mars. Type: Mars probe. Spacecraft: MAVEN. USAF Sat Cat: 39378 . COSPAR: 2013-063A.

    Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN orbiter designed to study the escape of gases from the upper Martian atmosphere. It carried particles and fields instruments and an imaging ultraviolet spectrometer. MAVEN reached a 167 x 315 km x 26.7 deg parking orbit at 18:41 GMT; the Centaur AV-038 stage restarted at 19:09 GMT and inserted MAVEN into a trans-Mars trajectory. MAVEN and the Centaur left the Earth-Moon system on November 21 in a 0.97 x 1.47 AU x 2.1 deg heliocentric orbit which will take them to Mars in September 2014.


2013 November 19 - . 12:18 GMT - . Launch Site: ISS.
  • PicoDragon - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Vietnam. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-04-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 39412 . COSPAR: 1998-067DA. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi). Perigee: 180 km (110 mi). Inclination: 51.6300 deg. Period: 88.17 min. On 19 November a J-SSOD cubesat deployer was retrieved from the Kibo module airlock by the JEM RMS arm and moved to a deployment position; at 12:18 GMT it ejected three 1U cubesats, including PicoDragon for Vietnam..
  • Ardusat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-02-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 39413 . COSPAR: 1998-067DB. Apogee: 165 km (102 mi). Perigee: 121 km (75 mi). Inclination: 51.7300 deg. Period: 87.35 min.

    On 19 November a J-SSOD cubesat deployer was retrieved from the Kibo module airlock by the JEM RMS arm and moved to a deployment position; at 12:18 GMT it ejected three 1U cubesats, including two Ardusats for a demonstration of spaceborne Arduino processors for the US company NanoSatisfi.

  • Ardusat-Xh - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-04-15 . USAF Sat Cat: 39414 . COSPAR: 1998-067DC. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi). Perigee: 173 km (107 mi). Inclination: 51.6200 deg. Period: 88.00 min.

    On 19 November a J-SSOD cubesat deployer was retrieved from the Kibo module airlock by the JEM RMS arm and moved to a deployment position; at 12:18 GMT it ejected three 1U cubesats, including two Ardusats for a demonstration of spaceborne Arduino processors for the US company NanoSatisfi.


2013 November 20 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA0B. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1.
  • Prometheus 1-1 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-12 . USAF Sat Cat: 39406 . COSPAR: 2013-064AC. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.15 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • Prometheus 1-1 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-12 . USAF Sat Cat: 39406 . COSPAR: 2013-064AC. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.15 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • Prometheus 1-3 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 39408 . COSPAR: 2013-064AE. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.16 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • ORSES - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2016-01-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 39386 . COSPAR: 2013-064G. Apogee: 483 km (300 mi). Perigee: 474 km (294 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.17 min. 3U ORS Enabler Satellite, a tactical communications satellite for the USAF Operationally Responsive Space office and the US Space and Missile Defense Command..
  • ORS Tech 1 - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-03-23 . USAF Sat Cat: 39387 . COSPAR: 2013-064H. Apogee: 473 km (293 mi). Perigee: 457 km (283 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 93.90 min. Cubesat; 3U technology demonstration satellites for USAF Operationally Responsive Space office developed by APL..
  • Prometheus 1-4 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-13 . USAF Sat Cat: 39390 . COSPAR: 2013-064L. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 474 km (294 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.16 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • Prometheus 1-2 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-10 . USAF Sat Cat: 39391 . COSPAR: 2013-064M. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 474 km (294 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.16 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • Prometheus 1-5 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-11-29 . USAF Sat Cat: 39393 . COSPAR: 2013-064P. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 472 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 94.14 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • Prometheus 1-6 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-10 . USAF Sat Cat: 39394 . COSPAR: 2013-064Q. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 94.16 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • ORS Tech 2 - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-04-03 . USAF Sat Cat: 39396 . COSPAR: 2013-064S. Apogee: 474 km (294 mi). Perigee: 458 km (284 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 93.92 min. Cubesat; 3U technology demonstration satellites for USAF Operationally Responsive Space office developed by APL..
  • Prometheus 1-8 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-01 . USAF Sat Cat: 39401 . COSPAR: 2013-064X. Apogee: 481 km (298 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 94.15 min. 1.5 U Cubesat; part of a constellation of low orbit military tactical communications satellites for the US Southern Command (SOCOM); developed by Los Alamos..
  • STPSAT-3 - . Mass: 180 kg (390 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Astro-200. USAF Sat Cat: 39380 . COSPAR: 2013-064A. Apogee: 498 km (309 mi). Perigee: 493 km (306 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 94.52 min.

    Carried technology and space weather experiments, including a Total Solar Irradiance sensor, TCTE, to provide data lost when the Glory launch failed. Also on the launch vehicle were two CubeStack wafers which eject a record total of 28 cubesats. The upper wafer carried four 6U Cubesat dispensers for NRO missions, and the lower wafer carried eight 3U P-POD cubesat dispensers for various payloads including NASA's ELANA IV cubesat cluster.

  • Firefly - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39404 . COSPAR: 2013-064AA. Apogee: 487 km (302 mi). Perigee: 482 km (299 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 94.30 min. Cubesat; a 3U science sat for the National Science Foundation built by the Hawk Institute for Space Sciences in Maryland in collaboration with Siena College, that studied terrestrial gamma-ray flashes..
  • PhoneSat-2.4 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2017-01-31 . USAF Sat Cat: 39381 . COSPAR: 2013-064B. Apogee: 487 km (302 mi). Perigee: 480 km (290 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.28 min. Cubesat from NASA-Ames, with systems based on a Nexus/Android cellphone..
  • ChargerSat 1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2016-03-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 39405 . COSPAR: 2013-064AB. Apogee: 484 km (300 mi). Perigee: 476 km (295 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.21 min. Cubesat from University of Alabama-Huntsville..
  • CAPE 2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-10-23 . USAF Sat Cat: 39382 . COSPAR: 2013-064C. Apogee: 445 km (276 mi). Perigee: 417 km (259 mi). Inclination: 40.4900 deg. Period: 93.20 min. Cubesat from University of Louisiana-Lafayette..
  • DragonSat - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2016-08-31 . USAF Sat Cat: 39383 . COSPAR: 2013-064D. Apogee: 487 km (302 mi). Perigee: 478 km (297 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.26 min. Cubesat from Drexel University, Penn. and the US Naval Academy, Annapolis..
  • Vermont Lunar Cubesat - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-11-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 39407 . COSPAR: 2013-064AD. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5300 deg. Period: 94.15 min. 1U cubesat from Vermont Technical College, testing equipment for a proposed future lunar mission. Testing navigation components to be used in a follow up 3U ion drive CubeSat to the Moon. Successful. First university satellite from New England..
  • KySat-2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-02-12 . USAF Sat Cat: 39384 . COSPAR: 2013-064E. Apogee: 470 km (290 mi). Perigee: 452 km (280 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 93.81 min. Cubesat from Kentucky Space, Lexington, Kentucky..
  • TJ3Sat - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-09-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 39385 . COSPAR: 2013-064F. Apogee: 481 km (298 mi). Perigee: 469 km (291 mi). Inclination: 40.5300 deg. Period: 94.10 min. Cubesat from Thomas Jefferson High School, Virginia..
  • ORS-3 - . Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: ORS-3. Decay Date: 2015-09-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 39385 . COSPAR: 2013-064F. Apogee: 481 km (298 mi). Perigee: 469 km (291 mi). Inclination: 40.5300 deg. Period: 94.10 min. The ORS-3 Minotaur final stage carried an experimental launch tracking system and a drag device to reduce the amount of time it spent in orbit..
  • SENSE-A - . Payload: SENSE SV1. Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Ionosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-03-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 39388 . COSPAR: 2013-064J. Apogee: 473 km (293 mi). Perigee: 459 km (285 mi). Inclination: 40.5200 deg. Period: 93.91 min. 3U Cubesat ionospheric monitoring satellite for the USAF Space and Missile Center..
  • NPS-SCAT - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-10-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 39389 . COSPAR: 2013-064K. Apogee: 482 km (299 mi). Perigee: 471 km (292 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.13 min. Cubesat for the US Navy Postgraduate School, with a solar cell exposure experiment..
  • SENSE-B - . Payload: SENSE SV2. Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Earth. Type: Ionosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39392 . COSPAR: 2013-064N. Apogee: 491 km (305 mi). Perigee: 483 km (300 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.35 min. 3U Cubesat ionospheric monitoring satellite for the USAF Space and Missile Center..
  • COPPER - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2016-02-04 . USAF Sat Cat: 39395 . COSPAR: 2013-064R. Apogee: 484 km (300 mi). Perigee: 475 km (295 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.19 min. Cubesat from Saint Louis University, Missouri..
  • Horus/STARE-B - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Orbital object tracking satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39397 . COSPAR: 2013-064T. Apogee: 489 km (303 mi). Perigee: 482 km (299 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.32 min. Cubesat; a 3U Lawrence Livermore experiment for space debris monitoring..
  • Black Knight 1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-07-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 39398 . COSPAR: 2013-064U. Apogee: 479 km (297 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 40.5300 deg. Period: 94.06 min. Cubesat for the US Military Academy at West Point, New York..
  • Trailblazer - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2016-05-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 39400 . COSPAR: 2013-064W. Apogee: 485 km (301 mi). Perigee: 477 km (296 mi). Inclination: 40.5100 deg. Period: 94.23 min. Cubesat from University of New Mexico-Albequerque..
  • SwampSat - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2015-12-13 . USAF Sat Cat: 39402 . COSPAR: 2013-064Y. Apogee: 483 km (300 mi). Perigee: 473 km (293 mi). Inclination: 40.5000 deg. Period: 94.17 min. Cubesat from University of Florida-Gainesville..
  • Ho oponopono 2 - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Radar calibration target. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39403 . COSPAR: 2013-064Z. Apogee: 492 km (305 mi). Perigee: 485 km (301 mi). Inclination: 40.5300 deg. Period: 94.38 min. 3U Cubesat for radar calibration, from University of Hawaii-Manoa..

2013 November 20 - . 03:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4C.
  • Yaogan 19 - . Payload: Jianbing 9. Mass: 2,500 kg (5,500 lb). Nation: China. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft Bus: Jianbing. Spacecraft: JB-9. USAF Sat Cat: 39410 . COSPAR: 2013-065A. Apogee: 1,208 km (750 mi). Perigee: 1,201 km (746 mi). Inclination: 100.4500 deg. Period: 109.51 min. Thought to be an imaging satellite similar to Yaogan 8..

2013 November 20 - . 07:58 GMT - . Launch Site: ISS.
  • TechEdSat-3p - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. Decay Date: 2014-01-16 . USAF Sat Cat: 39415 . COSPAR: 1998-067DD. Apogee: 227 km (141 mi). Perigee: 205 km (127 mi). Inclination: 51.6200 deg. Period: 88.81 min.

    On 19 November a J-SSOD cubesat deployer was retrieved from the Kibo module airlock by the JEM RMS arm and moved to a deployment position. On 20 November it released this 3U cubesat from NASA-Ames and San Jose State University, which deployed an 0.6m `Exobrake' sail to test a way to increase the cubesat's drag and make it reenter quickly.


2013 November 20 - . 11:40 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.296UG - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 277 km (172 mi). Ultraviolet astronomy mission. Second flight of ultraviolet FORTIS telescope to get spectra of comet ISON..

2013 November 21 - . 07:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Dombarovskiy. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: R-36M. Launch Vehicle: Dnepr.
  • AprizeSat-7 - . Mass: 14 kg (30 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: AprizeSat. USAF Sat Cat: 39416 . COSPAR: 2013-066A. Apogee: 650 km (400 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 97.14 min.

    Communications satellites for SpaceQuest; part of a constellation of small LEO satellites for global fixed and mobile asset tracking. Also carried an AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver monitor naval vessel locations. Dnepr rocket launched from an ICBM silo at Yasniy in Russia placed a cluster of 24 satellites in orbit on on a single launch. Although this was fewer than the ORS-3 launch the day before, if nanosats ejected later are counted, the single launch put 33 payloads in orbit.

  • HINCube-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: South Africa. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39417 . COSPAR: 2013-066B. Apogee: 678 km (421 mi). Perigee: 592 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 97.42 min. 1U cubesat from French South African Institute of Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Mission: Space weather, technology demonstration, education and human capital development.. Successful. First South African CubeSat..
  • SkySat-1 - . Mass: 90 kg (198 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Skysat. USAF Sat Cat: 39418 . COSPAR: 2013-066C. Apogee: 595 km (369 mi). Perigee: 564 km (350 mi). Inclination: 97.7900 deg. Period: 96.26 min. Imaging satellite, the first for the US company Skybox..
  • Dubaisat-2 - . Mass: 300 kg (660 lb). Nation: UAE. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: SI-300. USAF Sat Cat: 39419 . COSPAR: 2013-066D. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi). Perigee: 583 km (362 mi). Inclination: 97.7900 deg. Period: 96.51 min. Imaging satellite for the United Arab Emirates build by Satrec of South Korea..
  • OPTOS - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: Spain. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39420 . COSPAR: 2013-066E. Apogee: 793 km (492 mi). Perigee: 594 km (369 mi). Inclination: 97.7600 deg. Period: 98.63 min. 3U cubesat from INTA of Spain..
  • Unisat-5 - . Mass: 19 kg (41 lb). Nation: Italy. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Unisat. USAF Sat Cat: 39421 . COSPAR: 2013-066F. Apogee: 636 km (395 mi). Perigee: 592 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.97 min.

    Technology satellite for the University of Rome. It carried a further eight tiny satellites within it, and one of those (PUCP-Sat) carried a further nested satellite, Pocket-PUCP. Most of the subsatellites were ejected from Unisat-5 between 08:10 and 08:25 GMT on November 21.

  • STSat-3 - . Mass: 170 kg (370 lb). Nation: Korea South. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: STSat. USAF Sat Cat: 39422 . COSPAR: 2013-066G. Apogee: 622 km (386 mi). Perigee: 591 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.83 min.

    Satellite built by KAIST of South Korea, with the MIRIS infrared astronomy experiment (an 8 cm telescope operating at 0.9-2 microns with a 4 degree field of view for spectroscopy of diffuse extended emission), as well as earth imaging and technology payloads.

  • WNISAT-1 - . Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: Japan. Class: Earth. Type: Weather satellite. Spacecraft: WNISAT. USAF Sat Cat: 39423 . COSPAR: 2013-066H. Apogee: 845 km (525 mi). Perigee: 594 km (369 mi). Inclination: 97.7500 deg. Period: 99.19 min. 30 cm cube for Weather News Inc. and Axelspace, to monitor northern sea routes and atmospheric CO2..
  • KHUSAT-1 - . Payload: CINEMA 2. Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39424 . COSPAR: 2013-066J. Apogee: 727 km (451 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.94 min. 3U cubesat from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, to join the CINEMA constellation..
  • AprizeSat-8 - . Mass: 14 kg (30 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: AprizeSat. USAF Sat Cat: 39425 . COSPAR: 2013-066K. Apogee: 666 km (413 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 97.31 min. Part of a constellation of small LEO satellites for global fixed and mobile asset tracking. Also carried an AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver monitor naval vessel locations..
  • KHUSAT-2 - . Payload: CINEMA 3. Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39426 . COSPAR: 2013-066L. Apogee: 743 km (461 mi). Perigee: 594 km (369 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 98.11 min. 3U cubesat from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, to join the CINEMA constellation..
  • Triton 1 - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: UK. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39427 . COSPAR: 2013-066M. Apogee: 758 km (470 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7600 deg. Period: 98.27 min. 3U cubesat test of an AIS receiver from ISIS b.v., Netherlands..
  • Delfi-3nXt - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: Netherlands. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39428 . COSPAR: 2013-066N. Apogee: 773 km (480 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7600 deg. Period: 98.41 min. 3U cubesat from Delft University of Technology..
  • Dove-3 - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39429 . COSPAR: 2013-066P. Apogee: 809 km (502 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7600 deg. Period: 98.80 min. 3U imaging satellite from PlanetLabs, San Francisco..
  • GOMX-1 - . Mass: 6.00 kg (13.20 lb). Nation: Denmark. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39430 . COSPAR: 2013-066Q. Apogee: 813 km (505 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7600 deg. Period: 98.84 min. 2U cubesat test an ADS-B air traffic control receiver, for GOMSpace, Aalborg, Denmark..
  • Lem - . Payload: BRITE-PL. Mass: 6.00 kg (13.20 lb). Nation: Poland. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Toronto GNB. USAF Sat Cat: 39431 . COSPAR: 2013-066R. Apogee: 884 km (549 mi). Perigee: 594 km (369 mi). Inclination: 97.7500 deg. Period: 99.59 min. Satellite using Toronto's GNB bus carrying the BRITE-PL astronomical photometry payload for the Polish Academy of Sciences..
  • ICUBE-1 - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: Pakistan. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39432 . COSPAR: 2013-066S. Apogee: 634 km (393 mi). Perigee: 587 km (364 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.90 min. 2U cubesat from Unisat-5 for Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad. Successful. First Pakistani cubesat..
  • HUMSAT-D - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Spain. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39433 . COSPAR: 2013-066T. Apogee: 632 km (392 mi). Perigee: 586 km (364 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.88 min. Deployed from Unisat-5 for University of Vigo, Spain..
  • Dove-4 - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39434 . COSPAR: 2013-066U. Apogee: 624 km (387 mi). Perigee: 581 km (361 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.75 min. 3U Earth imaging satellite, deployed from Unisat-5 for PlanetLabs..
  • WREN - . Mass: 0 kg (0 lb). Nation: Germany. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39435 . COSPAR: 2013-066V. Apogee: 638 km (396 mi). Perigee: 594 km (369 mi). Inclination: 97.8000 deg. Period: 97.02 min. PocketQube cubesat from StaDoKo (spinoff company of the University of Aachen)..
  • 50SAT - . Mass: 0 kg (0 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39436 . COSPAR: 2013-066W. Apogee: 615 km (382 mi). Perigee: 580 km (360 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.63 min. AKA Eagle-2, 50DollarSat; from Morehead State University. First PocketQube cubesat; 1P size was 0.15 kg, 5 x 5 x 5cm cubes.
  • BeakerSat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39437 . COSPAR: 2013-066X. Apogee: 619 km (384 mi). Perigee: 583 km (362 mi). Inclination: 97.7900 deg. Period: 96.71 min. 2.5P PocketQube, AKA Eagle-1, from Morehead State University..
  • VELOX-P2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Singapore. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39438 . COSPAR: 2013-066Y. Apogee: 695 km (431 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.60 min. Cubesat from Nanyang Tech University..
  • First-Move - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Germany. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39439 . COSPAR: 2013-066Z. Apogee: 691 km (429 mi). Perigee: 591 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.54 min. Cubesat from Technical University of Munich..
  • Manolito - . Payload: CUBEBUG 2. Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: Argentina. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39440 . COSPAR: 2013-066AA. Apogee: 710 km (440 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.76 min. 2U cubesat from Argentina..
  • Krysaor - . Payload: NEE-2. Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Ecuador. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39441 . COSPAR: 2013-066AB. Apogee: 711 km (441 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.77 min. Cubesat from Ecuadorian Space Agency..
  • PUCPSat-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Peru. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39442 . COSPAR: 2013-066AC. Apogee: 633 km (393 mi). Perigee: 587 km (364 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.90 min. 1U cubesat deployed from Unisat-5 for Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru, Lima..
  • QBScout-1 - . Mass: 0 kg (0 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39443 . COSPAR: 2013-066AD. Apogee: 630 km (390 mi). Perigee: 591 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.90 min. 2.5P PocketQube from University of Maryland/Baltimore County..
  • FUNcube-1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: UK. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39444 . COSPAR: 2013-066AE. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 592 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.41 min. Cubesat for AMSAT-UK..
  • Tshepiso - . Payload: ZACUBE. Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Norway. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39445 . COSPAR: 2013-066AF. Apogee: 677 km (420 mi). Perigee: 592 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.41 min. Cubesat from South Africa's Cape Peninsula University of Tech (CPUT)..
  • UWE-3 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: Germany. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39446 . COSPAR: 2013-066AG. Apogee: 694 km (431 mi). Perigee: 593 km (368 mi). Inclination: 97.7700 deg. Period: 97.59 min. Cubesat from University of Wurzburg..
  • BPA-3 - . Payload: SL-24. Nation: Russia. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. USAF Sat Cat: 39448 . COSPAR: 2013-066AJ. Apogee: 1,610 km (1,000 mi). Perigee: 591 km (367 mi). Inclination: 97.6700 deg. Period: 107.27 min. Yuzhnoye experiment attached to final stage of rocket..
  • Pocket-PUCP - . Mass: 0 kg (0 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39437 . COSPAR: 2013-066x. Apogee: 616 km (382 mi). Perigee: 579 km (359 mi). Inclination: 97.7800 deg. Period: 96.64 min. PocketQube cubesat ejected from PUCPSat-1..

2013 November 22 - . 12:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • SWARM-B - . Payload: Earth Explorer-B. Mass: 468 kg (1,031 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: SWARM. USAF Sat Cat: 39451 . COSPAR: 2013-067A. Apogee: 515 km (320 mi). Perigee: 511 km (317 mi). Inclination: 87.7600 deg. Period: 94.89 min.
  • SWARM-A - . Payload: Earth Explorer-A. Mass: 468 kg (1,031 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: SWARM. USAF Sat Cat: 39452 . COSPAR: 2013-067B. Apogee: 466 km (289 mi). Perigee: 462 km (287 mi). Inclination: 87.3600 deg. Period: 93.88 min.

    A follow-up to CHAMP spacecraft, the Swarm was three satellites in three different polar orbits to measure the earth's magnetic field with high precision. Each spacecraft carried an Absolute Scalar Magnetometer; a Vector Field Magnetometer; an Electric Field Instrument; an Accelerometer; and a Laser Range Reflector.

  • SWARM-C - . Payload: Earth Explorer-C. Mass: 468 kg (1,031 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: SWARM. USAF Sat Cat: 39453 . COSPAR: 2013-067C. Apogee: 466 km (289 mi). Perigee: 462 km (287 mi). Inclination: 87.3600 deg. Period: 93.88 min.

2013 November 25 - . 02:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiuquan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 2D.
  • Shiyan 5 Weixing - . Payload: SY-5. Mass: 800 kg (1,760 lb). Nation: China. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: CAST2000. USAF Sat Cat: 39455 . COSPAR: 2013-068A. Apogee: 755 km (469 mi). Perigee: 739 km (459 mi). Inclination: 97.9600 deg. Period: 99.76 min. Experiment Satellite No 5..

2013 November 25 - . 20:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.
  • Progress M-21M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 421 / ISS-53P. Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 196.00 days. Decay Date: 2014-06-09 . USAF Sat Cat: 39456 . COSPAR: 2013-069A. Apogee: 418 km (259 mi). Perigee: 412 km (256 mi). Inclination: 51.6500 deg. Period: 92.87 min.

    It made a 1.5 km flyby of ISS at 21:50 GMT on November 27 to test the new Kurs-NA rendezvous system, and then a re-rendezvous on November 29. A glitch forced a switch to manual TORU control for the last 60 m to docking with the Zvezda module at 22:30 GMT. Undocked from Zvezda on June 9 at 13:30 GMT and was deorbited the same day, with debris falling in the South Pacific around 17:23 GMT.


2013 November 27 - . 03:50 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IX.
  • NASA 36.261UG - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi). Ultraviolet astronomy mission. VeSpR payload studied the Venus exosphere with an ultraviolet telescope..

2013 December 1 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3BE.
  • Chang'e 3 - . Mass: 3,800 kg (8,300 lb). Nation: China. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar probe. Spacecraft: Chang'e. Decay Date: 2013-12-14 . USAF Sat Cat: 39458 . COSPAR: 2013-070A.

    Unmanned lunar rover. Boosted into a 210 x 389 109 km x 28.5 deg lunar transfer orbit. On December 6 at 09:50 GMT the spacecraft entered a 100 km polar orbit around the Moon. The 3,800 kg wet / 1,200 kg at landing spacecraft had a descent engine and landing legs, and a variety of lunar surface science experiments. It also carried Yutu, a small 140 kg rover. On December 10 at 13:20 GMT the orbit was lowered from 100 x 100 to 15 x 100 km. At 12:59:52 GMT December 14, near perilune, the descent engine was turned on to decelerate the probe and fly it down to the surface. Chang'e-3 touched down at 13:11:18 GMT, at 19.51W 44.12N, about 43 km south of crater Laplace F in the Mare Imbrium. This was the first lunar soft landing since the USSR's Luna-24 in 1976.

  • Yutu - . Mass: 140 kg (300 lb). Nation: China. Class: Moon. Type: Lunar rover. Spacecraft: Yutu. USAF Sat Cat: 39459 . COSPAR: 2013-070B. Apogee: 884,144 km (549,380 mi). Perigee: 23,826 km (14,804 mi). Inclination: 26.7700 deg. Period: 51,809.63 min.

    Lunar rover delivered to lunar surface by Chang'e-3. At 20:35 GMT on December 14 the `Yutu hao' (`rabbit') rover drove down the Chang'e-3 ramp onto the lunar surface. Yutu and Chang'e-3 are both solar powered, but also carry small Pu-238 radioactive heater units to keep systems from freezing during the 14-day lunar night. Yutu had six wheels.


2013 December 3 - . 22:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC40. Launch Pad: SLC40. LV Family: Falcon. Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9.
  • SES-8 - . Payload: GeoStar-2.4 Bus. Mass: 3,170 kg (6,980 lb). Nation: SES. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Star bus. USAF Sat Cat: 39460 . COSPAR: 2013-071A. Apogee: 35,801 km (22,245 mi). Perigee: 35,774 km (22,228 mi). Inclination: 0.0200 deg. Period: 1,436.13 min.

    Communications satellite for SES World Skies. First geostationary launch for Falcon 9 launch vehicle. After reaching parking orbit the second stage reignited at 2308 GMT and placed SES-8 in a 423 x 79,977 km x 20.47 deg supersynchronous transfer orbit. SES-8 used its engine to move into its final geosynchronous orbit.


2013 December 6 - . 07:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC3E. LV Family: Atlas V. Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 501.
  • USA 247 - . Payload: NROL-39. Nation: USA. Class: Surveillance. Type: Military surveillance radar satellite. Spacecraft: Topaz. USAF Sat Cat: 39462 . COSPAR: 2013-072A. Apogee: 1,089 km (676 mi). Perigee: 1,075 km (667 mi). Inclination: 123.0000 deg. Classified launch; appears to have been the third TOPAZ radar satellite..
  • FIREBIRD A - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39463 . COSPAR: 2013-072B. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg.

    1.5U cubesat from the Montana Space Grant Consortium to study electron microbursts in the magnetosphere. The Centaur AV-042 upper stage, after deploying the main payload, made two orbit lowering burns to a 467 x 883 km x 120.5 deg orbit. Attached to AV-042 was GEMSAT, the second NPSCuL cubesat launcher, which ejected 12 cubesats between around 10:22 and 10:38 GMT.

  • FIREBIRD B - . Mass: 2.00 kg (4.40 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39464 . COSPAR: 2013-072C. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 1.5U cubesat from the Montana Space Grant Consortium to study electron microbursts in the magnetosphere..
  • Aerocube 5a - . Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39465 . COSPAR: 2013-072D. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 5U technology cubesat for the Aerospace Corporation..
  • Aerocube 5b - . Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39466 . COSPAR: 2013-072E. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 5U technology cubesat for the Aerospace Corporation..
  • ALICE - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39467 . COSPAR: 2013-072F. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 1U cubesat from the Air Force Institute of Technology carrying technology experiments..
  • SNAP-3 - . Mass: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39468 . COSPAR: 2013-072G. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 3U cubesat for the SMDC Nanosatellite Program, with an unknown mission..
  • MCubed-2 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39469 . COSPAR: 2013-072H. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 1U cubesat from the University of Michigan with technology experiments, including a low resolution imager..
  • CUNYSAT 1 - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39470 . COSPAR: 2013-072J. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 1U cubesat from the City University of New York's Medgar Evers College, with a GPS ionospheric receiver..
  • IPEX - . Mass: 1.00 kg (2.20 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39471 . COSPAR: 2013-072K. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 1U cubesat built by Cal Poly to test systems and algorithms for JPL..
  • SMDC One 2.4 - . Mass: 3.00 kg (6.60 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39472 . COSPAR: 2013-072L. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 3U cubesat communications satellite for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command..
  • Tacsat 6 - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Technology. Type: Technology satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39473 . COSPAR: 2013-072M. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 3U cubesat for SMDC with an unknown mission, probably tactical communications or imaging..
  • SMDC One 2.3 - . Mass: 4.00 kg (8.80 lb). Nation: USA. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Cubesat. USAF Sat Cat: 39474 . COSPAR: 2013-072N. Apogee: 883 km (548 mi). Perigee: 467 km (290 mi). Inclination: 120.5000 deg. 3U cubesat communications satellite for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command..

2013 December 8 - . 12:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC200/39. Launch Pad: LC200/39. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Inmarsat 5 F1 - . Payload: BSS-702HP. Mass: 6,090 kg (13,420 lb). Nation: International. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: HS 702. USAF Sat Cat: 39476 . COSPAR: 2013-073A. Apogee: 35,787 km (22,236 mi). Perigee: 35,785 km (22,235 mi). Inclination: 0.0000 deg. Period: 1,436.08 min. First Inmarsat 5 satellite, carrying the Ka-band Global Xpress communications payload.

2013 December 9 - . 03:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Taiyuan. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 4B. FAILURE: Failed to reach orbit; third stage shut down 11 seconds early..
  • CBERS-3 ZY-1 FM 3 - . Mass: 1,450 kg (3,190 lb). Nation: Brazil. Class: Surveillance. Type: Surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: Phoenix Eye. China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite. It was initially reported the launch was a success, but in fact the CZ-4B rocket failed to reach orbit..

2013 December 11 - .
  • ISS Problems. - .

    A problem developed with the 354 kg Pump Module on ETCS Loop A, one of the Station's two cooling loops. With only loop B operating, various ISS systems had to be shut down to reduce the amount of heat being generated. A series of spacewalks was needed to replace the module. The failed Pump Module was serial number S/N 04 (PM-1), which was launched on STS-121 in 2006 and stored on External Stowage Platform 2 until Aug 2010, when it was installed in the S1 truss to replace another Pump Module, S/N 02, which had failed after 8 years in space. The P1 truss hosts the Loop B PM (unknown serial number) which has been operating since 2002. There are three further spares on ISS, stored on ESP-3, ELC-2, and ELC-1.


2013 December 11 - . 17:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Mojave. Launch Complex: Mojave RW12/30. Launch Platform: WK2. LV Family: Spaceship. Launch Vehicle: Spaceship Two.
  • WK2-145/GF27 - . Nation: USA. Agency: SCAL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

2013 December 14 - . Launch Site: Semnan. LV Family: R-11. Launch Vehicle: Shahab 1.
  • Kavoshgar Pazhuhesh - . Nation: Iran. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

    Eighth in Kavoshgar series of biology missions; Capsule D recovery test. Launched from the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan province on a 120 km suborbital flight, carrying a 3 kg, 3 year old rhesus monkey named Fargam. This was the fourth Iranian monkey in space, and the second to return successfully following the Kavoshgar Pisgham ('Pioneer Probe') mission in January 2013. The use of a liquid fuel missile provided gentler acceleration than the small solid propellant sounding rockets used for earlier experiments. The Kavoshgar Pazhuhesh ('Research Probe') flight was the first 'Class D' mission of the Kavoshgar series. The payload was developed by the Institute of Astronautical Systems, which I believe is part of the Aerospace Research Institute in Tehran.


2013 December 17 - . 12:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF04. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Minuteman 3.
  • GT210GM - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,300 km (800 mi). Operational test.

2013 December 18 - . 10:42 GMT - . Launch Site: CELPA. LV Family: Rigel. Launch Vehicle: Centenario.
  • Experiencia Centenario - . Nation: Argentina. Agency: IIAE. Apogee: 49 km (30 mi).

2013 December 19 - . 09:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Complex: Kourou ELS. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-ST-B.
  • Gaia - . Mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb). Nation: Europe. Class: Astronomy. Type: Astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: Gaia. USAF Sat Cat: 39479 . COSPAR: 2013-074A.

    European Space Agency Gaia spacecraft to measure the three-dimensional positions and velocities of galactic stars, placed in Lagrangian Point 2. As Gaia rotated, a gigapixel detector array consisting of a complex arrangement of mirrors, CCD's, and photometers measured stellar positions, brightness and color; and Doppler shifts of stars with unprecedented accuracy. The Gaia catalog, when it is available in the 2020's, was expected to put the whole field of astrophysics on a firmer footing. Soyuz ST-B with upper stage Fregat-MT No. 1039 from Kourou-Sinnamary. The Fregat upper stage separated from the Soyuz booster at suborbital velocity. It then made a first burn to a 175 x 175 km parking orbit, then reignited for a 16-minute burn from 09:33 GMT to propel Gaia to a 344 km x 962,690 km x 15.0 deg orbit, on its way to the Sun-Earth L2 point. Gaia fired its own propulsion system of 6 10-N thrusters to raise apogee to around 1.5 million km towards midnight; after a few weeks it entered a Lissajous orbit around the L2 point and began observations. Gaia's data will take years to process and was to result in the best yet catalog of galactic stars.


2013 December 20 - . 16:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Xichang. Launch Pad: xxx. LV Family: CZ. Launch Vehicle: Chang Zheng 3BE.
  • Tupac Katari 1 - . Payload: TKSAT 1. Mass: 5,100 kg (11,200 lb). Nation: Bolivia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: DFH-4. USAF Sat Cat: 39481 . COSPAR: 2013-075A. Apogee: 35,802 km (22,246 mi). Perigee: 35,773 km (22,228 mi). Inclination: 0.0700 deg. Period: 1,436.13 min.

    Bolivia's first communications satellite, named after the historical Bolivian leader Julian Apasa Nina (Tupac Katari, 1750-1781). The satellite was built by China's CAST using a DFH-4 bus. It was controlled by Chinese-trained Bolivian engineers at the Amachuma ground station.


2013 December 21 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-24 - . Crew: Hopkins, Mastracchio. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS. First spacewalk to repair the failed Loop A thermal control system.The astronauts went to the S1 truss segment and removed the Pump Module..

2013 December 23 - . 11:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Balasore. LV Family: ASLV. Launch Vehicle: Agni 3.
  • Agni RV - . Nation: India. Apogee: 350 km (210 mi). Missile test.

2013 December 24 - .
  • EVA ISS USA-25 - . Crew: Hopkins, Mastracchio. EVA Duration: 0.30 days. Nation: USA. Program: ISS.

    Second spacewalk to repair the failed Loop A thermal control system.The astronauts went to External Stowage Platform 3 and removed spare Pump Module serial number 0006. The SSRMS robot arm moved Hopkins and the PM to the S1 truss; it was installed at 14:56 GMt and bolted in place at 15:08 GMT. The astronauts then connected ammonia fluid lines and electrical cables. One ammonia line initially refused to disconnect from its previous location and then did spill some NH3 flakes in the vicinity of the spacewalkers, requiring some decontamination precautions on return to the airlock.


2013 December 24 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. LV Family: Topol'. Launch Vehicle: Yars 15Zh65M.
  • Yars RV-1 - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Missile test.

2013 December 25 - . 00:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC133/3. LV Family: UR-100N. Launch Vehicle: Rokot.
  • Cosmos 2488 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39483 . COSPAR: 2013-076A. Apogee: 1,509 km (937 mi). Perigee: 1,480 km (910 mi). Inclination: 82.4900 deg. Period: 115.86 min. Low orbit communications satellites for the Russian military..
  • Cosmos 2489 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39484 . COSPAR: 2013-076B. Apogee: 1,511 km (938 mi). Perigee: 1,478 km (918 mi). Inclination: 82.4900 deg. Period: 115.86 min. Low orbit communications satellites for the Russian military..
  • Cosmos 2491 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39497 . COSPAR: 2013-076E. Apogee: 1,508 km (937 mi). Perigee: 1,482 km (920 mi). Inclination: 82.4900 deg. Period: 115.88 min. Fourth Russian Ministry of Defense payload not announced at time of launch. It probably corresponds to the object tracked as 2013-076E, SSN 39497, which has a 0.4 sq m radar cross section. May repreresent a Russian military small satellite testbed..
  • Cosmos 2490 - . Mass: 225 kg (496 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Strela-3. USAF Sat Cat: 39485 . COSPAR: 2013-076C. Apogee: 1,511 km (938 mi). Perigee: 1,478 km (918 mi). Inclination: 82.4800 deg. Period: 115.86 min. Low orbit communications satellites for the Russian military..

2013 December 26 - . 10:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/24. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-M/Briz-M.
  • Ekspress AM-5 - . Mass: 3,600 kg (7,900 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Communications. Type: Communications satellite. Spacecraft: Ekspress-2000. USAF Sat Cat: 39487 . COSPAR: 2013-077A. Apogee: 35,787 km (22,236 mi). Perigee: 35,786 km (22,236 mi). Inclination: 0.0400 deg. Period: 1,436.09 min.

    AM-5 used a Reshetnev Ekspress-2000 bus with C, Ku, Ka and L-band communications payloads developed in collaboration with the Canadian company MDA. The Briz-M made four burns to deliver Ekspress AM-5 to a sub-geostationary orbit of around 33,800 x 37,800 km x 0.18 deg. It used its on-board electric propulsion system (ion drive) to complete the trek to GEO.


2013 December 27 - .
  • EVA ISS VKD-37 - . Crew: Kotov, Ryazansky. EVA Duration: 0.34 days. Nation: Russia. Program: ISS.

    The crew installed two video cameras from the Vancouver-based company UrtheCast. After struggling with the cabling on the medium resolution camera, the astronauts jettisoned the UrtheCast MRC cable reel and an obsolete space science experiment, Vsplesk. The new Seismoprognoz experiment launched on Progress M-21M was installed on Zvezda to replace Vsplesk. It was then reported that the UrtheCast cameras were not working correctly, and the astronauts were ordered to dismount them and bring them back inside.


2013 December 27 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kapustin Yar. Launch Complex: Kapustin Yar. Launch Vehicle: Topol'.
  • Topol' RV - . Nation: Russia. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Missile test.

2013 December 28 - . 12:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Plesetsk. Launch Complex: Plesetsk LC43/4. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2-1V.
  • Cosmos 2492 - . Payload: SKRL-756 No. 1. Mass: 45 kg (99 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Science. Type: Science satellite. Spacecraft: SKRL. USAF Sat Cat: 39490 . COSPAR: 2013-078A. Apogee: 626 km (388 mi). Perigee: 597 km (370 mi). Inclination: 82.4200 deg. Period: 96.92 min. Calibration sphere. Announced as 'SKRL-756 No. 1' at time of launch. First launch of a new rocket, the Soyuz-2-1V..
  • Cosmos 2493 - . Payload: SKRL-756 No. 2. Mass: 45 kg (99 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Radar calibration target. Spacecraft: SKRL. USAF Sat Cat: 39491 . COSPAR: 2013-078B. Apogee: 625 km (388 mi). Perigee: 590 km (360 mi). Inclination: 82.4200 deg. Period: 96.85 min. Calibration sphere. Announced as 'SKRL-756 No. 2' at time of launch..
  • Aist 1 - . Mass: 53 kg (116 lb). Nation: Russia. Class: Surveillance. Type: Radar calibration target. Spacecraft: Aist. USAF Sat Cat: 39492 . COSPAR: 2013-078C. Apogee: 626 km (388 mi). Perigee: 595 km (369 mi). Inclination: 82.4200 deg. Period: 96.91 min. Small satellite developed by TsSKB-Progress and the Samara Aerospace University; carried a magnetometer, acclerometers and a micrometeor experiment..


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