2013 Year in Review | November
NASA’s MAVEN probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Mars for a one-year study of the planet’s upper atmosphere.
The U.S. Air Force successfully launches an experimental satellite and 28 secondary payloads aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp.-built Minotaur 1 rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va.
MDA Corp. says the Canadian government, citing technology-export concerns, forbids the company from bidding in a Russian government radar satellite competition. Astrium andof Europe are both bidding.
NASA halts development of the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator, which was to be the agency’s next-generation, nuclear-powered battery for deep-space missions.
DARPA announces plans to award $14 million in contracts to study a reusable spaceplane that could debut in 2018 and boost payloads into low Earth orbit for less than $5 million.
India successfully launches its Mangalyaan Mars probe.
Republican U.S. lawmakers, upset by a Russian bid to place Glonass navigation satellite ground stations in the United States, propose a legislative ban on foreign satellite facilities on U.S. soil.
Mobile satellite services providers Orbcomm and, normally rivals, strike a partnership to create machine-to-machine equipment standards.
Launch services providercontracts with ELV SpA of Italy to build 10 Vega small-satellite launchers.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approves legislation that recommends allowing U.S. firms to sell higher-resolution satellite imagery on the open market.
The British Ministry of Defence concludes that its demand for satellite bandwidth in 10 years will be higher than today even without a long-term military engagement like Iraq or Afghanistan.
NASA requests proposals for the fourth and final round of the Commercial Crew Program. This phase will include a crewed demonstration flight to the space station as early as 2015.
Blue Origin caps off an 11-month series of tests during which its liquid-hydrogen-fueled Blue Engine-3 was fired 160 times for a cumulative total of more than 2.5 hours. The engine will power the company’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle and, in a different configuration, the orbital launch vehicle the company is working on.
The first OHB-built Galileo satellite successfully concludes thermal-vacuum testing, raising the likelihood that the first pair will be launched in mid-2014.
NBC and Virgin Galactic announce the network’s “Today Show” will broadcast the inaugural SpaceShipTwo suborbital tourist flight, for which there is still no date.