2013 Year in Review | May

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ViaSat taps Boeing to build its ViaSat-2 Ka-band broadband satellite featuring a unique design that will allow it to cover seven times more territory than its predecessor.

Intelsat buys four more satellites from Boeing for its Epic high-throughput system, bringing to five to total number of Epic craft on order.

The U.S. Geological Survey officially takes control of Landsat 8 after NASA certifies that the satellite has checked out on orbit as expected. 

ESA elects to fund the 420 million euro ($550 million) Biomass satellite despite the fact that the mission will be unable to collect data of Europe and the United States due to interference from ground-based military radars.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) cancels the F6 formation-flying satellite experiment.

Incumbent Exelis nabs a $435 million, 10-year contract to support NASA’s Deep Space Network.

Gen. William Shelton of Air Force Space Command, tells a House panel that the service might truncate its planned procurement of the next-generation GPS 3 spacecraft from Lockheed.

The U.S. Department of Defense renews a controversial leasing arrangement involving a satellite owned in part by the Chinese government.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration orders two more GOES-R weather satellites from Lockheed Martin, bringing the total to four.

United Launch Alliance launches the U.S. Air Force’s Boeing-built WGS 5 communications satellite in the Delta 4 rocket’s first mission since an October anomaly during the ultimately successful launch of a GPS satellite.

Crew members arrive at the space station in record time owing to new flight profile for the Russian Soyuz capsule.

The U.S. Air Force declares its first dedicated SBIRS missile warning satellite operational two years after it was launched. 

The U.S. Department of State publishes draft rules for removing certain space-related technologies from the U.S. Munitions List, which would make them easier to export.

A high-level Japanese government panel recommends developing a successor to the country’s workhorse H-2A rocket. 

One of the two primary satellites used to track severe weather in the U.S. is knocked out of service, prompting NOAA to activate a spare satellite to maintain coverage of the East Coast.