January 2013 Space News
- South Korean Satellite Makes First Contact with Ground RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2013 -- outh Korea’s scientific satellite made its first contact with a ground station.
- NATO Hopes for Missile Defense Accord with Russia RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2013 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed hope again on Thursday for progress in missile defense talks with Russia in 2013.
- South Korea Makes First Successful Space Launch VOA 30 Jan 2013 -- South Korea for the first time has successfully sent a satellite into space from its own soil.
- S.Korea Puts First Satellite in Orbit RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2013 -- South Korea’s KSLV-1 carrier rocket placed a research satellite into its designated orbit on Wednesday, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute reported, putting Seoul into the club of space powers.
- Four Patriot batteries operational in Turkey NATO 30 Jan 2013 -- NATO now has command and control of two Dutch and two German Patriot batteries located in Adana and Kahramanmaras in the south of Turkey.
- Russian Scientists Approve ‘Space-Grown’ Vegetables RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2013 -- Vegetables grown on board the International Space Station can be consumed without fearing food poisoning, Russian scientists believe.
- U.S. Questions Iran 'Monkey Launch' RFE/RL 29 Jan 2013 -- The United States says Iran may have violated a United Nations resolution if its claims of successfully launching a live monkey to the edge of space are true.
- No Crisis in the Russian Space Industry – Roscosmos Head RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2013 -- Despite a number of failures in the past few years, rumors of a crisis in the Russian space industry are “absolutely wrong,” Federal Space Agency Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said.
- Russia’s Troubled Rocket Cleared for Launch RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2013 -- Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket will orbit a Mexican communication satellite, SatMex-8.
- Space Station Crew Uses Laser Channel to Beam Data RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2013 -- Russian astronauts onboard the International Space Station have transferred scientific data using a laser communication channel for the first time in international practice.
- NASA Satellite System To Get Upgrade VOA 29 Jan 2013 -- The Space Network is an aging fleet that orbits the Earth, and it's about to get an upgrade with its first new spacecraft since 2002.
- Iran Claims to Launch Live Monkey into Space VOA 28 Jan 2013 -- Iran said it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile delivery systems that are alarming to the West given Tehran's parallel advances in nuclear technology.
- Iran 'Sends Monkey Into Space' RFE/RL 28 Jan 2013 -- Iran has reportedly sent a monkey into space.
- Iran Launches Monkey Into Space RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2013 -- Iran has successfully launched a bio-capsule with a live monkey into space.
- Iran places Pioneer Explorer Satellite into space IRNA 28 Jan 2013 -- Iran launched Pioneer Explorer Satellite and placed it into space, taking a giant stride in the field of space bio-research, Public Relations Department at Iran Aerospace Organization said.
- First NATO Patriot battery in Turkey operational NATO 26 Jan 2013-- The first of six Patriot missile batteries deploying to Turkey was declared operational and placed under the command and control of NATO on Saturday, 26 January.
- First Patriot Battery in Turkey Operational - NATO RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2013 -- The first of six Patriot batteries being deployed by NATO along Turkey's border with Syria was declared operational on Saturday, the alliance said in a statement.
- 'No flexibility' in US Missile Talks - Medvedev RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2013 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday he sees "no flexibility" in a dispute over US missile defense plans, warning that a new arms race could emerge if talks fail.
- Ground-Based Interceptor Completes Successful Flight Test MDA 26 Jan 2013 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully completed a flight test of a three-stage Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 2 p.m. (PST) today.
- NATO Says Missiles Operational on Turkey-Syria Border VOA 26 Jan 2013 -- NATO says the first of six missile defense batteries sent to Turkey to intercept possible rockets fired from Syria is operational.
- U.S. Patriots Set To Begin NATO Missile Defense in Turkey AFPS 25 Jan 2013 -- The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported.
- NASA Telescope Spots Solar Braids VOA 24 Jan 2013 -- Five or 10 minutes is not a long time when it comes to a NASA mission, but it was long enough for NASA's High Resolution Coronal Imager, or Hi-C, telescope to capture the sharpest images ever taken of the sun's scorching atmosphere.
- Russia to Sign Final Mars Probe Deal in March RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2013 -- Russia's space agency Roscosmos and its European counterpart the European Space Agency (ESA) will sign a final agreement on March 15 on the ExoMars project, whose goal is to send unmanned probes to Mars, Roscosmos spokeswoman Anna Vedisheva said on Tuesday.
- Despite Smaller Budget, Air Force Seeks to Protect Satellites AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force's satellite constellations.
- Russia Set for Year’s First Baikonur Space Launch Feb. 5 RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- In the first space launch from the Baikonur space port this year, a Russian carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1a is to orbit six Globalstar-2 communication satellites on February 5.
- ESA Joins NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Project RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2013 -- The European Space Agency officially joined NASA’s project to build Orion, a spacecraft to carry astronauts into deep space.
- NASA to Send Inflatable Pod to International Space Station RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2013 -- NASA said it wants to send an inflatable space pod to be attached to the International Space Station by 2015.
- Iran's Monkey Rocket Plans Continue A Rich History Of Primate Space Travel RFE/RL 16 Jan 2013 -- Tehran is planning to send a live monkey into space after a previous failed attempt.
- Beijing to trigger arms race by testing anti-satellite missiles CNA 15 Jan 2013 -- China's imminent test-firing of an anti-satellite missile is set to prompt an arms race with the United States and Russia.
- Russia Launches Three Military Satellites RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2013 -- Russia has launched three Cosmos series military-purpose satellites, the Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman said.
- Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015 RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2013 -- Russia will launch a robotic lunar station in 2015, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said.
- Tooele Army Depot to store rocket motors for Missile Defense Agency Army News 14 Jan 2013 -- After a year of meticulous planning and preparation, Tooele Army Depot has begun to receive and store first- and second-stage C-4 rocket motors from the Trident I C-4 missile from the Missile Defense Agency.
- Russia Set to Launch Three Military Satellites RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2013 -- Russia will launch on Tuesday three Cosmos series military-purpose satellites, the Defense Ministry said.
- Russian Space Industry to Double Output by 2020 – Program RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- An ongoing reform of Russia's ailing space industry should double its output by 2020, according to a new state program published on Saturday.
- Scientists Find Milky Way's Spine VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- Scientists have announced the discovery of a spine-like structure within the Milky Way that might help explain the dynamics of galactic formation. The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy we live in and is one of billions of such vast pinwheel-like formations scattered throughout the universe, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.
- 10-Billion-Year-Old Supernova Oldest Ever Identified VOA 10 Jan 2013 -- Scientists have confirmed the discovery of the oldest and most distant supernova ever photographed. The faint remnants of the exploded star, more than 10 billion light years distant, offer new clues to the formation of the early universe.
- U.S. Pursues Better Ballistic Missile Defenses AFPS 09 Jan 2013 -- While refining the systems that protect the homeland against long-range ballistic missile attacks, the United States is advancing technologies to counter the growing threat of short- and medium-range missiles launched by rogue states or terrorists, a top U.S. Northern Command officer told American Forces Press Service.
- Russia, China Plan to Boost Cooperation on Missile Defense RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- Russia and China are planning to intensify their cooperation on missile defense in response to America's growing missile defense potential around the globe, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Wednesday.
- 'Doomsday Asteroid' Bigger Than Estimated – ESA RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- New observations made by Herschel space observatory show that asteroid Apophis, which is considered the most serious 'space' threat to Earth, is bigger than first estimated, the European Space Agency said on its website on Wednesday.
- Recovered Russian Satellite Ready for Operation – Thales RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2013 -- A wayward Russian telecoms satellite that has reached the designated orbit using its own engines has successfully passed the In Orbit Acceptance Review and is ready to become operational, the satellite's manufacturer said on Wednesday.
- U.S., NATO Patriots Deploy to Augment Turkish Air Defenses AFPS 08 Jan 2013 -- With advance elements of two U.S. Patriot missile batteries already on the ground in Turkey, additional defenders are prepared to deploy tomorrow in support of NATO's missile defense mission there.
- U.S. will sell advanced Patriot missiles to Taiwan in 2015: Senator CNA 08 Jan 2013 -- The United States will sell Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles to Taiwan in 2015 and this is Washington's firm promise, visiting U.S. Senator James Inhofe said Tuesday.
- Russia Tracks 40 Domestic, Foreign Launches in 2012 RIA Novosti 06 Jan 2013 -- The Russian military tracked about 40 foreign and domestic missile and space rocket launches last year, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
- Russia to Start Construction of Three Radar Stations RIA Novosti 06 Jan 2013 -- Russia will start building new radar stations of the Voronezh class in three regions this year, spokesman for Russia's Space Forces Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said on Sunday.
- U.S. Missile Troops Deploy In Turkey RFE/RL 05 Jan 2013 -- U.S. troops have begun deploying in Turkey to operate Patriot missile-launch batteries to defend against threats from the conflict in Turkey's neighbor Syria.
- Milky Way Could Contain 100 Billion Planets VOA 04 Jan 2013 -- It seems like hardly a week goes by without another planet being discovered in some far off stellar system, but a new study, released by the California Institute of Technology, indicates there will likely be many, many more such discoveries.
- US Troops Arrive in Turkey for Patriot Missiles RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2013 -- U.S. personnel and equipment has began arriving at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support NATO's Patriot battery deployment in response to alleged security threats from Syria, the U.S. European Command said on Friday.
- US Says Remains Open For Missile Defense Talks With Russia RIA Novosti 04 Jan 2013 -- The United States is still interested in missile defense cooperation with Russia, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Thursday.
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