June 2016 Space News
- Russia Develops New Memory System for Soyuz MS-01 Flight to ISS Sputnik 30 Jun 2016 -- A new digital memory system has been developed for Russia's new Soyuz MS series manned transport spacecraft, which is set to record technical, physiological and audio data during the Soyuz MS-01 flight with the upcoming International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 48, the Russian Space Systems company said Thursday.
- Russia Categorically Opposes Plans to Deploy US THAAD Systems in S Korea Sputnik 30 Jun 2016 -- Russia categorically opposes plans to deploy US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense systems in South Korea since this will pose direct threat to the country's security, Russian Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Timonin told Sputnik in an interview.
- Juno Space Probe Ready for July 4 Fireworks VOA 30 Jun 2016 -- The Juno space probe is still millions of kilometers and 18 days away from Jupiter, but on July 4, the spacecraft will fire its main engine for 35 minutes as it enters a polar orbit around the gas giant.
- Russia to Continue Rocket Engine Supplies to US Under Existing Contracts Sputnik 29 Jun 2016 -- Russia will continue to supply the United States with RD-180 rocket engines under existing contracts despite calls from Washington for greater reliance on domestic procurement, Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak said in an interview with Sputnik.
- Xi urges caution on possible deployment of U.S. missile system in ROK People's Daily 29 Jun 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged the Republic of Korea (ROK) to address China's concerns on security and "cautiously and appropriately" address the United States' plan to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the country.
- Beijing Urges Seoul to Be Cautious About US Deployment of THAAD System Sputnik 29 Jun 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Seoul to be cautious about the US plan to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea.
- US to deploy Israeli missile system on Russian borders: General Press TV 28 Jun 2016 -- The US military has tested an Israeli short-range missile for possible use in its European network of missile systems to deter Russia, says a US Army general.
- Level Up: China's New Generation Rocket Starts Successfully Sputnik 26 Jun 2016 -- Long March 7, China's newest booster capable of lifting up to 13.5 metric tons, launched successfully on June 25th.
- Long March 7 carrier rocket facility prepares for launch People's Daily 25 Jun 2016 -- The Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, China's newest space facility, will soon carry out its first mission to send the country's next generation Long March 7 carrier rocket skyward.
- Navy's Final Satellite in MUOS Constellation Launches Successfully NNS 24 Jun 2016 -- The Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite launched at 10:30 a.m. EDT, June 24, from Space Launch Complex 41 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in the 551 launch vehicle configuration.
- Counting Down to Launch: 5th MUOS Satellite Poised to Complete Constellation NNS 22 Jun 2016 -- The Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is awaiting countdown for launch June 24, during a window from 10:30-11:14 a.m. EDT.
- Nine secrets about China's Long March-7 rocket People's Daily 22 Jun 2016 -- According to a subordinate WeChat account of the PLA Daily, Long March-7, China's homegrown new-generation carrier rocket, is scheduled to be launched from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in south China's Hainan province between June 25 and 29.
- India sends 20 satellites into space in single mission Press TV 22 Jun 2016 -- India has successfully sent 20 satellites into space in a single mission, a record-breaking event for the country's space agency that received its premier's warm praise.
- India Successfully Puts Record 20 Satellites Into Orbit – Space Agency Sputnik 22 Jun 2016 -- India has launched a record 20 satellites from its Satish Dhawan space center on the Sriharikota island off eastern coast, the national space agency said early Wednesday.
- First Stage of Vostochny Cosmodrome Construction to Be Finished by November Sputnik 21 Jun 2016 -- Russia's deputy prime minister ordered to complete the first stage of the Vostochny Cosmodrome's construction by October 21.
- Russian Aerospace Forces Successfully Test Short-Range Antimissile System Sputnik 21 Jun 2016 -- A short-range antimissile system was successfully tested early Tuesday at a Central Asian testing range, the country's Defense Ministry said.
- Japanese Military Satellite Damaged During Transportation Sputnik 21 Jun 2016 -- A satellite of the Japanese Defense Ministry will miss its summer launch after sustaining damage during transportation to a space center in French Guiana, media reported.
- Putin Calls U.S. Missile Shield 'Great Danger,' Vows Russian Response RFE/RL 18 Jun 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe a "great danger" and vowed that Moscow will respond by enhancing its own missile strike capability.
- View From Above: India to Launch High Resolution Surveillance Satellite Sputnik 17 Jun 2016 -- India's soon to be launched Cartosat-2 series satellite is capable of monitoring foreign troops, allowing the country's military to detect incursions and other activities.
- Indian Space Agency Embarks on Launch of 22 Satellites on Single Mission Sputnik 16 Jun 2016 -- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is bracing for a landmark rocket launch on 20 June by placing as many as 22 satellites into orbit.
- McCain Stands Down: Congress Reaches Compromise on Russian Rockets Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- The Senate war over Russian rocket engines appears to be over, as lawmakers have agreed that an all-out boycott benefits no one.
- Anomaly in Cygnus Spacecraft Launch Caused by Unexpected Fuel Changes Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- The anomaly that prompted the premature booster shutdown during the Cygnus spacecraft launch on March 22 was caused by unexpected changes in fuel pressure and flow, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced in a release on Wednesday.
- Russian Producer Makes Changes to RD-180 Engines to Avoid Future Anomalies Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- The producer of Russia's RD-180 rocket engines has made the required changes to avoid engine anomalies in the future, United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced in a release on Wednesday.
- SpaceX Deploys 2 Communications Satellites in Orbit, Fails to Land Rocket Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- Advanced rocket manufacturer SpaceX successfully launched on Wednesday two communications satellites into orbit from the Cape Canaveral US Air Force Station in Florida, but failed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket.
- Japan Plans to Improve Defense Against N Korean Missiles Within 5 Years Sputnik 15 Jun 2016 -- Japan plans to improve its defense against North Korean nuclear and missile threat within five years through modernization of Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missile system, local media reported Wednesday.
- China to send Chang'e-4 to south pole of moon's far-side People's Daily 14 Jun 2016 -- China aims to send the Chang'e-4 lunar probe to land in the south pole region of the far side of the moon in 2018, according to China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- 45th SW supports successful launch AFNS 13 Jun 2016 -- The 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance's successful launch of the NROL-37 spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Heavy rocket from Space Launch Complex 37B here June 11.
- Turkish FM Vows Further Expansion of NATO Defense Shield Sputnik 11 Jun 2016 -- Romania, Poland, and Turkey have all agreed that NATO's installation of missile defense systems in Eastern Europe is necessary, in light of what they consider to be "Russia's aggressive attitude."
- US set to launch large spy satellite from Cape Canaveral Press TV 09 Jun 2016 -- The United States is set to launch a giant "eavesdropping satellite" using the most powerful launch vehicle available.
- Russian Proton-M With US Intelsat Satellite Launched From Baikonur Sputnik 09 Jun 2016 -- The Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a US Intelsat DLA-2 satellite was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday, a Roscosmos spokesman said.
- New Astronaut Training Complex to Open at Vostochny Cosmodrome by 2022 Sputnik 01 Jun 2016 -- Russia's new Vostochny Space Center's astronaut training complex will be completed by 2022, the head of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center said.
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