August 2016 Space News
- DPRK, Full-fledged Space Power KCNA 31 Aug 2016 -- In August Juche 87 (1998) Kwangmyongsong-1, the first earth satellite of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, was successfully launched into space.
- Buckshot: India's Space Agency to Launch 68 Satellites in One Mission Sputnik 31 Aug 2016 -- The satellites are mainly meant for conducting experiments, data generation, image-capturing and transmitting signals for communications, broadcasting, remote-sensing, earth observation and weather conditions.
- Russia to Build New Launch Pad for Angara Rockets by 2019 Sputnik 29 Aug 2016 -- A new launch complex for the Angara rocket family will have been built in Russia by 2019, local media reported Monday.
- India Tests Rocket Engine Able to Cheapen Space Launches Tenfold Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- ISRO's scramjet engine technology will slash the cost of access to space by up to 90 percent by reducing the amount of oxidizer necessary to help propel spacecraft into orbit.
- Russia's Floating Space Launch Pad to Be Sold in Early 2017 Sputnik 26 Aug 2016 -- Russia is expected to sell its Morskoi Start (Sea Launch) floating space launch pad in early 2017.
- Out of Thin Air! Russia to Revive Aerial Launches of Spaceplanes Sputnik 24 Aug 2016 -- Russia has revived the idea of launching spacecraft from the air. Currently, work is underway on a project called Vyuga in which Il-76 aircraft are set to carry space rockets into the outer layers of the atmosphere.
- China Ups Pressure on South Korea Over Missile Plan VOA 25 Aug 2016 -- China appears to be intensifying a diplomatic and cultural campaign against a U.S.-South Korean plan to deploy an American missile defense system in South Korea – a system Beijing sees as threatening its security.
- Russia's Roscosmos to Spend Over $29Mln Upgrading Rocket Engine Reliability Sputnik 23 Aug 2016 -- Russian state space corporation Roscosmos is allocating over 1.9 billion rubles ($29 million) to upgrading carrier rocket engines, rocket boosters and spacecraft, according to materials published on Russia's official public procurement website on Tuesday.
- S Korean Defense Ministry to Consider Alternative Location for US THAAD System Sputnik 22 Aug 2016 -- The South Korean Defense Ministry said Monday it would consider the suitability of an alternative site for the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system.
- China Ends Preparatory Work on Long March 5 Next-Generation Rocket Engine Sputnik 20 Aug 2016 -- China has finished preparatory work on the engine system of the Long March 5 (LM-5) next-generation carrier rocket, China's PLA (People's Liberation Army) Daily (Jiefangjun Bao) reports.
- 'Neighborhood Watch' helps Navy investigate satellite out of target orbit AFNS 18 Aug 2016 -- Air Force Space Command's "Neighborhood Watch" satellites, from the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, recently responded to the Navy's request for help with a satellite of its own.
- US rebuffs China's anger over THAAD missile system Press TV 17 Aug 2016 -- The United States has once again rebuffed China's anger over the planned deployment of an advanced missile system in South Korea, insisting that the move is aimed at countering the growing missile threats from North Korea.
- Pyongyang raps South Korean president for defending THAAD Press TV 17 Aug 2016 -- North Korea has lambasted the South Korean president's latest anti-Pyongyang speech defending the deployment of an advanced US missile system in her country, saying she is to blame for deteriorating inter-Korean relations.
- South Korea Ready to Consider Alternative Site for US THAAD System Sputnik 17 Aug 2016 -- South Korean authorities are ready to consider an alternative site for the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system deployment over the protests of Seongju county residents, the country's Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
- US Plans to Equip South Korean Warships With THAAD-Style Defense System Sputnik 17 Aug 2016 -- The United States, aside from deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea, plans to set up a THAAD-like naval system, equipping Seoul's warships located off the coast of the Korean Peninsula with interceptor missiles by 2020, local media reported Wednesday, citing a military source.
- China launches first-ever quantum communication satellite People's Daily 16 Aug 2016 -- China successfully launched the world's first quantum satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi Desert at 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
- Falcon 9 rocket, commo satellite successfully launched AFNS 15 Aug 2016 -- The 45th Space Wing supported the SpaceX Falcon 9 JCSAT-16 launch from Space Launch Complex 40 here Aug. 14.
- China to launch world's first quantum communication satellite "Micius" People's Daily 15 Aug 2016 -- The world's first quantum communication satellite, which China is preparing to launch, has been given the moniker "Micius," after a fifth century B.C. Chinese scientist, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) announced Monday.
- South Korea's Park defends THAAD deployment despite protests Press TV 15 Aug 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has defended the deployment of an advanced US missile system in the East Asian nation despite fierce opposition inside and outside the country to the plan.
- Media: South Korea will pay a price if it does not give up THAAD deployment People's Daily 15 Aug 2016 -- Dissenting voices have been on the rise since Seoul and Washington announced their decision to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
- Shenzhou-11 manned spaceship reaches launch ground People's Daily 14 Aug 2016 -- China's Shenzhou-11 spaceship, set to take two astronauts into space, was delivered to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday.
- Travis C-5M delivers SBIRS GEO Flight 3 satellite AFNS 12 Aug 2016 -- A C-5M Super Galaxy assisted in the completion of a major milestone for the Air Force's Space Based Infrared Systems program, successfully delivering a geosynchronous Earth orbit Flight 3 satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Aug. 2.
- THAAD deployment adds worry to sagging S.Korean economy People's Daily 10 Aug 2016 -- Decision between Seoul and Washington to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korean soil adds worry to the already sagging economy as the deployment is expected to reduce trade with China, South Korea's largest trading partner.
- S.Korea to deploy 5 reconnaissance satellites by 2022 for DPRK missiles People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- South Korea's military plans to deploy five reconnaissance satellites, developed on its indigenous technology, by 2022 as part of its "Kill Chain" strategy to preemptively detect and destroy nuclear and missile threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.
- News Analysis: S.Korean president perplexed at anti-THAAD lawmakers leaving for China People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye appears perplexed at six first-term lawmakers of the main opposition Minju Party who left for China as they are against the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
- South Korea's reckless decision on THAAD is irresponsible: People's Daily People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- As dissenting voices increased over the decision between Seoul and Washington to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, the South Korean government and media have been making pale explanations and rebuttals.
- India to Provide Cost Incentives to Use Homemade Version of GPS Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- According to official sources, India's government is exploring several options, including reduced charges for air navigation services.
- N Korea Instructs Embassies to Use THAAD in South to Pit China Against US Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- North Korea's Foreign Ministry allegedly ordered its diplomats in overseas missions to emphasize the threat of US missiles in Korea to China's security in a bid to widen the rift between Beijing, Seoul and Washington, South Korean media reported Monday.
- Aiming High: Pyongyang Sets Sights on Moon Landing In Next Decade Sputnik 05 Aug 2016 -- According to a senior official, North Korea plans to plant its national flag on the moon's surface some time in the next ten years.
- Japan to Constantly Keep Missile Interception Order in Place Sputnik 05 Aug 2016 -- The government of Japan is planning to keep the order to intercept North Korean missiles or their fragments on a constant basis, local media reported Thursday.
- Seoul May Consider New Site for THAAD Amid Local Residents' Protests Sputnik 05 Aug 2016 -- South Korea may find another location in the southern county of Seongju for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system, according to a presidential spokesman.
- China will never compromise its security interests in THAAD deployment: People's Daily People's Daily 04 Aug 2016 -- Deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea will pose a serious threat to China's strategic security, and China will by no means compromise such interests, read an editorial published in the People's Daily on Wednesday.
- Pyongyang Ballistic Test Proves South Korea Needs THAAD System - S Korea FM Sputnik 03 Aug 2016 -- The test launch of the North Korean missile carried out on Wednesday proves the need for the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said.
- MUOS-5 Anomaly Identified, Satellite Remains in Safe, Intermediate Orbit NNS 03 Aug 2016 -- Evaluation of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite determined that the satellite experienced a failure of the orbit raising propulsion system during a transfer maneuver on June 29. The transfer maneuver was designed to take the satellite from its initial elliptical launch orbit to its final circular geosynchronous orbit. This anomaly resulted in the transfer maneuver being halted. The MUOS 5 satellite is currently stable, safe and under positive control.
- DPRK fires 2 ballistic missiles to protest S.Korea's THAAD deployment People's Daily 03 Aug 2016 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday fired two ballistic missiles into east waters in an apparent protest against the deployment in South Korea of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
- THAAD in S Korea Not Actually Aimed at Preventing Threat From Pyongyang Sputnik 02 Aug 2016 -- The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea would threaten the stability of East Asia, an expert said, adding that China and Russia's concerns about the US missile defense installations in the Korean Peninsula are justified.
- Washington to Focus on Upgrading Patriot Anti-Missile Systems in South Korea Sputnik 02 Aug 2016 -- Washington will concentrate on upgrading its Patriot PAC-2 air defense systems in South Korea to PAC-3 systems.
- Rich People Will Now Be Able to Fly Into Space teleSUR 02 Aug 2016 -- The new ship, dubbed Unity, was rolled out of its hangar for its first taxi test at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Richard Branson's space company, Virgin Galactic, has been granted an operating licence to fly the world's first passenger rocketship for paying tourists, the Federal Aviation Administration said Monday.
- Editorial: THAAD deployment puts South Korea at risk People's Daily 02 Aug 2016 -- South Korea will become a puppet of US policy in Northeast Asia if it finally deploys the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system on its soil, the People's Daily warned in an editorial published on Monday, urging Seoul to think twice.
- THAAD will destroy regional balance People's Daily 01 Aug 2016 -- Despite the strong opposition of China, the United States and the Republic of Korea have agreed to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system in the ROK. Although the US claims THAAD is aimed at countering the "nuclear threat" posed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea", it is actually targeted at China.
- China's Chang'e-3 confirms lack of water in moon's Mare Imbrium People's Daily 01 Aug 2016 -- China's Chang'e 3 lunar probe has proven that there is no water on the moon, according to the official Weibo account of CCTV News on July 31.
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