October 2011 Space News
- ATK and Air Force Successfully Test New Large Class Stage III Rocket Motor ATK 31 Oct 2011 -- ATK and the United States Air Force successfully tested ATK's newly developed Large Class (92-inch diameter) Stage III solid rocket motor at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tennessee.
- Northrop Grumman Advances Weather Forecasting With ATMS Instrument Launch on NPOESS Preparatory Project Mission Northrop Grumman 31 Oct 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation marks a key milestone in weather forecasting with the launch of the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) on the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) mission, providing weather forecasters with improved information on the distribution of moisture and temperature in the atmosphere.
- Russia launches space freighter to world orbit station RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2011 -- A Soyuz-U carrier rocket with a Progress M-13M cargo spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Sunday.
- China to launch 20 space freighters with 25 satellites in 2011 - aerospace expert RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2011 -- China will launch 20 carrier rockets with 25 satellites into space by the end of the year, what would make China the world's second country after Russia on the amount of space launches, Xinhua quoted on Sunday an aerospace expert as saying.
- Raytheon Technology Successfully Orbited on Next-Gen Weather Satellite System Raytheon 28 Oct 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) technology reached orbit following today's successful launch of NASA's NPOESS Preparatory Project spacecraft. NPP is a polar-orbiting satellite that will function as a bridge between the current NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) and a new constellation of weather monitoring spacecraft known as the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS).
- NASA Hails New Earth-Observing Satellite as 'Our Planet's Lifeguard' VOA 27 Oct 2011 -- Did you wonder this morning whether you should pack an umbrella before leaving home? Or whether ultraviolet rays or air quality issues might pose particular problems, if you had to be outside all afternoon? For some, these questions might have been more serious - whether wildfires or floods were going to spread to your town, for example.
- Astrium successfully delivers Arabsat-5C satellite in orbit EADS 27 Oct 2011 -- The Arabsat-5C satellite has been handed over to ARABSAT by Astrium as part of the in-orbit delivery contract.
- Ankara to discuss missile shield with Tehran friendly: Turkish envoy ISNA 26 Oct 2011 -- Turkish ambassador to Tehran said his country would explain reasons for deployment of NATO missile shield.
- Russia’s Mission Control set to raise ISS orbit by 3.2 km RIA Novosti 26 Oct 2011 -- The orbit of the International Space Station will be raised on Wednesday by 3.2 km to 390 km.
- Minju Joson on Japan Spy Satellites KCNA 25 Oct 2011 -- Japan was reported to be contemplating launching radar satellite No. 3 and radar satellite No. 4 next year.
- Lockheed Martin Begins GeoEye-2 Satellite Integration Lockheed Martin 25 Oct 2011 -- Lockheed Martin announced today that it will begin integration of GeoEye’s next-generation, high-resolution Earth-imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2, with the planned delivery of its integrated propulsion system to Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, Calif. facilities later this month.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion Systems Successfully Maneuver Missile Defense Interceptors to Destroy Ballistic Missile Targets Pratt & Whitney 25 Oct 2011 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor successfully positioned missile defense interceptors to simultaneously destroy two short-range ballistic missile targets in a demonstration of the weapon system’s ability to help protect troops and other U.S. interests around the world.
- Iran, UN have excellent cooperation in space technology: envoy IRNA 23 Oct 2011 -- Representative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) said here on Sunday that Iran and UN enjoy excellent cooperation in aerospace technology.
- German satellite to strike Earth Saturday night RIA Novosti 22 Oct 2011 -- Parts of Germany's x-ray telescope ROSAT are to crash to Earth on Saturday night, the country's DLR space agency has reported.
- No missile defense cooperation without guarantees – Lavrov RIA Novosti 21 Oct 2011 -- Moscow will not cooperate with NATO on a joint European missile defense network until it receives legally binding guarantees .
- Russian carrier rocket puts Galileo satellites into orbit RIA Novosti 21 Oct 2011 -- A Russian carrier rocket orbited two European navigation satellites.
- Soyuz Rocket Carrying European Satellites Launches From French Guiana RFE/RL 21 Oct 2011 -- A Soyuz rocket carrying the first two satellites from the European Union's Galileo navigation system has launched.
- Missile defense talks should continue, reach decision – Medvedev RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2011 -- Russian President Medvedev emphasized that Russia and the US should continue exchange on missile shield.
- Iran reacts to Turkish FM official’s remark on stationing defense shield IRNA 20 Oct 2011 -- FM Spokesman Mehmanparast reacted to his Turkish counterpart’s remarks on stationing of a NATO missile defense shield.
- Iran rejects agreement with Turkey on NATO radar system ISNA 20 Oct 2011 -- Iranian FM Spokesman Mehmanparast rejected any agreement with Turkey on deployment of NATO radar system inside the country.
- ISS orbit readjusted by 3 km RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2011 -- The orbit of the International Space Station has been raised by 3.1 km (1.9 miles), a spokesman for Russia's Mission Control said.
- Soyuz launch from Kourou delayed due to fuel system shutdown RIA Novosti 20 Oct 2011 -- The first ever launch of a Russian Soyuz-ST space rocket from the European Space Agency’s Kourou launch site in French Guyana has been delayed until Friday.
- U.S.-Russia missile defense talks deadlocked RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2011 -- Missile defense talks between Russia and the United States are deadlocked, but Moscow will not make concessions at expense of its security.
- Russia Cool To U.S. Invitation To Track Missile Tests RFE/RL 19 Oct 2011 -- Moscow has responded coolly to a U.S. invitation to monitor missile-defense flight tests.
- Russia wants missile shield 'thought out' first, then deployment RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2011 -- Russia’s foreign minister has said Russia, the US and others should work out new missile defense shield before building it.
- U.S. ready to provide Russia with written missile shield guarantees RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2011 -- The US is ready to provide Moscow with written assurance that defense shield is not directed against Russia.
- U.S. communications satellite launched from Baikonur RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2011 -- A Proton-M carrier rocket carrying the U.S. ViaSat-1 communications satellite was launched from the Baikonur Space Center.
- Northrop Grumman CERES Instrument Set to Launch on NPOESS Preparatory Project Northrop Grumman 19 Oct 2011 -- Continuing a 27-year legacy of commitment to recording global climate change measurement, a key Northrop Grumman Corporationinstrument will launch on the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft later this month.
- US and missile defense guarantees RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2011 -- The US is ready to provide Moscow with written assurance that the NATO-backed Euro missile defense shield is not directed against Russia.
- Russia interested in space missile defense system RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2011 -- Russian President Medvedev is interested in the so-called Strategic Earth Defense concept proposed by Russian NATO envoy Rogozin.
- Space industry workers’ negligence caused Russian spacecraft loss RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2011 -- Negligence by space industry enterprises’ employees was the reason for the loss of an satellite and freighter.
- Expedition 30 to ISS could be launched on Dec. 21 RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2011 -- This year's last launch of a manned spacecraft to the International Space Station could come on December 21.
- ISS could be used for satellite assembly until 2028 RIA Novosti 18 Oct 2011 -- The service life of the International Space Station may be extended until 2028.
- Raytheon Installs Cobra Judy Replacement's X- and S-band Antennas Raytheon 17 Oct 2011 -- Raytheon Company has completed the shipboard installation of the Cobra Judy Replacement program's X- and S-band antennas onto the USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM 25). These massive active phased-array antennas, each weighing more than 500,000 pounds, were installed onto the ship at Kiewit Offshore Services (KOS), Corpus Christi, Texas.
- Russian scientists want to join Europe's ExoMars mission RIA Novosti 16 Oct 2011 -- Russian scientists want to join European Space Agency's ExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) mission to study the Red Planet, a leading Russian space researcher said.
- NSWC Port Hueneme, White Sands Detachment, Launches Suborbital Mission for NASA NNS 14 Oct 2011 -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Port Hueneme Division's White Sands Detachment successfully launched a Terrier Black Brant Sounding Rocket to support a scientific mission for NASA Oct. 8.
- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Marks Program Milestone With Completion of Giant Flight Sunshield Alignment Table Northrop Grumman 13 Oct 2011 -- The 2,000-pound platform that engineers will use to precisely align the Webb telescope's enormous five-layer sunshield is completed, with work slated to begin on flight-like template membranes early next year. Northrop Grumman Corporationis leading the design and development effort for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Lockheed Martin Successfully Completes End-To-End System Test Of First MUOS Satellite Northrop Grumman 12 Oct 2011 -- The first Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) military communications satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy has successfully completed a major end-to-end system test, validating satellite performance and functionality with user ground terminals.
- India successfully launches PSLV-C18 carrying 4 satellites IRNA 12 Oct 2011 -- India on Wednesday successfully launched Indo-French climate monitoring satellite 'Megha-Trpiques and three other nano satellites on board PSLV-C18 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
- Northrop Grumman-led Team Advances Defense Weather Satellite System With Spacecraft Flight Hardware Deliveries Ahead of Schedule Northrop Grumman 11 Oct 2011 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation-led engineering team building the Defense Weather Satellite System (DWSS) spacecraft continues to take delivery of key hardware, making significant progress on satellite fabrication several months ahead of schedule.
- Lockheed Martin Powers on the GPS III Pathfinder Northrop Grumman 10 Oct 2011 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE : LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System has turned on initial power to the program’s pathfinder spacecraft, known as the GPS III Non Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST).
- Raytheon Successfully Test Fires First New-Build Patriot Missile Raytheon 10 Oct 2011 -- Raytheon Company and the U.S. Army successfully completed the first flight test of the new ground-up production Patriot Guidance-Enhanced Missile – Tactical (GEM-T) at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
- Thales Alenia Space España wins new Communications contracts for MUSIS and RADARSAT Earth Observation Programs Thales 10 Oct 2011 -- Thales Alenia Space España has won major contracts worth more than 7 million Euros for the supply of equipment for S-Band data communications systems for two CSO optical satellites, for MUSIS program, with an option for a third, and for three RADARSAT satellite observation program of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
- Military commander: NATO missile defense shield is good for nothing IRNA 09 Oct 2011 -- Deputy Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, said on Sunday that NATO missile defense shild in Turkey is good for nothing and the Turkish government should explain the reasons for supporting the Zionist regime.
- Russia relaxed about its security despite missile defense odds with NATO - Lavrov RIA Novosti 09 Oct 2011 -- Russia has its own defense projects that leave the country relaxed about its security despite the controversy with NATO over the European missile defense shield, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.
- NATO's view on cooperation with Russia in Europe's missile defense degraded - Rogozin RIA Novosti 08 Oct 2011 -- Positions of the Western negotiators on Russia-NATO cooperation about missile defense system in Europe became degraded, Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said.
- Russia sets priorities for federal space program RIA Novosti 08 Oct 2011 -- The Russian space agency Roscosmos has prioritized commercial use of its satellites as part of the federal space program until 2015.
- Russia puts new Rus-M carrier rocket project on hold RIA Novosti 07 Oct 2011 -- The Russian space agency has dropped plans to construct a new Rus-M carrier rocket by 2015, Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin said on Friday.
- Russia threatens stop to missile defense cooperation RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2011 -- Russia warned on Thursday it may stop cooperation with the United States on a missile shield in Europe.
- DoD News: Statement by the Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta on Stationing Aegis Ships at Rota, Spain DoD 05 Oct 2011
- Spain Will Port U.S. Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense AFPS 05 Oct 2011 -- Spain's agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO's missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today.
- THAAD Weapon System Achieves Intercept of Two Targets at Pacific Missile Range Facility Lockheed Martin 05 Oct 2011 -- The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, The Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army conducted a flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system today, challenging the system to track, detect and intercept two different targets utilizing two THAAD interceptors – a first for the system.
- Cape Canaveral continues cleanup efforts AFNS 05 Oct 2011 -- Air Force officials have recently implemented changes to the force's environmental cleanup program to focus on cleaning up more sites more quickly.
- President criticizes plan to deploy missile shield in Turkey IRNA 05 Oct 2011 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the main goal of NATO to deploy Missile Defense Shield in Turkey is to defend the Zionist regime.
- Iran says to send 'Fajr' satellite into space by March ISNA 04 Oct 2011 -- The Head of Iranian Space Agency Hamid Fazeli said the country would launch 'Fajr' satellite into space by March 2012.
- Rokot carrier rocket launches to resume soon RIA Novosti 04 Oct 2011 -- Launches of Rokot carrier rockets may resume in the near future, Commander of Russian Space Forces Lt. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko said on Tuesday.
- Russia's Glonass Satellite Navigation System Hits Major Milestone RFE/RL 03 Oct 2011 -- A Soyuz booster rocket has successfully lifted a satellite for Moscow's prestige Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) into orbit, marking an important success for a project the Kremlin hopes will rival the United States' GPS and Europe's Galileo systems.
- Boeing FAB-T Demonstrates High-Data-Rate Communications with AEHF Satellite Test Terminal Boeing 03 Oct 2011 -- Boeing today announced that it has successfully demonstrated high-data-rate transmissions between a Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals (FAB-T) system and a test terminal for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite.
- NATO optimistic over European missile shield RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- NATO's missile shield for Europe is gradually becoming a reality, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.
- Russia, U.S. will agree on missile defense data exchange system - U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 03 Oct 2011 -- Russia and the United States will sign an agreement on the information exchange system of the European missile defense shield during the NATO-Russia Council summit in Chicago in May 2012, Ambassador to Moscow John Beyrle said in an interview with Russian business daily Kommersant.
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