June 2012 Space News
- U.S. Missile Defense Plans Hinder New Arms Cuts - Russia RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2012 -- Russia will not start a new round of talks on further arms reductions until Washington changes its stance on the global deployment of U.S. missile defenses, especially in Europe, a senior Russian diplomat said.
- China Completes First Space Manned Docking Mission VOA 29 Jun 2012 -- China is celebrating the safe return of three astronauts, who successfully completed a mission that included the country's first manual docking in space and the first Chinese woman astronaut.
- Second-Generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Completes Second Successful Intercept Flight Test MDA 27 Jun 2012 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and U.S. Navy sailors in the USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system, resulting in the intercept of a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Navy’s newest missile defense interceptor missile, the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB.
- China's space, deep-sea progress has military implications: expert CNA 25 Jun 2012 -- China's recent advancements in its space and deep-sea programs have important military implications and could give Beijing further bargaining chips in regional disputes, a Macau-based military expert said Monday.
- India to Place Missile Defense Shield in Delhi, Mumbai RIA Novosti 24 Jun 2012 -- Delhi and Mumbai, two most populated cities of India, will be protected by the missile defense system, the Times of India reported on Sunday.
- Chinese Astronauts Complete First Manual Space Docking RIA Novosti 24 Jun 2012 -- Three Chinese astronauts have successfully completed a manual docking between the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft and the orbiting Tiangong-1 lab module in the first such attempt in China's history of space exploration, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
- Chinese Astronauts Conduct First Manual Spacecraft Docking VOA 24 Jun 2012 -- China has conducted its first-ever manual docking between a spacecraft and an orbiting space module.
- Iranian satellites Fajr, Nahid and Zafar to be launched on schedule IRNA 23 Jun 2012 -- Head of IRI Aerospace Organization said here Friday launching of Sharif Science and Technology University's satellites Fajr, Nahid and Zafar would take place on schedule, soon.
- ISS to Build Up Meteorite Defenses RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2012 -- Russian cosmonauts will conduct a space walk in August during which they will install additional anti-meteorite panels on the International Space Station.
- New Space Station Crew Confirmed RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2012 -- Space officials confirmed on Friday the line-up of a new mission to the International Space Station ahead of their launch next month.
- Russia, Ireland Sign Space Cooperation Memorandum RIA Novosti 22 Jun 2012 -- Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos and Ireland’s National Space Center have signed a memorandum of understanding on bilateral cooperation in space exploration.
- Putin Pessimistic on Missile Defense Problem RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2012 -- Putin: Missile defense dispute between Russia and the United States will not be resolved regardless of whether President Obama is re-elected.
- Air Force Officials Announce Milestone Atlas V Launch AFPS 20 Jun 2012 -- Atlas V rocket lifted off as part of the Defense Department’s ongoing efforts to maintain assured, affordable access to space through 2030.
- British Firm Offers Moon Trips on Soviet-Era Spacecraft RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2012 -- British space company Excalibur Almaz has announced its readiness to send tourists on a much-coveted trip to the Moon as early as in 2015.
- Anti-Missile Radar in S.Russia To Go on Combat Duty by Yearend RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2012 -- A new-generation Voronezh-DM class anti-missile radar will enter combat duty around the end of the year.
- Russian Space Launch Canceled over Technical Problem RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2012 -- A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket was taken off the launch pad over a technical fault that could not be fixed promptly.
- Remarks by President Obama and President Putin of Rusia After Bilateral Meeting The White House 18 Jun 2012
- Joint Statement by the President of the United States of America Barack Obama and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin The White House 18 Jun 2012
- Putin, Obama Agree to Continue Dialogue on Missile Defense RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama have agreed to continue dialogue on missile defense.
- Obama: Tensions With Russia Can be Worked Out VOA 18 Jun 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says tensions with Russia can be worked out following talks with the Russian president spanning a range of topics, including Syria, Iran and trade.
- Chinese Spaceship Docks with Orbiting Module RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2012 -- China’s Shenzhou-9 spacecraft has automatically docked with the Tiangong-1 lab module.
- Chinese Space Capsule Docks With Lab RFE/RL 18 Jun 2012 -- China says a manned spacecraft has docked with an orbiting laboratory to mark the latest milestone in China's space program.
- Air Force space vehicle comes in for a landing AFNS 16 Jun 2012 -- The Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane landed in the early morning of June 16 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., a successful conclusion to a record-setting test-flight mission that began March 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- First Chinese Woman Astronaut Goes Into Space RFE/RL 16 Jun 2012 -- China has launched a rocket carrying its first woman into space along with two fellow male astronauts.
- China Launches First Woman into Space VOA 16 Jun 2012 -- China successfully launched its first woman astronaut into orbit on a mission that marks an important step in the country's plans to build a permanent space station.
- China Prepares for First Manual Space Docking Mission VOA 15 Jun 2012 -- China is preparing to launch three astronauts into space, as part of efforts to become the third country to have a permanent base orbiting the Earth.
- China to Send its First Woman Into Space RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2012 -- China will send its first woman into space on Saturday when astronaut Liu Yan and two other crew members blast off on an upgraded Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan rocket launch site, in northwest China.
- Putin: Russia Ready to Respond to U.S. Missile Defense RIA Novosti 14 Jun 2012 -- Russia has every possibility to provide a proper response to the projected deployment of a U.S. missile shield in Europe, though Moscow would like to see the U.S. plans revised, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
- NASA Launches Black Hole Hunter VOA 13 Jun 2012 -- The U.S. space agency launched a telescope into space Wednesday that is designed to seek out and study black holes, those still-mysterious celestial bodies that scientists believe lie at the heart of every massive galaxy, including our own Milky Way.
- Report: China Shipped Launch Vehicles to N. Korea VOA 13 Jun 2012 -- Japanese officials say China has violated a U.N. embargo by supplying North Korea with vehicles capable of transporting and launching ballistic missiles.
- China Denies Delivery of Missile Launchers to N. Korea RIA Novosti 13 Jun 2012 -- Beijing has denied media reports that a Chinese company allegedly supplied Pyongyang with four ballistic missile launchers last year in a breach of UN sanctions.
- Russia May Join Mars Orbiter Project in Nov. – ESA RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- Roscosmos and the European Space Agency could sign a final agreement on Russia’s participation in a Mars research project.
- Squadron nears completion of ballistic missile warning communications upgrade AFNS 06 Jun 2012 -- Ballistic missile warning sensors at sites around the world provide information vital to U.S. national security.
- Southcom Program Plugs Science, Technology Gaps AFPS 06 Jun 2012 -- A little-known office here at the U.S. Southern Command headquarters is making a big impact by identifying technical capabilities to support the mission, and lacking them, helping develop new ones.
- NASA Satellite Offers Astonishing View of Venus Transit VOA 06 Jun 2012 -- People around the world took to their telescopes on June 5th and 6th to witness something that won't be seen again for more than a century.
- Russia, EADS to Build Space Plant by 2015 RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2012 -- Russia’s Energia space rocket corporation and Astrium, an aerospace subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, will build a joint venture in Russia in about two years.
- Rare Astronomical Event to Occur June 5-6 VOA 05 Jun 2012 -- Skywatchers on all seven continents will get a chance to witness an astronomical rarity on June 5 or 6, the transit of the planet Venus.
- India Plans To Launch First Military Satellite RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2012 -- Indian forces are ready to launch the nation’s first military satellite.
- Rogozin Talks Up New Spaceport Plan RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2012 -- State investment in the creation of a cosmodrome in the Amur Region is comparable in scale to the first Soviet long-term plan for the electrification of Russia.
- NATO Interested in Missile Defense Cooperation with Ukraine – Brengelmann RIA Novosti 03 Jun 2012 -- NATO is ready to interact with third countries, including Ukraine, on an individual basis to raise anti-ballistic missile defense efficiency, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy Dirk Brengelmann said on Sunday.
- Russia Wants Missile Defense Guarantees - Putin RIA Novosti 02 Jun 2012 -- Russia will hold partner-like dialogue on missile defense with Western countries if it has guarantees that the missile shield is not directed against it, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
- Space Realities Require New Way of Thinking, Official Says AFPS 01 Jun 2012 -- The U.S. has fine-tuned its methods to promote responsible use of space and strengthen international partnerships, Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said during the 2012 Women in Aerospace Conference here today.
- Russia Toughens Iran Stance, Still Opposes US Missile Defense VOA 01 Jun 2012 -- International negotiations over Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program are stalled, according to experts on the issue, and there are deep divisions about what to do next.
- Russian Rocket Puts U.S. Satellite in Orbit RIA Novosti 01 Jun 2012 -- A Russian rocket on Friday successfully put the U.S. Intelsat 19 telecoms satellite into orbit, following a seaborne launch, the Russian space corporation Energia said.
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