November 2012 Space News
- Astronauts Criticize US Space Program VOA 30 Nov 2012 -- NASA Astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt explored the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, the last time anyone has left earth's orbit or set foot on the moon. During a 40th anniversary celebration of Apollo 17 in Chicago, the astronauts said they had expected their mission would start a path toward space travel, not become a history lesson.
- S. Korea Carrier Rocket Launch Canceled RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2012 -- South Korea canceled the launch of its KSLV-1 carrier rocket on Thursday due to problems in its second stage, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
- New Crew of Space Station to Perform Two Spacewalks RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2012 -- International Space Station Expedition 34, which is to take off from the Baikonur Space Center in December, will perform two spacewalks under the Russian and US space programs.
- 'Space junk' growing issue for AF space operations AFNS 28 Nov 2012 -- Members of the 1st and 7th Space Operations Squadron took notice when an upper stage Russian rocket disintegrated in low earth orbit Oct. 16. The break up introduced an estimated 500 pieces of debris into an area where the U.S. operates a multitude of satellites, further congesting an already crowded orbit around Earth.
- N. Korea May Soon Launch New Long-Range Missile – Media RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2012 -- North Korea may carry out a test launch of a long-range ballistic missile in the next two months, S. Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday citing recent intelligence data.
- New Satellite Images Suggest N. Korea Missile Activity VOA 27 Nov 2012 -- A satellite imagery company is reporting increased activity at a North Korean launch site, suggesting a long-range missile test could take place in just weeks.
- Sea Launch Postpones Satellite Launch Until Dec. 3 RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2012 -- The Sea Launch consortium has moved the date for the launch of its Zenit-3SL rocket carrying the EUTELSAT-70B satellite 24 hours due to the delayed arrival of the Odyssey platform to the launch site, the company said on Tuesday.
- Russia's Space Industry to Merge into Holdings RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- A structural reform of Russia's space industry will see its numerous enterprises united into five or six large holdings, Federal Space Agency chief Vladimir Popovkin said on Monday.
- Russia Replaces Proton-M Rocket for Dec. 28 Launch RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- A Proton-M carrier rocket has been damaged during transportation to the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan and will be replaced to keep the launch schedule unchanged, the Khrunichev space rocket maker said on Monday.
- Russia Replaces Proton-M Rocket for Dec. 28 Launch RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2012 -- Israel has successfully tested its David's Sling defense system, also known as Magic Wand, local media reported.
- Ukraine Presses Russia on Joint Space Launch Program RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- The implementation of a Russian-Ukrainian space launch program now depends on the Russian Defense Ministry, the head of the Ukrainian State Space Agency said on Friday.
- India Tests Missile Interceptor RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- The Indian Army carried out a successful test on Friday of its Advanced Air Defense (AAD) anti-ballistic missile interceptor, IANS reported.
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Patriot Missile Deployment to Turkey NATO 21 Nov 2012
- U.S., NATO Consider Turkey Request for Missile Support AFPS 21 Nov 2012 -- The U.S. will work closely with its NATO allies to determine the best way to respond to a recent request from Turkey for Patriot missile support.
- Turkey Asks NATO For Missile Defense Against Syria RFE/RL 21 Nov 2012 -- Turkey has asked NATO to deploy Patriot air-defense missiles on its territory.
- New DOD Space Policy Addresses Safety, Security, Access AFPS 21 Nov 2012 -- The new Defense Department space policy, updated to reflect the fast-growing use and sometimes misuse of the space domain, addresses issues of safety, sustainability and security in space for the 21st century and beyond.
- Morin talks space superiority at AFA conference AFNS 21 Nov 2012 -- Acting Under Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Jamie Morin addressed more than 320 Airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members at AFA's Global Warfare Symposium.
- Navy Announces First MUOS Satellite Accepted for Initial Operational Use NNS 21 Nov 2012 -- The Navy announced today that U.S. Strategic Command has accepted the first Mobile User Objective System satellite for initial operational use.
- Russia Puts US Telecoms Satellite in Orbit RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2012 -- Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket put the US EchoStar-16 telecommunications satellite in the designated orbit.
- Curiosity Team May Reveal Major Discovery Soon RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2012 -- The Curiosity Mars rover has made a potentially explosive discovery, experts said, but NASA scientists are keeping it under wraps to double-check the spacecraft’s calculations.
- Russia Gets Second Prospective Female Cosmonaut RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2012 -- The first open cosmonaut recruitment drive in Russian history has produced eight prospects.
- Lavrov: US To Seek Compromise Agreements With Russia On Security, Economy VOA 20 Nov 2012 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his U.S. counterpart Hillary Clinton has indicated that the United States will search for compromise agreements on security and business with Russia.
- EchoStar Telecom Satellite Launched from Baikonur RIA Novosti 20 Nov 2012 -- A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle carrying the EchoStar XVI telecommunications satellite lifted off from the Baikonur space center.
- Scientists Discover 'Super Jupiter' VOA 20 Nov 2012 -- Astronomers have discovered what they’re calling a “super Jupiter” orbiting a star 170 light years away from earth.
- NATO Secretary General comments on Turkey and the Middle East NATO 19 Nov 2012
- NATO Ready to Protect Turkey from Syrian Missiles VOA 19 Nov 2012 -- NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance would consider a request from Turkey to deploy Patriot anti-missile batteries along its border with Syria.
- Roscosmos Requests Glonass Project Contractor Head’s Dismissal RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2012 -- Russia’s Federal Space Agency has initiated the dismissal of Yuri Urlichich, who headed a Glonass project contractor.
- ISS Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan VOA 19 Nov 2012 -- Three crew members have returned to Earth from the International Space Station.
- Soyuz Lands Safely in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2012 -- The Soyuz TMA-05M manned spacecraft touched down early ending its three-and-a-half hour voyage to bring three ISS crew members to Earth after 127 days in orbit.
- Soyuz Spacecraft with 3 Crewmembers Undocks from Space Station RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2012 -- The Soyuz TMA-05M manned spacecraft undocked from the ISS, beginning is voyage to bring three ISS crew members to Earth after 127 days in orbit.
- Space-based capabilities shaping Army of the future Army News 15 Nov 2012 -- The undersecretary of the Army received a detailed and succinct depiction of how the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC)/Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT) supports America's warfighters during a visit to Redstone Arsenal, Nov. 14.
- Reusable Rocket Makes Highest Test 'Hop' RIA Novosti 15 Nov 2012 -- A prototype of a reusable space rocket has made its highest 'hop' yet as part of testing to determine whether it can return from space flight and land back on the ground intact, the specialist website space.com reported Thursday.
- U.S. to Locate Key Space Systems in Australia AFPS 14 Nov 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith have agreed to place two key space systems in Australia.
- United States and Australia Advance Space Partnership DoD 14 Nov 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith agreed to advance the bi-lateral long-term international partnership on space situational awareness by placing two key U.S. space systems in Australia.
- Russia Launches Dual-Purpose Telecoms Satellite RIA Novosti 14 Nov 2012 -- Russia's Space Forces launched on Wednesday a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with a dual-purpose Meridian-series telecoms satellite on board, spokesman Col. Alexey Zolotukhin said.
- Astronomers Find 'Homeless' Planet Drifting Through Space VOA 14 Nov 2012 -- Astronomers have discovered a planet drifting through space, not orbiting a star. Such cosmic wanderers are believed to be common in the universe. But the new-found planet's proximity to our solar system - just 100 light years, or 1000 trillion kilometers, away - and the absence of any nearby stars have allowed the international [Canadian and European] team to study the planet's properties in greater detail than ever before.
- Saudi Arabia to Launch Two Satellites RIA Novosti 12 Nov 2012 -- Saudi Arabia is set to launch two indigenous satellites with a precision navigation system within the next few years, Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin Muhammad said.
- Russia will 'React Sharply' to US Aegis Ships – Deputy PM RIA Novosti 12 Nov 2012 -- Russia will 'react in the sharpest manner' to any US ships equipped with the Aegis combat system attempting to sail by its shores, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told RIA Novosti in an interview.
- Iranian-made satellite carrier to undergo final test IRNA 11 Nov 2012 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari said on Sunday that Iranian-made satellite carrier will undergo final test to put the data gathering satellite into the orbit.
- Designer of Glonass Navigation System Sacked RIA Novosti 11 Nov 2012 -- The chief designer or Russia's scandal-hit Glonass satellite navigation system, Yury Urlichich, was fired from his job, a spokeswoman for Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday.
- Ariane-5 with Two Satellites Blasts Off from Guiana RIA Novosti 11 Nov 2012 -- The Ariane-5 carrier rocket with a dual-satellite payload was launched on Sunday from the Kourou space center in French Guiana.
- NASA, ESA Test Interplanetary Internet on Space Station RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2012 -- NASA and ESA have tested an “interplanetary” internet channel that might one day enable control of equipment on a planet’s surface from orbit.
- Russia Expects Missile Shield ‘Flexibility’ from Reelected Obama RIA Novosti 08 Nov 2012 -- Russia hopes that US President Barack Obama will demonstrate a greater willingness to compromise on NATO plans for a missile shield in Europe during his second term of office.
- KCNA on U.S.-S. Korea Nexus in Missile Field KCNA 08 Nov 2012 -- The U.S. and south Korea are tightening the military nexus to round off the missile attack and interceptor system.
- Obama Win Keeps NASA’s Space Plans on Course RIA Novosti 08 Nov 2012 -- The reelection of US president Barack Obama could mean one small step back to the moon and a giant leap to landing astronauts on Mars and asteroids.
- Rodong Sinmun Blasts U.S. and S. Korean Moves for Missile Shield KCNA 07 Nov 2012 -- South Korean "Defence Minister" Kim Kwan Jin was reported to have discussed the purchase of PAC-3 at the south Korea-U.S. annual security consultative meeting.
- ROK Moves to Introduce PAC-3 KCNA 06 Nov 2012 -- Recently south Korea announced a plan to introduce PAC-3.
- Taiwan will not share new radar system's data with U.S. CNA 05 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan will not share information gathered by its new early-warning surveillance radar system with the United States.
- Russian Satellites Reach Orbit – Space Agency RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2012 -- Both satellites launched earlier today have successfully reached orbit.
- Russia Launches Two Satellites From Baikonur RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2012 -- A Russian Proton-M launch vehicle carrying Yamal-300K telecoms satellite and Luch 5B relay satellite lifted off early on Saturday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
- Joint air defense test integrates Army and Navy systems Army News 02 Nov 2012 -- A test of a joint integrated air defense system conducted Sept. 21 ended in success with a Navy Missile intercepting a target with the help of an advanced Army radar system.
- NASA’S Curiosity Rover Provides Clues to Changes in Martian Atmosphere VOA 02 Nov 2012 -- The rover Curiosity has paused to take a deep sniff of the Martian atmosphere, which is 100 times thinner than Earth’s.
- Astronauts Complete Spacewalk to Fix Space Station Cooling System RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2012 -- A US-Japanese team has returned to the to the Quest airlock module of the ISS after completing a spacewalk to fix the station’s cooling system.
- AFRL played major role in historic near-space jump AFNS 02 Nov 2012 -- For more than nine minutes Oct. 14, an international audience watched as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner egressed from a capsule 128,000 feet above the earth and fell toward the planet reaching speeds of 834 miles per hour.
- NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis Makes its Final Journey RIA Novosti 02 Nov 2012 -- After 32 missions and more than 125 million miles in space at speeds around 17,500 miles per hour, NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis began its final journey.
- Space ops unit takes over newest GPS satellite AFNS 01 Nov 2012 -- The 2nd Space Operations Squadron accepted satellite control authority of its third Global Positioning System Block IIF satellite.
- Spacewalkers Repair Space Station Coolant Leak VOA 01 Nov 2012 -- Two spacewalking astronauts made repairs to a leaky radiator system outside the International Space Station.
- Spacewalkers Try to Bypass Space Station Coolant Leak VOA 01 Nov 2012 -- Two astronauts are working outside the orbiting International Space Station in an attempt to bypass a leak in a cooling system.
- Space Station Crew Attempts to Fix Ammonia Leak RIA Novosti 01 Nov 2012 -- US astronaut Sunita Williams and her Japanese colleague Akihiko Hoshide ventured outside the ISS to isolate and repair a persistent ammonia leak.
- Space Station’s Orbit Raised to Avoid Space Junk RIA Novosti 01 Nov 2012 -- The Russian Mission Control said the orbit of the International Space Station was raised by one kilometer to avoid a possible collision with space junk.
- Gazprom to Launch Two Satellites by Yearend RIA Novosti 01 Nov 2012 -- Gazprom Space Systems is planning to launch two Yamal class satellites by the end of 2012.
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