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January 2014 Space News

  • Sites Announced for Environmental Impact Statement for Potential Missile Defense Site DoD 31 Jan 2014 -- Pursuant to Congressional direction to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential additional missile defense site in the continental United States, the Missile Defense Agency has completed an extensive evaluation of sites announced by the Department of Defense in September, 2013.
  • Space squadron optimizes wideband communication constellations AFNS 29 Jan 2014 -- Late in 2013, the 3rd Space Operations Squadron's mission -- 'Warfighters ensuring reliable wideband communications to national authorities and U.S. and Allied forces' -- was proudly displayed as the unit repositioned its eighth satellite during a nine-month effort to optimize the military wideband communications constellation.
  • 7th Fleet Ballistic Missile Team Supports JMSDF in Exercise Keen Edge NNS 28 Jan 2014 -- U.S. 7th Fleet, U.S. Forces Japan and Japan Self Defense Force (JMSDF) operators will hone their Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) skills in exercise Keen Edge 2014 which runs through Jan. 31.
  • NASA Extends Reliance on Russian Spacecraft Until 2018 RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2014 -- American astronauts will continue to fly to the International Space Station aboard Russian spacecraft through 2017, NASA said Wednesday.
  • Russian Space Agency Plans World's Biggest Rocket RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2014 -- Russia's Roscosmos space agency is to seek government approval to build the world's largest rocket, its head said Tuesday.
  • Russia Could Go It Alone After International Space Station Closes RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2014 -- The Russian segment of the International Space Station could live on as a separate facility after the project's conclusion, the head of the company that oversees the country's participation said Tuesday.
  • Russian-Europe ExoMars mission to head for Mars in 2018 Voice of Russia 28 Jan 2014 -- The human path to Mars should lay through consistent development of space technologies on asteroids and on the Moon.
  • Russia, US Plan to Jointly Fight Space Threats RIA Novosti 27 Jan 2014 -- Russian and US experts are planning to join efforts in protecting our planet against thousands of potentially hazardous near-Earth space bodies, Russia's emergencies minister said.
  • 45th Space Wing supports successful NASA launch AFNS 24 Jan 2014 -- The 45th Space Wing provided flawless Eastern Range support for NASA's successful launch of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-L mission aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 here at 9:33 p.m. Jan. 23.
  • US and China May Cooperate in Space Exploration VOA 23 Jan 2014 -- Space exploration officials from more than 30 countries met in Washington, D.C. recently to discuss how to advance the exploration and utilization of space. The meeting was organized by the U.S. State Department which, for the first time, invited officials from China's space agency, highlighting the possibility of cooperation in space exploration.
  • European Space Agency Wants More Missions With Russia RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2014 -- The European Space Agency is interested in further joint space-probe missions with Russia to the moon, Mars and Jupiter, its head said Friday.
  • Chinese Lunar Landing Prompts Debate About Moon Exploitation VOA 15 Jan 2014 -- Last month, China successfully landed an unmanned probe on the Moon. The mission renewed a debate about the potential exploitation of the Moon's resources and who exactly owns the Earth's only natural satellite.
  • DARPA Programs Create New Future for Space, Director Says AFPS 13 Jan 2014 -- Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said today.
  • Kazakhstan Wants Russia to Remain at Baikonur Forever - Space RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2014 -- Kazakhstan wants a permanent Russian presence at the Baikonur space center, the head of its space program said on Thursday, after years of argument between Moscow and Astana over Russia's use of the site.
  • Manned lunar landing under research People's Daily 08 Jan 2014 -- According to Zhang Yuhua, deputy general director and deputy general designer of the Chang'e-3 probe system, Chinese aerospace researchers are working on setting up a lunar base.
  • US bug detected in UAE's France-built spy satellite Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2014 -- French experts have announced that the US may be behind the recent discovery of "security compromising components" in two spy satellites sold by France to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), threatening the deal's cancellation.
  • 45th Space Wing supports SpaceX Thaicom 6 mission AFNS 07 Jan 2014 -- The Air Force's 45th Space Wing provided support to the successful launch of the Thaicom 6 communications satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at 5:06 p.m. Jan 6 here.
  • Shelton Discusses Importance of Space Defense AFPS 07 Jan 2014 -- Space is fundamental to the economy, the military and the way of life in the United States and officials must continue to guard against challenges in the domain from adversaries, the commander of Air Force Space Command said today.
  • Triple-Star System May Answer Questions About Gravity VOA 06 Jan 2014 -- The discovery of a three-star system may yield clues that help scientists define the true nature of gravity.



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