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March 2014 Space News

  • Russian Resupply Vehicle to Blast Off for Space Station Voyage RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2014 -- A Russian unmanned Progress resupply spacecraft is readying for an April 9 launch from the Baikonur space center to deliver essential cargo to the International Space Station, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has said.
  • Top secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit over 469 days, breaks longevity record VoR 29 Mar 2014 -- The American secret X-37B unmanned spacecraft has broken its own longevity record by staying in orbit for more than 469 days.The spacecraft was launched in December, 2012, and remained in orbit ever since. The X-37B aerodynamic design was derived from the Space Shuttle, and it was also built with the idea of being easily re-launched after landing.
  • Soyuz TMA-12M docks International Space Station after 48 hours delay VoR 28 Mar 2014 -- Soyuz TMA-12M, carrying a new crew of astronauts for the International Space Station (ISS), has docked the ISS two days late, the RKA Mission Control Center chairman said. Carrier rocket Soyuz-FG with Soyuz TMA-12M joined to it, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 8.17 pm GMT on Wednesday. The RKA Mission Control Center decided to postpone the docking, which was scheduled for March 26, till March 28.
  • New Space Station Crew Readies for Launch on Russian Rocket RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2014 -- The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket carrying three new crewmembers to the International Space Station has been scheduled for early Wednesday morning, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Tuesday.
  • Russian Soyuz Rocket Launches Navigation Satellite RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2014 -- A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a Glonass navigation satellite into orbit early Monday morning from northwestern Russia, a spokesperson for the country's aerospace defense forces said.
  • Pentagon orders review of Russian engines on US rockets Iran Press TV 22 Mar 2014 -- The Pentagon has asked Air Force officials to review whether Russian-built engines used on US military rockets pose a national security risk to the United States.
  • Russian Proton Rocket Launches Carrying Two Telecoms Sats RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2014 -- A Russian Proton-M rocket took off early Sunday morning from Kazakhstan's Baikonur space center carrying two Russian telecommunications satellites, the Russian space agency said.
  • China's lunar rover awake but ailing People's Daily 14 Mar 2014 -- China's moon rover Yutu woke up again at 6:42 a.m. on Friday, after its third dormancy, but even after a long rest, mechanical problems have not been resolved.
  • Chinese satellite spots three swimming objects - possible pieces of missing jet VoR 13 Mar 2014 -- China says that one of its satellites has detected three large 'floating objects' in a region of the sea where it suspects the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had an accident. China's state science and technology administration said Wednesday that a Chinese satellite had seen the objects in a 'suspected crash sea area' on the morning of March 9, adding that the images were being analysed.
  • Officials Update Congress on Military Space Policy, Challenges AFPS 12 Mar 2014 -- If potential adversaries are to challenge the United States, they must do so in the space domain, the Defense Department's top space policy official told Congress here today.
  • Russia Lost $550M From Failed Satellite Launches in 4 Years RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2014 -- Over the past four years the Russian government has lost nearly $550 million from uninsured failed satellite launches, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Wednesday, citing an aerospace industry audit.
  • US to give Israel $429 million for its Iron Dome missile system Iran Press TV 11 Mar 2014 -- The United States and Israel have signed an agreement under which $429 million of American taxpayers' money "will be transferred immediately to Israel" to fund its Iron Dome missile system.
  • Three cosmonauts from International Space Station land safely in Kazakhstan VoR 11 Mar 2014 -- Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station, mission control said. Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins touched down in their Soyuz capsule at 0324 GMT outside Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.
  • Russia Must Focus on Profits in Space Industry – Official RIA Novosti 08 Mar 2014 -- Russia's space industry must be improved to ensure a return on government investments in the sector, a senior official said Friday.
  • Air Force leaders share space budget rollout AFNS 06 Mar 2014 -- Space was the topic of discussion for Air Force leaders March 5, during on-going talks about the fiscal year 2015 budget at the Pentagon.
  • Proposed budget for NASA includes money to keep ISS running through at least 2024 VoR 05 Mar 2014 -- The proposed 2015 federal budget for NASA includes money to keep the International Space Station running through at least 2024, NASA said Tuesday.
  • Missile Defense Agency Director Discusses Threats, Capabilities AFPS 04 Mar 2014 -- The Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency continues to develop technology and work with its partners amid growing ballistic missile threats around the world, the agency's director said here today.

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