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April 2014 Space News

  • ILS Satellite Launches Remain on Schedule Despite Sanctions RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2014 -- The newly imposed US sanctions against Russia will not affect the work of the International Launch Services (ILS) company, a spokesperson for the Luxembourg-based satellite fleet operator SES told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
  • Shaping the future of the UK space sector UK Government 30 Apr 2014 -- The government has today (30 April 2014) released two new policies that will shape the future of the UKs growing space industry. The government response to the space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS) action plan 2014 2030 and the national space security policy (NSSP) set out plans to achieve a 40 billion UK space industry by 2030 and a coherent approach to protecting the UKs space assets.
  • US sanctions against Russia's space industry affect Europeans VoR 30 Apr 2014 -- US sanctions against the Russian space industry are actually targeted against another competitor of the Americans - European companies, a source in the Russian space and rocket sector told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday. 'Formally the US sanctions impede the export of dual- and military-purpose technology to Russia. However, it is evident that a ready satellite does not refer to this category because by taking a satellite, Russia gets a piece of hardware, not technology.
  • Proton-M Rocket Launches Kazakh, Russian Satellites RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2014 -- A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket has successfully placed Kazakhstan's KazSat-3 telecommunications satellite and Russia's Luch-5V relay satellite into Earth orbit, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said Monday.
  • India test-fires anti-ballistic interceptor missile Iran Press TV 27 Apr 2014 -- India has successfully test-fired a new anti-ballistic missile capable of intercepting targets and destroying any incoming long-range missile outside the earth's atmosphere.
  • India successfully tests antiballistic interceptor missile VoR 27 Apr 2014 -- The Organization of Defense Research and Development of the Indian Defense Ministry has successfully tested a new extraterrestrial interceptor missile, the Press Trust of India news agency reports.
  • Russia Set to Boost Space Cooperation With India, China RIA Novosti 24 Apr 2014 -- Russia is set to develop its space cooperation with India and China, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos Oleg Ostapenko said on Thursday.
  • Glonass Failure Caused by Faulty Software – Roscosmos RIA Novosti 24 Apr 2014 -- Recent failures in Russia's Glonass satellite-based global navigation system were caused by mathematical mistakes in software, the head of the Russian space agency said Thursday.
  • No Plans to Produce Zenit Rocket in Russia – Roscosmos RIA Novosti 24 Apr 2014 -- The Russian space agency believes it would be illogical to start the production of Ukrainian-made Zenit space launch rockets in Russia, the agency's head said Thursday.
  • Russia Gives Green Light to Super-Heavy Rocket Project RIA Novosti 24 Apr 2014 -- A project to build a new super-heavy carrier rocket was included into the draft new Federal Space Program (FSP) Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko said on Thursday.
  • Russia gives green light to super-heavy rocket project VoR 24 Apr 2014 -- A project to build a new super-heavy carrier rocket was included into the draft new Federal Space Program (FSP) Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko said on Thursday. 'A [super] heavy carrier rocket was included into the new FSP. Work is still under way, with the first stage envisaging the construction of a rocket capable of lifting from 70 to 80 metric tons,' Ostapenko said, adding that such rockets would be enough for projects scheduled for the next 20 or 30 years.
  • Russian Spacecraft to Test New Docking System on Space Station RIA Novosti 23 Apr 2014 -- A Russian Progress unmanned cargo spacecraft has undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) to test a new automated approach and docking system, a spokesman for Russia's Mission Control Center said Wednesday.
  • Satellite Navigation Market to See Fierce Competition, Cooperation – Russian Official RIA Novosti 23 Apr 2014 -- The international market of satellite navigation services is to become both a field of fierce competition and a promising arena for cooperation, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told an international navigation forum in Moscow on Wednesday.
  • Russia's GLONASS Navigation System Fully Operational RIA Novosti 23 Apr 2014 -- The satellite constellation of Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is fully operational, providing global coverage, the head of the Russian presidential administration said Wednesday.
  • Russia to Build 50 GLONASS Stations in 36 Countries RIA Novosti 23 Apr 2014 -- Russia plans to build 50 stations of Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) in several dozen countries across the world, Russian presidential administration chief told the Navitech 2014 forum for navigation system Wednesday.
  • Russia Adds Space Corporation to List of Strategic Companies RIA Novosti 23 Apr 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to add Russia's newly formed United Rocket and Space Corporation to the list strategic enterprises entitled to preferential government support.
  • Space Command leader calls for innovation amid budget cuts AFNS 22 Apr 2014 -- Innovation and cost-saving ideas will help ensure the Air Force keeps its warfighting readiness despite significant, ongoing budget cuts, said the commander of Air Force Space Command.
  • Russia's GLONASS Fully Restored After System Failure RIA Novosti 22 Apr 2014 -- Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) has resumed normal operations after suffering an outage earlier this month caused by a malfunctioning satellite, the leading research institute of the Russian Space Agency said Tuesday.
  • Iran builds space suit for suborbital missions IRNA 21 Apr 2014 -- A group of Iranian researchers have designed and built a laboratory space suit for suborbital missions.
  • Drive to eliminate arms race in outer space People's Daily 21 Apr 2014 -- China published its first space status report on Thursday April 17, elaborating the current situation and future trends in its international space activities.
  • Top of Chilean mount to be blasted away to make room for giant telescope VoR 20 Apr 2014 -- The world's largest telescope will be built on Mount Cerro Armazones north of Chile's capital Santiago. The top of the mountain will be blown off to create a plateau for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT).
  • Dragon supply capsule reaches ISS VoR 20 Apr 2014 -- The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX successfully reached the International Space Station Sunday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.
  • SpaceX launches Dragon capsule to ISS VoR 19 Apr 2014 -- US private firm SpaceX on Friday launched its unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab, NASA said. After three earlier delays, the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule finally blasted off as planned at 3:25 pm (19:25 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
  • Russia to Boost Manpower on New Space Center Construction Site RIA Novosti 16 Apr 2014 -- Russia will significantly boost the number of workers involved in the construction of its new Far Eastern Vostochny space launch center, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at a meeting Wednesday.
  • 21st Space Wing reaches inspection milestone AFNS 15 Apr 2014 -- The Air Force Inspector General recognized the 21st Space Wing as the first active-duty or Reserve wing in the Air Force to fully implement the Air Force Inspection System, or AFIS, and become commander's inspection program capable.
  • China's President Xi urges greater military use of space VoR 15 Apr 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping urged the air force to adopt an integrated air and space defence capability, in what state media on Tuesday called a response to the increasing military use of space by the United States and others. While Beijing insists its space programme is for peaceful purposes, a Pentagon report last year highlighted China's increasing space capabilities and said Beijing was pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis.
  • 45th Space Wing launches NRO Satellite on board Atlas V AFNS 11 Apr 2014 -- The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 here at 1:45 p.m. April 10 carrying a classified national security payload.
  • Russia Plans to Install GLONASS Stations in More Countries RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2014 -- Ground-based stations for Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) could be installed in several countries, including in Europe, but the current political situation is interfering with the process, a senior Russian space official told reporters Friday.
  • China, Europe Seek Greater Cooperation with Russia on Space Projects RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2014 -- As Russia and China are coordinating on major future research projects in space, European countries have also expressed a desire to expand joint cosmic efforts with Moscow, a senior Russian space official said Friday.
  • NASA Says Human Landing on Mars on Track for 2030s VOA 10 Apr 2014 -- The U.S. space agency's head of human space exploration has outlined broad brush plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s.
  • Israel launches satellite to spy on Iran, resistance movement Iran Press TV 10 Apr 2014 -- Israeli has launched its latest military spy satellite to conduct espionage activities on Iran's nuclear energy program and anti-Israeli resistance groups in the region.
  • Israel Launches New Surveillance Satellite RIA Novosti 10 Apr 2014 -- Israel has launched a new Ofek 10 satellite to enhance its space surveillance capabilities, Jerusalem Post reported Thursday citing a statement by Israeli Defense Ministry.
  • Israel launches Ofek 10 spy satellite VoR 10 Apr 2014 -- Israel on Wednesday evening launched a new spy satellite into orbit from an air force base in the center of the country. The spacecraft, the 'Ofek-10,' will reportedly orbit the Earth every 99 minutes from an altitude of 600 kilometers (373 miles). The launch, from the Palmachim IAF base near Rishon Lezion, was visible throughout much of Israel's center. According an Israel Radio report, much of air and sea traffic in the area was temporarily halted in order to facilitate the launch.
  • Russia launches cargo ship to ISS VoR 09 Apr 2014 -- Russia successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station on Wednesday evening after a spaceship carrying three astronauts experienced a technical glitch last month. 'At 19:35 Moscow time (15:35 GMT), the cargo ship separated from the third-stage booster rockets on schedule,' the Russian space agency said in a statement on its website after the Progress M-23M ship blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • Space Station Cooperation With NASA to Continue - Russian Official RIA Novosti 08 Apr 2014 -- The Russian space agency Roscosmos has no plans to suspend cooperation with NASA on the International Space Station (ISS), the agency's deputy head said Tuesday.
  • AF Reserve space squadron temporarily assumes command of nation's weather satellites AFNS 07 Apr 2014 -- In a lead up to the recent launch of America's 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, or DMSP, spacecraft, Air Force Reservists here took full command and control of the nation's inventory of weather satellites across the globe.
  • Space superiority remains vital to national security AFNS 07 Apr 2014 -- Gen. William Shelton, the commander of Air Force Space Command, highlighted a successful satellite launch to the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on strategic forces during a budget hearing for national security space activities here, April 3.
  • Hagel: U.S. to Send 2 More Aegis Ships to Japan AFPS 06 Apr 2014 -- For reasons a senior defense official said included North Korean provocations, treaty commitments to Japan and U.S. national security interests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that the United States will send Japan two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017.
  • Joint Press Conference with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera DoD 06 Apr 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera
  • US to deploy 2 more destroyer ships with Aegis anti-missile systems in Japan by 2017 VoR 06 Apr 2014 -- The US is going to deploy two more destroyer ships equipped with Aegis anti-missile systems in Japan's waters by 2017. Thus, the number of such US destroyers in Japan will increase to 7. This was announced by US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel during his visit to Japan.
  • French Company Orders 7 Additional Russian Soyuz Rockets RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2014 -- French space launch company Arianespace has signed a contract with the Russian space agency Roscosmos for the delivery of seven additional Soyuz carrier rockets, the company said Friday.
  • Soyuz space rocket with European satellite launched from Kourou spaceport VoR 04 Apr 2014 -- A Russian Soyuz-ST carrier rocket with a European satellite Sentinel-1A has been successfully launched from Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on the night from Thursday to Friday, Itar-Tass reports. This is already a seventh launch of Russian space rockets from the spacepor in South America.
  • US Department of State claims it doesn't call NASA to stop cooperation with Russia VoR 04 Apr 2014 -- The US Department of State didn't call NASA to stop cooperation with Russia, Marie Harf, representative of the Department of State, says. "I know that there were mistaken statements yesterday that the Department of State called NASA to stop cooperation with Russia. Though I like to make orders to NASA, our department didn't make such order," Harf said.
  • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 19 launch AFNS 03 Apr 2014 -- The Air Force successfully launched the 19th Defense Meteorological Satellite Program or, DMSP, spacecraft at 7:46 a.m. PDT, April 3, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The satellite was carried aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle.
  • NASA Severs Ties with Russia, Except for ISS RIA Novosti 03 Apr 2014 -- The US space agency NASA officially announced it has suspended some space-related contacts with Russia amid tensions over Ukraine, but said will continue working together on the International Space Station, where both US and Russian astronauts are currently living together.
  • Pentagon Suspends Missile Shield Talks with Russia over Ukraine RIA Novosti 03 Apr 2014 -- The Pentagon has halted all talks with Russia concerning its anti-missile defense shield in Europe over the Ukrainian crisis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy Elaine Bunn said.
  • U.S. Army South to increase its Space capabilities for future missions Army News 02 Apr 2014 -- Army South is onboard with that mission and the first step is educating its leaders and Soldiers of the advantages and functions of the latest commercial and military space capabilities available in support of Army South commanding general's mission and objectives.
  • Historical THAAD Battery in Guam Transfers Authority to its Sister Unit Army News 02 Apr 2014 -- Task Force Talon marks another historical milestone as its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery completes its mission and transfers authority to one of its sister THAAD units already on the ground in Guam, Apr. 1.
  • Iron Dome fires hit Israel 'accidentally' Iran Press TV 01 Apr 2014 -- Israel's Iron Dome missile system has 'accidentally' fired interceptor rockets into the Red Sea resort city of Eilat in southern Negev.

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