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June 2014 Space News

  • Missile-warning satellites contract awarded AFNS 30 Jun 2014 -- The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a $1.86 billion contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, California, for production of the fifth and sixth Space-Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, geosynchronous, or GEO, missile-warning satellites.
  • Russia Sees No Progress in GLONASS Talks with US RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2014 -- The United States has shown no interest in negotiations on the deployment of GLONASS navigation stations in the US, the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Oleg Ostapenko said Monday.
  • 'Angara' Launch Postponed Due to Loss of Pressure in Fuel System RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2014 -- The test launch of Russia's new 'environmentally friendly' Angara rocket was postponed due to the loss of pressure in one of the valves within the fuel flow system, a source in the Russian space industry told RIA Novosti Monday.
  • US Rethinks Reduction of Russian Rocket Engine Deliveries - Russian Deputy Prime Minister RIA Novosti 30 Jun 2014 -- The United States "has come to its senses after its sanction fever" and is prepared to increase its purchases of Russian rocket engines, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday.
  • India Launches Satellites, Highlights Low Cost VOA 30 Jun 2014 -- India took another step Monday in its ambitions to tap the commercial potential of its space program by launching satellites for four other nations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi commended the country's space program as the world's most cost effective.
  • Test Launch of Russian Angara Space Rocket Aborted, Putin Demands Explanation RIA Novosti 27 Jun 2014 -- Friday's test launch of Russia's new eco-friendly Angara rocket was automatically terminated, according to the commander of the Aerospace Defense Forces, Major-General Alexander Golovko.
  • US Refusal to Host Russian Navigation Stations 'Political' - GLONASS Chief RIA Novosti 26 Jun 2014 -- The refusal by the US to set up transmitters for Russia's GLONASS system is more of a political than a technical move, GLONASS CEO Alexander Gurko said Thursday.
  • U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contract For Next Two SBIRS Missile Defense Early Warning Satellites Lockheed Martin 24 Jun 2014 -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SBIRS provides our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence.
  • Syring: Missile Test Important Step for Missile Defense System AFPS 23 Jun 2014 -- The Missile Defense Agency and its joint partners completed the first intercept using the second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle, or EKV, during a test over the Pacific Ocean yesterday afternoon.
  • Target Missile Intercepted Over the Pacific Ocean During Missile Defense Exercise MDA 22 Jun 2014 -- The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command, Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Navy completed an integrated exercise of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • Soyuz кocket puts Russian GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- The Soyuz-2.1b rocket with GLONASS-M navigation satellite on board has been successfully launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said.
  • Admiral Testifies on Missile Defense Budget, Progress AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- Critical upcoming flight tests, progress worldwide, growing missile proliferation and cybersecurity were among the topics Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring discussed yesterday before a Senate panel.
  • Use of 'space tools' for sustainable development stressed by UN celestial committee UN News Centre 11 Jun 2014 -- Space-based information technologies must be fully integrated into the international efforts to overcome such challenges to sustainable development as climate change and food insecurity, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was told as it opened its annual session today in Vienna.
  • 1st Space Ops assumes space surveillance mission AFNS 10 Jun 2014 -- The 1st Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colorado, will assume command and control of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) this summer. The satellites are a space-based capability that will operate in the near-geosynchronous orbit regime supporting U.S. Strategic Command space surveillance operations as a dedicated Space Surveillance Network sensor.
  • China calls for treaty on space weapons People's Daily 11 Jun 2014 -- Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying on Wednesday called on the international community to start negotiation on a legally binding treaty that would prevent an arms race in outer space.
  • No Plans for Anti-Missile Defense in Georgia, Ukraine - Nuland RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- The United States does not plan to establish an anti-missile defense system in Georgia or Ukraine, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Tuesday.
  • Towards manned orbital mission: Iran to build its own spacecraft VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- Iran has announced that it is planning to build its own orbital spaceship, the Fars news agency reports citing the head of the Iranian national space project, Mansur Kabganian.
  • GLONASS Chipsets to be Made in Russia – Deputy Prime Minister RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- GLONASS receivers are to be produced in Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
  • Russia Gives US Three Months to Station GLONASS on Its Territory RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- Moscow expects Washington to take reciprocal steps toward the deployment of GLONASS navigation stations in the US by August 31, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at the Tekhnoprom forum in Novosibirsk on Friday.
  • Russia Says GLONASS Accuracy Could Be Boosted to Two Feet RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2014 -- GLONASS accuracy could be boosted from nine to two feet by 2020, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at the 'Tekhnoprom' forum in Novosibirsk.
  • Space fence contract awarded AFNS 05 Jun 2014 -- The Air Force awarded a $914,699,474 contract to Lockheed Martin on June 2, 2014 to develop a system that will track objects in Earth's orbit with far greater confidence and fidelity.
  • Russia Mulls Privatizing ERA-GLONASS Emergency Network RIA Novosti 05 Jun 2014 -- The Russian government will consider privatizing the state-owned ERA-GLONASS emergency calls network, according to the Russian newspaper Kommersant.
  • Russia to Conduct First-Ever 'Extreme Space' Research Aboard Satellite RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Russia is preparing to launch a scientific satellite that will, for the first time ever, give astrophysicists unique insight into the nature of extreme astrophysical phenomena such as cosmic gamma-ray bursts, according to the director of an institute participating in the study.
  • Russia, US resume talks on new joint projects for ISS VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- Russia and the US have resumed talks on new joint projects regarding the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian daily Izvestia writes on Wednesday, referring to Oleg Orlov, First Deputy Director of the Institute for Medico-Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • 'Final frontier' now complex domain for space safety culture AFNS 03 Jun 2014 -- Space, long thought to be America's final frontier, has transformed over the past several decades into a complex domain the Air Force must operate in safely. Recent Hollywood productions depicting dangerous space events - hurtling space debris blowing satellites to bits; disconnected astronauts flying off into infinity - help show the risk, albeit exaggerated, of operating safely in space.
  • US mulls deploying MD system to SKorea Iran Press TV 03 Jun 2014 -- The United States is considering deploying an advanced missile defense (MD) system in South Korea, the chief of the US Forces Korea (USFK) said Tuesday.

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