June 2015 Space News
- Russia, India Cooperate on Space Exploration, Glonass Satellite System Sputnik 30 Jun 2015 -- Russia and India share cooperation in the space sector, including manned space exploration and Russia's global navigation satellite system known as GLONASS, a senior Russian space corporation official told Sputnik.
- SpaceX rocket carrying unmanned Dragon capsule explodes at start of ISScargo supply mission People's Daily 29 Jun 2015 -- An unmanned SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke up on Sunday morning just minutes after liftoff, destroying the supplies it was carrying to the International Space Station.
- Russia to Launch First Satellite for New Space Defense Network in November Sputnik 29 Jun 2015 -- The first early warning ground-based station for the new network has been built in the Altay region and it has passed state trials.
- SpaceX Rocket Explodes After Florida Liftoff VOA 28 Jun 2015 -- An unmanned U.S. rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded shortly after lift-off Sunday, sending bits and pieces of its 2,300 kilograms of cargo plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.
- US Space Command Warns Not to Phase Out Russian Rocket Engine Too Quickly Sputnik 26 Jun 2015 -- Commander of US Air Force Space Command General John Hyten said that Guaranteeing US access to space requires the continued purchase and use of Russia's RD-180 rocket engine.
- China's Beidou navigation system more resistant to jamming People's Daily 25 Jun 2015 -- China has made breakthroughs in the anti-jamming capability of its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily said Thursday.
- US Has No Plans to Deploy Ballistic Missile Defense Ships in Black Sea Sputnik 25 Jun 2015 -- According to US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Frank Rose, United States has no intention of permanently deploying Aegis ballistic missile defense warships in the Black Sea.
- UK, France Order 21 Satellite Launches From Russia's Roscosmos Sputnik 25 Jun 2015 -- Roscosmos has signed a contract with French and the UK firms on 21 commercial satellite launches on the Soyuz carrier rocket.
- Russia always knew that US missile defense was aimed against it and China - security chief TASS 25 Jun 2015 -- Russia has always known that the US missile defence system is directed against it and China, and now this is confirmed, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said. 'We did know that it [missile defence system] was aimed, first and foremost, at Russia and China, but these events, which are taking place now, confirm this,' he said.
- Russia developing system capable of 'switching off' foreign military satellites TASS 25 Jun 2015 -- Russia's Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) is developing a fundamentally new electronic warfare system capable of suppressing cruise missile and other high-precision weaponry guidance systems and satellite radio-electronic equipment, KRET Deputy CEO Yuri Mayevsky told TASS on Thursday.
- Russia Launches Soyuz Carrier Rocket With Military Satellite Sputnik 23 Jun 2015 -- A spokesman for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces said that Russia launched on Tuesday a Soyuz-2.1b space rocket carrying a military satellite.
- Rocket Carrying 'Green' ESA Satellite Blasts Off From South America Sputnik 23 Jun 2015 -- A Vega launcher has carried the first of the European Space Agency's dual Sentinel-2 satellites into orbit from a spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana.
- Geospatial Intel Will Grow in Importance, Official Says AFPS 23 Jun 2015 -- The role of geospatial intelligence in making American special operators the best in the world cannot be understated, Theresa Marie Whelan, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict, said here today.
- China Creates High-Sensitive Electric 'Eye' to Revolutionize Space Docking Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Chinese space engineers designed the world's most sensitive sensor that enables autonomous rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft more safely and efficiently.
- Putin: US Exit From ABM Treaty Pushes Russia Into New Arms Race Sputnik 19 Jun 2015 -- Global decisions, such as the US exit from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, push Russia into the new round of arms race, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the ST Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday.
- Russia to test new over-horizon target detection radar soon - Putin TASS 16 Jun 2015 -- The trials of a new over-horizon radar system designated for operation in the western direction will begin in Russia in the coming months, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
- Russia Begins Mass Production of Glonass-K1 Navigation Satellites Sputnik 16 Jun 2015 -- Russia's Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company has put the advanced Glonass-K1 navigation satellite into mass production.
- European Comet Lander 'Awake' After 7 Months VOA 14 Jun 2015 -- The European Space Agency's comet lander has awakened after a seven month hibernation and communicated with Earth.
- FM Accuses U.S. of Again Pulling up DPRK over Its Satellite Launch for Peaceful Purposes KCNA 13 Jun 2015 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Friday gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA as regards the U.S. accusation against the DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes:
- China to launch its first electric satellite around 2020 People's Daily 12 Jun 2015 -- China plans to launch its first electric propulsion communication satellite into orbit around the year 2020, indicating that China has squeezed into the international electric propulsion communication satellite market following the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan.
- Russia concerned about possible US use of force in space Press TV 12 Jun 2015 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has voiced serious concern about the possible use of force and deployment of weapons in space by the United States.
- Moscow is concerned about possible US use of force in space - Russian Foreign Ministry TASS 11 Jun 2015 -- Moscow is concerned about the persistent refusal of the United States to participate in the negotiation of international agreements on the prevention of the deployment of weapons in space, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday in a commentary on the US State Department's annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance With Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments.
- SBIRS awards technical refresh modification AFNS 10 Jun 2015 -- The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) recently completed negotiations on the Lockheed Martin Space Systems' Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Technical Refresh proposal and awarded the contract modification June 9.
- Republic of Korea - Aegis Combat System DSCA 09 Jun 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Aegis Combat Systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.91 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- China launches space junk monitoring center People's Daily 09 Jun 2015 -- China on Monday launched a space junk monitoring center to protect its spacecraft in orbit.
- Russian Space Agency Reschedules 6 Flights to Int'l Space Station for 2015 Sputnik 09 Jun 2015 -- Roscosmos has rescheduled launches to the International Space Station to include six more for 2015.
- Russia successfully test-launches defense shield anti-missile - ministry TASS 09 Jun 2015 -- Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces have successfully test-launched a short-range anti-missile of the country's missile defense shield, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Silent Sentry meets a decade of interstellar combat support AFNS 08 Jun 2015 -- Nearly 29 years ago, as a form of protest against cable companies charging fees to satellite dish owners, a man by the alias of Captain Midnight intruded into a live HBO telecast of 'The Falcon and the Snowman' utilizing equipment from where he worked. Using a form of satellite communications (SATCOM) jamming, Captain Midnight was able to insert his propaganda and briefly stop HBO programming.
- Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Team Arrives at NSF Deveselu NNS 08 Jun 2015 -- The first group of Sailors charged with manning Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System (AAMDS) Romania recently arrived at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, bringing the site one step closer to operational status.
- US 7th Fleet Ships Exercise First ERSS Concept in the Pacific NNS 08 Jun 2015 -- Medical personnel aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) participated in the first Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS) during a surgical drill June 4-5.
- US Defense Contractor Raytheon Launches State-of-the-Art SM-3 Missile Sputnik 08 Jun 2015 -- The first live-fire test of Raytheon's new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile has been announced by US and Japanese officials; the multi-billion-dollar project is currently being jointly developed by the two countries.
- U.S. begins flight testing advanced missile defense interceptor Raytheon 07 Jun 2015 -- The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The interceptor's bigger rocket motors and more capable kill vehicle will engage threats sooner and protect larger regions from short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.
- Norway Commits to NATO Missile Defense System Sputnik 07 Jun 2015 -- After meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Norway's Prime Minister said the country is obliged to take part in the missile defense system.
- Angara Rocket to Launch First Manned Spacecraft From Vostochny in 2023 Sputnik 05 Jun 2015 -- The first launch of a new manned spacecraft on an Angara heavy rocket carrier from Russia's Vostochny Space Center is scheduled for 2023, the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos said Friday.
- Russia Launches Soyuz Carrier Rocket With Military Satellite Sputnik 05 Jun 2015 -- The Russian military launched on Friday a Soyuz-2.1a space rocket carrying a military satellite, a spokesman for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces said.
- AF Secretary Describes Space Flight Milestones, Challenges AFPS 04 Jun 2015 -- Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James yesterday outlined the Air Force's contributions to human space flight advancement and discussed projected milestones and investments in space.
- North Korea to launch advanced Earth observation satellite Press TV 04 Jun 2015 -- Pyongyang says it aims to launch its second Earth observation satellite, while stressing the peaceful function of the North Korean aerospace program.
- U.S. Navy Accepts Third Lockheed Martin-Built MUOS Communications Satellite Lockheed Martin 03 Jun 2015 -- Following successful completion of on-orbit testing, the U.S. Navy accepted the third Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite.
- US Air Force Launches Competition to Replace Russian Rocket Engines Sputnik 03 Jun 2015 -- The program will be implemented using a public-private partnership.. Among main contenders are United Launch Alliance, SpaceX and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.
- US Missile Defense Ship to Arrive in Spain in Fall 2015 Sputnik 03 Jun 2015 -- US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said that the US Navy guided missile destroyer is set to arrive in the Spanish city of Rota in fall 2015 to support ballistic defense efforts in Europe.
- AF releases rocket propulsion system prototypes request for proposal AFNS 02 Jun 2015 -- The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) here released a formal solicitation June 2, seeking proposals for shared public-private investments in rocket propulsion system (RPS) prototypes.
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