July 2015 Space News
- Advanced Extremely High Frequency system achieves IOC AFNS 31 Jul 2015 -- Gen. John Hyten, the Air Force Space Command commander, declared initial operational capability for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency system July 28.
- Russia makes proportionate response to missile defense in Europe - Defense Ministry TASS 30 Jul 2015 -- Russia is taking proportionate military and technical measures in response to the missile defense system the United States is creating in Europe, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Thursday.
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) – Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles and Support Equipment DSCA 29 Jul 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $5.4 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 28, 2015.
- Turkey to Buy Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems Details From China Sputnik 29 Jul 2015 -- On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in China on an official visit. He will hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will discuss the delivery of Chinese-produced ABM systems components to Turkey.
- Russia to Renew Proton-M Carrier Rocket Launches on August 28 Sputnik 29 Jul 2015 -- The next launch of Russian Proton-M rocket carrier is scheduled for August 28. The rocket is planned to deliver the British telecommunications Inmarsat-5F3 satellite into orbit.
- Cutting-Edge Russian Space Surveillance System now Four Times More Capable Sputnik 28 Jul 2015 -- A Russian-operated space surveillance system located in Tajikistan, Okno-M, has reached its full capacity, making it four times more powerful, the Russian Ministry of Defense reports.
- China launches two satellites for independent navigation system People's Daily 26 Jul 2015 -- China successfully launched two satellites for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 8:29 p.m. Beijing Time Saturday, the launch center said.
- Seventh WGS satellite launch successful after weather delay AFNS 24 Jul 2015 -- Five o'clock in the 'City of Angels' typically signals the end of a day's hard work. It's a time when most Los Angeles metropolitan area commuters pile on to the freeways and Metro Rail system, returning to their homes during the long summer evening.
- North Korea May Launch Space Sat Before October - Seoul Sputnik 23 Jul 2015 -- North Korea may orbit a space satellite before October, a South Korean newspaper reported, citing a government source in Seoul.
- DPRK erects taller launch pad for long-range rocket: Yonhap People's Daily 22 Jul 2015 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) erected a taller launch pad for long-range rocket at a rocket base near the west coast, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday citing a government official.
- North Korea Reportedly Builds Long-Range Missile Pad Sputnik 22 Jul 2015 -- North Korea has erected a launch pad capable of firing long-range missiles larger than those of the past, South Korean media reported on Wednesday.
- US Renews Funding for Israel's Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems - Carter Sputnik 21 Jul 2015 -- The United States remains committed to supplying Israel with continuing funding for the Iron Dome. David's Sling and Arrow anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems, as well as the F-35 stealth fighter-bomber in 2016, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in Tel Aviv.
- Pentagon Alarmed With Russia's Military Satellite 'Maneuvering Too Much' Sputnik 20 Jul 2015 -- The maneuverability of Russia's Cosmos-2504 military satellite launched on March 31 from the Plesetsk test site has alarmed the US Air Force, which thinks it may potentially be an "on-orbit anti-satellite weapon."
- 3rd largest wideband enterprise terminal upgrade in progress AFNS 17 Jul 2015 -- A key system that helps ensure the global free flow of information throughout all military branches and other government agencies is undergoing a major overhaul.
- Anti-ballistic missile systems not discussed in conversation of Putin, Obama - Kremlin TASS 16 Jul 2015 -- The deployment of the US ABM systems to Europe was not discussed during the telephone conversation between the Russian and US presidents, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters answering a question from a TASS correspondent.
- GPS IIF-10 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFNS 15 Jul 2015 -- The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the tenth Boeing-built Global Positioning System IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 11:36 a.m. EDT.
- NASA Reveals Closest Look Ever at Pluto VOA 15 Jul 2015 -- U.S. scientists are releasing photos Wednesday that offer the closest look ever at Pluto, after an unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet following its nearly 10-year journey of 4.8 billion kilometers (nearly 3 billion miles).
- Russia Developing Airships Equipped With Anti-Ballistic Missile Radars Sputnik 13 Jul 2015 -- The principal advantage of an airship is the large surface of its body where radar systems can be mounted. The antennas of anti-ballistic missile radars will be mounted on the cover of an airship, according to a representative of Russia's KRET company.
- Russian Military Space Programs to Continue Despite Sanctions Sputnik 10 Jul 2015 -- Military spacecraft launches in 2015 will be implemented despite sanctions introduced by the West against Russia, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Thursday.
- Russia to Launch Space Based Missile Warning System Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- Russia will have a space-based missile approach warning system up and running by 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Wednesday.
- Hackers take over Patriot missile battery in southern Turkey Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Unknown hackers have reportedly taken over the German-owned Patriot air and missile defense systems stationed in southern Turkey on the border with crisis-hit Syria, and given it unspecified commands.
- Export Revenue to Help Russian Space Industry Cut Expenditures - Roscosmos Sputnik 07 Jul 2015 -- The Russian space industry is working on decreasing the budget expenditures on modernization by boosting export, the Roscosmos head said.
- India's Space Program to Launch Its Heaviest Commercial Mission to Date Sputnik 07 Jul 2015 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to undertake its heaviest commercial mission to date, launching five British satellites on July 10.
- Russia Launches Soyuz Rocket With Progress Vessel Carrying Supplies to ISS Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- The Soyuz-U carrier rocket with the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft has set off for the ISS.
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