January 2018 Space News
- Another Navy ballistic missile intercept reportedly fails in Hawaii Press TV 31 Jan 2018 -- The United States Navy has reportedly failed in testing a ballistic missile intercept again.
- Pentagon Fears Rapid Advancement of Chinese, Russian Anti-Satellite Weapons Sputnik 31 Jan 2018 -- Kessler Syndrome, here we come! The Pentagon has fretted that China and Russia are developing anti-satellite (ASAT) missiles that could shoot US low Earth orbit (LEO) objects out of the stars within the next two years.
- US Missile Interceptor Test in Hawaii Fails Sputnik 31 Jan 2018 -- A US military SM-3 missile launched from a Aegis test site on Wednesday off the Hawaiian cost failed to intercept a mock incoming missile, according to US officials.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $459 Million THAAD Interceptor Contract Lockheed Martin 26 Jan 2018 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $459 million contract modification for production and delivery of interceptors for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system. The modification brings the total contract value to $1.28 billion with funding provided in 2017 and 2018. The new interceptors support U.S. Army THAAD units and growing operational requirements.
- Navy and NASA Complete Underway Recovery Test NNS 25 Jan 2018 -- San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA's Orion test article, Jan. 23.
- Air Force Successfully Launches New Satellite From Cape Canaveral AFPS 24 Jan 2018 -- The Air Force successfully launched the fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 here, Jan 19.
- Marine Corps searches for new satellite communications system USMC News 18 Jan 2018 -- Giving Marine Commanders the means to communicate beyond line of sight while forward deployed is a critical and necessary capability. A Marine Corps Systems Command-led working group is actively pursuing updates to the Very Small Aperture Terminal Family of Systems, which has been deployed for nearly a decade. The mission: to develop and deliver an updated, cost-effective, reliable solution.
- JAXA launches Epsilon-3 rocket NHK 18 Jan 2018 -- Japan's space agency has successfully launched its Epsilon-3 small rocket, carrying an Earth observation satellite developed by Japanese electronics firm NEC.
- Japan's Aegis Missile Defense System to Receive Commands From Tokyo Sputnik 16 Jan 2018 -- The Aegis Ashore missile defense system that Japan plans to deploy on its territory starting in 2023 will receive commands only from Tokyo and will be used as defense only, the country's Foreign Ministry told Sputnik, following a remark made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Washington's potential use of the system.
- US Spy Satellite Heads for Orbit to Replenish Fleet Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The launch of a US spy satellite looked good atop the fiery plume of a Delta IV rocket launched from the state of California's Vandenberg Air Force base, with officials hoping to avoid a repeat of Sunday's failed attempt to place another spy satellite in space, according to webcast by United Launch Alliance rocket company.
- Readout of Deputy Secretary Shanahan's Meeting with Japan Minister of State for Space Policy Matsuyama DoD 12 Jan 2018
- Indian Space Agency Successfully Launches Country's 100th Satellite Sputnik 12 Jan 2018 -- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched the country's 100th satellite – the advanced remote sensing "Cartosat-2" from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota on Friday.
- China to build world's largest fully steerable radio telescope People's Daily 11 Jan 2018 -- Chinese authorities have approved a plan to build a radio telescope in Qitai, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, noting that it will be the world's largest fully steerable single-dish radio telescope upon completion.
- Missile Glitch: Israel Cancels Another Arrow-3 Interceptor Test Sputnik 10 Jan 2018 -- Arrow-3 exoatmospheric anti-ballistic missile testing was delayed for the second time in as many months, the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a Wednesday announcement.
- US approves sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan: Official Press TV 10 Jan 2018 -- The US has approved a $133.3 million sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself against what Washington says is a growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea, a State Department official says.
- Japan – Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA Missiles DSCA 09 Jan 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Highly classified U.S. spy satellite may be lost after SpaceX launch: media reports People's Daily 09 Jan 2018 -- A highly classified U.S. spy satellite that was launched aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and might have been lost, U.S. media reported Monday, citing officials briefed on the mission.
- US Spy Satellite Believed to Be Lost in Failed SpaceX Launch - Reports Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- A classified US spy satellite code-named Zuma is presumed to be lost after it failed to reach low-Earth orbit on board a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, media reported Tuesday.
- China's returning space lab poses no risk to Earth: top Chinese engineer People's Daily 08 Jan 2018 -- Chinese scientists on Monday dismissed rumors of possible dangers caused by the country's retired space station Tiangong-1, noting that most of its components will burn up safely while re-entering earth, posing no threat to Earth.
- SpaceX launches secretive Zuma spacecraft for US government Press TV 08 Jan 2018 -- SpaceX has blasted off a secretive US government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature - and the agency behind it - remains a mystery.
- Series of Satellite Launches Will Bolster Chinese Control of Disputed Sea VOA 05 Jan 2018 -- A Chinese province's plan to launch 10 satellites over a widely disputed sea starting next year will help guide China to prime natural resources and enable fast reaction to any foreign ship movement, boosting China's lead over five other Asian governments.
- AFRL's advanced multi-junction solar cells deliver high efficiency, reduced costs for space AFNS 04 Jan 2018 -- Experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory continue to expand the scope of their technological expertise, rising above the Earth's surface to meet the power needs of next generation military spacecraft.
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