November 2018 Space News
- Three New Russian Military Satellites Successfully Reach Orbit Sputnik 30 Nov 2018 -- The Briz-KM upper stage of the Rokot launch vehicle brought three new Russian military satellites to the orbit, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.
- S. Korea successfully test-launched locally developed rocket ARIRANG 29 Nov 2018 -- According to the Ministry of Science and ICT and Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the engine fully-combusted for one-hundred-fifty-one seconds, eleven seconds longer than what the team considers a successful run.
- Iran to send 3 satellites to space: Deputy DefMin IRNA 29 Nov 2018 -- In the coming few months, Iran will send three satellites to the space, said deputy defense minister on Thursday.
- PSLV-C43 successfully launches earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 foreign satellites PIB 29 Nov 2018 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) today in Sriharikota.
- US May Scrap Plans for Independent Space Force – Reports Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- The Pentagon has spent the past few months rushing to prepare plans for an independent Space Force only to receive whole new marching orders from the White House.
- India's First Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite Reaches Earth's Orbit Sputnik 29 Nov 2018 -- With this, India has entered into a select group of countries having mastery in hyper-spectral imaging technology. The satellite will start sending images 5 days after launch. HysIS involves state-of-the-art technology which will be used for distinct identification of objects, material, or processes on the Earth.
- India Prepares to Launch Satellite Capable of Trans-Border Movement Detection Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- The Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) that will be launched on Thursday will be used for a range of applications like agriculture, assessment of coastal zones and surveillance work for the Indian armed forces. The HySIS uses the power of digital imaging and spectroscopy that improves imaging capabilities significantly.
- NASA's Probe Successfully Lands on Mars VOA 26 Nov 2018 -- The U.S. Space Agency NASA says that its latest Mars probe has successfully touched down on the Red Planet with a unique mission to explore Mars' interior.
- China launches remote sensing to monitor operation of FAST telescope People's Daily 25 Nov 2018 -- Southwest China's Guizhou Province has used remote sensing to monitor the operation of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), the world's largest single-dish radio telescope.
- NASA's Latest Mars Probe to Attempt Landing VOA 24 Nov 2018 -- After traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space, NASA's latest Mars probe will arrive Monday at the Red Planet.
- Navy to Expand Communications Reach with Nanosatellite Launch NNS 19 Nov 2018 -- A Navy nanosatellite designed to extend the range of ultra-high frequency (UHF) communications into the polar regions is scheduled for launch Nov. 19 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
- Portugal Builds Spaceport in the Azores Sputnik 19 Nov 2018 -- One of the islands of the Azores archipelago, Santa Maria, may soon become a base for launching small satellites, unique in Europe (the spaceport will deal with launching only small satellites, unlike the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana). Currently, companies from eight countries are competing for the right to use the port.
- Japan - Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Missiles DSCA 19 Nov 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of eight (8) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B Missiles and thirteen (13) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A Missiles for an estimated cost of $561 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 16, 2018.
- China launches twin BeiDou navigation satellites People's Daily 19 Nov 2018 -- China sent two new satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space on a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 2:07 a.m. Monday.
- Russia's Security Agency Pulls Ambitious Satellite Internet Venture Back To Earth RFE/RL 18 Nov 2018 -- A contract, estimated at $1 billion, to launch 21 Soyuz rockets over the next two years carrying "micro-satellites" -- part of a U.S.-based company's plans to offer broadband Internet access over remote territories of the globe, including parts of Siberia.
- Russian Space Freighter Docks With ISS in Automatic Mode Sputnik 18 Nov 2018 -- The Progress MS-10 space freighter docked on Sunday with the International Space Stations (ISS) in an automatic mode, the Mission Control Center said.
- SpaceX Plans to Upgrade 2nd Stage of Falcon 9 Rocket for Reusability - CEO Sputnik 18 Nov 2018 -- US aerospace manufacturer SpaceX has renounced the idea of upgrading the second stage of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle for its reusability, Elon Musk, SpaceX co-owner and CEO, said on the night into November 18.
- UAE, Bahraini space agencies sign declaration to train Bahraini space team SPA 17 Nov 2018 -- The United Arab Emirates' Space Agency, UAESA, has signed a Declaration of Principles with Bahrain's National Space Science Agency, NSSA, and the UAE's Khalifa University, for training of Bahrain space team, WAM reported.
- Shanahan Talks Dollars, Fiscal Sense and Space AFPS 15 Nov 2018 -- Space, known as the final frontier, is something the Defense Department would like to explore, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said.
- Russia Successfully Launches Soyuz Rocket for First Time After October's Failure Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- Russian Soyuz-FG launch vehicle lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday for the first time since the failed launch in October, a Sputnik correspondent reported from Russia's Mission Control Center outside Moscow.
- Creation of US Space Force May Cost Less Than $10Bln - Pentagon Sputnik 16 Nov 2018 -- US Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that it may take the United States less than $10 billion, or probably half that sum, to create a space force, The Hill newspaper reported.
- Chinese Air Force Plans to Expand Presence in Outer Space - Ministry Sputnik 13 Nov 2018 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force intends to increase its presence in space as part of a plan to create world-class strategic aviation, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement.
- UN forum to bring 'big space data' benefits to disaster response in Africa UN News 12 Nov 2018 -- Outer space and disaster response experts, on Monday, gathered at a United Nations forum in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how "big data" including social media, crowdsourcing and satellite imaging, can reduce the risk of natural disasters in Africa and support response efforts when they strike.
- First Angara A5V Heavy-Class Rocket Launch to Take Place in 2026 – Roscosmos Sputnik 12 Nov 2018 -- The first heavy-lift Angara A5V carrier rocket equipped with a hydrogen space tug will be launched from the Vostochny space center in Russia's Far East in 2026, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Sunday.
- S Korean Military Endorses Plan to Procure US PAC-3 MSE Interceptors - Reports Sputnik 07 Nov 2018 -- The South Korean military approved Wednesday a plan to purchase dozens of US Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors in a bid to strengthen the country's defense capabilities, the Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.
- China developing new-generation rocket People's Daily 07 Nov 2018 -- China is developing a new-generation medium-lift carrier rocket, the Long March-8, which will be sent into space by 2020.
- US Approves Integration of Patriots Into Next-Gen German Air Defense – Reports Sputnik 03 Nov 2018 -- The decision comes on the heels of high-level talks between German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis this summer, Reuters reported, citing two unnamed sources with knowledge of the matter.
- US approves key step toward German missile defense deal Press TV 02 Nov 2018 -- The US government has allowed Lockheed Martin Corp., a major American weapons manufacturer, to integrate its Patriot PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile into a next-generation German missile defense system, the Pentagon spokesman says.
- USS John P. Murtha Underway for NASA Orion Mission Testing NNS 01 Nov 2018 -- San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is underway to conduct Underway Recovery Test (URT) 7 in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California.
- Rocket Failure Caused By Sensor Damaged During Assembly, Official Says RFE/RL 01 Nov 2018 -- The launch failure last month of a manned mission to space was caused by a faulty sensor that was damaged during the Soyuz rocket's assembly at the launch center in Kazakhstan, the head of a Russian commission investigating the incident has said.
- Russian State Commission Presents Findings on Soyuz MS-10 Failed Launch Sputnik 01 Nov 2018 -- On October 11, the Soyuz MS-10 mission was forced to perform emergency landing after the rocket's booster failed less than two minutes after the launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- Cause of Soyuz-FG Launch Failure Revealed - Probe Commission Sputnik 01 Nov 2018 -- On October 11, a Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with two members of the new crew for the International Space Station on board failed to reach its destination, becoming the first failure of a manned space launch in modern Russian history.
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