June 2019 Space News
- 2nd SLS reactivated following squadron merger US Air Force 26 Jun 2019 -- The 1st Air and Space Test Squadron and the 4th Space Launch Squadron deactivated and merged during a ceremony commemorating the reactivation of the 2nd Space Launch Squadron, June 25 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
- SpaceX launches rocket with 24 satellites Global Times 25 Jun 2019 -- The US private space company SpaceX launched its rocket Falcon Heavy on Tuesday carrying 24 satellites into three different orbits in the "most difficult ever" mission.
- China launches 46th BDS satellite Global Times 25 Jun 2019 -- China successfully sent a new satellite into the space to join the country's home developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, or BDS.
- China launches new BeiDou satellite People's Daily 25 Jun 2019 -- China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday.
- Air Force Research Laboratory prepares DSX spacecraft for launch US Air Force 25 Jun 2019 -- Air Force Research Laboratory engineers have completed the final assembly and integration of the Demonstration and Science Experiments, or DSX, spacecraft in preparation for its placement on the first-ever Department of Defense SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch vehicle.
- NATO to Declare Space a 'Domain of Warfare' as a 'Gift to Trump' – Report Sputnik 22 Jun 2019 -- The US president earlier announced the creation of a new and separate military branch, called the Space Force, which will be dedicated to waging possible warfare in space, whilst at the moment this falls under the remit of the US Air Force.
- Americans to NASA: Focus on Asteroids, Not the Moon VOA 20 Jun 2019 -- Americans would rather have NASA closely monitor asteroids and comets that could crash into Earth than send an astronaut to the moon or Mars.
- Missile Defense Soldiers get back to basics during situational training exercise Army News 18 Jun 2019 -- To effectively shoot, move and communicate are among the core fundamentals of Soldiering.
- India Plans to Set Up Space Station VOA 13 Jun 2019 -- India has announced plans to launch its own space station. The chairman of the Indian space agency, K. Sivan, told reporters Thursday that India is targeting 2030 as the date to launch a 20 ton space station.
- India Creates New Defense Space Research Agency, Plans July War Game Simulation Sputnik 12 Jun 2019 -- India's new Defense Space Agency (DSA) is preparing to conduct a "table-top” war game to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the country's growing and increasingly integrated space warfare capabilities. The news comes amid the establishment of a new dedicated space research agency.
- India Reveals Modules and Timing of Its Second Moon Mission Sputnik 12 Jun 2019 -- The total cost of the Chandrayaan 2 mission is about $124 million, which includes a $31 million price tag for the launch and $93 million for the satellite. The cost is less than half of the budget of Hollywood blockbuster Avengers Endgame, which had an estimated budget of $356 million.
- China rolls out rules for commercial space sector Global Times 11 Jun 2019 -- China rolled out rules for the first time to regulate commercial rocket manufacturing, test flights and launches, a move to boost the commercial space sector's sound development, industry representatives told the Global Times on Tuesday.
- Backtracking on initial support, Trump criticizes NASA for focusing on Moon Press TV 08 Jun 2019 -- US President Donald Trump's enthusiasm for revisiting the Moon has abruptly faded as he criticizes NASA for spending money to put astronauts back on the Earth's sole natural satellite by 2024 instead of focusing on "much bigger" initiatives like going to Mars.
- China to complete BeiDou-3 satellite system by 2020 People's Daily 06 Jun 2019 -- China's BeiDou-3 system, a global geolocation network, is expected to be completed in 2020, with a total of 35 satellites, researchers at a conference on the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) said.
- Private space companies draw inspiration from successful rocket launch at sea Global Times 05 Jun 2019 -- China's "CZ-11 WEY" rocket was successfully launched at sea for the first time on Wednesday, giving a much needed boost to the country's space industry.
- Carrier rocket's sea launch safer, cheaper: experts Global Times 05 Jun 2019 -- Despite a complicated marine environment, China successfully launched a Long March-11 carrier rocket at sea for the first time on Wednesday, which experts hailed as a safer and more economical way of rocket launch.
- China Conducts 1st Successful Space Launch From Floating Platform - Reports Sputnik 05 Jun 2019 -- China carried out on Wednesday morning its first ever successful launch of the Chang Zheng 11 carrier rocket from a floating launch platform, local media reported.
- China builds own part for rocket payloads Global Times 02 Jun 2019 -- China's new payload for its Long March-3A launch vehicles with all core materials manufactured domestically will hopefully usher in a new era where all launch vehicles use homegrown fairings, the state space vehicle developer said on Sunday.
- Russia says new US limits on space launch contracts aimed at forcing it out of market Press TV 01 Jun 2019 -- Russia has censured efforts by the US Defense Department to restrict space launch contracts with Russian firms, accusing Washington of trying to unfairly grab market share in the space services industry.
- Pentagon To Stop Use Of Commercial Satellites Launched By Russia Starting in 2023 RFE/RL 01 Jun 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will stop utilizing commercial satellites launched with Russian rockets beginning in 2023 as relations between the two countries deteriorate.
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