August 2020 Space News
- Japan, US Agree to Further Cooperate to Develop New Missile Defence System, Reports Say Sputnik 29 Aug 2020 -- Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper have agreed to further cooperate on developing a new missile defence system, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported on Saturday.
- New US Space Force Technology Beats Satellite Jamming Attempts in Recent Test Sputnik 27 Aug 2020 -- The US Space Force announced on Monday it had completed its first test of a new anti-jamming system that would help the Pentagon's satellite network operate while its signals are under attack.
- Joint Statement on the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space US Dept. of State 27 Aug 2020 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Japan on the occasion of the Seventh Meeting of the Japan-U.S. Comprehensive Dialogue on Space.
- UK push for landmark UN resolution to agree responsible behaviour in space Gov.UK 26 Aug 2020 -- The UK's proposed UN resolution aims to broker an international consensus on responsible behaviour in space - agreed by countries around the world at the UN - and is the only initiative of its kind in the world.
- China launches new optical remote-sensing satellite PLA Daily 23 Aug 2020 -- China successfully launched a new optical remote-sensing satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 10:27 a.m. Sunday (Beijing Time).
- Space Challenges Prompt DOD Response, Space Superiority DoD News 21 Aug 2020 -- U.S. Space Command operations in space deter conflict; deliver space combat power for the joint force, allies and partners; and defeat aggression if necessary, a leader of that command said. These are just some of the challenges being met and overcome to maintain space superiority.
- Space Command Leadership Changes Hands DoD News 21 Aug 2020 -- For decades, the world has enjoyed the freedom to operate in space, and today, billions of people worldwide rely on space-based capabilities. ''Yet we now find that space has become highly contested, and the gains the United States possesses are threatened,'' Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said at the U.S. Space Command change-of-command ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- China's Gaofen-7 satellite put into service PLA Daily 21 Aug 2020 -- The China National Space Administration announced on Thursday that the Gaofen-7 Earth observation satellite has been put into service, representing significant progress for the country's surveying and mapping capabilities.
- Remarks by Secretary Esper and General Milley at USSPACECOM Change of Command DoD 20 Aug 2020 -- Secretary Of Defense Mark T. Esper; Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley
- ICT Minister: Iran to launch 5 satellites by year end IRNA 20 Aug 2020 -- Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said five satellites will be launched with coordination of Iran's Defense Ministry by the end of the current Iranian year (will end on March 20, 2021).
- China to launch 4 ocean-observation satellites in 2 years People's Daily 20 Aug 2020 -- China will launch four ocean-observation satellites within the coming 16 months, according to China Youth Daily.
- Gaofen-7 high-precision Earth observation satellite goes into service: developer Global Times 20 Aug 2020 -- China's Gaofen-7, a new Earth observation satellite, officially entered into service on Thursday, with "beyond imagination" applications, from measuring the height of Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest) in the Himalayas, to spotting illegal construction hidden in forests, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) said on Thursday.
- New Space Force Is at Forefront of Technology DoD News 19 Aug 2020 -- The Space Force can learn what adversaries are doing before any other nation knows because of the Defense Department's exquisite intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, the mobilization assistant to the chief of space operations said.
- Army system successfully completes second missile intercept test Army News 14 Aug 2020 -- The Army is one step closer to improving its air and missile defense capabilities after a successful live-fire evaluation intercepted two low-altitude targets flying at close proximity Thursday.
- ISRO pays tribute to Dr Vikram Sarabhai by announcing that Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter has captured the Moon images of "Sarabhai" Crater India PIB 14 Aug 2020 -- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said here today that to mark the completion of one year of centenary celebrations of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the Father of India's Space Programme, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has sought to pay tribute to him in a special way by announcing that Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter has captured the Moon images of "Sarabhai" Crater.
- X-37B spaceplane wins Collier Trophy for advancing 'the boundaries of flight and space exploration' US Air Force 13 Aug 2020 -- The Department of the Air Force's X-37B spaceplane, a reusable, multi-purpose, system that operates without an onboard crew, won the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy Aug. 13 for advancing technology that pushes "the boundaries of flight and space exploration."
- 'Value of the High Ground': US Space Force Publishes First Official 'Spacepower' Doctrine Sputnik 11 Aug 2020 -- Just eight months after its creation, the US Space Force (USSF) has published its first doctrine, a document it says will serve as the "foundation of our professional body of knowledge" as the Pentagon's newest service branch.
- Space Force awards National Security Space Launch Phase 2 launch service contracts to ULA, SpaceX US Air Force 07 Aug 2020 -- The Space and Missile Systems Center, in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office, competitively awarded two Firm-Fixed-Price, Indefinite Delivery Requirement contracts for National Security Space launch services to United Launch Alliance LLC and SpaceX Aug. 7.
- China plans to launch 2 more meteorological satellites in 2021 Global Times 05 Aug 2020 -- China plans to launch two more meteorological satellites in 2021, sources with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said Wednesday.
- US cargo plane lands in Israel in support of the regime's Iron Dome Press TV 05 Aug 2020 -- US Army Futures Command has confirmed that a cargo plane has landed in Israel to support the regime's so-called Iron Dome system.
- Assistant Secretary of Defense (Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities) Virtual Engagement with the 2020 Space and Missile Defense Symposium DoD 04 Aug 2020 -- Victorino G. Mercado, Assistant Secretary of Defense (Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities)
- Missile Agency Director Describes Threat, Countermeasures DoD News 04 Aug 2020 -- In recent years, threats from new missile systems against the homeland, deployed forces and friends and allies have arisen from Russia, China, North Korea and Iran, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said.
- Software upgrades for Beidou to continue People's Daily 04 Aug 2020 -- Designers of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will keep upgrading software on Beidou satellites to improve their capabilities and maintain technological advantages, according to a key figure in this program.
- Japanese Government to Review New Missile Defence Proposal After Scrapping US Aegis Ashore Sputnik 04 Aug 2020 -- An expert council of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party will submit a proposal to the government on Tuesday to consider the possibilities of how to halt ballistic missile attacks within enemy territory, Japan's NHK reports.
- Space Force Chief: DOD Must Work to Ensure Strong Space Industrial Base DoD News 03 Aug 2020 -- A secure, stable and accessible space domain is of vital interest to the United States. However, leadership in space is not a right, and nations such as Russia and China are racing to catch up to Defense Department capabilities and deny the benefits from this domain, the Space Force's top leader said.
- Key components of China's navigation satellite system BDS-3 100% domestic Global Times 03 Aug 2020 -- All key components of the Beidou-3 satellite are 100 percent made-in-China, showing the country's ambitions in independently controllable technology breakthroughs.
- Beidou satellites to stay ahead of game PLA Daily 03 Aug 2020 -- Designers of China's Beidou Navigation Satellite System will keep upgrading software on Beidou satellites to improve their capabilities and maintain technological advantages, according to a key figure in this program.
- China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 completes first mid-course correction Global Times 02 Aug 2020 -- Tianwen-1, China's first Mars probe, completed its first mid-course correction on Sunday, allowing it to continue heading toward the Red Planet precisely, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- China's Mars probe completes first orbital correction People's Daily 02 Aug 2020 -- China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 successfully carried out its first orbital correction Sunday morning, according to the China National Space Administration.
- 2 US Astronauts Return From International Space Station VOA 02 Aug 2020 -- Two U.S. astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday, splashing safely into the Gulf of Mexico after a two-month mission to the International Space Station aboard the commercially developed SpaceX spacecraft Crew Dragon.
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