November 2020 Space News
- Chang'e-5 lands on moon, lays foundation for manned mission Global Times 01 Dec 2020 -- The lander-ascender combination of China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe has successfully landed on the Mons Rumker area of the huge volcanic plain Oceanus Procellarum, known as the "Ocean of Storms," on the near side of the moon on Tuesday evening, China's National Space Administration said.
- China Space Agency: Lunar Probe Successfully Lands on Moon VOA 01 Dec 2020 -- The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has announced its Chang'e-5 spacecraft, designed to collect lunar samples and return them to Earth, successfully landed on the near side of the moon.
- China's Chang'e-5 probe decelerates again People's Daily 30 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 probe performed braking for the second time at 20:23 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- Update: Chang'e-5 probe brakes for 2nd time, enters lower near-circular lunar orbit Global Times 29 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 robotic lunar probe successfully conducted a second braking maneuver on Sunday evening, following a first on Saturday and marking another key stage in the mission. The spacecraft has successfully descended into a lower near-circular lunar orbit, the Global Times learned from the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- China's Chang'e-5 probe enters lunar orbit People's Daily 29 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 probe decelerated and entered the lunar orbit on Saturday, completing a vital step on its way to collect and return moon samples, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced.
- China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe successfully brakes, enters moon's orbit Global Times 28 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe on Saturday succesfully carried out a braking maneuver and entered the moon's orbit.
- China's Chang'e 5 Spacecraft Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit Sputnik 28 Nov 2020 -- China's Chang'e 5 sample-return mission has successfully entered the orbit of the moon on Saturday, after almost 112 hours of flight, the Lunar Exploration Program of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said.
- Russia plans to develop its own space station Global Times 27 Nov 2020 -- Russia's rocket and space corporation Energia on Thursday announced that it is working on the development of a new multifunctional space station.
- Russian Military Successfully Tests New Anti-Ballistic Missile Sputnik 26 Nov 2020 -- The Russian military has successfully tested a new anti-ballistic missile. It was launched from the Sary-Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan and hit the simulated target, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
- Chief of Space Operations Discusses Need for Outreach to Partners, State of Space Force DoD News 25 Nov 2020 -- The importance of space to the modern world cannot be underestimated, and the U.S. Space Force will be key to defending the ultimate "high ground," said Space Force Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, the chief of space operations for the new service.
- Aegis Destroyers to Cost Japan More Than Scrapped Land-Based Systems, Reports Say Sputnik 24 Nov 2020 -- The option to build destroyers for the US-made Aegis missile systems will cost Japan over 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion), which is even more than the previous plan to deploy land-based Aegis Ashore interceptors, scrapped by the Japanese government over cost concerns, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.
- Air and Space Force's acquisition chief appoints Rapid Capabilities Office as integrating PEO for ABMS, expanding from startup toward rapidly scaling delivery phases US Air Force 24 Nov 2020 -- Dr. Will Roper, Air Force and Space Force acquisition chief, signed a memorandum directive Nov. 24 assigning the Advanced Battle Management System delivery phases to the Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office as the integrating Program Executive Office.
- China launches Chang'e-5 to collect, return moon samples PLA Daily 24 Nov 2020 -- China Tuesday launched a spacecraft to collect and return samples from the moon, the country's first attempt to retrieve samples from an extraterrestrial body.
- China launches 1st lunar sample return mission, aims for multiple breakthroughs in aerospace history Global Times 24 Nov 2020 -- The Long March-5 Y5, China's state-of-the-art carrier rocket and strongest member of the Long March launch vehicle family, blasted off early Tuesday morning from the Wenchang Space Launch Center located in South China's Hainan Province, successfully sending the Chang'e-5 lunar probe into planned orbit.
- Chinese Rocket Chang Zheng 5 for Lunar Mission Chang'e 5 Launched From Spaceport in Hainan Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- A Chinese heavy-lift Chang Zheng 5 launch vehicle with a Chang'e 5 return vehicle, which is planned to land on the Moon, collect samples of lunar soil, and return with them to Earth, was launched from the cosmodrome at Hainan, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
- China Launches Lunar Probe VOA 23 Nov 2020 -- China successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft to the moon Monday to land, gather soil and rock samples, and return them to Earth.
- US Military Official Urges Closer Security Cooperation With Seoul in Space Sputnik 23 Nov 2020 -- The United States must expand its space security cooperation with South Korea to better prepare against future threats, Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations at the US Space Force, has said.
- China's Long March-5 rocket filled with propellant for launch PLA Daily 23 Nov 2020 -- A Long March-5 rocket began to be filled with liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen cryogenic propellant at about 6:30 p.m. (Beijing Time) Monday, said the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
- Riding Off Success of New Satellite, Iran Official Calls for Creation of Permanent Space-Based Radar Sputnik 21 Nov 2020 -- Tehran achieved a major breakthrough with its space programme in April, launching the Noor-1 (lit. 'Light-1') military satellite into orbit. US Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond derided the spacecraft as a mere "tumbling webcam in space". However, in July, Iran released detailed satellite images of the largest US base in the Middle East.
- China's space tracking department in final sprint of this year PLA Daily 20 Nov 2020 -- China's second-generation space-tracking ship Yuanwang-3 went out to sea to perform satellite maritime tracking and controlling tasks on the morning of November 19, and will provide critical tracking and controlling support for the Chang'e-5 lunar probe to be launched in late November.
- China launches antenna array for Mars, moon missions PLA Daily 20 Nov 2020 -- China has launched its first array of giant radio antennas to support missions to Mars and the moon, sources with the Xi'an Satellite Control Center said on Wednesday.
- Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk To Prepare ISS For Arrival Of Russian Lab RFE/RL 19 Nov 2020 -- Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov have completed a spacewalk to inspect a docking compartment on the International Space Station (ISS) in preparation for the installation of a Russian research module next year.
- Department of the Air Force selects six candidate locations for US Space Command Headquarters US Air Force 19 Nov 2020 -- The Department of the Air Force, on behalf of the Office of Secretary of Defense, has selected six candidate locations for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.
- Space Force to Remain 'Lean, Agile, Fast' DoD News 18 Nov 2020 -- Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, chief of space operations, spoke today about the Space Force at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference.
- Defence Secretary's speech at the Defence Space Conference 2020 UK MOD 18 Nov 2020 -- Defence Secretary Ben Wallace talks about transforming in the new Space Age.
- U.S. Successfully Conducts SM-3 Block IIA Intercept Test Against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Target DoD 17 Nov 2020 -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS John Finn (DDG-113), an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System-equipped destroyer, intercepted and destroyed a threat-representative Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) target with a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile during a flight test demonstration in the broad ocean area northeast of Hawaii, Nov. 16.
- Missile Launched from US Warship Destroys Mock Long-Range Missile VOA 17 Nov 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Defense said Tuesday an American warship "intercepted and destroyed" an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target in a test conducted Monday northeast of Hawaii.
- China operates first deep-space antenna array system in Xinjiang region Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- China has completed building the country's first deep space antenna array system at a ground station in Kashi, Northwest China's Xinjiang, which will be directly used for spacecraft tracking and monitoring missions, including the Tianwen-1 Mars probe and the upcoming Chang'e-5 lunar sample return mission, the Xi'an Satellite Control Center, the Kashi station's operator, announced on Tuesday.
- BeiDou system passes verification standard of ICAO Global Times 17 Nov 2020 -- China's domestically developed BeiDou satellite navigation system, or BDS, has passed an assessment of critical standardization work at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) reported Tuesday, citing the Chinese civil aviation authority and China Satellite Navigation Office.
- China's Tianwen-1 Mars probe travels over 300 million kilometers PLA Daily 17 Nov 2020 -- As of the early morning of November 17, 2020, China's first Mars probe Tianwen-1 has been in orbit flight for 116 days, with a flight mileage of over 300 million kilometers and a distance of about 63.8 million kilometers from the earth, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA). The probe is in stable condition with normal energy balance. Some sub-systems have completed self-checks, and all systems are working well.
- NASA, SpaceX launch first crew rotation mission to space People's Daily 16 Nov 2020 -- NASA and SpaceX launched Crew Dragon spacecraft's first operational crew mission on Sunday, carrying four astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for a six-month stay.
- China's Chang'e-4 probe resumes work for 24th lunar day PLA Daily 13 Nov 2020 -- The lander of the Chang'e-4 probe woke up at 3:12 a.m. Tuesday, Beijing Time, and the rover Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2,woke up at 10:17 a.m. Monday, according to the Beijing Aerospace Command and Control Center. Both the lander and rover of the Chang'e-4 probe were wakened up by the light and resumed work for the 24th lunar day on the far side of the moon. The Chang'e-4 probe has survived 677 Earth days on the moon.
- China's space tracking ship sets sail on monitoring missions PLA Daily 13 Nov 2020 -- China's third-generation space tracking ship Yuanwang-6 departed on Friday for multiple spacecraft monitoring missions.
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh Unveils A-Sat Missile Model in DRDO Bhawan India PIB 09 Nov 2020 -- A model of Anti Satellite (A-SAT) Missile installed inside the DRDO Bhawan premises was unveiled today by Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh in the august presence of Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari and Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy.
- Chinese private space firms gaining ground in orbital satellite launch Global Times 08 Nov 2020 -- Standing alone in the Gobi Desert in Northwest China, a small, black rocket, developed by a private Chinese aerospace firm, awaited its debut. The engineering team behind the rocket, who have worked around the clock for the past few months, was waiting, nervously, for the launch.
- China's commercial rocket CERES-1 completes maiden flight People's Daily 08 Nov 2020 -- China's new carrier rocket CERES-1, designed for commercial use, made its maiden flight on Saturday, sending one satellite into planned orbit.
- Chinese rocket firm Galactic Energy successfully puts satellite into orbit, 1st private launch since COVID-19 Global Times 07 Nov 2020 -- Chinese private rocket firm Galactic Energy successfully launched a carrier rocket and put a satellite into orbit on Saturday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the first orbital launch by a privately funded Chinese firm since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.
- India's observation satellite will have limited military functions: expert Global Times 06 Nov 2020 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is scheduled to launch an earth observation satellite that has all-weather and day-and-night capabilities on Saturday, with some Indian media outlets reporting that it will help Indian troops "keep a hawk eye" on the China-India border amid the stand-off.
- China sends 13 satellites into orbit with single rocket PLA Daily 06 Nov 2020 -- China successfully sent 13 satellites into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province on Friday.
- Transportation Command considers next steps for potential space logistics Army News 04 Nov 2020 -- Transporting cargo in the cosmos may seem unimaginable now, but the innovative capability could become a reality in the not too distant future.
- Putin: Russia Prioritising Increasing Space Satellite Group and Building Advanced Satellites Sputnik 02 Nov 2020 -- A meeting on the development of the space industry is taking place in Moscow on 2 November, with one of the key areas under discussion being the country's space missions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
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