July 2022 Space News
- China urges SK to stick to commitment despite change of govt, as 'Three No's' on THAAD 'plays key role in mutual trust' Global Times 27 Jul 2022 -- "A commitment made should be a commitment kept despite change of government," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Wednesday, urging South Korea to act prudently over the major issues concerning the security of its neighbors, after the South Korean foreign ministry claimed that the preceding Moon Jae-in government's "Three No's" policy over the THAAD issue is not a commitment to China.
- China's largest solid propellant rocket makes maiden flight, sending six satellites into orbit Global Times 27 Jul 2022 -- China's Lijian-1 (ZK-1) solid propellant rocket made its maiden flight from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, successfully sending six satellites into their preset orbits. According to its developer, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the 2.65-meter-diameter and 30-meter-long new rocket is the largest of its kind in China.
- China has always followed intl norms and laws on space activities, including the disposal of rocket debris: Chinese FM Global Times 27 Jul 2022 -- As the world cheers the successful launch of the Wentian laboratory module to the China Space Station, Western media did not let go the opportunity to smear China's aerospace achievement by hyping the claims of the space debris allegedly part of the giant heavy lift Long March-5B, the carrier rocket, which delivered Wentian to orbit, is supposedly falling back to Earth in an "uncontrolled descent."
- Russia to quit ISS after 2024: space chief People's Daily 27 Jul 2022 -- Russia has decided to leave the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 and will start building a Russian one by that time, said Yury Borisov, director general of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos, on Tuesday.
- Russia to quit International Space Station, build own orbital station Press TV 27 Jul 2022 -- Russia says it will pull out of the International Space Station (ISS) after the country's current commitment expires at the end of 2024, ending its decades-long partnership with NASA at the orbiting outpost and launching its own, new space station soon afterward.
- Working meeting with head of Roscosmos Yury Borisov President of Russia 26 Jul 2022 -- Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Yury Borisov, appointed Director General of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation.
- Russia Pulling Out of International Space Station VOA 26 Jul 2022 -- Russia said Tuesday it will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024 to build its own orbiting outpost. The country's space chief made the announcement during a meeting with President Vladmir Putin.
- Russia Has Not Yet Formally Notified U.S. Of Decision To Quit ISS, White House Says RFE/RL 26 Jul 2022 -- The United States said on July 26 that Russia has not formally notified NASA of its intention to quit the International Space Station (ISS) but it is already "exploring options" for dealing with a withdrawal.
- Iran says plans to send up more satellites in 2022 People's Daily 25 Jul 2022 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) plans to launch more satellites in 2022, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, announced Sunday.
- Shenzhou-14 crew enters Wentian lab module, as China's space station is near completion Global Times 25 Jul 2022 -- The Shenzhou-14 crew of three taikonauts, who watched live the epic launch of the Wentian [Quest to The Heavens] lab module from some 400 kilometers above the Earth and cheered it on with applause on Sunday, did not wait long to check into their office and home unit in space, as they opened the gate of the freshly docked new module and entered the Wentian at 10:03 am on Monday, the Global Times learned from the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
- China's Wentian lab module docks with Tianhe core module combination People's Daily 25 Jul 2022 -- Wentian, the first lab module of China's space station, has successfully docked with the combination of the Tianhe core module, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
- China's Wentian Lab Module Docks With Tiangong Orbital Station - CMSA Sputnik 25 Jul 2022 -- The Wentian laboratory module launched on Sunday has successfully docked with China's Tiangong orbital station, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA).
- Shenzhou-14 crew receives 1st lab module Wentian at China Space Station, verifying country's ability to assemble ultra-large spacecraft in orbit Global Times 25 Jul 2022 -- Some 13 hours after the launch from the tropical island of South China's Hainan Province, China's Wentian lab module successfully arrived at the China Space Station in the early hours on Monday and docked with the Tianhe core cabin, marking the country's first time that two 20-ton spacecraft have completed docking maneuver in orbit.
- China successfully launches Wentian lab module, construction of China's space station enters full speed stage Global Times 24 Jul 2022 -- Having moved into China's Tianhe space station core module for more than a month, the Shenzhou-14 crew of three taikonauts are now only hours away from performing their first major missions in orbit, receiving the arrival of the Wentian laboratory module and linking it to the three-module China Space Station.
- China launches space station's first lab module People's Daily 24 Jul 2022 -- China on Sunday launched Wentian, the first lab module of its space station. The new module will function both as a backup of the core module and as a powerful scientific experiment platform.
- Iran to launch new homegrown satellite into orbit by year-end Press TV 24 Jul 2022 -- A top commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country will launch a new satellite into orbit by the year-end.
- Russian Space Agency Planning to Deploy Glonass Station in Venezuela Sputnik 24 Jul 2022 -- Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Sunday that it plans to deploy a ground station for the Glonass navigation satellite system in Venezuela.
- Establishment of 3 Canadian Space Division Canada 22 Jul 2022 -- Today, Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and Brigadier-General Mike Adamson, Commander of 3 Canadian Space Division, participated in a ceremony that marked the establishment of the RCAF's newest Division - 3 Canadian Space Division, at National Defence Headquarters Carling in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Canada's Military Creates New Space Division Sputnik 22 Jul 2022 -- The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has established the 3 Canadian Space Division as its newest addition to the country's military, the Department of National Defense said in a statement on Friday.
- Strategic partner to fast-track space technologies Australia DOD 20 Jul 2022 -- Australia's Chief Defence Scientist Professor Tanya Monro has announced that Airbus has been selected as the strategic partner for Defence's Resilient Multi-mission Space STaR Shot - a strategic research program established to develop future space capabilities for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
- Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, 10 (Ten) in-orbit operational communication satellites have been transferred from Government of India to M/s. New Space India Ltd (NSIL), a CPSE under Department of Space India PIB 20 Jul 2022 -- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said, 10 (Ten) in-orbit operational communication satellites have been transferred from Government of India to M/s. New Space India Ltd (NSIL), a CPSE under Department of Space.
- China Denounces US Regarding Space as 'Warfighting Domain', Calls for 'Peace and Stability' in Orbit Sputnik 20 Jul 2022 -- Last month, the US Space Force (USSF) launched a new intelligence center and US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines called space "a warfighting domain." The military branch was launched in 2019 as Washington began to fret it was losing its half-century of dominance in US orbit.
- Â£1 million for innovation to enhance UK space capabilities UK MOD 20 Jul 2022 -- Five innovative organisations have won a share of Â£1 million to develop technologies that enhance the UK's ability to safely operate in space.
- Space Development Agency Director, Dr. Derek Tournear, Holds a Briefing on Tranche 1 Tracking Layer Contract Awards DoD 19 Jul 2022 -- Derek Tournear, Director, Space Development Agency
- Space Development Agency Makes Awards for 28 Satellites to Build Tranche 1 Tracking Layer DoD 18 Jul 2022 -- The Space Development Agency (SDA) today announced the award of two prototype agreements with a total potential value over $1.3 billion for the establishment of the Tranche 1 (T1) Tracking Layer, providing the initial missile warning/missile tracking warfighting capability of the National Defense Space Architecture (NDSA). These satellites will begin to launch in April 2025.
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Signs the Artemis Accords US Dept. of State 16 Jul 2022 -- The United States welcomes Saudi Arabi's signing of the Artemis Accords on July 14, affirming its commitment to safe, sustainable, and responsible space exploration.
- Saudi Arabia Signs Artemis Accords and Joins International Space Exploration Program SPA 16 Jul 2022 -- Saudi Arabia announce today joining Artemis Accords, affirming its commitment to sustainable space exploration guided by a common set of principles that promote the beneficial use of space for all of humanity.
- UK and Republic of Korea set out desire to cooperate in Space UK MOD 16 Jul 2022 -- The respective leaders of the Royal Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) have signed Terms of Reference outlining future cooperation between UK Space Command and the ROKAF in the space domain.
- China's Hopes High as Space Station Nears Completion VOA 16 Jul 2022 -- Chinese astronauts, known as taikonauts, and a ground crew are working to finish their country's first permanent orbiting space station and the world's second by year's end, official media outlets say.
- China launches two new satellites People's Daily 16 Jul 2022 -- China on Saturday launched a Long March-2C carrier rocket to place two satellites in space.
- New Russian space boss unveiled RT 15 Jul 2022 -- The top Russian official responsible for the defense industry has been reassigned to head up the space agency Roscosmos. This move was part of a reshuffle ordered by President Vladimir Putin on Friday.
- Putin Appoints Former Deputy PM Borisov Head of Russian Space Agency Sputnik 15 Jul 2022 -- Yuri Borisov has served as deputy prime minister in charge of the military-industrial complex since May 2018, and is a career military man as well as doctor of technical sciences.
- Yury Borisov appointed Roscosmos Director General President of Russia 15 Jul 2022 -- The President signed the Executive Order On the Director General of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation.
- Yury Borisov dismissed from post of Deputy Prime Minister President of Russia 15 Jul 2022 -- The President signed the Executive Order On Yury Borisov.
- Dmitry Rogozin dismissed from post of Roscosmos Director General President of Russia 15 Jul 2022 -- Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Dmitry Rogozin.
- Controversial Director Of Russian Space Agency Dismissed By Kremlin RFE/RL 15 Jul 2022 -- The Kremlin has dismissed the controversial head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, ending a term that was dogged by rampant allegations of corruption and major tensions with other space agencies, including NASA.
- Department of the Air Force completes USSPACECOM draft environmental assessment US Air Force 13 Jul 2022 -- The Department of the Air Force has completed the draft environmental assessment of the preferred alternative and other five reasonable alternatives for U.S. Space Command headquarters as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. The draft document was made available, July 13, for a 30-day public comment period in accordance with the NEPA process.
- SIRI-2 to Qualify Technologies for Radiation Detection in Space US Navy 13 Jul 2022 -- U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists launched the second Strontium Iodide Radiation Instrument (SIRI-2) instrument in December 2021 onboard Space Test Program (STP) Sat-6. SIRI-2, a gamma-ray spectrometer, will demonstrate the performance of europium-doped strontium iodide gamma ray detection technology with sufficient active area for Department of Defense (DoD) operational needs.
- NASA to Release Images from Most Powerful Space Telescope VOA 12 Jul 2022 -- The U.S. space agency is set to release the full set of the first full-color images from the James Webb Space Telescope on Tuesday, a day after sharing a full-color picture showing stars and galaxies from deeper into the cosmos than ever seen before.
- NASA Offers Farthest Look Into Cosmos VOA 11 Jul 2022 -- The U.S. space agency has released the first image from its new space telescope â€” a full color picture showing stars and galaxies from deeper into the cosmos than ever seen before.
- Biden Administration Makes Public First Full-Color Image from Webb Space Telescope The White House 11 Jul 2022
- Remarks by President Biden and Vice President Harris in a Briefing to Preview the First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope The White House 11 Jul 2022
- Around 60 StartUps have registered with ISRO since "unlocking" of the Indian Space sector recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi; quite a few of them are dealing with projects related to Space debris management, says Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh India PIB 11 Jul 2022 -- Around 60 Start-Ups have registered with ISRO since "unlocking" of the Indian Space sector recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and quite a few of them are dealing with projects related to Space debris management. The other Start-Up proposals vary from nano-satellite, launch vehicle, ground systems, research etc.
- China begins construction on world's most far-reaching radar system, to boost defense against near-Earth asteroid impact Global Times 10 Jul 2022 -- In a move to play increasingly role in global efforts to safeguard Planet Earth, China has recently begun constructing a new high-definition deep-space active observation facility in the country's Southwest Chongqing municipality, with goals including boosting its defense capability against near-Earth asteroid as well as sensing capability for the Earth-Moon system.
- Taiwan conducts test launch of hybrid sounding rocket CNA 10 Jul 2022 -- Taiwanese researchers conducted a successful test flight on Sunday of the second-stage propulsion system of the indigenous HTTP-3A sounding rocket, which could be used in the future to carry miniature communications satellites into orbit.
- Russia to Launch Proton-M Heavy Rocket for Foreign Customer in Fall 2022 Sputnik 09 Jul 2022 -- The next launch of a Proton-M heavy spacecraft will be conducted by Russia in the fall of 2022 for a foreign customer, Alexey Varochko, the director general of the Moscow-based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, has told Sputnik.
- MINOTAUR II+ EXPLODES SHORTLY AFTER LIFTOFF Vanderberg SFB 07 Jul 2022 -- A Minotaur II+ rocket exploded approximately 11 seconds after launching from Test Pad-01 at 11:01 p.m. PDT Wednesday.
- US Test of Minotaur II Launch Vehicle Ends in Explosion Sputnik 07 Jul 2022 -- The US military conducted a test launch of a Minotaur II launch vehicle that exploded 11 seconds after it launched, Vandenberg Space Force Base said in a press release on Thursday.
- Construction of China's first commercial spacecraft launch site starts in Hainan People's Daily 07 Jul 2022 -- Construction of China's first commercial spacecraft launch site started Wednesday in Wenchang City, south China's island province of Hainan.
- China unfolds deorbiting sail for in-orbit spacecraft Global Times 06 Jul 2022 -- China has made new strides forward in managing space junk, as it has successfully unfolded a 25-square-meter deorbiting sail in-orbit for the payload capsule of a recently launched rocket. This marked the first time in the world a deorbiting sail system has been deployed in such a way, the Global Times learned from the system developers on Tuesday.
- China censures 'irresponsible remarks' by NASA about Beijing's space program Press TV 04 Jul 2022 -- China has decried "irresponsible remarks" by an official from NASA about the country's regular activities in outer space and what was claimed to be Beijing's possible efforts to take over the Moon as part of a military program.
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