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  • China to Test New Rocket
    China to Test New Rocket February 12 2020
    China, been staring into space for a long time. In this context, Beijing will carry out a new test launch. As part of its manned space station program, China has developed a new carrier platform on the Long March 5 rocket. The new rocket, called Long March 5B, will carry the necessary parts into orbit as part of the space station installation work. Long March 5B, which counts days for the first launch, reached the launch area after 1 week of sea and rail transportation. The first tr...
  • Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit
    Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit February 10 2020
    Iran failed to launch the Zafar remote sensing satellite into orbit with the Simorgh on Sunday. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometres (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran. “Stage-1 and stage-2 motors of the carrier functioned properly, and the satellite was successfully detached from its carrier, but at the end of its path, it did not reach the required speed for being put in...
  • US Space Radar Become Operational
    US Space Radar Become Operational February 7 2020
    The USA continues its attempts to increase its space capability. In addition to the investments made in space based observation and navigation systems, studies initiated for the observation of space are also close to conclusion. According to a senior official from the US Department of Defense, Air Force is very close to activating the radar that it will use in its mission to observe objects in orbit. The Combined Space Operations Center, which is planned to reach operational capabil...
  • Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit
    Iran to Place Satellite in Orbit January 29 2020
    Iran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. After the Zafar satellite is placed in orbit a timeline has been finalised to launch five more, the minister added. The United States fears long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran denies the U.S. accusation Tensions have reached the highest level in decades between Ir...
  • Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats
    Lockheed Martin Space Mesh Against Hypersonic Threats January 29 2020
    Upon increasing hypersonic speed ballistic threats, Lockheed Martin announced that a new low-orbit space mesh system for observation missions was developed and the first prototype was placed in orbit. Within the scope of the program called Pony Express 1, which reached the prototype phase in a short period of nine months, it was announced that the first system was placed in orbit in December 2019. The study, which is expected to attract the attention of the Pentagon, ...
  • The Countdown has Begun
    The Countdown has Begun January 21 2020
    With the developing and changing technology, countries continue to embark on a space hegemony adventure. While countries such as Russia, USA, China and India are on the way for a space competition. They also gain a strategic advantage in this race. Japan will launch its eighth Intelligence Gathering System (IGS) reconnaissance satellite into space on Jan. 27. Japanese satellite and space industry giant Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has announced that an MHI H-IIA satel...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry December 18 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • US Space Fence Getting Closer
    US Space Fence Getting Closer December 16 2019
    US Air Forces Space Fence Project is getting an important milestone. The Space Fence facility located on Kwajalein Atoll is getting prepared to function. The radar will provide advanced space situational awareness for the Air Force. The primary mission of ground-based radar is to detect and track tens of thousands of objects in space. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Centre announced Dec. 10 that the radar system had entered a trial period. The move puts the system one step ...
  • Space Planes and Space Shuttles November 1 2019
    As it is essential to return from space, the next move on this issue was to carry out many studies on overcoming both technical and financial problems. The most well-known of these is the US space shuttle program, but it has had many competitors both at home and internationally. A spacecraft is the generic name of an aircraft operating in Earth orbit that can serve more than once and can safely return to earth. In essence, this definition embodies the challenges of spacecraft design...
  • China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel
    China Successfully Separated Two-Stage Aerospace Craft in Wind Tunnel October 24 2019
    Chinese Academy of Aerospace and Aerodynamics successfully conducted a wind tunnel experiment, in which the second-stage aircraft freely detached from the first-stage aircraft of a two-stage-to-orbit (TSTO) space plane according to Global Times: TSTO means the space plane consists of two aircraft, with the first stage carrying the second stage. The first stage will provide power to the space plane upon take-off, and when it reaches a certain height and speed, the second st...
  • Defence Assistance from Russia October 7 2019
    Moscow is aiding China build a system that comprises a network of ground-based radars and satellite arrays in earth’s orbit to detect ballistic missile launches, calculate trajectories of the projectiles and kick-start an apt response. " We’re now helping our Chinese partners to create a missile-attack warning system. It’s a very serious thing that will drastically increase the defensive capabilities of China” Vladimir Putin, president of Russia said at an interna...
  • Kinetic Bombardment October 4 2019
    A kinetic bombardment is essentially a form of ground attack, firing off a solid, monolithic mass from orbit to the earth, the destructive effect of the kinetic energy it will access due to its speed and mass complete the mission. In almost all of the projects thought for this purpose, it is envisaged that a core produced from heavy metals, which is high in weight in comparison to its size, is thrown from an orbital launcher. In other words, kinetic bombardment can also be described...
  • Military Projects on the Moon August 9 2019
    Mankind has dreamed of reaching the moon for ages, but in the military, the moon was a threshold rather than a target. The first to jump this stage was the US, 50 years ago. Soviet Union was first to successfully orbit a person in space and return him to earth. The US was left behind with this success. Countries are participating in this race to test and demonstrate their military development and will continue to do so in the future. 20 July 2019 was the 50th anniversary of man...
  • Satellite Launch Systems July 11 2019
    ‘’Apart from spacecrafts and ground units, another main part of space operations is launch system. Launch systems function is to lift-off spacecraft, carry it out of the atmosphere and position it in the orbit. Launch system exists of launch vehicle and launch facility.’’ Launch vehicle is actually a rocket that shows different properties like size, stages according to launch mission and carried spacecraft. Apart from rockets there have been some other p...
  • UVision: The Israeli Loitering Munitions Specialist July 11 2019
    Present at Le Bourget in 2015, UVision from Israel was back four years later to unveil a series of new systems. Probably the only company specialised in a single category of weapon systems, loitering munitions, UVision introduced a new version of its HERO-120 as well as a multiple launcher for its HERO-400RC. The HERO-120 is the second in size within UVision’s portfolio, the lighter system being the HERO-30 that is in service with various customers, mostly Special Forces units...
  • AEHF Launch Date Delay
    AEHF Launch Date Delay June 25 2019
    The US Air Force's fifth Advanced High Frequency (AEHF) communications satellite has been delayed due to a malfunction in the launch battery. A technical team is evaluating the issue and replacing the battery on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket which will carry the AEHF highly protected communications satellite to orbit. The launch to July 9 at the earliest. The earliest date for launching the satellite was July 9th. The satellites, built by Lockheed Martin, which are mean...
  • India Shot Down a Satellite
    India Shot Down a Satellite March 27 2019
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his country shot down one of its satellites in space with an anti-satellite missile on Wednesday. Modi said, “India would only be the fourth country to have used such an anti-satellite weapon after the United States, Russia and China” and added “Our scientists shot down a live satellite 300 kilometres away in space, in low-earth orbit,” in a television broadcast. Anti-satellite weapons allow for attacks ...
  • X-60A Completes Critical Design Review
    X-60A Completes Critical Design Review March 7 2019
    The X-60A, an air-dropped liquid rocket for hypersonic flight research, has completed its critical design review. The first flight is scheduled in about a year, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says. AFRL, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, in partnership with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc., is developing the X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed for hypersonic flight research. AFRL&r...
  • China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA
    China and Russia Develop Space Weapons According To IDA February 15 2019
    According to a report by the US Defence Intelligence Agency (IDA), both China and Russia would very actively develop weapon systems aimed at temporarily or permanently neutralizing enemy satellites. Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate that they view space as important to modern warfare and view counter space capabilities as a means to reduce U.S. and allied military effectiveness. Both reorganized their militaries in 2015, emphasizing the importance of space operations.<...
  • 3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex
    3D Printed Rocket Engine from Orbex February 15 2019
    Orbex has publicly unveiled its “Prime” rocket at the opening of its new headquarters and rocket design facility in Forres in the Scottish Highlands. UK-based spaceflight company, Orbex, with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany, has received funding from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), two of Europe's largest venture capital funds, Sunstone Technology Ventures and the High-Tech Gründerfonds, as well as strategic investor Elecnor Deimos Spac...
  • Anti-satellite Missile Systems February 7 2019
    During the Cold War years, both superpowers developed their space-based capabilities or, in other words, enhanced their ability of making the most of space, which culminated in a new kind of challenge. Soon after the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) placed into orbit the Sputnik 1 satellite, both the USSR and the United States (USA) went to great lengths to develop satellites particularly for military purposes. Various satellites were built and put into orbit for military ...
  • Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Anti-Satellite Missile Test January 22 2019
        Russia recently added a new one to its missile tests. According to an intelligence report published in the US, Moscow carried out a new anti-satellite missile test.     The system, launched and splashed into target area after a distance of 3450 kilometres on a 17-minute flight. The PL-19 Nudol system, which the United States was particularly focused on, had tested twice test last year. System was developed for the destr...
  • Unsuccessful Trial of Iran
    Unsuccessful Trial of Iran January 17 2019
    Iran recently announced that the satellite launch attempt failed. The rocket, launched with a satellite load, could not reach orbit. Iranian Ministry of Communication said in a statement that the carrier rocket could not reach the required speed for the trajectory and the launch failed in the third stage. No explanation was given about the factors that caused the failure. In the trial held on January 15th, the communication satellite named “Payam (Message)” was conveyed ...
  • Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite
    Russia Confirms ‘Meteor Shower’ Was a Missile Defence Satellite January 11 2019
    Russia’s Aerospace Forces has confirmed that a bright object spotted in the sky over New Zealand was a missile defence satellite launched 12 years ago.  Videos on social media published this weekend appeared to show a bright object streaking through the sky. The Kosmos-2430 missile early-warning satellite went out of orbit on Saturday, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday, citing North American Aerospace DefencE Command (NORAD) data.  ...
  • France Put an Eye Into Space
    France Put an Eye Into Space December 21 2018
    French Defence Minister Florence Parly made a new statement. Minister gave an information about France’s new satellite programme. Developed to replace the previous generation of Helios satellites, the CSO-1 (Composante Spatiale Optique) satellite is the first of three satellites that France plans to launch. Platform was launched from the space center stationed in Guyana. Satellite is placed into 800-km orbit around 18.38 with Paris time on December 19, was equipped with very h...
  • Signature for Micro Satellite
    Signature for Micro Satellite November 5 2018
    Defence Industry Presidency and ROKETSAN signed a contract for Micro Satellite Launch System (MUFS) Development Project. When the project is over, micro-satellites of 100 kilograms and below will be placed in the low-earth orbit at 400 kilometres altimeter at least.  Turkey will gain the ability to launch satellite, testing, production infrastructure and set up bases.
  • New GPS On The Way
    New GPS On The Way September 28 2018
    The US signed a new contract with Lockheed Martin. Under the contract, company will produce GPS IIIF satellites 11 and 12. In addition to production, it will also be responsible for development, testing and simulators under the agreement,. The agreement has the option to develop up to 22 GPS IIIF satellites. The option also includes support for launching, storing and orbit support of satellites.   Works are expected to be completed on August 31, 2027, Lockheed Martin ...
  • Lockheed Martin To Build Three Infrared Geosynchronous Spacecraft For $2.9 Billion August 15 2018
    Lockheed Martin won almost $3 billion to build three space vehicles to operate in geosynchronous high earth orbits (HEO) 22,000 miles above the planet, the US Defence Department said in a press release. "Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $2,935,545,188 not-to-exceed un-definitized contract for three Next Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Space Vehicles," the release said on Tuesday. The contr...
  • Hyper Competition
    Hyper Competition July 31 2018
    Hyper competition rising. During the Cold War period, the West studied on hypersonic technologies for many years but could not find their hopes. After success works of Russia and China in this area US-based companies moved forward in this area. Hypersonic ammunition, which is very difficult to prevent because of the it's high speed has attracted attention from the US Army. Pentagon has given the firm the necessary signal. Northrop Grumman, who assessed the intense...
  • Japan Orbited Eye on North Korea
    Japan Orbited Eye on North Korea June 13 2018
    Japan launched a new satellite yesterday. The launch was made at the Tanegashima Space Center stationed in the Kagoshima area. The H-IIA carrier rocket was used for launching to the orbit to satellite, under the responsibility of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The satellite which was launched on the day North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Trump's meeting would be used in the process of taking photos of North Korea's military installations and the r...
  • Switzerland In Pursuit of Mini UAVs
    Switzerland In Pursuit of Mini UAVs April 27 2018
    The Swiss Army is conducting flight tests of fixed-wing mini reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems. The trials involve Israeli company Aeronautics’ Orbiter 2B and Polish WB Group’s Fly Eye. The country plans to procure two types of mini UAVs; quadcopters weighing less than 6 kg and fixed-wing aircraft weighing less than 15 kg. The procurement is expected to be completed by 2021. 
  • Guidance Kit Approval to Netherlands
    Guidance Kit Approval to Netherlands April 27 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands of 3 thousand 500 M1156 Precision Guided Kits for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the Congress about the possible sale on 24 April.  The proposed sale of PGK will provide a precision-guided capability to 155mm artillery projectiles and improve Netherlands's capability to meet current and future enemy th...
  • Naval Orbiter 4 UAV for Indian Navy
    Naval Orbiter 4 UAV for Indian Navy April 19 2018
    Indian Mahindra Defence and Israeli Aeronautics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the supply of maritime version of the Orbiter 4 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Indian Navy. The naval variant will be capable of being launched and recovered from small warships and will be able to carry a variety of different payloads such as maritime patrol radars (MPRs), cellular interception sensors, satellite communication systems, synthetic aperture radars (SARs), automatic identification...
  • Stratolaunch To Carry Out Maiden Flight This Summer
    Stratolaunch To Carry Out Maiden Flight This Summer April 19 2018
    Stratolaunch Systems is planning to conduct the first flight of the largest airplane in the world by wingspan (128 metres) sometime this summer, the company announced at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs on 16 April. The company said after three more taxi tests, a maiden flight of the aircraft will be carried out. During the most recent test, the plane reached speeds of up to 74 kilometers per hour. The next test will reach speeds of nearly 130 kilometers p...
  • Contract Signed on Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan
    Contract Signed on Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan March 12 2018
    Orbital ATK has been awarded a US Air Force contract to deliver AC-208 armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Afghanistan. Announced on 9 March, the $86,4 million contract is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. The number of aircraft to be delivered were not disclosed.   
  • AARGM-ER Contract to Orbital ATK
    AARGM-ER Contract to Orbital ATK January 25 2018
    Orbital ATK has been awarded a developmental contract by the U.S. Navy for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) upgrade. The contract will mature the AARGM-ER configuration resulting in a preliminary design prior to entry into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase. The AARGM-ER integrates existing AGM-88E AARGM sensors and electronics with an upgraded rocket motor and tail control system. The upgraded missile will be compa...
  • DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine
    DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine January 24 2018
    DARPA has signed an agreement to develop an aircraft propulsion system under the ARFE (Advanced Full Range Engine) program with Orbital ATK. Under the agreement of $ 21.4 million, Orbital ATK will develop an engine that can be used with subsonic and hypersonic (+5 Mach) speeds. In October 2017, DARPA signed an agreement with Aerojet Rocketdyne under the same program. The Defense Agency aims to have a propulsion system that has been developed with the Turbine Based Combined...
  • Chinese Era in the Space
    Chinese Era in the Space January 5 2018
    China announced the official launch of the "Hainan No. 1" satellite constellation project on 14 December. Under the project, designed to enable full uninterrupted observations of the South China Sea, six low altitude optical satellites along with two hyperspectral satellites and two SAR satellites will be launched, the first of which is expected to be placed in orbit in 2019. Currently, the project has completed its overall demonstration and system...
  • US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan
    US Plans Armed AC-208 Sales To Afghanistan January 2 2018
    The US Air Force plans to supply seven more armed Cessna AC-208 Caravan aircraft to the Afghan National Army, adding to the country's 208 aircraft previously supplied between 2007-2016.  An acquisition notice posted by the Air Force late on 27 December invites comments on a plan to award the contract to Orbital ATK without a competition. Alternative options will also be evaluated however foreign companies will not be able to bid due to security requirements.  ...
  • Airbus To Produce Türksat 5A&Türksat 5B ComSat
    Airbus To Produce Türksat 5A&Türksat 5B ComSat November 9 2017
    Turksat and Airbus companies signed an agreement for the production of Turksat 5A and Turksat 5B Communication Satellites. "We are pleased to see Turksat among us as the new Eurostar customer for the fleet's most powerful satellites," said Nicolas Chamussy, Airbus Space Systems President for the ceremony at the Istanbul Global Sat Show. "We were the first to offer full-electric propulsion technology to this market for satellites this size and capacity, and we will ensure th...