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  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight February 21 2020
    Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35®) has the potential to stay airborne for a year. BAE Systems’ PHASA-35, a 35m wingspan solar-electric aircraft, has completed its maiden flight. The UAV opens a new gate to a yearlong flight endurance plugging the gap between aviation and satellite technology.    Sponsored by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Australian Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Korea Will Destroy UAVs
    Korea Will Destroy UAVs September 18 2019
    The Republic of Korea has announced a project to develop laser weapons system to take down small aerial targets such as drones or missiles, the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said. The project is worth approximately US $74 million, the DAPA seeks to complete the development of the system named Block-I, capable of shooting laser beams against small unmanned aerial vehicles by 2023 for operational deployment. "After the development of the system aimed at small ...
  • Camouflage to Satellite
    Camouflage to Satellite August 18 2019
    Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos claims that it has invented a unique air-bubble wrap that can reduce the visibility of any satellite that uses it while in space. This will make it difficult for telescopes on earth to observe them. Roscosmos plans to equip its satellites with stealth features, effectively making them hard to spot from Earth. A special air-bubble wrap may be the solution, they say. The method is said to reduce the satellite’s visibility by 10 times or mor...
  • France to Create Military Command of Space
    France to Create Military Command of Space July 16 2019
      French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the creation of a command dedicated to space. Macron said, "To ensure the development and reinforcement of our space capabilities, a large space command will be created next September" within the Air Force which "will eventually become the Air Force and Air Force. "The new space and military doctrine which was proposed to me by the Minister, which I approved, will ensure our defence of spac...
  • 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...
  • Roketsan Shows Flag for Satellite Launch Systems
    Roketsan Shows Flag for Satellite Launch Systems June 20 2019
    Roketsan continues its R&D activities and participated in the Paris Air Show 2019. During the fair, where countries such as China and Russia introduced satellite launch systems, the company exhibited its indigenoously developing satellite launch system (UFS). The scale model of the work was also exhibited at the Roketsan booth. To ensure unrestricted access to space projects carried out by local capabilities in Turkey not only with local satellites, it a...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project February 7 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • 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...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise January 18 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • 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...
  • UK Solution to US T-6s
    UK Solution to US T-6s November 23 2018
    The US has headed to the UK to increase the capabilities of T-6 Texan II aircraft. The UK-based company Cobham will modernize USA’s T-6 aircraft. Within the scope of the modernization, aircraft’s ADS-B (Automatic, Dependent, Surveillance-Broadcast) capabilities will be increased. The company will integrate the RMS 555 Radio Management System into more than 500 aircraft. Studies will be carried out with the Scientific Research Corporation (SRC). Company’s solution a...
  • 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 ...
  • TEKNOFEST Opens Its Doors For Visitors September 20 2018
    Organizers of TEKNOFEST are Turkey's Technical Team Foundation (T3) and Istanbul City municipality. The festival will be held at Istanbul's third airport. The festival is planned to hold some technological presentations and competitions. The races will be held in 12 categories in partnership with Turkish companies Aselsan, Baykar, BMC, IGA, ISBAK, Roketsan, TUSAS and TUBITAK. Technological products such as unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, which h...
  • France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space
    France Accuses Russia Of Spying on Military From Space September 9 2018
    A Russian satellite tried last year to spy on a Franco-Italian satellite Athena Fidus to follow secured military communications, denounced Friday, September 7 the French minister of armies Florence Parly in a speech dedicated to space.  "this big-eared satellite is called Louch-Olymp, it's a well-known Russian satellite but a bit ... Indiscreet," she continued. She said it approached the French-Italian satellite launched in 2014 and used for secure military commun...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces
    Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces April 26 2018
    Dassault Aviation and Airbus have decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) during ILA Berlin. The FCAS will be developed to replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040. FCAS defines a system of systems combining a wide range of elements connected and operating together, including a next generation fighter aircraft together with Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Ae...
  • Four ANKA-S in Turkish Armed Forces
    Four ANKA-S in Turkish Armed Forces March 16 2018
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced on its official Twitter account that the two Anka-S UAVs were delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. The tweet states, "Two Anka-S UAV, which had the ability to be controlled through our national satellites, was delivered to Turkish Armed Forces".  Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), on the other hand, reminded that two ANKA-S UAV Systems were delivered to the inventory so far, and said, "w...
  • Russia Targets Satellites With New Laser Weapon
    Russia Targets Satellites With New Laser Weapon February 26 2018
    Russia has reportedly completed the development of a laser weapon that is capable of targeting satellites. The new weapon was developed based on research by A-60 laser laboratory and a completely new aircraft will carry the system which would not be based on the Il-76MD heavy strategic airlifter that was used to create the A-60. A decision on this issue will be made by the Russian Ministry of Defence.
  • Confidence Issue in Pentagon
    Confidence Issue in Pentagon February 19 2018
    The Pentagon and Congress can have little confidence in any estimate Raytheon Co. or the Air Force may offer on the cost and timeline for a troubled ground control system to operate new Global Positioning System satellites, according to a report from a nonprofit research firm. “The program office and the prime contractor demonstrated an inability to accurately project cost and schedule,” MITRE Corp. said in the report to the Defense Department obtained by Bloomberg News....
  • Military Satellite “Zuma” Goes Missing After SpaceX Launch
    Military Satellite “Zuma” Goes Missing After SpaceX Launch January 12 2018
    A military satellite launched by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. is missing. Elan Mask’s SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lift off successfully from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday carrying a classified payload code-named Zuma. The U.S. Strategic Command stated it wasn’t tracking any new satellites, an indication that the satellite somehow failed to deploy properly. “After review of all data to date, Falcon 9 did everything correctly on Sunday night. If we o...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Airbus, Türksat Partnered For Satellite
    Airbus, Türksat Partnered For Satellite November 9 2017
    TÜRKSAT and AIRBUS companies have signed an agreement for the production of TURKSAT 5A and Türksat 5B satellites at the Global Sat Show.
  • Northtop Acquires Orbital ATK
    Northtop Acquires Orbital ATK September 20 2017
    Northrop Grumman will acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $9,2 billion under a newly announced definitive agreement. Northrop's chief executive officer Wes Bush said the acquisition of Orbital ATK was an exciting strategic step as the company continue to invest for profitable growth. "Through our combination, customers will benefit from expanded capabilities, accelerated innovation and greater competition in critical global security domains." added Bush. 
  • Common Capabilities, Original Solutions: STM
    Common Capabilities, Original Solutions: STM June 1 2017
    IDEF 2017 will take its rightful place in history as an occasion for Turkish defence industry’s show of strength. However, with respect to products displayed and agreements signed, STM is going through one of the most important periods in its history. Raising expectations through postings in social media on the eve of IDEF, STM captured attention with its recent endeavours. In this respect, we interviewed with General Manager Davut Yılmaz to evaluate IDEF and elaborate on the vision of ...
  • Korea Wants to Expand Area of Surveillance
    Korea Wants to Expand Area of Surveillance April 17 2017
    The Republic of Korea is looking to lease several military spy satellites next year in order to improve its combat capabilities against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. On Friday, the Republic of Korea's Ministry of National Defence said: "We plan to improve surveillance and striking capability on the whole region of North Korea, expand the defence ability for core facilities and develop the capability for independent, massive retaliation". Stating t...
  • Nano Satellite On Orbit
    Nano Satellite On Orbit February 16 2017
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in partnership with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space, launched a nanosatellite equipped with special cameras and a monitoring system to search specific areas of choice, on 15 February. BGUSAT (Ben Gurion University SATellite), 10 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm in size, was launched on the PSLV-C37 with 103 other nanosatellites, from a base in India. The images transmitted from the...