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  • Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget
    Japan's Defence Ministry seeks record ¥5.4 trillion budget 2 October 2020
    The Defence Ministry on Wednesday requested a record ¥5.49 trillion ($55 billion) budget for the next fiscal year, which begins in April 2021, to expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.   The request is up 3.3 per cent from the initial budget for the current fiscal year through March 2021, with defence spending expected to rise. Japan’s defence spending has risen for eight consecutive years since 2013, a year after Shinzo Abe t...
  • First Target in Space 400 km Altitude
    First Target in Space 400 km Altitude 29 September 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Roketsan Chairman of the Board Prof. Dr. Faruk Yigit and ROKETSAN General Manager Murat İkinci attended at a press conference. Demir, shared the images of Turkey's rockets that reached space. Stating that studies are continuing to achieve the capability of launching, testing, producing an iron satellite and establishing a base, he said, “Our first goal is to place a 100 kg satellite in orbit at the altitude of 400 km. W...
  • Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft
    Northrop Grumman wins $298 Million Contract to Develop SATCOM Spacecraft 22 September 2020
    According to Space Force budget documents, the Force plans to award as many as three competitive rapid-prototyping contracts for Evolved Strategic Satellite (ESS). The Space and Missile Systems Centre announced the contract award Sept. 16 for the Evolved Strategic Satellite Communications program, known as Evolved Strategic SATCOM (ESS). The satellite is to be completed by May 2025. Northrop Grumman Corp. received a $298 million contract to develop an anti-jam military satellite to ...
  • New Norwegian Surveillance Satellite to Detect 'Invisible' Ships
    New Norwegian Surveillance Satellite to Detect 'Invisible' Ships 2 September 2020
      The Norwegian micro surveillance satellite Norsat-3, will be launched from French Guiana in South America this autumn. The satellite will provide key support to the Coast Guard and for crisis management, national broadcaster NRK reported. Norsat-3 doesn't depend on the reception of the ships' AIS signals to detect them. It relies on radar detection. The AIS is an automatic tracking system that uses transceivers on ships and is used by vessel traffi...
  • Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year
    Yıldırım: Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory to be opened next year 1 September 2020
    Turkey Space Agency President Serdar Yildirim said Turkey Eastern Anatolia Space Agency's Space Observatory will be opened next year. Yildirim said, "Eastern Anatolia Space Observatory will have a primary mirror active 4 m in diameter and will be equipped with the adaptive optics technology. This will be Space Agency's first work. We look forward to that.". Capital Exhibition by Turksat, Turkey Space Agency, EMEA Aerospace Operators is conducted online wi...
  • Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat.
    Airbus to build BADR-8 satellite for Arabsat. 26 August 2020
    Airbus has been contracted by Arabsat, one of the world’s top satellite operators, to build BADR-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. BADR8 will replace and increase Arabsat’s capacity and augment its core business at the BADR hotspot 26°E. The BADR-8 satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide range of launchers. BADR-8 will also include the innovative Airbus developed T...
  • China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites
    China launches Gaofen-9 and Tiantuo satellites 24 August 2020
    China launched its latest Gaofen-9 Earth observation satellite and two smaller payloads from the Jiuquan launch centre late Saturday. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed (Chinese) the launch, mission success and the payloads. The Gaofen-9 (05) optical remote sensing satellite follows the launch of the third Gaofen-9 satellite in June and the fourth earlier this month. Previous satellites were capable of providing sub-meter resolution imagery. The ...
  • Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea
    Seoul's Space Rockets to Monitor North Korea 28 July 2020
    The Republic of Korea will be able to develop a solid-fuel space rocket, according to a new revision with the United States. In addition to increasing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, Korea opened the door to space rocket production to the private sector and institutes. Therefore, South Korean companies, research institutes and even individuals are technically capable of "developing, producing and possessing" various types of space rock...
  • The UK's New Communications Satellite
    The UK's New Communications Satellite 21 July 2020
    An agreement has been signed between Airbus and the United Kingdom for the Skynet 6A satellite. Seeking to increase its communications and satellite capabilities, the United Kingdom will have Skynet 6A satellites with a deal worth approximately USD 630 million. “To safeguard our military on operations around the world we need to ensure that we protect their communications on land, sea or in air,” Defence Minister Ben Wallace said. Airbus will be the m...
  • Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket
    Russia to Test-Angara Light Carrier Rocket 4 July 2020
    Russia will carry out final flight tests of the latest Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket. Aerospace Force Commander-in-Chief Sergei Surovikin said that Angara-1.2 light carrier rocket would require three test-launches on Friday. “As part of the experimental design work, the flight tests of the Angara space rocket are taking place. They envisage six launches of the Angara-A5 heavy rocket and three launches of the Angara-1.2 light carrier,” Surovikin said in an interview wit...
  • Satellite Company might be founded
    Satellite Company might be founded 28 June 2020
    President of Defence Industry Dr İsmail Demir signalled the foundation of new satellite company at the “Outbreak Process and Defence Industry” video conference he attended on June 26. Speaking on the Digital Gündem (Digital Agenda) publication, Demir mentioned the works carried out together with the informatics, telecom, satellite and cybersecurity sectors. Demir, shortly; TUSAŞ, TUBITAK and be established as a joint Turksat, Turkey gave signals of a new satellite company. Pr...
  • Navigation Infrastructure Completed
    Navigation Infrastructure Completed 25 June 2020
    Navigation systems are vital for military platforms, especially long-range missiles. Navigation systems are one of the most necessary infrastructures today in order to reach the right target and to direct the operations properly. China had taken action in recent years to set up its own satellite system, as countries did not allow their own infrastructure to be used by other countries, or because they were vulnerable to sabotage in the event of a war. In this context, Beijing recentl...
  • Domestic Guards to TCG Anadolu Task Force
    Domestic Guards to TCG Anadolu Task Force 29 May 2020
    President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir was the guest of SETA (Political, Economic and Social Research Foundation) joint live broadcast with SSB. Prof. Dr. Demir answered the questions about the future of the TCG Anadolu (L 400) amphibious assault ship and the task force ships. He underlined that such platforms will not be assigned alone. While it was pointed out that there are many platforms currently under construction or R&D processes, it was emphasiz...
  • Satellıte Wars In Space: Antı-Satellıte System From Russıa 30 April 2020
    The US Space Command reported on April 15 that Russia was conducted a trial with a missile system developed to hit orbiting satellites. It is stated that it is not clear whether the launched missile has hit any target; The US and its allies have been assessed that the threats to space elements are real, serious and growing.   Although the announcement of US Space Command dated April 15, 2020 does not include information about the type of the missile system being teste...
  • A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life
    A Robotic Spacecraft Caught an Old Satellite And Extended Its Life 18 April 2020
    Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time that mission extension services will be offered to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. Intelsat’s IS-901 satellite...
  • Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Anti-Satellite Missile Test 17 April 2020
    Russia, which has carried out important studies in the air defence field and high altitude missile systems, continues its testing processes. Russia conducted an anti-satellite missile test on April 15. According to the statement from the United States Space Command, the trial was carried out with the Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile (DA-ASAT). It was stated that the ability of Russia in question poses an important threat to the space systems owned by the USA and its allied count...
  • BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight
    BAE’s Solar Powered UAV Makes First Flight 21 February 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...
  • Space Mining and Competition in Deep Space 15 February 2020
    It is possible to analyse roughly the relationship of humanity with space under two categories. The first of these is the orbital space that covers relatively close distances to the Earth. The Soviet's Sputnik satellite launched into space in 1957 has been followed by more than 8,000 satellites so far, and satellites in the orbit of the Earth have become an indispensable element and extension of modern life. The second category extends to the outer space beyond Earth's orbit and is id...
  • Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit
    Iran Space Program Fails to Launch Satellite into Orbit 10 February 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 29 January 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 29 January 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 21 January 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 16 December 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 7 October 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 18 September 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 18 August 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 16 July 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 25 June 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 20 June 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 27 March 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 15 February 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 15 February 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 7 February 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 7 February 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 22 January 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 18 January 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 11 January 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 21 December 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 23 November 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 5 November 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.