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20.03.2021 - 15:19 [ Arab News ]

Launch of Saudi Arabia designed satellites postponed

The Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket and its Fregat upper stage was scheduled for takeoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to deliver 38 satellites from 18 countries, including that of Saudi Arabia, into orbit after approval was given to load kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants in the rocket.

28.02.2021 - 21:17 [ Trend.az ]

Russia launches its first Arctic-monitoring satellite

The creation of a satellite system in highly elliptical orbits is necessary for information collection to solve operational meteorology and hydrology problems, and monitoring the climate and environment in the Arctic region, it said.

28.02.2021 - 10:52 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Firm That Provided Israeli Nuke Facility Imagery Photographed Another Highly Sensitive Site

The area it photographed, located west of Beit Shemesh, appears on ordinary Israeli maps as open space and on civilian flight maps as an off-limits area. But according to numerous foreign reports, this area is home to the Kanaf 2 Israel Air Force base. The website of GlobalSecurity.org says that three squadrons of Jericho surface-to-surface missiles are stationed at this base.

01.02.2021 - 21:54 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Elon Musk now controls over a quarter of all active satellites as SpaceX prepares to launch 1,000th Starlink

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk now controls a quarter of all active satellites orbiting Earth after launching more than a dozen Starlink missions over the last two years.

A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver the latest batch of 60 Starlink satellites into orbit from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week, weather permitting, taking the total number of Starlinks in orbit to over 1,000.

15.12.2020 - 23:39 [ EMASOH, 8 European countries maritime security initiative in the Strait of Hormuz / Twitter ]

Since the beginning of March 2020 more than 1513 EMASOH flagged vessels have crossed the Strait of Hormuz while surface and air assets were monitoring shipping lanes and FHQ EMASOH was on watch 24/7 for the benefit of maritime security @EMASOH_SCR @FFEAU_ALINDIEN

29.11.2020 - 17:17 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

As Iran puts executed nuclear chief’s body on display, how he was taken out: Power to the entire region was cut as gun and bomb attack blasted convoy before he was dragged from car and finished off… then the 12 assassins melted away

The gunmen with the hit squad opened fire on the cars, and an intense gunfight ensued, according to Sepah Cybery, a social media channel affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Ahwaze tweeted: ‚According to Iranian leaks, the leader of the assassination team took Fakhrizadeh out of his car and shot him and made sure he was killed.‘

The hit squad then vanished, having sustained no losses to their team, Ahwaze reported.

14.10.2020 - 03:17 [ Xinhuanet ]

Germany installs space debris tracking radar

Formally known as the German Experimental Space Surveillance and Tracking Radar (GESTRA), it was built by the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques and was installed at a Bundeswehr (German Federal Defense Forces) facility.

15.09.2020 - 19:20 [ Xinhuanet ]

China sends nine satellites into orbit by sea launch

Nine satellites, belonging to the Jilin-1 Gaofen 03-1 group, are launched by a Long March-11 carrier rocket at the Yellow Sea, on Sept. 15, 2020. China successfully sent nine satellites into planned orbit at the Yellow Sea Tuesday. The nine satellites blasted off atop a Long March-11 carrier rocket, China’s first sea-launched rocket, at 9:23 a.m. (Beijing Time).

12.07.2020 - 22:59 [ SBS ]

Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned ground station could be vital for space research

The facility has now become part of a global network known as Real-Time Earth ground stations, tracking low orbit satellites and feeding back the data in real-time to the end-user.

05.07.2020 - 15:11 [ Spaceflight Now ]

Top secret NRO payload installed on Minotaur rocket for launch from Virginia

Crews working on Virginia’s Eastern Shore this week raised a top secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office — the U.S. government’s spy satellite agency — atop a solid-fueled Minotaur 4 rocket for liftoff July 15 on the first Minotaur launch in nearly three years.

05.07.2020 - 14:53 [ Xinhuanet ]

China launches satellite for space environment study

China successfully sent a satellite for space environment study and related technology experiments into the planned orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Sunday.

24.06.2020 - 00:50 [ Space News ]

China launches final satellite to complete Beidou system, booster falls downrange

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) confirmed the Long March 3B launch vehicle had successfully placed the Beidou-3 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit shortly after. The satellite was later reported catalogued in a 218 x 35,784-kilometer orbit.

11.05.2020 - 02:14 [ The Straits Times ]

Russian rocket breaks up in Earth orbit

Russia’s space agency on Sunday (May 10) confirmed one of its rockets used in past launches and floating in space has broken down, leaving debris in orbit.

The agency said the Fregat-SB upper stage rocket was used to deliver the Russian scientific satellite Spektr-R to orbit in 2011.

13.04.2020 - 10:50 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Italy activates satellite to monitor nation amid lockdown

The announcement was made by European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.
The civil protection will use Copernicus to make sure people are not gathering outside.

26.03.2020 - 22:29 [ The Hill ]

Space Force launches first mission

The U.S. Space Force conducted its first launch Thursday, sending a military communications satellite into orbit. At 4:18 p.m., a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket blasted the sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

22.03.2020 - 03:53 [ TASS ]

Soyuz-2.1b rocket launches OneWeb satellites from Baikonur space port

In total, OneWeb plans to deploy about 600 satellites on the near-earth orbit. By 2021, the British company expects to ensure full-time communication for users around the globe.

19.02.2020 - 02:38 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

LIVE: Ariane rocket launches two telecommunications satellites from French Guiana

The Ariane 5 rocket will carry the JCSAT17 for the Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation and the GEOKOMPSAT-2B for Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI).

10.02.2020 - 01:54 [ Japan Today ]

Japan launches new intelligence-gathering satellite

Japan operates two types of reconnaissance satellite — optical satellites that take photos of the ground using a device similar to a digital camera, and radar satellites that can capture images in the dark as well as in poor weather conditions.

10.02.2020 - 01:46 [ France24 ]

Iranian satellite fails to reach orbit in latest setback for space programme

“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 the orbit,” Defense Ministry space programme spokesman Ahmad Hosseini told state TV.

06.01.2020 - 03:32 [ Xinhuanet ]

China’s heaviest satellite positioned in geosynchronous orbit

China’s heaviest and most advanced satellite, Shijian-20, reached its fixed position in geosynchronous orbit Sunday, marking the first successful flight of DFH-5 satellite platform, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.

28.12.2019 - 23:03 [ Xinhuanet ]

China Focus: China to complete Beidou-3 satellite system in 2020

China will finish the construction of the BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System (BDS-3), with another two geostationary orbit satellites to be launched before June 2020, said BDS Spokesperson Ran Chengqi on Friday.

23.11.2019 - 01:35 [ The New York Times ]

Egypt to Send Its First Communication Satellite Into Orbit on Friday

The 5.6-tonne satellite made by Airbus and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) will remain in orbit for at least 15 years to provide „every inch“ of Egypt with call and internet services, state officials said…. The Egyptian Space Agency will run the satellite from a control center in Cairo.

19.09.2019 - 11:09 [ KDAL610.com ]

Pompeo says attack was ‚act of war‘ on Saudi Arabia, seeks coalition

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – The United States wants to build a coalition of European and Arab partners to deter Iran after an attack on Saudi Arabia that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described on Wednesday as „an act of war“ against the world’s top oil exporter.

01.09.2019 - 09:20 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Being scolded by failed former “Intelligence” officials, like James Clapper, on my condolences to Iran on their failed Rocket launch. Sadly for the United States, guys like him, Comey, and the even dumber John Brennan, don’t have a clue. They really set our Country back,….

01.09.2019 - 09:18 [ theHill.com ]

Trump lashes out at former intel officials for criticism of Iran tweet

It wasn’t immediately clear what criticism the president was referring to, as the officials had not issued public statements on Trump’s tweet or his decision to release an image taken by U.S. forces of a damaged Iranian rocket facility. Trump has faced criticism from some Democrats for releasing the image due to its high resolution and concerns over whether it should have remained classified.

27.08.2019 - 20:24 [ Al-Masdar News ]

ISIS launches big attack against Syrian Army troops in Deir Ezzor

These Islamic State attacks have become prevalent over the last three months, as they often hit the Syrian Army’s positions and then disappear into the desert.

In addition to targeting the Syrian Army’s positions, the Islamic State also carries out attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along the eastern region of the Euphrates River Valley.

24.08.2019 - 12:34 [ SpaceNews.com ]

Administration policies seek to promote use of space nuclear power

A revised policy for approving the launch of spacecraft with nuclear power systems is the latest measure intended to support greater use of nuclear power systems in orbit and beyond.

The policy, formally issued by President Trump Aug. 20 to coincide with the latest public meeting of the National Space Council, updates guidelines for how both government and commercial spacecraft carrying space nuclear systems are reviewed and approved for launch.

24.08.2019 - 12:32 [ Weißes Haus ]

Presidential Memorandum on Launch of Spacecraft Containing Space Nuclear Systems

This memorandum establishes processes for Federal Government launches and launches for which the Department of Transportation (DOT) has statutory authority to license as commercial space launch activities (commercial launches). These processes include transparent safety guidelines and are forward-looking and amenable to effective use of space nuclear systems for heating, power, and propulsion.

15.07.2019 - 03:08 [ European GNSS Agency (GSA) ]

Update on the availability of some Galileo Initial Services

Galileo, the EU’s satellite navigation system, is currently affected by a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure. The incident has led to a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service.

15.07.2019 - 02:55 [ BBC ]

Galileo sat-nav system experiences service outage

Europe’s alternative to GPS went „live“ with initial services in December 2016 after 17 years of development. The European Commission promotes Galileo as more than just a back-up service; it is touted also as being more accurate and more robust.

An outage across the entire network is therefore a matter of significant concern and no little embarrassment.

Since its launch in 1978, GPS has become integral to the functioning of all modern economies.

Usage goes far beyond just finding one’s way through an unfamiliar city. The system’s timing function has now become ubiquitous in many fields, including in the synchronisation of global financial transactions, telecommunications and energy networks.

15.07.2019 - 02:34 [ Radio Utopie ]

Galileos wahres Gesicht: Wikileaks enthüllt Bankrotterklärung für das EU-Prestigeprojekt

(2011) Nachdem Anfang des Jahres Pläne des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt und des Bundesnachrichtendienstes für einen neuen deutschen Spionagesatelliten unter Beteiligung der USA bekannt wurden, betreffen die letzten Meldungen das europäische Satellitennavigationssystem Galileo.

15.07.2019 - 02:24 [ Trend.az ]

European global navigation satellite system Galileo inoperable, users unable to use signals

Last year, the UK announced that it would explore the possibility of developing its own satellite navigation system after being shut out of the Galileo program due to Brexit. British companies built a number of components for the system, with one of the project’s two security monitoring centres once based in Swanwick, UK before being relocated to Spain. The UK expressed concerns over losing access to the system, which is used by government agencies and the British armed forces.

21.06.2019 - 16:51 [ radiofarda.com ]

Russia Refuses To Sell S-400 Air Defense Missile System To Iran

(01.06.2019)

Reports from Russia also picked up by media in Iran’s neighbour Turkey say Putin has rejected the request over concerns about rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region where several Arab leaders voiced their concern about Iran’s military ambitions.

This comes while according to Hurriet daily newspaper, the delivery of S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey is going ahead according to schedule,

15.03.2019 - 01:58 [ Insurance Journal ]

Satellites Found 1st Concrete Evidence of Link Between Boeing 737 MAX Crashes

The data was provided by Aireon LLC, which was formed in 2012 by Iridium Communications Inc. and Nav Canada, a nonprofit company that guides air traffic in Canada. After years of development and the launches of 66 satellites into orbit, Aireon will introduce a new commercial flight-tracking service in coming weeks.

The company shared the information with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration, as well as “several European aviation authorities and various African aviation authorities,” said Jessie Hillenbrand, an Aireon spokeswoman.

21.02.2019 - 20:00 [ TASS ]

Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with Egyptsat-A satellite blasts off from Baikonur spaceport

The EgyptSat-A Earth’s remote sensing satellite was developed by the Russian Energia Space Rocket Corporation instead of the EgyptSat-2 vehicle that went out of order in 2015

13.02.2019 - 04:21 [ Xinhuanet ]

China improves Long March-6 rocket for growing commercial launches

n January, the China Great Wall Industry Corporation, affiliated with the CASTC, signed a multiple launch services agreement with Satellogic to use the Long March-6 and the Long March-2 rockets to launch 90 satellites for a private Argentine company in the coming years.

The first 13 satellites will be delivered later this year. It will be the first time for the Long March-6 to provide launch services for an international user.

18.01.2019 - 15:44 [ Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ]

Launch Success, The Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstoration-1 aboard Epsilon-4

National Research and Development Agency Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-1* aboard the fourth Epsilon Launch Vehicle (Epsilon-4) from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The launch proceeded on time at 9:50:20 a.m., (Japan Standard Time, JST) January 18, 2019.

12.01.2019 - 15:24 [ finanzen.net ]

Iridium Completes Historic Satellite Launch Campaign

Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that at 07:31 am PST (15:31 UTC) a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base and delivered the final 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites to low earth orbit (LEO). All 10 satellites have successfully communicated with the Iridium Satellite Network Operations Center and are preparing to undergo initial on-orbit testing.

26.12.2018 - 06:58 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: U.S. satellite service offers to sell minority stake to Russia

U.S. satellite start-up OneWeb has offered to sell a minority stake to Russia, a move it hopes will allay Moscow’s concerns about the company’s plan to create a worldwide internet network using satellites, three sources familiar with the matter said.

15.12.2018 - 22:49 [ Trend.az ]

Canadian military to launch 3-satellite system to track vessels

Canada is preparing to launch a group of three satellites to track ships near the nation’s coast and also track vessels in parts of the world where Canada conducts military operations with allied nations, the Department of National Defense (DND) announced in a press release, Trend reports citing Sputnik.

11.12.2018 - 21:07 [ Yonhap ]

Korea-U.S. MOU on sharing satellite data

Kim Sang-kyun, head of the National Institute of Environmental Research’s (NIER) environment satellite center, announces at the second government complex in Sejong, central South Korea, on Dec. 11, 2018, that NIER and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will sign a memorandum of understanding on sharing data from their geostationary pollution-monitoring satellites to be launched in 2020.

16.11.2018 - 02:53 [ NOAA Satellites / Twitter ]

NEW! @NOAA’s #GOES17 satellite sent us its very first images of Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific! Now that GOES-17 has reached its new orbital home at 137.2°W, we can see the Last Frontier and Aloha State like never before!

See more GOES-17 images here:

12.11.2018 - 13:16 [ interestingengineering.com ]

China Fails First Attempt at Privatized Satellite Launch

(30.10.2018) A Beijing-based company called Landspace built the ill-fated three-stage rocket known as the Zhuque-1. The company took to a short blog post to admit the first and second stages of the craft did not reach orbit due to the third stage’s failure.

“Before Zhuque carrier rocket was launched, its mission was already completed,” the company said in the post on Saturday. However, the company didn’t give out more details about the mishap.

10.11.2018 - 17:08 [ Motherboard ]

Data From a Dead Satellite Reveals Lost Continents Under Antarctica

The visualization is based on observations from the Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE), a European Space Agency (ESA) satellite that operated in orbit from 2009 to 2013. For those four years, the satellite mapped out Earth’s gravity field with unprecedented precision, before it was deliberately destroyed in atmospheric reentry. Since then scientists have combed over its measurements to create maps of Earth’s lithosphere, the tectonically active layer that includes the planet’s crust and outer mantle.

06.11.2018 - 23:01 [ Space News ]

France to add third Syracuse 4 satellite to future milsatcom fleet

Syracuse 4A and 4B have spot beams that concentrate satellite signals over a limited geographic area. While that’s typically fine for relatively slow-moving ground forces that don’t need satellite communications until they reach the war zone, spot beams can be a problem for fast-moving military aircraft that can traverse hundreds or thousands of kilometers in the course of a mission.

06.11.2018 - 22:49 [ Space News ]

As satellites become targets, U.K. military seeks closer ties with space industry

During Air Force Space Command’s recently concluded Schriever Wargame 2018 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, the U.K. was put in charge of the so-called Special Capabilities Integration Cell. This cell is where commanders simulated how the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada would combine their space capabilities to fend off attacks in a potential conflict.

“In this game, we had the first ever high-level coalition cell,” Air Force Brig. Gen. DeAnna Burt, director of operations and communications at U.S. Air Force Space Command, said last week in Washington. “Partners brought future capabilities they’d like to build at the SAP [special access program] level,” she said. “Britain ran the cell.”

29.10.2018 - 16:36 [ Xinhuanet ]

China launches ocean-observing satellite under closer Sino-European cooperation

Jointly developed by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France’s space agency, the satellite will conduct 24-hour observations of global wave spectrums, effective wave height and ocean surface wind fields, said Zhao Jian, a senior official with CNSA.

15.09.2018 - 19:36 [ Xinhuanet ]

NASA launches high-precision satellite to measure polar ice thickness

Also, a pair of tiny satellites launched together with ICESat-2 will study how energetic electrons make their way into Earth’s atmosphere from space.

05.08.2018 - 17:03 [ CNBC ]

US space companies are crossing the Atlantic, bringing rocket launches to the UK for the first time

A host of U.S. companies signed partnerships with the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) in July, with several more waiting in the wings, as the British government doled out funding for launching commercial rockets from the island for the first time ever.

08.05.2018 - 02:39 [ Daily Nation ]

Kenya to launch its first locally made satellite into space

The Nano-satellite that was developed by students and researchers of the University of Nairobi in partnership with Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) was handed over to the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center in January to prepare for its deployment.

04.05.2018 - 14:51 [ popularmechanics.com ]

How a Syrian Airstrike Got Help From Space

(24.4.2018) Space electronic warfare Capt. Andrew „Ghost“ Harris and space weapons officer Capt. Ryan „Pippin“ Foster have an urgent task—to make sure the coming allied strike takes full advantage of U.S. satellites in orbit.

“For something of this scale, this is one of—if not the—first time we have had space guys directly involved in the planning, influencing that mission, and developing effects specifically designed to support its execution,” says Morgan. “I’ve been involved in the Air Force for 24 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.”