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September 15, 2017
SPACEWAR
Iran relaunches space ambitions after uproar over satellites



Tehran (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Iran's on-off space programme has received a boost after a recent satellite launch was seen to annoy Washington, with Tehran dusting off plans for a manned mission, perhaps with Moscow's assistance. "Ten skilled pilots are currently undergoing difficult and intensive training so that two of them... can be selected for the space launch," the head of the science ministry's aerospace research centre, Fathollah Omi, told the state broadcaster last week. He said the plan was to put humans into suborb ... read more

NUKEWARS
North Korea fires missile over Japan; With 'Guam in mind'
Seoul (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Friday, responding to new UN sanctions with what appeared to be its furthest-ever missile flight amid high tensions over its weapons programmes. ... more
NUKEWARS
US military official 'assuming' N. Korea nuclear test an H-bomb: report
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
The head of the US military's Strategic Command is "assuming" North Korea's nuclear test earlier this month was of a hydrogen bomb, Defense News reported Thursday. ... more
NUKEWARS
US urges China, Russia to act after N. Korea missile launch
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
The United States Thursday called on China and Russia to take "direct actions" to rein in North Korea after it fired a ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific. ... more
NUKEWARS
'Missile launch, take cover': Japan's terrifying wake-up call
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
"Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground." ... more
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NUKEWARS
US retains Iran deal sanctions relief -- for now
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
The United States agreed Thursday to continue for now to exempt Iran from nuclear-related sanctions but slapped new measures on targets accused of cyber attacks or destabilizing the region. ... more
NUKEWARS
S.Korea's Lotte to sell China shops in face of boycott
Seoul (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
South Korea's Lotte Group is to sell some of its Chinese stores in the face of crippling measures imposed by Beijing over a US missile defence system, it said Friday - and could dispose of them all. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he intends to visit China, Japan and South Korea later this year, a blockbuster maiden presidential visit to Asia. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Russia launches massive war games on NATO's eastern flank
Moscow (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Russia on Thursday began huge joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union's eastern flank in a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members. ... more
SUPERPOWERS
Trump's generals look to provide a steady hand
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Dubbed the "axis of adults," three generals working for President Donald Trump are trying to drill a sense of good order and discipline into a sometimes chaotic White House. ... more
SPACEMART
India, Japan Set to Boost Space Cooperation
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2017
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to India starting Wednesday is expected to set the pace for greater cooperation between the two countries, especially in the aerospace sector. ... more


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ROCKET SCIENCE
ArianeGroup to supply from Boeing satellite with new generation of electric propulsion
Paris (SPX) Sep 14, 2017
Boeing and the Orbital Propulsion section of ArianeGroup are jointly developing a next-generation ion propulsion system based on the dual-mode Radio Frequency Ion Thruster (RIT) 2X subsystem. ... more
WAR REPORT
Russia says deal 'very close' on fourth safe zone in Syria
Astana, Kazakhstan (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Russia's envoy for Syria said Thursday that an agreement was "very close" on a fourth safe zone in the country as a new round of talks began in Kazakhstan on ending the six-year war. ... more
WAR REPORT
German, Polish presidents eye 'calm' talks on war reparations
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
The heads of state of Germany and Poland agreed Thursday that a "calm discussion" was necessary to address the question of reparations from World War II, the Polish presidency said. ... more
TERROR WARS
Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday. ... more



Navy tests AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
A simultaneous air and ballistic missile defense test using the Navy tests AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar has been conducted by the U.S. Navy. The event took place off the west coast of Hawaii on Sept. 7, involving a short-range ballistic missile target and a number of air-to-surface cruise missile targets, according to U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command. The Raytheon AN/S ... more
Seoul (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
S.Korea, US to deploy more anti-missile defences: Seoul
Seoul (AFP) Sept 4, 2017
S. Korea launches missile drill after North's nuclear test
Turkey signs deal to buy Russian S-400 missile systems
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Turkey has signed a deal with Russia to buy S-400 missile defence systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow, Turkish newspapers Tuesday quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying. The accord for the surface-to-air missile defence batteries is also Ankara's most significant deal with a non-NATO supplier. "Signatures have been made for the purchase of S-400s from Russia ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2017
Leonardo, Thales integrating missile-protection systems in Britain
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
Sales deals for TOW missiles, boats for Bahrain in works
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Atlantic Diving Supply receives $17.6 million contract for rocket launchers
X-37B Flies Again In First SpaceX Launch
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Sep 08, 2017
The fifth launch of the X-37B robot spaceplane almost makes this vehicle look routine. This time, liftoff has come with a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX instead of an Atlas V, a change from old-school launchers to NewSpace. By itself, this was controversial, but the spacecraft is in orbit as requested. Security for this launch seems to have been just as tight as for previous launches, with no ... more
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Introduces Fixed Wing UAV with 5-Hour Flight Time, 150 Kilometer Operational Range
Riga, Latvia (SPX) Sep 07, 2017
Atlas Dynamics Unveils NEST Smart Protective Charging Station for Enhanced Performance of Atlas Pro Platform
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Insitu receives $21M order for RQ-21A Blackjack drone parts
Spectra Airbus SlingShot Partnership Extension
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Spectra Group (UK) Ltd has announced an extension of the SlingShot sales partnership with Airbus. SlingShot is a cost-effective solution that enables secure BLOS COTM (Beyond Line Of Sight Communications On The Move) using in-service tactical radios connected to a global commercial satellite network provider. Using SlingShot, existing tactical radios can be connected to commercial L-Band S ... more
Paris (SPX) Sep 12, 2017
Airbus prepares the future European Governmental Satellite Communications programme
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2017
82nd Airborne tests in-flight communication system for paratroopers
McLean, VA (SPX) Jul 14, 2017
North Dakota UAS Training Center Depends on IGC Satellite Connectivity
LOC Performance receives $49.1 million Bradley upgrade contract
Washington (UPI) Jul 17, 2017
LOC Performance has received a $49.1 million modification to an existing contract for Bradley Fighting Vehicle modification kits and installation. The modification, announced by the Department of Defense on Friday, is for the acquisition and modification work of 276 Bradley Engineering Change Proposal 1 kits and two sets of spare parts. This will be used to upgrade Bradley Fighting Vehi ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017
Army ordering new shoulder-fired recoilless rifles
Washington (UPI) Sep 7, 2017
Australia developing wearable 'Fight Recorder' for soldiers
Washington (UPI) Sep 8, 2017
Marines use freeze-dried plasma to save foreign ally
L3 Technologies acquires Adaptive Methods Inc.
Washington (UPI) Sep 12, 2017
L3 Technologies has expanded its presence in the undersea products market with the acquisition of Adaptive Methods Inc., a systems engineering firm. Under the acquisition announced Tuesday, Adaptive Methods will be called L3 Adaptive Methods, integrated into L3's Sensor Systems business segment. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Adaptive Methods is ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Trump pushes hardware to allies -- and ups pressure on N.Korea
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
United Technologies buying Rockwell Collins for $30 billion
Sofia (AFP) Aug 31, 2017
Middle East conflicts boost Bulgarian arms exports
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Russia launches war games on NATO's eastern flank
Moscow (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Russia on Thursday began major joint military exercises with Belarus along the European Union's eastern flank - a show of strength that has rattled nervous NATO members. Named Zapad-2017 (West-2017), the manoeuvres, scheduled to last until September 20, are taking place on the territory of Moscow's closest ally Belarus, in Russia's European exclave of Kaliningrad and in its frontier Pskov a ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November
Istanbul (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Turkey signs landmark Russian weapons deal
Washington (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Trump's generals look to provide a steady hand
'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
In Nature an international team of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and the University of California - Santa Barbara presents an advanced quantum chip that will be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles. These particles, first demonstrated in 2012, are their own antiparticle at one and the same time. The chip, whic ... more
Amherst MA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle
Bethlehem PA (SPX) Aug 28, 2017
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Iraq readies to retake IS bastion near Syria border
Al-Sagra, Irak (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Iraqi forces backed by tribal fighters are manoeuvring into position in the western desert bordering Syria to launch an offensive against one of the last bastions of the Islamic State group. The jihadist group has suffered a string of defeats on the battlefield that have left in tatters its "caliphate", three years after it was declared. After driving IS out of Nineveh province earlier t ... more
Nasiriyah, Iraq (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Dozens dead in Iraq attack claimed by IS
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 11, 2017
Iraq holds 1,300 IS women, children: security official
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Sept 9, 2017
Slow recovery for Iraq's Mosul after IS ouster
EU seeks to ramp up N.Korea sanctions pressure
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
The European Union will enforce new UN sanctions over North Korea's nuclear programme while pressing ahead with work on fresh measures of its own, the bloc's diplomatic chief said Tuesday. The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously backed new sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime, including restrictions on shipments of oil products, drawing an angry response from Pyongyang. The move ... more
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
North Korea says will make US suffer over 'vicious' UN sanctions
Seoul (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
North Korea fires missile over Japan; With 'Guam in mind'
Seoul (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
S.Korea's Lotte to sell China shops in face of boycott
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Europe must seize Brexit 'window of opportunity', says Juncker
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared in a flagship speech Wednesday that "wind is back in Europe's sails" after last year's shock Brexit vote, an act he warned Britain would regret. In his annual State of the Union address, Juncker urged the bloc to seize a "window of opportunity" and use the momentum from its recent economic recovery to become more deeply integrated th ... more
Beijing (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Top Chinese bitcoin exchange shuts down
Beijing (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
China export growth slows in August but imports pick up
Strasbourg, France (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
Juncker says 'wind back in Europe's sails'
America asks: How did eight people die in Florida nursing home?
Miami (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Shocked Americans were struggling on Thursday to understand how eight elderly people in a Florida retirement home - directly across the street from a hospital - could have died in the days following Hurricane Irma's devastating passage. The matter is now in the hands of the law. Making the drama even more shocking, the deaths could perhaps have been prevented by hooking up an emergency ... more
Naples, United States (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Trump views flooding's aftermath in hurricane-ravaged Florida
Marigot (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Rebuilding tourism after Irma, an epic task for islands
Havana (AFP) Sept 14, 2017
Long road to recovery for Irma-ravaged Cuba
Spacecraft passes docking test
Beijing (XNA) Sep 15, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft Tianzhou 1 completed an automated fast-docking operation with the Tiangong II space laboratory late on Tuesday night, according to the China Manned Space Agency. Tianzhou 1 began its approach to the space lab at 5:24 pm and spent six and a half hours for the docking, which was completed at 11:58 pm, the agency said in a news release. It was the third docking ... more
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 31, 2017
China, Russia to Have Smooth Space Cooperation, Says Expert
Beijing (XNA) Aug 31, 2017
Kuaizhou-11 to send six satellites into space
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 29, 2017
Russia, China May Sign 5-Year Agreement on Joint Space Exploration
Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo's ashes buried at sea
Shenyang, China (AFP) July 15, 2017
The ashes of China's late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo were buried at sea on Saturday, depriving his supporters of a place to pay tribute to the pro-democracy dissident. Officials showed a video in which his wife, Liu Xia, and relatives lowered a white round urn into the water off the northeastern coastal city of Dalian, two days after the democracy advocate died of liver cancer aged 61 while i ... more
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 7, 2017
Student backlash in Hong Kong independence row
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
'Oldest jazz band' a constant in fast-modernising Shanghai
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 5, 2017
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Philippines' Duterte may declare martial law next week: defence chief
Manila, Philippines (AFP) Sept 15, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may declare nationwide martial law next week if threatened massive protests by communists and other leftists against his rule turn violent or disrupt the country, his defence chief said Friday. "He said, if the left will try to have a massive protest, start fires on the streets, they will disrupt the country, then I might (declare martial law)," Defence S ... more
Washington (AFP) Sept 13, 2017
US kills six in Shabaab air strikes in Somalia
Moscow (AFP) July 17, 2017
Kremlin says 'contradictory' reports on Baghdadi death
Moscow (AFP) Sept 8, 2017
Russia claims killing of IS 'minister of war' in Syria
DOD to invest $17M on laser weapons research in New Mexico
Washington (UPI) Aug 24, 2017
The Department of Defense is investing $17 million in directed energy laser weapons, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., announced at the Boeing facility in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday. "With our state's unique expertise in directed energy work, this funding will jump start the deployment of this critical technology and bring more high-paying jobs to the state," said Heinrich, a member of ... more
Washington DC (AFNS) Jul 25, 2017
'Eyes in space' and more powerful lasers will enhance US Army's arsenal
Washington (UPI) Jun 26, 2017
Raytheon successfully fires high-energy laser from helicopter
Washington (UPI) Jun 14, 2017
Missile Defense Agency seeks laser-armed drone


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