“Because it used red fuming nitric acid as an oxidizer, which can be stored for a long time at normal temperature, the team concluded that (the rocket) was intended for testing (the North’s) ICBM technology, rather than developing a space launch vehicle.“Sponsored Ads
The analysis will give support to the argument by America and its allies that they believe North Korea the rocket launch was an attempt to test an inter-continental ballistic missile rather than, as Pyongyang maintains, part of a space program.
According to his department’s own estimates, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia claims that Moscow’s golden era of being a frontrunner in the space race may be over thanks in no small part to a loss of respectability and serious funds from a series of hackneyed, failed space projects, which include two satellites that failed to even launch.
South Korea says that North Korea has moved a long-range rocket to its northwestern launch site in preparation for a launch.
North Korea says it will launch a satellite into space on a long-range rocket next month as part of its peaceful space program.
Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites.
Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said.
“The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said.
Iranian state media have reported that the country has successfully launched a new domestically-built small satellite into orbit on Friday, using technology that can be converted for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
Fars reports Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, and the Minister of Science and Technology, Kamran Daneshjoo, attended the launch. Fars claims Iran has in recent years made advances in its space program, including successful launch of a rocket carrying a mouse, turtle and worms into space.
Iran, according to The Washington Post , also claims it has set a goal to put a man in orbit within 10 years.
The two largest space powers outside the U.S. had wildly divergent records in 2011, with Beijing boasting 19 launches and demonstrating in-orbit docking for a future space station while the Kremlin ordered an investigation into a string of high-profile engineering failures plaguing Russia’s space program.
The implications for Russia of a nosedive in the quality of its space efforts could be especially serious. The failures have been condemned by President Dmitry Medvedev, and the efforts at recovery will be watched carefully beyond Russia. The troubles have hit just as NASA has become reliant on its International Space Station (ISS) partner for manned spaceflights and as Moscow seeks to expand its commercial reach with launches from South America.
Meanwhile, China—only the third nation to develop its own capability to launch humans into orbit and long a player in commercial launch services—is growing increasingly confident.
Google Earth has spotted new structures in China’s Gobi Desert.
The Telegraph reports that the area is close to the headquarters of China’s space program, Jiuquan, Gansu. It is also not so far from an old nuclear test site that China used to use.
There are a number of areas — rectangle shaped, circular shaped, and airport runway shaped.
Whether the areas are used for space exploration or army testing is unclear, but Tim Ripley, a defense expert, told the Telegraph that the circular structures look much like the missile test ranges found in the U.S. around Area 51.
Iran’s motivations for a space program are most likely practical: developing possible ballistic missile technology and building international prestige as a message to friends and enemies alike, analysts say.
“They will clearly use dual-use technology for a military buildup, …
Earlier this month, two Chinese satellites met up in orbit. Depending on who you believe, it’s either a sign of China’s increasingly-sophisticated space program — or a sign of its increasingly-sophisticated space warfare program.
A well-regarded Russian space watcher was the first to note that the two satellites, newly-launched SJ-12 and two-year-old SJ-06F, had performed maneuvers indicating a cutting edge procedure called non-cooperative robotic rendezvous. A loose network of amateur space spectators and astronomers soon congregated online, and confirmed that the sats had, indeed, converged.
India said that it needs a military space program to defend its satellites from threats like China’s newly revealed ability to shoot down targets in orbit.
The comments by India’s army chief raise the possibility of a regional race that could accelerate the militarization of space and heighten tensions between the Asian giants, who have been enjoying their warmest ties in decades.