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September 16, 2019
Fire forces Japan to cancel rocket launch to ISS

Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
A pre-dawn fire on Wednesday forced Japan's space agency to cancel the launch of an unnamed rocket meant to deliver supplies to the International Space Station, the operator said. The fire broke out near the launch pad on southern Tanegashima island at around 03:05 am (1805 GMT on Tuesday), as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) was preparing to launch the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's cargo vessel Kounotori8 on an H-2B rocket, MHI said in a statement. The operator is investigating the caus ... read more

In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan's defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China's military threat. ... more
Marines complete 10-day attack simulation exercise
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2019
The U.S. Marine Corps announced a successful naval exercise in the Philippine and East China seas and in Okinawa, Japan, on Wednesday. ... more
Japan's new environment minister wants to scrap nuclear power
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Japan's newly appointed environment minister has said he wants to "scrap" nuclear power plants, warning of the need to avoid a repeat of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. ... more
Japan still weighing dump of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. ... more

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Houston TX (SPX) Sep 10, 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cargo ship H-II Transfer Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) is scheduled to lift off Sept. 10 at 5:33 p.m. EDT (6:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time) to the International Space ... more
India to launch another Lunar probe to in early 2020s with Japan
New Delhi (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2019
Despite the recent failure of its Chandrayaan-2 mission, the Indian space agency is set to make another attempt at the moon, this time in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ... more
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp departs U.S. 7th Fleet in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
The USS Wasp has departed from the U.S. 7th Fleet after less than two years deployed in Japan in a home port shift with the USS America set to replace it later this year. ... more
Heatstroke kills two in Japan post-typhoon blackout
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
Heatstroke has killed two people in Japan, officials said Wednesday, as nearly half a million homes struggled with electricity outages after a powerful typhoon battered Tokyo and the surrounding area. ... more
Russia's Novatek announces launch of huge Arctic gas project
Vladivostok, Russia (AFP) Sept 5, 2019
Russia's Novatek on Thursday announced the launch of a major liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic with Chinese, French and Japanese partners. ... more
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New duck-billed dinosaur discovered in Japan
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2019
Paleontologists have unearthed the near complete skeleton of a new species of duck-billed dinosaur in northern Japan. ... more
Japan 'to set up police unit' for disputed islands
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 2, 2019
Japan will launch a special police unit equipped with submachine guns and helicopters to patrol disputed isles in the East China Sea - a source of tension between Tokyo and Beijing, according to police and media. ... more
Japan PM warns Africa about debt as China grows presence
Yokohama, Japan (AFP) Aug 29, 2019
Japan's prime minister on Thursday warned African leaders against accumulating too much debt, in an apparent reference to Chinese infrastructure projects some blame for damaging the finances of developing nations. ... more
Lockheed to build F-35 maintenance, repair facility for Japanese fleet
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Lockheed Martin Co. will build a maintenance repair and upgrade facility in Japan for its F-35 fighter plane fleet under a $25.2 million contract announced by the U.S. Defense Department. ... more
Two dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
Two people were confirmed dead on Wednesday as heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, prompting flood and landslide warnings and orders for 870,000 people to seek safety. ... more

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Iran turns to Asian allies to seek relief from US sanctions
Beijing (AFP) Aug 26, 2019
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off his Asian tour in Beijing Monday, presenting a 25-year plan to cement Iran's ties with its biggest Asian trading partner amid biting US sanctions. ... more
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Tokyo: North Korea aims to 'break through' Japan's missile defense zone
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
Japan released more information on the North Korean missile that was launched on Saturday, when Pyongyang tested what it has described as a "super large multiple rocket launcher." Japanese Def ... more
US urges S.Korea, Japan to unite as rift escalates
Washington (AFP) Aug 28, 2019
The United States on Wednesday called on Japan and South Korea to put aside differences and focus on challenges posed by China and North Korea as a rift showed no signs of easing. ... more
State Department approves $3.3B missile sale to Japan
Washington (UPI) Aug 28, 2019
A proposed $3.3 billion missile sale to Japan was approved by the U.S. State Department, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. ... more
Australia set to welcome JAXA's Hayabusa2
Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Aug 27, 2019
To learn more about the solar system's origin and evolution, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is investigating typical types of asteroids. Analysing samples from asteroids enables us to ... more
US approves $3.3bn sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan
Washington (AFP) Aug 27, 2019
Washington approved the $3.3 billion sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan Tuesday, following close behind a series of new ballistic missile tests by North Korea that could threaten the US ally. ... more
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Intelsat And Team Rubicon: Connecting Communities Through Rapid Disaster Response
McLean VA (SPX) Sep 16, 2019
Our nation has been beset by numerous natural disasters over the past two years. I'm a veteran of both the military and commercial satellite industry. I wanted a chance to serve again by supporting disaster recovery efforts, and I found a way to do so through the Team Rubicon organization. Team Rubicon was born in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Two former marines, Jake Wood ... more
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Suomi-NPP Satellite Instrument Restored After Radiation Damage
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Sep 10, 2019
A team of engineers, scientists, and satellite operators recently restored a damaged satellite instrument that is used to measure temperature and water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere. After the instrument, the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), was damaged by radiation as it flew on the Suomi-NPP satellite, the team made a successful switch to the sensor's electronic B-side, returning t ... more
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U.S. Navy tests unmanned underwater vehicles in Arctic exercise
Washington (UPI) Sep 13, 2019
An ordnance disposal unit successfully tested its mine countermeasures capabilities in the Arctic Ocean, according to the U.S. Navy. The 115-person, cold weather exercise Near Adak, Alaska, in early September by Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One employed unmanned underwater vehicles to secure water 10 to 40 feet deep, the Navy said on Thursday. Using the Mk 18 Mod 1 Swo ... more
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Physicists create world's smallest engine
Dublin, Ireland (SPX) Aug 23, 2019
Theoretical physicists at Trinity College Dublin are among an international collaboration that has built the world's smallest engine - which, as a single calcium ion, is approximately ten billion times smaller than a car engine. Work performed by Professor John Goold's QuSys group in Trinity's School of Physics describes the science behind this tiny motor. The research, published in intern ... more
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Lockheed nabs $50.3M Navy contract for Aegis system upgrades
Washington (UPI) Sep 4, 2019
Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems received a $50.3 million U.S. Navy contract modification for upgrades to the Aegis missile defense system, the Defense Department announced. The contract, announced Tuesday by the Pentagon, calls for ship integration and test of the Aegis Weapon System for AWS Baselines through the system's latest upgrade, known as Advanced Capability Build 16. ... more
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China's KZ-1A rocket launches two satellites
Jiuquan, China (XNA) Sep 02, 2019
Two satellites for technological experiments were sent into space by a Kuaizhou-1A, or KZ-1A, carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday. The rocket blasted off at 7:41 a.m. and sent the two satellites into their planned orbit. Kuaizhou-1A, meaning speedy vessel, is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short prep ... more
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Russia terminates robot Fedor after space odyssey
Moscow (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
It's mission over for a robot called Fedor that Russia blasted to the International Space Station, the developers said Wednesday, admitting he could not replace astronauts on space walks. "He won't fly there any more. There's nothing more for him to do there, he's completed his mission," Yevgeny Dudorov, executive director of robot developers Androidnaya Tekhnika, told RIA Novosti state news ... more
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Aussie PM defends Chinese-Australian ally over communist party ties
Sydney (AFP) Sept 12, 2019
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday staunchly defended a Hong Kong-born politician who is under mounting pressure over her links to the Chinese Communist Party. Gladys Liu, the first Chinese-Australian woman elected to the country's parliament, has been accused of being a member of organisations linked to China's ruling party. Public broadcaster ABC revealed that Liu was ... more
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Clemson physicists lead rocket missions to further explore the wonders of Earth's atmosphere
Clemson SC (SPX) Sep 12, 2019
Clemson University physicists will conduct a pair of three-year rocket missions funded by NASA Heliophysics designed to deepen our understanding of the visible and invisible mechanisms that modulate energy into Earth's atmosphere. Stephen Kaeppler is the principal investigator on a project titled "INCAA," which will study how energy is transferred and dissipated during colorful active auro ... more
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China to exempt US pork and soybeans from added tariffs: state media
Beijing (AFP) Sept 13, 2019
China said Friday that some high-profile US agricultural products including pork and soybeans will be exempt from added tariffs, ahead of trade talks between Beijing and Washington scheduled for October. The announcement is the latest in a series of appeasement measures between the world's two biggest economies, who for the past year have been locked in a bitter trade war resulting in tit-fo ... more
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First water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet
London, UK (SPX) Sep 12, 2019
Water vapour has been detected in the atmosphere of a super-Earth with habitable temperatures by UCL researchers in a world first. K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the Solar System, or 'exoplanet', known to have both water and temperatures that could support life. The discovery, published in Nature Astronomy, is the first ... more
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NASA pioneers malaria-predicting tech in Myanmar
Yangon (AFP) Sept 10, 2019
NASA is developing a new technique to forecast malaria outbreaks in Myanmar from space, as the emergence of new drug-resistant strains in Southeast Asia threatens efforts to wipe out the deadly disease globally. The goal of worldwide malaria eradication within a generation, by 2050, is "bold but attainable", a report released this week in The Lancet argued. Malaria cases and deaths plumm ... more
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Khartoum (AFP) Sept 14, 2019
A witness in the trial of Omar al-Bashir said Saturday that his army-owned firm had supplied military equipment to neighbouring countries using funds allegedly received illegally by the ousted Sudanese leader. Bashir was deposed by the army in April following months of protests against his iron-fisted rule of three decades. In August, he was charged with the illegal acquisition and use o ... more
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Innovative model created for NASA to predict vitamin levels in spaceflight food
Amherst MD (SPX) Sep 13, 2019
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Iran rejects 'pressure' over working with nuclear watchdog
Vienna (AFP) Sept 11, 2019
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