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  • Secret Pentagon space programs are being driven primarily by fears over rising Chinese capabilities

    09/14/2019 9:12:30 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 17 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2019 in China | Jon Dougherty
    The Pentagon’s emerging secret space defense programs are being developed in large part to counter a rising threat to U.S. orbital assets from both Russia and China, though the latter poses the more significant risk, according to Defense Department officials. Writing at Forbes, senior aerospace and defense contributor Loren Thompson reported that a recent briefing to Trump Cabinet members by a top Air Force commander was highly classified and covered threats to American space-based military and civilian assets posed by Moscow and Beijing, both of whom are building counter-space capabilities aimed at blinding the U.S. military in a conflict and...
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches 24 satellites in government mission

    06/25/2019 5:18:15 AM PDT · by Moonman62 · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | 6/25/19 | Paul Brinkmann
    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 25 (UPI) -- SpaceX's third-ever Falcon Heavy rocket launched early Tuesday from Florida, carrying 24 satellites in a complex government mission from Kennedy Space Center. It was the first time the military used the world's most powerful rocket, the first nighttime launch for the Falcon Heavy and the first time such a government mission used two SpaceX boosters that have been flown before. The space company also made history by catching one half of the rocket nose cone -- or fairing -- in a net on a fishing boat at sea, as the fairings fell...
  • SpaceX satellites could threaten vital telescope data, experts warn

    06/11/2019 1:07:10 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 6/4/19 | Georgina Torbet
    An image of the NGC 5353/4 galaxy group made with a telescope at Lowell Observatory in Arizona on May 25, 2019. The diagonal lines running across the image are trails of reflected light left by more than 25 of the 60 recently launched Starlink satellites as they passed through the telescope’s field of view. Victoria Girgis/Lowell ObservatorySpaceX launched its first set of 60 satellites last month, and astronomers have already raised concerns about the effect these and similar launches could have on our ability to view the stars. Now, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has weighed in on the issue...
  • Report: Justice Department Probing Durbin, Rockefeller CIA Leak

    12/22/2005 10:33:26 AM PST · by shield · 194 replies · 6,097+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | July 23, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
    The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden leaked details about a secret "black ops" CIA satellite program last December in a move that may have seriously compromised national security, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin said on Saturday. "The CIA made a request to the Justice Department to investigate and possibly bring criminal charges against these three [senators]," Babbin told WABC Radio host Monica Crowley. "My information is that investigation is ongoing." Rockefeller is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Durbin is the No....
  • US SATELLITE MAY NOW BE CONTROLLED BY CHINA

    12/05/2018 12:30:09 PM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5 Dec 2018 | Hanna Bogorowski
    Two Americans wanted to create a satellite in an effort to increase internet access in Africa, but their project is quickly and potentially dangerously turning over into the hands of the Chinese government. Boeing agreed to build the satellite even after the founders of Global IP informed them it was being financed by the Chinese government through a web of shell companies and foreign transactions. China appears to be ramping up efforts to usurp the technology, causing concern for U.S. officials.
  • SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell: 'We Would Launch A Weapon to Defend the US'

    09/24/2018 8:35:59 AM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | Sept 23, 2018 | Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews Staff Writer
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell speaks to audiences around the world and gets lots of questions. During  at the Air Force Association's annual symposium, Shotwell was thrown a question she said she had never heard before: "Would SpaceX launch military weapons?" "I've never been asked that question," Shotwell said somewhat surprised. Her response: "If it's for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would." The room packed with Air Force service members and military contractors burst into applause. They seemed impressed that SpaceX is one of the world's coolest companies and also...
  • California will launch 'its own damn satellite' as a swipe at Trump, 'Governor Moonbeam' says

    09/15/2018 4:36:14 PM PDT · by familyop · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15SEP18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    "We're going to launch our own satellite — our own damn satellite to figure out where the pollution is and how we’re going to end it," Brown told the audience at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco..."In California, with science under attack, in fact we’re under attack by a lot of people, including Donald Trump, but the climate threat still keeps growing," Brown added. "So, we want to know, what the hell is going on all over the world, all the time?"..."If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite," Brown said back in...
  • Icesat2

    09/15/2018 1:42:49 PM PDT · by JoeFromSidney · 9 replies
    Original<p> | JoeFromSidney
    I’m at Vandenberg Air Force Base. My wife and I came to see the launch of Icesat2, a satellite intended to measure the thickness of the polar ice caps. Our son Tony designed the laser altimeters on Icesat, which measure the height above the geoid of the ice, of forests, and other objects. The launch vehicle was a Delta rocket. The Delta was derived from the Air Force’s old Thor missile. This was the last launch of a Delta. It’s now obsolete and being retired. For me, it closed out some personal history. Back in the late ‘fifties, I was...
  • US Spy Satellites down

    09/01/2018 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Heistoast48 · 75 replies
    American Digital News ^ | 8/31/2018 | Compilation of posts by: Annette Scott, John White, Tony Modugno, Rabbi Kerry Owens, Nick Reeder an
    Seven “Dwarf” CIA Super mainframe computers and CIA spy satellites are down. CIA MAINFRAME SUPER-COMPUTERS DOWN – SPY SATELLITES OFFLINE
  • US Military Aims to Launch Cheap New 'Blackjack' Spy Satellites in 2021

    08/28/2018 7:44:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Space.com ^ | August 28, 2018 07:17am ET | Mike Wall,
    Most U.S. reconnaissance craft are purpose-built monoliths that operate in geostationary orbit, about 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometers) above Earth. Though these singletons are extremely capable, they're expensive, typically costing $1 billion or more to build, launch and operate. And it takes a decade or so to develop each one, said Paul "Rusty" Thomas, of the Tactical Technology Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The nation's current spy satellites, therefore, aren't terribly responsive to new technologies and new developments, and they represent "big, fat, juicy targets" to adversaries, Thomas said last week during a presentation with NASA's...
  • FACT CHECK: Does The US Have The Most Military Satellites In Space?

    08/19/2018 12:53:04 PM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    checkyourfact.com ^ | 8/18/2018 | Emily Larson
    Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. has more military satellites than any other country. Verdict: True The U.S. has 166 military satellites, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Russia and China have the next largest constellations at 89 and 84 military satellites, respectively.
  • DoD IG report says Russia, China may have ‘compromised’ U.S. missile detection satellites

    08/18/2018 10:02:21 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 6 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/18/18 | USA Features
    Full headline: WHOA: Pentagon inspector general report says Russia, China may have ‘compromised’ U.S. missile detection satellites Penetration: The Obama era was particularly hard on the U.S. military, as the administration and Congress refused to pass real budgets which prevented the services from investing in high-tech systems, including those designed to protect our most vital assets. This was again evident after the Department of Defense Inspector General released a report this week saying some of our country’s most important satellites — those the Air Force uses to detect enemy ICBM launches — could be compromised by Russian and Chinese hackers.
  • Stuff in Space

    04/10/2018 8:24:30 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 23 replies
    Stuff in Space ^ | Updated periodically | Staff and others
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  • Omnibus spending bill funds big-ticket military communications satellites that DoD did not request

    03/23/2018 10:57:55 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/22/2018 | Sandra Erwin
    The satellite communications industry was shocked to see a $600 million addition for WGS-11 and WGS-12.WASHINGTON — In a surprise last-minute add-on, House appropriators included $600 million in the Air Force budget for two high-capacity communications satellites made by Boeing that the Pentagon did not request. The omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 funds two Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, WGS-11 and WGS-12. The Air Force did not request funding for these spacecraft nor were these satellites included in any previous marks of the congressional defense committees, or in the fiscal year 2019 budget request. This was a very large...
  • Air-Breathing Electric Thruster Could Keep Satellites in Low Earth Orbit for Years

    03/10/2018 9:08:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 03/09/2018
    This engine concept consists of an electric thruster that is capable of “scooping” scarce air molecules from the tops of atmospheres and using them as propellant. This development will open the way for all kinds of satellites that can operate in very low orbits around planets for years at a time. The concept of an air-breathing thruster (aka. Ram-Electric Propulsion) is relatively simple. In short, the engine works on the same principles as a ramscoop (where interstellar hydrogen is collected to provide fuel) and an ion engine – where collected particles are charged and ejected. Such an engine would do away with...
  • Satellites Placed Into Incorrect Orbits by Ariane 5 Can be Recovered, Owners Say

    02/02/2018 6:10:29 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 1, 2018 05:12pm ET | Caleb Henry,
    Arianespace of Evry, France, in a statement released Jan. 26, blamed a "trajectory deviation" for the break in communication with the rocket, which stopped sending telemetry 9 minutes and 26 seconds after liftoff, seconds after the rocket's second stage engine ignited. Data from the U.S. Strategic Command's Space Track website indicates that the payloads from the launch are in orbits of about 235 by 43,150 kilometers, similar to the planned orbits of 250 by 45,000 kilometers. However, the satellites have orbital inclinations of about 21 degrees, far higher than planned inclination of 3 degrees. Both SES and Yahsat have since...
  • The Blockchain Revolution Is Heading To Space

    01/23/2018 4:07:57 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 6 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-01-2017 | Edit
    There is a new wave of coders and hackers looking to upend the entire internet, signaling the start of a brand new space race. No, this isn’t an episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley, this is actually happening. Currently, the internet is built by large centralized services including server owners, data managers, cloud providers, search engines, telecommunication companies, and social media websites. And these entities are beginning to expand their reach. Internet security and net neutrality are quickly becoming hot topics as more people become aware of the dangers of centralization. And for good reason. Google, Amazon, and Facebook are racing...
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Elon Musk's SpaceX could face new competition for military launches

    11/17/2017 10:29:27 AM PST · by Elderberry · 6 replies
    On Thursday, Virgin Orbit won a contract from the Air Force to carry "technology demonstration satellites" on its LauncherOne rocket by early 2019. The LauncherOne rocket will be "air launched" from a modified Boeing 747 called "Cosmic Girl." The contract follows Branson's quiet launch earlier this month of Vox Space, a subsidiary of Virgin Orbit, that will focus on military contracts. While there is plenty of room in space, the launchpad is becoming more crowded. That's good news for the Pentagon as it looks toward increased competition and embracing new technology like reusable rockets to lower launch costs. United Launch...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • A satellite may be falling apart in geostationary orbit [Updated]

    07/08/2017 4:07:53 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 80 replies
    ARS Technica ^ | 2 July 2017 | Eric Berger
    In the early hours of 1st July, the SES Satellite Control reestablished contact to AMC-9. SES and the satellite manufacturer Thales are working around the clock to evaluate the status and define the next steps. Tracking information received on 29 June had suggested that at least two separate objects were located in the vicinity of AMC-9. Their source has still to be determined. The new piece of information was included by Thales and SES in their investigations. All relevant operators and agencies are being kept informed and will receive regular updates from SES. The current assessment is that there is...