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  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • Delta 4-Heavy's hush-hush payload found and identified

    01/24/2011 5:54:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 1/24/2010 | Justin Ray
    The clandestine cargo carried into polar orbit Thursday aboard the first California-launched Delta 4-Heavy rocket was a crucial replacement satellite for the nation's surveillance and security network, amateur sky-watchers say.The sophisticated imaging bird follows a long line of Keyhole-type spacecraft that provide ultra-high resolution imagery for the U.S. intelligence community, according to hobbyists who track orbiting satellites with remarkable precision. Ever since the Delta 4-Heavy rocket fired away from Space Launch Complex 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the amateur observers have been hunting for the new satellite to figure out its identity. The conventional wisdom before the launch said...
  • Japanese Royal Tomb Opened To Scholars For First Time

    04/28/2008 2:33:40 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 602+ views
    Japanese Royal Tomb Opened to Scholars for First TimeTony McNicol in Tokyo for National Geographic NewsApril 28, 2008 A rare visit by archaeologists to a fifth-century imperial tomb offers hope that other closely guarded graves in Japan might soon be open to independent study. This month a group of 16 experts led by the Japanese Archaeological Association released results from their February visit inside Gosashi tomb. The event marked the first time that scholars had been allowed inside a royal tomb outside of an official excavation led by Japan's Imperial Household Agency. Archaeologists have been requesting access to Gosashi tomb...
  • Fade to Black (Possible Reduction in Military Satellite Observing Capability)

    05/16/2006 9:23:30 AM PDT · by cogitator · 11 replies · 826+ views
    SpaceRef ^ | 05/14/2006 | Aviation Week
    Concerns are growing that 50% or more of the KH-11 optical and Lacrosse imaging radar satellites that make up the core of secret U.S. space reconnaissance operations will die before smaller, more modern replacements can be launched. A new program, however, may be forming to stem this trend. Fears over the loss of future secret imaging capability are growing as the need for detailed pictures of Iranian and Chinese weapons developments is increasing. U.S. intelligence officers have been concerned for years that China, especially, is trying thwart satellite intelligence by using aggressive camouflage techniques, Central Intelligence Agency managers say. As...
  • Intelligence Failure: Spies and Satellites

    02/11/2004 6:57:37 PM PST · by anymouse · 3 replies · 278+ views
    The Space Review ^ | Monday, February 9, 2004 | Taylor Dinerman
    Has the US intelligence community become too reliant on satellites versus human intelligence—spies? It seems as if a majority of America’s bigfoot political commentators have decided that the WMD intelligence failure in Iraq is due to a lack of human intelligence caused by an over-reliance on technology. This “spies good/satellites bad” way of thinking is just as misguided as the “spies bad/satellites good” conclusions of the mid-1970s (repeated to a lesser extent in the 1990s.) Gathering and interpreting technological intelligence and human intelligence are entirely different disciplines, and trying to compare them is like trying to compare the study of...
  • Air Force lab reflects mirror technology (astronomy, spy sats)

    08/26/2003 2:53:39 AM PDT · by alnitak · 14 replies · 493+ views
    Space Flight Now ^ | Posted: August 25, 2003 | U.S. AIR FORCE NEWS RELEASE
    A milestone in telescope-mirror technology, completed recently by Air Force scientists here, is leading to lightweight, space-based telescopes much larger than NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Richard Carreras aligns, pressurizes and cleans a prototype thin-film membrane mirror. Reflected in the mirror are co-workers 2nd Lt. Ethan Holt, the film mirror project officer, and Nima Jamshidi, a Purdue University student employee. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Deb Mercurio  Rather than use a heavy, glass mirror, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory's directed energy directorate were able to produce a 1-meter-diameter (about 3.25-feet) mirror, made of a thin-film membrane material....
  • WELCOME TO SMOKEY BACK ROOM!:)

    03/22/2003 7:04:44 PM PST · by restornu · 195 replies · 2,394+ views
    Hi I Am SmokeyWelcome to my establishment!
  • Your Attention, Please [Regarding Keywords]

    01/30/2003 1:01:30 PM PST · by Admin Moderator · 296 replies · 2,229+ views
    <p>Is this thing on? Plug in that cord over there. Yes that one. NO NOT INTO THAT PLUG yes that one. Thanks. Testing 1 2 3.</p> <p>Hi everyone. Your friendly neighborhood AM here.</p> <p>Keywords. You've seen them. You love them. Maybe you have even abused them.</p> <p>Please don't abuse keywords. There are children in China doing without keywords.</p> <p>1) Having who added what keyword be revealed at the whim of sadistic moderators, such as myself.</p>
  • U.S. Spy Satellite Images From the Cold War Released

    11/17/2002 7:45:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 764+ views
    www.SPACE.com ^ | 11/13/02 | Leonard David
    At the height of the Cold War, U.S. spy satellites were busy looking for those "Kodak instant moments" on a global basis.Now decades later, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) are spring-loaded to soon make available thousands of once secret spysat snapshots. Be it the Severodinsk Shipyard in the USSR, the cities of Hanoi and Beijing, or the Aswan Dam in Egypt - these and other localities were framed repeatedly by U.S. snooping satellites for intelligence-gathering purposes. Images The High-flying Keyhole-7 spacecraft provided the U.S. intelligence...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day 4-28-02

    04/28/2002 12:43:06 AM PDT · by petuniasevan · 9 replies · 268+ views
    NASA ^ | 4-28-02 | Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell
    Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. 2002 April 28 Doomed Star Eta Carinae Credit: J. Morse (U. Colorado), K. Davidson (U. Minnesota) et al., WFPC2, HST, NASA Explanation: Eta Carinae may be about to explode. But no one knows when - it may be next year, it may be one million years from now. Eta Carinae's mass - about 100 times greater than our Sun - makes it an excellent candidate for a full...