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  • South Korea Rocket Crashes in Second Straight Failure

    06/10/2010 3:20:36 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 3 replies · 57+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 10th 2010 | Jack Kim
    SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean space rocket carrying a scientific satellite exploded two minutes into its flight in the second failure in two tries to put a payload in orbit, dealing a major setback to the country's space program. The launch had been delayed for a day due to technical glitches. Hopes were running high for its success after the country's first attempt to put a satellite into orbit failed last year due to problems in stage-separation mechanism. At 137 seconds into the flight, mission control lost contact with the rocket as it would have reached the altitude of...
  • New Private Rocket Soars Into Space on First Flight

    06/04/2010 12:09:31 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 45 replies · 1,076+ views ^ | 6-4-10 | Clara Moskowitz
    The brand new commercial Falcon 9 rocket soared into orbit from Florida on its maiden flight Friday, the first test for a new era of private vehicles that could one day send cargo – and possibly astronauts – into space. The Falcon 9 rocket, built by private company Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), blasted off at 2:45 p.m. EDT (1845 GMT) from its seaside launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ads by Google Free Space Wallpapers Get Cool Space Desktop Wallpapers w Planets, Moons & Stars-Try Them Now War of the Worlds - Now Watch Tom...
  • Obama’s Backing of Israeli Rocket Shield: Charm Offensive or Harbinger of More Pressure?

    05/14/2010 11:50:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 155+ views
    commentary ^ | 5/14/10 | Jonathan Tobin
    The White House’s charm offensive toward Israel’s supporters continued this week with a nice dividend for the Jewish state: financial backing for the country’s “Iron Dome” anti-missile system designed to protect Israeli towns against Palestinian rocket attacks. Haaretz reported yesterday that the Pentagon informed Israel’s Defense Ministry that the president had approved the transfer of $205 million for the purchase of 10 Iron Dome batteries that could help shield southern Israelis towns such as Sderot that have been battered in the past by Katyushas and Qassam missiles from Hamas terrorists in Gaza.
  • Son Of SCUD Via Syria

    05/09/2010 1:26:53 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 623+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Lebanese terror group Hezbollah is reported to have received over a hundred M600 ballistic missiles from Syria. This weapon is a copy of the Iranian Fateh which, in turn, is a copy of the Chinese DF-11A (which had a range of 400 kilometers). The M600 is a 8.86 meter (27.5 foot), 3.5 ton rocket with a half ton warhead. Range is about 250 kilometers. This might account for the reports, late last year, that Syria had provided Hezbollah with SCUD missiles. Both the M600 and SCUD are ballistic missiles, but the M600 is a more modern design. SCUD was developed...
  • U.S. Spy Satellite Program Could Be Undermined By Flagging Demand For Rocket Motors

    04/28/2010 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | 4/22/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
    Butler of Aviation Week & Space Technology reported last week that the super-secret National Reconnaissance Office will be launching new spy satellites over the next two years at the highest rate since the Reagan era. Butler quotes NRO director Bruce Carlson as stating that several "very large, very critical" spacecraft will be sent into orbit by his agency -- presumably systems that collect imagery of surface targets or eavesdrop on the radio-frequency transmissions of potential adversaries. Combined with impending launches of new military-communications and missile-warning satellites, news of the spy-satellite payloads will come as welcome news to the nation's endangered...
  • Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage... but its mission is top secret

    04/23/2010 4:48:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies · 1,114+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | Biggirl
    A top secret space plane developed by the US military has blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage. Billed as a small shuttle, the unmanned X-37B heralds the next generation of space exploration. It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme. But its mission - and its cost - remain shrouded in secrecy. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no further details.

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Air Force strikes in Gaza; 2 injured

    03/18/2010 11:46:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 225 replies · 2,589+ views
    (REUTERS) via YNET (Hanan Greenberg contributed to the story) ^ | First Published: 03.19.10, 01:30;Latest Update: 03.19.10, 01:47 / Israel News | n/a
    "Air Force strikes in Gaza" SNIPPET: "IDF retaliates for deadly Qassam attack: Air Force hits several Gaza targets, including metal foundry, smuggling tunnel; Vice PM Shalom says Israel to offer strong response to rocket attack that killed Thai worker Thursday" SNIPPET: "IDF aircraft struck at least four targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday, a day after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave killed a Thai worker in Israel, Hamas security officials and witnesses said." SNIPPET: "Israel also sent a letter of complaint to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is due to visit Israel at the weekend,...

    04/04/2010 8:19:30 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 557+ views ^ | April 4, 2010, 10:30 IST | n/a “Al-Qaeda urges UK fanatics to build DIY cruise missiles” Sunday, April 4, 2010,10:30 [IST] SNIPPET: “London, Apr 4(ANI): Fears of a terror attack during the UK General Election have been further fueled by reports that the Al-Qaeda has urged British fanatics to build DIY cruise missiles to attack passenger jets. According to reports, an Al-Qaeda website explains how to build missiles with solid fuel engines using operating manuals for the Russian 107mm Katyusha rocket. Numerous links are also available for guides to make explosives, including C4 plastic explosive, acetone peroxide and TNT. The same site was used to explain...
  • Fire in the sky: the Air Launched Sortie Vehicle of the early 1980s (part 3)

    03/23/2010 8:59:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 486+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 3/23/2010 | Dwayne Day
    A few years ago a company by the name of AirLaunch had a novel idea for a rocket—put it in a C-17 cargo plane and then slide it out the back at high altitude. The rocket would rotate until it was vertical and then fire, heading into orbit. You can watch video of the drop tests. “We examined a wide variety of propellants ranging from storable hypergolics, RP/LOX, to fluorine/deuterium.” That may sound exotic, but Ehrlich joked that “this was a paper study!” Now imagine that instead of a relatively small rocket, there was a much larger rocket, with a...
  • Test flight of Falcon 9 carrier rocket put off

    03/13/2010 2:12:49 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 460+ views ^ | 3/12/2010 |
    American space transportation company SpaceX, which has designed the Falcon 9 heavy-lift launch vehicle, has aborted its test launch due to technical reasons. The two stage liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propelled launch vehicle was scheduled to be test launched on March 9 but it encountered some problem just before the countdown, SpaceX said. "We counted down to an T-2 seconds and aborted on Spin Start. Given that this was our first abort event on this pad, we decided to scrub for the day to get a good look at the rocket before trying again," the company said. No damage...
  • SpaceX aborts rocket engine test

    03/10/2010 8:44:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 299+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/10/2010 | Irene Klotz
    Space Exploration Technologies aborted a test firing of its Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday, in what was to be a key milestone in its quest to fly cargo -- and eventually astronauts -- to the International Space Station. The test was aborted two seconds before engine ignition at the privately owned company's Cape Canaveral, Florida, launch site, where the Falcon 9 rocket is being prepared for a company-sponsored demonstration flight this spring. During the test, flames and small puffs of smoke could be seen around the base of the rocket via a NASA video camera. In a statement Tuesday night,...
  • NKorea launches medium-range missile unit

    03/08/2010 8:14:53 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 43+ views
    ChannelNews ^ | 03/07/2010 | Channel Asia
    North Korea has set up an independent military division to deploy and operate its medium-range ballistic missiles, a report said Tuesday. A South Korean government source quoted by Yonhap news agency said the move indicates the North's determination to continue developing IRBMs (intermediate-range ballistic missiles). With a range of more than 3,000 kilometres, these are capable of hitting US military bases in Japan and Guam. North Korea has defied a UN Security Council resolution ordering it to halt work on its ballistic missile programme. "We believe the operation of this separate unit indicates North Korea's intention to produce new IRBMs,"...
  • VIDEO: The Demented Rocket-Propelled Genius Of Turbonique (Rocket powered VW, Ford Galaxy)

    03/08/2010 12:39:58 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 22 replies · 320+ views ^ | 3/8/10 | Ben Wojdyla
    Get old-time hot-rodders together and utter the name "Turbonique." The entire conversation will shift to legends and half-truths of the '60s company supposedly created by NASA subcontractors to create a consumer market for rocket technology. Now there's video. Turbonique Inc. was established in Orlando in 1962 as a mail-order speed parts company producing some of the most amazingly insane automotive upgrades ever to see the light of day. Iowahawk called the company "The Real Acme," and he's probably right. He says ...mere mention of the name "Turbonique" still inspires a shudder of awe among drag racing enthusiast, the company's principle...
  • 'New Iran rocket launch site shows NKorea links'

    03/05/2010 9:52:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 638+ views ^ | 3-06-2010 |
    Iran is building a new rocket launch site a short distance from an existing complex in the north of the country, and seems to be working with North Korea, information group IHS Jane's has said. Construction visible from satellite imagery of the new site, near the city of Semnan east of Tehran, seems to suggest that Tehran has been collaborating with Pyongyang, said the London-based defence intelligence group. Iran unveiled the Simorgh space-launch vehicle (SLV) on February 3, but had not yet publicly revealed the location of the rocket's launch complex, it reported on Friday. But Jane's said it had...
  • Obama’s Move To End Constellation Prompts Industrial Base Questions

    02/14/2010 12:43:48 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 655+ views
    Space News ^ | 2/12/2010 | Amy Klamper
    Industry advocates are voicing concern with U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel NASA’s Moon-bound Constellation program and the threat it poses to America’s aerospace work force and U.S. strategic missile arsenals, but Defense Department officials said the two agencies are forging a plan to sustain the nation’s solid-rocket motor industrial base. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is among those railing against Obama’s proposal to scrap NASA’s plan to replace its space shuttle fleet with new rockets and spacecraft in favor of relying on commercial crew taxis to get astronauts to the international space station and back. “This is not money-saving....
  • Falcon 9 Integration Under Way

    02/13/2010 12:37:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/12/2012 | Guy Norris
    Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is beginning integration of the first Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., and says it won’t be hurried to complete work despite continuing delays of the first launch. “Our primary objective is a successful first launch and we are taking whatever time necessary to work through the data to our satisfaction before moving forward,” says SpaceX director of Florida launch operations Brian Mosdell, who adds that the expected launch will take place “one to three months after completing full vehicle integration.” The final delivery to the SpaceX launch site, Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40), included the...
  • Rocket Failure Remains Mystery

    02/10/2010 9:26:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 429+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 2/08/2010 | Kim Tong-hyung
    Engineers and officials are still not sure what caused the nation's Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-1) rocket to fail to deliver its payload satellite into orbit on its maiden flight last August. The KSLV-1 achieved the desired speed and altitude during its Aug. 25 launch from the Naro Space Center in South Jeolla Province, but failed to properly unload the Science and Technology Satellite No. 1 (STSAT-1). The spacecraft is believed to have burned up in the atmosphere as it crashed back to Earth. An independent panel, led by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) aerospace expert Lee...

    02/09/2010 3:24:37 AM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 788+ views
    CNS ^ | February 9, 2010 | by Patrick Goodenough
    SNIPPET: "( – With a message to Beijing to “stop sending your spies here,” a U.S. judge on Monday sentenced a Chinese-born former Boeing engineer to more than 15 years in prison for economic espionage and acting as an agent for China. Although former Boeing engineer Dongfan Chung was convicted last July, his sentencing in the District Court in the Central District of California coincides with a rocky period in U.S.-China relations, amid disputes over Tibet, arms sales to Taiwan, Internet surveillance, and trade and climate change issues. Sentencing Chung, 73, to 188 months in prison, Judge Cormac Carney said...
  • Iran: We Can Beat West in Technology War

    02/03/2010 7:05:13 AM PST · by Fishbed · 4 replies · 285+ views
    Iran sent rats, worms and turtles into Space Check the source for more details.
  • Man Hurt As Homemade Rocket Explodes

    02/02/2010 12:03:24 PM PST · by Westlander · 27 replies · 779+ views ^ | EST February 1, 2010 |
    Investigators said they were told by witnesses that the 62-year-old man had been drinking when he fashioned a device using a motorcycle muffler, a piece of pipe, gunpowder, match heads and gasoline.
  • NASA tests eco-friendly rocket fuel

    01/18/2010 10:26:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 790+ views
    Gizmag ^ | 09/23/2009 | Jeff Salton
    NASA and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) have successfully launched a nine-foot rocket to a height of 1,300ft using an environmentally-friendly propellant made from aluminum powder and water ice. The fuel, called ALICE, has the consistency of toothpaste with a high burn rate and achieved a maximum thrust of 650 pounds during this test. ALICE propelled the craft over Purdue University's Scholer farms in Indiana earlier this month. The fuel is safer to handle to traditional fuels and can be fitted into molds before being cooled to –30C 24 hours before flight. What has researchers excited is...
  • NASA’s Safety Advisers Urge U.S. To Stick with Ares 1

    01/18/2010 6:50:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 641+ views
    Space News ^ | 1/18/2010 | Amy Klamper
    As the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to propose changes to NASA’s human spaceflight program in the president’s 2011 budget request to lawmakers Feb. 1, an independent NASA safety advisory panel is warning the space agency against abandoning its current plans. In an annual report issued Jan. 15, the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel cautioned the United States against halting work on NASA’s Ares 1 rocket to fund unproven commercial alternatives. “To abandon Ares I as a baseline vehicle for an alternative without demonstrated capability nor proven superiority (or even equivalence) is unwise and probably not cost-effective,” the report...
  • Rocket-Motor Test Supports NASA, DOD And Commercial Missions

    01/10/2010 11:44:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 637+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/30/2009 | Staff Writers via Space War
    A high-visibility test on a second-stage developmental rocket motor set a new record in the Arnold Engineering Development Center's J-6 large-rocket motor-testing facility Dec. 9. Joe Migliaccio, the Aerospace Testing Alliance engineer who conducted the test, said the team fired an Alliant Techsystems, Inc., or ATK, Castor 30 rocket motor for approximately two and a half minutes, which is longer than any previous rocket-motor test entry since the testing facility became operational in 1994. He explained that the motor's long burn time is essential to its primary mission. "The reason this rocket motor will burn more than some is its...
  • New building to allow testing of larger rockets (MT)

    12/23/2009 9:13:19 PM PST · by This_far · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Montana Standard ^ | 12/22/2009 | Tim Trainor
    Butte-Silver Bow County will erect a permanent building in its TIFID for the testing of rocket engines. Kristen Rosa, administrator of the Tax Increment Finance Industrial District, said that the steel-sided structure could be in operation by next spring. "It will help them be able to test bigger and bigger rocket engines," Rosa said. (cut) Space Propulsion Group Inc., a Stanford University-affiliated company, visited Butte a number of times last year to test fuels used in hybrid rockets. The approximately eight-second tests were done on the smaller 11-inch models, but thanks to the new building companies will be able to...
  • Mysterious Lights Likely A Failed Russian Missile Launch

    12/10/2009 5:06:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 36 replies · 1,370+ views
    Red ^ | 12/10/2009 | RedOrbit
    A mysterious blue spiral light that appeared in the skies above Norway was likely the result of a failed test launch of a jinxed new Russian missile, the UK’s Mail Online reported. Several newspapers in Moscow today ran a story explaining that the Bulava missile was test-fired from the Dmitry Donskoi submarine in the White Sea early on Wednesday but failed at the third stage. However, earlier reports from Moscow denied a missile launch yesterday and even early today there was no formal confirmation from the Russian Defense Ministry. Some speculators felt the lights were connected with the aurora borealis,...
  • Russia develops design for spaceship with nuclear engine

    10/28/2009 9:39:49 PM PDT · by bogusname · 36 replies · 1,633+ views
    RIANOVOSTI ^ | October 28, 2009 | RIA Novosti
    FRYAZINO (Moscow Region), October 28 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos has developed a design for a piloted spacecraft powered by a nuclear engine, the head of the agency said on Wednesday. "The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs," Anatoly Perminov said at a meeting of the commission on the modernization of the Russian economy. He added that the development of Megawatt-class nuclear space power systems (MCNSPS) for manned spacecraft was crucial for Russia if the country wanted to maintain a competitive edge in the space race, including the exploration of the Moon and...
  • This Insane Photo Destroyed a Camera Lens (Delta 4 Heavy Launch)

    10/01/2009 5:04:17 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 24 replies · 2,462+ views ^ | 10/01/09 | Adam Frucci
    Photographer Ben Cooper took this photo of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket launching at Cape Canaveral using a sound-activated camera. And when your camera is that close to a launch, your lens probably won't survive. The particular setup for this was sound activated. The lens was destroyed (worth it of course) but the camera survived this one despite being severed from its ratchet straps and thrown to the ground, and the sound device used for this one disconnected from the camera and thrown about 200 feet backwards into the pad perimeter fence (still worked!). All settings are preset manually. No...
  • India launches seven satellites

    09/23/2009 6:09:07 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 7 replies · 663+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, 23 September 2009 | BBC
    India has successfully launched seven satellites in a single mission, nearly a month after the country's inaugural Moon mission was aborted. The rocket was carrying an Indian remote-sensing satellite and six smaller ones, all of them foreign.
  • (URGENT) S. Korea's first rocket successfully deploys satellite in Earth's orbit

    08/25/2009 1:24:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 1,201+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/25/09
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  • Israel assembles Iron Dome unit

    08/24/2009 10:46:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1,147+ views
    Space War ^ | 8/24/2009 | UPI
    Israel's drive to deploy the Iron Dome anti-missile shield against short-range rockets fired by Hezbollah and Hamas has moved up a gear with the induction of the first battalion to man the batteries that will operate on the borders with Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Iron Dome intercepted three 122mm Grad rockets, the type used by Hezbollah and the Palestinians, in southern Israel July 15-16. The system came into being in response to constant rocket attacks by Hezbollah on Israel's northern front and Hamas on the southern desert frontier over the last decade. Both fronts have been relatively calm for...
  • S. Korea set to launch 1st space rocket within hours+

    08/18/2009 10:23:20 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies · 1,132+ views
    Kyoto via Breitbart ^ | August 19, 2009 | N/A
    South Korea will launch its first space rocket, commissioned to put an experimental satellite into orbit, at 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, the government said. Naro, or the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1, will blast off from the Naro Space Center, the country's spaceport in Goheung, South Jeolla Province, 485 kilometers south of Seoul. The exact time for the liftoff of the KSLV-1 was announced at midday after a final review of preparations and weather conditions. South Korea has been working on the two-stage launch vehicle with Russia's Khrunichev State Space Science and Production Center, which developed the first stage, liquid-fuel...
  • Forces Probe Rocket Attack, Detain Suspected Terrorists in Iraq

    07/20/2009 4:00:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 915+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2009 – U.S. forces made headway in an investigation of a rocket attack on a base in Iraq, and Iraqi-led forces detained suspected terrorists and seized weapons in recent operations in Iraq, military officials reported. U.S. soldiers pursued criminals suspected of launching a rocket attack against Contingency Operating Base Basra on July 16 that resulted in the deaths of three Multinational Division South soldiers. Following the attack, U.S. troops were flown by helicopter to the suspected launch location, northeast of Basra Airport, where the soldiers were met by 14th Iraqi Army Division soldiers. A U.S. patrol pursued...
  • Boeing Engineer Convicted of Economic Espionage of Space Shuttle Secrets for China

    07/16/2009 4:15:01 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 14 replies · 868+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | July 16, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Central District of California
    SANTA ANA, CA—A former Rockwell and Boeing engineer from Orange County was remanded into custody this morning after a federal judge convicted him of charges of economic espionage and acting as an agent of the People’s Republic of China, for whom he stole restricted technology and Boeing trade secrets, including information related to the Space Shuttle program and Delta IV rocket. Dongfan “Greg” Chung, 73, of Orange, Calif., who was employed by Rockwell International from 1973 until its defense and space unit was acquired by Boeing in 1996, was found guilty by United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney, who...
  • Israel's ‘Iron Dome’ Succeeds in Intercepting Target Rocket

    07/16/2009 12:01:09 AM PDT · by Avi Kane · 5 replies · 857+ views
    Israel National News ^ | July 16, 2009 | Avraham Zuroff
    Israel's new anti-ballistic defense system, designed to protect civilians against terrorist rocket fire from Gaza, passed series of live tests on Wednesday. A defense official explained that the test of the Iron Dome defense system marked the first time that the system tested a mid-air deception of a target rocket, which was completely destroyed. Iron Dome works by intercepting medium-range Katyusha rockets as well as the shorter, homemade Kassam rockets and mortar shells fired by Gaza terrorists. It uses a small kinetic missile interceptor called the “Tamir.” The anti-ballistic sytem is expected to intercept rockets between the ranges of 2-45...
  • N. Korea: A post-launch examination of the Unha-2 [dependence on Russian tech]

    07/02/2009 7:54:04 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 1,470+ views
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ^ | 06/29/09 | David Wright and Theodore A. Postol
    A post-launch examination of the Unha-2 By David Wright and Theodore A. Postol | 29 June 2009 Article Highlights * The launch vehicle North Korea tested on April 5, the Unha-2, represents a significant advance over North Korea's previous launchers. * In particular, it would have the capability to reach the continental United States with a payload of 1 ton or more if Pyongyang modified it for use as a ballistic missile. * However, if key Unha-2's components were acquired from Russia and elsewhere, North Korea's domestic missile development program may be much more limited than commonly assumed. North Korea...
  • U.S. 'Ready' for N. Korean Missile [NK Wouldn't Have Dreamt Of A Missile Firing Under Reagan!]

    07/01/2009 8:58:05 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,043+ views
    U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile Pyongyang expected to test ICBM By Bill Gertz July 2, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times. "The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've...
  • N. Korean rocket could potentially hit half the U.S.: American scientists

    07/01/2009 2:59:40 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 23 replies · 950+ views
    SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- The long-range rocket North Korea launched in April could be converted into a ballistic missile capable of striking half of the continental U.S., two American physicists have concluded in a joint study. North Korea launched on April 5 what it claims was a rocket designed to carry a satellite into orbit. The U.S. and its allies say nothing entered orbit, calling the "Unha-2" rocket a disguised ballistic missile capable of flying over 6,700km. South Korean and U.S. officials have refrained from elaborating on the capabilities of the rocket, while media reports said the rocket flew...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean rocket capable of hitting half the U.S.: American scientists

    07/01/2009 1:45:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,603+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 07/01/09 | Sam Kim
    (LEAD) N. Korean rocket capable of hitting half the U.S.: American scientists By Sam Kim SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- The long-range rocket North Korea launched in April could be converted into a ballistic missile that can theoretically hit half the United States with a substantial payload, two U.S. physicists have concluded from their joint study. North Korea launched on April 5 what it claims was a rocket designed to carry a satellite into orbit. The U.S. and its allies say nothing entered orbit, calling the "Unha-2" rocket a disguised form of a ballistic missile capable of flying over 6,700...
  • Liberty Co., FAA to discuss report of object near plane [Missile or Rocket]

    06/02/2009 9:18:42 AM PDT · by Blogger · 35 replies · 2,764+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 1, 2009 | MIKE GLENN
    Liberty County Sheriff’s officials are expected to meet with the FAA on Tuesday to discuss what a Continental Express pilot reported as a “missile or rocket” flying near his airplane. A pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, an object passed within 150 feet beneath the aircraft, sheriff’s officials said. The aircraft was near the southern edge of the county, flying at about 13,000 feet, officials said. “The pilot, from what we understand, was former military. He was able to get the coordinates down real quick,” said Cpl. Hugh Bishop with the Liberty County...
  • Putin says Russia needs new rockets to increase launch market share

    05/21/2009 8:14:47 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 14 replies · 423+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 18/05/2009
    MOSCOW, May 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia must strengthen its competitive positions on the global commercial space launch market by expanding its launch facilities and developing new types of carrier rockets, the prime minister said on Monday. "We should not simply maintain but significantly strengthen our competitive edge in the space sector, not least by developing the Plesetsk and Vostochny space centers, and producing advanced rockets and a new-generation spaceship," Vladimir Putin said. He said this would enable Russia to provide high-quality, low-cost launch services on the international market. "I believe that in the foreseeable future we'll have the ability...
  • Clarkson Thriller - Rocket Enabled Porsche 944 Turbo (Hilarious Video)

    05/13/2009 1:26:56 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 14 replies · 1,512+ views
    YouTube ^ | 12/06/08 | Jeremy Clarkson
    An earlier thread posted another video of Mr. Clarkson shooting up cars skeet style. I love that video and decided to watch some other videos from "Top Gear's" Jeremy Clarkson. I now have a new personal favorite... Mr. Clarkson outfits a Porsche 944 Turbo with rocket launching tubes and goes hunting for traffic cams, signs and traffic cops. Too funny! Click here for the video.
  • Minotaur I rocket scheduled to launch tonight

    05/08/2009 4:50:49 PM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies · 598+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 8, 2009 | Meredith Kruse
    WALLOPS ISLAND To take advantage of better weather, officials at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport have moved up the planned launch of a $60 million rocket to 7:35 tonight. The launch of the Minotaur I rocket, which carries several satellites, has been delayed twice because of storms. The launch window will be open until 11 p.m. today. If weather interferes again, another attempt could be made Saturday night. For updates on the launch, follow NASA_Wallops on Twitter. To watch the launch video, go to the NASA Wallops Web site: [1]
  • Ahmadinejad: Iran Developing New Rocket

    04/18/2009 12:13:16 AM PDT · by Cindy · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Note: The following blog entry is a quote: Ahmadinejad: Iran Developing New Rocket Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on April 14 that Iran intends to manufacture rockets with a range of 700-1,500 km that can carry heavier satellites into space than Iran has launched to date. Source: Fars, Iran, April 14, 2009 Posted at: 2009-04-16
  • N.Korean Rocket 'Made Using Chinese Technology'

    04/10/2009 1:31:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 833+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/10/09
    N.Korean Rocket 'Made Using Chinese Technology' The rocket launched by North Korea last Sunday was made using the technology of the Long March-1 rocket China fired in the 1970s. After looking at video footage of the rocket launch released by AP on Tuesday, Chae Yeon-seok, a former president of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, said, the external appearance of the rocket shows that the North must have used technology of the Chinese rocket to make it. The assembly method also seems to be Chinese. "The North set the first-stage booster rocket up vertically first, and then put the second and...
  • N. Korea warns Japan against searching for rocket debris

    04/08/2009 9:12:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies · 1,429+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/08/09
    N. Korea warns Japan against searching for rocket debris SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's military warned Japan on Wednesday against trying to find debris from its long-range rocket, saying mobilizing combat ships for the search would be a "military provocation." The Japanese government was considering salvaging parts from the North Korean three-stage rocket, fired on Sunday, whose first-stage booster fell into the East Sea. A search would be a "vicious espionage, interference in internal affairs, and an unbearable military provocation that infringes upon the sovereign right of our republic," the General Staff of the North's Korean People's Army...
  • N. Korea: State Media Publsihes Rocket Launch Photos and Video (shown inside)

    04/07/2009 6:15:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 1,512+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/07/09
    For video, click the following link and scroll down until you see a video frame and click it:
  • N. Korea: U.S. Searching for 82 Pieces of Payload Debris near Hawaii(Japanese after booster)

    04/06/2009 11:55:20 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1,029+ views
    Munhwa Ilbo ^ | 04/07/09 | Yoon Suk-man
    /begin my excerpts N. Korea: U.S. Searching for 82 Pieces of Payload Debris near Hawaii Munhwa Ilbo 04/07/09 U.S. and Japan are set out to recover N. Korean rocket (debris) that fell on Pacific. Koo Sang-chan, a lawmaker from (ruling) Hannara Party and a member of Diplomatic and Trade Affairs Committee at National Assembly, said during Apr. 7 question session to government, "(N. Korea's rocket payload) fell into sea 1,500 miles to the east of Hawaii in 82 pieces of debris, and U.S. Navy ships are now searching for them." Japanese Defense Ministry is also searching for first level booster...
  • Satellite image shows N. rocket flying northeast while emitting flame(photo inside)

    04/06/2009 10:52:18 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 1,734+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/07/09 | Sam Kim
    Satellite image shows N. rocket flying northeast while emitting flame By Sam Kim SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- The North Korean rocket that apparently failed to put a satellite in orbit initially flew northeast after blasting off from its launch pad, emitting a long trail of fumes and generating a massive flame, a satellite image showed Tuesday. North Korea on Sunday launched a three-stage rocket that it claimed successfully orbited a communication satellite after being launched from the Musudan-ri base on its east coast. South Korea and the United States dispute the claim, suspecting the launch was a banned test...
  • U.N. Ambassador Rice: Korean missile launch no 'goofy stunt'

    04/06/2009 7:51:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies · 737+ views
    U.N. Ambassador Rice: Korean missile launch no 'goofy stunt' @ 10:04 am by Michael O'Brien The North Koreans' missile launch was not a "goofy stunt," United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice said Monday. "It was something serious and we need to take it seriously," Rice said this morning during an appearance on CBS, asserting that the missile launch was a clear provocation despite some evidence that it had been a failure. "It wasn't a goofy stunt." Rice called the U.N. Security Council to be pass a binding resolution in order to force the Koreans to reenter six-party talks aimed at denuclearization....