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  • Creation astronomy from a rocket scientist

    10/15/2019 7:51:12 AM PDT · by fishtank · 24 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Posted on 10-14-19 | David F. Coppedge
    Creation astronomy from a rocket scientist by David Coppedge Posted on 10-14-19 Readers may remember our 2015 interview with Dr Henry Richter,1 the development manager of Explorer 1, America’s first satellite. 90 years of age, Dr Richter recently drove from his home 120 miles away to deliver a speech at the 60th anniversary of Explorer 1 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). On that day in January 2018, he shared his unique insider’s perspective about the mission that launched America into the space race. Most employees at JPL working on missions today now have no memory of the early days...
  • Stratolaunch under new ownership

    10/11/2019 5:06:15 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 7 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 10/11/2019 | Stephen Clark-Spaceflight Now
    Stratolaunch said Friday that the company has “transitioned ownership” a year after the death of Paul Allen, the company’s billionaire founder who funded the construction of the world’s largest airplane for an airborne satellite launcher. The company offered few other details in a statement released to media Friday. It was the first official update on the status of Stratolaunch since its huge rocket carrier aircraft completed its first — and so far only — test flight in April. “Stratolaunch LLC has transitioned ownership and is continuing regular operations,” the company said in a statement. “Our near-term launch vehicle development strategy...
  • Northrop's satellite refueling spacecraft launches on October 9th

    10/06/2019 9:30:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Engadget ^ | 10/06/2019 | Jon Fingas
    Northrop Grumman and NASA are launching a "first-of-its-kind" refueling vessel, the Mission Extension Vehicle, aboard a Russian rocket on October 9th. The inaugural MEV-1 will dock with an Intelsat satellite in three months' time and provide life-extending services over five years. After that, it should be free to help other satellites -- it'll still have 10 years' worth of fuel. A second spacecraft, MEV-2, will help another Intelsat satellite in 2020 and should have the same amount of leftover fuel. Both MEVs are flexible, too. They can dock with 80 percent of current geostationary satellites, even if they weren't designed...
  • US Satellite Abandoned in 1967 JUST Started Transmitting Again

    05/27/2019 7:13:08 PM PDT · by MikelTackNailer · 56 replies
    HisTech ^ | 2016 | John Smith
    Surprise” might be an understatement to describe amateur astronomer Phil Williams’ reaction upon being told that the ghostly radio signal he had detected was, in fact, coming from a satellite that had failed and disappeared decades ago. Williams told Southgate Amateur Radio News that the signal he detected from his base in Cornwall seemed to cycle every four seconds, diminishing and returning to create an eerie repetitive sound. It would later be determined that the fluctuation was the result of the long-lost satellite barreling end over end through the void of space, causing variations in the light reaching the solar...
  • A Communications Satellite Just Died in Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now

    04/21/2019 12:39:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | 04/21/2019 | Leonard David
    Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly. Late on April 7, the Intelsat 29e propulsion system experienced damage that caused a leak of the propellant on board the satellite, resulting in a service disruption to customers.. That event caused a service outage on the Intelsat 29e satellite that affected maritime, aeronautical and wireless-operator customers in the Latin America, Caribbean and North Atlantic regions. While working to recover the satellite, a second anomaly occurred, after which all efforts to recover the satellite were unsuccessful,...
  • Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation

    04/04/2019 8:48:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | April 4, 2019 at 6:00 am | by Alan Boyle
    Amazon is joining the race to provide broadband internet access around the globe via thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit, newly uncovered filings show. The effort, code-named Project Kuiper, follows up on last September’s mysterious reports that Amazon was planning a “big, audacious space project” involving satellites and space-based systems. The Seattle-based company is likely to spend billions of dollars on the project, and could conceivably reap billions of dollars in revenue once the satellites go into commercial service. It’ll take years to bring the big, audacious project to fruition, however, and Amazon could face fierce competition from SpaceX,...
  • Satellite Photos Show Chinese Anti-Satellite Laser Base

    04/01/2019 10:46:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1 April 2019 | BY: Bill Gertz
    Commercial satellite images have provided the first photographs of a secret Chinese anti-satellite laser base in western Xinjiang province, along with other high-technology weapons facilities. The laser facility is located near a lake and is about 145 miles south of the Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang. The facility was discovered by retired Indian Army Col. Vinayak Bhat, a satellite imagery analyst who specializes on China. China is using its satellite tracking stations located throughout the country as a means of identifying and targeting satellites.
  • US, first country to test ASAT technology, voices concern over space debris from Mission Shakti

    03/29/2019 2:09:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    DNA ^ | Friday, March 29, 2019 | ANI
    File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump (Photo: Reuters) The US State Department on Wednesday (local time) said Washington has taken note of India's statement on 'Mission Shakti' while voicing concern over the issue of space debris. "The issue of space debris is an important concern for the U.S. government. We took note of Indian government statements that the test was designed to address space debris issues," read a statement issued by the US State Department. The statement mentioned that as part of its partnership with India, the US will continue to pursue shared interests in...
  • India Shot Down A Satellite. What Does That Mean For The Rest Of The World?

    03/27/2019 8:10:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    There’s a new member of an exclusive space race club this week. India announced that they successfully shot down a small satellite in low Earth orbit. But if you think this is a reason for anyone other than India to celebrate, you’ll probably want to reconsider that idea. (The Independent) India has shot down a live satellite in space as part of a successful test of new missile technology, prime minister Narendra Modi has announced.The operation, dubbed Mission Shakti, makes India part of a “super league” of nations to have achieved such a feat, Mr Modi said, alongside the...
  • India tests Anti-Satellite weapon.

    03/27/2019 12:05:31 AM PDT · by IndianChief · 11 replies
    live address by PM of India carried by all Indian news channels | 27 March 2019 | self
    PM of India announces successful test of anti satellite weapon. Prolly with a beady eye on China.
  • Report: Justice Department Probing Durbin, Rockefeller CIA Leak

    12/22/2005 10:33:26 AM PST · by shield · 194 replies · 6,097+ views ^ | 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....
  • U.S. Probes Boeing Satellite Deal Backed By China

    01/12/2019 9:54:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 Jan 2019 | Brian Spegele and Kate O’Keeffe
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commerce Department are investigating Boeing Co.’s relationship with a satellite startup backed by a Chinese government-owned firm, following an article by The Wall Street Journal on the matterIn a letter to the Los Angeles-based startup Global IP, the SEC requested that the company retain all documents about its work with Boeing and a number of other individuals and entities, including state-owned Chinese lender China Orient Asset Management Co. The letter said the SEC believes the Los Angeles company possesses “documents and data that are relevant to a matter under investigation,” and asked...
  • United Launch Associates Just Scrubbed Launch - AGAIN!!

    12/19/2018 6:12:15 PM PST · by Terry L Smith · 19 replies
    The ULA just scrubbed the launch, again, of Mission NRO-17. A hydrogen leak, if I heard it correctly, was detected around the port-mounted main engine of the heavy lift rocket. Announced time pushed back 24 hours for another launch.
  • X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 400 Days on Latest Mystery Mission

    10/19/2018 6:24:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | October 18, 2018 07:30am ET | By Leonard David
    The latest mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane has now passed the 400-day mark . This mission — known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) — was rocketed into Earth orbit on Sept. 7, 2017, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The uncrewed space plane is carrying out secretive duties during the X-37B program's fifth flight. [The X-37B Space Plane: 6 Surprising Facts] Flight duration Each X-37B/OTV mission has set a new flight-duration record for the program: OTV-1 began April 22, 2010, and concluded on...
  • Gov. 'Moonbeam' says California to launch climate satellite

    09/15/2018 12:46:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    The Mainichi (Japan) ^ | September 15, 2018
    California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that the state plans to launch its "own damn satellite" into orbit to battle climate change. The man the late Chicago columnist Mike Royko famously dubbed "Gov. Moonbeam" made the announcement at the conclusion of a two-day climate summit he organized in San Francisco. [Snip] Before Brown's announcement, two prominent Democrats and a Republican mayor criticized Trump for his decision to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord. "While Donald Trump may have pulled out of the climate agreement, the American people have not," former Secretary of State John Kerry said...
  • Shocking satellite photos show entire towns obliterated after Guatemala's 'Volcano of Fire'(tr)

    06/07/2018 9:19:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies ^ | 6/7/18 | NIC WHITE
    Shocking satellite photos show entire towns obliterated after Guatemala's 'Volcano of Fire' buried them in tons of ash that crushed hundreds of homes and burned 300 people alive Volcan de Fuego erupted on Sunday and again on Tuesday, sending ash and smoke 20,000ft into the air Pyroclastic flows destroyed at least seven towns and turned green canyons into grey devastation Rescuers dug up 99 bodies with at least 197 people missing and, they believe, almost certainly dead Searches are hampered by rain, mudslides, poisonous gas, and 1,300F temperatures just below the surface Giant clouds of superheated smoke and ash burned...
  • State Department “N. Korean Satellite Launch Forbidden … Using Ballistic Missile Technology”

    05/06/2018 8:31:57 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    VOA ^ | 2018.5.7 | Baek Sung-won
    State Department “N. Korean Satellite Launch Forbidden … Using Ballistic Missile Technology” [Excerpts: Verbatim Remarks by an Official from the Office of the Spokesperson] “Any satellite launch using ballistic missile technology would be a clear violation of these resolutions.” “Multiple UN Security Council resolutions require North Korea to suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile program, re-establish a moratorium on missile launches, stop conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology, and abandon its ballistic missile program in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner.”
  • Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Expected to Crash in the Next 24 Hours

    04/01/2018 2:38:24 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 49 replies ^ | Apr. 1 , 2018 | Elizabeth Howell
    It's almost crash time for China's falling space station Tiangong-1. As school bus-sized space station began what should be its last day in orbit today (April 1), experts weighed in on the possibilities of space debris – and whether this situation should have happened in the first place. Tiangong-1 is expected to re-enter Earth's atmosphere sometime between Sunday evening and early Monday, according to the European Space Agency. The latest forecast from the non-profit Aerospace Corp. pegged the space station crash at 8:30 p.m. EDT tonight (0030 GMT Monday, April 2), give or take 1.7 hours. But the time of...
  • SpaceX's Satellite Broadband Plans Gets Key Endorsement From FCC Chair

    02/15/2018 6:31:35 AM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | February 14, 2018 | By Emily Price
    Elon Musk’s plan to use satellites to beam Internet to Earth just got a key endorsement Wednesday from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai issued a statement Wednesday in support of the project and urged his colleagues to follow suit: Following careful review of this application by our International Bureau’s excellent satellite engineering experts, I have asked my colleagues to join me in supporting this application and moving to unleash the power of satellite constellations to provide high-speed Internet to rural Americans. If adopted, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services...
  • SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket soars in debut test launch from Florida

    02/06/2018 8:42:54 PM PST · by WMarshal · 96 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Joey Roulette
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - The world's most powerful rocket, SpaceX's Falcon Heavy, roared into space through clear blue skies in its debut test flight on Tuesday from a Florida launch site where moon missions once began, in another milestone for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private rocket service. ..... Then, capitalizing on cost-cutting reusable rocket technology pioneered by SpaceX, the two boosters flew themselves back to Earth for safe simultaneous touchdowns on twin landing pads at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, about eight minutes after launch. Each rocket unleashed a double sonic boom as it neared the landing zone.