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  • Mayak - (Russian for Lighthouse) Satellite

    07/11/2017 6:53:26 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 3 replies
    Spaceflight101.com ^ | Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | Staff
    Mayak, Russian for ‘Lighthouse or Beacon,’ is a crowd-funded 3U CubeSat developed by a group called ‘Your Sector of Space’ with support from the Moscow State University of Mechanical Engineering to create an experimental mission for establishing an artificial star – the brightest object in the night sky aside from the Moon. Mayak is expected to deploy four triangular reflectors, each with a surface of 4m², forming a large tetrahedral reflector with a reflection coefficient of 95%. Based on pre-flight analysis, Mayak will reach an optical magnitude of -10 at the beginning of the flight – surpassing the brightness of...
  • Ghana launches its first satellite into space

    07/08/2017 7:21:00 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 16 replies
    BBC ^ | 07 July 2017
    Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space. GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre. Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards. It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000). It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana's coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.
  • VANITY--Finally Cut the Cord!

    07/04/2017 6:37:47 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 50 replies
    Called today when my temporary discount ran out on Direct TV--bill jumped back up to $105+ a month. Ordered a UHF 80 mile antenna--live between Rochester and Syracuse NY. Probably going to get a rotor as well. Hubby is a football fan, though. . . FREE-DOM!!
  • Vanguard 1 Still In Orbit (launced March 17, 1958)

    06/05/2017 8:46:24 AM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    Satflare.com ^ | 6/5/2017 | Sefl
    Vanguard 1, the 4th artificial Earth satellite (2nd US satellite) was launced into orbit March 17, 1958 and is still circling the Earth. It can be tracked via this website: http://www.satflare.com/track.asp?q=00005#TOP The first three satellites (Sputnik 1 and Sputnik 2 (USSR) and Explorer 1 (US) no longer remain in orbit.
  • Japan launches its first military communications satellite

    01/24/2017 10:24:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin
    jlltsubo.com ^ | Jan 24, 2017 | Edna Parker
    The launch of Kirameki-2 satellite, conducted within the program of modernization of the Self-Defense Forces' ability to improve dealing with security challenges, was broadcast online via Internet.... The Kirameki-2, operating with X-band technology, is one of three defence communications satellites which will replace three civilian satellites used by the SDF. The legislation, which loosens constraints imposed by the war-renouncing Constitution, came into force last March. ... Kirameki-1 is expected to operate over the Pacific Ocean and the Kirameki-3 over Japan. It will be used to share information among Japan's Self-Defence Forces units deployed worldwide.
  • Revolutionary NASA/NOAA GOES-R Geostationary Weather Satellite Awesome Night Launch

    11/20/2016 6:45:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    universe today ^ | 20 Nov , 2016
    “It’s a dramatic leap in capability – like moving from black and white TV to HDTV,” explained Greg Mandt, the NOAA GOES-R program manager during a prelaunch media briefing in the cleanroom processing facility at Astrotech. “This is a very exciting time,” explained Greg Mandt, the NOAA GOES-R program manager during the Astrotech cleanroom briefing. “This is the culmination of about 15 years of intense work for the great team of NOAA and NASA and our contractors Lockheed Martin and Harris.” “We are bringing the nation a new capability. The GOES program has been around for about 40 years and...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 4)

    09/23/2016 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 2 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 19 Sep 2016 | Dwayne A. Day
    In August 1968, Soviet forces invaded their captive ally Czechoslovakia. The invasion began with an intense electronic warfare campaign against the Czech air defense network. A declassified secret US Defense Intelligence Agency report, titled “Soviet Electronic Countermeasures During Invasion of Czechoslovakia” and produced in October 1968, provided substantial detail on Soviet electronic warfare actions. It stated, “Electronic countermeasure activity was concentrated southeast and east of Prague to screen and protect Soviet air movements.” It added, “Jamming apparently was not targeted in the radio frequency range of NATO radars; the locations of chaff seeding suggests that it was not intended to...
  • Israel’s aerospace industry fears fallout from satellite loss

    09/02/2016 7:45:29 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 2 Sept | Staff
    The launchpad destruction of an advanced Israeli communications satellite may have dealt a blow to the country’s aerospace industry, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) said Friday. ...
  • U.S. military communications satellite fails to reach intended orbit

    08/03/2016 7:00:47 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2 Aug 2016 | Irene Klotz
    A propulsion system problem has left a U.S. military communications satellite short of its intended orbit, leaving a key communications network over the Middle East, Africa and Asia without a spare, officials said on Tuesday.
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 3), SIGINT satellites go to war

    07/06/2016 10:06:05 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 7 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 5 July 2016 | Dwayne A. Day
    By early 1968, the United States military was involved in an escalating ground and air war in Vietnam. American aircraft were being shot down at the rate of nearly one a day, and Operation Rolling Thunder, the bombing of North Vietnam, was in full swing as B-52s unloaded racks of bombs over the jungle. The US Air Force was engaged in a constant battle against Vietnamese SA-2 surface to air missiles (SAMs), jamming them and spoofing them, electrons dueling invisibly in the air. American airmen with the job of physically destroying the missiles, going by the name Wild Weasels, went...
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 2) Black black boxes

    06/28/2016 4:14:42 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 18 replies
    The Space Review ^ | June 27 2016 | Dwayne Day
    By fall 1959, a number of CORONA photo-reconnaissance spacecraft had already been launched under cover of the Discoverer program, but none had operated successfully. Program officials became concerned that the Agena spacecraft that carried CORONA might be vulnerable to tracking by Soviet radars, or possibly even deliberate electronic interference. They did not think this explained CORONA’s early string of failures, but it was a possibility they worried about. At the time, Harold Willis was working in the Office of ELINT located at CIA Headquarters when CORONA officials briefed him about their program and told him about their concerns. Willis also...
  • FIVE ODD-LOOKING SATELLITES FROM NASA'S PAST

    06/22/2016 4:28:52 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 31 replies
    Vanguard 1 was the fourth satellite launched into space and the first that was solar powered. It was also, perhaps, the most successful of the early satellites. Though Vanguard 1 weighed in at a paltry 3.2 pounds, it remained operational for 2,200 days, and took readings from space which showed that the Earth is slightly pear-shaped. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev derided Vanguard as "the grapefruit satellite" (probably out of jealousy). Vanguard 1 remains in orbit to this day, making it the oldest manmade satellite in space.
  • The wizard war in orbit (part 1)

    06/21/2016 7:08:55 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    The Space Review ^ | 20 June 2016 | Dwayne Day
    Tales of espionage are filled with lanky men in trenchcoats walking through cold Berlin streets at the height of the Cold War. But the most important intelligence—in terms of volume and reliability—was gathered by reconnaissance satellites far overhead. These satellites were precise, they collected vast amounts of information, and unlike spies, they did not forget, embellish, lie, or go rogue. Photographic reconnaissance satellites like CORONA, GAMBIT, HEXAGON, and KENNEN were in many ways the most prolific spooks. But they were also accompanied by other satellites, signals intelligence, or SIGINT, satellites that listened for the electronic whispers of radars and radios,...
  • Skygazers Have Already Found the US Government's New Spy Satellite

    06/20/2016 9:20:55 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 24 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 19 June 2016
    Last week, the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37, carrying its latest spy satellite into geosynchronous orbit via Delta IV-Heavy rocket. But it only took amateur space enthusiasts a few days to locate the mysterious new craft in the skies near Malaysia, over the Strait of Malacca. While the contents and capabilities of the NROL-37 mission's payload are classified (the satellite is innocuously labeled US-268), its need to hitch a ride on the world's biggest rocket strongly suggests it is the seventh member of the Mentor/Orion family, an extra-large class of signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites which help provide eavesdropping capability...
  • ‘Quasi’ Moon Discovered Orbiting Earth

    06/16/2016 10:52:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies
    VOA news ^ | 6-16-16 | unattributed
    Astronomers have discovered a new “quasi” moon orbiting Earth. 2016 HO3, as the asteroid is called, is at least 40 meters across and could be larger, up to 100 meters, researchers say, but it’s too far from Earth to qualify as a true satellite or mini-moon. "Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "One other asteroid -- 2003...
  • Surveillance satellite launching Thursday atop Delta 4-Heavy rocket

    06/08/2016 8:24:34 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 14 replies
    SpaceFlight Now ^ | June 7, 2016 | Justin Ray
    Surveillance satellite launching Thursday atop Delta 4-Heavy rocket CAPE CANAVERAL — One of the largest satellites in the world will launch aboard America’s biggest operational booster Thursday, riding that power to a listening post 22,300 miles above the planet for its clandestine eavesdropping mission, all indications suggest. A United Launch Alliance Delta 4-Heavy rocket will fly from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 at 1:59 p.m. EDT (1759 GMT). Although the duration of the day’s usable launch window has not been revealed, officials previously said liftoff would occur by 6:30 p.m. EDT (2230 GMT). Weather forecasters say there is a risk of...
  • North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

    02/08/2016 11:26:48 AM PST · by familyop · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | ERIC TALMADGE
    TOKYO (AP) -- Here's a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea's newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling the Earth, according to NORAD, the North American Aerospace Command, which monitors all satellites in orbit. Both of the Kwangmyongsong, or "Shining Star," satellites complete their orbits in about 94 minutes and based on data released by international organizations tracking them, the new one passed almost right over Levi's Stadium about an hour...
  • New details of Chinese space weapons revealed

    10/15/2015 10:05:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 14 Oct 2015 | Bill Gertz
    A forthcoming report by the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission provides new details of China’s space-weapons programs, dubbed counterspace arms, that are aimed at destroying or jamming U.S. satellites and limiting American combat operations around the world. “China is pursuing a broad and robust array of counterspace capabilities, which includes direct-ascent anti-satellite missiles, co-orbital anti-satellite systems, computer network operations, ground-based satellite jammers and directed energy weapons,” a late draft of the commission’s annual report states. “China’s nuclear arsenal also provides an inherent anti-satellite capability.”
  • Russian Satellite Maneuvers, Silence Worry Intelsat

    10/10/2015 4:52:08 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 20 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | October 9, 2015 | Mike Gruss
    WASHINGTON — A mysterious Russian military satellite parked itself between two Intelsat satellites in geosynchronous orbit for five months this year, alarming company executives and leading to classified meetings among U.S. government officials. The Russian satellite, alternatively known as Luch or Olymp, launched in September 2014 and seven months later moved to a position directly between the Intelsat 7 and Intelsat 901 satellites, which are located within half a degree of one another 36,000 kilometers above the equator. At times, the Russian satellite maneuvered to about 10 kilometers of the Intelsat space vehicles, sources said, a distance so close that...
  • Top Secret Spy Satellite Info on N Korea Nuclear Assets Found in Hillary's email Server

    09/02/2015 4:38:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 09/01/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Solomon reports part of concern about the information being unsecured on Clinton’s home server is that it could have been hacked by the North Koreans–who would then know more about U.S. spying capabilities. Solomon reports the information was likely summarized from a secure site and sent in unclassified systems up the chain to Clinton. “One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites. “Multiple intelligence sources...