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  • Satellite Substitutes Seriously Sought

    01/28/2010 1:35:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 627+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/28/2010 | The Strategy Page
    U.S. Air Force is concerned about American dependence on space satellites, particularly the GPS birds. The air force believes China is developing the ability to carry out a major attack on American military satellites. Their proposed solution is to take GPS out of orbit, and make it portable. High flying aircraft, UAVs or blimps would take over satellite communications, surveillance and navigation (GPS) chores, although for smaller areas. This would make GPS, and other satellite functions, more resilient to attack. This is part of a trend in which military satellites are getting priced out of the market by cheaper manned...
  • India Targets China's Satellites

    01/22/2010 2:02:58 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 382+ views
    Thai-Asian News ^ | 1/22/2010 | Peter J Brown
    Memories in New Delhi run deep about how India's relative tardiness in developing strategic offensive systems [nuclear weapons] redounded in its relegation on 'judgment day' [when the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed in 1968] to the formal category of non-nuclear weapons state," said Sourabh Gupta, senior research associate at Samuels International Associates in Washington, DC. "With its early support of the former US president George W Bush's ballistic missile defense program and its current drive to develop anti-ballistic missile/anti-satellite capability, New Delhi is determined not to make the same mistake twice," added Gupta. "If and when globally negotiated restraints are...
  • Space-based router promises more reliable communications

    01/22/2010 2:09:05 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 423+ views
    GCN ^ | 1/15/2010 | Kathleen Hickey
    The first IP router on a commercial satellite has successfully passed its in-orbit test, moving the military and commercial customers closer to an era of faster satellite communications. The Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology is expected to reduce latency and increase efficiency, said Steven Boutelle, vice president of Cisco Global Government Solutions Group. Boutelle, who served as the U.S. Army’s chief information officer prior to joining Cisco, said IRIS can route data to multiple ground receivers in a single step, eliminating the need to double-hop to a teleport, reducing latency and increasing transponder utilization. The router and modem software...
  • Iridium Unveils Smaller, Lower-Cost Satellite Date Transceiver

    01/21/2010 9:41:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 479+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 1/21/2010 | Iridium Company
    Iridium Communications Inc. today unveiled its next-generation “Iridium 9602” satellite data transceiver at its annual Partners Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. The Iridium 9602 is a full-duplex short-burst data (SBD) transceiver designed for embedded applications in the rapidly growing market for remote asset tracking and monitoring solutions. The product, which is the culmination of a two-year R&D program, has completed prototype testing, and Iridium expects to begin commercial deliveries in June. “The smaller, lower-cost Iridium 9602 will serve as the data communication engine for a wide range of portable tracking and monitoring devices, leveraging Iridium’s global coverage and low-latency, two-way data...
  • Iran to unveil three new home-built satellites

    01/21/2010 1:39:41 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 460+ views
    AFP/Google ^ | 01/21/2010 | AFP
    Iran will unveil three new satellites in February, a report said Wednesday, amid Western concerns that Tehran is using its nuclear and space industries to develop atomic and ballistic weapons. ISNA news agency quoted Communications Minister Reza Taghipour as saying that one of the three home-built communications satellites is still under construction. Taghipour named the three satellites as Toloo (Dawn), Ya Mahdi and Mesbah-2, but did not elaborate on exactly when they would be launched. Ya Mahdi, Taghipour said as quoted by ISNA, was an "experimental satellite" and the launch would be for testing camera and telecommunications equipment. Mesbah-2, which...
  • Possible Space Wars In The Near Future

    01/17/2010 8:42:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies · 943+ views
    RIA Novosti/Space War ^ | 1/18/2010 | by Ilya Kramnik
    The U.S. media suspects China and India of developing anti-satellite weapons. An article to this effect has been published the New Scientist magazine. Until recently, only the Soviet Union, its legal successor Russia and the United States were capable of developing anti-satellite weapons. U.S. analysts now think that China and India are acquiring similar capabilities. To what extent are such fears justified? It is hard to overestimate the role played by military satellite systems. Since the 1970s, an increasingly greater number of troop-control, telecommunications, target-acquisition, navigation and other processes depend on spacecraft which are therefore becoming more important. At this...
  • US Space-Based Missile Warning System Achieves Key Milestone

    The U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin team developing the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program has achieved two key milestones: a testing milestone demonstrating that the ground system is on track to support launch of the first SBIRS geosynchronous (GEO-1) satellite in the constellation, and a maturity milestone moving the ground system into the next level of integration. SBIRS will deliver unprecedented, global, persistent infrared surveillance capabilities by providing early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously supporting other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The testing milestone, known as the Combined Day-In-The-Life Test (CDITL), validated the functionality, performance, and...
  • The Rome-Tehran Axis

    01/14/2010 7:47:58 PM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 288+ views
    WSJ ^ | Jan. 14, 2010
    Italian companies—with Rome's backing—have equipped Iran's military and contributed to the regime's satellite and possibly nuclear programs. When it comes to appeasing the Islamic Republic, no other Western nation has stooped lower than Italy. Amid the international outrage over the Iranian regime's brutalization of its own people, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini warned Europe "must not burn every bridge because Iran is a key figure" in the region. While rejecting any military action to stop Tehran's nuclear weapons program, Mr. Frattini urged the West to "avoid those [sanctions] that are connected with Iranian national pride." What may sound like a...
  • Sattelite Photo of Port-au-Prince Haiti Devastation

    01/14/2010 10:49:09 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 28 replies · 3,033+ views ^ | 1/14/10 |
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  • NASA May Test Refueling Satellites On ISS

    01/12/2010 6:31:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 347+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/12/2010 | Frank Morring, Jr.
    Engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing an in-orbit test bed to validate techniques for refueling satellites that weren’t designed to be refueled, using procedures growing out of the experience gained servicing the Hubble Space Telescope. Preston Burch, the Hubble program manager, said Jan. 11 that the experiment would use the Canadian-built Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, known as Dextre, to simulate cutting into a spacecraft’s insulation, tapping into its fuel plumbing, and refilling its tanks to extend its service life. “We’ve already developed a prototype tool that’s pretty cool that can cut through the external skin or insulation...
  • U.S. Navy To Rely on Netted Iridium Service as Gap-Filler

    01/08/2010 11:09:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 329+ views
    Space News ^ | 01/08/2010 | Turner Brinton
    Facing a looming gap in its mobile satellite communications coverage, the U.S. Navy plans to tap a new service developed by commercial provider Iridium Communications LLC as it waits for its next-generation constellation to come on line. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which buys commercial satellite capacity on behalf of Pentagon users, plans to spend about $20 million this year on the Netted Iridium service, Bruce Bennett, DISA’s director of satellite communications, teleports and services, said in a Dec. 14 interview. DISA spent about $70 million on Iridium mobile satellite services in 2009, and the total amount should increase...
  • Top NPOESS Official To Resign

    01/05/2010 8:52:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 487+ views
    Space News ^ | 1/05/2010 | Turner Brinton
    As the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and U.S. Air Force await direction from the White House on possible changes to a troubled civil-military weather satellite effort, the program’s top official announced he will resign Jan. 8. Dan Stockton, program executive officer for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), informed NOAA, NASA and Defense Department leadership that he will step down to take a job in the private sector, according to a Dec. 24 e-mail sent to colleagues that was obtained by Space News. NOAA spokesman John Leslie confirmed Stockton’s resignation. Stockton has been the program’s...
  • U.S. Air Force Will Pay to Place SBSS Satellite in Storage

    01/04/2010 9:14:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 837+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/04/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force will contract to have its Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite placed into storage due to continued technical difficulties with the Minotaur 4 rocket that have delayed the spacecraft’s launch indefinitely, according to government documents. The Minotaur 4 rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., and based in part on excess missile motors, was originally planned to debut in October 2009 with the SBSS launch. But the Air Force issued a statement that month saying the rocket had problems and would remain grounded indefinitely, though no further explanation was given. In a solicitation...
  • India Developing Anti-satellite Technology

    01/04/2010 9:11:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 499+ views
    Space News ^ | 1/04/2010 | By Peter B. de Selding
    India has begun development of lasers and an exoatmospheric kill vehicle that could be combined to produce a weapon to destroy enemy satellites in orbit, the director-general of India’s defense research organization said Jan. 3. “The kill vehicle, which is needed for intercepting the satellite, needs to be developed, and that work is going on as part of the ballistic missile defense program,” said V.K. Saraswat, director-general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, which is part of India’s Ministry of Defence. In a televised press briefing during the 97th Indian Science Congress in Thiruvananthapuram, Saraswat said the program includes...
  • Launcher Issues Blamed for 14-Month SBSS Slip

    01/01/2010 2:02:32 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 616+ views
    Space News ^ | 12/31/2009 | Space News Staff
    Ongoing problems with the Minotaur 4 rocket will delay by 14 months the launch of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite, government documents show. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center planned to launch SBSS in October 2009 with what would have been the first launch of the new Minotaur 4 rocket, built by Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va. The service announced that month the launch would be indefinitely delayed with technical problems, though no further explanation was given. The Minotaur 4 relies on retired U.S. Peacekeeper missile motors for its first three stages...
  • Couple Stuck in Oregon Snow for 3 Days After GPS Leads Them Astray

    12/28/2009 12:21:51 PM PST · by msrngtp2002 · 60 replies · 2,243+ views ^ | 12/28/09 | Associated Press
    KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Nevada couple letting their SUV's navigation system guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow for three days when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road.
  • Did NASA Blow Up Its Own Carbon Detecting Satellite?

    12/27/2009 5:08:55 AM PST · by joeclarke · 27 replies · 2,352+ views
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 12/27/2009 | JoeClarke.Net
    February 24, 2009, NASA's 280 million dollar Orbiting Carbon Observatory fell into the Antarctic after it failed to make orbit. Now, I'm not a Truther who believes 9/11 was an inside job produced by George Bush, nor am I certain BO is a U.S. citizen, but where there's smoke, there's fire from a burning birth certificate somewhere . . . NASA's carbon checking satellite was launched with the intention of definitively mapping the amount and effects of that evil atom, carbon, on the earth, which has alone been responsible for loading western universities with a non diversity of well funded...
  • U.S. Air Force launches satellite to enhance military communications

    12/11/2009 1:07:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 279+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 12/11/2009 | Defense Professionals
    Air Force officials successfully launched a new-generation military communications satellite from here at 8:47 p.m. EST Dec. 5 when a Delta IV rocket carried a Wideband Global SATCOM into space. WGS satellites are designed to provide high-capacity communications to U.S. military forces and the satellites will augment and eventually replace the Defense Satellite Communication System that has been the Department of Defense's backbone for satellite communications over the last two decades. Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, who had planned to witness the launch from the Morrell Operations Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station prior to a...
  • Newest DSP Likely Failing in Orbit

    12/03/2009 4:05:13 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 478+ views
    Aviation Weekly and Space Technology ^ | 12/07/2009 | Amy Butler
    The U.S. Air Force is asking industry to explore options for quick delivery of a space-based missile warning system, a move which is likely connected to reports that the service's newest ballistic missile warning satellite is failing in orbit. A broad sources sought notice was issued Nov. 24, and a more specific and classified request for information is expected Dec. 1. This flurry of activity is likely a response to concerns of a space-based missile warning gap, according to industry officials. The 23rd Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite, launched into orbit last November, has drifted from its original position in...
  • Iran readies launch of new satellite

    11/09/2009 7:53:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 864+ views
    Space War ^ | 11/09/2009 | Space War Via
    Iran is preparing to launch its second indigenous communications satellite aboard a Safir-2 (Ambassador) booster rocket, an event that will test the country's ballistic missile capabilities. And, if it's successful, it could impact significantly on U.S.-led negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions by demonstrating the Iranians' growing mastery of missile technology. Satellite launch vehicles such as the two-stage Safir-2, believed to be a modified Shehab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile, are generally considered to have a potential application as an intercontinental ballistic missile. Ten months ago Iran successfully launched the Omid 1 (Hope) satellite into orbit atop a 72-foot Safir from...