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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
    Geoeye.com ^ | 1/14/10 | Geoeye.com
    Click here for the zoomable photo.
  • 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
    Foxnews.com ^ | 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...
  • NRO To Loft Several Big Satellites by Mid-2011

    11/08/2009 1:49:39 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 474+ views
    Space News ^ | 11/04/2009 | Warren Ferster
    Several high-priority and high-priced satellites crucial to U.S. national security are slated to launch over the next 15 to 18 months, according to Bruce Carlson, director of the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). During a keynote address here at the Strategic Space Symposium, Carlson did not provide details of the upcoming missions. Most of the NRO’s satellite programs are classified. Carlson noted the launches to make the point that the NRO continues to perform its mission despite having had its struggles in recent years. But Carlson also said the NRO has suffered a steep decline in its research and development...
  • 'Little Buddy' GPS device keeps tabs on your kid

    10/27/2009 5:42:32 PM PDT · by luckybogey · 30 replies · 1,160+ views
    My Fox - Orlando ^ | October 27, 2009 | KELLY JOYCE
    GPS device can track children Updated: Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009, 12:13 AM EDT Published : Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009, 12:13 AM EDT KELLY JOYCE | FOX 35 News ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A GPS device the size of your pinky finger is about to hit store shelves and the web. Some parents say it's a good way to keep track of children given all of the children disappearing in central Florida. The "insignia little buddy tracker" is a Best Buy brand GPS system that's about to hit store shelves. It's already drawn so much interest it's on back...
  • U.S. Intelligence Official Drops Hint About Next-Gen Spy Sat Capability

    10/21/2009 12:23:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 853+ views
    Space News ^ | 10/20/2009 | Warren Ferster
    A new generation of electro-optical imaging satellites to be built by Lockheed Martin pending congressional approval will have an aperturesize of 2.4 meters, a senior U.S.intelligence official said. James R. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, disclosed the aperture size — or diameter of the satellite’s primary imaging mirror — of the Next-Generation Optical satellite system Oct.19 during a keynote address here at the Geoint 2009 Symposium. Technical details and capabilities of the nation’s spy satellites typically are closely guarded secrets. Aperture size and altitude are the two factors that determine a satellite’s imaging resolution, which is the minimum size...
  • First finisher likely won't be on local course (running marathon via satellite)

    10/11/2009 4:50:12 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 3 replies · 235+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA) ^ | 10/11/2009 | Scott Walsh
    There is a good chance that the first runner to complete today's Steamtown Marathon will not be the winner of the race. In fact, that runner won't even be on the 26.2-mile course that begins at Forest City High School and ends in downtown Scranton. Instead, Major Gary Beaty of the United States Army will run the marathon via satellite from his Forward Operating Base in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Here's how it works: Beaty wears a Garmin runner's GPS receiver that accurately records distance, time, average pace and the runner's heart rate. He will run the race on a 1.1-mile circular...
  • Atlas 5 rocket launches secret satellite

    09/13/2009 11:04:16 AM PDT · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,362+ views
    AP ^ | 09 Sep 2009 | AP
    Few details available about military mission ... except that it succeeded An Atlas 5 rocket has lifted off from Florida carrying a highly classified military satellite. The rocket launched into a nearly cloudless sky at 5:35 p.m. ET Tuesday. United Launch Alliance, a joint venture involving Lockheed Martin and Boeing, handled the launch. Eric Brian, a spokesman for the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, declined to say which branch of the military will command the satellite in orbit. Brian said the rocket carried a $500 million payload. The satellite was made by Lockheed Martin. United Launch Alliance...
  • Loch Ness Monster monster spotted on Google Earth

    09/04/2009 2:45:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 69 replies · 3,677+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2009 | staff reporter
    AN eagle-eyed security guard with too much time on his hands claims to have found photographic evidence of the Loch Ness Monster in satellite images. British security guard Jason, 25, told The Sun "I couldn't believe it. It's just like the descriptions of Nessie." Researcher Adrian Shine, of the Loch Ness Project, said: "This is really intriguing. It needs further study." Sightings have been claimed for centuries. The object, pictured to the right, can be found by entering co-ordinates Latitude 5712'52.13"N, Longitude 434'14.16"W in Google Earth.
  • (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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  • Hardware problem blamed on NASA satellite crash (Orbiting Carbon Observatory)

    07/17/2009 3:26:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,884+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/09 | Alicia Chang - ap
    LOS ANGELES – A piece of rocket hardware failed to separate during the launch of a NASA climate satellite earlier this year, causing it crash back to Earth, according to an accident summary released Friday. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory splashed into the ocean near Antarctica on Feb. 24, minutes after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard a Taurus rocket. A team of space experts appointed by NASA to investigate the mishap said the nose cone that protects the satellite did not come off as planned. Although the investigators could not pinpoint the exact cause for the...
  • Global Temperatures Now Measured: 0.0 Degree Increase After 30 Years of "Global Warming" (UAH)

    07/06/2009 7:10:52 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 28 replies · 2,232+ views
    University of Alabama Huntsville ^ | July 3rd, 2009 | Dr. Roy Spencer
    UAH Global Temperature Anomaly for June 09 ~ ZERO There was a lot of speculation last year that our global temperature would recover (increase) from the huge drops last spring. While there has been some recovery, the overall global temperature trend since 1999 has been the subject of much debate. What is not debatable is that the current global temperature anomaly, as determined by a leading authority on global satellite temperature measurements, says we have no departure from “normal” this month. Given the U.S. Senate is about to vote upon the most complex and costly plan to regulate greenhouse gases,...
  • White House to Abandon Spy-Satellite Program

    06/23/2009 2:55:06 PM PDT · by docbnj · 14 replies · 1,612+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 Jun 2009 | Siobhan Gorman
    The Obama administration plans to kill a controversial Bush administration spy satellite program at the Department of Homeland Security, according to officials familiar with the decision. The program came under fire from its inception two years ago. Democratic lawmakers said it would lead to domestic spying. The program would have provided federal, state and local officials with extensive access to spy-satellite imagery — but no eavesdropping capabilities— to assist with emergency response and other domestic-security needs, such as identifying where ports or border areas are vulnerable to terrorism.
  • Japan's Satellite Crashes Into the Moon, Sends Back Footage of Its Demise

    06/22/2009 11:38:10 AM PDT · by llevrok · 52 replies · 2,540+ views
    Gizmodo.Com ^ | 6/22/09 | Adam Frucci
    Japan's Selene satellite has been sending us amazing HD footage of the surface of the moon for a couple of months now, but on June 11th, it finally crashed into the surface. And its final video might be its best. Unfortunately, the crash itself happens just over the line into the dark side of the moon, but you can see its final decent and just how damned close it was to the surface. It's incredible. It seems like it's mere feet above the surface, showing a level of detail never before seen. Amazing Video at link
  • GPS May Be Less Accurate in 2010

    05/15/2009 8:58:55 AM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 17 replies · 1,125+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 15 May, 2009 | Gizmodo
     Due to maintenance issues of our current GPS satellites, geodesist Mike Craymer and his team at Natural Resources Canada have calculated that the accuracy of global positioning systems could start dropping by 2010.According to a report released by the Government Accountability Office in April, the Air Force ran into problems with being able to build GPS satellites under budget and on schedule. For example, three years late from its original launch date, the next GPS satellite will be launched into orbit in November 2009.With the hardware currently being used in space, the replacing and maintaining of satellites is crucial, especially...
  • N. Korea marks month since 'satellite' launch (orbiting normally -- bald lie)

    05/07/2009 6:30:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 655+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/07/09
    N. Korea marks month since 'satellite' launch SEOUL, May 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday reiterated its claim to a successful satellite launch, marking a month of its purported "normal operation" in orbit. Pyongyang insists its April 5 rocket launch orbited a communications satellite, Kwangmyongsong-2, while outside monitors say no such object has entered space.
  • 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
  • The Mullahs’ Satellite Program

    04/13/2009 3:21:03 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 373+ views
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE.com ^ | April 13, 2009 | By Jamie Glazov
    SNIPPET: "Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dr. Sepehr B. Ariannia, a senior member of the Marze Por Gohar (MPG), an Iranian nationalist political party that seeks to establish a secular republic. He has conducted extensive research in satellite communication and semiconductor physics. His recent research is concentrated in the field of Quantum physics. FP: Dr. Sepehr B. Ariannia, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Ariannia: Thank you for having me here. FP: I would like to talk to you today about Iran’s satellite program. Tell us about it please. Ariannia: The Islamic Republic launched a new program in the 90’s which was...
  • US intel chief touts new generation satellites

    04/08/2009 6:49:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 472+ views
    BreitBart ^ | Apr 8 06:44 PM US/Eastern | AFP:
    The US government has endorsed a plan to build a new generation of spy satellites, although funding to boost the Pentagon's imaging capacity still needs congressional approval. Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair said Tuesday that his agency and the Department of Defense had finalized a plan to modernize the fleet of US observation satellites. "Imagery is a core component of our national security that supports our troops, foreign policy, homeland security and the needs of our intelligence community," Blair said in a statement. He said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), which oversees all US spy...
  • N. Korean Rocket Went Up 485km from Ground(in-depth details)

    04/07/2009 8:09:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,053+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 04/08/09 | Kim Min-suk
    /begin my translation N. Korean Rocket Went Up 485km from Ground [JoongAng Ilbo] (S. Korean Aegis ship) King Sejong tracked it ... fell short of orbit due to lack of speed. It is confirmed now that the long-range rocket(Taepodong-2) N. Korea launched on Apr. 5 reached the maximum altitude of 485 km flying above Pacific. Intelligence sources said, "It is our understanding that, due to lack of propulsion, it fell short of reaching earth orbit, and failed." The sources added that Aegis ship King Sejong was also able to track it and determine its maximum altitude." Altitude of 485km above...
  • North Korea failed to put satellite into orbit: US military

    04/06/2009 4:37:34 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 26 replies · 1,035+ views
    Moon Daily ^ | by Staff Writers Washington (AFP
    The US military on Sunday disputed North Korea's claim that it had launched a satellite into space, saying "the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean." "The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean," the commands said. "No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan
  • North Korea says satellite launch coming 'soon' (imminent 'Kwangmyongsong-2' comm satellite launch)

    04/03/2009 7:35:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,446+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/09 | Kwang Tae-Kim - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said preparations to launch a communications satellite into space were complete Saturday morning, and liftoff was imminent. .. the North earlier advised international authorities would take place sometime between Saturday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (0200 to 0700GMT). "Preparations for launching 'Kwangmyongsong-2,' an experimental communications satellite, by carrier rocket 'Unha-2' have been completed at the satellite launching ground in the east coastal area," .. "The satellite will be launched soon."
  • Mexico to build space port

    03/30/2009 6:07:56 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 50 replies · 1,593+ views
    Americas News ^ | 03/30/09
    Mexico City - Mexico plans to begin construction this year on a space port to send satellites aloft, an official said Monday. The facility will be located in the southern state of Quintana Roo on the border with Belize, said state planning minister Jose Alberto Alonso Ovando. The location was chosen after extensive studies in part because of its proximity to the Equator, he said in an interview. Late last year, the Mexican National Congress approved the founding of a national space agency, Aexa. The agency's headquarters will be located in the state of Hidalgo from where it will oversee...
  • N.Korea Rocket Launch Depends on the Weather

    03/27/2009 11:57:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 756+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/27/09
    N.Korea Rocket Launch Depends on the Weather With a long-range rocket installed on a launch pad in North Korea earlier than expected, it will be technically possible to fire it up around Mar. 29 and 30. But experts predict that North Korea will launch it between Apr. 4 and 8 as it has notified international organizations. The timeline between these dates was apparently chosen to coincide with the opening of the Supreme People's Assembly slated for Apr. 9. The selection of a specific launch date will probably be determined by the weather. Prof. Kim Yong-hyun of Dongguk University on Thursday...
  • (5th LD) N. Korea gives notice of satellite launch in early April (coordinates of impact zone given)

    03/12/2009 8:36:59 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 671+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/12/09 | Kim Hyun
    (5th LD) N. Korea gives notice of satellite launch in early April By Kim Hyun SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea gave a notice that it will launch a satellite between April 4-8, an international agency said Thursday, prompting brisk talks among regional countries to prepare their coordinated measures. Pyongyang's state media said earlier in the day that it has informed the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the planned launch, without specifying the date. The IMO confirmed it has received a letter from Pyongyang that said the launch would be between April...
  • N. Korea likely to fire a rocket between April 4-8

    03/11/2009 9:05:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1,156+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/12/09
    N. Korea likely to fire a rocket between April 4-8 SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea told an international organization that it would launch a rocket between April 4-8, an intelligence source said Thursday. "North Korea informed the International Maritime Organization of its plan to fire the Kwangmyongson-2 between April 4-8," the source told Yonhap News Agency.
  • North Korea to launch satellite in April

    03/11/2009 8:59:14 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 7 replies · 820+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 12 March 2009
    NORTH Korea plans to stage its rocket launch between April 4-8, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports It quoted South Korean intelligence sources as saying the North has informed the International Maritime Organisation of the planned dates. The North's official media reported earlier it had informed the IMO of the upcoming launch, which it says is aimed at putting a satellite into orbit. It gave no date. The North gave the IMO, the International Civil Aviation Organisation and other world bodies "necessary information for the safe navigation of planes and ships" as part of preparations for launching "an experimental communications...
  • Armchair explorers: Surprising finds in satellite photography

    03/10/2009 10:43:24 AM PDT · by Squidpup · 15 replies · 1,560+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 10, 2009 | CSMonitor
    Outside of Tucson, Ariz., the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is used to store old planes. The airplane 'boneyard' houses thousands of decomissioned military aircraft. The base is still in use, and you can find many active aircraft slightly to the northwest.
  • N. Korea warns intercepting 'satellite' will prompt counterstrike+

    03/08/2009 6:10:34 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 33 replies · 1,233+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/9/9 | Unknown to me
    PYONGYANG/BEIJING, March 9 (AP) - (Kyodo)—North Korea warned Monday that any move to intercept what it calls a satellite launch and what other countries suspect may be a missile test-firing would result in a counterstrike against the countries trying to stop it. "We will retaliate (over) any act of intercepting our satellite for peaceful purposes with prompt counterstrikes by the most powerful military means," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted a spokesman of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army as saying. If countries such as the United States, Japan or South Korea try to intercept the launch,...
  • NASA global warming satellite crashes after launch

    02/24/2009 10:47:23 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 622+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 24, 2009 | ALICIA CHANG
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A NASA mission to monitor global warming from space ended Tuesday when a satellite plunged into the ocean near Antarctica minutes after launch. An equipment malfunction was apparently to blame, officials said. The loss of the $280 million mission came a month after Japan launched the world's first spacecraft to track global warming emissions. The failure dealt a blow to NASA, which had hoped to send up its own satellite to measure carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas behind human-caused global warming.
  • NASA global warming satellite lands in ocean (Ooops)

    02/24/2009 6:16:00 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies · 1,105+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | Feb. 24, 2009
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - A rocket carrying a NASA global warming satellite has landed in the ocean near Antarctica after a failed launch. The Taurus XL rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory blasted off early Tuesday morning from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. But launch managers say that several minutes later, the payload fairing, which shelters the satellite, apparently failed to separate from the launch vehicle. Taurus program manager John Brunschwyler says the rocket splashed into the ocean. He's with the rocket's maker, Orbital Sciences Corp. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further...
  • NASA satellite crashes near Antarctica

    02/24/2009 11:29:05 AM PST · by pleikumud · 40 replies · 1,228+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2009 | Michael Muskal
    $280-million mission to study global warming fails as spacecraft falls short of orbit. A rocket carrying a NASA satellite designed to study global warming crashed near Antarctica, failing to reach orbit after it was launched this morning, according to officials. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite never reached orbit after it took off about 2 a.m. Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, NASA said in a posting on its website.
  • Rocket with NASA global warming satellite crashes ($280 M of taxpayers' money)

    02/24/2009 8:50:29 AM PST · by truthandlife · 33 replies · 649+ views
    AP ^ | 2/24/09
    A rocket carrying a NASA satellite crashed near Antarctica after a failed launch early today, ending a $280 million mission to track global warming from space. The Taurus XL rocket carrying the Orbiting Carbon Observatory blasted off just before 3 a.m. (Mountain time) from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base. But a preliminary investigation found that minutes later, a cover protecting the satellite during launch failed to separate from the rocket. Colorado State University scientists were supposed to lead a project using data from the satellite to determine how carbon dioxide is absorbed by Earth, and what the effect would be...