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  • DSP Satellite System Celebrates 40 Years

    11/18/2010 9:30:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    SPX via Space War ^ | 11/11/2010 | Capt. Chris Castle
    Tomorrow the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first launch of the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite. It was the beginnings of a satellite constellation that has been providing space-based infrared missile warning to our nation's leaders for four decades. On, Nov. 6, 1970 the launch of the maiden DSP spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla. was accomplished. During the last several decades, a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, acquisition specialists, civilian contractors and space professionals has ensured that the DSP system performed better than advertised and lasted much longer than designed....
  • NATO to offer Russia access to US satellite data (Barf Alert)

    11/14/2010 11:58:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    ASDNews ^ | 11/12/2010 | ASDNews
    NATO will offer Russia access to some US military satellite data in exchange for its participation in a missile shield project for continental Europe, a Moscow newspaper reported Friday. The offer will come as part of a broader deal to be extended to Russia at the NATO-Russia Council that immediately follows the 28-member Alliance's November 19-20 summit in Lisbon, Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoted a NATO source as saying. NATO officials in Brussels could not immediately confirm the report. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accepted an invitation to attend the talks, which besides long-range missile defences will also focus on NATO's activities...
  • 'Space fence' passes design review

    11/03/2010 11:38:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 11/3/2010 | UPI
    A project to give the U.S. Air Force enhanced space surveillance capability for detecting and tracking space objects has passed its system design review. The Raytheon Co. said the system design review of its "Space Fence" program included the prototyping of critical system elements to demonstrate increased technical and manufacturing readiness levels. "As our nation's defense becomes increasingly more dependent on the space domain, a system like Space Fence will be a critical component in the space surveillance network, tracking tens of thousands of objects daily," said David Gulla, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense...
  • Pak, China to launch joint communications satellite in 2011

    10/21/2010 6:06:28 AM PDT · by GreatJoeMcCarthy · 2 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Oct 20, 2010 | Indian Government Release
    BEIJING: Pakistan is closely collaborating with China to launch a joint space communications satellite next year that will be a milestone in their friendship, the country's envoy here said today. The new satellite called Paksat-1R will bring immense economic benefits to Pakistan, Pakistani Ambassador to China, Masood Khan, said. He made the remarks while addressing an official function here to mark the anniversary of the establishment of the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). The agreement to launch the satellite and set up a joint communications project was reached during Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to China in 2008....
  • Red China: PLA Expands Network of Military Reconnaissance Satellites

    08/28/2010 2:01:43 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation China Brief ^ | 8/19/2010 | Russell Hsiao
    On August 9, China launched the remote sensing satellite Yaogan-10 (military designation: Jianbing) into orbit from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Situated in the northwest of Shanxi Province, the site is a space and defense launch facility reportedly used for testing the Chinese military’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and overland submarine-launched ballistic missiles (Globalsecurity.org). This event marks the sixth Chinese launch this year via the CZ-4C Chang Zheng-4C (Long March) launch vehicle and follows a surge in satellite launches that appear to reflect the Chinese determination to beef up its reconnaissance satellite network and end its dependence upon foreign satellite systems....
  • Consumers Dropping Pay TV Services

    08/24/2010 6:18:17 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 120 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 8/23/2010 | Patrick Seitz
    The number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telecom TV services in the U.S. fell for the first time ever in the second quarter, according to research firm SNL Kagan. The U.S. multichannel TV market lost 216,000 customers last quarter, vs. a gain of 378,000 a year ago. The total number of subscribers to cable, satellite and telecom video fell to 100.1 million in the second quarter, SNL Kagan says.
  • Sun eruption may have spawned zombie satellite

    07/14/2010 9:16:53 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    msnbc ^ | 7/14/2010 10:26:49 AM ET | Zoe Macintosh
    Scientists have identified a massive eruption from the sun in April that reached all the way to Earth and may be responsible for knocking out a satellite, creating a so-called "zombie satellite." The huge explosion of plasma and magnetic energy, called as a coronal mass ejection, occurred on April 3 and was observed by NASA's sun-watching STEREO spacecraft, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. The laboratory released new images of the solar storm last week. The solar storm appears to have disabled the Intelsat communications satellite Galaxy 15, NRL officials said. Galaxy 15 lost contact with its ground controllers...
  • ISRO opens a big door of opportunity in space tech for students

    07/12/2010 10:22:35 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    EE Herald ^ | 12 July 2010 | EE Herald
    Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) of ISRO has successfully placed 5 satellites. The advanced CARTOSAT - 2B is the major payload accompanied by four auxiliary satellites. The interesting part of this launch is, particularly for Indian engineering academics is one of the satellite called STUDSAT, a pico-satellite weighing less than 1 kg, is made by students from a consortium of seven engineering colleges in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Few days back ISRO had launched RH200 rocket carrying payload developed by students from Vellore Institute of Technology University (VITU). This is clearly a big opportunity for space technology addicts, so they...
  • ISRO opens a big door of opportunity in space tech for students

    07/12/2010 10:22:35 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 1 replies
    EE Herald ^ | 12 July 2010 | EE Herald
    Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) of ISRO has successfully placed 5 satellites. The advanced CARTOSAT - 2B is the major payload accompanied by four auxiliary satellites. The interesting part of this launch is, particularly for Indian engineering academics is one of the satellite called STUDSAT, a pico-satellite weighing less than 1 kg, is made by students from a consortium of seven engineering colleges in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Few days back ISRO had launched RH200 rocket carrying payload developed by students from Vellore Institute of Technology University (VITU). This is clearly a big opportunity for space technology addicts, so they...
  • Space sensors detect, track missile launch

    07/09/2010 4:49:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    UPI ^ | 7/9/2010 | UPI
    Demonstration satellites built by Northrop Grumman and Raytheon successfully tracked a ground-based missile launch in a systems test last month. Tracking data generated by satellite sensors was transmitted to the Missile Defense Integration and Operation Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., which serves as the ground station for the two demonstration spacecraft, Northrop Grumman said in a news release "The STSS satellites operated as expected and the system generated high-quality track data during the boost phase in this first missile test of capabilities," said Gabe Watson, vice president, missile defense and missile warning programs for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
  • S. Korea's 1st geostationary ocean-weather satellite placed into orbit

    06/26/2010 6:51:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Joongang Daily ^ | 6/27/2010 | Joongang Daily
    South Korea's first geostationary ocean-weather satellite has successfully reached Earth's orbit after being launched from Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, the government said Sunday. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said the Chollian communication, ocean and meteorological satellite (COMS) blasted off from French Guiana on an Ariane 5-ECA rocket at 6:41 a.m. (Korea Time) after encountering minor technical problems on Thursday and Friday that delayed the launch. The Chollian successfully reached "geostationary transfer orbit" and separated from the second stage rocket roughly 32 minutes after takeoff, the ministry in charge of the country's space program said. It...
  • Converted Russian ICBM Takes German Satellite Into Orbit

    06/23/2010 10:02:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    RIA Novosti via Space Daily ^ | 6/22/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Daily
    A converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile took Germany's TanDEM-X satellite into orbit on Monday, a military spokesman said. The RS-20B carrier rocket lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 6:14 Moscow time [2:14 GMT]. This is the 16th launch of an international satellite under the Dnepr program involving Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, which converts RS-20 ICBMs (classified by NATO as the SS-18 Satan) into carrier rockets to put satellites into low Earth orbit. Around 50 satellites have been put into orbit so far. "The RS-20B rocket took the TanDEM-X satellite into orbit," Col. Vadim Koval said....
  • Israel Launches New Spy Satellite; Iran ‘Under the Microscope’

    06/22/2010 1:44:06 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 10 replies
    Israel National News ^ | June 22, 2010 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israel successfully launched the ”Ofek 9” military spy satellite late Tuesday night from the Palmakhim base in central Israel, south of Tel Aviv, and the Defense Ministry said all systems are working.
  • Prototype Hyperspectral Satellite Fast-Tracked to Begin Official Spy Work for Military

    06/13/2010 1:16:23 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 510+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 6/11/2010 | Rebecca Boyle
    After a year of tests, a hyperspectral spy satellite is being called into service this weekend as a military reconnaissance tool, the Air Force says. The Tactical Satellite-3, or TacSat-3, uses hyperspectral imaging to identify objects of interest in the ground and supply coordinates for them. Within 10 minutes of passing overhead, laptop-sized ground terminals can mark points of interest for combat troops, as the Register reports. In its 13-month experimental flight, TacSat-3 assisted with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti and Chile, and took more than 2,100 photos with its Advanced Responsive Tactically Effective Military Imaging Spectrometer, or ARTEMIS. Everything...
  • Syrian Secrets Revealed From On High

    06/02/2010 9:26:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 1,054+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 6/2/2010 | The Strategy Page
    In the last few months, Lebanese terror group Hezbollah appears to have received over a hundred M600 ballistic missiles from Syria. Now, after many people scoured Google Earth satellite photos of Syria and Lebanon, looking for the weapons, something particularly interesting was found in northern Syria, outside the town of Masyaf. Google Earth users noted five compounds, that appear to be closed to all but authorized personnel. Inside these compounds there appeared to be entrances to bunkers dug into adjacent hills. In 2003, Syrian sources reported that Iraqi chemical weapons were sent to Syria, and some were storied in bunkers...
  • Glitch shows how much US military relies on GPS

    06/01/2010 10:28:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 510+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | 6/1/2010 | AP via Google News
    A problem that rendered as many as 10,000 U.S. military GPS receivers useless for days is a warning to safeguard a system that enemies would love to disrupt, a defense expert says. The Air Force has not said how many weapons, planes or other systems were affected or whether any were in use in Iraq or Afghanistan. But the problem, blamed on incompatible software, highlights the military's reliance on the Global Positioning System and the need to protect technology that has become essential for protecting troops, tracking vehicles and targeting weapons. "Everything that moves uses it," said John Pike, director...
  • What’s behind the secrecy of the X-37B? Probably cover for another satellite launched with it

    06/01/2010 1:53:28 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 16 replies · 645+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | June 1, 2010 | Corky Boyd
    On April 22 the Air Force launched the X-37B, an unmanned miniature space shuttle look-alike that was cloaked in secrecy and described in official gobbledygook that still defies the best decryption efforts of NSA. Here’s a sample:...“The program supports technology risk reduction, experimentation and operational concept development.” Nothing about this mission makes sense. What aroused my curiosity was an article in the NY Times that Harvard astronomer Jonathan Mc Dowell had reported the upper stage was sent into an unknown orbit around the sun. Now the upper stage of any launch vehicle shoves the main payload into its final orbit,...
  • Paperless Navigation

    05/31/2010 7:59:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 462+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/31/2010 | The Strategy Page
    After five years of testing, the U.S. Navy is finally entering the digital age for navigation. Five years ago, the first all digital navigation system was installed, in the USS Cape St. George (a cruiser). Called the Voyage Management System (VMS), this version used 29 CDs containing the 12,000 paper nautical charts that were stored in several large filing cabinets on the Cape St. George. The current version of VMS puts all the electronic charts on one high density DVD, or a portable hard drive. The navy has been working on VMS since the 1990s, and the first thing they...
  • Air Force Launches Long-awaited First GPS 2F Satellite

    05/30/2010 10:02:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 441+ views
    Space news ^ | 5/27/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force on May 27 successfully launched the first of a new generation of GPS satellites aboard a Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the service announced May 28. The GPS 2F-1 satellite was placed into a roughly 17,600-kilometer orbit and joins an operational constellation of 30 previous-generation GPS satellites, the Air Force press release said. The GPS 2F satellites are more powerful than previous GPS satellites, generating more robust, jam-resistant signals, according to prime contractor Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of Seal Beach, Calif. The satellites will also provide a third civil signal...
  • Satellite Pictures Seen of Hizbullah Base on Syrian Soil

    05/28/2010 10:03:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 538+ views
    inn ^ | 5/28/10 | staff
    Hizbullah terrorists are running weapons to Lebanon from secret arms depots in Syria where the terrorists have been accorded their own living quarters, arms storage site and a fleet of trucks, according to the London Times, which claims to HIzbullah is allowed to operate this site freely. have been shown satellite images of one of the compounds. It is said to be situated near the town of Adra, northeast of Damascus. The Times quoted a security source, who said, "HIzbullah is allowed to operate this site freely. They often move the arms in bad weather when Israeli satellites are unable...