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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...
  • Projects of combat space complexes

    05/26/2010 11:04:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 243+ views
    Fas.org ^ | unkown | Maxim Taraskenko]
    In late 1960s- early 1970s the United States began works on studying of feasibility of using the outer space for performing combat activities in space and from space. The Government of the USSR by a set of Decrees (first one issued in 1976) assigned domestic activities in this field to a group of organizations-developers led by Energia NPO. During 1970s - 1980s the complex of research was performed to determine possible ways of creation of space means, capable of solving tasks of striking spacecraft of military destination, ballistic missiles in flight, as well as particularly important airborne, sea-borne and ground-based...
  • The FOBS of War

    05/26/2010 12:20:41 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 357+ views
    AIr Force Magazine ^ | 6/1/2005 | Lt. Col Braxton Eisel
    In the movie “Space Cowboys,” Clint Eastwood plays a test pilot/engineer who leads a group of aging astronauts on a mission to retrieve a nuclear-armed satellite, which had been put into space by a Soviet Union that then ceased to exist. It was, at least in small part, a case of art imitating life. During the Cold War, both superpowers contemplated the deployment of nuclear weapons in space. However, Moscow did more than contemplate. During the 1960s, the USSR had an operational system ready to go into orbit to attack the United States. This weapon was a combined low-flying missile...
  • Obama decides to unilaterally announce secret U.S. missile tests, satellite launches

    05/21/2010 9:17:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies · 1,636+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 5/21/10 | Andrew Malcolm
    Obama has decided to pre-announce to the world once-secret American ballistic missile tests and satellite launches. The Democratic administration's goal is to show a friendlier face to other countries and to coax Russia to do the same. It's part of a confidence-boosting initiative launched, so to speak, last fall when Obama suddenly abandoned the U.S. missile-defense system in Eastern Europe that had exercised the Russians, though it was aimed at potential future missiles from Iran. Obama hoped such a unilateral U.S. forfeiture would encourage Russia to put pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear weapons development. So far no good...
  • Improving Data Download From Outer Space

    05/21/2010 12:40:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 247+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 5/21/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Satellite systems in space keyed to detect nuclear events and environmental gasses currently face a kind of data logjam because their increasingly powerful sensors produce more information than their available bandwidth can easily transmit. Experiments conducted by Sandia National Laboratories at the International Space Station preliminarily indicate that the problem could be remedied by orbiting more complex computer chips to pre-reduce the large data stream. While increased satellite on-board computing capabilities ideally would mean that only the most useful information would be transmitted to Earth, an unresolved question had been how well the latest in computing electronics would fare in...
  • Air Force: Tests didn't include troubled GPS unit

    05/18/2010 8:54:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 289+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | 5/17/2010 | AP via Google News
    military did no advance testing on a specific type of military GPS receiver that had problems picking up locator signals after a change in ground-control software, the Air Force said Monday. The Air Force tested other equipment, but none of it contained the type of receiver that was unable to lock on to Global Positioning System satellites after the change, said Joe Davidson, a spokesman for the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The manufacturer of the receivers, Trimble Advanced and Military Systems, said it ran its own advance tests using specifications from the Air Force GPS Wing and...
  • Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming

    05/11/2010 11:49:43 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies · 1,948+ views
    hosted ^ | May 11
    LONDON (AP) -- A TV communications satellite is drifting out of control thousands of miles above the Earth, threatening to wander into another satellite's orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States, the satellites' owners said Tuesday. Communications company Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 8....
  • Zombie Satellite Causes Astronomical Buzz

    05/11/2010 6:35:35 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 12 replies · 733+ views
    Yahoo Buzz Log ^ | 5/11/10 | Claudine Zap
    Don't be alarmed. High above your heads, a zombie satellite is on the loose. OK, actually, it won't really be a bother to us earthlings. Or at least to most of us. (More on that later.) But the rogue communications satellite is wreaking havoc in Earth's orbit and does threaten to interfere with signals coming from other satellites. === Why on earth we should care: The "zombiesat" (as its known in space talk) could steal a working sat signal, and interrupt programming for its customers. Yes, that means our television programs. The horror. As the blog Boing Boing points out,...
  • Air Force Working Through GPS Receiver Problems

    05/07/2010 10:25:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 287+ views
    Space News ^ | 5/7/2010 | Turner Brinton
    More than 8,000 deployed military GPS receivers experienced compatibility problems with the most recent upgrade to the timing and navigation constellation’s ground control segment, but the U.S. Air Force has implemented an interim fix while it validates a permanent solution. When the Air Force upgraded the GPS Operational Control Segment Jan. 11, some military users began reporting their systems were losing GPS signals. The problem was isolated to a specific type of GPS receiver known as the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) deployed in at least 86 U.S. weapons systems that were having trouble authenticating a new messaging format implemented...
  • GPS Compatibility Problem Sidelines Some U.S. Weapons Systems

    05/03/2010 6:19:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 464+ views
    Space News ^ | 05/03/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The most recent upgrade to the GPS ground control segment created an incompatibility issue with a specific type of military GPS receiver used on at least 86 different U.S. weapon systems, some of which cannot be used until the problem is fixed, according to the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force said in an April 30 posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website that it gave a $900,000 sole source contract in February to the receivers’ maker — Trimble Advanced & Military Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., — to help the Air Force Space Command’s GPS Wing track downand modify the...
  • Satellite Balloon Launch Goes Horribly Wrong

    Massive delicate NASA Satellite turned into a runaway wrecking ball thanks to some unexpected winds. Thankfully no one died, but there were a few people that had to scramble for their lives. You can see the video here.
  • Army puts safeguards in place for satellite transmissions

    04/29/2010 8:35:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 346+ views
    Defense Systems ^ | 4/28/2010 | William Welsh
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants an organization that develops spacecraft to join its System F6 satellite demonstration to show that a third-party payload can plug into an on-orbit network and share communications, processing and other functions across several spacecraft, reports Graham Warwick at Aviation Week’s Ares blog. A request for information for the third-party payload spacecraft module of the System Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying (F6) Spacecraft project was issued April 26. Responses are due by May 17. Having a non-DARPA satellite successfully connect to the network on orbit will be a key test of the System F6...
  • U.S. Spy Satellite Program Could Be Undermined By Flagging Demand For Rocket Motors

    04/28/2010 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | 4/22/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D
    Butler of Aviation Week & Space Technology reported last week that the super-secret National Reconnaissance Office will be launching new spy satellites over the next two years at the highest rate since the Reagan era. Butler quotes NRO director Bruce Carlson as stating that several "very large, very critical" spacecraft will be sent into orbit by his agency -- presumably systems that collect imagery of surface targets or eavesdrop on the radio-frequency transmissions of potential adversaries. Combined with impending launches of new military-communications and missile-warning satellites, news of the spy-satellite payloads will come as welcome news to the nation's endangered...
  • Speeding Tickets Now Coming From Outer Space

    04/22/2010 11:48:48 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 28 replies · 737+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 22 April 2010 | Brian Barrett
     As though cameras on top of every traffic light weren't bad enough already: there's now a trial run of satellites that will catch you speeding, over a several-block range, from hundreds of miles up. Hope for clouds, I guess?The SpeedSpike system is being tested at two locations in London, and works a little differently than your typical trap: cameras on the ground are assisted by satellites that are capable of calculating your average speed between two points. Which to me just means a lot of speeding, then going very, very slowly, then speeding, and so on: The company said in...
  • Europe Keeping Increasingly Capable Eye on Orbital Debris

    04/21/2010 6:29:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 207+ views
    Space News ^ | 4/21/2010 | Peter B. de Selding
    Germany’s five SAR-Lupe radar reconnaissance satellites in 2009 faced more than 800 close encounters with orbital junk or other operating satellites, including 32 passes at less than one kilometer from another SAR-Lupe spacecraft and one that required a collision-avoidance maneuver, the head of the new German Space Situational Awareness Center (GSSAC) said. Controllers of France’s Helios optical reconnaissance spacecraft, which operate in a different orbit, also were obliged to perform an avoidance maneuver in 2009 following an imminent-collision warning by the U.S. Space Surveillance Network, a French government official said. The vulnerability of SAR-Lupe is one reason why the German...
  • Russia To Build Submarine-Detecting Satellite

    04/21/2010 4:57:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 673+ views
    RIA Novosti via Space Daily ^ | 4/21/2010 | RIA Novosti via Space Daily
    Russia could build a satellite for the detection and tracking of submarines from space, a defense industry spokesman said on Thursday. Vladimir Boldyrev, of the Kosmonit science and technology center, said the group had developed a space satellite module that could carry out remote sensing of the sea and "detect submerged submarines." "Hopefully, it will be tested in space as early as 2011," he said, adding that work on the module started over a decade ago. He offered no indication as to when the new satellite would enter service with the Russian Armed Forces. Boldyrev added that the dual-use module...
  • New speed cameras trap motorists from space [Ruled Britannia alert!]

    04/20/2010 10:02:11 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 12 replies · 641+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 20 April 2010 | Richard Savill
    The cameras, which combine number plate reading technology with a global positioning satellite receiver, are similar to those used in roadworks. The AA said it believed the new system could cover a network of streets as opposed to a straight line, and was “probably geared up to zones in residential areas.” The Home Office is testing the cameras at two sites, one in Southwark, London, and the other A374 between Antony and Torpoint in Cornwall. The `SpeedSpike’ system, which calculates average speed between any two points in the network, has been developed by PIPS Technology Ltd, an American-owned company with...
  • NASA Plans To Refuel Mock Satellite at the Space Station

    04/07/2010 9:29:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 487+ views
    Space News ^ | 4/2/2101 | Debra Werner
    The technology and tools already exist to allow people and robots to repair and refuel satellites in orbit. What is lacking is the recognition of that capability by senior government officials and a business model to enable commercial companies to profit from the enterprise, according to government and industry officials attending a workshop March 24-26 sponsored by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and held at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md. “It’s pretty clear,” said Frank Cepollina, NASA deputy associate director in the space service capabilities office at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Md. “The time for...
  • Solving A 37-Year Old Space Mystery

    03/16/2010 9:10:38 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 38 replies · 2,151+ views
    SPX via Space Travel ^ | 3/16/2010 | SPX via Space Travel
    A researcher from The University of Western Ontario has helped solve a 37-year old space mystery using lunar images released yesterday by NASA and maps from his own atlas of the moon. Phil Stooke, a professor cross appointed to Western's Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Geography, published a major reference book on lunar exploration in 2007 entitled, "The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration." Yesterday, images and data from Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) were posted. The LRO, scheduled for a one year exploration mission about 31 miles above the lunar surface, will produce a comprehensive map, search for resources...
  • Canadian astronomer spots Soviet rover on moon

    03/17/2010 1:31:32 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 58 replies · 1,940+ views
    CBC News ^ | 3-17-10 | John Bowman
    An astronomer at the University of Western Ontario has found a Soviet moon rover in recently released images from a NASA satellite. Phil Stooke combed through data and images of the moon's surface from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that NASA released Monday. Stooke compared the images to his own recently published reference book on moon geography, The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration, and pinpointed the location of the Soviet rover Lunokhod 2. "The tracks were visible at once," said Stooke, in a statement. The location of the rover was already known through laser ranging experiments, but there's no telescope on...
  • Air Force Plans Competition For 2nd SBSS Contract Award

    03/20/2010 11:53:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Space News ^ | 3/19/2010 | Peter B. de Selding
    The U.S. Air Force’s decision to hold a fresh competition to build a second Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system satellite is an example of a government agency made gun-shy by “a protest-rich environment” in which losing bidders often challenge government contract awards, according to Craig R. Cooning, general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. In a March 16 press briefing, Cooning said Boeing, which teamed with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., to build the first SBSS satellite, was prepared to enter into a firm, fixed-price contract for the second SBSS, which is intended as an...
  • Northrop Grumman Begins Installing First EHF Satcom Hardware on B-2

    03/17/2010 10:37:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 3/17/2010 | Northrup Grumman
    Northrop Grumman Corporation technicians here have begun installing the first set of hardware for a B-2 stealth bomber upgrade that will eventually allow the jet to send and receive battlefield information up to 100 times faster than its current satellite communications system. The work is being done as part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the nation's long range strike arsenal, and one of the world's most survivable aircraft systems. The B-2 is the only...
  • MDA Planning In-orbit Servicing Demo

    03/04/2010 11:27:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 317+ views
    Space News ^ | 3/04/2010 | Peter B. de Selding
    Canada’s MDA Corp., which has a well-established record in space robotics, is designing a satellite-servicing demonstration to refuel spacecraft in orbit and, when necessary, to push dead satellites into graveyard orbits, an MDA official said March 3. The company is prepared to finance the first mission at least in part on its own. MDA has signed an option with an unidentified satellite fleet operator that has agreed to provide an aging telecommunications spacecraft for a refueling operation as the inaugural customer, according to Logan Duffield, vice president for strategic business development of MDA Information Systems. Richmond, British Columbia-based MacDonald, Dettwiler...
  • USAF first GPS IIF satellite arrives at Cape Canaveral

    02/23/2010 1:04:09 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 483+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 2/22/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The US Air Force has received its first global positioning system (GPS) IIF satellite. It will undergo final preparations for launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a media report said. The USAF's Space Vehicle 1 (SV-1), the first of 12 GPS IIF satellites, is scheduled to be launch on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV vehicle, by end of this year, a statement by Boeing said. Boeing delivered the next-generation navigation spacecraft, from its satellite manufacturing facility in El Segundo, aboard a Boeing-built C-17 Globemaster III airlifter. The GPS IIF system will bring enhanced performance to the GPS constellation...
  • Russian company eyes offensive military satellite

    02/20/2010 1:25:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 304+ views
    RT,com ^ | 1/26/2010 | RT
    Leading Russian spacecraft producer Energia has presented a concept of a universal military satellite with offensive capabilities. The 20-ton orbiter with a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years would be powered by a 150 to 500 kilowatt nuclear reactor and will be able to “monitor territories and airspace, provide informational superiority – including in armed conflicts – and perform target designation and traffic control. It will also be offensive-capable,” said Energia head Vitaly Lopota, as cited by ITAR-TASS news agency. He did not specify what offensive capabilities the satellite would have; whether it will be able to target other...
  • China Aiming To Have Its Own GPS In Place By 2012

    02/14/2010 8:39:10 AM PST · by gibtx2 · 22 replies · 672+ views
    Space Daily Your Portal To Space ^ | Jan 18, 2010 | Xin Dingding
    The Beidou (Compass) Navigation Satellite System, which will be completed in 2020 with 35 satellites, will enable China to shake off its dependence on GPS and achieve huge economic benefits," Pang Zhihao, a senior researcher with the China Academy of Space Technology, told China Daily. Navigation systems deliver data from satellites that allow travelers, drivers, and military officials directions on locations and travel advice. The third Beidou satellite will lift off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province at "an appropriate moment soon", atop a Long March-3C carrier, the center said on Friday in a statement. Both the...
  • Russia Prepares To Launch US Telecoms Satellite

    02/13/2010 10:26:28 PM PST · by gibtx2 · 6 replies · 264+ views
    Space Travel Exploration and Tourism ^ | Feb 10, 2010 | Staff Writers Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti)
    Obama Commercial Space Business? Russia Prepares To Launch US Telecoms Satellite File image. Proton-M launch. by Staff Writers Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) Feb 10, 2010 A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a U.S. telecommunications satellite has been delivered to a launch pad at the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan in preparation for the February 12 launch. The carrier rocket will put into orbit the Intelsat-16 satellite, which was developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation for the Intelsat Ltd., a leading provider of satellite services worldwide. The Intelsat-16 satellite is equipped with 24 transponders and will provide telecommunications services to customers in Brazil...
  • 2011 Funding Request Includes New Sat System

    02/11/2010 6:18:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 251+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/11/2010 | Amy Butler
    The Obama administration’s proposed 2011 spending plan includes some changes to major missile defense and space programs that emphasize a focus on space situational awareness and ballistic missile tracking capabilities. The proposal also underpins the aging nuclear weapons infrastructure, while adhering to the aim of eventually scrapping nuclear forces altogether and securing so-called nuclear loose material worldwide. Few new expensive programs are being started in Fiscal 2011, and the most dramatic shift in the funding request is the termination of the joint Defense-Commerce Dept. National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (see p. 14). By contrast, the Air Force is setting...
  • (Vanity) Do the Iranians or their proxies currently have a 'scientific' satellite in a polar orbit?

    02/09/2010 5:33:58 AM PST · by Blueflag · 21 replies · 572+ views
    For the FReeper national security community -- Whereas the Iranians have promised/threatened something big on the 11th, and Whereas polar orbit satellites pass over the CONUS repeatedly, and Whereas satellite orbits can be willfully decayed to reach a given altitude at a given Long/Lat., and Whereas the US has no defense against or ability to recover from an EMP attack from near space, and Whereas the TOTUS is a FNG/REMF when it comes to serious national security; Do the Iranians or their proxies have a satellite in low-earth/ polar orbit at the present time?
  • U.S. Air Force Scales Back Missile Warning Technology Program

    02/05/2010 1:59:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 399+ views
    Space News ^ | 02/05/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The trend over the last several years of annual funding increases for U.S. Air Force space activity appears to be at an end, and that, coupled with the ongoing recapitalization of the service’s operational satellite fleets, means there is little money left for new development initiatives. The service’s 2011 budget request, submitted to Congress Feb. 1, scales back the Third Generation Infrared Surveillance (TGIRS) program and curbs funding for the Operationally Responsive Space Office. This follows U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision early last year to cancel the $26 billion Transformational Satellite communications system. Overall, the request includes $8 billion for...
  • Iran fires satellite carrier into space

    02/03/2010 1:10:02 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 21 replies · 881+ views
    PRESS TV ^ | Wed, 03 Feb 2010 | NA
    Iran fires satellite carrier into space Iran on Tuesday test-fired the Kavoshgar 3 satellite carrier, sending its third explorer — with living organisms onboard — into space. The Kavoshgar 3 (Explorer) rocket, carrying an experimental capsule, transfers telemetric data, live pictures and flight and environmental analysis data. The Iranian Aerospace Organization (IAO) says live video transmission and the mini-environmental lab will enable further studies on the biological capsule — carrying a rat, two turtles and worms — as it leaves earth's atmosphere and enters space. In February 2008, Iran became the 11th country to have acquired space-related technology by blasting...