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  • Spy found dead in a bag 'had infuriated his MI6 bosses by illegally hacking into secret US data on B

    08/30/2015 9:36:59 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jenny Stanton
    Gareth Williams's body was found in a bag at his London flat five years ago Spy illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton Personal voicemail messages left by the spy were deleted after he died The British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag in his flat had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton, it has been revealed. Gareth Williams, 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved. Today,...
  • UK Police Ask For Help In Case of Slain Intelligence Agent ( identify Mediterranean couple)

    09/06/2010 10:08:28 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 34 replies
    CNN Justice ^ | September 6, 2010 12:20 p.m. EDT | the CNN Wire Staff
    <p>London, England (CNN) -- Metropolitan police in London, England, appealed Monday for further information about last month's death of a man who worked for a British intelligence agency and whose naked body was found in a padlocked duffel bag in his bathroom.</p>
  • Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Provides More Than Just Maps

    05/18/2006 4:59:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 338+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    BETHESDA, Md., May 18, 2006 – It might not be a household name, like, say, the CIA, but the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is an integral part of the U.S. intelligence community. Satellite Image of Islamabad, Pakistan. Courtesy of National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency   Geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT, is the collecting and analysis of satellite imagery of the earth's surface. The mission of the agency, headquartered here, is to provide that type of intelligence to support national security objectives. "If it's something manmade or natural on the face of the earth and it has national security implications, then we map it, chart...
  • Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space

    08/13/2014 12:30:41 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies ^ | Aug 11, 2014
    Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm. Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3, will launch this Wednesday. The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see “manholes and mailboxes” from its hired eyes in the...
  • The President discovers Intelligence agency at Five Guys

    05/29/2009 4:43:35 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 49 replies · 2,505+ views
    politico ^ | 5/29/09 | Ben Smith
    On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, from an agency employee also at the burger restaurant. "So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial..." Obama said, after the worker mentioned his employer, according to a video of the event. "We work with, uh, satellite imagery," the worker, Walter replied. A POLITICO reader caught the exchange, which starts around 5:45 on this C-SPAN video. The transcript: Obama: What do you do Walter?...
  • The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

    08/12/2015 6:12:12 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 103 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 08.12.15
    These weren’t just ordinary secrets found in Clinton’s private server, but some of the most classified material the U.S. government has.
  • Google’s robots and creeping militarization

    01/11/2014 4:06:23 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/9/2014 | Scott Cleland
    Google CEO Larry Page has rapidly positioned Google to become an indispensable U.S. military contractor. Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a robotics pioneer that produces amazing humanoid robots for the U.S. Defense Department. This development invites attention to Google’s broader military contracting ambitions — especially since Boston Dynamics is the eighth robotics company that Google has bought in the last six months. ... In 2012, Google hired Regina Dugan, the head of DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), DOD’s in-house “moon-shot” idea factory. At the time a Google spokesperson said: “Regina is a technical pioneer who brought the future...
  • Here it is > IC IG confirms that Hillary's "UNCLAS" emails had info up to TS/SI/TK/NF on them

    08/11/2015 7:35:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 231 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/11/2015 | John Schindler
    BREAKING//BOOM: Here it is ====> IC IG confirms that Hillary's "UNCLAS" emails had info up to TS/SI/TK/NF on them
  • Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit

    02/22/2008 2:35:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 184+ views
    Times of London ^ | 02/22/08 | Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing
    February 22, 2008 Son of Star Wars takes out toxic satellite in $30m space hit Michael Evans, Defence Editor and Jane Macartney in Beijing Video need to know: expert opinion on the satellite operation The United States provided dramatic proof of its capability to destroy an object in space when a US navy missile scored a direct hit on an American satellite falling out of control. Missile experts said that the Standard SM-3 weapon, fired from the USS Lake Erie, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, took about three minutes to reach the satellite 150 miles (240km) up in the sky, flew above...
  • The Trillion Dollar Market: Fuel in Space from Asteroids

    12/11/2014 11:56:21 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 10, 2014 | Planetary Resources
    Asteroid sourced hydrogen and oxygen will literally and figuratively fuel expansion of the space economy by providing a locally sourced fuel resource that will change how industry operates in space. While existing satellites cannot be refueled directly today, space tugs fueled by asteroids that are currently being developed, will maneuver Geostationary satellites into their assigned orbit. Thus, keeping them operating and generating revenue far beyond their current life expectancy. Water from asteroids can also be used for a plethora of other applications beyond fuels in space. It can be consumed, used as a radiation shield for humans during deep space...
  • Quantum gravity: The most exciting discovery in physics could come about thanks to telecoms satellit

    11/28/2014 9:51:43 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    aeon ^ | 11/11/14 | Sidney Perkowitz
    Quantum gravity The most exciting discovery in physics could come about thanks to telecoms satellites. Is a single theory of reality in sight? Kindle ESA’s Optical Ground Station in the Canary Islands has set a new distance world record in ‘quantum teleportation’ by reproducing the characteristics of a light particle across 143 km of open air. Photo courtesy ESA Sidney Perkowitz is professor of physics emeritus at Emory University in Atlanta. His latest books are Slow Light (2011) and Hollywood Chemistry (2014), and he is at work on a new edition of Universal Foam (2001). Watching a rocket as it...
  • First solar storm from huge sunspot reaches Earth and knocks out satellites

    10/26/2014 8:09:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 10/22/14 | Mark Prigg and Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Solar radiation knocked out some radio communication on Earth yesterday It came from a giant sunspot seen on the surface of the sun recently Sunspot AR12192 is 14 times larger than Earth and almost as big as Jupiter The Met Office tells MailOnline it might be the largest sunspot in 25 years It is so big that it can be seen in images of the sun from Earth's surface This particular flare from the sunspot was brief but strong It follows three days of severe storms on the sun 'It would seem to be just a matter of time before...
  • Satellites reveal hidden features at the bottom of Earth's seas

    10/02/2014 9:25:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    AAAS ^ | 2 October 2014 2:15 pm | Carolyn Gramling
    Oceanographers have a saying: Scientists know more about the surface of Mars than they do about the landscape at the bottom of our oceans. But that may soon change. Using data from satellites that measure variations in Earth’s gravitational field, researchers have found a new and more accurate way to map the sea floor. The improved resolution has already allowed them to identify previously hidden features—including thousands of extinct volcanoes more than 1000 meters tall—as well as piece together some lingering uncertainties in Earth’s ancient history. Roughly 90% of the deep-ocean sea floor remains unmapped, a fact that’s been thrown...
  • Google to dominate space: 180 satellites to provide internet access for the ENTIRE planet

    06/02/2014 9:21:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies ^ | Updated: 08:37 EST, 2 June 2014 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Full Title: Now Google is going to dominate space: Search giant to launch 180 satellites to provide internet access for the ENTIRE planet, sources claim The world wide web may seem like a global community, but two-thirds of the planet still remain without access. Now, Google is planning to change this by launching a fleet of 180 satellites to provide web access for the 4.8 billion people not yet online, according to sources close to the company. The California-based giant will spend more than $1 billion (£600 million) on the technology, which will rival Facebook’s efforts to connect remote regions...
  • U.S. Space Assets Face Growing Threat From Adversaries, Stratcom Chief Warns

    03/02/2014 10:20:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Space News ^ | February 28, 2014 | Peter B. de Selding
    “Haney, who as Stratcom’s commander is responsible for space surveillance and protecting U.S. space systems from hostile actions, did not identify these nations by name. Nor did the commander of Air Force Space Command, Gen. William Shelton, when he warned in a Feb. 7 speech at the Air Force Association here that the threat to U.S. space assets is moving at a quick pace. “I’ll tell you the considered wisdom of the intelligence community has produced some really good seminal work on the space threats that are out there,” Shelton said. “And what we are finding is they were maybe...
  • Coming Soon: Free Internet From Space

    02/20/2014 9:23:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 20, 2014 | Alex Brown
    f all goes according to plan, North Koreans will soon have free, uncensored Internet provided by satellites the size of toaster ovens. That's part of a project called Outernet, which hopes to launch hundreds of tiny satellites—known as CubeSats—to provide Internet to every person on Earth. Forty percent of the world's people currently don't have access to the Web. In a little more than a year, Outernet plans to have a fleet of 24 satellites operational and testing to pave the way for a globe-spanning network.
  • Google to fix map image showing slain boy

    11/19/2013 12:32:27 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 16 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11/18/2013 | Vivian Ho
    San Francisco — Google officials said Monday that the company will replace a satellite image that a Richmond, California man says shows the body of his slain 14-year-old son. Kevin Barrera was shot and killed on Aug. 15, 2009 near railroad tracks in North Richmond. Unbeknownst to the police and homicide detectives that swarmed the scene, a satellite photo was taken that day — a photo that has since been used as the Google Maps image of the area. KTVU first reported that his father, Jose Barrera, learned of the image only a few days ago. It shows a body...
  • Art Bell returning to radio with Sirius show about the paranormal

    07/30/2013 4:18:13 PM PDT · by LucyT · 109 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 07/29/2013 | David Bauder
    Art Bell, radio's master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone on Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio. Bell was one of radio's top syndicated voices in the 1990s before walking away from his nightly show in 2002 due to family issues. He worked occasionally after that but hasn't been on the air since Halloween 2010. "I missed it terribly," said Bell, 68, whose weeknight show will air live from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET. Sirius is building a studio at Bell's rural Nevada home where he will...
  • Radio's Art Bell Returning With Sirius XM Show

    07/30/2013 9:35:51 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | NEW YORK July 30, 2013 (AP) | By DAVID BAUDER Associated Press
    Art Bell, radio's master of the paranormal and outward edges of science, will return to the microphone on Sept. 16 with a new nighttime show on Sirius XM Radio. Bell was one of radio's top syndicated voices in the 1990s before walking away from his nightly show in 2002 due to family issues. He worked occasionally after that but hasn't been on the air since Halloween 2010.
  • 'Satellites show Iran moving quickly to rearm Hamas'

    07/29/2013 10:44:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies ^ | 7/29/13 | staff
    Israeli intelligence satellites have spied the loading of rockets and other material in Iran believed to be destined for the Gaza Strip, the UK-based Sunday Times reported, citing Israeli officials. According to the report, Iran began preparing the weapons shipment around the same time Israel and Hamas negotiated a cease-fire late last week. The shipment is said to include Iranianmade Fajr-5 medium-range rockets, the same model that was fired toward Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during Operation Pillar of Defense, the Sunday Times reported.
  • New tiny moon found orbiting faraway Neptune

    07/15/2013 1:16:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 4:08 PM EDT | Marcia Dunn
    Chalk up one more moon for Neptune. NASA announced the discovery of Neptune’s 14th moon Monday. The Hubble Space Telescope captured the moon as a white dot in photos of Neptune on the outskirts of our solar system. The new moon—Neptune’s tiniest at just 12 miles across—is designated S/2004 N 1. …
  • Russia's Proton Rocket Explodes on Launch (YouTube video 1m15s)

    07/02/2013 4:18:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 44 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/2/13
  • Russian rocket explodes and crashes in failed launch

    07/02/2013 7:50:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    fox ^ | Published July 02, 2013 / | By Tariq Malik /
    A Russian rocket exploded in a massive fireball late Monday, destroying three navigation satellites after a failed launch that appeared to veer out of control shortly after liftoff and crash back to Earth. ... Russia's Proton rockets have suffered five major launch failures since December 2010. The most recent failure was in December 2012, when a Proton rocket launched a telecommunications satellite into the wrong orbit.
  • Space debris collisions expected to rise ('space junk' poses future threat to satellites)

    04/22/2013 3:19:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/2213 | Jonathan Amos
    Unless space debris is actively tackled, some satellite orbits will become extremely hazardous over the next 200 years, a new study suggests. The research found that catastrophic collisions would likely occur every five to nine years at the altitudes used principally to observe the Earth. And the scientists who did the work say their results are optimistic - the real outcome would probably be far worse. To date, there have been just a handful of major collisions in the space age. The study was conducted for the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee. This is the global forum through which world...
  • Spying On Icebergs?

    01/07/2010 5:16:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 1,205+ views ^ | January 7, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Climate Change: We can't stop terrorists from boarding planes with explosive undies, but the CIA has assets sufficient to monitor Arctic ice and look for signs of global warming? Is al-Qaida recruiting polar bears? One wouldn't think that the increasing polar bear population and the increasing rate of recidivism of former Guantanamo detainees released into the wild were related, but they are. At the urging of Al Gore, the administration is signing on to a plan to task vital intelligence assets to protect not the people of the United States, but the environment. The program, shot down by President Bush,...
  • George Clooney's Satellites Build a Case Against an Alleged War Criminal(???)

    12/04/2011 2:45:25 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 8 replies
    Time ^ | Saturday, Dec. 03, 2011 | MARK BENJAMIN
    .....The ICC documents obtained by TIME show a significant portion of this new investigation is based on data from the Satellite Sentinel Project, a network of private spy satellites and analysts organized by George Clooney in partnership with John Prendergast's Enough Project. The satellites have been snapping pictures of northern Sudan since December of last year. "We are the antigenocide paparazzi," Clooney told TIME then.
  • How do satellites work?

    07/01/2012 9:08:55 PM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 156 replies
    7/2/2012 | POWERSBOOTHEFAN
    Does anyone here have knowledge about space and how satellites work? How are they launched,kept in orbit and brought back to earth? I'm a science geek and really curious about the universe.
  • Beware the spy in the sky.. snoopers, Google and Apple you sunbathing in your back garden

    06/10/2012 8:33:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 June 2012 | Vanessa Allen
    Software giants will use military-grade cameras to take powerful satellite images Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple. The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide. But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London. Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood...
  • Global warming disaster looming? Or, ho hum?

    03/27/2012 1:02:37 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 5 replies
    You might have noticed the blaring headlines of doom: (Reuters) – The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday. Of course, this alarmism lives in a computer projection of how things will be in the future. Not in reality. They rely on a theoretic CO2 cause-and-effect all out of proportion to reality. So, how has that global warming phenomenon actually been going? There’s a different headline for that . . .
  • Air Force Playing Hardball With Space Industry

    03/06/2012 6:48:11 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/29/2012 | National Defense Magazine
    Over the past decade, the Air Force has poured more than $80 billion into space technologies, including new satellites, launch services and information systems. The plan for the coming years is to spend considerably less as pressure grows to reduce the U.S. defense budget. The Air Force still intends to modernize key satellite constellations and provide space-based communications and surveillance services for the military and intelligence community. But program costs are going to be scrutinized at an unprecedented level of detail, Air Force officials said. Every major space program is now the subject of “should-cost” reviews, which is the Pentagon’s...
  • Decades later, a Cold War secret is revealed

    12/27/2011 3:55:09 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 9 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | 12/26/2011 | HELEN O'NEILL
    "For more than a decade they toiled in the strange, boxy-looking building on the hill above the municipal airport, the building with no windows (except in the cafeteria), the building filled with secrets. They wore protective white jumpsuits, and had to walk through air-shower chambers before entering the sanitized "cleanroom" where the equipment was stored. They spoke in code...."
  • Bachmann: China Attacked US Satellites With Lasers

    10/01/2011 5:43:24 AM PDT · by Fennie · 94 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | September 30, 2011 | By Jon Terbush
    No stranger to controversial, loosely-sourced remarks, presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said on Friday that China has attacked American satellites using laser beams. According to Politico, Bachmann said in an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that China helped North Korea deliver missiles to Pakistan and Iran, assisted Iran in developing its nuclear program, and launched a laser attack against American satellites.
  • China’s ‘eye-in-the-sky’ nears par with US

    07/11/2011 4:44:17 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Financial Times ^ | July 11, 2011 11:00 pm | Simon Rabinovitch
    China’s rapidly expanding satellite programme could alter power dynamics in Asia and reduce the US military’s scope for operations in the region, according to new research. Chinese reconnaissance satellites can now monitor targets for up to six hours a day, the World Security Institute, a Washington think-tank, has concluded in a new report. The People’s Liberation Army, which could only manage three hours of daily coverage just 18 months ago, is now nearly on a par with the US military in its ability to monitor fixed targets, according to the findings. “Starting from almost no live surveillance capability 10 years...
  • Red Star Wars

    06/15/2011 2:39:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    Jane's ^ | 5/1/97 | Steven J Zaloga
    LEVEL 1 - 2 OF 45 STORIES Copyright 1997 Jane's Information Group Limited, All Rights Reserved Jane's Intelligence Review May 1, 1997 SECTION: EUROPE; Vol. 9; No. 5; Pg. 205 LENGTH: 2629 words HEADLINE: RED STAR WARS BYLINE: Steven J Zaloga HIGHLIGHT: As far back as the late 1960s, scientists in the USSR had beensecretly theorising about the possibilities of space-based weaponry.In the early 1980s, however, spurred by US President Ronald Reagan'sannouncement of the Strategic Defense Initiative and a firmconviction that the US space shuttle programme was geared towardmilitary ends, Soviet efforts in this area took on a new...
  • U.S. wary of China space weapons

    02/09/2011 4:54:33 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/7/2011 | UPI
    Senior Pentagon officials are sounding concern over China's development of weapons designed to shoot down satellites or jam communication signals. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Gregory Schulte said China's project was becoming a "matter of concern" for the United States. Space, he told defense and intelligence officials while unveiling a 10-year strategy for security in space, "is no longer the preserves of the United States and the Soviet Union, at the time in which we could operate with impunity." "There are more competitors, more countries that are launching satellites ... and we increasingly have to worry about...
  • Iran warns foes with new missiles, satellites

    02/08/2011 12:06:13 PM PST · by FromLori · 6 replies
    Daily times ^ | 2/8/2011
    * Revolutionary Guards’ chief says new mass-produced supersonic missile having 300kms range is undetectable by enemies TEHRAN: Iran showed off new missile and satellite technology on Monday, and told its enemies it had ‘complete domination’ of the entrance to the oil-rich Gulf. As part of Iran’s annual revolution celebrations, a time traditionally marked by new technological and military advances, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled locally-made satellites while a senior commander showed off mass produced missiles. “We should reach a point where we will be able to provide our knowledge and technology in the aerospace field to other countries,” Ahmadinejad said in...
  • Three Russian Glonass satellites crash into Pacific Ocean, no severe damage to navigation system...

    12/05/2010 10:49:06 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2010-12-05 22:54:26 | Editor: Mu Xuequan
    MOSCOW, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Three Russian satellites launched earlier Sunday have crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii Islands after falling off course, RIA news agency reported. Russia's space agency Roscosmos is not available for confirmation at present. According to the latest information gained by RIA Novosti, the upper stage of the Proton-M rocket carrier and three Glonass-M navigation satellites have fallen into the sea area 1500 km northwest of Honolulu, causing no casualties nor damages. Interfax said in a latest report the crash might be caused by stronger propulsive force of the Proton-M rocket, which deviated from its...
  • Solar Tsunami to Strike Earth

    08/03/2010 5:55:47 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 55 replies · 279+ views ^ | August 03, 2010
    Earth is bracing for a cosmic tsunami Tuesday night as tons of plasma from a massive solar flare head directly toward the planet. The Sun's surface erupted early Sunday morning, shooting a wall of ionized atoms directly at Earth, scientists say. It is expected to create a geomagnetic storm and a spectacular light show -- and it could pose a threat to satellites in orbit, as well.
  • Scientists baffled by unusual upper atmosphere shrinkage

    07/17/2010 12:27:04 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 61 replies ^ | 07/17/2010 | Derrick Ho
    (CNN) -- An upper layer of Earth's atmosphere recently shrank so much that researchers are at a loss to adequately explain it, NASA said on Thursday. The thermosphere, which blocks harmful ultraviolet rays, expands and contracts regularly due to the sun's activities. As carbon dioxide increases, it has a cooling effect at such high altitudes, which also contributes to the contraction. But even these two factors aren't fully explaining the extraordinary contraction which, though unlikely to affect the weather, can affect the movement of satellites, researchers said.
  • LA&#8194;Pleading for Missile Warning Satellites To Track Wildfires

    06/24/2010 3:35:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Space News ^ | 6/18/2010 | Debra Werner
    Los Angeles County is seeking to add a new tool to its arsenal of firefighting weapons: satellites. Before California’s next fire season, county officials hope to gain access to infrared data gathered by U.S. Air Force missile warning satellites to assist them in detecting wildfires. On June 16, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors sent letters to senators and representatives in Los Angeles’ congressional delegation asking for help in establishing a program. “The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors respectfully requests your consideration in exploring the feasibility of implementing a pilot program to assess the viability of utilizing satellite...
  • China Builds Its Own GPS Network

    06/23/2010 10:58:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 6/22/2010 | The Strategy Page
    China recently launched the fourth of 35 Beidou ("Compass") navigation satellites. Within two years, it will have enough Beidou birds in orbit to provide GPS type service for all of China. By the end of the decade, all 35 satellites will be up, and the entire planet will have access to Beidou. It was two years ago that China decided to expand its Beidou satellite navigation system to cover the entire planet, like GPS, Galileo and Glonass. Think of the original Beidou system as GPS light. That version of Beidou (or Beidou 1) only covered East Asia, and not even...
  • Small, Quick And Combat Ready

    06/20/2010 9:56:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 6/20/2010 | Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force is moving rapidly in developing and testing smaller reconnaissance and communications satellites. These birds weigh a ton or less (down to 100 kg/220 pounds). The smallest ones have limited usefulness and endurance. But when you get to half a ton or more, you have a very useful bird. It is believed these smaller satellites will be needed to replace wartime losses. Usually, the U.S. has four KH-11s and four Lacrosse radar satellites in orbit, plus several smaller, and more secret birds. Often, these satellites last longer than their design life of eight years (some have gone...
  • Pentagon: A Space Junk Collision Could Set Off Catastrophic Chain Reaction

    06/04/2010 11:44:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 776+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 5/27/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Every now and again someone raises a stern warning about the amount of space junk orbiting Earth. Those warnings are usually met with general indifference, as very few of us own satellites or travel regularly to low Earth orbit. But the DoD's assessment of the space junk problem finds that perhaps we should be paying attention: space junk has reached a critical tipping point that could result in a cataclysmic chain reaction that brings everyday life on Earth to a grinding halt. Our reliance on satellites goes beyond the obvious. We depend on them for television signals, the evening weather...
  • GPS is getting an $8-billion upgrade

    05/23/2010 11:04:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 828+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/23/2010 | W.J. Hennigan
    Without it, ATMs would stop spitting out cash, Wall Street could blunder billions of dollars in stock trades and clueless drivers would get lost. It's GPS, and it's everywhere. Although most people may associate the Global Positioning System with the navigation devices that are becoming standard equipment on new cars, GPS has become a nerve center for the 21st century rivaling the Internet — enabling cargo companies to track shipments, guiding firefighters to hot spots and even helping people find lost dogs. "It's a ubiquitous utility that everybody takes for granted now," said Bradford W. Parkinson. He should know. Three...
  • US satellites shadow China's submarines

    05/13/2010 9:44:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1,123+ views
    Asia Times ^ | May 13, 2010
    The People's Liberation Army's Navy (PLAN) submarines cannot spot United States satellites high overhead as the submarines leave their bases at Sanya on Hainan Island, Qingdao in Shandong province and Ningbo in Zhejiang province, and head for deeper water. Plenty of very deep water can be found in the South China Sea, especially in the zone north of the Spratly Islands, east of the Paracels, and south of the Luzon Strait. "A more challenging area for submarines to operate undetected is the East China Sea, which is quite shallow from the Chinese coastline up to the Okinawa Trough ... Detecting...
  • Zombie Satellite Causes Astronomical Buzz

    05/11/2010 4:34:59 AM PDT · by Vaquero · 33 replies · 1,060+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 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. Here's the backstory...
  • U.S. Officer: Secrecy Among Coalition Forces Hinders Use of Space Assets in Afghanistan

    05/10/2010 11:13:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 217+ views
    The 40-plus nations taking part in NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan are often in the dark about what space assets are available to them and are too often denied access to space-derived intelligence, according to the former chief of ISAF space operations. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Single, who this year returned from five months in Kabul trying to raise ISAF troops’ awareness of what satellites can bring to the war effort in Afghanistan, said secrecy often keeps coalition team members from speaking about space-related topics with each other. Just as striking, he said, is the...
  • Rods From God

    04/30/2010 10:20:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 766+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/10/2010 | Johnathan Shainin
    In an age of rogue regimes and pre-emptive war, states developing clandestine nuclear programs know better than to leave them in plain sight. Anxious to ward off an American or Israeli attack, Iran, for example, appears to have buried its uranium-enrichment halls under 30 feet of earth and concrete. No doubt, canny proliferators will soon dig even deeper and better-armored holes. But if they dig deeper, we can always go higher: hence the call for the “Rods From God.” More properly known as hypervelocity rod bundles, these weapons would simply be slender solid tungsten cylinders, 20 or 30 feet long...
  • Boeing to Provide Next-Generation GPS Ground Systems Support to US Air Force

    04/12/2010 8:38:44 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Boeing Media ^ | 4/13/2010 | Boeing Media
    Boeing today announced that, as part of the Raytheon team awarded the space-based Global Positioning System (GPS) advanced control segment program (OCX), it will develop portions of the U.S. Air Force's new ground control segment. GPS OCX will provide more secure, accurate, and precise navigation around the world for military, humanitarian and commercial applications. The development contract, awarded recently by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's GPS Wing, is valued at more than $880 million over six years, including five option years for sustainment. Boeing has provided ground operations sustainment support for the current GPS II fleet for...
  • Spacecraft stats and insights

    04/09/2010 8:22:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 463+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 4/5/2010 | by Claude Lafleur
    Piloted spaceships, planetary probes, and space telescopes fascinate people. That’s easy to understand since these spacecraft make the discoveries of our time. Nevertheless, this is only the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” since they account for less than 10% of all spacecraft ever launched. What are the other 90% for? Who launched them and for what purpose? It’s worth noting that it is impossible to establish a definitive number of spacecraft launched since it depends of how you count them. Answering these questions tells us a lot about what’s going on in space. For example, more than a quarter of...