ORLANDO, FLA. — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson warned young airmen that in a future war against a near peer rival, they should be prepared to fight without technologies that most consider essential, like GPS navigation and satellite phone lines. Rival nations like China and Russia are developing advanced missiles and electronic weapons to target [...]
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The mythical master craftsman Daedalus would be quite impressed with NNSA’s “Icarus” – the new generation of ultrafast multi-frame X-ray cameras installed on Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine earlier this year. Developed at Sandia’s Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications Complex, the Icarus camera provides more pixels, more frames, and higher sensitivity than previous cameras coupled [...]
WASHINGTON — SpaceX on Feb. 22 launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Spanish-owned radar-imaging satellite and two demonstration satellites for SpaceX’s proposed broadband Starlink broadband constellation. The 9:17 a.m. Eastern launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carried all three spacecraft to low Earth orbit, deploying the PAZ radar satellite 11 minutes after [...]
Pacific Partnership Mission Prepares to Enhance Disaster Response Cooperation, Strengthen Ties in Indo—Asia—Pacific
SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy will join allied and partner nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, scheduled to begin Feb 23.This annual maritime operation will help improve disaster response preparedness, resiliency and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.Pacific Partnership is the largest annual [...]
WASHINGTON — A discussion of China at the latest National Space Council meeting took a more nuanced view of the country than is typical in such conversations, seeing the rising space power as a competitor and adversary but also a potential partner. A panel discussion on national security space at the Council’s Feb. 21 meeting [...]
WASHINGTON — How valuable is it for troops in the field to have their own dedicated source of satellite imagery and other space-based intelligence? That is a question officials hope to answer in upcoming military exercises where commanders will have an opportunity to test the Army’s newly deployed Kestrel Eye microsatellite. The Kestrel Eye Block [...]
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Space Council approved a series of recommendations Feb. 21 that make modest, and expected, reforms to regulations of commercial space activities. The Council, meeting at the Kennedy Space Center in its second public session since being reestablished last June, approved a set of four [...]
We are entering a renaissance era in human spaceflight. Just as the European masters brought forth a magical period of learning, discovery, invention, fine arts and music 500 years ago, with the advances in the science and technologies proliferating today, we expect a rejuvenation in human space activity in this dawn of the 21st century. [...]
You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter published Tuesdays. Sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Air Force makes bold modernization moves. Boeing, Northrop Grumman weigh whether to challenge Lockheed for GPS 3 For those who have been waiting for the Air Force to shake up its space investment portfolio, the budget request for [...]