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Wilson: Airmen must get creative if they want to beat China and Russia

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 U.S. military space-based communications, command [...]

It’s not hubris to be proud of new tech at Sandia National Laboratories

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 with rugged radiation tolerance for [...]

SpaceX launches pair of its demo internet satellites with Spanish radar satellite

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 liftoff. Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder [...]

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 multilateral disaster response preparedness mission [...]

Council discusses space threats and opportunities posed by China

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 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center [...]

Army’s imaging satellite up and running, but its future is TBD

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 IIM was sent into orbit [...]

National Space Council backs incremental space regulatory reform

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 recommendations intended to streamline licensing [...]

Op-ed | On the verge of a space renaissance

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. The White House has moved swiftly [...]

Will ThinSats inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists?

When Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket blasts off from Wallops Island, Virginia, this fall on its way to the International Space Station, the rocket’s second stage will carry an unusual payload: one cubesat and 63 ThinSats, miniature satellites shaped like a slice of bread. For a year, the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, Twiggs Space Lab, Orbital ATK and NASA’s Wallops Flight [...]

Satellite communications firms remain vigilant as cyber threats evolve

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 12, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. In early January, computer security experts revealed new vulnerabilities in Intel microprocessors potentially affecting millions of mobile phones and laptop computers connected to cloud networks. The disclosure sent cyber sleuths around the world into overdrive to safeguard networks. It’s no different in the world of military satellite [...]

Bigelow Aerospace establishes space operations company to look at commercial space station market

WASHINGTON — Bigelow Aerospace has established a space operations subsidiary whose first task will be to study the market for the company’s commercial space stations as it grapples with competition from China and NASA. Bigelow Space Operations, formally announced by Bigelow Aerospace founder Robert Bigelow Feb. 20, will handles the sales, customer service and ultimately the operations of the commercial [...]

Op-ed | In defense of astrophysics

NASA’s astrophysics program has an outstanding, decades-long track record of scientific achievement and public engagement. From the Hubble Space Telescope, arguably the greatest space science mission of all time, to the transformational Kepler planet-hunting telescope, NASA’s astrophysics missions have rewritten textbooks and inspired millions. The announcement in President Donald J. Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request for NASA to cancel [...]