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Pentagon Eyes Military Space Station

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


The fact that the Defense Innovation Unit is even considering the idea of a space station in orbit is a pretty big deal — and an even bigger deal if it grows over time to accommodate a human crew.

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NRL’s LARADO Project Hopes To Track Tiny Space Debris

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Navy Research Lab’s LARADO (Laser-sheet Anomaly Resolution and Debris Observation) project conjures images of a Wild West cattle drive, and in a way that is apropos as space scientists have long been attempting to wrangle better estimates of the population of on-orbit debris.

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Indian ASAT Debris Threatens All LEO Sats: Update

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


Indian claims of no threat from ASAT test debris is “nonsense.”

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‘Too Early To Assess Any Impact’ Of Musk Launch Failure on National Security Space

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: Boom. The explosion that destroyed CRS-7 as it headed to orbit could mean Elon Musk’s fevered efforts to win the highly lucrative business of sending intelligence and Air Force satellites into space are, if not endangered, then at least in question. While the failure of SpaceX’s resupply mission to the International Space Station isn’t directly tied… Keep reading →

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ULA, SpaceX Rumble Shaping Up To Rival Tanker Wars

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: It is shaping up as one of the great corporate brawls in the aerospace world: snappy and feisty and hungry newcomer, SpaceX, versus the titan of heavy launch, the near-perfect expression of big corporatism, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin United Launch Alliance. The focus of their competition is obscure to most Americans: the purchase by the… Keep reading →

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