03 Jul 2019

Report: Pentagon Should Assume US Satellites Are Already Hacked

New research by London-based think tank Chatham House warns that NATO forces need to step up efforts to protect their space infrastructure from cyberattacks by Russia, China and other adversaries. Space-based systems are an increasingly important part of defense strategies, due to their role in guiding weapons, intelligence gathering, and

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12 Jun 2019

Mass anomaly detected under the moon’s largest crater

A new Baylor University study has detected an underground mass of metal “five times larger than the Big Island of Hawaii” underneath the Moon’s South Pole-Aitken basin, an impact crater on the far side of the moon and the biggest known crater in our solar system. The researchers believe that

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16 May 2019

Elon Musk’s SpaceX takes shot at broadband supremacy

For the last several days SpaceX fans have been filling their social media feeds with posts about the coming launch of 60 Starlink satellites. The photo that kicked off all the excitement (reported on here:SpaceX Starlink satellites shown on a Falcon ready for launch) was captured in a tweet by

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09 May 2019

Securing satellites: The new space race

It has never been cheaper to launch a satellite into orbit. As a result, companies like Amazon, SpaceX and OneWeb have launched competing projects in order to join the new “space race”. Amazon for example wants to put a “constellation” of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit as part of

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22 Apr 2019

The Pentagon is Investing in Space Robots to Repair Satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a five year program to build robots capable of repairing and upgrading satellites. The research agency will also develop spacecraft for moving the robots through space. The US government and US companies together have over 400 satellites orbiting the earth at

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10 Apr 2019

Chinese threats necessitate new space structures, Shanahan warns

In a speech at the annual Space Symposium, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan identified China as the top threat to US interests in space, which is where “the next major conflict may be won or lost” according to the Pentagon chief. Shanahan mentioned various Chinese capabilities and systems that

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05 Apr 2019

Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation

Amazon wants to put a “constellation” of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit as part of Project Kuiper, a project that aims to provide “low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity” around the globe to “tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet.” According to the United Nations (UN),

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02 Apr 2019

Nasa: India’s satellite destruction could endanger ISS

India’s recent downing of one of its own satellites as part of a test of its anti-satellite weapons systems has been labeled a “terrible thing” by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). According to the US space agency’s administrator Jim Bridenstine, the test has made it 44% more likely

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28 Mar 2019

India Joins Space ‘Super League’ As It Shoots Down a Satellite for the First Time

Less than a month before the Indian general elections, the country has shot down one of its own satellites as part of a test of its anti-satellite weapons systems. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who aims to be reelected, said that the successful test “made India a much stronger nation.”

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14 Mar 2019

Pentagon officially stands up Space Development Agency, names first director

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has officially established the Space Development Agency (SDA), assigning Fred Kennedy, the current director of the Tactical Technology Office, as the agency’s first director. According to a DoD memo, “[t]he SDA will define and monitor the Department’s future threat-driven space architecture and will accelerate

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