Category: Space

Wednesday prawns

Wednesday prawns

| April 8, 2009 | 1 Reply

MORNING LINKS BREAKING NEWS: The American crew on that ship hijacked by Somali pirates has retaken control of the ship. A reminder to the world: don’t screw with Americans. ITEM: Two books you really, really should read are Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan, both by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. These are outstanding works that […]

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China’s “Kill Weapon” – Don’t Make Me Laugh

China’s “Kill Weapon” – Don’t Make Me Laugh

| March 31, 2009 | Reply

Today the Drudge Report had a rather alarming red faced link, describing that China now had a special “Kill Weapon” that was a threat to US aircraft carriers. The article cited was produced by the US Naval Institute, and outlines this weapon: After years of conjecture, details have begun to emerge of a “kill weapon” […]

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Monday in the dark

Monday in the dark

| March 30, 2009 | Reply

OVERNIGHT LINKS ITEM: Hey! Al Gore and I both celebrated Earth Hour with our lights on! We’re buds now! As for Kentucky, heck, they celebrated a whole Earth Week not long ago! ITEM: Creeping socialism/fascism alert: Obama tells GM CEO to hit the road. For firms and organizations still considering taking government money, there’s a […]

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Sunday in the park

Sunday in the park

| March 29, 2009 | Reply

OVERNIGHT LINKS (and don’t go waiting for any updates, either) ITEM: Headline of the week: “Spacetime May Have Fractal Properties on a Quantum Scale.” ITEM: Economic common sense from … Germany? ITEM: There is some justice in the world, after all:  “Vindictive people make less money.” ITEM: On the other hand, this explains a lot: […]

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Taepodong-2 Update: The Possible Japanese Intercept

Taepodong-2 Update: The Possible Japanese Intercept

| March 13, 2009 | Reply

This morning the grand daddy of web news, the Drudge Report, carried the story of a possibility of Japan using it’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) weapons to intercept and destroy the upcoming North Korean launch of a Taepodong-2 rocket. This story is published by the UK Guardian and quotes Takeo Kawamura, the chief cabinet secretary […]

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NORK Missile Launch Soon?

NORK Missile Launch Soon?

| March 9, 2009 | Reply

Headlines on multiple news sites point to a possible Taepodong-2 missile launch in the next day or two. As documented earlier, this will be another in a line of tests of intermediate range North Korean rockets. While the North has described this as a satellite launch, it is actually the means to test the missile, […]

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North Korea Preparing Missile Test

North Korea Preparing Missile Test

| February 11, 2009 | Reply

Word has been circulating around national security focused sites that North Korea is preparing to test their home grown long range missile. According to reports, recent reconnaissance has shown components that look like parts of a Taepodong-2 missile being moved via rail to the North Korean rocket test site on the east coast. This facility […]

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Orion Launch Abort System Assembly

Orion Launch Abort System Assembly

| January 30, 2009 | Reply

Great rocket-scientist photo of the day: The launch abort system being fitted to a dummy CEV housing in preparation of February testing at White Sands, NM. Note the “spares” in the top left.

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Photos of distant worlds

Photos of distant worlds

| November 13, 2008 | 1 Reply

[Thanks to Ace of Spades for the link!] Over the past decade or so, astronomers have discovered over 300 extra-solar planets, that is, planets orbiting stars other than our Sun. However, these discoveries have largely been indirect, due to the planet transiting the star it orbits, or variations in the radial velocity of the star. […]

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DARPA Guts Falcon Blackswift

DARPA Guts Falcon Blackswift

| October 15, 2008 | Reply

Earlier this year I outlined a DARPA project to produce a hypersonic UAV under the project name “Falcon Blackswift” According to the few details available on Blackswift, Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works shop is the main contractor for the vehicle. DARPA, in fact, still isn’t talking about Blackswift; it’s using the HTV-3X designation. But HTV-3X […]

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