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North Korea Tried New Fuel in Exploded Rocket Launch

North Korea’s latest satellite launch exploded in a fireball before dropping into the Yellow Sea just minutes after lifting off, but analysts say the attempt showcased new strides in the nuclear-armed country’s race for space. North Korea said its latest attempt to launch a military reconnaissance satellite failed in flight Monday during the rocket’s first […]

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Russia Denies US Claim It Put Anti-satellite Weapon in Space

Russia’s top arms control diplomat Wednesday dismissed as fake news an assertion by the United States that Russia had launched a weapon into low-Earth orbit that was capable of inspecting and attacking other satellites. The Kremlin has flatly denied assertions by U.S. officials that Moscow is developing a space-based anti-satellite nuclear weapon. But on Tuesday, […]

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Pentagon: Russia Put Weapon Into Space on May 16

Russia last week launched a satellite that U.S. intelligence officials believe to be a weapon capable of inspecting and attacking other satellites, the U.S. Space Command said on Tuesday as the Russian spacecraft trails a U.S. spy satellite in orbit. Russia’s Soyuz rocket blasted off from its Plesetsk launch site some 500 miles┬ánorth of Moscow […]

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Russia Testing Spacecraft That Could Launch Nukes

Two years ago, Russia launched a satellite into space designed to test components for a potential antisatellite weapon that could carry a nuclear device, U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal. While the satellite launched did not carry a nuclear weapon, U.S. officials told the Journal it is linked to a Russian nuclear antisatellite program […]

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China’s Military, State Media Slam US on SpaceX Spy Satellites

Chinese military and state-run media Sunday accused the United States of threatening global security, days after a Reuters report which found Elon Musk’s SpaceX was building hundreds of spy satellites for a U.S. intelligence agency. SpaceX’s Starshield unit is developing the satellite network under a classified $1.8 billion contract with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), […]

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Dems Probe SpaceX’s Starlink Safeguards

House Democrats are probing whether Elon Musk’s SpaceX implemented adequate safeguards to prevent Russia from deploying the company’s Starlink satellite internet service in its war against Ukraine. The Ukrainian military spy agency’s spokesperson told Reuters in mid-February that Russian forces were obtaining Starlink satellite terminals illicitly from third countries and increasing their use on the […]

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NASA Spacecraft, Russian Satellite to Pass Dangerously Close

The Department of Defense is monitoring a close pass between NASA’s Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics Mission (TIMED) spacecraft and the Russian Cosmos 2221 satellite, NASA said in a blog post early Wednesday. Although the spacecraft are expected to miss each other, a collision could result in significant debris, the U.S. space agency said, […]

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SpaceX Launches South Korean Spy Satellite From Calif.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying South Korea’s first spy satellite launched Friday from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base, after North Korea successfully launched its own military reconnaissance satellite last month. SpaceX ended its livestream of the mission minutes after liftoff and then recovery of the rocket’s core stage booster without showing the South Korean […]

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Space Force’s Satellite Refueling Plan a ‘Huge Deal’

A new Space Force initiative to develop a refueling vehicle for U.S. military satellites is “definitely a step in the right direction,” as the orbital landscape continues to inch closer to becoming a “contested environment,” experts say. The service, a military branch that falls under the Air Force’s purview, recently announced that it awarded a […]

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