Spaaaaace

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So - would this also have potential applications against satellites and ground based locations? Covert arms race?

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Back to work soon.

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Fifth Coast Guard District focused on navigating wind farms, commercial space flight

NASA boffins seem to think we’re worth saving from fiery asteroid death so they’re shooting a spaceship at one

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LoRa to the Moon and back: Messages bounced off lunar surface using off-the-shelf hardware

A team of scientists has managed to bounce a LoRa message off the Moon, setting an impressive record of 730,360km for the furthest distance such a data message has travelled.

While much of the technology was off-the-shelf (Semtech’s LR1110 RF transceiver chip was used) the signal was amplified to 350w using the 25-metre dish of the Dwingeloo Radio Observatory in the Netherlands. The same dish and chip was used to receive the signal on its return from the Moon, just under two and a half seconds later.

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China’s hypersonic glider didn’t just orbit Earth, it ‘fired a missile’ while at Mach 5

A Chinese hypersonic glider that completed a test flight in July appears to be more sophisticated than first thought. It is reported the aircraft was able to fire a missile while travelling at five times the speed of sound.

The glider was launched atop a Long March 2C rocket, and completed at least one orbit of our planet before detaching and descending. As the glider passed over the South China Sea, it fired a missile while traveling at Mach 5, the first time this has been achieved by any such device, multiple sources told the Financial Times.

The United States military is split on the test, the paper reports, with some believing the launched object was some kind of test of a countermeasure against attacks on the glider, and some saying it’s some form of air-to-air weapon. The missile fell into the ocean, while the glider crashed into China.

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Potential first-strike system. Possibly to take out carrier groups, among other things.

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Opinion:

Russia’s orbital insanity is almost beyond redemption – but there’s space for improvement

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ESA’s Solar Orbiter will swing past Earth this week – sure hope nobody created a big cloud of space junk up there

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Nuclear fusion firm Pulsar fires up a UK-built hybrid rocket engine

UK nuclear fusion outfit Pulsar Fusion has fired up a chemical rocket engine running on a combination of nitrous oxide oxidiser, high-density polyethylene fuel and oxygen.

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there are already other weapons that work better for those cases

the shady application of an asteroid missile is that any device that can deflect an earthbound rock could also redirect an otherwise harmless asteroid so that it will hit the earth

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UK Space Agency wants primary school kids to design a logo for first Brit launches

Good news for those in the UK with primary school-aged kids and wondering what to do when the next bout of home-schooling hits: design a logo for the first UK satellite launches.

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You, me and debris: NASA cans ISS spacewalk because it’s getting too risky outside

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It is left as a problem for the student to calculate how long it will take the orbits of this debris to decay.

I doubt that the world’s richest man couldn’t cover the expense.

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James Webb Space Telescope may actually truly launch this century, says NASA

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