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December 11, 2012
US sends futuristic plane back into space
Washington (AFP) Dec 11, 2012
The United States on Tuesday launched for the third time its futuristic X-37B spacecraft, a small and pilotless plane that experts believe could open a new realm of espionage. The 29-foot (8.9-meter) long vehicle blasted off aboard an Atlas V rocket at 1:03 pm (1803 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission about which the US Air Force has offered minimal details. The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, streamed live footage on its website of the bl ... read more
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China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO
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ULA Launch Monopoly to End
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Russia and Kazakhstan to run Baikonur together
Russia and Kazakhstan are reestablishing the intergovernmental commission on the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The commission will be headed by the deputy prime ministers of the two countries who will have t ... more
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Space-Age Ceramics Get Their Toughest Test
Advanced ceramic composites can withstand the ultrahigh operational temperatures projected for hypersonic jet and next generation gas turbine engines, but real-time analysis of the mechanical proper ... more

Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit
Russian scientists were working to correct the orbit of a communications satellite Sunday after it failed to reach its designated location in space - the latest setback for the country's once-pioneering space industry. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
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USAF Space Command wargames concludes

NATO ill-prepared for a Russian attack: report

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NATO states open counter-espionage hub in Poland

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Speeding Space Junk Poses Risks for Spacecraft
The amount of space junk floating around the Earth grows every year, and increasingly can pose risks to spacecraft orbiting the planet. In the United States, NASA's Orbital Debris Program (ODP ... more

What trends will take upper hand in space exploration?
Space exploration in the future is linked to the creation of habitable bases on the moon. This opinion was expressed by head of Russia's leading research institute of the country's space agency Genn ... more

Elbit Systems to Provide Space Camera for the Italian OPTSAT 3000 Observation Satellite
Elbit Systems reports that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Elop, was awarded a contract from Israel Aerospace Industries ("IAI") to provide a space camera for the Italian O ... more
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TRT Turk Selects SES To Reach Audiences In Sub-Saharan Africa
SES has announced that Turkish public broadcaster, Turkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), has selected SES to reach audiences in sub-Saharan Africa. TRT will use capacity on SES-5 located a ... more

Scientists say NASA's budget inadequate for its goals
NASA suffers from a "mismatch" between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul. ... more
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First joint France-China satellite to study oceans

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Smog defies China's Communist Party congress

Adaptation never stops as study challenges long-established theory


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Putin Urges CIS Countries to Join Glonass
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to join Glonass, Russia's global positioning system. "This system has the capability to p ... more

Third Boeing GPS IIF Begins Operation After Early Handover to USAF
A third Boeing GPS IIF satellite has completed on-orbit checkout and is now part of the active 31-satellite GPS constellation, providing improved performance for both military and civilian users. ... more
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Speeding Space Junk Poses Risks for Spacecraft

US Air Force selects Raytheon to develop future Protected SATCOM System

General Dynamics Awarded Contract Under New U.S. Army Rapid-Acquisition Communications Program

Astrium to provide military X-band satcoms to six UK Royal Navy vessels

SPACEX Awarded Two EELV Class Missions From The USAF

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ULA Launch Monopoly to End

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Third Galileo satellite begins transmitting navigation signal


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Mystery Air Force space plane launched
A secret U.S. Air Force space plane has been launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on its third classified mission, officials said. ... more

Tehran denies Iranian missile experts in North Korea
Iran on Tuesday denied a South Korean report that its missile experts were in North Korea offering technical assistance for the planned launch of a long-range rocket. ... more

US Army Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Software Released
Northrop Grumman has released Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) software. This release, recently tested at the Northrop Grumman Co ... more
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US drone strike kills at least three in Pakistan


Canada reconsidering F-35 fighter purchase: reports


US agency chief seeks to ease airplane electronics ban


Iran to observe North Korea missile test


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Hungary offers residency permits for 250,000 euros

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