Israel launches new surveillance satellite

Israel launched the Ofek-9 (Horizon-9) satellite from the Palmachim Air Force base south of Tel Aviv on Tuesday night, the Defense Ministry announced. The launch was reportedly visible from Tel Aviv and the sea. The satellite and the rocket which launched it were reportedly developed by Israel Aircraft Industries. Israel now has six satellites in [...

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Experts call collision of orbiting US and Russian satellites "catastropic"

What more is there to say than this? Apparently, there is only “little risk” to the international space station — not no risk, just a little one. Remember the fuss about space debris when China deliberately shot down one of its “weather” satellites (apparently to try to focus attention on China’s belief that it i...

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Rice: "We have a breakthrough document on missile defense for the Alliance"

In Bucharest today, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and U.S. National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley indicated they were very pleased by the support they feel the U.S. has gotten from the NATO alliance for its missile defense proposals in Europe. Rice told journalists: “…we have a breakthrough document on missile defense for th...

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U.S. satellite shoot-down

Does he look nervous or bothered? He just had ten seconds to get it right — the relatively junior U.S. Naval Officer who launched the missile that apparently shot down a falling U.S. satellite. The Defense Department photo caption reads: “U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Jackson activates a modified tactical Standard Missile-3 f...

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U.S. says missile successfully shot down falling satellite

So, this is perhaps good news, if true — at least for those who were worried about dangers from falling debris. But it might be bad news for U.S. – Russian relations… Just a couple of hours after a total lunar eclipse, the U.S. Navy reported it managed to shoot down the falling American satellite […]

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Satellite shoot-down window nears

The U.S. has announced that air and sea traffic should stay clear of an area of the Pacific starting at 10:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, less than four hours from now, in case an order can be given to fire a missile from a navy ship to shoot down a falling satelite. U.S. President Bush […]

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First China, now U.S. may shoot down its own space satellite

China shot down one of its own “old” space satellites in January 2007 — apparently with hopes of influencing debate at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, where China has been fighting for years to see work begin on a treaty on the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS). The U.S. has […]

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Why did China shoot down one of its own satellites, now?

Why did China shoot down one of its own “old” satellites, orbiting more than 500 miles out in space, now? It did so to influence the debate in the Conference on Disarmament, which opened its 2007 session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Monday. China, which has traditionally maintained a rather low profile […]

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