Iran confirms rocket launch went wrong, says communication satellite still intact
dpa, Hamburg, Germany Iran confirmed on Monday that an explosion had taken place at its launch site in central Semnan, but said the “accident has nothing to do with the start of our communications satellite.” Government spokesman Ali Rabiei added that no one had been killed in the explosion,... Read more
Space Command opens in Colorado, but there’s still a long way to go until a Space Force is established
Tom Roeder The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) U.S. Space Command will open for business Thursday with a White House ceremony, but a permanent home for the command, now in Colorado Springs, has yet to be announced. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the establishment of the command, which... Read more
Unmanned space shuttle breaks orbiting record, continues secret mission
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has done it again, this time blowing our minds with a record 719 days in orbit. The “unmanned space shuttle” of foreign military nightmares has spent considerable time in space, even though few people outside of the “need-to-know” sector seem to know what it’s... Read more
U.S. General: SpaceX has changed our ability to sense threats
Lee Roop Alabama Media Group, Birmingham A top American general told a defense conference in Alabama today that Elon Musk’s SpaceX may have just “completely changed our ability” to sense threats against America using satellite clusters in space. “Holy smokes. Talk about being able to move the ball,” Air... Read more
Shorts on the flight line?  Air Force ok’s it for three bases
James Bolinger Stars and Stripes Three Air Force bases in hot climates are turning to shorts to keep airmen cool while working on the flight line. Extreme heat during summer months is a fact of life for airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.,... Read more
Intergalactic crime: NASA astronaut accused of hacking ex-wife’s bank account from space
Jami Ganz New York Daily News The situation is out of this world. Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut and lieutenant colonel in the army, is facing accusations that she committed identity theft through the “improper access” of her estranged wife’s “private financial records,” The New York Times reported. Former... Read more
Female soldier in the running to be first woman on the moon in 2024
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes Lt. Col. Anne McClain is one of 12 female astronauts who could become the first woman on the moon by 2024, a list compiled by NASA shows. She’s also the only one of the 12 who’s in the Army. After President Donald Trump directed... Read more
Better communication: Air Force testing new headset for flight line
Christopher Dennis Stars and Stripes Maintenance squadrons at RAF Mildenhall have begun testing headsets with bone conduction microphones to see if they would allow airmen who work on the flight line to communicate without excessive noise, while providing hearing protection. “The headphones work like normal over-the-ear headphones that you... Read more
Taiwan beefing military budget to beat back China and the U.S. is more than willing to help
Taiwan is looking to buy several American F-16s to complement its military, an act aimed at showing the People’s Republic of China that it would resist any threats of invasion. A long-time ally of Taiwan, the United States is more than willing to sell a few of its top-tier... Read more
40-year-old A-10 Thunderbolts get new wings as Air Force continues to look for a permanent replacement
Maintainers have installed new wings to the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt, effectively breathing new life into a platform that is having trouble finding a suitable successor. The 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron swapped wings on 162 A-10s at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, as part of the A-10 Enhanced Wing... Read more
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