Tag Archives: Space

North Korea’s Reassembly Activity at the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility

Post Hanoi news has been dominated by reassembly activity at Sohae. What might it mean for North Korea’s space programme and nuclear talks with the US? Continue reading

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Dissuasion and the Logical Fallacy in Trump’s Missile Defense Review

The 2019 Missile Defense Review is based on a growing missile threat, yet the Review claims missile defence dissuades states from growing their arsenals. Continue reading

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Iran’s Failed Simorgh Launch of the Payam Satellite

Why did Iran’s launch of the Payam satellite fail, and was it really a disguised ICBM test? Continue reading

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Does A Possible Russian Space Weapon Prove Space Arms Control Is Unverifiable?

The United States this week has accused Russia of potentially deploying a weapon in space in October 2017, a claim widely reported upon. The principle of verification, or verificationism, is the thesis that a sentence has meaning only if it’s … Continue reading

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CVID as OCD: Deciphering North Korea’s Dismantlement Moves at Sohae and Continued ICBM Assembly at Sanumdong.

Three news items related to North Korea’s nuclear programme have garnered attention in the last two weeks, the first evidence of North Korea’s move to dismantle its missile and rocket engine testing facility at Sohae, alleged evidence coming from the … Continue reading

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The Art is in the Selling of the Deal: Donald Trump and the Selling of the Singapore Summit

Early post Singapore summit developments show a disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric on denuclearisation and reality on the ground in North Korea. Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or better still the prospect thereof, continues to dominate post Singapore summit discussion and … Continue reading

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Russia Reportedly Tests Nudol ASAT Weapon

Doubtless we have all seen the report of a sixth test by Russia of the Nudol, which the United States intelligence community assesses to be a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon or ASAT. The report comes to us courtesy of Ankit … Continue reading

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Back to the Future, 1984: Putin’s Announcement of New Strategic Nuclear Weapons Gives Us The Future We Never Had.

“What’s he going to do, drop a nuclear reactor on London?” So thought Niels Bohr when Werner Heisenberg showed him a drawing of what appeared to be a nuclear reactor during a mysterious meeting of the pair in Copenhagen during … Continue reading

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The Shaky Throne: String Theory, Inflationary Cosmology, and The Very Idea of Scientific Explanation.

Thomas Kuhn is most well known for developing a model of scientific revolutions, the plural is important, which to no small degree considers sociological factors to be significant to any explanation of the shift from normal to revolutionary science. One … Continue reading

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The Space Launch System and the Copernican Principle

There has been a trifecta of very recent news regarding the Space Launch System, which I almost missed given the frenetic activity associated with North Korea’s strategic nuclear programmes. NASA reports that a full scale model of the core of … Continue reading

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