Tag Archives: Space

Minotaur IV Launches ORS-5 Satellite: What’s the Deal With the Secondary Payloads?

The Minotaur IV Space Launch Vehicle is an adapted MX or Peacekeeper solid fuelled ICBM for delivery of satellites into low earth orbit, and a Minotaur IV was launched for the first time from Cape Canaveral on August 25 (not … Continue reading

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Is North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM Really Powered by the Soviet RD-250 Engine? Beware the Theory Ladenness of Observation

When North Korea statically tested the Pektusan or March 18 Revolution engine, which forms the main engine of the Hwasong-12 IRBM and the main engine of the first booster stage of the Hwasong-14 ICBM, Kim Jong Un stated that its … Continue reading

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Soyuz versus Hwasong 14 Exhaust Plume

This is cool. Just some nerd fun. Check out the first video. This shows a launch of the Russian Soyuz space launch vehicle, the old workhorse of the Soviet and Russian space programme. It’s lineage goes all the way back … Continue reading

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Iran’s Simorgh Rocket Test and the JCPOA

By now I am sure we have seen coverage of Iran’s flight test of the Simorgh Space launch Vehicle. Initial reports suggested that Iran launched a satellite into Earth orbit, but that was most certainly not the case. The Simorgh … Continue reading

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Vardo and THAAD Radar Puts US Strategic Nuclear Planning in the Spotlight

The Vardo radar controversy, which has echoes of the Krasnoyarsk radar controversy of the 1980s, has a long history, stretching all the way back to the Clinton administration when the US was still party to the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty … Continue reading

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US Air Force Boosts Space Another Star to Boot Down US Space Corps

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the onset of the space age following the launch of Sputnik by the USSR in October 1957. The United States, certainly the Eisenhower administration, welcomed Sputnik because it set an important precedent, namely free … Continue reading

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The Soviet Space Programme and Citizen Science

Asif Siddiqi, The Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination 1857-1957, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010). October 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, so we’re in for a lot of coverage and discussion as the … Continue reading

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X-37B Space Plane Lands With a Bang Prompting Further Speculation About Its Purpose.

When the space shuttle was in development there was a lot of speculation about its potential use as a space weapon. It was felt that the shuttle would be able to park next to a satellite and pluck it into … Continue reading

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SpaceX Launches Reused Falcon 9 Booster: Greater Commercial Space Launch and the Regulation of Space Externalities.

SpaceX has launched a satellite into orbit using a reusable, indeed reused, first stage booster on the Falcon 9 space launch vehicle. This is the first time that a reused booster has been used to launch a space rocket. This … Continue reading

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North Korea’s New Rocket Engine for Space Programme? Why a Nuclear Freeze and Resumption of Diplomacy Are Good Ideas.

John Schilling at 38North has good analysis of North Korea’s latest static rocket engine test, of a new high thrust engine, where he suggests that the test should be seen in the context of the North’s space, rather than missile, … Continue reading

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