Tag Archives: Space

North Korea Tests New Rocket Engine: An Advancing Space Launch Programme?

North Korea has conducted a static ground test of what it bills as a new more powerful rocket engine. North Korea claims that the engine is indigenously designed and developed and has higher thrust than those tested hitherto. A lot … Continue reading

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Rappin Ronnie Reagan: Hawks Reviving Airborne Laser Boost Phase Ballistic Missile Defense

The Las Vegas Review Journal has an article on boost phase missile defence based on airborne lasers. The title suggests that the Pentagon is rushing the system for a looming North Korean ICBM test, but this is not a serious … Continue reading

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Russia Tests PL-19 Nudol Missile: ASAT or BMD Missile Test?

Russia appears to have tested the PL-109 Nudol missile, billed by most commentators as an anti-satellite weapon test (ASAT). The source of the reports on this come from Bill Gertz, so you should be careful of the framework of analysis … Continue reading

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Lithium, Big Bangs and Stellar Nucleosynthesis

When it comes to nuclear weapons a very important fusion reaction is H3 + H2 > He4 + n + 17.6 Mev It is a handy reaction because it occurs at relatively low temperatures, that is relative to other fusion … Continue reading

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Space Surveillance Telescope Heads to Australia, Space Control and Cosmological Models

The Defense Advanced Projects Agency has transferred the Space Surveilleance Telescope to United States Space Command, whereupon it will be deployed to the Harold E Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia. The Space Surveillance Telescope will be a sensor … Continue reading

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Spaceplanes Boarding Now! Another (Chinese) Sputnik Moment and the X-37B.

This week saw some interesting, almost Sputnik like, discussion of China’s space programme that is well worth reflecting upon. Firstly, we saw media reports about a looming Chinese space shuttle launch and a hypersonic space plane. I can just imagine … Continue reading

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North Korea’s Big New Rocket Engine: What Does the Latest Engine Test Mean?

The New York Times carries an article on North Korea‚Äôs recent stationary test of a new engine for its space programme, which, of course, has implications for ballistic missile development. The article emphasises possible North Korean cooperation with Iran, which … Continue reading

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Back Into the Cold? Incoming Stratcom CinC Vows to Ditch the RD180 Rocket Engine

On September 20 North Korea, in the august presence of Kim Jong Un himself, tested a rocket engine as part of its space programme, and the test appears to be that of a new engine incorporating features that take North … Continue reading

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