Russia Set to Make Historic Rocket Launch Thursday


Russia's Soyuz carrier rocket is set make its first launch from outside the former Soviet Union on Thursday, carrying European satellites. The Soyuz is scheduled to blast off from a new launch site at the Kourou space center in the jungle of French Guiana, off the Atlantic coast. The Russian rocket will carry Galileo navigation

Japanese spy satellite in orbit after successful launch


KODIAK, Alaska — A spy satellite for the Japanese government rode an H-2A rocket into orbit Friday, replenishing a fleet of secret spacecraft designed to keep track of missile development in North Korea. The classified spacecraft lifted off on a 174-foot-tall H-2A rocket at 0436 GMT (12:36 a.m. EDT) Friday, or 1:36 p.m. local time

Classified Satellite to Get New Protective Payload

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, who oversees satellite procurement for the Air Force at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, says that a classified satellite will carry the so-called Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness (SASSA) payload on a forthcoming mission. She declined to identify the satellite, its owner or launch date owing to security

U-2 Spy Plane’s Retirement Signals the End of an Era

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  After more than 50 years gathering intelligence 13 miles above the ground, the United States’ U-2 spy planes will be phased out and replaced by unmanned drones by 2015, The New York Times reported this week. Find out more about the long history of the high-altitude aircraft, which first took to the skies during

Russia eyeing $3b in arms contracts

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MOSCOW – Russia, the world's second largest arms exporter, may seal three new orders worth more than $3 billion for fighter aircraft over the next year, the top Russian defense think tank CAST said on Thursday. The new orders would be a boon to an industry which has watched its export market shrink after the

Russia Is Still Intimidating, Tracking And Breaking Into The Homes Of US Officials

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  Eli Lake at the Washington Times has a fascinating look at the way that Russian intelligence services are intimidating American officials in the country, despite supposed talks of a "reset" for relations between the countries. The most obvious example was the apparent use of a bomb in Georgia near the US embassy last year.

Libya: Royal Navy warship HMS Liverpool comes under heavy fire


HMS Liverpool, a Royal Navy warship, came under heavy rocket fire from a shore battery as it patrolled off the Libyan coast, the Ministry of Defence said. A missile launcher is said to have sent a number of rockets towards Liverpool that has been stationed off Libya for several weeks. The Type 42 destroyer returned

The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

  Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Joby Warrick, who covers intelligence for the Washington Post, gives an account of how a Jordanian double-agent penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, and then blew himself up, killing seven CIA agents, in Khost, Afghanistan. The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated

Super Sensitive Small Missile Detector

Two years ago, the United States put into orbit a pair of experimental STSS (Space Tracking and Surveillance System) satellites. These have better heat sensors and are there to provide earlier warning of ballistic missile launches, so that anti-missiles can hit ballistic missiles earlier, and with a higher probability of destroying them. STSS can also

‘Secret’ IDF missile unveiled to public for first time

The Israel Defense Forces' Artillery Corps unveiled Monday for the first time the Tamuz, a missile capable of striking targets 25 kilometers away. The Tamuz is equipped with an electro-optic sensor that allows the team operating the missile to monitor the target during the projectile's flight and guide it accurately all the way to the

Rumors Circulate About Radiation Leak by Chinese Sub

Rumors are spreading quickly that radioactive materials were accidentally leaked from a state-of-the-art Chinese nuclear submarine moored in Dalian Port in Liaoning Province in the northeastern part of China. The rumor was first reported on Saturday by, a website for overseas Chinese, before it was picked up by Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site