Science 

China’s ‘hypersonic HEAVY BOMBER’ could reach New York City in TWO HOURS

The science team, led by Cui Kai, discussed the futuristic plane that would travel over five times faster than the speed of sound to soar across the globe. An extract of the paper read: “It will take only a couple of hours to travel from Beijing to New York at hypersonic speed.” A hypersonic vehicle would move so fast that it could bypass another nation’s missile defence system, adding to fears this kind of technology could kickstart World War 3. Following the release of the paper, a Chinese aircraft designer…

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Space 

National Space Council backs incremental space regulatory reform

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Space Council approved a series of recommendations Feb. 21 that make modest, and expected, reforms to regulations of commercial space activities. The Council, meeting at the Kennedy Space Center in its second public session since being reestablished last June, approved a set of four recommendations intended to streamline licensing and other regulatory activities that both government officials and industry witnesses warned could slow down emerging space ventures. “But while American industry and technology have leaped towards the future, our…

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Space 

Air Force space budget choices under scrutiny; SecAF Wilson explains why SBIRS and JSTARS must go

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter published Tuesdays. Sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: Air Force makes bold modernization moves. Boeing, Northrop Grumman weigh whether to challenge Lockheed for GPS 3 For those who have been waiting for the Air Force to shake up its space investment portfolio, the budget request for 2019 was as disruptive as can be expected from the military. Money was taken from legacy programs to fund next-generation systems. This is what many “new space” companies and commercial tech firms have been hoping…

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Top Stories World 

World War 3: North Korea sanction SECRET ship-to-ship transfer with China

This incident marks the third time this year that Tokyo has reported a cargo transfer by a North Korean vessel. Such a transfer is in complete violation of UN sanctions over Pyongyang’s banned nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Late Tuesday, Japan’s foreign ministry said an escort vessel and military patrol plane and witnessed the alleged transfer in the East China Sea on Friday afternoon. The Japanese navy claim to have found the Yu Jong 2 – aNorth Korean-flagged tanker – lying alongside a small vessel of unknown nationality ‘on the…

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Space 

The end of SBIRS: Air Force says it’s time to move on

Air Force is seeking a “survivable missile warning capability by the mid-2020s.” WASHINGTON — The Air Force will develop a new constellation of missile warning  satellites amid worries that the current system is vulnerable to attack and not a good return on investment. In the budget proposed for fiscal year 2019, the Air Force accelerates the development of the next-generation of missile warning satellites. It provides $643 million for the program and eliminates funding for vehicles 7 and 8 of the Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS. Funding for further…

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Space 

SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’

You’re reading the SN Military.Space newsletter we publish Tuesdays. If you would like to get our news and insights for military space professionals before everyone else, sign up here for your free subscription. HOT TOPIC: New direction for DoD space investments. Pentagon 2019 budget proposal ‘pivots’ to next-generation satellites Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. (Credit: USAF) It had been hinted for months that the Trump administration’s FY-19 defense budget would make serious investments in military space in response to growing threats…

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Space 

Air Force to acquire new jam-resistant GPS satellites

Air Force Secretary Wilson: “The GPS 3 that we are moving toward is intended to be able to operate in a contested environment.” WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion over the next five years on a new constellation of Global Positioning System satellites that will be hardened to withstand electronic interference from hostile nations. In a solicitation for bids posted Feb. 13, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced it will “conduct a full and open competition” for the production of 22 GPS 3 satellites…

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Space 

Pentagon space budget shaped by threats from Russia, China

The Air Force’s space budget is up by 8 percent, even though the service is cutting procurement of space systems by more than a billion dollars. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s budget request for the Defense Department includes $9.3 billion for space programs — $4.8 billion for satellites, $2.4 billion for launch vehicles and $2.1 billion for maintenance and support. The funds also cover space tests and classified programs. Officials said this budget marks a “pivot” in military space programs from systems that were built for an era when the…

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Space 

Lockheed Martin posts satellite data online to lure space entrepreneurs

Under the “open space” project, Lockheed will publish technical details of its satellite platforms. WASHINGTON — Under pressure from the Pentagon to bring fresh ideas to the table, military satellite manufacturers are trying to build closer connections with startups and entrepreneurs that are fueling the space economy. Lockheed Martin, the nation’s largest military contractor, rolled out a new initiative this week to attract “aspiring space technologists.” It has decided to publicly release the technical specifications of its satellite platforms in a bid to attract “companies aspiring to send innovative technologies…

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Science 

Russian Hackers Tricked Key U.S. Defense Workers into Opening Up Their Emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft, an Associated Press investigation has found. What ultimately may have been stolen is uncertain, but the hackers clearly exploited a national vulnerability in cybersecurity: poorly protected email and barely any direct notification to victims. The hackers known as Fancy Bear, who also intruded in the U.S. election, went after at least 87 people working on militarized drones, missiles, rockets, stealth fighter jets, cloud-computing…

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