The story making Space headlines around the webs is the SpaceX Starship Announcement. A show… much like an Apple event, featuring the next generation of reusable rocketry.
Standing in front of the towering stainless steel prototype, Musk revealed SpaceX would be building versions of these in rapid succession…
“It’s really gonna be epic to see that thing take off and come back.”
However, NASA Administer Jim Bridenstine released this statement about the event saying:
“I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It’s time to deliver”
When asked about the tweet, Musk responded with, “Did he say Crew or SLS?.” Referring to NASA’s next-generation Space Launch System (SLS), which is over budget and years overdue.
While the NASA/Musk battle is making news,
The US Space Agency is also criticizing China, warning the PRC that any attempt to militarize space would be met by action from the US.
According to the Financial Times, Mr Bridenstine said “It’s important for people to understand that we are not going to allow investments that could potentially destroy space.” – Financial Times
China is already a major space power, being one of only three countries that have independently sent humans into space and constructed its own space station. In January, it became the first country to land a probe on the far side of the moon with Beijing planning manned missions within the next decade
As a result, the US is leading a new international initiative with Japan, Canada and India’s robust ISRO to construct a Deep Space Gateway to use as a base for missions to the moon and eventually to Mars.
The NASA Chief went on to say, “When we think about the future of space, we want it to be peaceful.”
As the race for space intensifies on all fronts,
American Military News is reporting The National Security Agency is raising concerns about satellite hacking, and experimenting with artificial intelligence to detect anomalies in telemetry.
Brian Weeden, Director of Programing Planning for Secure World Foundation said, “It’s absolutely possible to conduct cyber attacks against satellites. They often run common OS’s like Unix or Linux and vulnerable to many of the same cyber attacks as every other computer system out there.”
And this isn’t new.
There are six known examples of hackers successfully interfering with, or even commanding unauthorized maneuvers of NASA satellites before 2011.
Five of those took place in relatively quick succession in 2007 and 2008
As larger constellations of low Earth orbit object come online, celestial cyber security is set to become a major part of the emerging space economy. Check back in with us as we keep an eye on developments in this area.
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And what could be the coolest space job ever,
Asteroid mining in a Manned Maneuvering Unit.
Or if you’re into anime, Gundam Mecha.
As more conceptual designs emerge to solve the challenges of space, this one in particular caught our attention. From Yanko Design, a personalized craft to explore the asteroid belt.
I believe our reporter Blake Anderson has already ordered his MMU, so we look forward to seeing that….
or maybe not ☺️
Further into the unknown,
Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge recently spoke to the New York Times eluding to the possession of “exotic material samples from UFO’s.”
His company, ‘To the Stars Academy’ (established in 2017) is analyzing the physical, molecular, chemical and nuclear properties of the samples.
A former Pentagon Official, now working with Delonge has said, “Some of that material providence has been substantiated.”
With the NAVY’s declassified video, increased activity over urban skies, and wider view of the cosmos, we could be on the threshold of a major discovery.
On to another foreign object, C/2019 Q4, an interstellar interloper has been renamed by the IAU (International Astronomical Union) to 21/Borisov,
after Ukrainian astronomer who discovered this mysterious object from the constellation Cassiopeia,
heading right for us at a blistering 90,000 miles per hour.
Just in time for the holiday season, The best time to view 21/Borisov is December 7th ….before it leaves our local system.