Terrifying North Korean Missiles are Fake and Were Wobbling During Parade (Source: News.com.au)
Terrifying new missiles proudly unveiled in a parade by North Korean
tyrant Kim Jong-un may be fake, experts claim. The weapons, unveiled
during a parade marking 105 years since the state’s found Kim Il-sung
was born, caused fears around the world that the secretive nation’s
nuke program is far more advanced than previously thought.
But Chad O’Carroll, managing director of specialist service NK News, expressed
doubts after seeing the nose cone of one of the final group of missiles
“wobbled quite noticeably”, reports The Sun. And Lee Il-Woo, a senior
analyst at the private Korea Defence Network, told AFP: “I suspect they
all might be mock-ups aimed to impress the outside world.” (4/17)
North Korea's Missile
Launch 'May Have Been Thwarted by US Cyber Attack'
(Source: Sydney Morning Herald)
North Korea's botched missile test on Sunday may have been disrupted by
a secretive US program of cyber and electronic warfare designed to
sabotage launches. The attempted test, and a weekend parade of
Pyongyang's military hardware, prompted international condemnation and
an American promise of further action if the hermit state failed to end
It came as the US's national security adviser confirmed for the first
time that Washington was working with China to rein in North Korea's
nuclear weapons program. Pyongyang spent the weekend showing off its
arsenal of ballistic missiles alongside thousands of goose-stepping
troops in a military parade. But the regime suffered a humiliating
setback when a test-launched medium-range missile exploded four to five
seconds into its flight. Its destruction raised immediate suspicions
that it had fallen victim to sabotage.
"It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to
make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US - through
cyber methods - has been successful on several occasions in
interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail," Sir Malcolm
Rifkind, the former Conservative foreign secretary, told the BBC. (4/17)
'Friends of NASA
Plumbrook' Make Case for Continued Funding (Source:
Each year, the Friends of NASA Plum Brook make personal visits to the
Ohio congressional delegation in Washington in addition to visiting
with our state lawmakers in Columbus. We recently returned from our
seventh annual trip to Washington to advocate on behalf of the unique,
world class aerospace testing done here.
When the organization was first formed, the objective of our visits was
very simple. Plum Brook was unknown to many of our lawmakers. Our job
was to educate them about the importance of the station and why it
makes sense to fund its parent, the NASA Glenn Research Center in
There is a constant threat to federal facilities. Those that are
forgotten, or are unable to justify their existence, face uncertain
futures. We never ask for funding without making a compelling reason
why. The testing that takes place at Plum Brook is beneficial to
national security and mission safety — and it actually saves tax
Architecture for Deep Space Exploration Using SLS and Orion
(Source: Space Review)
NASA has started to disclose more details about how the Space Launch
System and Orion can be used in the 2020s to develop a “gateway” in
cislunar space to support operations of a transport vehicle for
missions eventually to Mars. Ari Allyn-Feuer explains some issues with
that architecture and proposes an alternative, and potentially more
effective, approach. Click here.
Passing in Silence,
Passing in Shadows (Source: Space Review)
An updated version of a recent book about the first shuttle mission
provides new details about efforts to collect images of the shuttle in
orbit by a reconnaissance satellite. Dwayne Day examines those
revelations as part of a broader effort to use spysats to spy on other
satellites. Click here.
The Roscosmos View of the
Future of Human Spaceflight (Source: Space Review)
There’s been considerable speculation about Russia’s plans for the
future of the ISS as well as potential participation in missions to the
Moon and Mars. Jeff Foust reports on what the head of Roscosmos
recently said about those issues in a rare press conference with
Western reporters. Click here.
Which Comes First for a
New National Space Council: Organization or Vision?
(Source: Space Review)
As the Trump Administration continues to show interest in
reestablishing the National Space Council, many wonder what such an
entity can achieve. Roger Handberg argues that it will depend if the
council is preceded by an overarching vision for the country’s space
policy. Click here.
No, Russia Isn’t Sending
a Terminator Robot to ISS (Source: Ars Technica)
The reports this weekend were breathless. Mashable said Russia was
sending a "death dealing" robot with the power to shoot guns to the
International Space Station. Pravda reported that the Russian cyborg,
Fyodor, had frightened the West. It was like the Terminator, only in
space, and only for reals.
In reality, probably not. The stories were written after the Russian
deputy prime minister overseeing military and space activities, Dmitry
Rogozin, posted on Facebook and Twitter about the country's humanoid
robot, Fyodor. Rogozin was proud that the robot had demonstrated the
ability to shoot from both hands. "Fine motor skills and
decision-making algorithms are still being improved," he tweeted. (4/17)
How a NASA Astronaut’s
Treasure Map Could Make History (Source: Vanity Fair)
Who wouldn’t be captivated by the idea of fortune and glory hidden
right under our very noses? On the Discovery Channel’s new docu-series
Cooper’s Treasure, professional treasure hunter Darrell Miklos is on
the trail of an unbelievable discovery: a series of shipwrecks—hundreds
of them, in fact—discovered by the late astronaut Gordon Cooper during
a space expedition. And yes, there is a treasure map. Cooper died
somewhat suddenly in 2004 from heart failure—but not before he gave
Miklos a life-changing piece of information.
While on the Mercury 9 Faith 7 expedition, Cooper discovered a series
of anomalies, which he deduced might be shipwrecks. When he arrived
back on Earth, the astronaut began a decades-long research process,
making a map of his discoveries and tracking down any information he
could about which sunken ships might correspond to the locations he had
seen. Now Miklos is picking up the trail where he left off. “I’m
probably the only person on the planet that’s in this particular
situation,” Miklos told Vanity Fair. “It’s a one-off story. There is
nothing like it. I doubt there will be anything like it in the future."
According to Miklos, Cooper said he discovered the treasure while using
equipment to spot nuclear threats according to magnetic anomalies.
Cooper discovered several anomalies that were too small to be nuclear
silos, Miklos explains in the first episode of the series, which
premieres April 18. He soon deduced that they must be shipwrecks. (4/17)
How 3D Printing is
Changing the Future of the Space Industry (Source:
In aerospace, parts are complicated, and manufacturing them can be very
expensive and time consuming. When rocket engine parts can take up to a
year to make, it is very difficult to start a new rocket company and
for aerospace companies to be cost effective, innovative and nimble.
These barriers to entry are why you don’t see many start-up space
companies and why the industry has relied on the same basic engine
designs as those built during the Apollo program.
3D printing is changing all that. At Virgin Orbit, we are building a
rocket system that will send small satellites into orbit. We aim to
open access to space for small satellites to improve life on earth
through services such as internet connectivity to the under connected
and data for planning, production, disaster mitigation etc. And we are
going to use 3D printed rocket engine parts to launch them to space.