Two decades ago, a young Jasmin Moghbeli decided she wanted to be an astronaut. She researched Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, for a school project, and she knew then that space exploration was her goal.
But by 2010, that dream had slipped a bit further away. Moghbeli was flying AH-1 Cobra missions in Afghanistan and loving her job as a Marine Corps pilot.
When NASA sought applications in 2015 for its next class of astronauts, though, Moghbeli knew it was now or never – and out of more than 18,000 applicants, she was selected to achieve her childhood dream of training to become an astronaut. Read More
The fifth satellite of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, Calif., satellite manufacturing facility prior to its June 2016 launch. Lockheed Martin photo.
The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite is now operational and delivering secure communications to legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios, Lockheed Martin announced today. Read More
MUOS-4 Launch Cape Canaveral AFS. September 2, 2015. ULA Photo
While use of space-based assets to find out where you are, download a movie or Skype with family on the other side of the world are now taken as much for granted as electricity, two House panels were told these satellites are increasingly vulnerable to jamming, laser attacks and enemy kill vehicles. Read More
The fifth satellite of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS-5) at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility in January 2016. Lockheed Martin photo.
The Navy is preparing to launch the last satellite in its new constellation that will provide a massive increase in secure, high-quality and high-volume voice and data communications with nearly worldwide coverage, designed for mobile users with hand-held devices but available to joint forces on ships and in aircraft and ground vehicles. Read More
The following is the May 13, 2016 Congressional Research Service report, National Security Space Launch at a Crossroads. Read More
The following is a People’s Liberation Army recruitment advertisement released late last month by Chinese authorities. Read More
Vice Adm. James Syring briefing at the Pentagon. DoD Photo
While terming North Korea’s most recent nuclear tests “alarming and provoking,” the director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said he doesn’t believe they show any increase in Pyongyang’s technical capabilities. Read More
Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright speaking at CSIS on Monday. CSIS Screengrab
The U.S. needs to rethink how it develops its future space assets from less purpose built platforms to more adaptive and agile learning machines, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright said on Monday. Read More