Apr 6, 2009 | 4
The North Korean government is touting a controversial rocket launch this weekend as a success, despite indications that it crashed into the Pacific Ocean and never made it into space.
North Korean state media claims the launch, condemned by the U.S. as a missile test in violation of United Nations sanctions, carried an "experimental communications satellite" into orbit as part of the development of the country's space program. The satellite "is sending to the earth the melodies of the immortal revolutionary paeans 'Song of General Kim Il Sung' and 'Song of General Kim Jong Il,'" according to the Korean Central News Agency.
Mar 30, 2009
A nonprofit that studies science and international security says a satellite photo shows a North Korean rocket on a launch pad. North Korea has said it plans to send a commercial satellite into space next month that will be strapped to a rocket—but neighboring countries believe the real plan is to test the country's long-range missile technology, the Associated Press reports.
The Washington, D.C.–based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) says a commercial image snapped of the Musudan-ri missile site on Friday shows a shadow cast by a gantry. ISIS couldn’t determine whether another area of the photo was the top of a missile, the group says in a new report.
Feb 3, 2009 | 2
Iran says it launched a satellite last night as part of what officials there described as the country’s bid to develop a space program.
The satellite, named Omid, or “hope,” was “successfully sent into orbit” with a Safir 2 (or "ambassador") rocket, according to IRNA, Iran’s official news agency. The “data-processing” satellite project began nearly four years ago “as the first practical step toward acquiring national space technology,” says another IRNA report, noting that “its main objective is to prepare the grounds for promoting [a] national space industry in Iran.”
Dec 19, 2008 | 4
The persistent concern of when and where terrorists will strike next—heightened by the Mumbai attacks—has led to a number of tech innovations over the past several years, including full-body airport security scanners and adhesives designed to keep buildings from blowing to pieces if bombed. One of the most intriguing of these inventions is a laser system developed to keep terrorist-fired infrared, "heat-seeking" missiles from striking unsuspecting aircraft (both military and civilian).
The Jeteye infrared beam, developed by London-based BAE Systems, blinds a heat-seeking missile's navigation capabilities, giving an airliner a better chance of getting away unscathed. (Although that doesn't solve the problem that the missile could do damage wherever it lands.) Jeteye senses the incoming missile's "infrared tracking signal (with which the missile paints its target) and pulses a super-intense beam of light into the missile's reticle, or eye, scrambling its brains," Conde Nast Traveler reported this week on its Web site.
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