SpaceX forms ‘Starshield’ business unit to focus on national security

By Courtney Albon, Published by DefenseNews, 5 December 2022 WASHINGTON — SpaceX is creating a new national security business unit called Starshield that will build on its launch and satellite communications offerings and introduce additional capabilities including Earth observation. The company, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, unveiled Starshield Dec. 2,

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Satellite Constellations Could Harm the Environment, New Watchdog Report Says

By Jonathan O'Callaghan, Published by Scientific American, 24 November 2022 Elon Musk’s Starlink and other satellite sources of light pollution and orbital debris should face an environmental review, the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds Do people have a right to an unobstructed view of the heavens? For most of human

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China’s new satellite-hunting radar aims to blind US

China’s SLC-18 satellite tracking radar. Photo: China Daily By Gabriel Honrada, Published by Asia Times, 14 November 2022 Newly-unveiled SLC-18 radar seeks to blunt US space-based intel advantage and could soon be exported to America’s adversaries China’s new electronically scanned array radar aims to blunt the military advantages long provided

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Ukraine suffered a comms outage when 1,300 SpaceX satellite units went offline over funding issues

By Alex Marquardt, Published by CNN, 7 November 2022 Washington CNN  — Ukraine’s fears that its troops  may lose access to Elon Musk’s crucial Starlink internet service deepened in the past week after 1,300 of the military’s satellite units went offline, according to two sources familiar with the outage. The small,

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Chinese military scientists simulated a nuclear blast in space to knock out satellite networks like Starlink

By Stephen Chen, Published by Business Insider, 28 October 2022 A nuclear blast in near space could create a radioactive cloud over an area as big as New York state, crippling or destroying satellites in near-Earth orbit, according to a new computer simulation conducted by a team of Chinese military

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