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UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space

UK and US say Russia fired a satellite weapon in space

World
The US and UK have accused Russia of testing a weapon-like projectile in space that could be used to target satellites in orbit.The US State Department described the recent use of "what would appear to be actual in-orbit anti-satellite weaponry" as concerning.Russia's defence ministry earlier said it was using new technology to perform checks on Russian space equipment.The US has previously raised concerns about new Russian satellite activity.But it is the first time the UK has made accusations about Russian test-firing in space. They come just days after an inquiry said the UK government "badly underestimated" the threat posed by Russia.In a statement on Thursday, US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Christoph...
The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

The tech behind Virgin Orbit’s mission to space

Technology
Virgin Orbit plans to launch its rockets from a plane. This new approach means no need for a launch site or the need to burn masses of fuel to get the rockets off the ground.The rockets will be used to take satellites into space. A test launch in May failed but now the company is looking to make a further attempt.BBC Click's Marc Cieslak went to find out more about the technology behind the launches.See more at Click's website and @BBCClickLet's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Technology
Russia opens treason probe into space agency adviser, former journalist Ivan Safronov

Russia opens treason probe into space agency adviser, former journalist Ivan Safronov

World
July 7 (UPI) -- Russian authorities on Tuesday arrested a former journalist accused of sharing military secrets with the intelligence agency of an unspecified NATO country. Russia's Federal Security Service -- known by the acronym FSB -- said it opened a treason investigation into Ivan Safronov. He appeared in a Moscow court on Tuesday. Advertisement After being fired by the Kommersant news agency in 2019, Safronov began working as a special adviser to the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency. The FSB didn't say whether he allegedly passed on the defense secrets during his time as a journalist or with Roscosmos. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Tass news that Safronov didn't have access to classified information during his time with the space agency. "He was invited to cover Ros...
Space Force details structure of newly created service

Space Force details structure of newly created service

Business
June 30 (UPI) -- The Space Force will be comprised of three field commands, with many of the Air Force's existing space acquisition organizations being moved into a newly created Space Systems Command, the service announced on Tuesday. USSF officials said the field organization would "consolidate and align all organize, train and equip mission execution" from space-related units formerly run by the Air Force. Advertisement "This is an historic opportunity to launch the Space Force on the right trajectory to deliver the capabilities needed to ensure freedom of movement and deter aggression in, from and to space," Gen. Jay Raymond, USSF chief of space operations, said in a press release. "How we organize the Space Force will have a lasting impact on our ability to respond with speed and agi...