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Aerospace / Re: Just what is the mystery sensor on Progress MS-07?
« Last post by TomS on Today at 09:35:45 am »
All of these theories keep having to find very convoluted reasons why it doesn't matter that NROL-76 was supposed to launch days earlier into an orbit that would have been nowhere near ISS.  This article mentions that objection but discounts it without any real explanation.
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Military / Re: AMDR ships
« Last post by TomS on Today at 09:06:03 am »
No worries.  Lots of moving parts to keep track of on these programs.
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What are the estimates for the feasible production rate of ICBMs and warheads in North Korea?

As I have been saying, the DPRK's missiles are unreliable and lack range to hit most of Australia or the US, if at all...  Their problem is getting a missile that can reliably be fired and can reliably expect to hit what it is aimed at.  That is still IMHO about five years off.

Youtube is full of early Atlas and Thor failures.  Minuteman...not so much.  Even if five years off, that just means we've got five years to do something definitive about the problem, not that we can sit on our hands for five more years.  Personally, I'll bet we see a successful ICBM-range test within the year.

Policy responses are a different topic than estimating capability.
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The Bar / Re: A bit of robot fun
« Last post by sferrin on Today at 07:36:57 am »
At least on the bright side they apparently have a few dozen teams interested in participating in a tournament. Personally I really wish they'd make them unmanned and really go at each other with some serious weaponry.

Yep. Mark off a square mile out on the Utah Test and Training Range, no rules.  Anything goes. 
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As I have been saying, the DPRK's missiles are unreliable and lack range to hit most of Australia or the US, if at all...  Their problem is getting a missile that can reliably be fired and can reliably expect to hit what it is aimed at.  That is still IMHO about five years off.

Youtube is full of early Atlas and Thor failures.  Minuteman...not so much.  Even if five years off, that just means we've got five years to do something definitive about the problem, not that we can sit on our hands for five more years.  Personally, I'll bet we see a successful ICBM-range test within the year.
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The Bar / Re: A bit of robot fun
« Last post by Dragon029 on Today at 06:49:24 am »
At least on the bright side they apparently have a few dozen teams interested in participating in a tournament. Personally I really wish they'd make them unmanned and really go at each other with some serious weaponry.
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The Bar / Re: A bit of robot fun
« Last post by bobbymike on Today at 06:47:49 am »
remember the for challenge for Duel between MEGABOTS, INC (USA) and SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRY (Japan) ?
it happen, sort of...
Secretly preparing for Pacific Rim?
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Aerospace / Just what is the mystery sensor on Progress MS-07?
« Last post by Flyaway on Today at 06:39:53 am »
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But Progress MS-07 also carried a mysterious sensor, one that might have important military implications. Anatoly Zak, an author and space expert, was among the first to notice the sensor in official photos provided by RKK Energia, the Russian company that manufactured the expendable Progress MS-07 spacecraft.

Russian officials told Zak that the sensor was part of a "one-time scientific experiment," but otherwise declined to comment on the device's purpose. The Russian space agency Roscosmos did not immediately respond to an email from Motherboard requesting comment.

The space agency is probably telling the truth about the sensorójust not the whole truth. "The device is mounted on a location used by other scientific sensors in the past," James Oberg, the author of several books about space technology, told me.

But what kind of science did the sensor support? After all, weapons-development is a kind of science. "The fact that they are not discussing it is unusual, and maybe it's a test of some military-related sensor of some kind," said Jonathan McDowell, an independent space expert.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb7mvb/russia-sent-mysterious-sensor-iss-progress-ms-07-roscosmos-international-space-station-weapon-x-37b
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