The Molniya orbit, a type of highly elliptical orbit (HEO), was the focus of the last HEO post. And it was noted that the Molniya is an orbit perfectly suited to communication. But what other missions and satellites use the HEO? Believe it or not, the US has organizations that use the HEO for a […]Read More Why Space Matters: HEO Satellite Operations, Part 5–Spysats, IR, and MMS
From a Softpedia news post, a writer conjectures mainly about the United States Air Force’s (USAF) X-37B space drone and what it might mean to space warfare. It’s a decent, thought-provoking article, so you may wish to read it. But there’s an assumption made within the article: the government has the best, most sophisticated space toys. […]Read More The Slowness of Being Government and Its Space Technology
“The mystery surrounding the unfortunate Malaysian Flight MH370 has caused some of the more astute reporters to ask questions about satellites. Specifically, were there any satellites over the area the airplane disappeared in? And if there were, would they, or could they have picked up anything to help find the missing airplane? Ultimately, can satellites help […]Read More Can Satellites Help Find Lost Aircraft? Can You? Maybe!
From childhood, I’ve had this weird fascination with dirigibles. Not blimps, but dirigibles. The kind of airships people associate with the words, “Oh, the humanity!!” In spite of the horrific Hindenburg episode, I always thought the zeppelins produced in Friedrichshafen, Germany, were always majestic in movement. It also looked like a relaxing and luxurious way […]Read More What’s Old Is New Again
That’s illegal! Call the IG! Last week’s post was about the possible perception of reservist contractors having a vested interest in the success of the company they work with as reservists. The responses to the post were a few comments about calling a spade a spade and to sic the Inspector General (IG) on those […]Read More Reserved Perceptions in Military Space operations–Part 2