A New Defense Department Satellite Shoots Out Smaller Sats

The unfolding drama between Russia and the Ukraine along the Crimean peninsula is developing, rapidly and unpredictably—certainly not in-sync with the orbits of our overhead surveillance assets. But if we could somehow get a few purpose-built (and presumably rapidly-prototyped) cube sats up there, the US Air Force… » 3/07/14 11:40am 3/07/14 11:40am

The Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane Has Been in Orbit For a Whole…

The Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane gets more mysterious by the day. Designed to spend up to nine months on unspecified errands in Earth's orbit, the second copy of the Boeing-made craft, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 2, has now been in space for a year and two days - and is still going strong. The endurance… » 3/07/12 7:43am 3/07/12 7:43am

Air Force Flies From Washington To Antarctica To Rescue Sick Worker

If you're wondering about the cost of this medical evacuation, think high. And then probably think a bit higher. Flying 4,600 miles from Washington State to Antarctica, the C-17 cargo plane dodged ash-clouds and strapped on night-vision goggles to pick up the poorly contractor and drop him off at a hospital in New… » 7/05/11 12:00pm 7/05/11 12:00pm

Tech-laden Storm Chasers Fly Headlong Into Hurricane Ike with a Smurf…

First off, I hope everyone who stayed behind in the path of Hurricane Ike is OK this morning. Second, we know what we knew about Ike due in part to the guys, gals and tech shown in these storm chaser photographs » 9/13/08 9:10am 9/13/08 9:10am. The photo above shows a "Smurf," or the Stepped-Frequency Microwave Radiometer, which has adorned the…