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What would have prevented a person from firing a rifle at the space shuttle during launch?

I am plotting a story set in the early 2000s in which a terrorist shoots a high-powered rifle at a space shuttle as it is about to launch. I have in mind that he would be located in the swamp to the ...
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Security mechanisms for commands sent to spacecraft [duplicate]

Is there any publicly known security mechanism for remotely controlling spacecraft such as the rovers on Mars? It seems like adding any type of encryption may lessen the reliability, but if there is ...
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What prompted NASA to establish a KSC SWAT Team?

Based on this question, it looks like KSC has not only its own police department (which is fairly common for large facilities, even things like universities) but also a SWAT team, which apparently was ...
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What force do the armed guards guarding the Crew-1 crew belong to?

In the comments to the question Why were the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts backed up by guards with automatic weapons?, the question was raised what force the guards in the photo belong to. In particular, ...
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Why were the SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts backed up by guards with automatic weapons?

The photo in NPR's 4 Astronauts Aboard SpaceX Crew Dragon Successfully Dock With Space Station shows the four astronauts standing in front of a serious-looking military vehicle flanked by at least two ...
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When, if ever, did deep space probes start using encryption?

What, if any, mechanisms prevent unauthorized commands? Asks what measures are taken for spacecraft, although the answer doesn't go much farther than pointing to the What would one need to do in order ...
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Does Jonathan McDowell access U.S. military tracking network data? If so, how? Is a security clearance involved? (Can I too?)

NPR's news item and audio podcast New Chinese Space Plane Landed At Mysterious Air Base, Evidence Suggests draws heavily from information and quotes from noted astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian ...
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Did Zuma complete at least one orbit? [duplicate]

Question: Did Zuma complete at least one orbit? CLOSE VOTERS, PLEASE NOTE: answers to What was the outcome of the launch of ZUMA by SpaceX, to the best of the public's knowledge? do not answer my ...
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Encryption in radio system

We know that radio waves are used in communication with rockets, space crafts and satellites. Now, radio system basically consists of transmitter and receiver. If there is frequency match between ...
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Security during a NASA launch rehearsal test

Am I correct in assuming that security during a launch rehearsal test is very high? That all the people working in the service structure have been well vetted and it is highly improbable that someone ...
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What information was stolen from JPL during the Raspberry Pi hack?

The Engadget article A rogue Raspberry Pi helped hackers access NASA JPL systems highlights an incident where a networked Raspbery Pi at JPL was used to gain access to several other networks, ...
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Data and information security aboard the ISS in terms of public photos?

I was looking through a couple posts that had on-board pictures of the ISS and noticed something almost immediately: They have information (which could be sensitive) shown on the laptops: While ...
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Suppose Zuma wasn't "lost" — what would it take to detect it?

Being a secret government launch, there has been speculation maybe the Zuma satellite wasn't lost, and claims to the contrary are a ruse to throw off parties who'd like to track it. There is possible ...
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Why aren't the 'bedrooms' aboard the ISS also the escape pods?

If ISS was designed this way, couldn't the astronauts have a quick escape if the ISS is destroyed (severe meteor shower, re-entry, uncontrollable fire, explosive decompression, etc.) while they are ...
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How well could a satellite hide from Earth detection?

If there are only a few "enemy" radars at known locations that can detect a satellite in LEO, I'd assume there are some radar stealth methods using a spacecraft carefully shaped and oriented such that ...
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Is the International Space Station "hackable"?

I was recently rereading this previous question of mine: What would happen if a mutiny occurred on the International Space Station? As I was considering different contingencies, the thought occurred ...
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Could a gun fired inside the ISS rupture it?

We know there is at least one gun in the ISS the caliber seems to a state secret. According to Wikipedia and NASA large pdf there are over 100 shield configurations on the ISS. These would be ...
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Are there any weapons in space?

We can break this down into two categories: For internal security purposes, does the ISS have any type of weapon on board? For global security purposes, are there any orbiting weapons (that we know ...
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Why is the nozzle of Delta IV capped?

Source: Lockheed Martin press release: Boosters for Orion’s Launch Vehicle Arrive to Cape Canaveral, Image credit: NASA In the above image you can see that the nozzles are not open; instead they are ...
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Where can I find relevant papers describing the cryptographic algorithm(s) and/or techniques used within KY-171 and KY-172?

The KY-171 Audio Frequency Coder was used for the NASA Project Mercury (1958-1963) to encode radio traffic between ground stations, as well as between ground stations and the space capsule. It was ...
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Is there no physical security in space, other than being in space?

I saw Gravity the other day and while visually and emotionally compelling, and besides the liberties taken with orbits, something else struck me as unrealistic, but I'm not sure if it is or isn't:...
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What, if any, mechanisms prevent unauthorized commands?

Since deep space probes and satellites receive commands from Earth via radio, what prevents unauthorized commands from being accepted by such devices? For deep space probes, the required power of ...
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Do any spacecraft use carkeys?

The basic idea behind a key for a vehicle is to keep an unauthorized person from using your car to go somewhere else - probably further away from you than you would like your transportation to be. I ...
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