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Why was Bluegill Prime range-safetied on the launchpad?

Bluegill Prime1 was a planned launch of a nuclear weapon into space on a suborbital Thor missile and its (the nuke’s) ensuing detonation in space as part of Operation Fishbowl (a series of U.S. ...
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What did India's recently tested ASAT vehicle really look like?

Following up to India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field? which shows the first image below (also seen in video) I also found the second ...
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India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field?

This tweet from India's prime minister Narendra Modi says: मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों, आज सवेरे लगभग 11.45 - 12.00 बजे मैं एक महत्वपूर्ण संदेश लेकर आप के बीच आऊँगा। I would be addressing ...
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Does the recently-tested Russian hypersonic craft enter space?

I am not going to invoke the K-word in this question! Hypersonic long-range craft have to fly pretty high to travel circa mach 20. Would they need to travel into space to do so efficiently?
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Is kinetic bombardment from NEO fragments now practical with current technonology?

Everything I know about orbital mechanics I know from Kerbal Space Program, so this may be a dumb question. Using (possibly wrong) math, it looks like that even for the lowest delta-v (to Earth) ...
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Is it possible to develop a small orbital rocket, like RocketLab's Electron, for a weapons delivery system?

Now that Rocket Labs has proven that orbit is well within the range of small nations and medium-sized companies, I have to wonder about the strategic implications. AFAIK the Electron rocket has an ...
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How fast is “Fast Space”?

The Ars Technica article SpaceX, Blue Origin have opened a “window of opportunity” for US Air Force links to an evocatively written Air University report titled: Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost ...
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What solid fuel was used in the Katyushas rocket artillery of WW2?

The Katyushas were invented by the Soviets and used in WW2. They were trucks with rails firing a bunch of small rockets with a range of 3 to 12 km. These were solid-fuel rockets, but I would like to ...
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Have spaceships been tested to withstand bullets?

This answer on Worldbuilding (to "How to solve the old 'gun on a spaceship' problem?") posits that ISS can easily withstand a bullet fired from a handgun Our current micrometeorite shielding can ...
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Is it illegal for a private citizen of the US to own and operate an orbital kinetic weapons platform?

Let's say someone pays for the shipping through an as yet unnamed commercial launch company. And they place something in orbit that is effectively a kinetic weapons platform. Or at least has the ...
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Was the Salyut 3 (OPS-/Almaz-2) the only spacecraft to feature a space-to-space gun?

Wikipedia indicates that the Salyut 3 was launched with a gun, which could have been used in self-defense or against other satellites, and which was actually tested after the last crew had departed in ...
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Is it possible to covertly put an EMP weapon into an ISS-like orbit by masquerading it as a legitimate launch?

I'm writing a sci-fi novel and I need some clarification on some technical issues. An HEMP is an high-altitude EMP. A 400km high, high-yield nuclear explosion over Kansas could "switch off" all the ...