Space Force just launched satellites that will snoop around other satellites

Space Force launched two additional satellites today as part of its push for greater Space Domain Awareness\, or SDA, in geosynchronous orbit some 22,000 miles away from Earth. The two satellites are part of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, and will allow Space Force to not only locate and identify objects in this distant orbit, but also maneuver close to them in order to inspect them or assess their capabilities. The launch comes as Space Force leadership continues to sound the alarm about the risks posed to U.S. satellites in orbit…

First response? A bullshit article. This means the spooks in NASA, US military, have already been doing this a half-dozen years or more.

GSSAP-5 and GSSAP-6 were originally scheduled to be launched in 2020, and it is not known why the launch was delayed almost two years. The GSSAP program was originally highly classified and was only revealed to the public in 2014. While the exact capabilities of the satellites are not public, it’s known that they are able to capture close-up images of other satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Former Commander of Air Force Space Command Gen. William Shelton (Ret.) told Aviation Week in 2014 that the satellites are designed to drift in and out of the geosynchronous belt collecting intelligence on specific targets.

So, update my first response. The Galactic Eagles of Space Force admitted to this program in 2014! That means (to me) they’ve prolly been at it since 2008. They ain’t saying their shit don’t stink. They’re just lying about when they took their first crap in space.

Flip-Flop Champion says McConnell must work with Trump if he wants to stay as a Party Leader

The Republican Senator from South Carolina

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham urged Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to rekindle a “working relationship” with former president Donald Trump after the pair fell out over Trump’s conduct in the wake of his defeat in the 2020 election…

While some Republican lawmakers have conceded that the former president’s influence is too great over the voter base to sever ties, other members wish to forge a GOP in which he is not a major player. Trump’s endorsement is still considered valuable for any aspiring Republican representative, and the former president has found a way to wield this power to shape the party.

The NATIONAL REVIEW has championed the most conservative elements in Americn politics since its founding in 1955 by William F.Buckley and friends. They’ve tiptoed forth-and-back for decades aiming to be the official voice of an ascendant Right Wing…free of centrist accommodation. Whatever that means, this week.

Congress-Crooks Meeting to Edit Their Lies

The House Ethics Committee…..among others…..will be meeting today to exchange lies about how they are concerned about members of Congress using their positions for insider trading. Profiting in investments while writing the regulations governing those investments.

Jonathan Ferro and the crew at Bloomberg Surveillance chuckled over this hypocrisy, this morning. Probably every Congress-pimp you see on TV today will have their own media crew recording for posterity – and raw footage to use in campaign advertising for mid-term elections.

Ear plugs will serve you better than a grain of salt.

Abandon in place

Ray Bradbury wrote three elegies after visiting the deactivated launch pads on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The first begins:

“Abandon in Place.
No Further Maintenance Authorized.
Abandon. Turn away your face.
No more the mad high wanderings of thought
You once surmised. Let be!
Wipe out the stars. Put out the skies.”

Stenciled on many of the station’s deactivated facilities, the phrase “Abandon in Place” indicates the structures are no longer being maintained.

What should be a well-maintained open-air museum visited by busloads of schoolchildren from all over the GOUSA…is allowed to crumble into dust.

AT&T/Verizon/FAA/Airline Industry continue playing musical chairs

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Original story published January 3, 2022 at 2:50 pm ET:

AT&T and Verizon yesterday rejected a Federal Aviation Administration request to further delay a 5G rollout on C-Band frequencies but said they will adopt one of the world’s “most conservative” power limits near airports for six months after the planned January 5 deployment. This is in addition to other voluntary limits the carriers recently announced even though it has been almost two years since the Federal Communications Commission determined that use of the spectrum should not interfere with properly designed airplane altimeters.

Update at 11:20 pm ET:

AT&T and Verizon reversed course on Monday night, announcing that they agreed to the request for a two-week delay of their 5G rollouts on C-Band frequencies, according to reports from several news organizations. “At Secretary [of Transportation Pete] Buttigieg’s request, we have voluntarily agreed to one additional two-week delay of our deployment of C-Band 5G services,” an AT&T spokesperson said, according to CNN. “We also remain committed to the six-month protection zone mitigations we outlined in our letter. We know aviation safety and 5G can co-exist and we are confident further collaboration and technical assessment will allay any issues.”

Read on…and on…and on.

The only thing that’s clear to me is that the Airlines Association doesn’t have a lot of confidence in either the altimeters used by US carriers – or perhaps just the maintenance and adjustment of those devices. Currently “the spectrum is already being used for 5G in nearly 40 other countries, and the FAA admitted there are no ‘proven reports of harmful interference’ to altimeters.” So, what’s the beef?