In April 1961, the Haigazian College Rocket Society
, a group of students at the Lebanese-Armenian Haigazian University
in Beirut, led by 25-year old math teacher Manoug Manougian
(interview [Part 1
]), built and launched the first rocket made in the Middle East, a few months before Israel
. From 1961 to 1966, the group, now called the Lebanese Rocket Society
and assisted by the Lebanese military, launched several multi-stage solid fuel rockets
named Cedar 1 to Cedar 8 (Reuters)
. Lebanon's contribution to the Space Race (or surface-to-surface missile development) ended in 1966, seemingly for political reasons. This story is the subject of a documentary + installation
by Lebanese artists Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Holy hotdogs, Spanish surrealist illustrator Joan Cornellà
, just what the heck is going on
The nuclear weapons simulator
at CarlosLabs (previously)
has been updated to include fallout wind drift, pressure and thermal events to evaluate the impact of everything from a suitcase nuke to the Tsar Bomba
on your city. The Missile Range Tool
can show if you are in the vicinity of any delivery systems currently in service, or compare your location to the range of those used historically, such as the V2. For the effects of the cosmic collisions of asteroids and comets (and featuring rather more science) there's the Earth Impact Effects Program
Tomahawk® Brand Cruise Missiles
Because not all Block II Nuclear Variant cruise missles are alike... Look for the name you can trust!
Gamma-ray weapons could trigger next arms race
"The hafnium explosive could be extremely powerful. One gram of fully charged hafnium isomer could store more energy than 50 kilograms of TNT. Miniature missiles could be made with warheads that are far more powerful than existing conventional weapons, giving massively enhanced firepower to the armed forces using them."
Half of me thinks: "WOW! Cool!"
The other 1% thinks: "We've really had it now"
got some luvverly bits of rocket here, guv'nor. Bring darn a plane like nobody's business. Yours for $90,000. Nah, 'cos I like you, I'll do you a deal: $85,000.
Black market missiles, anybody? [apologies for the Cockney accent]
Young-hae Chang's latest, Operation Nukorea
, is shattering, unflinching, and beautifully executed. It's a little tale about consequences, and what happens downstream from decisions not sufficiently considered.
It probably would have brought tears to my eyes even if I did not have family in Seoul. Watch it through to the end.
US fighter shot down by Patriot missile
The Patriot Missiles that are supposed to be the protector of American forces are living up to their reputation. So far, one just shot down an F-18, and previously took out a RAF Tornado
, killing two people. Another one locked onto an F-16, but the quick-thinking pilot blew up the Patriot missile battery's radar dish with a HARM missile. These missiles didn't work
in the last gulf war, and are continuing to follow that trend. The locking onto allied planes seems to indicate a bug in the IFF routines of the Patriots. Not very patriotic of it.
Maybe there are no weapons, after all...
"On February 24, Newsweek broke what may be the biggest story of the Iraq crisis. In a revelation that "raises questions about whether the WMD [weapons of mass destruction] stockpiles attributed to Iraq still exist," the magazine's issue dated March 3 reported that the Iraqi weapons chief who defected from the regime in 1995 told U.N. inspectors that Iraq had destroyed its entire stockpile of chemical and biological weapons and banned missiles, as Iraq claims...." This is the same defector cited by the Bush administration numerous times as a reliable informant on the scope of Saddam's long-term WMD plans.
Bush Orders Missile System Deployed.
President Bush on Tuesday ordered the military to begin deploying a national missile defense system with land- and sea-based interceptor rockets to be operational starting in 2004.
The decision to begin deploying a national missile defense, which has been criticized by Russia and China, follows North Korea's announcement this month that it will proceed with a controversial program to develop nuclear weapons
. Is the sky actually falling?
Ship intercepted carrying missiles
North Korea truly is a part of the "Axis of Evil." Question: who was to get the missles in Yemen, and what was to be done with them?
Saudi militants obtain SA-7 missiles
Not to worryf. The govt will, I'm sure, crack down on them as if they were adulterers. Besides, they are not in the axis of evil.
Sen. Biden may scotch missile defense.
Didn't see any mention of this on the main American news sites I checked, as they celebrate Bush's recent policy triumphs in Congress and wink
at his fleeing for his ranch for a month. Even stories about his future challenges
don't refer to this, which seems important to me. You can bet the rest of the world is more interested in this story.
$100 million well spent or the first steps on the road to hell? (via matt drudge
"I had no idea we had so many weapons," he said. "What do we need them for?"
"The U.S. nuclear arsenal today includes 5,400 warheads loaded on intercontinental ballistic missiles at land and sea; an additional 1,750 nuclear bombs and cruise missiles ready to be launched from B-2 and B-52 bombers; a further 1,670 nuclear weapons classified as “tactical.” And just in case, an additional 10,000 or so nuclear warheads held in bunkers around the United States as a “hedge” against future surprises."
It worked in the Super Bowl... it can work as our military strategy!
The main quote in this article is, "I think our allies need to look at the Baltimore Ravens. They'll realize good defense wins. A good defense is one which adjusts to the times. A good defense is modern. A good defense is clear."
So let's build lots of missles!
The Republican Administration is ready to back out of the verification and enforcement protocol for the Biological Weapons Convention
, only their latest move after abandoning talks with North Korea
on ending their nuclear and missile programs, slashing assistance to Russia for dismantling their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons infrastructure
in the new budget, going ahead with plans to unilaterally abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
that underlies nuclear arms control, and preparing to place weapons in outer space
. It's not a secret that the Administration is leaning toward tearing down the entire edifice of strategic arms control
and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, but you would think there would be more of an outcry that the Republicans seem hell-bent on making the world a noticeably less
safe place as quickly as possible... especially taking into account the other foreign policy faux-pas
they've committed in the past four months.
"Britain to install early warning bases in Oregon."
These will be sited on US air bases in areas of protected wilderness, but will be leased out to the UK and solely answerable to HM Govt, with no state or Congressional accountability. If you protest outside, you'll be prosecuted on trumped-up charges. Oh, and they'll be tapping your phones and emails as well. (more inside...)
"Starwars" missile defense test fails.
What you have to understand is that these tests are rigged. They're not really fair tests of the systems; they're designed to make it as easy for the system to succeed as possible, because their purpose is to produce "successful" results for political reasons. So the fact that it still
didn't work (and this is the third failure) is pretty impressive.