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Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Air Force Certifies SpaceX To Launch Military Satellites

May 26, 2015 The US Air Force announced today that it certified SpaceX to launch national security payloads, from spy satellites to mystery drones, ending the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA). The move is another milestone in the development of SpaceX fromstart-up to a legitimate aerospace...

US Has Space Experts Worried About an Extraterrestrial Land Grab

May 24, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Plans to make money in space are missing one of the fundamental ingredients to any business: property rights. If you go mine an asteroid, as several companies plan to do, and bring some minerals back to earth, can you sell them? If you build a moonbase, as entrepreneur Robert Bigelow...

Osama bin Laden’s Eclectic Collection of Books

May 20, 2015 The US has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a man keeping up...

The Air Force's Secret Space Drone Is Headed Back To Orbit

May 20, 2015 The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times....

The Secret American Space Drone is Going Back Into Orbit

May 20, 2015 The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times....

This Is What Bin Laden Was Reading Just Before He Was Killed

May 20, 2015 The U.S. has declassified and released a collection of the documents that Navy SEALs recovered during the 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan that ended in the Al Qaeda leader’s death. The declassified letters, books, articles, and technical documents certainly a suggest a man keeping up...

Secret US Military Space Drone Heads Back to Orbit

May 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Air Force is scheduled to conduct its fourth launch of the X-37B spacecraft—a flying robot that looks like a shrunken down version of the Space Shuttle—and we still don’t know exactly what it will do up there in orbit. Built by Boeing, the X-37B has flown just three times....

White House Announces Changes to Military Surplus Program for Local Law Enforcement

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers...

Obama Scales Back Military Equipment Sharing for Cops

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers...

Obama Will No Longer Give Police Bayonets and Grenade Launchers

May 18, 2015 The White House has announced that federal programs to pass certain surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies will come to an end. The programs have garnered attention as public concern has grown about the blurred lines between policing and military operations, especially as relations between law enforcement officers...