MOSCOW (Reuters) - U.S. satellite start-up OneWeb has offered to sell a minority stake to Russia, a move it hopes will allay Moscow’s concerns about the company’s plan to create a worldwide internet network using satellites, three sources familiar with the matter said. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said in October it was against the project servicing Russia for security reasons and feared it could be used to gather intelligence and damage national security. Russia is an important market for OneWeb’s project because it has many remote areas where high-speed broadband is not available. OneWeb also needs the assistance of Russian space agency Roscosmos to send satellites into orbit. OneWeb has offered the Russian government the option of buying a 12.5-percent stake in the company in exchange for approving its request for a frequency band in the country, said the three sources, including one in the Kremlin. The offer was made at a meeting with Prime … [Read more...] about Exclusive: U.S. satellite service offers to sell minority stake to…
A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Sunday, marking the space transportation company's first national security space mission for the United States.The Falcon 9 rocket carrying a roughly $500 million GPS satellite built by Lockheed Martin Corp lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 8:51 a.m. local time (1351 GMT). Four previous scheduled launches in the last week, including one on Saturday, were canceled due to weather and technical issues.The successful launch is a significant victory for billionaire Elon Musk's privately held rocket company, which has spent years trying to break into the lucrative market for military space launches dominated by Lockheed and Boeing Co .SpaceX sued the U.S. Air Force in 2014 over the military's award of a multibillion-dollar, non-compete contract for 36 rocket launches to United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed. It dropped the lawsuit in 2015 after the Air Force … [Read more...] about SpaceX blasts off with a U.S. military navigation satellite in first national security space mission
U.S. service members deployed to fight jihadi groups in the Middle East and Afghanistan were offered a moment’s respite from war to celebrate the Christmas holiday, connect with their families, and enjoy a traditional holiday meal Tuesday. Writing from Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are continually facing the Afghan Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), American Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesperson for the U.S.-NATO mission known as Resolute Support (RS), told Breitbart News in a statement:As millions do across the world, we at Resolute Support will pause this holiday season to remember the loved ones whose support makes our service possible. Though far from home, we celebrate this special time with our deployed families – our international brothers and sisters with whom we are privileged to serve. “Many of us will call home or use video apps to see our family and friends, as is highly encouraged. We are away for now but are honored to protect our vital national … [Read more...] about Christmas Spirit Reaches U.S. Troops Deployed to Anti-Jihad War Zones
(Reuters) - More than 200 people from across the United States have fallen ill, 84 of them hospitalized, from an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey products that prompted a second voluntary recall on Friday, the U.S. government said.The latest food-safety advisory from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta came as millions of Americans planned their Christmas holiday menus, updating a notice for contaminated turkey issued in early November.Since then, 52 more people in 26 states and the District of Columbia have become sick from salmonella-tainted turkey, bringing the total number of documented cases to 216 in 38 states and the district. One death from the outbreak, which began in October, was reported in California, the CDC said.The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported an additional 22 turkey-related salmonella infections in four provinces - British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick - believed to be linked to the U.S. … [Read more...] about Salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey leaves over 200 sick across U.S.
The top U.S. envoy overseeing the effort to defeat the Islamic State terrorist network is resigning in protest over President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria. Brett McGurk‘s decision comes just days after Defense Secretary James Mattis announced he was quitting, a move also spurred in part by Trump’s choice to withdraw the troops. It’s likely that other resignations could follow as outrage has spread in Washington and beyond over Trump’s sudden action.Story Continued Below McGurk, whose official title is Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, also held top government roles in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidential administrations. He submitted his resignation Friday night and informed his staff, a Trump administration official confirmed to POLITICO. The resignation takes effect Dec. 31. "ISIS is on the run, but it is not yet defeated," McGurk wrote in an email to his team announcing his … [Read more...] about Top U.S. envoy in fight against ISIS resigns over Trump’s Syria withdrawal