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2010-01-28 06:30:00

The major powers of the world are being called upon to clean up space "litter" that is becoming increasingly dangerous for spacecraft, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Wednesday. According to Reuters, former astronaut and Air Force General Kevin Chilton told an Israeli audience that the U.S. has documented more than 15,000 items, including jettisoned rockets, shuttle detritus, and pieces of destroyed satellites floating in space, reported Reuters. "The estimation is that these...

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2009-11-04 14:05:00

A U.S. general said on Tuesday that the military needs to deepen its dialogue with China to better understand the intent of its space programs, after a Chinese commander announced plans to develop offensive military capabilities in space, Reuters reported. China-watchers had been "absolutely amazed" by the country's advances in its space programs over the past decade, according to General Kevin Chilton, head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command that coordinates U.S. military operations in...

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2009-11-04 11:05:00

On Tuesday, the U.S. military announced that it is tracking 800 maneuverable satellites on a daily basis for possible collisions, and it expects to add 500 more non-maneuvering satellites by year's end. After a dead Russian military communications satellite and a commercial U.S. satellite collided on February 10th, the U.S. Air Force began upgrading its ability to predict possible collisions in space. General Kevin Chilton, a commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said the collision was a...

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2009-02-27 11:45:00

The head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command said on Friday that no debris remains in space after last year's U.S. destruction of an errant spy satellite loaded with toxic hydrazine fuel, Reuters reported. Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, the command's chief, said some of the debris caused when China used a ground-based ballistic missile to destroy one of its defunct weather satellites will stay in orbit for another 80 or 90 years, so there was no reason for concern over the U.S. operation....

2006-08-16 00:05:00

By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The Air Force's new top commander for space predicted on Tuesday future attacks on U.S. satellites and called for greatly expanded tracking and identification of payloads launched by other countries. Currently, U.S. efforts are focused on determining if an overseas launch is a ballistic missile or designed to put an object in orbit, then cataloging it over a period that can take weeks, said Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, who heads the Air Force Space Command...

2006-06-27 12:39:40

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gen. Kevin Chilton, the first astronaut to earn the rank of four-star general, has taken over as head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the Air Force announced on Tuesday. Former astronaut Chilton succeeded Gen. Lance Lord, who retired on April 1. Air Force Space Command manages the nation's Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as many critical satellite systems. Chilton said he was excited to lead a joint team of some 40,000 employees,...

2006-06-27 12:36:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Gen. Kevin Chilton, the first astronaut to earn the rank of four-star general, has taken over as head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, the Air Force announced on Tuesday. Former astronaut Chilton succeeded Gen. Lance Lord, who retired on April 1. Air Force Space Command manages the nation's Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as many critical satellite systems. Chilton said he was excited to lead a joint team of some 40,000 employees,...