News from The Nation of Selenarctos
Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:10 AM
The Air Force has reevaluated its lunar test. Citing increased interest in lunar expeditions and mining by a number of nations, the Air Force is no longer certain that a detonation can be safely accomplished without collateral damage. As such, the test has been relocated to the L5 earth-moon Lagrange point. Two sets of sensors and other scientific apparatus, originally planned to accompany the lunar test, will be launched from the orbital launch loop and boosted out of earth’s gravity well to L5 on board a small unmanned spacecraft virtually identical to the Mars satellites’ third stage, and the Air Force package launched from Freeside on board third such craft within the next week. Data from the sensor packages will be broadcast to the Air Force’s laser comm receiving array and upon successful completion of the test both sensor packages’ orbits will decay sol-ward until the packages eventually fall into the sun.
Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:16 AM
Near the Earth-Sol Lagrange point 5, after carefully scanning the area for active hardware from any current nation and choosing a safe distance away if any was found, the Dinalungan prototype device was maneuvered into it’s terminal course and the Air Force’s count down started.
“Selenarctos announces that in one hour’s time we will detonate a nuclear test device near the Earth-Sol Lagrange Point 5, a safe distance away from all active space craft and Earth itself to avoid dangers from radiation and electromagnetic pulse effects. The test is an experimental warhead with an estimated yield of one hundred megatonnes; we have no plans to build a second such device, this detonation was purely a proof of concept.”
-Abo Raya, Chief of Staff to President Hygin Romero
Right on schedule one hour later a new star appeared in the sky, glowing for a brief moment before extinguishing itself from view.
Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:38 AM
With the outbreak of hostilties between the Pure Lands and Tianxia, the national government of Selenarctos announced that citizens and planes and vessels registered to the Pure Lands will be prohibited from entering Selenarctos waters and territory. Citizens of the Pure Lands currently in Selenarctos will be permitted to remain until the expiration of their visa, but are prohibited from entering government buildings and are advised they may be placed under heightened watch as the situation develops.
Edited by iKrolm, 23 November 2013 - 10:38 AM.
Posted 28 November 2013 - 05:49 PM
Bulldog Armored Vehicles has finished reverse engineering the STHAL artillery interdiction device, and is preparing to lease factory space from the Artega Group to begin construction production models. The Bulldog STHAL is a laser close-in weapons system mounted on a trailer capable of disabling artillery rounds, mortars, bombs and missiles in flight within a four kilometer radius. The system is self-sufficient, powered by diesel generators and targeted with an on board radar/visual/millimeter tracking system. Advanced tracking computers, co-developed by Luzon Electronics, allow the STHAL system to plot the trajectories of incoming rounds and assign target priorities based upon where the round is expected to land, while simultaneously ignoring rounds fired from friendly positions. Unlike conventional CIW systems like Phalanyx and Goalkeeper, the STHAL system eliminates the collateral damage caused by solid projectiles that miss their target and is well suited for use near urban deployment. The Army and Peacekeeping Force have each placed an order for fifty STHAL units with the option to purchase more, and the Air Force is considering STHAL systems for airfields.
Edited by iKrolm, 30 November 2013 - 09:53 AM.
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