Joe Pappalardo

Joe Pappalardo is a contributing editor at Seniorhelpline and author of the new book, .

The Showdown Between the F-35 and the Russian Weapons Built to Stop It Is Finally Here
Israel is flying the F-35 into combat, which means the Joint Strike Fighter is up against Russian-built radar and anti-aircraft weapons…
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Why the Pentagon Thinks Small Satellites Can Solve Big Problems
With Russia and China developing anti-satellite weaponry, the U.S. is thinking about distributed networks of smaller, easier-to-upgrade…
The Spaceport Subsidy? Congress Is About To Sink Big Dollars Into Pushing Private Space

The space launch sites popping up all over America could soon be in line for some big federal dollars.

Ukraine Bought This American Anti-Tank Missile. Will It Help Them Keep Russia at Bay?
The Trump administration’s sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine won’t change the war. But it’s more than just a gesture of sup…
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Dallas Flyers Club: What Uber's Flying Taxi Future Feels Like

We zoom around Dallas in a Bell Helicopter to find out how the future of commuting by air will actually work.

What Happens to a Cruise Missile Captured by the Russians

A fate worse than death awaits military hardware recovered intact on the battlefield.

How a Syrian Airstrike Got Help From Space

A glimpse at the early days of a new kind of space war, where 30-somethings are rewriting the rules from a command center in Qatar.

New 'Space Fence' Will Spot Space Junk, Small Sats, and Orbital Weapons

A new system meant to track space junk may enable small satellites to thrive – and counter orbital space weapons.

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Meet the Space Cowboys Launching Telescopes From the Middle of Nowhere

If a rocket launches from a remote Pacific island, does it make a sound?

The Rocket Fuel Rivalry Shaping the Future of Spaceflight

The red-hot debate over rocket fuel inside a bastion of solid fuel power.

This Sound Used To Mean the End of the World

Orbital ATK's solid rocket motor, previously found in nuclear ICBMs, finds a second and more peaceful life.

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Solid Rocket City: The Utah Space Center Fighting for Its Life

A historic rocket factory in Utah battles for its share of the rising space economy.

Hollywood Has No Idea How Nukes Work

These are the best and worst depictions of modern nuclear weapons in film and television.

Why the Interstellar Space Rock ‘Oumuamua Is Shaped Like a Cigar

But there's a hell of a lot we still don't know about this wanderer.

F-35 Teams Up With Drone Wingmen in New Air Force Video

Here's how they might work together on an airstrike.

The U.S. Doesn't Want Anyone Messing With the Apollo Landing Sites
A new rush of companies and countries headed to the moon has the U.S. considering the best ways to preserve its historical lunar landma…
Could the Pentagon Handle a Real Pacific Rim?

PM would like to offer the following advice when taking down massive reptiles that have bad intentions.

Why Would We Need a U.S. Space Force, Anyway?

An expert discussion about a new military branch becomes a master class on why things need to change

Military personnel wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle as part of the ongoing investigation in connection with the major incident sparked after a man and a woman were apparently poisoned in a nerve agent attack a week ago on March 12, 2018 near Middle Winterslow. British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting of her national security team after weekend confirmation that traces of a nerve agent used in the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, were found in a pub and a restaurant they visited.
Pick Your Poison: What the Nerve Attack in the U.K. Tells Us About Russia

Using nerve gas is a statement. What is it saying to spies, NATO, and the Russian people?

The Owner’s Guide To Your New Space Station
Congratulations! You now own an outpost in orbit. Here's how to dock with other spacecraft without breaking everything—and what t…
7 Things That Look Like Star Wars Doppelgängers

A galaxy far, far away sometimes feels very close to home.

What Putin Would Nuke

A hypothetical first strike scenario on the United States showcases Russia’s current and future nuclear arsenal.

This Is the New Nuke Putin Is Gloating About

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted today that Russia has unstoppable weapons. Here's what he's probably talking about.

10 Rocket Launch Failures That Changed History

Everyone’s heard the mantra "space is hard." These 10 launch disasters show how many things can go wrong.

America's Starmen Are Selling Space, But Who’s Buying?
The emerging U.S. commercial manned spaceflight market may depend on foreign customers—which is a problem, given the way our laws…
Missile CSI: How We Know Iran Violated an Arms Embargo

Iran (and Russia) back one side of the Yemen Civil War. Saudi Arabia (and the United States) back the other. Things are getting dicey.

Doomsday Satellites and the Space Wars To Come
The Pentagon put Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites in orbit to ensure communication in the event of a nuclear attack. But th…
The Very Real History of Death Stars

Nazis, Soviets, and the U.S. all thought an orbiting killer satellite might not be such a bad idea.

4 Mega Projects That Could Save Humanity

Humanity’s facing some really big problems, and they’ll need some really big answers.