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25 марта, 00:06

Takanashi claims record 54th career World Cup win

Sara Takanashi claimed her first ski jumping World Cup win of the season to finally overtake Gregor Schlierenzauer with her record 54th career win on Saturday. The four-time…

24 марта, 18:57

Boat Race 2018: Cambridge beat Oxford in men's and women's race – live!

Cambridge women power to victory on ThamesSend Niall an email or tweet @niallmcveigh 5.57pm GMT “Every other race I’ve done here, I’ve felt so nervous, but I felt really calm,” says Cambridge cox Hugo Ramambason. “We wanted to get a good start, keep moving, and earn the right to win the race. Last year was real tough, but the attitude in the squad has been so good.” 5.56pm GMT For those wondering about the orange flares set off at Hammersmith Bridge, it appears to be a protest by environmental societies from both universities:TIME’S UP: DIVEST NOW! Students take action at #TheBoatRace2018 #BoatRace2018 to demand that Oxford and Cambridge divest their multi-billion pound endowments from fossil fuels. This is a CLIMATE EMERGENCY #OxbridgeDivest pic.twitter.com/k8NJ2Hm98C Continue reading...

23 марта, 22:45

19 New Sheroes from Barbie to Celebrate Women’s Month

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Barbie has always been an icon in American culture. This year, 19 new Barbies were released to celebrate inspiring female sheroes.

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23 марта, 20:12

'Boom For Real' Offers A Rare Look At A Teenage Basquiat And The Late-70s New York Art Scene

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Sara Driver's new film is as much about the young Jean-Michel Basquiat as it is the chaotic, exuberant, DIY art scene he embodied.

22 марта, 12:04

The Former College Dropout Who Would Be Dianne Feinstein

Kevin de León’s Senate campaign is testing the muscle—and the limits—of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

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21 марта, 15:40

Sara Schaefer review – US comic considers our fetish for the moral high-ground

Soho theatre, London The standup critiques virtue-signalling modern culture in a thoughtful set argued with a light touch‘Do you guys remember truth?” Sara Schaefer is over from America to discuss life in the eye of the post-truth, pre-apocalypse, Trumped-up maelstrom. She uses the past to illuminate the present, both publicly (pining for a time when public figures were still susceptible to shame) and privately. Schaefer was raised a zealous Christian, and her nostalgia for moral absolutes is not unrelated, she implies, to her flight from the religious certainties of her youth.It’s a thoughtful show that becomes a lot more effective, comedy-wise, as it progresses. As Schaefer acknowledges, it starts slowly: “I’m just taking my time. I’m making it this uncomfortable on purpose.” Awkward pauses yawn between jokes; she kills the first big laugh, five minutes in, by letting it lapse into enveloping silence. Later, she apologises, citing jetlag and an anxiety attack the night before. Certainly, she’s a different performer by the halfway mark, when her critique of confrontational, virtue-signalling modern culture begins to coalesce. Continue reading...

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20 марта, 14:15

🎨 Art meets activism in Qatar 🇶🇦 | Al Jazeera English

An exhibition on the global refugee crisis by renowned Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has arrived in the Middle East for the first time. The exhibition is one of many held in Qatar, aiming to inspire young artists seeking to create art that focuses on social and political issues. Al Jazeera's Sara Khairat reports from Doha. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

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19 марта, 10:00

‘Urgent regulation needed’ to stop abusive practices by letting agents

One London worker’s room rented from Citiside turned out to be a health hazard, but he faces a battle to get out of his contractWhen Alex Cannan moved to London to take up a new job, he found a room to rent for £145 a week on Spareroom.com. It was advertised by an individual called Sara, but when he applied he found himself dealing with a letting agent, Citiside, which confirmed the room was available to view.On arrival at the agency, he was informed that the room had already been let, but was shown photos of a similar room that came with a regular cleaning service. “I was told it was not available for viewing and that if I asked them to reserve it before I made a decision I would have to pay a £500 holding deposit, which was non-refundable after three days,” Cannan says. “Foolishly, I was pressured into taking it based on the photos. When I moved in I found the room was filthy and covered in black mould, and the cleaning rota had not been updated for three weeks.” Continue reading...

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17 марта, 22:24

Why Too Much Data Is A Problem And How To Prevent It

A recent MarTechNews article suggested that marketers are suffering from “InfoObesity,” gorging on an inconsumable amount of data that is not just unwieldy but can become dysfunctional. Sara Spivey, CMO of Bazaarvoice, provides insight into what marketers can do to combat InfoObesity.

16 марта, 22:05

Ex-FBI Asst. Director Says Upcoming Inspector General Report Is "Pure TNT"

Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said today that a highly anticipated report from the DOJ's Inspector General Michael Horowitz will contain "some pure TNT." Horowitz has been investigating the conduct of the FBI's top brass surrounding the 2016 election for over a year. He also uncovered over 50,000 text messages between two anti-Trump / pro-Clinton FBI employees directly involved in the exoneration of Clinton and the counterintelligence operation launched against the Trump campaign.  Swecker: “The behavior if it’s manifested in the action with your thumb on the scale of a particular investigation, one way or the other, that’s borderline criminal behavior — manipulating an investigation. I think this IG report is going to be particularly impactful, more so than any of these useless congressional investigations. I think you’re going to see some pure TNT come out in this IG report.” Ex-FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker puts Comey & McCabe on notice: 'Some pure TNT' will come out in the Inspector General report. pic.twitter.com/QdS3WkiTJ7 — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 16, 2018 The Inspector General's report is thought to include evidence of outgoing Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe ordering agents to alter "302" forms - the paperwork an agent files after interviewing someone. Horowitz is also reportedly homing in on McCabe's handling of the Anthony Weiner laptop after reports emerged that he wanted to avoid taking action on the FBI's findings until after the 2016 election.  The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point. -WaPo In January, Fox's Sean Hannity sat down with journalist Sara Carter - who shed light on the McCabe situation, saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray was "shocked to his core" after reading the GOP-authored "FISA" memo describing FBI malfeasance surrounding the 2016 U.S. election: Carter: What we know tonight is that FBI Director Christopher Wray went Sunday and reviewed the four-page FISA memo. The very next day, Andrew McCabe was asked to resign. Remember Sean, he was planning on resigning in March - that already came out in December. This time they asked him to go right away. You're not coming into the office. I've heard rep[orts he didn't even come in for the morning meeting - that he didn't show up. Hannity: A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it shocked him to his core. Sara Carter: Shocked him to his core, and not only that, the Inspector General's report - I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report.  Hannity: Changes? So that would be obstruction of justice?  Carter: Exactly. This is something the Inspector General is investigating. If this is true and not alleged, McCabe will be fired. I heard they are considering firing him within the next few days if this turns out to be true.  Meanwhile, several Republican Senators are asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to order a special counsel to probe the FBI's conduct during its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election - including the use of the "Steele dossier" in seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump Campaign advisor Carter Page. The letter marks the second formal request by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The request comes amid controversy over Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's pension - which is in jeopardy after the Department of Justice's internal watchdog found enough evidence of malfeasance to recommend firing McCabe immediately.  The letter also notes that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who they have the "utmost confidence" in, "does not have the tools that a prosecutor would to gather all the facts, such as the ability to obtain testimony from essential witnesses who are not current DOJ employees."  Senators Chuck Grassley Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and John Cornyn (Texas), signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name a special counsel who can "gather all the facts." "We believe that a special counsel is needed to work with the Inspector General to independently gather the facts and make prosecutorial decisions, if any are merited. The Justice Department cannot credibly investigate itself without these enhanced measures of independence," wrote the senators.  See the letter below, and click on the tweet for more background on the ongoing investigation from Nick Short of the Security Studies Group.  Grassley, Graham, Cornyn, Tillis Seek Special Counsel to Work with Inspector General on Handling of Russia Investigation. https://t.co/Zjsl3HcMzZ pic.twitter.com/mD4aZ1jxg7 — Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) March 15, 2018 As Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller points out, the letter also "broke a bit of news": It reveals that Bruce Ohr, the former deputy assistant attorney general, was interviewed 12 separate times by the FBI in 2016 and 2017. Ohr was in contact with Steele prior to the 2016 election. And shortly after the election, Ohr was in contact with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele to investigate Trump. Ohr’s wife, a Russia expert named Nellie Ohr, also happened to be working as a contractor for Fusion GPS for its Trump investigation. Senate Judiciary Republicans want to know whether the FBI and DOJ were aware of that relationship. The committee letter lists all of Ohr’s FBI interviews, which were summarized on what’s known as a FD-302 document. The first interview with Ohr was conducted on November, 22, 2016. The most recent occurred on May 15, 2017. -Daily Caller The DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced in January that it was opening a probe of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the OIG to explore whether FBI officials abused their authority when they used an unverified and salacious dossier from Fusion GPS to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page.  That said, Sessions has resisted repeated calls for a second Special Counsel.  Graham and Grassley also asked the OIG to look into the FBI's conduct while handling the Russia probe, writing in a February letter:  "We respectfully request that you conduct a comprehensive review of potential improper political influence, misconduct, or mismanagement in the conduct of the counterintelligence and criminal investigations related to Russia and individuals associated with (1) the Trump campaign, (2) the Presidential transition, or (3) the administration prior to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller."  The Senators also noted in their Thursday letter that if the DOJ declines to appoint a second special counsel, they want "a detailed reply explaining why not." 

16 марта, 20:36

New Texts Reveal FBI's Peter Strzok Had Relationship With Recused Judge In Flynn Case

Recently discovered text messages - that were deliberately hidden from Congress - reveal that disgraced FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page conspired to meet with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judge, Rudolph Contreras, who as we reported last December, "mysteriously recused" himself from handling the case against Michael Flynn, reports The Federalist, which has seen the text messages. At least the recusal is no longer a mystery. The text messages about Contreras between controversial Department of Justice lawyer Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, the top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence official who was kicked off Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, were deliberately hidden from Congress, multiple congressional investigators told The Federalist. In the messages, Page and Strzok, who are rumored to have been engaged in an illicit romantic affair, discussed Strzok’s personal friendship with Contreras and how to leverage that relationship in ongoing counterintelligence matters. -The Federalist “Rudy is on the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court]!” Page excitedly texted Strzok on July 25, 2016. “Did you know that? Just appointed two months ago.” “I did,” Strzok responded. “I need to get together with him.” “[He] said he’d gotten on a month or two ago at a graduation party we were both at.” Contreras, appointed by President Obama on May 19, 2016, notably sat on the FISA court while the Trump team was under surveillance by the Obama administration.  Meanwhile, Strzok was one of two FBI investigators who took part in a January 24 interview of Michael Flynn - Trump's brand new National Security Director. Flynn later pleaded guilty to a charge of providing false information to the FBI - which was supposed to be heard by judge Contreras on December 1, 2017.  Strzok, who went to work for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, was subsequently removed from the probe by Mueller after the DOJ's internal watchdog, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, discovered over 50,000 text messages between Strzok and Page which revealed anti-Trump / pro-Clinton bias, as well as an illicit affair the two were having. Of note, the pair worked at the highest levels on both the Clinton email investigation and the early Trump-Russia investigation until their removal from the Mueller probe.  On December 5, 2017, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote a letter to FBI director Christopher Wray demanding the delivery of text messages from Strzok, along with notes from the Flynn interview.  Two days later, Judge Contreras was recused from the Flynn case with no explanation - and it was reassigned to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. According to the newly seen text messages, Strzok and Page discussed setting up a cocktail or dinner party with Contreras so they could speak without arousing suspicion of collusion. "Strzok expressed concern that a one-on-one meeting between the two men might require Contreras’ recusal from matters in which Strzok was involved," writes The Federalist. “[REDACTED] suggested a social setting with others would probably be better than a one on one meeting,” Strzok told Page. “I’m sorry, I’m just going to have to invite you to that cocktail party.” “Have to come up with some other work people cover for action,” Strzok added. “Why more?” Page responded. “Six is a perfectly fine dinner party.” It is unknown whether the get-together happened as planned.  A possibly related aspect of the Strzok - Flynn interview is a January report by Fox News guest and journalist Sara Carter, who said that outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe allegedly ordered FBI agents to change their "302" forms - the paperwork an agent files after interviewing someone.  "I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report," Carter told Fox News host Sean Hannity. While we don't know exactly what went on behind the scenes between Sen. Grassley's December 5th request for Strzok's text messages and Contereras's December 7th recusal, the pre-existing relationship between Strzok and Contreras alone is highly worrisome. Add attempted collusion and a possibly altered "302" form, and there's more than enough evidence to raise serious questions over the integrity of the proceedings against Michael Flynn.  To that end, there have been several calls by Congressional investigators for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint a special prosecutor, the most recent of which suggests working with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. On Thursday, Senators Chuck Grassley Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and John Cornyn (Texas), signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name a special counsel who can "gather all the facts." "We believe that a special counsel is needed to work with the Inspector General to independently gather the facts and make prosecutorial decisions, if any are merited. The Justice Department cannot credibly investigate itself without these enhanced measures of independence," wrote the senators. And now, it appears Grassley, Graham and the rest of the Congressional investigators trying to get to the bottom of this have a massive addendum to their letter with the discovery of the Strzok-Contreras relationship. The only question; what's Sessions going to do.

15 марта, 22:00

The Surprising Way the ‘Roseanne’ Revival Came Together

There's a fascinating story behind the new revival.

15 марта, 21:20

McCabe Begs DOJ Not To Fire Him Before Pension Vests: Report

After the New York Times revealed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe before his pension vests over malfeasance discovered by the DOJ's Inspector General, the Wall St. Journal's Del Quentin Wilber reports that McCabe is headed over to the DOJ to beg for his pension. "Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to meet today w/ staff of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein as final appeal in his poss firing, says person familiar. Decision rests w/ AG Sessions." tweeted Wilber: Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe to meet today w/ staff of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein as final appeal in his poss firing, says person familiar. Decision rests w/ AG Sessions. devping...story from last night on latest twist in saga: https://t.co/DrWoUS9O1X — Del Quentin Wilber (@DelWilber) March 15, 2018 Shortly thereafter, Fox News confirmed: *BREAKING* Fox News has learned former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe is meeting with Senior DOJ Officials now, making his final case to keep his job. I am told one Officials in the meeting is long time senior DOJ official Scott Schools. @foxnewspolitics @FoxNews — Jake Gibson (@JakeBGibson) March 15, 2018 McCabe stepped down in late January, however many believe he was forced to step down. According to Fox News, McCabe was "removed" from his post as deputy director, "leaving the bureau after months of conflict-of-interest complaints from Republicans including President Trump." According to reports, McCabe was set to exhaust his remaining accrued vacation time as service credits towards his retirement - however an early firing would make him ineligible.  The Wall Street Journal adds: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is considering a recommendation to fire former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and could order his ouster this week, shortly before Mr. McCabe’s expected retirement, according to a person familiar with the matter. Mr. McCabe allegedly wasn’t forthcoming with investigators probing the disclosure of information to a Wall Street Journal reporter for an October 2016 story about an inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, said the person. Mr. McCabe left his post in January after he was told to step aside, but had been expected to take leftover vacation time until he was eligible to retire this month after a decades long career with the agency. A spokeswoman for Mr. Sessions said in a statement that the Justice Department “follows a prescribed process by which an employee may be terminated,” and said she had “no personnel announcements at this time.” Fox News guest Sara Carter has been reporting since January that McCabe allegedly ordered FBI agents to alter their "302" forms - the paperwork an agent files after interviewing someone: 6) The 302 reveals the content of interview as well as identify ALL PARTICIPANTS. The 1023 outlines who met who, where, when, and why. — TrumpSoldier (@DaveNYviii) January 5, 2018 PJ Media reports: “I have been told tonight by a number of sources … that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302s,” Carter told host Sean Hannity. --- “So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report,” Carter explained. Hannity pointed out that, if true, it would constitute a case of obstruction of justice, and Carter agreed. She said the matter was being investigated by FBI Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “If this is true — and not just alleged — if this is true, McCabe will be fired,” Carter said. “They are considering firing him in the next few days. If this turns out to be true,” she added. Moreover, while the NYT reported a confrontation between FBI Director Christopher Wray and McCabe over unspecified findings in the DOJ inspector general report, the Washington Post reported in late January that McCabe is also being probed over his involvement in examining emails found on former Rep. Anthony Weiner's laptop.  In other words, for anyone who might cry foul over McCabe losing his pension, it appears that the DOJ can simply point to the mounting pile of evidence from the Inspector General pointing to a laundry list of misconduct... and as a reminder, the IG's report is due soon, and it will provide a much needed look deep inside what may be ground zero for what many unaffectionately call the "deep state."

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14 марта, 19:44

Syrian refugee baby gets life-saving surgery, others wait

Sara al-Matoura watched through a window as her one-year-old daughter’s chest heaved up and down under a tangle of medical wires.

13 марта, 16:36

Katy Perry: Her Top 15 Most Controversial Moments

Katy Perry has many huge hits under her belt, but also some disturbing controversies. Here are 15 of her most talked-about moments.

13 марта, 16:35

These 15 States Execute the Most People via the Death Penalty

Of the 19 states that have the death penalty, This State has the Highest Execution Rate in the U.S.

12 марта, 07:09

Космические нелегалы SpaceBEE

В 2018 году впервые за всю историю частной космонавтики коммерческие спутники были запущены нелегально. Точнее, выяснилось, что на стартовавшей в январе индийской ракете оказались спутники американского стартапа, на которые не было получено разрешение Федеральной комиссии по связи США.Ракета-носитель PSLV перед стартом, фото ISROТихой сапой12 января стартовала индийская ракета-носитель PSLV, главной полезной нагрузкой которой был спутник дистанционного зондирования Земли Cartosat-2F. Попутной нагрузкой летели тридцать американских, южнокорейских, индийских и других микро- и наноспутников. И, по информации портала IEEE Spectrum, некоторым из них не стоило находиться на этой ракете. Четыре спутника SpaceBEE практически наверняка принадлежат стартапу Swarm Technologies из Кремниевой долины, работающему сейчас в закрытом режиме.Часть списка полезной нагрузки PSLV, рисунок ISROПроблема состоит в том, что 12 декабря 2017 Swarm Technologies получили отказ в выдаче лицензии на запуск и эксплуатацию своих спутников, аргументированный тем, что они слишком маленькие для того, чтобы их было удобно отслеживать, и, следовательно, будут представлять опасность, когда сломаются и станут космическим мусором. При этом меры, принятые Swarm для того, чтобы повысить заметность спутников, были сочтены недостаточными.МатчастьИдея стартапа Swarm Tehnologies заключается в спутниках, раздающих интернет вещей. Разнообразные гаджеты нуждаются в постоянном выходе в интернет, которого может не быть в удаленных районах. Для решения этой проблемы Swarm предлагает комплекс из автономных базовых станций, работающих от солнечных батарей и раздающих интернет по Bluetooth, LoRa или Wi-Fi, небольших и дешевых спутников на полярных орбитах и наземных станций, принимающих и передающих сигнал от спутников в интернет.Иллюстрация из заявки Swarm в FCCРуководство стартапа, кстати, выглядело блестяще. CEO Сара Спангело (Sara Spangelo), уроженка Канады, работала в Лаборатории реактивного движения NASA, в 2016 году ушла в Google. Также известно, что она проходила отбор в астронавты Канадского космического агентства. В сети можно найти ее научные статьи, посвященные вопросу оптимизации передачи данных через систему спутниковой связи, аналогичной предлагаемой Swarm. Финансовый директор Бенджамин Лонгмайер (Benjamin Longmier) продал свой стартап стратосферных воздушных шаров Apple, преподавал в Университете Мичигана и является сооснователем стартапа, занимающегося электрореактивными двигателями для спутников.В 2016 году Swarm получила грант NSF на $200 тысяч, в заявке на который утверждалось, что спутники Swarm будут требовать на четыре порядка (в 10 000 раз) меньше веса и энергии и будут стоить в 400 раз меньше "обычных" спутников вроде Iridium. В апреле 17 года они подали первую заявку в Федеральную комиссию по связи, в которой описывались четыре спутника - технологических демонстратора для тестирования концепции.Иллюстрация из заявкиСпутники должны были быть очень маленькими, размера 1/4U - 10х10х2,8 см. Но "самые маленькие спутники двухсторонней связи", единственное, что можно найти на сайте Swarm, внезапно стали проблемой - FCC посчитала, что такие маленькие аппараты будет сложно отслеживать, и, став космическим мусором, они будут представлять опасность. Действительно, полярная орбита пересекается с "обычными" низкими орбитами, и удар на скорости несколько километров в секунду даже такого маленького спутника будет страшен. Swarm не сдавалась - они решили добавить GPS транспондер на спутник, а на узкие грани поставить специальные экспериментальные отражатели. FCC стояла на своем - транспондер сломается вместе со спутником, а отражатели работают только в Ku-диапазоне, который видим лишь для малой части средств космического слежения. С этими аргументами заявку окончательно отклонили 17 декабря. В январе 2018 Swarm подали новую заявку на стандартные кубсаты 1U, а в марте - еще одну, теперь уже на одну наземную станцию и 500 базовых. Параллельно они получили еще один грант, анонсировали сотрудничество с NASA и сообщили о начале пилотных проектов с двумя крупными компаниями, интересе еще 15 и американских военных. Но вся эта идиллия, похоже, разрушена тем фактом, что на индийской ракете нелегально оказались спутники Swarm первой версии, на которые не было получено разрешения FCC.Очень короткое расследованиеНа каком основании можно сделать такой вывод? Прежде всего, не надо быть частным детективом, чтобы заметить похожесть названии BEE из первой заявки и запущенных спутников SpaceBEE. Далее, сайт компании Spaceflight, предоставляющей пусковые услуги, в списке произведенных запусков указывает уникальный типоразмер 0.25U для индийского запуска.Скриншот сайта SpaceflightТакже, иллюстрация в списке спутников от ISRO очень похожа на схему спутника Swarm.Коллаж из заявки и спискаНу и, наконец, Swarm в первой заявке прямо указала, что собирается использовать именно этот запуск ракеты PSLV.ПрецедентПо информации IEEE Spectrum глава Экспериментального лицензионного подразделения Энтони Серафини (Anthony Serafini), чья подпись стоит на отказе 17 декабря, уже написал письмо CEO Swarm, информируя о запрете будущих запусков (спутники второй заявки должны были быть запущены на РН Electron в апреле этого года).Каким образом спутники, вопреки запрету, оказались на ракете? Старший менеджер миссий Spaceflight Адам Хадаллер (Adam Hadaller) в прошлом году утверждал, что компания проверяет лицензии заказчиков пусковых услуг. Однако сейчас Spaceflight заявляет, что никогда не запускала спутники, для которых было известно об отсутствии лицензии, а заказчики сами отвечают за их получение.Дженни Барна (Jenny Barna), руководитель пусков компании Spire Global, прокомментировал IEEE Spectrum, что, с одной стороны, обычно требуется продемонстрировать лицензию перед установкой спутника на ракету, с другой стороны, это долгий бюрократический процесс, и бывали случаи получения лицензии буквально в последний момент, когда спутник с ракетой уже стояли на стартовом столе. На сегодняшний день непонятно, надеялись ли Swarm все-таки получить лицензию, или же не сняли спутники с ракеты по небрежности или злонамеренно.Почему Федеральная комиссия по связи США (FCC) занимается космическим мусором? Так сложилось исторически. Изначально, как и следует из названия, они регулировали радиодиапазон для телефонной, телеграфной и спутниковой связи. Однако, с увеличением количества спутников, чтобы не создавать новое агентство, им же делегировали и анализ опасности космического мусора от новых аппаратов.Контролирует ли FCC спутники по всему миру? Нет, у разных стран есть свои агентства, выполняющие похожие функции. Например, в России это Государственная комиссия по радиочастотам. Национальные агентства входят в Международный союз электросвязи (МСЭ, ITU), но при этом компаниям, собирающимся реализовывать глобальные проекты, приходится договариваться с каждой страной отдельно. Например, OneWeb для своего проекта глобального интернета российское разрешение не получили, потому что рабочая частота пересекается с российским проектом арктической связи.Что теперь будет? Если коротко, пока ничего не понятно. Американский стартап Swarm находится в юрисдикции FCC, но неизвестно, может ли FCC сделать что-либо кроме отказа в поданных заявках. Также очень любопытно посмотреть, что будет, если Swarm подаст новые заявки от существующего юридического лица или же зарегистрирует другое. Однозначно прибавляется головной боли юристам, потому что по Договору о космосе 1967 года похоже, что в случае какого-либо ущерба от SpaceBEE ответственность будет нести Индия как запустившая сторона.Прецедент с запуском SpaceBEE неприятен, но именно такие истории меняют законы и мир, в котором мы живем. Логично предположить усиление контроля, которое может привести как к еще большей бюрократии, так и к облегчению сбора лицензий производителями спутников. The Verge пишет, что администрация Трампа еще в феврале предложила создать "одно окно" в Министерстве торговли США для коммерческого космоса, возможно, скандал со спутниками-нелегалами ускорит этот процесс.Я в социальных сетях:Вконтакте, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

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