Germany To Monitor Space Junk

By launching more space junk.

Debris

Hopefully this rubbish isn’t a waste of time.

German military launches space junk tracking system – The German armed forces want to keep a closer eye on space in the future. A new system to track space junk orbiting Earth and send out early warnings about potential threats has begun work.

“Who you jiving with that cosmik debris?”

 

Warning: Nationwide Warning System Doesn’t Work

No sirens sounded all throughout Germany yesterday as the country conducted its first nationwide emergency warning system test since 1990.

Warning

Nor did the apps that were supposed to send alerts to people’s phones during the test function.

An anonymous spokesman for the German government was satisfied with the reuslts, however. “Let this be a warning to us all,” he said.

One Twitter user added: “Anyone who didn’t hear any sirens will receive a warning signal by fax or mail in the next 14 days.”

 

But If We Stop Nord Steam 2…

We’ll be agreeing with Donald Trump!

Nord

Nord Stream 2: Why Germany may pull plug on Russian pipeline – For the first time since building began almost a decade ago, the future of the pipeline looks threatened.

Ironically, one reason that many Germans support the pipeline is because its greatest critic is US President Donald Trump. He is disliked in Germany and his rants against the pipeline only serve to boost its popularity.

Many voters suspect he wants it scrapped in order to sell American fuel to Germany instead. Mrs Merkel has to avoid the impression that she is giving in to pressure from Mr Trump.

 

V2.2

Germany joins space race as Munich start-up begins rocket production – Isar Aerospace bets on boom in small satellites and aims for launch by end of 2021.

Rocket

Germany will join the commercial space race on Monday as production begins on what could become the first privately built rocket developed in the country to be fired into orbit…

The first German rocket to reach outer space was a version of the V2 in 1942. It crossed the Kármán Line, where space begins 100km above the earth’s surface, but did not reach orbit.

 

Not To Worry

No story here. And certainly no “battleground.” When it comes to the Huawei 5G “issue,” Germany will do whatever China wants it to do.

China

Standing up and saying no to China’s communist leaders would only hurt their feelings – and German business prospects.

After Britain, Germany Emerges as Next 5G Battleground – Following Britain’s decision to ban Chinese tech firm Huawei from its 5G telecom network, Germany is emerging as the next potential battleground to check China’s expansion of influence in world affairs, which is increasingly seen as a serious challenge to democratic institutions worldwide.

“Does the chancellor really want to be the stumbling block preventing a united EU + transatlantic + 5Eyes stance?”

U-1021 2020

A German U-boat that sank off the British coast during World War II has been captured on camera in remarkable images.

Sub

The pictures were taken by diving contractor Dive Newquay, which took a group of divers to see the remains of U-1021, British news agency SWNS reports. The vessel lies 9 nautical miles off the coast of Cornwall.

“The U1021 lies about nine nautical miles from Newquay Harbour and sits in 55m [180 feet] of water,” a Dive Newquay spokesperson told the news outlet. “Dives of this depth are considered technical, which require special planning and different breathing gasses.”

The wreck is near two other U-boats that also sank during the war.

U-1021 served with 31st U-boat Flotilla before disappearing in March 1945.

Yemen

Beautiful German weapon sale of the week.

Yemen

Because somebody has to admire them.

Germany violated arms export regulations for decades, study says – Germany has authorized and exported weapons and military equipment to be used in countries with human rights violations and ravaged by war. Wars, including the Yemen conflict, have been “fought with German weapons.”

The Decline and Fall of the German Empire

The German Automobile Empire.

Cars

Could 400,000 car industry jobs in Germany be lost? – The car industry is in apparent decline in Germany. Some estimates predict that half its 800,000 jobs will be gone by 2030. The industry disagrees with that estimate, but the road ahead looks bumpy.

“The production of electric vehicles can be automated more easily. If there is no improvement in the competitive position of the German industry in the area of electromobility in the next few years, and if the need for imports of battery cells and electric vehicles continues to grow in light of the launch of electromobility, employment structures will be severely hit.”

Clothes Pins May Also Be Introduced

If you can’t figure out how to wear your face masks properly.

Masks

Berlin hopes especially pungent body odor will force people to wear masks – If the risk of contracting the coronavirus isn’t enough to make you wear a mask properly, then someone else’s pungent body odor will surely suffice.

Public transportation officials in Berlin issued a cheeky recommendation for riders last week to stop wearing deodorant, and let their natural odors waft through the shared air, so others can have their masks fully cover their mouths and noses.

“Given that so many people think they can wear their masks under their noses, we’re getting tough.”