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Soyuz Lifts Four Satellites For Globalstar, Arianespace Announces A Soyuz lifter rushed four satellites into orbit for Globalstar, rising from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Arianespace announced. It was the 12th consecutive successful flight for Starsem, an Arianespace affiliate. Following an on-time departure from Baikonur, the Soyuz accurately injected its Globalstar satellite cluster into the targeted […]

NASA Launch Schedule

2007 Oct. 23 STS-120 STS-120 will be the twenty-third mission to the International Space Station and will deliver the U.S. Node 2 Harmony module expanding the space station’s capability for future international laboratories. Launch Time: 11:38 a.m. EDT Dec. 6 + STS-122 STS-122 will deliver the Columbus European Laboratory Module and will be the twenty-fourth […]


EADS, Astrium, Snare US$39.9 Million French Contract The French military gave the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) and Astrium a Euro28 million ($39.9 million) contract, the company announced. EADS Defence & Security and Astrium were chosen by the French armaments directorate (DGA) to provide design, development, installation and operational maintenance of the PHAROS […]

RAFAEL Changes Name, Business Structure

TEL AVIV, Israel–Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is the new name for the Israeli company formerly known as RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, which has been undergoing an extensive assessment and overhaul of its business activities. "I am convinced that the changes that have been implemented, with the full cooperation of employees and unions, will assist Rafael […]

Air Force Says Reaper Armed Unmanned Aircraft Now Operating In Afghanistan

The Air Force has been using its new MQ-9A Reaper armed unmanned aircraft in missions over Afghanistan since late September, the service said recently. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI)-built Reaper is the larger cousin to the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has flown extensively in support of combat operations in Afghanistan […]

U.S. Joint Forces Command, NATO, Prepare For Hybrid Threat, Smith Says

Supporting the current fight is the top priority but must be balanced with a consideration of the future threat, according to the retiring commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (NATO ACT). “We must balance our roles between current operations and future operations,” Air Force Gen. Lance Smith, who […]

NATO Parliamentarians Call For Strengthened Role In Afghanistan

NATO parliamentarians Oct. 18 ended their annual session in Reykjavik, Iceland calling for renewed efforts to strengthen the alliance role in Afghanistan and building a closer relationship with Russia. Members from 26 NATO states approved a key resolution on Afghanistan commending the efforts of its members as well as pointing out the weaknesses of the […]

Australian Defence Funds Eight Emerging Technologies

Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Roger Lough announced Oct. 18 that eight proposals have been selected under the latest funding round for the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program. The CTD Program, managed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), enables Defence and industry to collaboratively explore emerging technology developments and assess their potential […]

U.S. Army Europe Security Cooperation Work Builds Coalition Capability

Theater security cooperation is a major thrust at U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army to build relationships and help build partner capability, according to the commander. "We are missioned by OSD [Office of the Secretary of Defense] to help build partner capacity–those are the exact words," Gen. David McKiernan, commanding general of U.S. Army Europe […]