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NASA Gives Boeing $799.5 Million Contract For Ares I Rocket Avionics

The Boeing Co. [BA] beat out Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [BLL] to win an up-to $799.5 million avionics instrument unit contract for the Ares I upper stage rocket that someday will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle into space and on to the moon, NASA leaders announced in a news conference. That award completes […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch Postponed Again; Liftoff Now Set For Jan. 10, If Glitch Resolved

NASA Experts Still Seek Cause Of Sensor Data Snafu Tests Set For Tomorrow, May Unearth Problem In Sensors; Simultaneous Space Station Spacewalk To Examine SARJ NASA again postponed the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on its STS-122 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), with flight now set for Jan. 10, more than a month […]

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Wins Test By Killing Target Missile With SM-3 Interceptor

First Time An Ally Has Used Aegis/SM-3 In Ballistic Missile Defense Test The Japanese destroyer Kongo today employed its Aegis weapon control system to guide a Standard Missile-3 to destroy a U.S. target missile. It was the first time that an allied nation has used the Aegis/SM-3 ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in a test. […]

India Missile Defense Test A Success

India used its Akash interceptor to take out a flying target last week, according to news media reports. The news comes as India also is working to develop a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear weapon almost 4,000 miles. In the test last week, a surface-to-air Akash missile was launched from Chandipur-on-Sea […]

Top Chinese Leader Boasts China Now In Deep-Space Club

China now has become a deep-space power, on the success of its lunar orbiter, Chinese President Hu Jintao said last week, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. This is but the first stage of the Chinese lunar program, according to Hu, speaking at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing […]

Ahmadinejad Extremist Comments Seen In Iran As Eliciting Sanctions: Analyst

Extremist comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are seen by some in Iran as increasing Western pressure for sanctions against Iran, according to Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic reporter with USA Today. She also is affiliated with the U.S. Institute for Peace, a congressionally created, publicly funded think tank. Ahmadinejad was quoted widely in media around […]


Ariane 5 To Launch Comms Satellite For Hispasat In Summer 2009 An Ariane 5 rocket will orbit the Amazonas-2 communications satellite for Hispasat in the summer of 2009, Arianespace announced. This was the 13th launch contract that Arianespace gained this year. The satellite will be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]


Northrop To Vie For Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program Segment Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] will compete for a piece of the work on the Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program, the company announced. The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) last month issued a request for information (RFI) for the GMD segment follow-on effort, and responses must be […]