Archive: Space

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

Boeing [BA] beat out Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [BLL] to win a $799.5 million avionics instrument unit for the Ares I upper stage rocket that someday will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle into space, NASA leaders announced in a news conference yesterday. That completes the major contract awards for the Constellation Program effort […]

Defense Authorizers Call For Development of Space Protection Strategy

By Michael Sirak House and Senate defense overseers have called on the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the director of national intelligence (DNI), to craft a strategy to protect the capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. freedom of action in space, according to the conference report accompanying the final version of the FY ’08 Defense […]

Space Shuttle

By Dave Ahearn Putting astronaut crew safety first, NASA has mandated a weeks-long troubleshooting delay for a scheduled space shuttle flight. A maddening intermittent malfunction in an external fuel tank sensor system finally forced NASA to abandon plans for its fourth space shuttle launch this year, pushing the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis into next […]

Launches

Ariane 5 Set To Launch Two Missiles, Arianespace Announces An Ariane 5 GS lifter this month is set to launch two satellites into orbit from the European spaceport in French Guiana in South America, Arianespace announced. The two satellites for the record sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2007 reached new milestones in their pre-flight preparation, […]

Newt Gingrich Says Report Iran Stopped Nukes Program ‘Political’

Generals Say Iran Still May Be Fomenting Attacks On U.S. Forces In Iraq A prominent former leader in Congress took issue with both the timing and content of a report, the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), that said Iran probably ceased its nuclear weapons development program in 2003. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he thought […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch Delayed To Jan. 2 Or Later; Frustrating Intermittent Sensor-Data Woe Again Blocks Liftoff

Experts Suspect Wiring Or Connectors At Fault; Panel To Make Recommendations Tomorrow NASA Loses Bid For Four Shuttle Launches In 2007, But Gerstenmaier Says Space Station Will Be Completed Putting astronaut crew safety first, NASA has mandated a weeks-long troubleshooting delay for a scheduled space shuttle flight. A maddening intermittent malfunction in an external fuel […]

Russia Claims Its New ICBM Thwarts U.S. Missile Defense Shield

U.S.-Russian Talks Set To Begin On European Missile Defense System Russia Saturday test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that it claims can defeat the U.S. ballistic missile defense shield. Whether true or not, the announcement of testing on the RS-12M Topol, or SS-25 Sickle, ICBM might have the effect of lessening support in Congress for […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense Anything But Iraq. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week said that before the end of the congressional session Democrats were likely to include defense funding in an omnibus spending bill that would be considered before the end of the year. "There probably […]

AIA’s Outlook For Aerospace Sales Remains Robust

By Calvin Biesecker United States aerospace sales will continue to increase this year and next, and the expansion will continue to rest largely on the civil aircraft market, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) says in its annual market review and forecast. In 2007 overall aerospace sales will reach a record $198.8 billion, a more than […]