Archive: Space

Sea Launch To Seek NASA Space-Missions Contracts

Sea Launch Co. LLC, until now providing launch services for non-governmental or dual-use customers, will seek contracts from NASA to provide cargo re-supply missions to the International Space Station, according to Rob Peckham, Sea Launch president and general manager. NASA faces a half-decade gap, from the end of space shuttle missions in 2010 until the […]

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Arianespace To Launch Satellite For UAE In 2010 UAE Firm Chooses Arianespace To Launch An Astrium-Thales Satellite Al Yah Satellite Communications Co. PrJsc, or Yahsat, a United Arab Emirates firm, chose Arianespace to launch the Yahsat 1A communications satellite built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space, according to Arianespace. The deal was signed by top […]

Bush May Press European Ballistic Missile Defense Plan In State Of The Union Address

President Bush tonight will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and he may use the televised event to press for construction of a U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in Europe. While last-minute additions and deletions still are being made in the address, Bush may use the speech […]

Branson Unveils SpaceShipTwo, Sees ‘Thousands’ Venturing Into Space

Billionaire space buff investor Richard Branson unveiled a new commercial spacecraft system, WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo, predicting that "thousands" of people will be able to realize their dream of venturing into space. Branson spoke confidently of "the thousands who will travel with us" to the final frontier. He also predicted that the new spaceship family could […]

Sea Launch To Seek NASA Space-Missions Contracts

By Dave Ahearn Sea Launch, until now providing launch services for non-governmental or dual-use customers, will seek contracts from NASA to provide cargo re-supply missions to the International Space Station, according to Rob Peckham, Sea Launch president and general manager. Peckham also said he is seeing launch prices in the industry rising to levels not […]

Pratt Reports Successful Tests On Engine For Future U.S. Ares Rocket

The J-2X rocket engine for the next-generation U.S. spacecraft rocket aced tests, according to Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a United Technologies [UTX] unit. That engine will power the Ares launch vehicles that will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle into orbit to reach the International Space Station, and later to the moon. As well, NASA […]

Sea Launch Returns To Operations With Liftoff of Satellite For Thuraya

By Dave Ahearn Sea Launch placed a satellite in orbit, marking a resurrection of the space firm following a disastrous rocket explosion early last year that destroyed a satellite payload. The Sea Launch win last week marked the end of a long comeback trail for the company, which fires rockets off a sea-going platform that, […]

Sea Launch Returns To Operations With Liftoff Of Satellite For Thuraya

First Launch Since Explosion Last Year Caused Loss Of A Satellite Sea Launch placed a satellite in orbit, marking a resurrection of the space firm following a disastrous rocket explosion early last year that destroyed a satellite payload. The Sea Launch win last week marked the end of a long comeback trail for the company, […]

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Japan Progresses In Improving PAC-3 Missile Defense System Tests Of System Set, To Occur In United States At White Sands Japan is moving to improve its missile defense system that could guard central Tokyo against incoming lower-level weapons, and is preparing for a test of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, missile defense system. As […]