Archive: Space

Lockheed May Seek GMD Work, Touts $556 Million PAC-3 Army Contracts

PAC-3 Contract Part Of $1.7 Billion Lockheed Missile Defense Orders In 2007 Middle East May Be Ripe Market For Lockheed Missile Defense Systems Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] has begun jockeying to get a piece of the action in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) missile shield program now led by prime contractor The Boeing Co. [BA], […]

Congress Returns To Face NASA Funding Controversies

Export Controls Also May Be Debated In Session Congress is returning to Capitol Hill to decide funding issues for the U.S. space program, controversies that began last year. Debates will center on a wide array of topics, from money for space programs to export controls on satellites and other sensitive-technology items shipped to China. Those […]

Launches

Ariane 5 Begins Fueling Automated Transfer Vehicle For Cargo Mission To Space Station, In New Supply Role Fueling has begun for the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) that an Ariane 5 booster in the middle of next month will loft into orbit on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS), Arianespace announced. The ATV will […]

ATK Moves To Become Full Spectrum Space Company With MDA Purchase

By Calvin Biesecker Alliant Techsystems [ATK] yesterday said it has agreed to acquire the space and related information systems business of Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in a $1.3 billion cash deal that will make ATK a full-spectrum space company and double its international presence. ATK has arranged financing for the acquisition, its largest […]

Boeing Responds To MDA Request For Information On Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Program

The Boeing Co. [BA] responded to a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) request for information, as MDA seeks industry feedback on the follow-on Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program, a major segment of the overall U.S. ballistic missile defense shield. RFI responses will help MDA determine its strategy for the follow-on effort to the current GMD contract. […]

China Has Far More Missiles Targeting Taiwan Than Earlier Estimated

China has almost half again more missiles aimed toward Taiwan than previously estimated, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian said, The China Post reported. Chen condemned the threatening Chinese missile buildup, stating that Beijing unilaterally is attempting to change the military balance of power in the Taiwan Strait. Rather than deploying the 900 or so missiles earlier […]

Bush Administration Seeks To Loosen Rules On Sensitive Technology Sales To China

The Bush administration loosened restrictions on exporting sensitive-technology items to China, to help U.S. companies sell more advanced goods to the Chinese, according to a report by a group advocating arms control. That move comes as some U.S. companies, and trade organizations including them, are seeking softer curbs on such sales to China. Military experts, […]