Archive: Space

Atlantis Set To Fly At 4:31 P.M. ET Dec. 6; Little Debate On Go-Fly Decision

Helium Valve Problem Still In Review; Space Station Crew Spacewalk Set Tomorrow Space Shuttle Atlantis is set to launch at 4:31 p.m. ET Dec. 6 from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, barring major snags that might force a liftoff postpone of a few days, or into January, NASA leaders told the news media. […]

General Sees Need To Develop New, Lower-Cost Lifter, Plus Sats Protection Plan

Hamel Sees Six-Month Delay In AEHF Launch Budget Cut May Delay GPS III The United States needs to develop a new lower-cost satellite launcher, Lt. Gen. Michael A. Hamel, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center in the Air Force Space Command, said. That new rocket would have a reusable first stage, and an […]

NASA Reported Losing $1 Billion To Pay For Columbia Recovery

Cost Of Flying Orion Manned Mission Two Years Earlier $2 Billion A House-Senate conference committee killed a $1 billion addition to the NASA budget to help the space agency recoup its financial losses suffered in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas said. A hearing brought forth the fact that NASA […]


Raytheon Gains $17 Million Contract To Build TOW Missiles For Canada The Army gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] a $17 million contract to build 462 TOW (Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided) Bunker Buster missiles for the Canadian Army. The Canadian contract is the first international sale of the TOW Bunker Buster missile, which employs a fragmenting, high-explosive warhead […]


Ariane 5 Said To Boost Record Heavy Payload: U.K., Brazilian Satellites The Ariane 5 giant rocket set another heavy-lift record by placing a U.K. military relay platform and Brazil’s new multi-mission telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit, according to Arianspace. The total payload delivery weight was 9,535 kg (10.5 tons), which included 8,735 kg (9.6 […]

Germany May Send Spacecraft To Orbit Moon

Germany may send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon within five years, though no manned mission is planned at this time, DW-World.DE reported. No final decision has been made on whether the unmanned lunar probe actually will be launched by Germany, which also is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA). Germany would […]


Raytheon Gains $45 Million Navy Aegis Work The Navy gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] a five-year, $45 million contract for performance-based logistics for the Aegis weapons system. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will perform repairs and provide spares for the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK 99 Fire Control System, both key components of the Aegis system. Raytheon IDS […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Rolls Out To Launch Pad 39A At KSC

Liftoff Still Set For 4:31 P.M. ET Dec. 6 If Space Station Ready Space Shuttle Atlantis rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and moved to Launch Pad 39A, preparing for a launch that NASA leaders still hope will occur on schedule at 4:31 p.m. ET Dec. 6. But some […]