Archive: Space

Report Is Critical Of Ballistic Missile Defense Programs

A report by a key Pentagon office on ballistic missile defense (BMD) programs should raise concerns that they are far from finished, reliable systems able to strike down incoming enemy missiles, an analyst argues. The Aegis and the Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, missile defense programs are criticized in a paper by Victoria Samson, research […]

Israeli Leader Livni Says Israel Seeks ‘Formal Partnership’ With NATO

Livni Decries Iranian Drive For Weapons Of Mass Destruction To Bolster Israel And Missile Defense, Bolster Israeli-NATO Ties: Analyst NATO Needs Missile Shield Protecting Europe And Israel, Asmus Says Israel, as the true democratic nation in the Middle East now threatened by a hostile Iran, wishes to upgrade its relationship with NATO and gain the […]

Russia To Replace Baikonur Cosmodrome In Kazakhstan With Russian Spaceport

Russia eventually will replace the venerable launch facility, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with a new spaceport in Russia, according to CNS, RIA Novosti and Western news media. However, Baikonur will remain a major launch point for Russian spacecraft well into the next decade. The shift could make Russia independent of Kazakhstan in launching spacecraft. […]

CBO Sees Huge Reduction In Deficits Beginning In Three Years

Budget Deficits Projected To Swing To Surpluses Vast Improvement In Federal Finances In Next Decade Could Be Enough To Permit Giant Funding Gains For NASA, Missile Defense, Other Federal Programs The annual federal government budget deficit will plunge by an effective $328 billion from the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010 to fiscal 2012, the […]

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 […]

Launches

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 […]

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 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 […]

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, […]