Archive: Space

House-Senate Lawmakers Mull Only $85 Million Cut In European BMD

House and Senate lawmakers are considering cutting only $85 million from a $310 million funding request by President Bush for the planned European Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program, a House source said. Published reports that the lawmakers intend to cut all $310 million and zero out the European GMD program are an incorrect interpretation […]

Launch Schedule

2007 Dec. 6 + STS-122 STS-122 will deliver the Columbus European Laboratory Module and will be the twenty-fourth mission to the International Space Station. Launch Time: 4:34 p.m. EST 2008 Feb. 5 *GLAST An heir to its successful predecessor — the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory — the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope will have the […]

Launches

Ariane 5 Preparations Build Toward Launch Next Week The two satellites for the next Ariane 5 flight are in final preparation at the European Spaceport in French Guiana in South America, Arianespace announced. Those satellites will be lofted by the fifth Ariane 5 mission this year, which is scheduled for liftoff Nov. 9. This transfer […]

North Korean Nuclear Facilities Dangerous, Primitive, But Still Produce Weapons

North Korean nuclear facilities are dangerous, primitive and expose humans to radiation, but they still pose a threat in empowering the isolated nation to produce nuclear weapons, according to a paper from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Crumbling concrete, broken windows and a forlorn and lonely atmosphere hang over the nuclear facility at […]

MDA Sets Ground Test Of Many BMD Systems Beginning This Week

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will begin a ground test involving many U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems, plus input from allied nations, MDA announced. The test will include all fielded sensors, command and control, battle management and communications, and interceptor locations. The exercise will aim to demonstrate and evaluate overall system performance, along with […]

Putin Likens Missile Defense In Europe To Soviet Offensive Missiles In Cuba

Russian President Vladimir Putin equated U.S. proposals to install a missile defensive system in Europe to Soviet Union attempts in 1962 to install offensive nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in Cuba, RIA Novosti, the Russian news agency, reported. Putin apparently failed to distinguish between the offensive and defensive purposes of each system. It was the […]

International Space Station Gains A Room In Galactic Home Addition

Space Shuttle Discovery Heat Shield OK, Cleared For Reentry The International Space Station (ISS) is growing with the addition of a new room, a sort of connecting chamber that eventually will lead to new laboratories that will be added to the space station on future space shuttle flights. It’s all part of the years-long construction […]

THAAD Missile Defense System Obliterates Scud-Type Target In Test

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense (BMD) system annihilated a target missile outside the atmosphere, the fourth winning intercept for THAAD and the 31st successful target kill out of 39 attempts since 2001 for several types of BMD systems. THAAD scored its latest win against a Scud-type ballistic missile in the […]

Contracts

EADS, Astrium, Snare US$39.9 Million French Contract The French military gave the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) and Astrium a Euro28 million ($39.9 million) contract, the company announced. EADS Defence & Security and Astrium were chosen by the French armaments directorate (DGA) to provide design, development, installation and operational maintenance of the PHAROS […]