Archive: Space


Progress Cargo Vehicle Launched To Space Station A Russian Progress space freighter ship launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Dec. 23 on a supply mission to the International Space Station, Starsem announced. The unmanned space vehicle entered orbit to reach the space station, marking a dozen Soyuz family missions last year. A fourth of […]


BAE, Northrop Grumman Gain DHS Counter-MANPADS Pacts The Department of Homeland Security provided contracts to BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] to test systems mounted on airliners to defeat missiles that terrorists shoot at the aircraft, DHS announced. Those competing systems each uses a beam to deflect enemy missiles, known as Man-Portable Air Defense […]

CBO: Missile Defense Spending To Peak At $15 Billion Yearly In Fiscal 2018

Actual Missile Defense Outlays May Need To Be $4 Billion More Yearly Missile defense spending will peak at an annual rate of $15 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018, before trending downward, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and the history of spending on major programs shows it might have to […]

India Missile Defense Test A Success

India used its Akash interceptor to take out a flying target last week, according to news media reports. The news comes as India also is working to develop a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear weapon almost 4,000 miles. In the test last week, a surface-to-air Akash missile was launched from Chandipur-on-Sea […]


Ariane 5 To Launch Comms Satellite For Hispasat In Summer 2009 An Ariane 5 rocket will orbit the Amazonas-2 communications satellite for Hispasat in the summer of 2009, Arianespace announced. This was the 13th launch contract that Arianespace gained this year. The satellite will be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, […]

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Wins Test By Killing Target Missile With SM-3 Interceptor

First Time An Ally Has Used Aegis/SM-3 In Ballistic Missile Defense Test The Japanese destroyer Kongo today employed its Aegis weapon control system to guide a Standard Missile-3 to destroy a U.S. target missile. It was the first time that an allied nation has used the Aegis/SM-3 ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in a test. […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch Postponed Again; Liftoff Now Set For Jan. 10, If Glitch Resolved

NASA Experts Still Seek Cause Of Sensor Data Snafu Tests Set For Tomorrow, May Unearth Problem In Sensors; Simultaneous Space Station Spacewalk To Examine SARJ NASA again postponed the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on its STS-122 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), with flight now set for Jan. 10, more than a month […]

NASA Gives Boeing $799.5 Million Contract For Ares I Rocket Avionics

The Boeing Co. [BA] beat out Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. [BLL] to win an up-to $799.5 million avionics instrument unit contract for the Ares I upper stage rocket that someday will lift the Orion crew exploration vehicle into space and on to the moon, NASA leaders announced in a news conference. That award completes […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

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Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]