Archive: Space

GMD Missile Defense System Succeeds In Test, As Congress Mulls European Site

The Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system aced a test against a long-range ballistic missile target, just as Congress is poised to decide the financial fate of plans to extend the GMD system to Europe. In the test, a target missile was sent aloft from the Kodiak Launch Complex at Kodiak, Alaska, the Missile Defense […]

Air Force Mulls Path Ahead For Protecting Satellites

By Michael Sirak and Dave Ahearn The Air Force continues to grapple with how to protect its on-orbit space assets in the wake of China’s successful test of an anti-satellite weapon in January, according to senior service officials. "First [we have to] make sure we have the situational awareness," Secretary of the Air Force Michael […]

Huge Surge In Sunspots To Begin In March, Peak In 2012

A huge surge in highly charged sun spots eruptions could begin in just half a year and persist from next March until a peak in 2012, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The fear is that the solar storms could inflict damage on satellites, electrical power grids and more, to an extent even greater […]

Department Of Defense Lacks Funds Required For Adequate Performance

Even before the baby boom generation retires and begins using expensive Social Security and medical programs, the Department of Defense is sorely underfunded, according to a report from The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. Pentagon needs for everything from missile defense to combat operations, from procurement of weapons systems to personnel costs, require […]

Contracts

NASA Gives Contract Change To European Space Agency NASA has awarded a $27.5 million contract change to the European Space Agency Space Technology Center for further engineering on the International Space Station Node 2 and 3 modules. The contract modification extends the current contract to reflect adjustments made to the station assembly manifest and to […]

New Report Says China Builds Military Because U.S. Does So

China is expanding its military forces immensely because it wishes to counter a rapid military modernization in U.S. forces, according to a new 582-page report by the Army War College and the National Bureau of Asian Research. The report, with a dozen chapters by various authors, predicts that China will continue building up its forces […]

Launches

Discovery Rolls To Launch Pad For Oct. 23 Liftoff Space Shuttle Discovery has settled in at Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, as NASA aims for a blastoff Oct. 23.?Discovery is poised for the two-week STS-120 Mission to the International Space Station, where astronauts will attach the Node 2 Harmony module to which later […]

Hubble Mission To Go On Big IMAX Movie Screen

Movie makers plan to make a telescope in the heavens into a star – a movie star.?IMAX Corp. and Warner Bros. Pictures announced with NASA that the IMAX 3D camera is scheduled to return to space next year aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. The shuttle and its crew of seven will fly to the Hubble Space […]

A Movie To See: In The Shadow Of The Moon

It was a time of worry and wonder, tension and transformation, fear and fulfillment. That was the 1950s and 1960s, living in the United States not only under the threat of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Soviet Union, but also the fear that the Soviets — in launching the first satellite, Sputnik, into […]