Archive: Space

Congress Returns To Face NASA Funding Controversies

Export Controls Also May Be Debated In Session Congress is returning to Capitol Hill to decide funding issues for the U.S. space program, controversies that began last year. Debates will center on a wide array of topics, from money for space programs to export controls on satellites and other sensitive-technology items shipped to China. Those […]

ATK Moves To Become Full Spectrum Space Company With MDA Purchase

By Calvin Biesecker Alliant Techsystems [ATK] yesterday said it has agreed to acquire the space and related information systems business of Canada’s MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) in a $1.3 billion cash deal that will make ATK a full-spectrum space company and double its international presence. ATK has arranged financing for the acquisition, its largest […]


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 […]

Boeing Responds To MDA Request For Information On Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Program

The Boeing Co. [BA] responded to a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) request for information, as MDA seeks industry feedback on the follow-on Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program, a major segment of the overall U.S. ballistic missile defense shield. RFI responses will help MDA determine its strategy for the follow-on effort to the current GMD contract. […]

China Has Far More Missiles Targeting Taiwan Than Earlier Estimated

China has almost half again more missiles aimed toward Taiwan than previously estimated, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian said, The China Post reported. Chen condemned the threatening Chinese missile buildup, stating that Beijing unilaterally is attempting to change the military balance of power in the Taiwan Strait. Rather than deploying the 900 or so missiles earlier […]

Bush Administration Seeks To Loosen Rules On Sensitive Technology Sales To China

The Bush administration loosened restrictions on exporting sensitive-technology items to China, to help U.S. companies sell more advanced goods to the Chinese, according to a report by a group advocating arms control. That move comes as some U.S. companies, and trade organizations including them, are seeking softer curbs on such sales to China. Military experts, […]