Archive: Space

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 […]

Rocketplane Kistler Ousted From COTS; New Competition Announced Today

Rocketplane Kistler lost its deal to develop rocket transportation to haul cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), and NASA will open new competition for companies wishing to share in the $174.7 million remaining seed money that the space agency offers to firms that can provide the service. NASA terminated its funding agreement with Rocketplane […]


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 […]

Discovery To Lift Off At 11:38 A.M. Tomorrow With Acceptable Risk

Space Shuttle Discovery will launch at 11:38 a.m. ET tomorrow from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in a flight that may not be completely safe, but will have what NASA terms acceptable risk. Some engineers recommended removal and replacement of three heat-shielding tiles on the leading edges of an orbiter vehicle wing, a […]


Soyuz Lifts Four Satellites For Globalstar, Arianespace Announces A Soyuz lifter rushed four satellites into orbit for Globalstar, rising from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Arianespace announced. It was the 12th consecutive successful flight for Starsem, an Arianespace affiliate. Following an on-time departure from Baikonur, the Soyuz accurately injected its Globalstar satellite cluster into the targeted […]

NASA Launch Schedule

2007 Oct. 23 STS-120 STS-120 will be the twenty-third mission to the International Space Station and will deliver the U.S. Node 2 Harmony module expanding the space station’s capability for future international laboratories. Launch Time: 11:38 a.m. EDT Dec. 6 + STS-122 STS-122 will deliver the Columbus European Laboratory Module and will be the twenty-fourth […]

China Will Attack U.S. Space Assets In Any War; Pentagon Must Field Defenses

China will drop its adherence to rules barring war in space, in any future conflict with the United States, and attack U.S. space assets, so American forces need to field space defense systems, a noted analyst reported. And Chinese leaders are taking actions signaling they may take on U.S. forces in active combat. “In event […]

America, Israel Cooperate To Develop Defense Against Short-Range Missiles

Barak, On U.S. Tour, Visits With U.S. Defense Chief Gates A new American-Israeli joint development program aims to produce a missile defense capability that would be effective against long-range threats, but more importantly against short-range enemy missiles. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in their meeting, agreed to cooperate further […]