Archive: Space

Contracts

Raytheon Gains $45 Million Navy Aegis Work The Navy gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] a five-year, $45 million contract for performance-based logistics for the Aegis weapons system. Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems will perform repairs and provide spares for the AN/SPY-1 radar and MK 99 Fire Control System, both key components of the Aegis system. Raytheon IDS […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Rolls Out To Launch Pad 39A At KSC

Liftoff Still Set For 4:31 P.M. ET Dec. 6 If Space Station Ready Space Shuttle Atlantis rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and moved to Launch Pad 39A, preparing for a launch that NASA leaders still hope will occur on schedule at 4:31 p.m. ET Dec. 6. But some […]

EADS Reels From Profit To Loss On Military Plane Woes

Giant European Contractor Loses Hope Of Profit This Year European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. [EAD], the giant European defense contractor and maker of commercial airliners, plunged to a crushing $705 million loss in the first nine months of this year, from an $867 million profit in the nine months last year. EADS also dropped […]

Congress To Probe Space Shuttle Safety Problems, Looming Retirement Issues

Questions Arise Whether Shuttles Will Finish All Needed Missions A Senate panel this week will probe major questions about the space shuttle fleet, focusing on safety issues, whether the shuttles – before a mandated 2010 retirement — can finish building the International Space Station, and what will happen to NASA and the U.S. global image […]

Report Says Many Space Weapons Systems Would Carry Huge Cost

But Some Systems Might Be Cost-Effective For Limited Missions Placing weapons in space or installing systems in orbit to defend space assets such as satellites from attack could be inordinately expensive, according to a report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). Price tags for various types of systems could range from the […]

Launches

Electrical Glitch Forces Postponement Of Ariane 5 Launch The scheduled Ariane 5 lift-off has been postponed by Arianespace following detection of an electrical problem on the launch vehicle. The rocket had to be moved, from the launch area at the European spaceport in French Guiana in South America, back to a vehicle assembly building, Arianespace […]

Launches

New Navy Missile Launcher Tested, So Conventional Missiles Work In Submarines The Navy is developing a new type of missile launcher that would permit using conventional missiles including Army weapons on submarines, instead of having to use missiles specially designed for undersea craft. It could create new demand for some existing conventional missiles. Navy scientists […]

SPECIAL REPORT: China: The Rising Threat

Defense Secretary Gates In China To Question Chinese Military Buildup Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates is in China, where he will attempt to get Chinese leaders to explain why Beijing is plunging ahead on a gigantic military modernization program with global reach. Gates also is expected to seek Chinese cooperation in a push for […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Israeli Missile Affairs

Israel To Face Threat If China Sells Advanced Fighters, Missiles, To Iran Israel will face a serious new threat if China, as rumored, sells advanced long-range Chengdu J-10 fighter aircraft and two types of missiles to Iran, according to a report published last week by the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC), a defense-oriented think […]

Space Shuttle Undocks From Space Station; Discovery Landing Set For Wednesday; Torn Solar Array Repaired Successfully

Space Shuttle Discovery is poised to wrap up the long 15-day STS-120 mission with a landing just after 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, capping a challenging spacewalk in which physician- astronaut Scott Parazynski rode the end of an extra-long boom to repair a torn solar array. (For NASA assessment of mission, please see separate story.) The […]