Archive: Space

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, […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Still Blocked From Liftoff; Launch Set For Jan. 24 Is Unlikely; Feb 2-7 Window Would Be Next; Liftoff Likely Later In February

Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch To Be Delayed Beyond Earlier-Scheduled Feb. 14 Target Troublesome Atlantis Electrical Link Removed; Replacement Of Problem-Filled Tank Gear Set NASA leaders think they have figured out the enigmatic, infuriating sensor data problems that have kept Space Shuttle Atlantis sitting idle on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for more […]

China Overtakes U.S. Industrial Output, Powering A Huge Military Buildup

Report Says China Moving To Superpower Role As It Spends Almost 4 Percent Of GDP On Arms Chinese Industrial Output To Be 50 Percent Greater Than U.S. Production In Five Years, But U.S. Still Gives China Financial Aid China has become a manufacturing leviathan, overtaking the United States — the largest economy on the planet […]

Airborne Laser Clears Hurdles, Set For Installing High-Powered Unit

Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser To Go Into Boeing 747 Aircraft The Airborne Laser (ABL) easily cleared each of its scheduled hurdles last year and now is poised for installation of the high-energy chemical oxygen iodine laser in the ABL platform, a heavily modified giant Boeing 747-400F aircraft, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced. ABL passed […]

Launches

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 […]

Contracts

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. […]

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 […]