Archive: Space

Space Shuttle Atlantis Cleared For Launch at 4:31 p.m. ET Thursday

European Laboratory Columbus To Be Added To Space Station Space Shuttle Atlantis is cleared for liftoff at 4:31 p.m. ET Thursday from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for the STS-122 Mission to the International Space Station (ISS), after a flight readiness review in which no major issues were raised, top NASA officials said. […]

General Urges Protection Of Space Assets Against ASATs

Kehler Also Urges Replacing Aged Satellites The United States must establish a system for protecting space assets, including military satellites that play an increasingly critical role in U.S. defense operations worldwide, Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of the Air Force Space Command, said. In assessing the future for the air service, it is clear that the […]


New Spy Satellite System Planned, To Cost Billions: Report The Department of Defense (DOD) is expected to procure spy satellites that likely will be based on commercial-sat architecture, in a program costing $2 billion to $4 billion, the Associated Press reported. Called BASIC, the new system likely would be based on an existing commercial satellite […]


Trident Missile Scores 120th Launch From Submerged Submarine: Lockheed A Trident missile was launched from a submarine, marking the 120 test launch since 1989, according to Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT]. The unarmed Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) built by Lockheed was launched from the submerged submarine Henry M Jackson (SSBN 730) in the […]

Bush Demands Congress Pass DOD Funds; Democrats Issue Sharp Response

Congress is dawdling in providing funds needed to finance the Department of Defense (DOD) for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and military officials have run out of moves to stave off a fiscal crunch by shuffling money among accounts, President Bush told journalists in the Pentagon media briefing room. "No more money can be […]

U.S. Must Begin Replacing Aging Satellites, Swiftly, With SBIRS: Analyst

The United States soon must begin replacing its aging satellites or risk losing critical space-based intelligence capabilities such as spotting an enemy missile strike on America, an analyst said. A prudent response to this situation should include moving forward with the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) constellation of satellites, according to Loren B. Thompson, chief […]

U.S. Must Form Shield Against Cruise Missiles, And Soon, Report Finds

The United States must move swiftly to form a shield against rapidly-proliferating enemy cruise missiles, a shield that would include an advanced sensor system and U.S. interceptor missiles such as those already deployed against conventional missiles. That is the finding of a 54-page report of the George C. Marshall Institute, a scientific-academic think tank in […]

Watchdog Agency Issues Warning On Ares I Rocket Program

GAO Recommends Delay In Ares If Needed For Improvements NASA has made progress in designing the Ares 1 next-generation rocket development program, but more work must be done to eliminate many risks in the program concerning requirements, costs, schedule, technology and more, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) stated in a report released Friday. If the […]

New Polish Defense Minister Unsure Whether To Back European BMD System

A newly-installed Polish defense minister has voiced uncertainty as to whether Poland should host a proposed segment of the Ground-base Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) system in Europe, The Washington Post reported, quoting a Polish newspaper. The European BMD system, with an advanced radar in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptors in silos in Poland, would […]