Archive: Space

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 […]

Douglass Says Some Nation Will Develop New Space Shuttle

NASA Sorely Underfunded, Needs Far More Money: Douglass U.S. preeminence in space is fading because NASA is being starved of funding it urgently requires, and that may mean some other nation — not the United States — will develop a spaceplane replacement for the aging U.S. space shuttle fleet. That was the sobering assessment of […]

Discovery, Atlantis Heat Tiles Found Solid So Far In Inspections

Thermal protection heat tiles on Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis have been found solid in inspections, Wayne Hale, space shuttle program manager said in a NASA briefing today. Discovery, now in orbit after a winning mission to the International Space Station (ISS), is poised for landing Wednesday. (Please see full story in this issue.) Hale […]

House-Senate Lawmakers Mull Only $85 Million Cut In European BMD

House and Senate lawmakers are considering cutting only $85 million from a $310 million funding request by President Bush for the planned European Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program, a House source said. Published reports that the lawmakers intend to cut all $310 million and zero out the European GMD program are an incorrect interpretation […]

Experts: Iran Progress On Nuclear Bomb Impossible To Gauge; Bomb Design A Problem

Experts said outsiders can’t accurately assess just when a secretive Iran might develop a nuclear bomb, and also said it is unclear just when Iran might gain a workable nuclear weapon design. As well, it also is unclear whether Iran has 3,000 centrifuges spinning 24/7 to produce fissile materials that could be used in assembling […]

North Korean Nuclear Facilities Dangerous, Primitive, But Still Produce Weapons

North Korean nuclear facilities are dangerous, primitive and expose humans to radiation, but they still pose a threat in empowering the isolated nation to produce nuclear weapons, according to a paper from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Crumbling concrete, broken windows and a forlorn and lonely atmosphere hang over the nuclear facility at […]

MDA Sets Ground Test Of Many BMD Systems Beginning This Week

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) will begin a ground test involving many U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems, plus input from allied nations, MDA announced. The test will include all fielded sensors, command and control, battle management and communications, and interceptor locations. The exercise will aim to demonstrate and evaluate overall system performance, along with […]

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 […]