Archive: Space

Germany May Send Spacecraft To Orbit Moon

Germany may send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit the moon within five years, though no manned mission is planned at this time, DW-World.DE reported. No final decision has been made on whether the unmanned lunar probe actually will be launched by Germany, which also is a member of the European Space Agency (ESA). Germany would […]


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 […]

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 […]