Archive: Space

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 […]


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 […]

THAAD Missile Defense System Obliterates Scud-Type Target In Test

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ballistic missile defense (BMD) system annihilated a target missile outside the atmosphere, the fourth winning intercept for THAAD and the 31st successful target kill out of 39 attempts since 2001 for several types of BMD systems. THAAD scored its latest win against a Scud-type ballistic missile in the […]

Launch Schedule

2007 Dec. 6 + STS-122 STS-122 will deliver the Columbus European Laboratory Module and will be the twenty-fourth mission to the International Space Station. Launch Time: 4:34 p.m. EST 2008 Feb. 5 *GLAST An heir to its successful predecessor — the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory — the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope will have the […]


Ariane 5 Preparations Build Toward Launch Next Week The two satellites for the next Ariane 5 flight are in final preparation at the European Spaceport in French Guiana in South America, Arianespace announced. Those satellites will be lofted by the fifth Ariane 5 mission this year, which is scheduled for liftoff Nov. 9. This transfer […]