Archive: Space


Ariane 5 Orbits Intelsat II And Optus D2 Satellites; Further Launches Set An Ariane 5 launched two satellites, Intelsat 11 and Optus D2, marking the fourth dual-payload launch this year for Arianespace, the company reported. The lifter blasted off from the Spaceport in French Guiana. It was the 178th launch in the Ariane series, delivering […]

NASA Finds Weight Savings With Fewer Backup Systems In Next Spaceship

NASA is shaving weight on the next-generation U.S. spaceship, the Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV), by cutting back on backup systems, according to Skip Hatfield, project manager for the CEV in the Constellation Program. But reducing some of the backup systems that normally would be included won’t lessen safety for the ship and its crew, […]

Obering Says $85 Million Cut Won’t Severely Damage European BMD Program

Moves in Congress to cut $85 million in funding won’t greatly delay a planned Ground-based Midcourse missile Defense (GMD) program that would be installed in Europe, Lt. Gen. Henry “Trey” Obering III, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) director, said. He hailed a successful GMD system test, where a target missile simulated a threatening long-range missile […]


Australia Buys Into U.S. WGS System; Boeing May Build An Extra Satellite Australia will buy into the U.S. Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system instead of producing an Aussie-built satellite, meaning that The Boeing Co. [BA] likely will get to produce six instead of five birds for the WGS system, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. For […]

Launch Schedule

2007 Oct. 23 + STS-120 STS-120 will be the twenty-third mission to the International Space Station and will deliver the U.S. Node 2 Harmony module expanding the space station’s capability for future international laboratories. ?Launch Time: 11:38 a.m. EDT Dec. 6 + STS-122 STS-122 will deliver the Columbus European Laboratory Module and will be the […]

Senate Adds $1 Billion To $17.5 Billion NASA Funding

Bush Threatens Veto Of Spending Measure The Senate added $1 billion to the roughly $17.5 billion NASA portion of a funding bill for fiscal year 2008 that began a week ago, but President Bush has threatened to veto the overall spending measure because it provides more funding than he requested. That Senate decision to bolster […]

A Movie To See: In The Shadow Of The Moon

It was a time of worry and wonder, tension and transformation, fear and fulfillment. That was the 1950s and 1960s, living in the United States not only under the threat of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Soviet Union, but also the fear that the Soviets — in launching the first satellite, Sputnik, into […]

Japanese May Contribute Technology To ABL; Purchase Might Be Considered

Japanese firms might contribute components to the U.S. Airborne Laser (ABL) ballistic missile defense platform, an executive with The Boeing Co. [BA] said. But there have as yet been no government-to-government discussions of any potential Japanese purchase of one or more of the giant missile defense aircraft. It would, however, make sense for Japan to […]

The Space Age At 50: Does American Glory Lie Ahead, Or Mainly In The Past?

Moon Mission Not Until End Of Next Decade; Mars Is Three Decades Away The space age reaches the half-century mark Thursday surrounded by the same questions that marked its beginning: will humans have the courage and financial willpower to explore space, and if so, will it be the United States at the fore, or another […]