Archive: Space

America, Israel Cooperate To Develop Defense Against Short-Range Missiles

Barak, On U.S. Tour, Visits With U.S. Defense Chief Gates A new American-Israeli joint development program aims to produce a missile defense capability that would be effective against long-range threats, but more importantly against short-range enemy missiles. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in their meeting, agreed to cooperate further […]

Rocketplane Kistler Ousted From COTS; New Competition Announced Today

Rocketplane Kistler lost its deal to develop rocket transportation to haul cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), and NASA will open new competition for companies wishing to share in the $174.7 million remaining seed money that the space agency offers to firms that can provide the service. NASA terminated its funding agreement with Rocketplane […]


EADS, Astrium, Snare US$39.9 Million French Contract The French military gave the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. (EADS) and Astrium a Euro28 million ($39.9 million) contract, the company announced. EADS Defence & Security and Astrium were chosen by the French armaments directorate (DGA) to provide design, development, installation and operational maintenance of the PHAROS […]

Discovery To Lift Off At 11:38 A.M. Tomorrow With Acceptable Risk

Space Shuttle Discovery will launch at 11:38 a.m. ET tomorrow from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in a flight that may not be completely safe, but will have what NASA terms acceptable risk. Some engineers recommended removal and replacement of three heat-shielding tiles on the leading edges of an orbiter vehicle wing, a […]


Soyuz Lifts Four Satellites For Globalstar, Arianespace Announces A Soyuz lifter rushed four satellites into orbit for Globalstar, rising from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Arianespace announced. It was the 12th consecutive successful flight for Starsem, an Arianespace affiliate. Following an on-time departure from Baikonur, the Soyuz accurately injected its Globalstar satellite cluster into the targeted […]

NASA 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 twenty-fourth […]

China Will Attack U.S. Space Assets In Any War; Pentagon Must Field Defenses

China will drop its adherence to rules barring war in space, in any future conflict with the United States, and attack U.S. space assets, so American forces need to field space defense systems, a noted analyst reported. And Chinese leaders are taking actions signaling they may take on U.S. forces in active combat. “In event […]

Global Space Industry Revenue Soared 18 Percent To $220 Billion Last Year

Space Agencies Worldwide See Budgets Up, Except In Japan The worldwide space industry saw blistering 18 percent growth to a total $220 billion revenues last year, compared to 2005, the Space Foundation disclosed in releasing its Space Report 2007. “Space businesses are on the rise around the globe, providing solid returns for investors,” said Elliott […]

Boeing Wins Contract For Advanced Sensor In Next-Generation Missile

By Michael Sirak The Air Force picked The Boeing Co. [BA] to develop sensor technologies for the air-launched dual-role missile that the service envisions to deal both with hostile aircraft and ground targets in coming decades, the company said. Under a $600,000 contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing will mature the Seeker Integrated […]