Archive: Space

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 […]

Launches

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 […]

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 […]

International Space Station Gains A Room In Galactic Home Addition

Space Shuttle Discovery Heat Shield OK, Cleared For Reentry The International Space Station (ISS) is growing with the addition of a new room, a sort of connecting chamber that eventually will lead to new laboratories that will be added to the space station on future space shuttle flights. It’s all part of the years-long construction […]

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 […]

Contracts

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 […]