Archive: Space

TSAT Router Completes Tests

The Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] — Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) team was the first to successfully complete the last in a series of verification tests of its next generation processor router (NGPR), the companies announced. The test was performed during the risk reduction and system definition phase of the TSAT […]

Space Shuttle Discovery Heat Shielding Degraded; Long Flight Delay Possible

Mission Delay Of Weeks, Months Possible If Shields Replaced With the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery little more than a week away, NASA experts have recommended replacing three heat-shielding panels on the orbiter vehicle, a move that might delay for weeks or months the shuttle launch now set for 11:38 a.m. ET Oct. 23 at […]

High-Powered Laser Being Installed In 747 Plane; Illuminator Laser Passes Test

The high-powered missile-killing laser at the heart of the Airborne Laser (ABL) ballistic missile defense system is being installed in its platform, a highly modified Boeing 747-400F, Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] announced. Separately, an illuminator laser in the ABL system that tracks enemy missiles in flight was fired repeatedly and successfully, according to Raytheon Co. […]

Putin Hostile To Gates, Rice Over European Missile Defense Plan

U.S. Concedes Nothing To Russians On Hot Issue After Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice journeyed all the way to suburban Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave them not even a crumb of approval for their plan to have the United States install a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in […]

Raytheon Gains Army Missile Defense Contract

The Army gave Raytheon Co. [RTN] a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, or CRADA, to investigate improvements to integrated air and missile defense mission effectiveness. Under the five-year agreement, Raytheon will develop and implement a series of simulations-based investigations that share simulation and evaluation tools, software development and system integration expertise. The Fires Center of […]

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 […]


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 […]