Archive: Space

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 […]

Electric Power Plants In Space: An Idea Whose Time Is Near

Beam me down, Scotty – that is, beam me down an unlimited amount of electrical power to meet an enormous future world energy demand — all without creating one bit of greenhouse gases, global warming or carbon fuel usage. Sound too spacey Actually, several experts – sober and serious – say it can happen, with […]


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 […]


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 […]