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December 2010 Space News

  • Successful launch of Koreasat-6 telecommunication satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space in partnership with Orbital Sciences Thales 30 Dec 2010 -- Koreasat-6 (renamed Mugunghwa-6), the South Korea’s commercial telecommunication satellite, was successfully launched yesterday by Arianespace from the Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana.
  • Orbital-Built KOREASAT 6 Commerical Communications Satellite Successfully Launched Orbital Sciences Corp. 30 Dec 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced today that the KOREASAT 6 (K6) satellite, built by the company in partnership with Thales Alenia Space for KT Corporation of the Republic of Korea, was successfully launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit aboard an Ariane 5 rocket originating from Kourou, French Guiana.
  • Ariane 5 puts 2 communication satellites into orbit RIA Novosti 30 Dec 2010 -- The Ariane 5 carrier rocket launched from the Kourou space center in French Guiana has delivered its dual-satellite payload into orbit, the Arianespace satellite launch firm said.
  • President Medvedev sacks space officials over satellite loss RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed two senior space industry officials and reprimanded the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, Anatoly Perminov on Wednesday over the recent loss of three Glonass satellites.
  • Russia launches European telecoms satellite RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2010 -- Russia's Proton-M delivery vehicle lifted off early on Monday from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan, carrying a European telecommunications satellite Ka-Sat on board.
  • Russia's Proton-M to launch European telecoms satellite RIA Novosti 26 Dec 2010 -- Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket will launch a European telecommunications satellite Ka-Sat from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan on Monday.
  • Defense Space Changes Continue with First Secretary of the Air Force-Chaired Council Meeting DoD 25 Dec 2010 -- The Defense Space Council (DSC), created by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III and chaired by the recently-revalidated DoD Executive Agent for Space, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, met for the first time Dec. 20, moving forward on one of several changes in DoD Space governance that was approved Nov. 17.
  • Failure reported in India’s satellite launch vehicle for second time IRNA 25 Dec 2010 -- Launch of India's latest communications satellite GSAT-5P onboard homegrown GSLV-F06, powered by Russian cryogenic engine, failed Saturday when the rocket developed a snag soon after lift-off from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Hyderabad state.
  • India's GSLV rocket exploded before Russian booster launch RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2010 -- India's GSLV rocket exploded before the Russian-made 12 KRB booster was launched, a source in the Russian research centre that developed the booster said on Saturday.
  • Russia's Mission Control raises ISS orbit by 4.2 km RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2010 -- Russia's Mission Control has adjusted the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by raising it 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles), a spokesman for the control center said on Wednesday.
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Completes Assembly of Fuel Turbopump on NASA's J-2X Rocket Engine Pratt & Whitney 21 Dec 2010 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed another major subassembly for NASA’s first J-2X rocket engine. A highly-efficient and versatile engine, the J-2X will help sustain the critical design and manufacturing skills required for the United States to maintain its leadership position in human space exploration and its engineering expertise necessary to support national security.
  • Launch of new Russian navigation satellite postponed to next year RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2010 -- The launch of Russia's new-generation Glonass-K satellite has been postponed until 2011, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
  • Russia's Mission Control to readjust ISS orbit RIA Novosti 21 Dec 2010 -- Russia's Mission Control is preparing to adjust the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday by raising it 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles).
  • Thales Alenia Space completes integration of service module for the third ATV, named Edoardo Amaldi Thales 20 Dec 2010 -- Thales Alenia Space today announced that it has completed integration of the third ICC (Integrated Cargo Carrier), the service module for the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle), on behalf of the European Space Agency. ESA has accepted a proposal by the Italian space agency ASI, which has been actively involved in this program since the outset, that the newest ATV be named in honor of the great Italian physicist and space science pioneer, Edoardo Amaldi (1908-1989). Saturday, December 18th, ATV3-Amaldi was shipped from Thales Alenia Space’s integration center in Turin, Italy to the Bremen, Germany facility of program prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation.
  • Boeing to Build 3-Satellite System for Government of Mexico Boeing 20 Dec 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has received a contract for approximately $1 billion from the government of Mexico to deliver an end-to-end satellite communications system. The system, known as MEXSAT, will consist of three satellites, two ground sites, associated network operations systems and reference user terminals. MEXSAT will provide secure communications for Mexico’s national security needs, as well as enhanced coverage for the country’s civil telecommunications.
  • First MEADS Battle Manager Ready for System Tests at Italian Air Force Base Lockheed Martin 20 Dec 2010 -- The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program today displayed the first MEADS Battle Manager during ceremonies at MBDA Italia facilities in Fusaro, Italy. The Battle Manager, configured on an ARIS Italian Prime Mover, will shortly be joined by other MEADS major end items at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base in Italy as part of system integration activities leading to flight tests at White Sands Missile Range, NM, in 2012.
  • Orbital Successfully Test Fires First Stage Engine For Taurus II Rocket Orbital Sciences Corp. 20 Dec 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it successfully carried out a long-duration test firing of the liquid-fueled AJ26 rocket engine that will power the first stage of the company’s Taurus® II space launch vehicle.
  • Orbital Selected by Boeing To Provide MEXSAT-3 Fixed Satellite Services Spacecraft for MEXSAT System Orbital Sciences Corp. 20 Dec 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has signed a contract with The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) to provide the complete Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) segment of the MEXSAT satellite system for the Federal Government of Mexico.
  • Gary Chapman, Computer Pioneer, Dies at 58 18 Dec 2010 -- Gary Chapman, Senior Lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Associate Director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin and internationally recognized expert on Internet policy, telecommunications and technology policy, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday, December 14, in Guatemala, according to his family.
  • Final probe results blame Russia's Glonass satellites loss on manufacturer RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2010 -- Investigators have blamed the recent loss of three Glonass-M satellites in space on a series of mistakes made by the Russian Energia rocket corporation, final results of a probe into the incident have showed.
  • NRL Launches Nano-Satellite Experimental Platforms NNS 17 Dec 2010 -- Two Naval Research Laboratory Naval Center for Space Technology designed and built nano-satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Dec. 8, as secondary payloads on a Space Exploration (SpaceX) Technologies, Inc., Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
  • Arms race: Less money for real problems RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2010 -- The nature of modern warfare demands that Russia's air and space defense be under unified command.
  • Officials award production contract for fourth advanced frequency satellite AFNS 17 Dec 2010 -- The Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate announced Dec. 17 the award of contract modification to Lockheed Martin Space Systems for production of the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite.
  • Russian Mission Control loses, regains communications link to ISS RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2010 -- Russia's Mission Control Center lost contact with the ISS for about 3 hours on Thursday before resolving the problem.
  • Probe shows manufacturer responsible for Glonass loss RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2010 -- The recent loss of 3 Glonass-M satellites in space was the result of a series of mistakes made by the Energia rocket corporation.
  • The Italian satellite COSMO-SkyMed 4 reaches its final orbit and is transmitting its first images Thales 16 Dec 2010 -- The Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation is now fully operational and complete with the arrival of the system’s fourth satellite in its final orbit position. The satellite was launched on 5 November from the Vandenberg base in California, and came fully on-stream with the transmission of the first images to the ground stations.
  • Inhofe: Missile Defense Agency's Latest Failure Office of James M. Inhofe 15 Dec 2010 -- Evidence That New START is Threat to U.S. Security.
  • Missile Defense Test Conducted MDA 15 Dec 2010 -- The Missile Defense Agency was unable to achieve a planned intercept of a ballistic missile target during a test over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Commercial Satellite Fleet Achieves 300 Years in Orbit Lockheed Martin 15 Dec 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) A2100 commercial communications satellite fleet has achieved a major milestone by accumulating 300 years of successful in-orbit operations. The A2100 satellite series, designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), currently consists of 37 commercial communication satellites featuring 1400 transponders with an accumulated lifetime of over 11,000 years of successful operations in orbit.
  • Soyuz spacecraft with new ISS crew launched from Baikonur RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2010 -- The Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft carrying a new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
  • New ISS crew ready for Wednesday launch - commission RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2010 -- A Russian state commission has given a final approval for the crew of a new expedition to the International Space Station.
  • Northrop Grumman-Built STSS Demonstration Satellites Show 'Force Multiplier' Capability in Aegis Campaign Test Northrop Grumman 14 Dec 2010 -- The Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstration satellites recently showed the ability of the space-based sensors to maximize defended areas through earlier tracking of missiles, thus allowing quicker launches by interceptors, known as a "force multiplier" capability. The two missile defense satellites, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) as the prime contractor and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) as the sensor payload provider, observed an Aegis test Oct. 6 involving two missile launches within hours of each other from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Hawaii.
  • Orbital Submits Proposal for NASA's Commercial Crew Development Program Orbital Sciences Corp. 14 Dec 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has submitted a proposal to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in response to the Commercial Crew Development-2 contract solicitation.
  • Missile defense test delayed AFNS 14 Dec 2010 -- The Missile Defense Agency ground-based interceptor flight test, scheduled for Dec. 14, has been delayed due to poor weather conditions downrange.
  • Russia optimistic over U.S. talks on European shield RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2010 -- Russia believes the first meeting of the Russian-NATO working group on the European missile-defense program will be successful.
  • Russia to launch new global navigation satellite in late December RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2010 -- A new-generation Russian Glonass-K satellite was delivered to the Plesetsk Space Center.
  • Officials complete GPS software upgrade ahead of schedule AFNS 14 Dec 2010 -- Officials with the 2nd Space Operations Squadron have completed their sustainment software release for the GPS operational control segment ground system ahead of schedule.
  • Boeing Submits Proposal for 2nd Round of NASA Commercial Crew Development Program Boeing 13 Dec 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today submitted its proposal for the second round of NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. Boeing plans to advance the design of its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft and Commercial Crew Transportation System and continue to demonstrate key technologies.
  • Boeing Phantom Ray Takes a Ride on NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Boeing 13 Dec 2010 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system sits atop a NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), a modified Boeing 747, as it takes off at 1:40 p.m. Central time for today's test flight at Lambert International Airport. The 50-minute flight was conducted in preparation for Phantom Ray's upcoming transport on the SCA to the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
  • NASA Selects Lockheed Martin to Continue Providing Cargo Mission Services for International Space Station Lockheed Martin 13 Dec 2010 -- NASA has selected Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to support cargo mission services for the International Space Station (ISS). The potential value of the contract is $171M, with a three year base and additional options running until 2017. Having supported NASA’s cargo mission since 2004, Lockheed Martin proposed in its bid an innovative set of new tools and processes to help NASA lower the overall cost of processing ISS cargo.
  • U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Complete Major Testing Milestone for First-Of-Its Kind Missile Warning Satellite Lockheed Martin 13 Dec 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) team has successfully completed the Final Integrated System Test (FIST) of the first geosynchronous (GEO-1) satellite, a major program milestone that verifies the spacecraft's performance and functionality in preparation for delivery to the launch site.
  • Solar Scientists Use New Instruments and New Perspectives to Discover Physical Mechanism Behind Sympathetic Flares Lockheed Martin 13 Dec 2010 -- A serendipitous alignment of high-powered spaceborne solar instruments–designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]–has finally provided the data allowing scientists to uncover the physical mechanism behind so-called “sympathetic flares” on the Sun. For over 75 years, solar physicists have been observing near-synchronous explosions in the solar atmosphere, and have wondered whether they were somehow related, but hard evidence for connection has been elusive.
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Awarded Heavy-Lift Launch Vehicle Studies Contract Pratt & Whitney 13 Dec 2010 -- NASA has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a contract worth approximately $622,000 to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies and affordability. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
  • Russia vows 'to share responsibility' over Europe missile shield RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2010 -- Russian Defense Minister Serdyukov: Russia ready to share responsibility in creating a joint missile defense shield in Europe.
  • Japan plans more Patriot systems to shoot down N. Korean missiles RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2010 -- Japan will deploy a larger network of land-based U.S. Patriot PAC-3 systems to ensure effective defenses against North Korean ballistic missiles, a draft defense document says.
  • Prague To Host EU Satellite Navigation Agency RFE/RL 10 Dec 2010 -- EU ministers in Brussels have voted to let the Czech Republic host the headquarters of a planned European satellite navigation tool that could rival the U.S. government's Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • The flight of the Dragon RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2010 -- Yesterday, at 18:55 GMT, a space capsule opened the typical orange-and-white landing parachutes above the Pacific, 500 miles off the coast of Mexico. But there was nothing else typical about the event. This was the first working prototype of the Dragon spacecraft developed by SpaceX, a private American space transportation company. It was yet another sign that governments are rapidly losing their hegemony over space technology.
  • First Completed Primary Mirror Segment for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Finishes Final Cryotest Northrop Grumman 09 Dec 2010 -- The first completely finished primary mirror segment for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed its final cryotest in the X-ray & Cryogenic Facility at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. This last successful cryotest demonstrates that the mirror segment, an engineering development unit and flight spare, has fully demonstrated its ability to meet the needs of the Webb Telescope program. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is leading the Webb Telescope design and development effort for the space agency's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Army nanosatellite on first flight Army News 08 Dec 2010 -- The first U.S. Army nanosatellite lifted off of Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., today at 10:43 a.m. Eastern. This is the launch of the first U.S. Army-built satellite in more than 50 years. U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is the Army lead for the SMDC-ONE nanosatellite program.
  • Air Force officials support SpaceX launch AFNS 08 Dec 2010 -- Space Exploration Technologies officials completed a successful test launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon space vehicle Dec. 8 here.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built BSAT-3b Satellite Begins Service for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation of Japan Lockheed Martin 08 Dec 2010 -- The BSAT-3b broadcasting satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan, is now operational following successful on-orbit deployment and checkout of all spacecraft systems. The spacecraft is located at orbital location 110 degrees east and is expected to provide more than 15 years of service for B-SAT.
  • Kremlin 'puzzled' over Roscosmos arrogance to Glonass criticism RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2010 -- The Kremlin is puzzled by Russia's space agency Roscosmos's reaction to President Dmitry Medvedev's criticism of the Glonass project, presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko said on Wednesday.
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes Assembly of Oxidizer Turbopump on NASA's J-2X Rocket Engine Pratt & Whitney 07 Dec 2010 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed assembly of the oxidizer turbopump on NASA’s J-2X rocket engine, moving the next-generation, human-rated rocket engine one step closer to testing at Stennis Space Center, Miss., in 2011. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
  • Air Force's X-37B historical landing advances space vehicle technologies AFNS 07 Dec 2010 -- After 244 days in space since its launch April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the X-37B orbital test vehicle landing marks the Air Force's latest step in experimental test missions to improve the service's space capabilities, officials said here Dec. 6.
  • Army Hosts 2010 DoD Space Experiments Review Board Army News 07 Dec 2010 -- For the first time in the history of the Department of Defense's annual gathering of the Space Experiments Review Board (SERB), the U.S. Army served as the host for the event. Under the leadership of the Technology Center of the Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Force Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT), the Army served as the logistical host for the 2010 SERB, whose membership consists of 16 board members from the Air Force, Army, Navy, NASA, DARPA, National Reconnaissance Office, and DoD staff agencies.
  • Commercial Space Industry to Demonstrate If It Has 'The Right Stuff' VOA 07 Dec 2010 -- As NASA prepares to retire its shuttle fleet, the space agency is looking to the commercial space industry to develop spacecraft that will carry cargo, and, in the future, people, to the International Space Station. An upcoming test launch of the commercially developed Dragon space capsule is part of that effort.
  • STSS Demonstration Satellites Detect ICBM Test Launch, Track Minuteman III Missile Through Post-Boost Phase Northrop Grumman 07 Dec 2010 -- The Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstration program satellites, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), detected the test launch of a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Sept. 17 and tracked it through the boost and post-boost phases for the first time.
  • Roscosmos turned on 2 reserve Glonass-M satellites RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2010 -- Russia has switched on two reserve Glonass-M satellites to replace the ones that were lost when a rocket deviated off course on Sunday, the head of Russia's state run space corporation Anatoly Perminov said on Tuesday.
  • Lockheed Martin Team Completes GeoEye-2 Preliminary Design Review Ahead of Schedule Lockheed Martin 06 Dec 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team designing GeoEye’s (NASDAQ: GEOY) next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2, successfully completed the program’s Preliminary Design Review (PDR) three weeks ahead of the planned schedule. The successful PDR completion validated the spacecraft’s design maturity, meeting or exceeding all GeoEye standards and program requirements.
  • Program error caused Russian Glonass satellite loss - source RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2010 -- A program error caused a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket to deviate from its course and lose a booster carrying three Glonass-M satellites, a source in the Russian space industry said on Monday.
  • Kazakh space agency seeks extra funding for new Baikonur launch pad RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2010 -- Kazakhstan's national space agency, Kazcosmos, has requested more funding for the joint Russian-Kazakh project to build a new launch pad at the Baikonur space center.
  • Proton-M with three Glonass-M deviates from its course RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2010 -- A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket, launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan with three Glonass-M satellites, deviated from its course to 8 degrees, which resulted later in a loss of three spacecrafts in the Pacific Ocean, a source in the aerospace industry said.
  • DM-3 booster with 3 Glonass-M satellites falls into Pacific RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2010 -- The DM-3 booster with three Glonass-M satellites fell into the Pacific Ocean in 1500 kilometers northwest of Honolulu, a source in the aerospace industry said.
  • X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg AFB AFNS 03 Dec 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed here Dec. 3 at 1:16 a.m.
  • OSCE 'unfit' to deal with missile defense - Medvedev RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2010 -- The OSCE is ill-equipped to address missile defense issues, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.
  • Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 1st Flight Boeing 03 Dec 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced the successful de-orbit and landing of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), also known as the X-37B, for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO). The X-37B landed at 1:16 a.m. Pacific time today, concluding its more than 220-day experimental test mission. It was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on April 22.
  • Boeing Named NASA's Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year Boeing 03 Dec 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been named the Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year by NASA for outstanding contributions to the agency’s small-business program on the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract at Kennedy Space Center.
  • Lockheed Martin-Raytheon Team Will Apply Proven Experience in Bidding for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Contract Lockheed Martin 03 Dec 2010 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the Lockheed Martin-Raytheon team competing for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Development and Sustainment Contract has received the final request for proposal from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA).
  • Astrium to build the future optical reconnaissance satellites for the French Armed Forces EADS 02 Dec 2010 -- CNES, the French space agency, has notified Astrium that the DGA, the French arms procurement agency, has awarded the company a € 795 million contract for two satellites for the optical space component (CSO) that will replace the current HELIOS 2 military observation satellites.
  • Boeing Completes Intersegment Testing of FAB-T Satellite Communications System Boeing 02 Dec 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that the company and the U.S. Air Force recently completed intersegment tests of communications between a Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) and an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite vehicle (SV2) payload. The tests demonstrated the ability of the FAB-T Nuclear Command and Control Network Communications System (NC2NCS) to communicate with the AEHF satellite payload.
  • European missile defense system either with Russia or against Russia RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2010 -- The missile defense system in Europe can be created either with Russia's participation or against the country.
  • Official Briefs Congress on Missile Defense Progress AFPS 01 Dec 2010 -- A hallmark of the four-phase U.S. approach to European missile defense is its ability to adjust to the unpredictable.
  • Preparations underway for first landing of X-37B AFNS 01 Dec 2010 -- Space professionals are preparing for the first landing of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle here.
  • DSP, engineers recognized at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force AFNS 01 Dec 2010 -- Officials gathered at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to recognize those involved with Defense Support Program.
  • Roscosmos, NASA to seal deal on joint projects RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2010 -- Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, and NASA are to sign a protocol on joint projects in manned and unmanned space travel.



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