The current capability of our technological society to predict space weather is primitive. Yet our national electric power grid, our thousands of satellites in Earth orbit and virtually all of our crucial electronic gadgetry are extremely vulnerable to the effects of severe space weather.
It’s not easy to contradict Congress, but its legislation to bar the use of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine from launching U.S. security payloads is truly a classic example of shooting oneself in the foot.
Is there no other way to make our point, while preserving access to Russian RD-180 engines?
Sen. Richard Shelby argues that it is far too risky to ban the use of the Russian engine that powers the Atlas 5 before we have a reliable U.S. alternative.
Satellite services and hardware provider Globecomm was honored by the Society of Satellite Professionals for giving the troubled nation of Afghanistan a shot at a better future.
The hard truth is that if ULA is to remain competitive in the U.S. government launch market, it will need more Russian engines than currently available.
The Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act isn’t about claiming territory; it merely codifies the rights of U.S. private citizens/companies to peacefully explore, extract and own resources extracted.
The U.S. Space Launch Competitiveness Act, which was signed into law by President Obama Nov. 25, is a victory for one industry sector that only recently returned to U.S. territory and another, fledgling sector that finally appears on the verge of becoming a reality.
The Gray Eagle is a critical part of the Army’s ISR strategy, and the massive amounts of satellite bandwidth required for its mission of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance means a high-throughput satellite solution is the best answer.
Human spaceflight programs across the world are gaining momentum as concurrent geopolitical developments have regenerated an atmosphere of strategic competition. The United States and Russia, vying for influence across Europe and the Middle East, are once again brandishing their space credentials as part of this campaign.