FAB-T has cleared two key testing milestones, including a demonstration of its ability to control payloads aboard the satellites that provide the bandwidth.
XCOR Aerospace said Sept. 2 it had reached several significant milestones in its Lynx 5K18 rocket engine test program.
Golden , Colo. -- New Mexico's Spaceport America, which is being billed as the first "purpose-built" commercial spaceport in the United States, must conquer some challenging milestones that lie ahead if it is to open in late 2009 or early 2010.
Europe's Galileo satellite-navigation system cleared an important financial obstacle in late October that put the program back on track to build out the planned ground network in Europe and construct an initial group of satellites.
The threat of cancellation no longer looms over the Pentagon's Airborne Laser (ABL) effort, but senior program officials say they are taking nothing for granted as they prepare for a missile-intercept demonstration in 2008.