Orbital Sciences Corp. scrubbed the first attempted launch of its new Antares rocket minutes before liftoff after a hose prematurely detached from the booster. The April 17 liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia, was set for 5 p.m. local time. It was aborted with slightly more than 10 minutes left in the countdown due to a […]
Orbital Sciences Corp. is set to fly its newest and biggest rocket for the first time next month, a spokesman said. The Dulles, Virginia-based company plans launch the medium-class Antares rocket between April 16 and April 18 from Wallops Island, Virginia, according to spokesman Barron Beneski.
Pentagon budget cuts and sequestration finally got real to a portion of America’s populace — the portion that considers a day wielding a light saber as a day well spent. Yes, the White House broke the hearts of more than 34,000 Americans who signed an online petition requesting President Obama to deliver a Death Star […]
The U.S. Air Force is exploring new ways to provide the most sensitive satellite communications — including presidential control over nuclear forces — to users around the globe, in order to reduce costs and provide better service. The service is studying a variety of options that would break from the decades-old standard of building five […]
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning another major flight trial involving multiple targets and multiple interceptors to increasingly challenge its young missile defense shield’s ability to handle “raids,” or multiple threats launched simultaneously. The Pentagon’s interceptors downed four of five threats in the first such trial, which took place Oct. 25. MDA officials […]