This op-ed was originally published in the April 9, 2018 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Europe is getting stronger and stronger as a global player in space and our two flagship programs, Galileo and Copernicus, are performing even better than we expected. In October 2016, we adopted a space strategy which set the European vision on space. Space matters in Europe [...]
Lockheed Martin picked a veteran missile defense engineer to lead the company’s space research organization known as the Advanced Technology Center, in Palo Alto, California. Nelson Pedreiro, formerly the chief engineer for strategic and missile defense systems and director of science and technology at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, is replacing Scott Fouse, who recently retired. Nelson Pedreiro, head of Lockheed [...]
For years, efforts to capture space debris and remove it from orbit faced a conundrum: Who would pay for the service? Little government funding is available. Insurers are not stepping up. And individual satellite operators showed little interest because while the problem is growing, the threat to any single spacecraft remains incredibly small. Finally, entrepreneurs and space policy experts think [...]
Using computer modeling and a novel molecule design technique, scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have replaced one “arm” of an explosive molecule to help unravel the first steps in the detonation process.
COLORADO SPRINGS — The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is being redesigned for speed. After a four-month review, SMC Commander Lt. Gen. J.T. Thompson will begin the restructuring of the massive organization that oversees a $6 billion space portfolio. In a keynote speech Tuesday at the 34th Space Symposium, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson offered a preview of [...]
Arleigh Burke—class guided—missile destroyers USS Farragut (DDG 99) and USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98), part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG), conducted a live—fire missile exercise (MISSLEX), Apr. 13.
EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc. announces Pathfinder Test Launch date at Spaceport America
Texas firm sets May 5th, 2018 for the Pathfinder flight of their Suborbital Autonomous Rocket with GuidancE (SARGE) Spaceport America, NM and Caddo Mills, TX – April 11, 2018 – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport and EXOS Aerospace Systems & Technologies, Inc., a leading developer of reusable space launch vehicles based in Caddo Mills, Texas, announce significant [...]
NNSA recently completed construction of the Transuranic Waste Facility (TWF) $2 million under budget and four months ahead of schedule. This project, at Los Alamos National Laboratory, is NNSA’s first ever Hazard Category 2 Nuclear Facility project completed under budget. The project team received the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary’s Project Management Achievement Award for their work during the 2018 [...]
While growing up in northern New Mexico, I was fascinated by the world around me — or more specifically, the world beneath my feet. I was intrigued by the exotic land forms, the mysterious colors, the textures of rocks, and the stories they told about the Earth’s earliest days. It’s hard to predict what will spark scientific curiosity in a [...]
Dr. Brent K. Park sworn in as Deputy Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
WASHINGTON - Dr. Brent K. Park was sworn in today as the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Dr. Park now heads up NNSA’s nuclear nonproliferation program, leading the agency’s efforts to enhance national and global nuclear security to eliminate proliferation-sensitive materials. The program closely collaborates with the Department’s National Laboratories to [...]
They say that “water is life” in the desert region of Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is why the exemplary standards met by Sandia National Laboratories deserve commendation. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Industrial Pretreatment Program recently presented NNSA and Sandia with “Gold Awards” for all six of its wastewater permits. The awards are given for 100 percent compliance [...]
The Ohio—class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) along with the U.S. Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted successful test flights of two Trident II D5 Missiles, March 26.