New Patrick commander happy to return to base

By R. Norman Moody – (Brevard, Fla.) Florida Today Posted : Wednesday Aug 31, 2011 16:37:49 EDT

BRIGADIER GENERAL ANTHONY J. COTTON – August 2011 – present, Commander, 45th Space Wing, and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick AFB, Fla.

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Already familiar with Patrick Air Force Base — where he […]

CSC/Raytheon JV Awarded $82M to Sustain Range, Launch Processing Systems

by Ross Wilkers on September 1, 2011

Computer Sciences Raytheon (CSR)

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Computer Sciences Raytheon an $81,909,249 contract to sustain critical range and launch processing systems at Patrick Air Force Base.

The awardee is a joint venture between Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC) and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN)

The companies will support the 45th space wing and launch customers at Cape Canaveral Air Station.

The […]

Florida senators dispute Sen. Richard Shelby’s criticism of spending at Kennedy Space Center

Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 6:22 AM By Lee Roop, The Huntsville Times 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Florida’s U.S. senators say Alabama’s U.S. senators misunderstand a federal law they all helped write, a law requiring NASA to build a heavy-lift rocket.

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, says the two delegations agree on the main point: NASA should start […]

Jeff Bezos’ Spacecraft Blows Up In Secret Test Flight; Locals Describe ‘Challenger-Like’ Explosion

This afternoon, the Wall Street Journal got wordfrom government officials that an unmanned rocket funded by Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos crashed during a test flight last week. The Journal was unable to get Bezos’ notoriously secretive private space firm Blue Origin to comment on the accident.

A rendering of Blue Origin's suborbital spacecraft. Via Wikipedia.

Blue Origin’s rep also […]

Bezos-Funded Spaceship Misfires

By ANDY PASZTOR

An unmanned spaceship funded by Internet billionaire Jeff Bezos suffered a major failure during a recent test flight, according to U.S. government and industry officials, highlighting the dramatic risks of private space ventures.

The vertical takeoff and landing spacecraft, developed by closely held Blue Origin LLC, was on a suborbital flight from the company’s West […]

Russia to prevent unsuccessful spacecraft launches

Those responsible for the unsuccessful launches of the Express AM-4 satellite and the Progress cargo spaceship will be fired, deputy head of the RosCosmos, the Russian Space Agency, Vitaly Davydov has declared.

Photo: EPA

He said that so as to avoid accidents in the future, space launches will be controlled by special expert groups.

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Briz-M upper-stage fault behind Proton-M launch failure

14:30 30/08/2011 – MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti)

A malfunction of the Briz-M upper-stage rocket reportedly caused the failure of a Proton-M rocket launch two weeks ago, Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Tuesday.

On August 18, a Russian Proton-M rocket lost the prized Express-AM4 satellite that was designed to provide digital television and secure government communications for […]