National Security After the SpaceX Explosion

Congress’s demand to cease using Russian engines may leave the military dependent on unproven rockets.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket breaks apart after launch from Cape Canaveral, June 28. PHOTO: RED HUBER/ZUMA PRESS

By WILLIAM SHELTON Wall Street Journal June 29, 2015 7:07 p.m. ET 149 COMMENTS

The explosion of an unmanned SpaceX rocket after […]

U.S. Air Force Plans Reusable Space Booster

By Guy Norris Los Angeles

Stretched between growing operational space demands and shrinking budgets, the U.S. Air Force is funding the first major research phases of a reusable booster system (RBS) intended to replace its costly expendable launchers.

Although the value of the initial contracts to Andrews Space, Boeing and Lockheed Martin is only $2 […]

ULA Chief Disputes Assertion that Air Force Lacks Block Buy Data

Michael Gass. Credit: Space News photo by Rob Curtis

WASHINGTON — United Launch Alliance (ULA) Chief Executive Michael Gass challenged a key assertion in a U.S. government report that urged the U.S. Air Force to rethink plans to proceed with a bulk purchase of satellite launchers next year, a recommendation that has found a […]