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- Mar 27, 2023
Aerospace Daily’s Global Outlook: What’s Ahead for Missile Defense, Commercial Space and Deep Space Exploration?
While the Pentagon moves closer to
deploying a national missile defense system and commercial launch companies
are courting space customers, NASA eyes a Jupiter fly-by at year’s end.
Europe’s new aerogiants are grappling with the messy business of post-merger
Russia’s Zvezda Service Module isn’t set for launch until mid-
July — providing engineers can cure the Proton Launch Vehicle’s ailing second
China, still smarting from the nuclear secrets spy
allegations, is under scrutiny from intelligence agencies to see if China’s
“Shenzou” technology shows potential for evading missile defenses.
These, and other challenges to the global aerospace industry, are
contained in a free executive briefing released today from the editors of
- Will the National Missile Defense program be ready for its deployment
readiness review in June? The program hit a snag in January when the
Raytheon-built exoatmospheric kill vehicle failed to intercept. The
Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) says all is on track.
Critics, including the Pentagon’s own department of operational test
and evaluation, recommend delaying the review until a test analysis of
the planned spring flight.
- If the Pentagon recommends deployment of the first NMD site in June,
will the White House adhere to the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
which stipulates a single site at Grand Forks, ND? Or, will Congress
push for NMD deployment in Alaska, a site that experts say would
protect the entire U.S.?
- Will the Pentagon continue to fund both Theater Missile Defense systems
now in development — the Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)
missile and the Navy’s Theater Wide (NTW) system? While THAAD is said
to be in the lead after hitting targets in two successive flight tests,
other officials are said to favor the mobility of the Navy’s NTW.
- How will BMDO meet the challenge of ensuring system interoperability at
17 TMD facilities? Will financial constraints delay the upgrade of
sensor and laser systems?
- How much will Congressional budget-cutting delay the introduction of
the Air Force’s F-22 fighter program?
- How will U.S. space officials handle Russia’s decision to keep Mir I
operational? Is there enough hardware to support both Mir and the
International Space Station?
- The NASA/Lockheed Martin X-33 reusable launch vehicle prototype — once
seen as a successor to the Shuttle — still lies in pieces in a hangar
in Palmdale, California. Why did the X-33’s composite liquid hydrogen
tank fail? Can it be repaired?
- After the failure of the Mars probes, what is the likely success of
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that is programmed to fly by Jupiter in
December, 2000 and rendezvous with Saturn in July, 2004?
- In the wake of apparent leakage of U.S. satellite technology to China,
the U.S. State Dept. now issues satellite export licenses much to the
chagrin of industry leaders who claim a slow-down in export licensing.
Will Congress bow to industry and return this function to the Commerce
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