CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1997
Since we have very intelligent unmanned satellites, I have wondered why we need man in space. The Mir space station has provided the answer--to repair the life-support systems. M. EDMUND ELLION Santa Ynez
April 13, 1989
The orbiting Soviet space station Mir will stay in mothballs for three months because of delays in preparing equipment that cosmonauts need to perform experiments aboard the spacecraft, Soviet news reports said. Cosmonauts Alexander Volkov, Sergei Krikalev and Valery Polyakov will return to Earth on April 27, leaving the Mir station unmanned for only the second time since it was launched in February, 1986. "The facility will be left unmanned . . . due to delays with the preparation of two research modules" that will be attached to the main craft, Deputy Flight Director Viktor Blagov told the Tass news agency.
April 30, 2009 |
Boeing Co. won a contract valued at as much as $250 million from the Pentagon to provide and operate unmanned aircraft for surveillance missions, the Defense Department said. The aerospace company will supply its ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles on a fee-for-service basis to the U.S. Special Operations Command, a Boeing spokesman said. Boeing will supply both the operators and drones fitted with sensors and cameras to gather video and still images for the Pentagon, he said. The company already has a similar arrangement with the U.S. Navy.
May 15, 1989 |
Israel said today it will unveil an unmanned remote-control plane, designed for both war and peace, at the Paris air show next month. "The Impact unmanned air vehicle is the most advanced operational reconnaissance UAV in the world," said Rafi Laufer, a deputy general manager at state-owned Israel Aircraft Industries. But it also has great civilian potential in its ability to cruise slowly for up to 12 hours, transmitting television pictures by night or day to controllers directing it up to 90 miles away, he said.
April 19, 2008 |
NASA has announced a two-year extension of the international Cassini mission that is touring Saturn and its moons. Since 2004, the unmanned probe has beamed back about 140,000 images. Its prime mission is due to end in July. The agency said Tuesday that the $160-million extension would allow Cassini to make 60 more revolutions around the ringed planet and fly by its largest moon, Titan, and four other satellites.
October 5, 1997
Some readers have given expression to shortsighted criticism of NASA's manned programs, such as the Mir missions (letters, Sept. 30). They have failed to consider the value of failure, the experience gained when things go wrong, the skills developed by repairing damaged space structures and renovating "aging" facilities. By giving up too soon, such experience is lost. I would rather more of my tax dollars go to funding manned and unmanned NASA missions. Why not kill all subsidies to tobacco farmers, for example, and fund a trip to the moon?