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June 2004 Space News

  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $43.6 Million for Mobile Ballistic Missile Defense Radar for Kingdom of Bahrain Lockheed Martin 30 Jun 2004 -- Lockheed Martin TPS-59 RadarThe U.S. Marine Corps awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $43.6 million contract to provide an AN/TPS-59(V)3 ballistic missile defense radar system for the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • SPACEWALK VOA 30 Jun 2004 -- The U.S. and Russian crewmen of the international space station are carrying out a maintenance spacewalk. It is a repeat effort to fix a vital control mechanism following last week's aborted attempt.
  • Mapping Agency Correcting Afghanistan Charts AFPS 30 Jun 2004 -- Mapmakers at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have detected errors in topographic line maps of Afghanistan and are working to correct these mistakes, agency officials said today.
  • Length of Saturn's Day a Puzzle to Scientists Washington File 29 Jun 2004 -- The Cassini spacecraft, now approaching Saturn, has measured the planet's day at 10 hours, 45 minutes and 45 seconds, a finding that conflicts with measurements taken by the Voyager One and Two missions in 1980 and 1981.
  • Amazonas satellite shipped to Baikonur: 3rd Eurostar E3000 delivered by EADS Astrium in 4 months EADS 29 Jun 2004 -- The Amazonas Latin American satellite will operate in geostationary orbit, at the 61°W orbital position over the Amazon basin, and will provide both fixed and broadcast communications services through 32 simultaneous operational transponders in Ku-band and 19 simultaneous operational transponders in C-band, over a 15-year mission lifetime. The services offered will include TV broadcasting, business services including VSAT and data broadcasting.
  • Sea Launch Delivers Telstar 18 Satellite to Orbit Boeing 28 Jun 2004 -- Sea Launch Company deployed Loral's Telstar 18 communications satellite into orbit tonight from its ocean-based platform on the Equator. Early data indicate all systems aboard the spacecraft are in excellent condition.
  • Intelsat 10-02 satellite reaches geostationary orbit EADS 28 Jun 2004 -- After its launch from Baikonur by a Proton launch vehicle, the IS 10-02 satellite’s perigee altitude was raised in several burns of its own engine until it reached geostationary orbit. Its solar arrays were successfully deployed as were the antenna reflectors and the satellite is now accurately pointing to Earth. All systems are behaving nominally. As planned the satellite is drifting to its orbital position where it will be thoroughly tested before the payload can be brought into full operational service.
  • U.S., EU Reach Agreement on Satellite Navigation Services Washington File 26 Jun 2004 -- At the European Union Summit held June 26 in Ireland, the United States and the European Union reached an agreement covering their satellite navigation services, the U.S. Global Positioning System, and Europe's planned Galileo system.
  • Atlas IIAS Launch Of NRO Payload Postponed Lockheed Martin 26 Jun 2004 -- The launch of an Atlas IIAS vehicle with a national security payload was postponed today because of a concern over launch vehicle avionics. Atlas engineers are conducting additional tests to confirm that avionics on the rocket are free from an anomaly discovered on another unit in the factory.
  • INDIA/US/SPACE VOA 27 Jun 2004 -- India and the United States are exploring ways to step up trade and collaboration in civilian space-related activities. New avenues in commerce between the two countries have opened up since the United States eased decades of restrictions on high-technology exports to India.
  • MORE MARS WATER VOA 25 Jun 2004 -- A U.S. robotic rover on Mars is finding evidence that the shallow salt water sea that once covered part of the red planet was deeper than suspected. The signs come from a crater that allows mission geologists to peer beneath the surface of Mars.
  • Sea Launch at Equator, Preparing for Telstar 18 Mission Boeing 25 Jun 2004 -- The Sea Launch team will initiate a 72-hour countdown tonight in preparation for the launch of Loral's Telstar 18 communications satellite, scheduled for Monday, June 28, in a launch window that will open at 8:59pm PDT (3:59 GMT, June 29). All systems are proceeding on schedule.
  • SPACE STATION / SPACEWALK VOA 24 Jun 2004 -- The two international space station crewmen have aborted a maintenance spacewalk because of a faulty oxygen tank on one of them.
  • World: 'Cassini' Probe Nearing Historic Rendezvous With Saturn RFE/RL 24 Jun 2004 -- After a seven-year journey, the U.S. space probe "Cassini" is about to reach its destination, the ringed planet Saturn. "Cassini" is the largest interplanetary spacecraft ever built -- at nearly six tons and the height of a three-story house -- and is designed to explore the massive planet and its 31 moons over the next four years.
  • India`s ISRO nears deal with US based Raytheon IRNA 24 Jun 2004 -- The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is about to sign a major contract with a US company, Raytheon.
  • ATK Rocket Motors and Composites Help Launch Global Positioning Satellite Aboard Boeing Delta II Rocket ATK 24 Jun 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported yesterday’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch successfully placed into orbit the 12th Class IIR satellite for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS IIR-12) constellation. All 24 of the current GPS satellites were launched with the help of ATK rocket motors.
  • US policy may deter India`s growth in satellite-launch market IRNA 23 Jun 2004 -- Nations wanting to take advantage of up to 30 percent cheaper satellite launches by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) were unlikely to be allowed to do so if they had either bought US-made satellites or satellites that had US-made components, the local media reported here Wednesday.
  • Boeing Delta II Keeps GPS Constellation Healthy Boeing 23 Jun 2004 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket successfully deployed to space a replacement satellite for the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) today.
  • EADS Astrium to Build Technology Pathfinder Spacecraft for the LISA Gravity Wave Observatory EADS 23 Jun 2004 -- EADS Astrium and the European Space Agency (ESA) to sign the LISA Pathfinder contract to demonstrate, in orbit, the technologies for LISA, the ESA/NASA Laser Interferometry Satellite Antenna gravity wave observatory.
  • U.S. Air Force Successfully Launches Newest Upgraded GPS IIR Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin 23 Jun 2004 -- An upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral. The satellite features significant performance upgrades, including an advanced antenna panel, which will increase power for GPS receivers. This was the 11th successful launch of the new-generation GPS IIR spacecraft.
  • SHUTTLE PROGRESS SLOW VOA 22 Jun 2004 -- The head of the U.S. space agency NASA says returning the space shuttle fleet to orbit is proving more challenging than expected. His comments raise the prospect that the first shuttle mission after last year's Columbia accident will be delayed again.
  • State's Morin Encourages Greater U.S.-India Space Cooperation Washington File 22 Jun 2004 -- Increased U.S.-Indian cooperation in space technologies could lead to tremendous advances in economic development, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lee Morin.
  • Northrop Grumman Moves Aura to Launch Pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base Northrop Grumman 22 Jun 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today moved the Aura satellite to Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., bringing NASA's third major Earth Observing System spacecraft one step closer to its launch no earlier than July 10. The three-minute launch window opens at 3:01 a.m.
  • SPACE FLIGHT VOA 21 Jun 2004 -- A California team has achieved the first manned space flight by a commercial venture, an event being hailed as an aviation milestone. Pilot Mike Melvill completed the flight Monday, becoming the world's first commercial astronaut.
  • President Bush Praises U.S.-India Space Cooperation Washington File 21 Jun 2004 -- Following is the text of a message from President Bush to participants in the India-United States Conference on Space Science, Applications, and Commerce that took place in Bangalore, India, June 21.
  • Boeing and Air Force Scrub GPS IIR-12 Launch Again for Weather Boeing 21 Jun 2004 -- The launch of the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite, GPS IIR-12, aboard a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., has been scrubbed again due to continued thunderstorm activity.
  • SPACE FLIGHT PREVIEW VOA 20 Jun 2004 -- Early Monday, a private team will try to send a human into space after launch from an aircraft high above the California desert. The team hopes to send a manned rocket 100 kilometers above the earth's surface, achieving the first private space flight.
  • World: First Private Manned Space Mission Set To Blast Off RFE/RL 18 Jun 2004 -- A commercial aerospace company is planning to launch the first private manned mission to space. If successful, the spacecraft's creators will be a step closer to winning a $10 million dollar offered as an incentive for private industry to catch up with government space programs. But can the private sector really reinvigorate space exploration as some backers claim?
  • BAE SYSTEMS Receives NASA Award To Design Hyperspectral Environmental Suite BAE Systems 17 Jun 2004 -- BAE Systems has received a $20 million NASA contract to design a new atmospheric sounding/coastal water-imaging instrument. BAE Systems is one of three companies that will formulate designs. NASA will later select the winning design to be built and fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).
  • New Boeing Thrusters to be Integrated with Missile Defense Weapon Boeing 17 Jun 2004 -- The Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business unit of the Integrated Defense Systems of The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] has delivered the first flight-configuration Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The DACS is a propulsion system consisting of small liquid-fueled rocket thrusters that provide the THAAD interceptor with the ability to maneuver as it closes on its target.
  • ILS And Proton Successfully Launch Intelsat 10-02 Satellite Lockheed Martin 17 Jun 2004 -- A Russian-built Proton rocket successfully carried the Intelsat 10-02 satellite into orbit today, marking the sixth mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).
  • Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman Team Completes Requirements Milestone For Transformational Communications Program Lockheed Martin 17 Jun 2004 -- A Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman team has successfully accomplished a key requirements review for the Transformational Communications MILSATCOM (TCM) Space Segment with its customer, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. TCM will deliver highly-reliable, survivable, network-centric communications to thousands of deployed and mobile users around the globe.
  • Submarines Link to Military Satellites with Raytheon Sub HDR; $33 Million Contract Initiates Production of Additional Systems Raytheon 17 Jun 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will produce additional Submarine High Data Rate (Sub HDR) multi-band satellite communication (SATCOM) systems under a multi-year contract worth up to $50 million.
  • Northrop Grumman Outlines Test Program to Advance Military Space Plane Northrop Grumman 16 Jun 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will help the U.S. Air Force define the most cost-effective way to integrate and conduct ground tests on key structural elements of a reusable, quick-turnaround space vehicle.
  • Space Commission Launches New Approach To Space Exploration Washington File 16 Jun 2004 -- A specially appointed presidential commission on space policy issued a report June16 charting out a new vision to pursue U.S. ambitions in outer space. Titled "A Journey to Inspire, Innovate and Discover," the 64-page document calls for firm national commitment to the continued exploration of space, increased involvement from the private sector, and a transformation of the way in which the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) manages its programs.
  • U.S. SPACE / REORGANIZATION VOA 16 Jun 2004 -- A U.S. presidential commission says the government should shift many of its space tasks to private industry so the government can focus on human space exploration.
  • MARS ROVERS VOA 15 Jun 2004 -- One of the two U.S. robot rovers on Mars has developed a problem in one of its six wheels. Ground controllers do not know how long the wheel will operate, but say it should not prevent the machine from continuing to roll along.
  • Spacecraft Offers Look at Saturn Moon Washington File 15 Jun 2004 -- The Cassini spacecraft is seeing a surface that appears battered, cratered and somewhat icy on the Saturn moon Phoebe as the spacecraft sends back the closest pictures humans have ever seen of this satellite circling the solar system's ringed planet.
  • ATK Conducts Successful Full-Scale Space Shuttle Motor Test ATK 11 Jun 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) successfully conducted a static test firing of a full-scale Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) yesterday. The test took place at ATK Thiokol’s Promontory, Utah, facility.
  • Intelsat 10-02 Spacecraft Ready for Launch EADS 10 Jun 2004 -- Once in orbit, the satellite will be located at 359° East, for premium landmass coverage of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Additionally, the Intelsat 10-02 will provide coverage as far east as Asia (India) and as far west as South and North America.
  • Air Force Selects ILS' Atlas V For Space Test Program Mission Lockheed Martin 10 Jun 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) has received authorization from the U.S. Air Force to begin integration of the Space Test Program-1 (STP-1) mission on the Atlas V rocket, scheduled to launch in September 2006.
  • Cassini Spacecraft Approaches Saturn Moon Washington File 10 Jun 2004 -- The Cassini spacecraft is entering the Saturn planetary system and is set to make its closest approach to the outer moon Phoebe June 11. On arrival at Saturn itself June 30, Cassini will begin a four-year tour of the Saturn system.
  • MARS / WATER VOA 08 Jun 2004 -- A U.S. rover on Mars has discovered more evidence of ancient water, revealing that the liquid was once widely distributed on the red planet. The other U.S. robot is about to begin a risky trek into a crater from which it might not return.
  • Mars Global Surveyor Completes Over 25,000 Orbits And Continues to Rewrite the History Books on Mars Lockheed Martin 07 Jun 2004 -- The venerable Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft, built by Lockheed Martin, completed its 25,000th orbit around Mars recently and is still going strong. Built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Mars exploration program, MGS achieved this major milestone May 26, demonstrating its yeoman's performance as the "big brother" of orbiters circling Mars and mapping the planet's surface since 1997, as no other Mars exploration spacecraft has done before. The Mars Global Surveyor is approaching the beginning of its eighth year of mission operations in orbit around Mars and continues its record of collecting more information about the red planet than all previous missions combined.
  • ROCSAT-2 SENDS BACK FIRST BATCH OF PHOTOS CNA 04 Jun 2004 -- ROCSAT-2 has sent back its first batch of test photos, with better-than-expected results, the National Space Program Office (NSPO) reported Friday.
  • New launch site for Russian rocket IRNA 01 Jun 2004 -- The last details of a project to launch the Russian Soyuz rockets from the Kourou space center in French Guiana have been settled.
  • NASA Selects Boeing for Neptune Missions Study Grant Boeing 01 Jun 2004 -- While Boeing [NYSE: BA] is preparing to deliver a proposal to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for what could become the nation's first nuclear-fission powered exploration spacecraft, the company also is using its unique space heritage and expertise to propel robotic solar system exploration farther than Jupiter.
  • Scientists Measure Sun's Smallest Visible Magnetic Fields Lockheed Martin 01 Jun 2004 -- Solar physicists from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], and The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Oslo have analyzed the highest resolution images ever taken near the solar disk center and found surprising new small-scale magnetic field structures. Their results, which were reported yesterday at the American Astronomical Society's meeting in Denver, address long-standing issues on the formation and decay of sunspots and the forecasting of magnetic activity such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Such activity influences the upper atmosphere and magnetosphere of Earth and can damage satellites in orbit.
  • Lockheed Martin Presents Weather Satellite Model To Air Force Weather Agency Lockheed Martin 01 Jun 2004 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company has presented a model of a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Block 5D-3 spacecraft to the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) here. Since 1966, the U.S. Air Force has launched more than 30 Lockheed Martin DMSP satellites. Now in its fourth decade of service, the DMSP has proven itself to be a valuable tool in scheduling and protecting military operations on land, at sea and in the air.



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