November 2006 Space News
- ISS orbit to be adjusted after failed attempt - space agency RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2006 -- The Russian Space Agency said the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) would be adjusted following Thursday's abortive correction, before the docking of a U.S. space shuttle.
- ISS orbit correction failed - mission control RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2006 -- Russia's Mission Control Center said Thursday it had failed to correct the International Space Station's orbit due to an engine malfunction.
- Alcatel Alenia Space to provide telecom payloads for two Russian satellites, Express MD-1 and MD-2 Thales 30 Nov 2006 -- Alcatel Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a contract with the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), the state-owned satcom operator, to provide telecommunication payloads for the Express MD-1 and Express MD-2 satellites built by Khrunichev.
- Court extends detention of Russian space firm chief RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2006 -- A Russian court on Wednesday extended the pre-trial detention of the head of an aerospace engineering firm charged with divulging sensitive technology to China.
- Russia to sign contract to launch S.Korean astronaut into space RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2006 -- Russia will sign a contract with South Korea December 7 to launch the East Asian country's first astronaut on board a Russian carrier rocket in 2008, the Federal Space Agency said Wednesday.
- SAIC Signs NATO Theater Missile Defense Systems Engineering and Integration Contract SAIC 28 Nov 2006 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced today that it has signed a firm-fixed-price contract to support the integration of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) capability. The contract signing ceremony took place at the ALTBMD Exhibition at the 2006 NATO Summit in Riga, Latvia.
- ISS crew completes spacewalk, fails to fold away antenna RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2006 -- The crew of the International Space Station has completed a spacewalk to install a telescope, dismantle an antenna and reinstall it on the service module, Mission Control near Moscow reported Thursday.
- NASA Says Oldest Mars Satellite May be Dead VOA 21 Nov 2006 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says its oldest satellite orbiting Mars has probably ended its career.
- Boeing Power and Cooling Systems to be Activated on International Space Station Boeing 21 Nov 2006 -- The Boeing Company's [NYSE: BA] primary electrical power and cooling systems on the International Space Station (ISS) will go live during Space Shuttle Discovery's next ISS assembly mission.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT DSCS SATELLITES MARK 175 YEARS ON ORBIT Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2006 -- A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team announced today that the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III constellation, which provides vital communications capabilities to America's military forces worldwide, has surpassed 175-years of on-orbit service.
- Russia to build telescope superior to Hubble - expert RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2006 -- Russia will build a deep space exploration telescope that will outstrip the U.S.-made Hubble Space Telescope, a Russian astronomer said Tuesday.
- China to participate in Russian flight to Phobos - space agency RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2006 -- China will participate in a Russian project to fly to a Martian moon, a deputy head of Russia's Federal Space Agency said Tuesday.
- Orbital Awarded Contract For Commercial Communications Satellite By SES NEW SKIES Orbital Sciences Corp. 20 Nov 2006 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has been selected by SES NEW SKIES of the Netherlands, to design, build and deliver the NSS-9 commercial communications satellite.
- Army Air and Missile Defense Command remains relevant and ready Army News 20 Nov 2006 -- With increased threats becoming significantly greater due to the proliferation of missile technology, the addition of the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command to the Pacific area of operations has proven to be vital to the Asia-Pacific region.
- Interagency cooperation improves space com AFPN 20 Nov 2006 -- Air Force Space Command and the National Reconnaissance Office put into motion a plan to improve interagency cooperation between space agencies by conducting a senior officer and a senior civilian exchange between AFSPC Headquarters here and the NRO Headquarters in Chantilly, Va.
- Officials deny Russia's Cosmos satellite de-orbited over breakdown RIA Novosti 19 Nov 2006 -- Russian space officials dismissed media reports Monday that the Cosmos 2423 military satellite was de-orbited because its onboard equipment had broken down.
- ATK Propulsion Technologies Support Successful Launch of Boeing Delta II Rocket ATK 19 Nov 2006 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion technology supported yesterday's successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla
- Boeing Delta II Delivers GPS Satellite to Orbit Boeing 17 Nov 2006 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II launch vehicle today successfully delivered to orbit a replenishment Block IIR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite for the U.S. Air Force.
- U.S. AIR FORCE/LOCKHEED MARTIN TEAM COMPLETES ON-ORBIT CHECKOUT OF FIRST SBIRS HEO PAYLOAD Lockheed Martin 17 Nov 2006 -- All systems are operating as expected on the first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) payload following a successful on-orbit checkout by a joint U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team
- LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT GPS SATELLITE LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY BY THE U.S. AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin 17 Nov 2006 -- A U.S. Air Force modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was launched successfully today from this seaside launch complex aboard a Delta II launch vehicle.
- Northrop Grumman Expands Radar Role in Missile Testing Northrop Grumman 17 Nov 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is growing its role as a provider of range radar support to the U.S. military.
- Air Force launches Delta II/GPS Mission AFPN 17 Nov 2006 -- The Air Force successfully launched a Delta II booster from Cape Canveral, Fla., Nov. 17.
- New Satellite Improves Global Navigation System Accuracy VOA 17 Nov 2006 -- A rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Friday carrying a replacement satellite to help improve the accuracy of the space-based U.S. navigation network, the Global Positioning System
- New aggressor units expand training capabilities AFPN 17 Nov 2006 -- Unit changes at Nellis and Eielson Air Force bases have resulted in two wings that, together, create better opportunities for Air Force pilots to train for combat against potential adversaries.
- On-orbit checkout of SBIRS payload confirmed AFPN 17 Nov 2006 -- The Air Force successfully completed initial early on-orbit checkout of the first Space Based Infrared System payload.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's RS-27A Powers 'New and Improved' GPS Satellite into Space Pratt & Whitney 17 Nov 2006 -- A Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) RS-27A rocket engine today powered the latest version of the Air Force’s Global Positioning System satellite into space aboard a Delta II rocket.
- ATK Conducts Successful Night Test of Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor ATK 16 Nov 2006 -- Static Firing Supports Test Objectives for Space Shuttle and New Ares I Launch Vehicle
- LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS REVIEW FOR GPS III Lockheed Martin 16 Nov 2006 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] GPS III team announced today the successful completion of a System Requirements Review (SRR) for the U.S. Air Force's next generation Global Positioning System Space Segment program, known as GPS Block III.
- Corot scientific satellite built by Alcatel Alenia Space and CNES leaves France for Baikonur Thales 15 Nov 2006 -- The Corot scientific satellite built by French space agency CNES as prime contractor left the Alcatel Alenia Space plant in Cannes during the night of November 13 to 14 on its way to the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Arianespace will launch this satellite by Christmas, using a Soyuz 2-1b launch vehicle.
- Proteus platform added to approved NASA Rapid Spacecraft Development Office supplier catalog Thales 14 Nov 2006 -- Alcatel Alenia Space today announces that Proteus, the flight-proven multi-mission Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) platform developed in cooperation with the French space agency CNES, has been selected by NASA to be part of their Rapid Spacecraft Development Office (RSDO) catalog.
- Northrop Grumman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Complete Technology Breakthroughs for NASA's SIM PlanetQuest Northrop Grumman 14 Nov 2006 -- The Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) PlanetQuest program moved a step closer to searching for earth-like planets and measuring the distances to stars with the completion of key technology milestones by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and industry partner Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC).
- Russia to lift Glonass restrictions for accurate civilian use RIA Novosti 13 Nov 2006 -- Russia will lift all precision restrictions from 2007 in the use of military-controlled Glonass to enable accurate and unlimited commercial use of the global positioning system, the defense minister said Monday.
- Boeing to Build Fourth U.S. Air Force Wideband Gapfiller Satellite Boeing 09 Nov 2006 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a $299.8 million U.S. Air Force contract for the production of the fourth Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS).
- Raytheon Selects ATK for Stunner Interceptor Booster Motor Development Raytheon 09 Nov 2006 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has selected Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) to develop the booster motor for the flexible, affordable and lethal Stunner Interceptor, an element of the Short Range Missile Defense (SRMD) program.
- Price of space tourist flight to ISS raised by $1 million RIA Novosti 09 Nov 2006 -- The price of a commercial flight to the International Space Station has risen from $20 million to $21 million, a Russian space official said Thursday.
- Rocketplane Kistler and ATK Announce Agreement for K-1 Launch Vehicle and COTS Program ATK 08 Nov 2006 -- Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) and Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) announced today that ATK will become the lead contractor for RpK's K-1 launch vehicle, which was recently awarded a Space Act Agreement by NASA for the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program
- Russia plans to improve outer space monitoring capabilities RIA Novosti 08 Nov 2006 -- Russia's Space Forces will significantly improve the technical capabilities of its main space-monitoring installation in Tajikistan, a deputy commander of the Okno center said Wednesday.
- Russia, China to launch ultraviolet observatory in 2010 RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2006 -- An ultraviolet observatory Russia, China and other countries are building to explore the far reaches of space will begin operating by the end of the decade, Russia's top space official said Tuesday.
- ATK Composite and Propulsion Technologies Help Launch Defense Weather Satellite ATK 06 Nov 2006 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) supported Saturday's successful launch of a Boeing Delta IV rocket carrying a Department of Defense (DoD) weather satellite that is part of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program run by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems center
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Satellite Antennas That Aid in Nuclear Arms Control Northrop Grumman 06 Nov 2006 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered all V-Sensor deployable antenna assemblies that will be used to detect nuclear blasts as an adjunct payload on the Global Positioning Satellite 2F program.
- Space Shuttle on Schedule for December Night Launch Washington File 06 Nov 2006 -- Space shuttle Discovery will launch in December to deliver another truss segment of the International Space Station, and crew members will rewire the orbiting laboratory to bring online new power supplies generated by solar arrays installed in September.
- Responsive space demonstrator ready to roll AFPN 05 Nov 2006 -- Officials are saying the December launch of a tactical satellite, dubbed TacSat-2, will serve as the predecessor for rapid satellite production, launch and operation.
- Boeing Delta IV Launches Critical Military Weather Satellite Boeing 04 Nov 2006 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta IV rocket today carried a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite into orbit from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
- NATION'S NEWEST USAF ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE LAUNCHED Lockheed Martin 04 Nov 2006 -- The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT], was launched this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. at 5:53 am PST.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Rocket Engines Send Air Force Satellite from Pole to Pole Pratt & Whitney 04 Nov 2006 -- A pair of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) rocket engines today powered an Air Force weather satellite to a polar orbit that will allow surveillance of more than 95 percent of the Earth's surface.
- Delta IV launch successful AFPN 04 Nov 2006 -- A Delta IV evolved expendable launch vehicle carrying a Defense Meteorological Satellite Program satellite was launched from the Space Launch Complex-6 here Nov. 4 at 5:53 a.m.
- Russia to pay Kazakhstan over $1 mln in damages for rocket crash RIA Novosti 03 Nov 2006 -- Russia will pay Kazakhstan more than $1 million in compensation for the crash of a booster rocket this past summer, the Federal Space Agency said Friday.
- Oxygen regeneration restored at ISS RIA Novosti 01 Nov 2006 -- Russia's oxygen regeneration system on the world's sole orbital station is back online, a space agency spokesman said Wednesday.
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