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March 2002 Space News

  • Successful Launch For 2 Boeing-Built Satellites Boeing 28 Mar 2002 -- A successful rocket launch today sent a pair of Boeing-built communications satellites into orbit for two long-time customers of Boeing Space and Communications (S&C), a unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA]. The satellites - a Boeing 601 model built for JSAT Corporation of Tokyo and a Boeing 376HP model built for SES ASTRA of Luxembourg - were orbited by Arianespace aboard an Ariane 44L rocket from the Guiana Space Center on the northeast coast of South America.
  • 16 NASA Astronauts Visit Sunnyvale to Train with International Space Station Solar Arrays Lockheed Martin 28 Mar 2002 -- A group of 16 NASA astronauts, who will be flying to the International Space Station (ISS) in the next few years to install the remaining Lockheed Martin-built solar arrays, visited the Company's facility in Sunnyvale today. The visit allowed them the opportunity to observe at first hand the deployment of a massive solar array blanket, 107 feet long and 14 feet wide, and to carefully examine the intricate mechanisms with which they will be working on their visits to the Space Station.
  • BOEING TEAM TO PURSUE MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR U.S. NAVY SATELLITE CONTRACT Boeing 27 Mar 2002 -- The formation of an industry-leading communications team strongly positions Boeing Space and Communications (S&C) to pursue a potential multibillion-dollar contract for the U.S. armed forces' next-generation satellite-based mobile communications system.
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems Awarded Study Contract for Large Target Launch Vehicle Concepts in Support of Missile Defense Testing Lockheed Martin 27 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been awarded a four-month, $600,000 contract by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), Huntsville, Ala., to study the development of a flexible family of reliable, target launch vehicle concepts under the Missile Defense Agency's Enhanced Target Delivery System (ETDS) program.
  • EADS: Galileo is Key for Europe's Future in Space EADS 26 Mar 2002 -- EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company welcomes the European Transport Ministers' decision to start the Galileo satellite navigation system. This decision constitutes a key event for the future of Space activities in Europe and honours the determining actions of the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the European governments which allowed this success.
  • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Receives $326 Million Production Contract for the PAC-3 Missile Lockheed Martin 26 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has received a contract totaling $326.6 million from the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) for continued production of the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile.
  • CHINA/SPACE UPDATE VOA 26 Mar 2002-- China has launched its third unmanned spaceship into orbit as part of a quest to send astronauts into space before the end of the decade
  • Boeing Awarded Follow-On Contract from Orbital Boeing 25 Mar 2002 -- Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices (EDD), a part of The Boeing Company's [NYSE:BA] Space and Communications business unit, recently received a $10 million order from Orbital Sciences Corporation [NYSE:ORB] for amplifiers that enhance the transmission of very low-level radio frequency signals from orbiting satellites back to Earth.
  • ORBITAL TO EXPAND PRESENCE IN HUNTSVILLE TO SUPPORT NEW MISSILE DEFENSE BUSINESS Orbital Sciences Corp. 25 Mar 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation’s (NYSE: ORB) recent award of a four-year, $400 million missile defense contract from The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) will result in significant new business for the Huntsville-area economy, the company stated today.
  • Green Light Ahead for Missile Defense Program AFPS 22 Mar 2002-- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty constraints part company June 14, freeing the agency to do what President Bush decides about deployment, a senior defense official said here today.
  • Boeing Statement on Status of TDRS-I Satellite Boeing 22 Mar 2002 -- The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-I (TDRS-I), built by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) for NASA, was launched at 5:59 p.m. EST March 8 aboard an Atlas IIA rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla. Subsequently, BSS detected a problem with the supply of propellant from one of the satellite's four tanks. NASA was immediately notified.
  • European co-operation agreement concerning promotion and preparation of commercial ISS utilisation EADS 22 Mar 2002 -- For the first time, European ISS resources may also be used for commercial activities by customers from the private sector.
  • Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Intercepts Tactical Ballistic Missile Target Lockheed Martin 21 Mar 2002 -- The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) target at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., on Thursday.
  • Galileo Services founded to support Galileo programme Thales 21 Mar 2002 -- Representatives of the companies Eutelsat SA, FDC, Hispasat, Indra, Kongsberg-Seatex AS, Septentrio, Telespazio and Thales this morning signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the creation of Galileo Services. Galileo Services is a group of companies having strong interest in the future Galileo downstream business.
  • Boeing to Ship Powerful PanAmSat Communications Satellite to Sea Launch Boeing 20 Mar 2002 -- The high-capacity Boeing-built Galaxy IIIC satellite will be shipped next week to Sea Launch Home Port in Long Beach, Calif. It will provide widespread Internet, television, voice and data services to areas of the United States and Latin America.
  • Dual Launch To Orbit Pair of Boeing-Built Satellites Boeing 20 Mar 2002 -- The upcoming lift-off of two Boeing-built satellites on the same rocket will be the first dual launch in six years for the satellite manufacturing arm of Boeing Space and Communications, a unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA].
  • Lockheed Martin-Built NSS-7 Satellite Shipped to Kourou for April Launch Lockheed Martin 20 Mar 2002 -- The NSS-7 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) for New Skies Satellites N.V. was shipped recently from the production facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. to Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be readied for a mid-April launch.
  • Lockheed Martin World Systems to be Acquired by Intelsat Lockheed Martin 18 Mar 2002 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) today announced that Intelsat, Ltd. will acquire Lockheed Martin's World Systems and COMSAT Digital Teleport, Inc. (CDTI), businesses. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but will not be material to Lockheed Martin. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, and it is anticipated that the transaction will be completed by year's end.
  • U.S., Germany Launch Twin "Water-Sensing" Satellites Washington File 17 Mar 2002-- NASA and the German Center for Air and Space Flight today successfully launched the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or "Grace," mission into Earth orbit on March 17 from a Russian launch facility.
  • ATK Composite Structure Provides Precision Platform for New Hubble Space Telescope Camera ATK 15 Mar 2002
  • Boeing Team Selected to Build Orbital Express Advanced Technology Demonstration System Boeing 15 Mar 2002 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that it has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as the prime integrator to perform Phase II of the Orbital Express Advanced Technology Demonstration.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built Rocket Supports Successful Missile Defense Test Lockheed Martin 15 Mar 2002 -- The Missile Defense Agency today successfully completed an Integrated Flight Test of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), under subcontract to GMD prime contractor Boeing (NYSE: BA), provided the Payload Launch Vehicle that launched the kill vehicle in support of an intercept that completely destroyed the incoming target.
  • Lockheed Martin Team Submits Proposal to Design and Build Nation's Next-Generation Polar-Orbiting Weather Satellite System Lockheed Martin 15 Mar 2002 -- A team headed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale has submitted a proposal to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Integrated Program Office (IPO) to design, build and orbit NPOESS.
  • ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TARGET VEHICLE FOR U.S. GROUND-BASED MIDCOURSE MISSILE DEFENSE TEST Orbital Sciences Corp. 15 Mar 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) successfully launched a target rocket in support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA's) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system's flight test program, the company announced.
  • MISSILE DEFENSE DEBATE VOA 13 Mar 2002-- New questions are being raised about the program to develop a system to defend the United States against missile attacks. President Bush has vowed to push ahead with the project, but members of Congress are concerned about controlling costs
  • Boeing Receives GPS IIF Modernization Approval Boeing 13 Mar 2002 -- The Boeing-built S0 (starboard zero) truss segment for the International Space Station is scheduled to fly to the orbital outpost April 4, 2002, aboard space shuttle Atlantis.
  • ATK Selected to Supply Propulsion System for Ground-Based Missile Defense Booster Vehicle Program ATK 08 Mar 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE: ATK) said it is the solid propulsion supplier on a team led by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) that has been selected by The Boeing Company for a ground-based booster vehicle program in support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense System (GMD).
  • Boeing Satellite for NASA Successfully Launched Boeing 08 Mar 2002 -- A Boeing-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) that will improve communications for orbiting spacecraft was successfully launched today on an Atlas IIA rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
  • U.S. Explains Position on EU Satellite Navigation System Washington File 07 Mar 2002-- Talks are underway between the United States and the European Union to ensure that if the EU builds its proposed navigation satellite system, called Galileo, it will operate with -- and not interfere with -- the existing U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • U.S. Air Force Awards $336M Contract to Boeing to Begin Satellite Production Boeing 06 Mar 2002 -- Boeing Space and Communications (S&C), a unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has received $336.4 million in funding from the U.S. Air Force to build the first two satellites in the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS) system. The contract also includes long-lead material for a third satellite.
  • Boeing-Built JCSAT-8 and ASTRA 3A Satellites Reflect World-Wide Effort Boeing 06 Mar 2002 -- Boeing passed a major milestone involving four continents today with the shipment of two satellites that are set for a dual launch on an Ariane 4 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana in the second half of this month.
  • U.S. AIR FORCE AWARDS $336M CONTRACT TO BOEING TO BEGIN SATELLITE PRODUCTION Boeing 06 Mar 2002 -- Boeing Space and Communications (S&C), a unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has received $336.4 million in funding from the U.S. Air Force to build the first two satellites in the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite (WGS) system.
  • Boeing Satellite for NASA Scheduled to Launch Boeing 04 Mar 2002 -- A Boeing-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS), scheduled for launch on March 8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., will add to the TDRS fleet's capability to provide clear communications in the busy radio environment of space.
  • ORBITAL SELECTED FOR MAJOR MISSILE DEFENSE ROCKET PROGRAM BY BOEING Orbital Sciences Corp. 04 Mar 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) has selected the company for a contract, valued at $900 million or more over the next eight years, to develop, test and produce ground-based boost vehicles for America’s ballistic missile defense system.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Launch Space Shuttle Columbia on Mission to Service Hubble Space Telescope ATK 01 Mar 2002 -- the world's leading supplier of solid propellant rocket motors -- the Space Shuttle reusable solid rocket motor (RSRM) is the largest solid rocket motor ever flown and the first designed for reuse.
  • Environmental Satellite Envisat Ready for Operation EADS 01 Mar 2002 -- Envisat, Europe's largest environmental satellite with a mass of 8.2 tons, is now in its orbit. This climate monitoring satellite of the European Space Agency ESA, built by the Astrium space company, was successfully launched on board an Ariane 5 booster on Friday, March 1, 2002 at 2:07:59 a.m. (CET).
  • Ariane 5 / Envisat: A Double Success for EADS EADS 01 Mar 2002 -- The successful launch of Envisat by Ariane 5 last night is a double success for EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, prime contractor for both the launcher and the satellite through its subsidiaries EADS LV and Astrium.

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