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June 2002 Space News

  • Transcript: Wolfowitz Says Missile Defense Easier Without ABM Treaty Washington File 28 Jun 2002-- The end of the 1972 ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty now frees the United States "to develop, test and deploy effective defenses against missile attacks from rogue states like North Korea, Iraq, and Iran -- states that are investing a large percentage of their resources to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and offensive ballistic missiles," says Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz.
  • DOD ANNOUNCES MERGER OF U.S. SPACE AND STRATEGIC COMMANDS 26 Jun 2002 -- As part of the ongoing initiative to transform the U.S. military into a 21st century fighting force, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld today announced the intention to merge two unified commands whose missions include control of America's nuclear forces, military space operations, computer network operations, strategic warning and global planning.
  • Byliner: Aldridge on Tight Security for Missile Defense Washington File 26 Jun 2002-- Recent articles and columns in some of America's major newspapers have focused on Defense Department policy concerning the secrecy of our ballistic missile defense (BMD) program. They report that the Missile Defense Agency (a department overseen by my office of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) will now classify certain aspects of that program. With varying degrees of directness, they imply sinister motives for these new precautions. Though the underlying reports are accurate, the consequent charges are groundless.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers First PAC-3 Missiles from New Production Facility in Camden, ARK. on Schedule and on Budget Lockheed Martin 26 Jun 2002 -- Lockheed Martin recently delivered the first Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles from its new production facility in Camden, Ark., on schedule and on budget.
  • NATO'S Bell Discusses GPS and Galileo Security Issues Washington File 26 Jun 2002-- Robert G. Bell, NATO assistant secretary general for defense support, told the European Satellites for Security Conference in Brussels on June 19 that NATO had not taken a position for or against Galileo, the European Union's planned satellite navigation system.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN/ORBITAL-BUILT N-STAR c SATELLITE ARRIVES AT KOUROU Orbital Sciences Corp. 25 Jun 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the N-STAR c geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite built by a Lockheed Martin/Orbital team for NTT DoCoMo, Inc. of Japan has arrived at the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • Lt. Gen Kadish Special Briefing on Missile Defense, June 25, 2002 -- "And so I thought it would be good to start with a presentation; to go back to basics, explain where we are, and then show some of the results of our test program and explain some of the problems we're going to face in the coming weeks and months. Some of you may be familiar with this in some detail; others will probably need a refresher"
  • Kadish Describes Missile Defense Progress AFPS 25 Jun 2002-- The United States is as vulnerable to ballistic missile attacks today as it was in the early 1950s, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish.
  • ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TARGET VEHICLE FOR MDA Orbital Sciences Corp. 24 Jun 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched the suborbital rocket that served as the target vehicle for a test of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Sea-Based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system.
  • Telecoms satellites successfully launched by Astrium subsidiary Eurockot EADS 20 Jun 2002 -- Two American telecoms satellites were launched into low earth orbit on board a Rockot launcher this Thursday from the Plesetsk space centre in northern Russia, the second successful launch operation within three months.
  • ATK Tactical Systems Supports Successful Sea-Based Missile Defense Test ATK 19 Jun 2002 -- both key elements of the SM-3 missile system -- performed as expected during the flight test. The FM-3 mission marked the second flight of an operational SDACS and the third flight of an operational TSRM. ATK Tactical Systems -- Elkton Operations, Elkton, Md., is developing both systems under a subcontract to Raytheon.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Launch Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission to International Space Station ATK 19 Jun 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. Key facts about the RSRM:
  • ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES SUBORBITAL ROCKET FOR U.S. ARMY Orbital Sciences Corp. 19 Jun 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a ballistic target vehicle from Wake Island, located in the mid-Pacific Ocean, for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Missile Defense Targets Joint Project Office (MDTJPO).
  • Thuraya Plans Launch of Second Satellite in January 2003 and Contracts Boeing to Build Third Satellite Boeing 18 Jun 2002 -- Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has authorized Boeing to launch the Thuraya-2 satellite in Jan. 2003 and has contracted with Boeing to build Thuraya-3.
  • New Astrium organisation is a major step for the future shape of EADS space activities EADS 18 Jun 2002 -- The new organisation of the satellite activities of Astrium is now set up.
  • Sea Launch Delivers PanAmSat's Galaxy IIIC to Orbit Boeing 15 Jun 2002 -- A Sea Launch rocket today successfully launched PanAmSat's Galaxy IIIC satellite into orbit. Marking Sea Launch's seventh successful mission, the three-stage rocket lifted off at 3:39:30 P.M. PDT from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned on the Equator. As planned, the spacecraft's first signal was acquired shortly after spacecraft separation, at 4:47:00 p.m. PDT.
  • Successful Launch of Galaxy IIIC Satellite Marks Return to Flight of Boeing 702 Boeing 15 Jun 2002 -- Boeing's 702 spacecraft, the highest capacity satellite in the world, has returned to flight. Galaxy IIIC, a Boeing-built satellite for PanAmSat Corporation, launched today at 3:39 p.m. PDT (6:39 p.m. EDT, 10:39 p.m. GMT) from the Sea Launch Odyssey Launch Platform on the equator, becoming the seventh Boeing-built satellite to be lofted by Sea Launch.
  • Byliner: Deputy Secretary of Defense Wolfowitz: Beyond the ABM Treaty Washington File 14 Jun 2002-- Last year the president announced our intention to withdraw from the 1972 ABM treaty. Yesterday, that withdrawal formally took effect.
  • Bush Pledges Greater Dialogue, Cooperation on Missile Defense Washington File 13 Jun 2002-- President Bush pledged to deepen U.S. dialogue and cooperation with other nations on missile defense now that the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty is no longer in effect.
  • "In Self Defense," by Senator Jon Kyl Washington File 13 Jun 2002-- There is a strange disconnect between recent developments in the Middle East and here in the U.S. Senate. In early May, Iran - newly dubbed by the State Department as the number one terrorist nation - conducted a successful test of its 800-mile-range Shahab-3 missile. There are reports that Iran is now set to begin domestic production of the missile, which will be able to reach Israel, as well as U.S. troops deployed in the Middle East and South Asia.
  • Lockheed Martin-U.S. Navy Aegis Weapon System Guides Standard Missile to Target Intercept Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2002 -- For the second time in less than six months, the Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System successfully guided a Standard Missile (SM)-3 to a ballistic missile target hit.
  • U-S/A-B-M TREATY VOA 12 Jun 2002-- The A-B-M (Antiballistic Missile) Treaty, a relic of the cold war, officially expires on Thursday
  • Boeing Partners with NASA to Chase Comets Boeing 12 Jun 2002 -- Scientists believe comets may have brought the building blocks of life to Earth 3.8 billion years ago. To further study the comets' behavior and evolution, Boeing [NYSE:BA] will launch NASA's Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on July 1.
  • Sea Launch Counting Down for Galaxy IIIC Launch on June 15 Boeing 12 Jun 2002 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have arrived at the launch site on the Equator at 154° West Longitude. The Sea Launch team is now preparing for launch of PanAmSat's Galaxy IIIC satellite [NASDAQ: SPOT] on June 15, in a launch window that opens at 3:39:30 pm PDT (10:39:30 pm GMT).
  • First European research facility launched to the International Space Station EADS 06 Jun 2002 -- With a delay of six days due to technical and weather constraints, the US Space Shuttle 'Endeavour' lifted off from Kennedy Space Center (Florida, USA) on Wednesday at 5.30 p.m. (local time).
  • Boeing 702 Satellite Set to Launch with New Solar Array Design Boeing 04 Jun 2002 -- The June 15 launch of Galaxy IIIC, a Boeing-built 702 satellite, will mark the return-to-flight of the world's highest capacity and most powerful communications satellite. Galaxy IIIC, the seventh in the Boeing 702 series, will be the first Boeing 702 to carry Boeing's latest in solar array technology.
  • Sea Launch Sails to Launch PanAmSat's Galaxy IIIC Spacecraft Boeing 04 Jun 2002 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Sea Launch Home Port, for the launch of the Galaxy IIIC satellite for PanAmSat Corporation [NASDAQ: SPOT]. Liftoff is scheduled for June 15, in a 44-minute launch window that opens at 3:39 pm PDT (10:39 pm GMT).

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