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October 2002 Space News

  • CONGRESS / ABM LAWSUIT VOA 31 Oct 2002-- A federal judge has heard opening arguments in a lawsuit filed by some members of Congress, challenging President Bush's withdrawal of the United States last year from the Anti Ballistic Missile (A-B-M) Treaty. Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the case want the court to rule on the constitutionality of the decision to withdraw from the treaty which formally expired last June.
  • ORBITAL SHIPS NASA SCIENCE SATELLITE TO LAUNCH SITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 31 Oct 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has shipped the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite to the launch site at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Cape Canaveral, Florida.
  • CAE and Boeing Agree To Collaborate on Missile Defense Boeing 30 Oct 2002 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] and CAE [TSE: CAE; NYSE: CGT] today announced a partnership to develop solutions in ballistic missile defense.
  • Lockheed Martin Launch Range System Demonstrates Advanced Capabilities During First Launch of Atlas V Lockheed Martin 29 Oct 2002 -- Lockheed Martin's next-generation spacelift range automation system passed a key operational milestone with the recent first launch of the Atlas V rocket.
  • First Skynet 5 Deliveries Achieved As MOD Accepts Talon Terminals BAE Systems 28 Oct 2002 -- The first delivery within the boundary of the Skynet 5 project has been achieved only four months after placement by Astrium of a contract with BAE Systems C4ISR.
  • Boeing-built P1 Truss to Join Twin Aboard International Space Station Boeing 28 Oct 2002 -- The Boeing-built P1 (port one)truss joins its twin, the S1 (starboard one) truss aboard the International Space Station, when space shuttle Endeavour delivers it in November 2002.
  • ORBITAL WINS CONTRACT FROM TELKOM OF INDONESIA Orbital Sciences Corp. 28 Oct 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has signed a major new contract in its geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite manufacturing business. Indonesia's state-owned telecommunications company, PT Telkomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (TELKOM) (NYSE: TLK; LSE: TKID; JSK: TLKM), has signed a contract with Orbital to manufacture one GEO communications satellite.
  • U.S. Cannot Ignore Ballistic Missile Threat AFPS 25 Oct 2002-- The United States cannot afford to ignore the threat posed by ballistic missiles, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said during a speech to the Frontiers of Freedom Institute here Oct. 24.
  • On Missile Defense 24 Oct 2002-- Wolfowitz: Moving forward on missile defense, particularly by taking advantage of new technological opportunities, is an essential part of a strategy to provide the range of capabilities necessary to defend against the broad spectrum of new threats and challenges that we will confront in the 21st Century.
  • First Boeing 702 Satellite With New Solar Array Design Begins Operation Boeing 21 Oct 2002 -- PanAmSat Corporation has assumed control of Galaxy IIIC, the first Boeing 702 satellite to fly with an improved solar array design, after the spacecraft successfully completed all major mission milestones and in-orbit testing.
  • Boeing and United Space Alliance, Renew Commitment to NASA Safety Boeing 18 Oct 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] is teaming up with NASA and United Space Alliance to kick off the Space Flight Awareness (SFA) national safety awareness campaign, 'We Have Friends in High Places.'
  • Third Boeing-Built TDRS Spacecraft Headed to Florida for November Launch Boeing 17 Oct 2002 -- NASA's Boeing-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-J (TDRS-J) has begun its journey to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., where it will undergo final preparations for its November launch aboard an Atlas IIA rocket.
  • ORBITAL SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES TARGET VEHICLE FOR U.S. GROUND-BASED MIDCOURSE MISSILE DEFENSE TEST Orbital Sciences Corp. 15 Oct 2002 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) successfully launched a target rocket in support of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system's flight test program, the company announced today.
  • MISSILE INTERCEPT TEST SUCCESSFUL 14 Oct 2002-- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced today it has successfully completed a flight test of the ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) development program, intercepting an intercontinental ballistic missile target. The test took place over the central Pacific Ocean in the Western Test Range. A modified Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile target vehicle was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 10 p.m. EDT, and a prototype interceptor was launched 22 minutes later and 4,800 miles away from the Ronald Reagan Missile Site Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The intercept took place approximately six minutes after the interceptor was launched, at an altitude in excess of 140 miles above the earth, and during the midcourse phase of the target warhead's flight. This was the fifth successful intercept--and the fourth consecutive--in seven flight tests since October 1999 for the GMD program.
  • Boeing-Led Missile Defense Team Scores Another 'Hit'; Successful System Test Includes Intercept Over Pacific Boeing 14 Oct 2002 -- The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program's Integrated Flight Test was once again a success -- resulting in an intercept and complete destruction of the incoming target.
  • Boeing Fires Up Engine in Preparation for Delta IV Debut Boeing 14 Oct 2002 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] completed a critical hot-fire rehearsal today at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The test sets the stage for the first flight of the Boeing Delta IV powered by the first U.S.-designed and built liquid-fueled rocket engine certified for flight in a generation.
  • Lockheed Martin Radiators Launched to International Space Station Lockheed Martin 09 Oct 2002 -- Three Lockheed Martin Heat Rejection Subsystem (HRS) radiators were launched aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis Monday as part of the S1 (first starboard) payload, and have arrived at the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Army Space Command gets new 'home' Army News 08 Oct 2002 -- A four-star admiral and a three-star general will cut the ribbon Oct. 9 to ceremoniously open a new Army Space Command building.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Launch Space Shuttle Atlantis on Mission To International Space Station ATK 08 Oct 2002 -- Two reusable solid rocket motors manufactured by ATK’s (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) Aerospace Group helped launch NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., yesterday on a mission to the International Space Station.
  • Boeing Delta IV Team Takes Major Step Toward First Launch Boeing 07 Oct 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] launch officials at Space Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., successfully completed the sixth tanking test of the first flight Delta IV rocket on Friday, moving it closer to its anticipated launch.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN-DESIGNED CAMERA SYSTEM TO SHOW NEW PERSPECTIVE AT LIFTOFF Lockheed Martin 04 Oct 2002 -- When Space Shuttle Atlantis lifts off between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday, October 7, those watching around the world will be able to view the launch from a perspective never seen before on the shuttle. A new camera system attached to Lockheed Martin’s External Tank will show a “live” view looking down the Space Shuttle to the ground.
  • Boeing-Led Team Wins Contract To Advance Nuclear Electric Power For Space Boeing 03 Oct 2002 -- A team of government, industry and academia, under the leadership of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has been awarded a NASA contract to meet the challenge of developing nuclear electric power for deep space exploration.
  • Boeing Begins Work on $200 million International Space Station Payload Contract Boeing 03 Oct 2002 -- The Boeing International Space Station team began work Oct. 1 on a contract that consolidates previous NASA payload integration contracts.
  • Boeing-Built NASA Satellite Successfully Reaches Geosynchronous Orbit Boeing 02 Oct 2002 -- The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-I (TDRS-I), built for NASA by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, a unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has reached geosynchronous orbit where it will provide critical communications support for NASA's space shuttles, the International Space Station, and numerous scientific spacecraft.
  • MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY CLOSED FOR HURRICANE LILI Lockheed Martin 02 Oct 2002 -- The NASA Michoud Assembly Facility is closed and will be closed all day tomorrow to all but essential support personnel because of Hurricane Lili.
  • SHUTTLE-SPACE STATION VOA 01 Oct 2002 -- This is the first shuttle mission since June, when engineers discovered microscopic cracks in hydrogen fuel lines in all four orbiters. Technicians developed a special polishing and welding technique to seal the fissures.

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