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November 2002 Space News

  • NORAD INVESTIGATES REPORTS OF CONTRAIL 28 Nov 2002 -- Yesterday at approximately 4 p.m. (EST) North American Aerospace Defense Command received unverified reports of what appeared to be a contrail of unknown origin in the vicinity of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean
  • Vandenberg launches Scuds on data-seeking mission 30th Space Wing Public Affairs 27 Nov 2002 -- The Missile Defense Agency launched two Scud missiles from here to learn more about the infamous Persian Gulf killer
  • Launch Date Set for Boeing-Built NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite Boeing 26 Nov 2002 -- A Boeing-built satellite, which will increase NASA's ability to provide clear communications in the busy radio environment of space, is scheduled for launch on Dec. 4 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
  • SPACE SHUTTLE VOA 25 Nov 2002 -- The U-S space shuttle Endeavour has docked with the International Space Station, delivering a replacement crew and a massive piece of equipment to enlarge the orbital complex
  • ATK Rocket Motors Launch Space Shuttle Endeavour on Mission to International Space Station ATK 25 Nov 2002 -- Two reusable solid rocket motors manufactured by ATK’s (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) Aerospace Group helped launch NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour from Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Nov. 23 on a mission to the International Space Station.
  • Boeing Awarded Contract to Complete X-37 Development and Flight Test Boeing 25 Nov 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced that it was awarded a NASA contract to continue development of the X-37 reusable spaceplane and conduct atmospheric and orbital flight tests.
  • Astrium opens Production Centre for Ariane engines EADS 25 Nov 2002 -- Through its new Production Centre for rocket engines at the Ottobrunn site, Astrium Space Infrastructure is concentrating its competencies as Europe's leading manufacturer of thrust chamber systems for the space industry.
  • Lockheed Martin Radiators Launched to the International Space Station Lockheed Martin 25 Nov 2002 -- Three Lockheed Martin-produced Heat Rejection Subsystem (HRS) radiators were launched aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour Saturday destined for the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Text: Shuttle Endeavour Prepares for Space Station Docking Washington File 24 Nov 2002-- After a successful launch from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on November 23, the Shuttle Endeavour is rapidly closing on the orbiting International Space Stations, with docking scheduled for Monday evening, according to the latest NASA reports.
  • SHUTTLE LAUNCH VOA 24 Nov 2002 -- The U-S space shuttle Endeavour has blasted off from Florida after weeks of delay due to technical problems. It is carrying a new crew to the international space station and more new hardware for the research outpost
  • Successful Aegis Missile Defense Intercept Occurs in Pacific Test Washington File 22 Nov 2002-- Russians invited to observe upcoming December test, Bolton says
  • ATK Will Supply Composite Telescope Structure for New NASA Space Observatory ATK 22 Nov 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) said it is the composite structures supplier on a team led by prime contractor TRW (NYSE: TRW) that will build NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, a powerful new space-based observatory designed to replace the Hubble Space Telescope. Sales under the teaming agreement with TRW are expected to be approximately $15 million.
  • ATK Tactical Systems Supports Successful Sea-Based Ballistic Missile Defense System Test ATK 22 Nov 2002 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) said its Mk 136 Third-Stage Rocket Motor (TSRM) and Mk 142 Kinetic Warhead (KW) Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) operated successfully in support of the intercept of a ballistic missile target in space by a STANDARD Missile-3 (SM-3) during a system flight test yesterday.
  • FLIGHT MISSION 4 MISSILE TEST SUCCESSFUL 21 Nov 2002-- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the U.S. Navy announced today a successful flight test in the continuing development of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. Flight Mission-4 (FM-4) involved the firing of a developmental Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) from the Aegis ballistic missile defense cruiser USS Lake Erie to engage a ballistic missile target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Delta IV roars to successful first launch AFPN 21 Nov 2002-- America's newest space launch vehicle got off to a rip-roaring start Nov. 20 with a lift-off that lit up the skies over Central Florida and beyond.
  • ATK Aerospace Technologies Support Successful Inaugural Launch of Boeing Delta IV Rocket ATK 21 Nov 2002 -- Advanced aerospace technologies developed by ATK’s (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) Aerospace Group supported the successful inaugural launch yesterday of America’s newest expendable space launch vehicle – the Boeing Delta IV.
  • Boeing Kinetic Warhead Technology Key to Successful Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Flight Test Boeing 21 Nov 2002 -- Sub-systems developed by The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] played a key role in the latest successful intercept test, Flight Mission-4 (FM-4) of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System on Nov 21. FM-4 is the third successful intercept test in one year for the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy.
  • Lockheed Martin-U.S. Navy Aegis Weapon System Guides Standard Missile to Target Intercept During Ascent Phase Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2002 -- For the first time during the ascent-phase of flight, Lockheed Martin's Aegis Weapon System successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target in the exo-atmosphere.
  • Space warning squadron teamwork creates history USAF Space Command 20 Nov 2002-- For the first time in the history of space-based missile warning, a space operations center here was fully manned by Reservists. Members of the 8th Space Warning Squadron, a Reserve unit, made up an entire shift Nov. 3 at the Space-Based Infrared System Mission Control Station, normally mixed with active-duty members of the 2nd Space Warning Squadron.
  • ATK Aerospace Technologies Support Successful Inaugural Launch of Boeing Delta IV Rocket ATK 20 Nov 2002 -- Advanced aerospace technologies developed by ATK’s (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) Aerospace Group supported the successful inaugural launch yesterday of America’s newest expendable space launch vehicle – the Boeing Delta IV.
  • Successful First Launch for Boeing Delta IV Boeing 20 Nov 2002 -- In a spectacular evening launch today, the first flight of the Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta IV family of rockets successfully delivered the commercial telecommunications satellite W5 for Eutelsat S.A.
  • Capacity adjustment at Astrium Space Infrastructure EADS 20 Nov 2002 -- The Space Infractructure division of the European space company Astrium will cut 280 jobs.
  • Delta IV Rocket Launch Scrubbed; Second Attempt Wednesday Boeing 19 Nov 2002 -- The first launch of the Boeing [NYSE:BA] Delta IV rocket was scrubbed this evening because, minutes before liftoff, launch officials detected that a fill valve on the liquid oxygen (LOX) tank did not close, therefore the LOX tank was not properly pressurizing.
  • Boeing Delta IV 'Go For Launch' Boeing 18 Nov 2002 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] officials held a Launch Readiness Review (LRR) today and confirmed the 'Go for Launch' status of the first Delta IV rocket for Tuesday, November 19.
  • Transcript: NATO Summit Document to Address Missile Defense Threats Washington File 18 Nov 2002-- A key State Department official says the final declaration of the NATO Summit in Prague November 21-22 is expected to express "the need to examine options to protect allied forces, territory, and population centers against the full range of missile threats."
  • Boeing Delta IV Launch Delayed Boeing 15 Nov 2002 -- At a press conference today in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Boeing [NYSE: BA] launch officials announced that the first launch of the Boeing Delta IV has been delayed from it's scheduled Sat., Nov. 16 launch date. Pending final review of additional technical data involving the rocket's upper stage engine, the RL10B-2, the launch will occur no earlier than Tues., Nov. 19.
  • Boeing Payload Team Receives High Performance Rating From NASA Boeing 15 Nov 2002 -- NASA has awarded Boeing [NYSE:BA] a near perfect performance rating and award fee for the final nine months of the Payload Ground Operations Contract, or PGOC, performed at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
  • Incident underscores need for space access AFPN 12 Nov 2002-- The Air Force's senior space official said a rocket test failure has sounded a warning and underscores the need to apply the resources necessary for assure access to space.
  • Boeing Receives GPS IIF Production Approval Boeing 11 Nov 2002 -- Boeing Integrated Defense Systems has received approval from the U.S. Air Force to begin space vehicle production of the first three satellites for the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) IIF program, all of which will be built by Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif.
  • SHUTTLE / STATION OVERVIEW VOA 08 Nov 2002 -- It has been two years since the international space station was first occupied, and the research outpost is getting [will soon get] [has gotten] its sixth crew. The U-S space shuttle Endeavour is ferrying [will ferry] [has ferried] the team and more new hardware as station construction continues
  • SPACE SHUTTLE TO DELIVER NEXT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW Lockheed Martin 07 Nov 2002 -- When Space Shuttle Endeavour lifts off sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday, November 10 and 3 a.m. Monday, November 11 CDT, it will carry the Expedition 6 crew to the International Space Station (ISS) for a crew exchange. (Editor’s Note – An oxygen leak postponed shuttle launch. Shuttle subsequently launched at 7:49 p.m. EST Saturday, November 23.)
  • NASA develops new tool to improve accident investigations AFPN 05 Nov 2002-- Scientists and engineers investigating accidents are working much more effectively and efficiently, thanks to a new software tool developed by NASA called the InvestigationOrganizer.
  • International Space Station Marks Second Anniversary Washington File 02 Nov 2002-- The International Space Station marks two years of continuous human presence in space on November 2, 2002.

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