January 2003 Space News
- EADS acquires BAE SYSTEMS 25 percent stake in Astrium and takes full control of Paradigm BAE Systems 31 Jan 2003 -- EADS (stock exchange symbol: EAD), is acquiring BAE Systems (stock exchange symbol: BA.L) 25 percent interest (27.5 percent economic share) in Astrium, Europe's leading space company. The transaction signed on 30 January 2003, will be implemented when all regulatory clearances have been obtained. Full control of Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd., formerly held by BAE Systems and EADS, has been transferred to EADS.
- EADS acquires BAE SYSTEMS 25 percent stake in Astrium and takes full control of Paradigm EADS 31 Jan 2003 -- EADS (stock exchange symbol: EAD), is acquiring BAE SYSTEMS (stock exchange symbol: BA.L) 25 percent interest (27.5 percent economic share) in Astrium, Europe’s leading space company. The transaction, signed on 30 January 2003, will be implemented when all regulatory clearances have been obtained. Full control of Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd., formerly held by BAE SYSTEMS and EADS, has been transferred to EADS.
- ORBITAL SELECTED FOR $475 MILLION LAUNCH VEHICLE PROGRAM Orbital Sciences Corp. 31 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has been awarded a major contract by the U.S. Air Force to provide space launch and missile defense target vehicles using deactivated Peacekeeper ICBM assets under the Orbital/Suborbital Program-2 (OSP-2). Orbital also made the sole offer for the other half of OSP-2, providing space and target launch vehicles using deactivated Minuteman assets similar to the work that the company is performing for the Air Force under the current OSP-1 contract.
- Vandenberg launch facility gets facelift AFSC 30 Jan 2003 -- A launch facility on Vandenberg, virtually abandoned since the 1960s, now has a new life as a testing area for boosters slated for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program. And with the new mission comes a facelift.
- Boeing Delta II Lifts Air Force Satellites into Action Boeing 29 Jan 2003 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket successfully deployed two satellites today for the U.S. Air Force.
- AIR FORCE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES LOCKHEED MARTIN-BUILT GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 29 Jan 2003 -- Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral. This was the seventh successful launch of the new-generation spacecraft, designated GPS IIR.
- CHINA SPACE PROGRAM VOA 29 Jan 2003 -- China says it will launch its first astronauts into space later this year. Beijing is hoping the manned space program will boost commerce, science, and security. But those benefits come at a price
- BAE SYSTEMS Supplies Further SATCOM Support For British Forces BAE Systems 28 Jan 2003 -- BAE Systems C4ISR has been awarded a contract by the UK Defence Communications Services Agency (DCSA) for the supply of a further two Dagger vehicle-borne and two Talon man-portable high capacity satellite communications systems to support British Forces' network enabled capabilities (NEC) during field operations.
- Venus Express Contract for Astrium EADS 28 Jan 2003 -- Venus Express is scheduled for launch from the Baïkonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in November 2005. It will be launched by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket and put immediately into its transfer orbit to Venus. After a journey of about 5 months, the actual mission around Venus will last nearly two Venusian years (about 500 Earth days).
- SPECIAL ENGLISH EXPLORATIONS #2039 Space Digest VOA 28 Jan 2003 -- Unusual Asteroid; Three New Moons Around Neptune; Two New Satellites; Shuttle Columbia Flight; Congressional Space Medal of Honor Winner
- ATK Solid Propulsion and Composite Technology Supports Successful Launch Of Pegasus XL Rocket ATK 27 Jan 2003 -- Solid propulsion Orion rocket motors produced by ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) helped launch an Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) Pegasus(R) XL vehicle on Jan. 25 that placed into orbit a NASA solar research satellite.
- Boeing Delta II Ready to Launch Pair of Satellites for U.S. Air Force Boeing 27 Jan 2003 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket stands ready at Space Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., for its launch on Jan. 29.
- Sea Launch Re-Negotiates Contract with Intelsat Boeing 27 Jan 2003 -- Sea Launch Company, LLC, has negotiated an agreement with Intelsat to reassign an earlier launch contract to a future payload requirement.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DEMONSTRATES NEW SATELLITE RANGE EXTENSION CAPABILITY FOR MDA/NAVY DEFENSE APPLICATIONS Lockheed Martin 27 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company today announced that it has successfully tested a proof-of-concept system that will extend the range and effectiveness of the U.S. Navy's Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) by thousands of square miles CEC significantly improves battle force anti-aircraft warfare (AAW) capabilities by integrating the sensor data of cooperating ships and aircraft into a single, real-time, fire-control-quality composite track picture that supports integrated engagements
- ORBITAL'S PEGASUS ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NASA'S SORCE SATELLITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that on Saturday, January 25, it successfully launched the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite into its targeted orbit aboard the company's Pegasus® rocket.
- ORBITAL ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF SORCE MISSION Orbital Sciences Corp. 25 Jan 2003 -- Earlier today, Orbital Sciences Corporation carried out a successful launch of its Pegasus rocket and deployment of the SORCE satellite the company developed and built for NASA and the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics.
- EDITORIAL: SHARING SPACE EXPLORATION VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- The space shuttle Columbia took off on January 16th on a sixteen-day scientific research mission. Aboard are six American astronauts and the first Israeli astronaut, Air Force Colonel Ilan Ramon. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Colonel Ramon is one of dozens of astronauts who have joined American crews in the peaceful exploration of space. Astronauts from Russia, Canada, Mexico, France, Ukraine, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Saudi Arabia have already participated in U.S. space missions.
- SUN'S RAYS / SATELLITE VOA 24 Jan 2003 -- A new U-S spacecraft is to be (has been) launched from Florida on a mission to soak up the sun's rays, like a vacationer at the beach. But no one would consider the place it is heading to be a vacation spot, more than 600 kilometers into frigid space. The satellite will help us understand how solar radiation influences our climate
- ATK Thiokol Propulsion Successfully Conducts Full-Scale Space Shuttle Motor Test ATK 24 Jan 2003 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) said ATK Thiokol Propulsion, Brigham City, Utah, successfully conducted a static test firing of a full-scale Space Shuttle reusable solid rocket motor (RSRM) yesterday. The test took place at the company's Promontory, Utah, facility, located approximately 90 miles north of Salt Lake City.
- ORBITAL SET TO LAUNCH NASA SATELLITE ABOARD PEGASUS SPACE LAUNCH VEHICLE Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it is in final preparations to launch the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) satellite aboard the company's Pegasus® rocket.
- ORBITAL WINS $60 MILLION IN NEW SMALL LAUNCH VEHICLE ORDERS FROM U.S. GOVERNMENT Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) recently received firm orders for four small space launch vehicles from the U.S. Government, the company announced today. At the end of 2002, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contracted with the company to launch its Spectroscopy and Photometry of the Intergalactic Medium's Diffuse Radiation (SPIDR) satellite aboard the company's Pegasus rocket in a mission that will take place in 2005.
- Beginning of Electrical And Functional Tests on the ATV EADS 22 Jan 2003 -- With the start of the electrical and functional test campaign at EADS LAUNCH VEHICLES site at Les Mureaux, the development of the European space cargo ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) is at a crucial point. The tests, which are intended to qualify electrical systems and validate flight software, will continue until mid-2004.
- Commission presents Green Paper on EU Space Policy EU Commission 21 Jan 2003 -- On 21 January 2003, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin unveiled the Commission's much-anticipated Green Paper on EU Space Policy. This key document, prepared in co-operation with the European Space Agency (ESA) , tackles key issues ranging from the EU's independent access to space to international competition to the environment and security.
- Commission launches debate on a space policy for the EU EU Commission Press Release 21 Jan 2003 -- Today in Brussels, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin introduced the Green Paper on EU Space Policy. The Paper, prepared by the Commission in co-operation with the European Space Agency (ESA), looks into Europe's assets and weaknesses in this sector. As a basis for a broad consultation, the report tackles key issues such as the EU's independent access to space, scientific excellence in this field, the industrial and technological base, relevant markets, human resources, the legal and institutional framework, international co-operation, and environmental and security aspects. It aims to launch a debate with all players - national and international organisations, the EU space industry and users, scientific community and citizens.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN COMPLETES STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF COMMERCIAL SPACE SYSTEMS Lockheed Martin 17 Jan 2003 -- Following an analysis of strategic options in response to ongoing overcapacity issues in the commercial satellite-manufacturing marketplace, Lockheed Martin today announced it will advance and extend its aggressive realignment initiative, begun in July 2001, to consolidate and streamline management, engineering and manufacturing organizations within its Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) business, which is located in Newtown, PA.
- SHUTTLE LAUNCH VOA 16 Jan 2003 -- The U-S space shuttle Columbia has blasted off on a 16-day scientific research mission with Israel's first astronaut. Security was extremely tight at the Florida launch site
- Vandenberg launches meteorological satellites AF Space Command 15 Jan 2003 -- The Air Force successfully launched a Boeing Delta II rocket from here Jan. 12
- U.K. Defense Secretary Calls U.S. Missile Defense Proposal "Invaluable" Washington File 15 Jan 2003-- In a statement to the House of Commons January 15, UK Defense Secretary Geoffrey Hoon said the British government has reached the preliminary conclusion "that it is in the UK's interests to agree to a request from the US government to upgrade the early warning radar at Fylingdales for missile defence purposes."
- SPACEWALK VOA 15 Jan 2003 --Two U-S astronauts floated in space Wednesday for maintenance chores outside the international space station. David McAlary reports that one of the spacewalkers took over for a Russian cosmonaut, whom the U-S space agency NASA disqualified for medical reasons.
- Boeing Rocketdyne to Provide Crew Escape Propulsion System Boeing 15 Jan 2003 -- The Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] has been selected to provide the liquid propulsion system for Lockheed Martin's Pad Abort Demonstration (PAD) for NASA's Orbital Space Plane program.
- LOCKHEED MARTIN/GENERAL DYNAMICS ADD BOEING SATELLITE SYSTEMS TO THE MOBILE USER OBJECTIVE SYSTEM (MUOS) TEAM Lockheed Martin 15 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin today announced that Boeing Satellite Systems has joined its team in the competition to develop the U.S. Navy's next generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system, known as the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).
- PENTAGON / RUSSIA VOA 15 Jan 2003 -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appeared to signal Wednesday that the United States has no objections if Russia pursues an expanded missile defense system with space-based components
- Spectrolab Solar Cells Power Latest Mars Exporation Vehicles Boeing 14 Jan 2003 -- High-efficiency solar cells manufactured by Spectrolab, Inc., are providing power to "Spirit," the NASA-built spacecraft that landed on Mars on January 4 to explore the Red Planet.
- SPACE SHUTTLE TO CONDUCT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH MISSION Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2003 -- Space Shuttle Columbia is scheduled to lift off from Kennedy Space Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (CST) Thursday, January 16 on a lengthy research mission. Since Columbia is not rendezvousing with the International Space Station, the window for launch is much wider at 2 1/2 hours.
- Delta II Delivers NASA's ICESat and CHIPSat to Space Boeing 12 Jan 2003 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket successfully launched the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) and the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer Satellite (CHIPSat) today in a dual primary payload mission for NASA.
- Boeing Delta II Launch of NASA'S ICESAT/CHIPSAT Scrubbed Boeing 11 Jan 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and NASA officials scrubbed today's launch of NASA's ICESat and CHIPSat satellites aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex 2W, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
- Boeing Team Makes Just-in-Time Delivery to Columbia's SPACEHAB Laboratory Boeing 10 Jan 2003 -- Forty hours before Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off on Jan. 16, a Boeing [NYSE: BA] engineering team will power up the SPACEHAB Research Double Module, or RDM, in the orbiter's payload bay and perform the delicate pre-launch operation of stowing time-critical experiment hardware on board.
- ORBITAL RECEIVES $50 MILLION IN CONTRACT ADDITIONS FOR GROUND-BASED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM Orbital Sciences Corp. 10 Jan 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has received approximately $50 million in incremental modifications to its contract from The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) to develop, test and produce interceptor boost vehicles for the U.S. Department of Defense/Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $341 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missile Production Lockheed Martin 07 Jan 2003 -- Lockheed Martin has received a contract for $341 million from the U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) for the production of the Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control will produce 88 PAC-3 Missiles plus other associated hardware.
- Space Yearender VOA 07 Jan 2003-- The year two-thousand-two saw the end of the working life of one of the most successful spacecraft ever launched from Earth. On October eighteenth, nineteen-eighty-nine, the American space agency launched a spacecraft named Galileo from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It weighed two-thousand-two-hundred-twenty-three kilograms. Galileo carried more than twenty science instruments and cameras to explore the planet Jupiter and its moons.
- General Dynamics Provides Operational and Marketing Support to Kingdom of Tonga’s Communications Satellites General Dynamics 06 Jan 2003 -- General Dynamics Network Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has entered into an agreement with Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Ltd. (Tongasat), which is the appointed exclusive agent of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, to provide satellite engineering and flight-operations services for the first of several commercial communications satellites that Tongasat plans to own.
- TITAN II SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES CORIOLIS MISSION FROM VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE Lockheed Martin 06 Jan 2003 -- A Lockheed Martin Titan II launch vehicle successfully placed the Coriolis mission into orbit this morning for the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy. The Titan II lifted off at 6:19 a.m. Pacific Time from Launch Complex 4W at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Coriolis mission comprises two payloads: the Navy Windsat Radiometer (Windsat) and the Air Force Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI). Both payloads were successfully placed in a low Earth, sun synchronous orbit of 516 miles (830 kilometers).
- Titan II Coriolis launches from Vandenberg AFPN 06 Jan 2003-- VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- The Air Force successfully launched a Titan II booster from here at 6:19 a.m. Jan. 6.
- CHINA-SPACE VOA 06 Jan 2003-- China's fourth unmanned spacecraft returns safely to earth
- Successful Arrow Test Israel Aerospace Industries 05 Jan 2003 -- Another test of the "Arrow" Weapon System was conducted successfully, today, January 5th at 16:37. This was the first of a series of tests intended to evaluate the system's performance against the next generation of incoming threats.
- ISRAEL / MISSILE TEST VOA 05 Jan 2003 -- Israel carried out the most ambitious test of its Arrow missile system on Sunday, successfully launching four missiles nearly simultaneously at a simulated target. The test is seen as part of Israel's preparations for a possible attack by Iraq in event of a U-S-led war in the Gulf
- Druyun Joins Boeing as Deputy General Manager for Missile Defense Systems Boeing 03 Jan 2003 -- A former top U.S. Air Force acquisition official has joined Boeing [NYSE: BA] to help lead the company's missile defense business headquartered in Washington, D.C.
- China Spacesat and Thales Telematics sign a Memorandum of Understanding for China Thales 03 Jan 2003 -- Beijing, December 18, 2002 - On the last day of the first China-Europe seminar on Galileo, China Spacesat and Thales Telematics have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in the field of telematics solutions. The two parties are committed to provide Chinese customers with best-of-breed telematics solutions based on high-precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems and two-way communications infrastructure (GSM/GPRS/Bluetooth).
- RANDLE/CHINA SPACE VOA 02 Jan 2003-- Beijing has announced that it intends to launch a manned spacecraft sometime this year, perhaps in the last six months of 2003. If successful, China would become only the third nation to send and return a person into space, joining the United States and Russia.
- CHINA/SPACE VOA 02 Jan 2003-- China has announced it plans to launch its first manned spacecraft in the second half of this year to become only the third country to do so
- Boeing Statement Regarding Department of State Allegations Boeing 02 Jan 2003 -- Today The Boeing Company released the following statement in response to a letter of charges issued by the U.S. State Department relating to alleged export violations that occurred in the 1990's when Boeing Satellite Systems was still part of Hughes Electronics.
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