April 2003 Space News
- Space program pioneers meet AF leaders AFPN 30 Apr 2003 -- The father of the Air Force space program and a key leader in the development of weapons systems such as the Minuteman missile assembled former colleagues here April 23 to 27 for the annual meeting of the "Old Timers."
- JSAT Corporation Awards Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems Contract for Powerful A2100 Satellite Lockheed Martin 30 Apr 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS) has been awarded a contract by JSAT Corporation of Japan to build its latest geostationary telecommunications satellite.
- ATK Solid Propulsion and Composite Technology Supports Successful Launch Of Pegasus XL Rocket ATK 29 Apr 2003 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the launch yesterday of an Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) Pegasus(R) XL rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. that successfully placed into orbit a NASA space telescope.
- SHUTTLE PROBE VOA 29 Apr 2003 -- Investigators say they are close to explaining what caused the U-S space shuttle Columbia to disintegrate three months ago.
- CSS Diver Display Technology Locates Space Shuttle Debris NAVSEA News 25 Apr 2003 -- Upon encountering some of the most challenging diving conditions he'd ever experienced, Naval Sea Systems Command's Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), Capt. Jim Wilkins contacted Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division's Coastal Systems Station (CSS) and requested the deployment of two prototype Limpet Mine Sonar (LIMIS) systems to assist in finding the STS-107 Columbia space shuttle debris.
- GALAXY SEARCH VOA 28 Apr 2003 -- NASA has launched a small satellite to explore the mysteries of how stars and galaxies form. The spacecraft will observe one-million galaxies, across 10-billion years of cosmic history, to help astronomers determine when the stars we see today were born.
- SOYUZ DOCKING VOA 28 Apr 2003-- A Russian "Soyuz" spacecraft has arrived with a new Russian/American crew for the international space station.
- ORBITAL’S PEGASUS ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NASA’S GALEX SATELLITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 28 Apr 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that earlier today, it successfully launched the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite into its targeted orbit aboard the company’s Pegasus® rocket.
- SOYUZ LAUNCH VOA 26 Apr 2003 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has lifted off from Kazakhstan with a U-S Russian replacement crew for the International Space Station. It was the first human launch since the loss of the U-S shuttle Columbia and its crew nearly three months ago.
- Success of the 1677th launch of Soyuz EADS 26 Apr 2003 -- The 1677th flight of a Soyuz family launch vehicle, Soyuz-FG version, was performed on Saturday, April 26, 2003 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
- O'KEEFE-SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA INVESTIGATION VOA 25 Apr 2003 -- VOA's David Borgida is joined by the Chief Administrator of NASA, Sean O'Keefe who discusses the latest developments in the space shuttle Columbia investigation.
- ORBITAL SET TO LAUNCH NASA'S GALEX SCIENTIFIC SATELLITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 25 Apr 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it is in final preparations to launch the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)'s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) satellite aboard the company's Pegasus® rocket.
- Boeing Studies Keep ISS Humming Boeing 24 Apr 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] engineers have provided a number of studies to help NASA keep the International Space Station (ISS) viable for the foreseeable future, relying upon Russian vehicles, Soyuz and Progress, to transport cargo to the station.
- NEW SPACE STATION CREW VOA 23 Apr 2003 -- Two new crewmembers will blast off [have blasted off] for the International Space Station Saturday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. They were supposed to have arrived at the outpost aboard a U-S space shuttle last month, but the loss of the shuttle Columbia and the subsequent grounding of the shuttle fleet upset those plans. In fact, the Columbia disaster has changed much about their mission at the station
- DENMARK / MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 23 Apr 2003 -- The United States is campaigning in several European capitals for acceptance of a new missile defense shield to protect against a possible attack from a rogue state or a terrorist group. The missile shield is similar in some respects to former President Reagan's Star Wars plan, which touched off massive protests across Europe 20 years ago. But the latest plan being presented by the Pentagon is meeting very little resistance.
- RUSSIA/SPACE VOA 23 Apr 2003 -- A two-man crew, one Russian, the other American, is set to blast off Saturday from Russia's Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station. It will mark the first manned launch since the U-S shuttle Columbia disaster in February and it highlights the increasingly important role Russia is playing in keeping the I-S-S program flying, during a time of serious challenges.
- Pratt & Whitney's RL60 Moves Closer to Completion Pratt & Whitney 22 Apr 2003 -- Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion this month received a main fuel (hydrogen) turbopump from Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. for the development of its new RL60 engine. The RL60 has 90 percent of its components complete and is expected to begin full testing in September.
- Boeing Launches Orbital Space Plane Design Boeing 18 Apr 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] engineers are designing the Orbital Space Plane (OSP) for NASA utilizing nearly 50 years of expertise in producing spacecraft.
- Space, an asymmetric advantage AFSPC 16 Apr 2003 -- General Lance W. Lord, commander, Air Force Space Command, recently discussed the important role space is playing in current operations-including Operation Iraqi Freedom.
- ORBITAL SHIPS ORBVIEW-3 SATELLITE TO VANDENBERG AFB LAUNCH SITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 15 Apr 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has shipped the OrbView-3 high-resolution imaging satellite to its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), CA.
- Boeing EDD Wins NASA Contracts for Advanced Electric Propulsion Technology Boeing 14 Apr 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has been awarded three new contracts under NASA's In-Space Propulsion Technologies program for the development of advanced xenon ion propulsion technologies.
- It's always stormy weather AFPSC 11 Apr 2003 -- "The weather forecast for tomorrow is increased solar winds with heavy electromagnetic radiation. So be prepared to protect yourself from more-than-usual doses of X-rays coming your way."
- Danish and Greenlandic Parliaments visit Thule AFPSC 11 Apr 2003 -- Danish and Greenlandic parliament members visited Thule's early-warning radar site April 6 to prepare for a hearing on U.S. missile defense plans.
- Health and wellness center opens at Thule AFPSC 11 Apr 2003 -- The military's northernmost health and wellness center opened for business March 28 at Thule's gym. The HAWC provides health promotion information and initiatives to some 800 U.S., Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic people who call Thule home.
- Boeing-built AsiaSat 4 Communication Satellite Successfully Launched Boeing 11 Apr 2003 -- The fourth in a series of four built by Boeing [NYSE: BA], the AsiaSat 4 satellite for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited of Hong Kong was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- Atlas III Launch of AsiaSat 4 Successful in 1ST ILS Mission of 2003 Lockheed Martin 11 Apr 2003 -- An Atlas III rocket lifted off at 8:47 p.m. EDT today and successfully delivered its AsiaSat 4 satellite payload into space, kicking off a busy year for International Launch Services (ILS).
- Orbital-Built Galaxy XII Satellite Successfully Launched For PanAmSat Orbital Sciences Corp. 10 Apr 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the Galaxy XII geosynchronous orbit (GEO) communications satellite the company built for PanAmSat Corporation (NASDAQ: SPOT) was successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday, April 9, 2003.
- New Milstar launches from Cape AFSPC 10 Apr 2003 -- A military communications satellite called "Milstar" was successfully launched April 8 by the U.S. Air Force from here on a Titan IV-B rocket.
- Shuttle Names VOA 10 Apr 2003 -- Our VOA listener question this week comes from Nigeria. Semaku Fasinu asks us to explain how the American space shuttles got their names, and why the spacecraft is called a shuttle.
- General speaks about space role in Iraq Army News 09 Apr 2003 -- Army Space Forces are actively engaged in current operations in Iraq and globally.
- U.S. Missile Defense Program "On Track," Agency Director Says Washington File 09 Apr 2003 -- The U.S. missile defense program "is on track" and "we have the confidence to proceed with plans for an initial defense capability," says Lieutenant General Ronald Kadish, director of the Missile Defense Agency.
- ATK Propulsion and Composite Technologies Support Launch of Military Satellite Aboard Titan IV B Rocket ATK 09 Apr 2003 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the successful launch yesterday of a Lockheed Martin Titan IV B rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. that successfully placed into orbit a Department of Defense Milstar II communications satellite.
- Boeing-built 601 High Powered Satellite Set to Launch for Asia Satellite Boeing 08 Apr 2003 -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) officials are ready for the launch of AsiaSat 4, a Boeing 601HP satellite, for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited of Hong Kong. Scheduled for April 10 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., it will be the first launch of the year for Boeing Satellite Systems, a division of Boeing Launch & Satellite Systems.
- Lockheed Martin Sets Sights on Next Phase of Missile Defense Agency's High Altitude Airship Program Lockheed Martin 08 Apr 2003 -- The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Lockheed Martin a $2 million concept definition contract to advance the company's already well-defined High Altitude Airship (HAA) configuration.
- U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin Team up to Successfully Launch Final Milstar II Satellite on a Titan IV B Rocket Lockheed Martin 08 Apr 2003 -- Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force joined forces to successfully place the Milstar II military communications satellite into orbit today.
- Northrop Grumman, Orbital Sciences Join Forces To Refine Requirements For Orbital Space Plane Northrop Grumman 08 Apr 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Integrated Systems sector and Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), Dulles, Va., have been awarded separate, 16-month study contracts by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to help refine requirements and operational concepts for NASA's proposed Orbital Space Plane (OSP).
- NORTHROP GRUMMAN, ORBITAL SCIENCES JOIN FORCES TO REFINE REQUIREMENTS FOR ORBITAL SPACE PLANE Orbital Sciences Corp. 08 Apr 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Integrated Systems sector and Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) have been awarded separate, 16-month study contracts by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to help refine requirements and operational concepts for NASA's proposed Orbital Space Plane (OSP).
- Capabilities and People -- Keys to Asymmetric Advantage by General Lance W. Lord, Commander, Air Force Space Command, 08 Apr 2003 -- "I'm going to start by talking about our contributions to Operation Iraqi Freedom, but you'll quickly see that we're engaged in more than just a single operation. We're involved & supporting operations, 24 / 7 / 365, around the world! In fact, we've got two global operations--ICBM and Space Operations. We're also supporting missions is specific theaters, with one of our largest efforts in the CENTCOM area of operations. Even though the majority of our global and theater operations are accomplished from our home stations, more than 1000 men and women from AFSPC are deployed."
- SPACE STATION / SHUTTLE VOA 08 Apr 2003 -- Two U-S astronauts took a spacewalk Tuesday to perform exterior maintenance on the International Space Station. It was the last opportunity to fix hardware while the outpost has enough spare hands before the crew size soon decreases from three to two.
- Lockheed Martin Ships Last DSCS Satellite to Cape Canaveral for July Launch Lockheed Martin 07 Apr 2003 -- The last in a series of 14 Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force has been shipped to Cape Canaveral Air Station, Fla., where it will be readied for a scheduled launch in July 2003.
- Delta rocket takes GPS satellite into orbit AFSPC 02 Apr 2003 -- A Delta II, carrying a Global Positioning System satellite, launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., March 31.
- Airmen keep base operational amidst blizzard AFSPC 02 Apr 2003 -- My story begins at Buckley March 18. The snow fell for three days and was 40 inches deep in spots.
- ATK Propulsion and Composite Technology Supports Launch of Japan's H-IIA Rocket ATK 02 Apr 2003 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) said four Solid Strap-on Boosters (SSB) developed and produced by ATK Thiokol Propulsion, Promontory, Utah, supported the launch on March 28 of a National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) H-IIA rocket from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.
- EXPLORATIONS #2048 - Space Digest VOA 02 Apr 2003 -- Today we tell about an American astronaut who makes beautiful photographs of space and Earth from the International Space Station. We also tell about a recently discovered dark spot on the planet Jupiter. We report about efforts to produce low cost fuel. And we tell about a new space telescope to be launched April eighteenth.
- NEXT SPACE STATION CREW VOA 01 Apr 2003 -- The U-S space agency NASA has named the next crew of the international space station. Their trip was delayed because of the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
- SHUTTLE PROBE VOA 01 Apr 2003 -- The investigation into what caused the break-up of the U-S space shuttle Columbia supports the theory that a left wing panel broke off during its mission, possibly playing a role in its demise. But corrosion along the wing's front edge might also have played a part.
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