July 2003 Space News
- Boeing and Air Force Delay Delta IV DSCS III B6 Launch Boeing 31 Jul 2003 -- Boeing and U.S. Air Force officials are delaying Sunday's launch of the Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft, DSCS III B6, aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., to no earlier than Aug. 4.
- Boeing Launch Services, Arianespace and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Announce New Launch Services Alliance Boeing 30 Jul 2003 -- In a bold initiative, Boeing Launch Services, Arianespace S.A., and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced today the signing of an agreement to provide a powerful new commercial service offering that combines the strength of three leading launch service providers to ensure on-time launches for customers around the world.
- Boeing-Led Team to Study Nuclear-Powered Space Systems Boeing 29 Jul 2003 -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has awarded a contract to a Boeing-led [NYSE: BA] team to study deep space propulsion systems for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) mission, scheduled to launch no earlier than 2011.
- Northrop Grumman, BAE SYSTEMS To Collaborate On Missile Defence Solutions; Accord Makes Joint Wargame Exercises Possible BAE Systems 28 Jul 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and BAE Systems plc today announced they have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to co-operate on developing missile defence solutions, focusing specifically in the area of modelling and simulation.
- Northrop Grumman, BAE SYSTEMS to Collaborate on Missile Defense Solutions Northrop Grumman 28 Jul 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and BAE SYSTEMS plc today announced they have signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate on developing missile defense solutions, focusing specifically in the area of modeling and simulation.
- BAE SYSTEMS Microprocessors Enroute To Mars BAE Systems 25 Jul 2003 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched two Mars Exploration Rovers on seven-month journeys to Mars. The Rovers are outfitted with BAE Systems radiation-hardened RAD6000 computers that will process and send data back to earth to help NASA search for evidence about ancient water on Mars.
- Spectrolab Terrestrial Concentrator Solar Cell Achieves Unparalelled Solar Energy Conversion Boeing 25 Jul 2003 -- Spectrolab, Inc., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has achieved an unprecedented conversion efficiency for a terrestrial concentrator solar cell.
- Transcript: Press Conference on the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program 24 Jul 2003 -- "We're here today to have a report on the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. We have the undersecretary of the Air Force, Peter B. Teets, who will make an opening statement and then take your questions. We are on the record today. And I would just ask that you limit your questions to the subject at hand, which is the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. Following the Q&A, we will have some fact sheets and some B roll, for those of you in the electronic media, and that will help with some of the details on what we're going to talk about today."
- Northrop Grumman Completes Acquisition of XonTech, Boosting Missile Defense Capabilities Northrop Grumman 24 Jul 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced today that it has completed its acquisition of XonTech, a Van Nuys, Calif.-based science and technology firm specializing in missile defense, and sensor and intelligence data analysis. The acquisition boosts the company's missile defense capabilities.
- Boeing Realigns Space Businesses to Focus on Customers, Performance Boeing 22 Jul 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] officials announced today the company is realigning its launch and satellite businesses to better serve the company's primary customers, ensure program execution and reduce infrastructure costs.
- ORBITAL PROVIDES GYROLESS FLIGHT SOFTWARE FOR FUSE SPACECRAFT Orbital Sciences Corp. 22 Jul 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has completed the in-orbit delivery and initial checkout of its new gyroless software for the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) satellite for its customer, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
- SHUTTLE DISASTER / RECORDINGS VOA 22 Jul 2003 -- Newly-released documents reaffirm that U-S space agency officials placed little importance on a flight incident that ultimately doomed the shuttle Columbia. The U-S space agency NASA has issued recordings and transcripts of meetings that mission managers held during Columbia's flight. The documents show how unconcerned the officials were about the potential for catastrophic damage caused by hard insulating foam that smashed into Columbia's wing during liftoff.
- Theft Trade Secrets Investigation Leads to Indictment 18 Jul 2003 -- Joseph E. Schmitz, Department of Defense inspector general, today announced that a joint investigation by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) resulted in a criminal indictment against two former Boeing Co. managers. The two, who were managers in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, were charged with conspiracy to conceal and possess trade secrets by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
- Hamilton Sundstrand Sensor Systems to supply key instrument for NASA mission to study carbon dioxide in the atmosphere Hamilton Sundstrand 17 Jul 2003 -- amilton Sundstrand Sensor Systems, based in Pomona, has been selected by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a division of the California Institute of Technology, to supply the science instrument for NASA’s new Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO). The instrument uses three infrared spectrometers to measure reflected sunlight in carbon dioxide and oxygen absorption bands.
- Cablevision Systems Corporation and Lockheed Martin Achieve Mission Success with the Launch of Rainbow 1 Lockheed Martin 17 Jul 2003 -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced that the Rainbow 1 telecommunications satellite was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral aboard an Atlas V rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS), a Lockheed Martin joint venture. Cablevision Chairman Charles F. Dolan stated:
- NASA to Create Independent Safety Center VOA News 16 Jul 2003 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says it will create an independent office to review the safety of its programs, including the space shuttle. The announcement follows the loss of the shuttle Columbia in February and criticism of NASA management by investigators probing the disaster.
- MEADS INTERNATIONAL SUBMITS PROPOSAL; READIES FOR DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF MULTI-NATIONAL AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 16 Jul 2003 -- MEADS International (MI) has submitted its business management proposal to begin the Design and Development (D&D) phase of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).
- President of Ukraine signs Decree on measures to ensure realization of Ukrainian-Brazilian project of creating space rocket complex "Cyclone - 4" 15.07.03 - President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma signed the Decree "On Measures to Ensure Realization of the Ukrainian-Brazilian Project of Creating the Space Rocket Complex "Cyclone - 4".
- NASA / SAFETY VOA 16 Jul 2003 -- The U-S space agency NASA says it will create an independent office to review the safety of its programs, including the space shuttle. The announcement follows the loss of the shuttle Columbia in February and criticism of NASA management by investigators probing the disaster.
- Boeing Updates Assessment of Launch and Satellite Businesses in Weak Commercial Space Markets; To Record $1.1 Billion Second Quarter Charge Boeing 15 Jul 2003 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that as a result of continued weakness in the commercial space launch market, higher mission and launch costs on its Delta IV program, and cost growth in its satellite businesses, the company will recognize pre-tax charges of approximately $1.1 billion, or $0.87 per share, when it announces second quarter results on July 23.
- ORBITAL MAKES FINAL IN-ORBIT DELIVERY OF BSAT-2c SATELLITE Orbital Sciences Corp. 15 Jul 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has made the final in-orbit delivery of the BSAT-2c satellite to its customer, Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan.
- SPACE DIGEST VOA 15 Jul 2003 -- Launch of second Mars rover; Robonaut; Microbes on the Space Station; Explorer Schools Program
- Northrop Grumman Moves Composite Fuel Tanks Closer to Launch Pad with New Award Northrop Grumman 14 Jul 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Integrated Systems sector will continue developing and refining manufacturing processes required to construct large cryogenic fuel tanks under a new Next Generation Launch Technology (NGLT) contract option from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
- Boeing Receives $145 Million ISS Battery Contract Boeing 11 Jul 2003 -- NASA has awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a firm, fixed-price contract valued at $145 million to procure replacement battery units for the International Space Station (ISS).
- Europe's Satellite Navigation Programme Gets Going EADS 11 Jul 2003 -- Following evaluation of its technically compliant bid to the European Space Agency (ESA), Galileo Industries, a joint venture with EADS Astrium as its principal shareholder, signed a contract to build one of Europe’s first spacecraft entirely dedicated to satellite navigation.
- Lockheed Martin Receives $260 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancements Lockheed Martin 11 Jul 2003 -- Lockheed Martin has received a $260 million not-to-exceed contract for a Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) to the battle-proven Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile. The MSE provides performance enhancements to the missile that will counter evolving threat advancements. The U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command, Huntsville, AL, is the contracting agency. The MSE program includes flight software, flight testing, modification and qualification of subsystems, production planning and tooling, and support for full Patriot system integration. The MSE program will span 51 months, with flight testing scheduled to begin in September 2006.
- OLDEST KNOWN PLANET VOA 10 Jul 2003 -- U-S and Canadian astronomers have discovered the oldest known planet orbiting two stars in the constellation Scorpius. It is very different from Earth and its sisters circling our sun and hints of a new and possibly abundant class of planets out there.
- SHUTTLE PROBE VOA 08 Jul 2003 -- U-S investigators have strong new evidence that a piece of space shuttle debris caused the disintegration of the shuttle Columbia in February. A ground test has found that a piece of hard foam can seriously damage a shuttle wing, despite the U-S space agency's early assertions to the contrary.
- Latest Test Confirms Cause of Space Shuttle Destruction VOA News 08 Jul 2003 -- U.S. investigators have strong new evidence that a piece of space shuttle debris caused the disintegration of the shuttle Columbia in February. A ground test has found that a piece of hard foam can seriously damage a shuttle wing, despite the U.S. space agency's early assertions to the contrary.
- Spaceship Opportunity Headed for Mars VOA News 08 Jul 2003 -- Another U.S. spacecraft is heading for Mars. A spaceship named Opportunity took off from Kennedy Space Center Florida after more than a week's delay because of bad weather and technical problems with the launch rocket. It is the second of two identical craft that are to land on the Red Planet to determine if life could have existed there. The first of the pair, called Spirit, left Earth one month ago.
- MARS/LAUNCH VOA 07 Jul 2003 -- Another U-S spacecraft is heading for Mars. A spaceship named Opportunity took off from Kennedy Space Center Florida after more than a week's delay because of bad weather and technical problems with the launch rocket. It is the second of two identical craft that are to land on the Red Planet to determine if life could have existed there. The first of the pair, called Spirit, left Earth one month ago.
- Boeing Delta II Launches "Opportunity", Sending Second NASA Rover to Mars Boeing 07 Jul 2003 -- "Opportunity," the second of two NASA rovers that will land on Mars, was launched today by a Boeing Delta II launch vehicle from Space Launch Complex 17B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- Scientists Discover Planetary System Similar to Ours Washington File 05 Jul 2003 -- An international team of scientists has discovered a planetary system consisting of a star similar to the Sun that is orbited by a gas-giant planet larger but very similar to the planet Jupiter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on July 3.
- World: Will Men Ever Go To Mars? RFE/L 02 Jul 2003 -- The United States is sending two robotic probes to Mars to study the planet's surface. But whatever happened to a manned mission to the Red Planet, an idea that seemed almost a certainty a generation ago?
- SHUTTLE PROBE VOA 01 Jul 2003 -- U-S space shuttle accident investigators are calling on the space agency NASA to take better pictures of shuttles during future launches. They say they would like to have had better images of the incident they believe doomed the shuttle Columbia during its liftoff in January.
- Boeing To Build Space-borne Power Generator Boeing 01 Jul 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has been named by the Department of Energy (DOE) to lead in the creation of a next-generation power system for future Mars surface missions and the exploration of deep space.
- Shuttle Accident Investigators Recommend Better Launch Pictures VOA News 01 Jul 2003 -- U.S. space shuttle accident investigators are calling on the space agency NASA to take better pictures of shuttles during future launches. They say they would like to have had better images of the incident they believe doomed the shuttle Columbia during its liftoff in January.
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