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September 2003 Space News

  • Boeing's Delta 4 rocket wins NRO launch order U.S. AIR FORCE NEWS RELEASE - September 30, 2003 -- The Air Force awarded the Boeing Company a contract to purchase one Delta 4 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) to launch a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Vandenberg AFB, CA in 2005, according to Air Force officials.
  • Sea Launch Deploys Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 Satellite into Orbit Boeing 30 Sep 2003 -- Sea Launch Company, marking its tenth successful mission, deployed the Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 communications satellite into orbit tonight for PanAmSat Corporation, of Wilton, Conn., and JSAT Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan. All systems aboard the Boeing 601 HP spacecraft are sending healthy data back to ground controllers.
  • CHINA-SPACE VOA 30 Sept 2003-- China is soon expected to launch its first manned space mission, possibly in the next few days -- a feat accomplished by only two other nations: he United States and Russia
  • Strategic Command Missions Rely on Space AFPS 29 Sept 2003-- Applying the operational experience gained during the global war on terrorism to flesh out the use of space forces in theater operations is one challenge facing the new U.S. Strategic Command as it observes its first anniversary Oct. 1.
  • Countdown Underway for Galaxy 13/Horizons-1 Launch Boeing 29 Sep 2003 -- The Sea Launch team arrived at the equatorial launch site this weekend and initiated a 72-hour countdown to liftoff of the Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 mission for PanAmSat Corporation and JSAT Corporation. All systems are proceeding on schedule for the launch, scheduled for Tuesday, September 30, 9:03 pm PDT (4:03:00 GMT, October 1) at the opening of the 39-minute launch window.
  • Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Join Forces To Develop NASA'S Orbital Space Plane Lockheed Martin 29 Sep 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation's (NYSE: LMT) Space Systems Company and Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Integrated Systems sector have moved NASA a significant step closer to its goal of launching a safe, affordable Orbital Space Plane (OSP) by 2008.
  • Lockheed Martin Wins $40 Million Contract To Develop High Altitude Airship For Missile Defense, Other Missions Lockheed Martin 29 Sep 2003 -- The Missile Defense Agency today awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $40 million design and risk reduction contract as the next phase of the advanced technology concept demonstration to deliver a high altitude airship (HAA) prototype in 2006. The prototype airship will be about 500 feet long, 160 feet in diameter and have a volume of 5.2 million cubic feet, about 25 times larger than the blimps seen at athletic events.
  • NIGERIA/ SATELLITE VOA 27 Sept 2003-- Nigeria has become the third African country to join the space age. A Nigerian satellite was launched Saturday on a Russian rocket
  • Successful Launch for Boeing-Built e-BIRD Communications Satellite Boeing 27 Sep 2003 -- e-BIRD, the first satellite built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] for Eutelsat, S.A. of France, was successfully launched to geosynchronous transfer orbit today from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America. e-BIRD, a Boeing 376HP model satellite, was built by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) in El Segundo, Calif.
  • NATO Missile Defence Feasibility Study Transatlantic Industry Study Team selected NATO 26 Sep 2003 -- At the November 2002 Prague Summit NATO Heads of State and Government agreed to initiate a new NATO Missile Defence Feasibility Study to examine options for protecting Alliance territory, forces and population centres against the full range of missile threats.
  • The god boat 5th airship will launch in the daytime ascends the sky the first person still unknown 21st century economies report 2003-9-26 - According to the insider disclosed that, on the god boat 5th airship has three seats, but this definitely cannot on three astronauts. Extrapolated according to this public figure that, on a 5 person of probability is only bigger, has the possibility to come up the same day to return.
  • JAPAN/MISSILE DEFENSE PLANS VOA 25 Sept 2003-- With concerns rising over North Korea's nuclear arms program, the Japanese government wants to deploy a missile defense system designed to protect its cities in the event of an attack.
  • Launch Date Set for Boeing-Built e-BIRD Communications Satellite Boeing 24 Sep 2003 -- e-BIRD, the first satellite built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] for Eutelsat, S.A. of France, is set to launch on Saturday, September 27. The Boeing 376HP model satellite was built by Boeing Satellite Systems (BSS) in El Segundo, Calif.
  • One of United States Air Force's reforming astronautics plans - "day base radar" plan 2003-9-24 Beijing space science and technology information research institute this satellite heavy approximately 2000kg, the design working life 10 years, the satellite payload for the aperture is 40 ~ 50m synthetic aperture radar/activity target designator (SAR/MTI). It possibly moves in leaves ground 770km on, its picture ground resolution is 1m.
  • Power from space EADS 23 Sep 2003 -- With the development of a high-precision control system for energy transmission by means of lasers, EADS Space Transportation has achieved a first milestone in the field of future solar power supply directly from space.
  • ORBITAL AWARDED $14M LAUNCH VEHICLE CONTRACT FOR MISSILE DEFENSE TEST Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Sep 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a sole-source contract for the Critical Measurements and Countermeasures (CMCM-1) Program under the Critical Measurements Program (CMP) contract by U.S. Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC), located in Huntsville, AL.
  • Sea Launch Sails to Equator to Launch Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 Satellite Boeing 22 Sep 2003 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have embarked on their transit to the Equator for the launch of the Galaxy XIII/Horizons-1 satellite for PanAmSat Corporation and JSAT Corporation. Liftoff is scheduled for September 30, during a 39-minute launch window that opens at 9:03 pm PDT (4:03:00 GMT, October 1).
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Air Force Space Command Contract From InDyne Northrop Grumman 22 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Information Technology (IT) sector has been awarded a contract by InDyne, Inc. to support the Air Force Space Command's Western Range Operations, Communications and Information (WROCI) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.
  • Northrop Grumman to Supply Space Inertial Reference Unit Northrop Grumman 22 Sep 2003 -- European Space Agency (ESA) scientists will rely on a key navigational aid from Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Navigations Systems Division (NSD) when it launches its Herschel Space Observatory into orbit four years from now to study how the first stars and galaxies were formed.
  • The Shenzhou manned vehicle 2003-9-18 Beijing space science and technology information research institute China will break through take the airship junction can dock, the spacelab, the satellite network and the lunar survey and so on as representative's astronautics essential technology.
  • Northrop Grumman Software Controls Successful Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Flight Test Northrop Grumman 17 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) provided ground command and launch equipment (CLE) software for a successful flight test of a prototype booster for the ground-based midcourse defense (GMD) program. The launch took place last month from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
  • Northrop Grumman Selected to Develop Strategic Illuminator Laser for Missile Defense Agency Northrop Grumman 17 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Space Technology sector will develop the Strategic Illuminator Laser (SILL) for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), providing a crucial component for systems such as the Airborne Laser (ABL) and future space-based programs.
  • Boeing Awarded Raytheon Contract for STANDARD Missile-3 Kinetic Weapon Development Boeing 12 Sep 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] was awarded a contract by Raytheon Company for engineering and manufacturing to continue on the development of portions of the STANDARD Missile-3 Kinetic Warhead. STANDARD Missile-3 is a component of the Missile Defense Agency's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense.
  • Eutelsat Awards Contract For Hot Bird 8 Broadcast Satellite To EADS Astrium EADS 12 Sep 2003 -- Eutelsat and EADS ASTRIUM today announced the signature of a contract for the construction the HOT BIRD 8 broadcast satellite which will be launched in early 2006 by Arianespace on-board an Ariane 5 rocket.
  • Rocket blasts off from Florida AFPN 10 Sept 2003-- A Titan IV B rocket successfully launched from here Sept. 9.
  • Orbiting Jupiter with 19 HP – EADS celebrates success of the Galileo research mission EADS 10 Sep 2003 -- Galileo is still orbiting at a 900-kilometre distance from the earth and is sending back information from the depths of space by data transfer. On 21 September, the space probe will then fall – as planned – to the surface of Jupiter and after a roughly 14-year research mission will burn up in the planet's atmosphere.
  • MEADS ADVANCED LIGHTWEIGHT MISSILE DEFENSE LAUNCHER COMPLETES ACCEPTANCE TESTS Lockheed Martin 10 Sep 2003 -- MEADS International completed a successful series of demonstrations and tests of its advanced lightweight launcher prototype in Brescia, Italy, and has released the first photographs of the launcher.
  • EchoStar Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Powerful A2100 Satellite Lockheed Martin 10 Sep 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems, a business unit of the Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract to build an A2100 geosynchronous satellite for EchoStar Communications Corp.
  • Northrop Grumman Selects Beryllium Mirror Technology for James Webb Space Telescope Northrop Grumman 10 Sep 2003 -- With the selection of beryllium as the technology for the James Webb Space Telescope's (JWST) primary mirror, the team led by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is on schedule for the development of the nation's next generation space telescope.
  • ATK Propulsion and composite technologies Support Launch of Reconnaissance Satellite Aboard Titan IV B Rocket ATK 09 Sep 2003 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the launch yesterday of a Lockheed Martin Titan IV B rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. that successfully placed into orbit a National Reconnaissance Office satellite.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built Titan IV Rocket Launches from Cape Canaveral Lockheed Martin 09 Sep 2003 -- A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-built Titan IV B rocket lifted off this morning at 12:29 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time carrying a classified payload for the U.S. Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO is the U.S. government agency responsible for reconnaissance satellites. The launch was from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Fla.
  • ILS to Launch Amazonas Satellite in HISPASAT's 3rd Mission with ILS Lockheed Martin 09 Sep 2003 -- International Launch Services (ILS) of the United States will launch the Amazonas satellite for HISPASAT of Spain on a Proton/Breeze M vehicle next year under a contract announced today. This is the third launch pairing for HISPASAT and ILS, who saw the successful flights of HISPASAT 1C in 2000 and HISPASAT 1D in 2002 on Atlas IIAS vehicles from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • U.S. Air Force Awards Northrop Grumman Space Surveillance Contract Northrop Grumman 09 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to continue supporting the U.S. Air Force Space Command's Ground-Based Electro-Optical Deep-Space Surveillance System (GEODSS). Northrop Grumman will implement new performance improvement and cost saving approaches for GEODSS by introducing greater use of web-based technology in training and information management, and implementing quality program improvements.
  • COLUMBIA ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION VOA 09 Sept 2003-- Seven astronauts and the Space Shuttle Columbia were lost in an accident February first. Today we tell about the results of the investigation to discover the cause of that terrible accident.
  • ILS to Launch SES Americom Satellite for Broadband Services Next Year Lockheed Martin 08 Sep 2003 -- International Launch Services (ILS) and SES AMERICOM have set the launch of the AMC-15 satellite for the second half of 2004 on a Proton launch vehicle. The companies made the announcement today during the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week conference.
  • Japan intends to spend about dlrs 9 bln on ISS -- Kyodo IRNA 07 Sep 2003 -- Japan intends to spend an aggregate of more than 1,000,000 million yen (about 9,000 million US dollars) on the construction and functioning of the International Space Station (ISS), the Kyodo Tsushin news agency reported referring to Japanese government sources.
  • ILS Proton to Launch Malaysian Satellite; SE Asia's MEASAT-3 is Latest Win for Russian Rocket Lockheed Martin 05 Sep 2003 -- International Launch Services (ILS) today announced a contract with Binariang Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. to launch the MEASAT-3 satellite in 2005. Financial details were not disclosed.
  • Northrop Grumman Opens Facility For Production of Phased Array Antennas Northrop Grumman 04 Sep 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), which is developing the satellite communications payloads for the Department of Defense's Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) program, has opened a multimillion-dollar facility to produce phased array antennas for the satellites.
  • ORBITAL SELECTED FOR MILITARY LAUNCH VEHICLE CONTRACT Orbital Sciences Corp. 04 Sep 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a task order issued under the Sounding Rockets Program Follow-on (SRP-2) contract by U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center Detachment 12, located in Albuquerque, NM for a suborbital rocket that will test an advanced penetrator.
  • CONGRESS SHUTTLE VOA 03 Sept 2003-- The head of the U-S space agency Wednesday faced tough questions from U-S lawmakers who demanded to know what NASA is doing to improve the shuttle program after the Columbia disaster earlier this year
  • Senate Committee Begins Review of Columbia Accident Findings Washington File 03 Sept 2003-- McCain calls conclusions a "wake-up call" for space program
  • RL10 Model To Be Retired After Completing Upcoming Titan Flight Pratt & Whitney 03 Sep 2003 -- The upper stage engine model provided by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) for use on Lockheed Martin's Titan-Centaur (TC) missions will be retired after the September 2003 TC-20 launch. This RL10 model, the RL10A-3-3A is the last of the RL10A-3 family, which has supported the Titan family of vehicles since the rocket's first flight in 1974.
  • ATK Composites and Nozzle Perform on Boeing Delta IV ATK 02 Sep 2003 -- For the first time, ATK (Alliant Techsystems) (NYSE:ATK) supported a Boeing Delta IV Medium rocket throughout all stages of its mission to deploy the Air Force's Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft, DSCS III B63, from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Satellite TV broadcast antijamming strategy discussion Zhu De lives (Headquarters of the General Staff of the CCPLA correspondence department) International Outer Space - September 2003 Beyond the border Falungong members in August, 2003 12, on 13th once more to Xin promise - 1 satellite illegal disturbance, also exposed the satellite TV broadcast in the antijamming aspect vulnerability.

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