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October 2003 Space News

  • JAPAN SPY SATELLITE VOA 29 Nov 2003 -- Officials in Japan are investigating what went wrong in the failed launch of two spy satellites on Saturday. The aborted launch is a blow to the prestige of Japan's space program and its intelligence efforts,
  • ROCSAT-2 TO LEAVE TAIWAN DEC. 1 FOR U.S. FOR LAUNCH IN JANUARY CNA 28 Nov 2003 -- The Republic of China's second satellite -- ROCSAT-2 -- will leave Taiwan Dec. 1 for the United States where it will be launched into orbit early next year, the National Space Program Office (NSPO) said Friday.
  • Commonwealth Awards BAE SYSTEMS Australia A$75 Million Astis Contract BAE Systems 28 Nov 2003 -- BAE Systems Australia has been awarded a contract to provide strategically important elements of the Advanced Satellite Communications Terrestrial Infrastructure within the ADFs Military Satellite Communications Programme JP2008.
  • Sea Launch Team Prepares for a Three-Launch Opener in 2004 Boeing 24 Nov 2003 -- Sea Launch is currently preparing to launch the Telstar 14/Estrela do Sul 1 communications satellite for Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), a subsidiary of Loral Space and Communications, in January.
  • Important Test Campaign Completed for First Metop Satellite EADS 24 Nov 2003 -- The first flight model of the Metop satellite series built by EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency and Eumetsat, has successfully completed a major test campaign at the Intespace facilities in Toulouse.
  • EADS announces signature of the £ 2.5 bn (€ 3.6 bn) Skynet 5 contract with UK MoD EADS 24 Nov 2003 -- EADS subsidiary Paradigm Secure Communications Limited has signed the £ 2.5bn (€ 3.6 bn) Skynet 5 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD).
  • ORBITAL AWARDED $2 MILLION STUDY CONTRACT FOR NOAA'S GOES-R WEATHER SATELLITE SYSTEM Orbital Sciences Corp. 24 Nov 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a $2 million contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct studies of potential space and ground system architectures for the next generation of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system known as GOES-R..
  • New Lockheed Martin Weather Satellite Operational Lockheed Martin 19 Nov 2003 -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), completed on-orbit checkout, was declared operational and turned over to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for operations.
  • Plans for Earth Observation System Moving Forward, U.S. Officials Say Washington File 18 Nov 2003 -- U.S. officials say plans are moving forward to create a system that links thousands of satellites, aircraft and Earth-based monitoring stations around the globe to provide more accurate predictions of climate change, crop production, disease outbreaks and natural hazards.
  • Space Digest VOA 18 Nov 2003 -- China's first astronaut; Voyager One nears edge of solar system; Solar flares and Mars Express
  • Boeing Awarded Three Additional Air Force GPS-IIF Satellites Boeing 18 Nov 2003 -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing [NYSE:BA] a $142.5 million fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for three additional Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. This action authorizes modernization and production of GPS-IIF satellites numbers four through six, and the production of long-lead parts for IIF satellites seven through nine.
  • 11th Boeing-Built UHF Naval Satellite Heads to Florida for December Launch Boeing 18 Nov 2003 -- The U.S. Navy's Boeing [NYSE:BA]-built UHF Follow-On (UFO) F11 satellite has arrived at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla., where it will undergo final preparations for its December launch aboard an Atlas rocket.
  • Lockheed Martin to Provide Cargo Mission Services for International Space Station Lockheed Martin 17 Nov 2003 -- Lockheed Martin Space Operations (LMSO) has won a NASA contract to support cargo mission services for the International Space Station (ISS). The potential value of this contract to Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is about $165 million.
  • Northrop Grumman Receives Defense Support Program Contract Extension Northrop Grumman 17 Nov 2003 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE: NOC) Electronic Systems sector has been awarded a $39.4 million contract extension by the U.S. Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center to continue work on the Defense Support Program (DSP), with an option for an additional $40.5 million.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $2.5 Million Contract To Execute Advanced Architecture Study For NOAA'S GOES-R Program Lockheed Martin 13 Nov 2003 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a $2.5 million contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to execute an End-to-End Architecture Study of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) program.
  • PRESS RELEASE: EU space policy ready for lift-off: European Commission adopts Space Action Plan European Union Commission 11 Nov 2003 -- "A policy paper on Space: A New European Frontier for an Expanding Union has been presented by the European Commission in Brussels today. Space technologies are set to play a key role in helping the Union achieve its main objectives: faster economic growth, job creation and industrial competitiveness, enlargement and cohesion, sustainable development and security and defence. The policy paper was developed in close co-operation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and calls for substantial additional spending on space. It also recommends action to ensure Europes independent access to space, to enhance space technology, promote space exploration, attract more young people into careers in science and strengthen European excellence in space science."
  • EU: Officials Seek Greater Autonomy In Space Program RFE/RL 11 Nov 2003 -- The European Commission today adopted an EU Space Action Plan, which says the bloc needs to invest more in space research to both secure global autonomy and boost growth and competitiveness.
  • EU unveils Space Action Plan IRNA 11 Nov 2003 -- The European Commission presented Tuesday a policy paper to develop Europe`s space sector.
  • BAE SYSTEMS Modernises Radiation Hardening Capability BAE Systems 11 Nov 2003 -- The first 0.25 micron radiation-hardened transistor has been fabricated at BAE Systems newly upgraded microelectronics fabrication facility at Manassas, Virginia. This event is an important milestone in building a next generation of radiation-hardened electronics for future spacecraft, said George Nossaman, director of Space Systems and Electronics.
  • CHINA-SPACE VOA 11 Nov 2003 -- Representatives of 14 countries and the United Nations are meeting in Beijing this week to lay out plans for a new space organization headed by China.
  • Boeing Hot-Fires Pocket-size Missile Defense Systems Thruster Boeing 10 Nov 2003 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has successfully tested a new rocket thruster, just eight inches in length, that is now the most powerful engine of its type in the propulsion industry.
  • Missile Defense Agency Booster Rocket Program 07 Nov 2003 -- The Department of Defense announced today the results of an assessement of two separate manufacturing process-related accidents in August and September 2003 at Pratt & Whitney's missile propellant mixing facility in San Jose, Calif. These incidents affected three key components of the Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) missile defense development effort, as well as other DoD programs.
  • Czech Republic: Argentinian Scientists To Collaborate With Czechs On Space Projects RFE/RL 07 Nov 2003 -- Juan Eduardo Fleming, Argentina's ambassador to Prague, had an idea -- to bring together top Czech and Argentinian scientists to collaborate in space exploration.
  • ORBITAL SELECTED FOR $19 MILLION TARGET LAUNCH VEHICLE CONTRACT BY MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY Orbital Sciences Corp. 07 Nov 2003 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a $19 million contract by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Targets and Countermeasures office in Huntsville, AL for the Medium Range Target (MRT) launch vehicle program.
  • VOYAGER ONE VOA 05 Nov 2003 -- The spacecraft Voyager One is still sending data back to NASA, the U-S government space agency, after more than 26 years in space. It is now the most distant man-made object in space -- traveling billions of kilometers from earth and perhaps reaching the outer edges of our solar system. Two teams of American scientists are reporting two different scenarios of the Voyager's latest adventures -- although both teams agree that the spacecraft is in uncharted territory.
  • NEARBY GALAXY VOA 05 Nov 2003 -- An international team of researchers has discovered a nearby galaxy, whose stars are being absorbed by our own galaxy, the Milky Way.
  • Sea Launch will Launch DIRECTV-7S for Arianespace Boeing 04 Nov 2003 -- Sea Launch has signed an agreement with Arianespace to launch the DIRECTV-7S satellite in the First Quarter of 2004. Arianespace announced the assignment last week, through a cooperative arrangement with Boeing Launch Services under the launch service alliance.
  • Boeing Awarded Contract For GMD Block 2004 Capability Enhancement Boeing 03 Nov 2003 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded Boeing [NYSE:BA] an $823,040,235 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Block 2004 Capability Enhancement Program.
  • ILS/Lockheed Martin Atlas V Gets Go-Ahead For 2nd Air Force EELV Mission Lockheed Martin 03 Nov 2003 -- The U.S. Air Force has authorized International Launch Services (ILS) to begin integrating the Wideband Gapfiller Satellite #3 (WGS-3) with the Atlas V rocket, as the second mission ordered from the company under the government's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

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