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April 2004 Space News

  • ADDITIONAL DEPLOYMENT OF THE PATRIOT, AIR DEFENSE MISSILE SYSTEM US Forces Korea 30 Apr 2004 -- Republic of Korea and United States has agreed to deploy additional Patriot units, air defense missile system to Korea temporarily this fall.
  • RUSSIA SPACE VOA 29 Apr 2004 -- A three-man crew has returned to earth Friday from the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz capsule that touched down in Kazakhstan. The three men are from the United States, Russia and the Netherlands.
  • EADS Astrium awarded a second Anik satellite by Telesat. EADS 28 Apr 2004 -- “For thirty-five years, quality and reliability have been the hallmarks of Telesat’s services to its customers, and that’s what we look for every time we plan a new satellite,” said Larry Boisvert, Telesat’s president and CEO. “Anik F3 will be the second EADS Astrium-built satellite in Telesat’s fleet, and we look forward to continuing this productive and successful collaboration.”
  • Telesat Chooses ILS to Launch Anik F3; 4th Canadian Satellite to Use Proton Rocket Lockheed Martin 28 Apr 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) of the United States and Telesat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, are teaming up once again to launch a satellite on a Russian rocket. Telesat announced today that it has chosen an ILS Proton/Breeze M launch vehicle for the Anik F3 mission in 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Raytheon Team Confident in MUOS Technical Solution Raytheon 28 Apr 2004 -- At a media briefing held today, Raytheon Company and its Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) team members described the anticipated benefits that derive from its MUOS technical solution. The Team's MUOS proposal, which was recently sent to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), offers significant advantages to mobile warfighters and substantial savings to the U.S. Government.
  • SPACE STATION / GYROSCOPE VOA 23 Apr 2004 -- Astronauts aboard the international space station say the failure of a stabilizing gyroscope is not a crisis. As we hear from V-O-A's David McAlary in Washington, the orbiting outpost is now operating with the minimum number of gyroscopes.
  • Sea Launch Sets Sail for DIRECTV 7S Mission Boeing 22 Apr 2004 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander departed Sea Launch Home Port this week for the equatorial launch site in the Pacific Ocean. Sea Launch is preparing to launch the DIRECTV 7S broadcast satellite for DIRECTV, Inc., on May 4, at the opening of a two-hour launch window, at 5:22 am PDT (12:22:00 GMT).
  • Amazonas, Hispasat most powerful satellite, nearly completed by EADS Astrium EADS 22 Apr 2004 -- The Amazonas Latin American satellite will be the fifth satellite launched by Hispasat. It will operate in geostationary orbit, at the 61°W orbital position over the Amazon basin, and will provide both fixed and broadcast communications services through 32 simultaneous operational transponders in Ku-band and 19 simultaneous operational transponders in C-band, over a 15-year mission lifetime. The services offered will include TV broadcasting, business services including VSAT and data broadcasting.
  • RUSSIA/SPACE STATION VOA 21 Apr 2004 -- A two-man replacement crew and a scientist aboard a Russian spacecraft have arrived at the International Space Station, or I-S-S.
  • U-S / RUSSIA / SPACE STATION VOA 20 Apr 2004 -- The United States has rejected a Russian request to extend the length of International Space Station missions from six months to one year.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Support The Launch of Gravity Probe-B ATK 20 Apr 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) rocket motors and composite technologies supported today’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. that will place NASA’s Gravity Probe-B spacecraft into orbit.
  • Boeing Delta II Helps NASA Test Two Einstein Predictions Boeing 20 Apr 2004 -- Gravity Probe B, a NASA satellite that will validate two key aspects of Einstein's general theory of relativity, was launched today aboard a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket.
  • JSAT Corporation Awards Lockheed Martin Contract For Second A2100 Satellite Lockheed Martin 20 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract by JSAT Corporation of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite, designated JCSAT-10, which will provide communications services throughout Japan and Asia following its scheduled launch in 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract For Space Based Radar Phase A Concept Development Lockheed Martin 20 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was awarded a $220 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the concept development phase of the Space Based Radar (SBR) program. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded the 24-month study contract to continue the definition of SBR system requirements and evaluate alternative design concepts for the SBR system architecture. Final selection of the prime contractor for the multi-billion dollar program will be made in 2006, with initial launch scheduled for 2012.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Payload Critical Design Review For Advanced EHF Program Northrop Grumman 20 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed on schedule the payload critical design review (CDR), a major program accomplishment for the Department of Defense's next-generation Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) communications satellite system.
  • Boeing Delta II Launch of NASA Satellite Scrubbed Boeing 19 Apr 2004 -- Today's launch of a Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket carrying the NASA Gravity Probe B satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., has been scrubbed for 24 hours.
  • ILS Scores Triple Play: Contracts To Launch 3 Satellites For SES Global Companies Lockheed Martin 19 Apr 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) announced today a contract with SES AMERICOM and SES ASTRA, both SES GLOBAL companies, to launch three satellites in 2005 and 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Northrop Grumman-Led Team Receives Contract To Develop Next Phase of Space Based Radar Northrop Grumman 19 Apr 2004 -- A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received a $220 million, 24-month contract to develop the first phase of the Space Based Radar (SBR) program, which is designed to provide integrated, global, persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as real-time support, to U.S. military and intelligence community operations.
  • NEW SPACE STATION CREW VOA 18 Apr 2004 -- A new crew is [will soon be] on its way to the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spaceship. A Russian cosmonaut and U-S astronaut took off from Baikonur, Kazahsktan, and are to arrive at the outpost Wednesday for a six-month stay. The mission maintains the basic operations of the research outpost until space shuttles fly again.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Help Launch Japan’s Superbird-6 Satellite Aboard Atlas IIAS Vehicle ATK 16 Apr 2004 -- ATK (Alliant Techsystems, NYSE: ATK) rocket motors helped successfully launch a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. yesterday. The Atlas IIAS used four ATK CASTOR® IVA strap-on solid rocket motors produced by ATK and carried a satellite into orbit for Space Communications Corporation of Japan.
  • DISTANT PLANET MAGNIFIED VOA 15 Apr 2004 -- An international team of astronomers has discovered yet another planet far beyond our solar system, but the astronomers used a different method than the one previously used to find planets. They used a cosmic magnifying glass provided by nature.
  • Boeing-Built Communications Satellite Launched from Florida Boeing 15 Apr 2004 -- A Boeing-built communications satellite that will provide telecommunications and data services in the Asia-Pacific region was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded $13.8 Million to Upgrade Missile Defense Radar for U.S. Marine Corps Lockheed Martin 15 Apr 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded a $13.8 million contract by the Marine Corps Systems Command to provide post-production support for its tactical missile defense radar systems that supported both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • ILS Successfully Launches Superbird-6 Satellite For Japan Lockheed Martin 15 Apr 2004 -- The Superbird-6 satellite is in orbit tonight thanks to a successful launch on an Atlas IIAS rocket provided by International Launch Services (ILS).
  • Lockheed Martin-Built Landsat-7 Spacecraft Marks Five Years In Space Lockheed Martin 15 Apr 2004 -- The Landsat-7 spacecraft, built, integrated and tested by the Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT), today marked five highly successful years in space. It was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on April 15, 1999. Since launch, NASA has commended Lockheed Martin for the outstanding on-orbit performance of the spacecraft. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center manages the Landsat-7 program for the Earth Science enterprise at NASA Headquarters, and the satellite is operated by the United States Geological Survey.
  • MISSING MOON VOA 14 Apr 2004 -- Astronomers are looking for a missing moon. They think it is orbiting the tiny, icy, red planetoid named Sedna they discovered last month, far beyond Pluto, until then the most distant planet in the solar system. But a search with the most powerful ground and space telescopes has failed to turn a moon up.
  • Boeing Receives Contract for PAC-3 Seeker Production Boeing 13 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for additional production of 159 PAC-3 Missile seekers to be manufactured between February 2005 and February 2006. The seekers will be built at the Boeing facility in Huntsville, Alabama. This work is in addition to the current contract for 100 seekers. Terms of the contract will not be disclosed.
  • Boeing-Built Communications Satellite Ready for Liftoff Boeing 12 Apr 2004 -- A Boeing [NYSE:BA] -built communications satellite that will serve the Asia-Pacific market is scheduled to launch on Thursday, April 15, from Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida.
  • ROCSAT-2 TO HELP IN NATURAL DISASTER CONTROL MISSION KCNA 08 Apr 2004 -- The National Space Program Office (NSPO) and the Natural Disaster Center under National Chengkung University (NCU) forged a joint venture Thursday on the prevention of natural and environmental hazards by using images that will be captured by a Taiwanese satellite.
  • Lockheed Martin-built GPS Satellite Declared Fully Operational Lockheed Martin 06 Apr 2004 -- A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team has completed on-orbit checkout of the upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite launched successfully March 20 from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft, designated GPS IIR-11, has been declared fully operational for navigation users around the globe.
  • Lockheed Martin-Built Gravity Probe B Spacecraft Readied For Launch Lockheed Martin 02 Apr 2004 -- NASA's Gravity Probe B (GP-B) space vehicle, built, integrated and tested by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), is undergoing final preparations for launch, scheduled for April 17, 2004, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Stanford University is the GP-B prime contractor. NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. manages the program.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Delivers NASA's Aura Satellite To Vandenberg Air Force Base Northrop Grumman 02 Apr 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully shipped NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., yesterday. The 22.5-foot-tall, 3.25-ton satellite will serve as a space-based chemical laboratory, helping scientists to better understand the Earth's ozone, air quality and climate.
  • Boeing Awarded Contract to Produce Components for Israeli Arrow Interceptor Boeing 01 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] was recently awarded a $78 million contract by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) to produce Arrow II interceptor components. The contract, effective immediately, runs through 2006 with options for additional production until second quarter 2008. The total contract value could exceed $225 million if all options are exercised.
  • Boeing Forms International GPS III Team Boeing 01 Apr 2004 -- Boeing [BA: NYSE:] announced the formation of a Global Positioning System (GPS) III best of industry team that includes two European Union companies. The Boeing team is pursuing the U.S. Air Force's next generation GPS III development contract slated for award in early 2006.

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