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July 2004 Space News

  • Imaging Technology Aids Humanitarian Efforts in Chad, U.N. Says Washington File 30 Jul 2004 -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports July 30 that the transfer of refugees is complete from volatile Chad-Sudan border towns to the relative safety of camps in the region.
  • Amazonas satellite ready for launch EADS 30 Jul 2004 -- Designed and built by EADS Astrium for HISPASAT the Amazonas spacecraft is scheduled for launch on 5 August at 4:34 (0:34 CET time) on a Proton M Breeze M launch vehicle.
  • Arrow Anti-Ballistic Missile System Completes Successful Interception at Point Mugu in a Joint U.S- Israel Test Program Israel Aerospace Industries 29 Jul 2004 -- An Arrow anti-ballistic missile successfully intercepted and destroyed a target today during a joint United States-Israel test program.
  • Scientists Explain Mysterious Plasma Jets On The Sun Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2004 -- Solar physicists from Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the Solar Physics and upper-Atmosphere Research Group at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Sheffield, UK have used computer modeling and some of the highest resolution images ever taken of the solar atmosphere to explain the cause of supersonic jets that continuously shoot through the low atmosphere of the Sun.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $178.5 Million NASA Contract Extension Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced that it has been awarded a $178.5 million, two-year contract extension from NASA for Space Shuttle and International Space Station mission operations support work.
  • Lockheed Martin Marks Major Milestone At West Coast Atlas V Launch Pad Lockheed Martin 27 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin marked a major milestone in its drive to complete the West Coast Atlas V launch facility with the arrival early this morning of the fourth and final fixed launch platform (FLP) segment at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The entire 250-ton FLP structure was shipped over-the-road in four separate sections on a 3,500-mile journey from the Sauer, Inc. fabrication facility in Oak Hill, Fla., to Space Launch Complex 3 East (SLC-3E) overlooking California’s central coast.
  • World: Mercury Rising As NASA's 'Messenger' Probe Set To Begin Seven-Year Journey RFE/RL 27 Jul 2004 -- Mercury -- the solar system's closest planet to the sun -- is due to be explored for the first time in almost 40 years, and this time in far greater detail. On 26 July, a U.S. spacecraft named "Messenger" is set to begin its complicated seven-year journey to Mercury, considered the least-explored of our solar system's terrestrial planets, those most like Earth.
  • Second "Double Star" Completes Satellite Fleet for Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere EADS 26 Jul 2004 -- The second "Double Star" research satellite was placed into orbit on Sunday morning (25 July), carrying European instruments built by EADS Astrium’s satellite specialists in Friedrichshafen. The launch with a Long March 2C/SM booster occurred at 9:05:18 h (CEST) from the Tai Yuan Launch Centre in China’s Shanxi Province.
  • DoD Ushers in New Missile Defense Capability AFPS 23 Jul 2004 -- A historic moment took place July 22 at Fort Greely, Alaska, as the first ground-based missile interceptor was placed in an underground silo at the missile defense complex there.
  • NASA's Northrop Grumman-Built Chandra X-ray Observatory Celebrates Fifth Anniversary On-Orbit Northrop Grumman 23 Jul 2004 -- NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), celebrated its fifth year on-orbit today observing X-rays in proto-stellar jets, gathering data on the nature of cold fronts in galaxy clusters and performing other tasks.
  • Orbital's First Operational Missile Defense Interceptor Vehicle Emplaced In Silo At Fort Greely, Alaska Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Jul 2004 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that it supplied the first interceptor boost vehicle for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA)'s Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that was installed into an underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska yesterday, July 22, 2004.
  • First Boeing Ground-based Midcourse Defense Interceptor Emplaced Boeing 22 Jul 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the first GMD interceptor in its underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska on July 22.
  • Northrop Grumman and EADS to Collaborate on Ballistic Missile Defense Programs EADS 22 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and EADS (Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid stock exchanges quote “EAD”) announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin collaborating on ballistic-missile defense solutions.
  • MBDA, IAI Sign Missile Defense Accord Israel Aerospace Industries 22 Jul 2004 -- MBDA, Europe's leading guided missile systems company, and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore technological cooperation in the area of missile defense. Under the MoU, MBDA and IAI will evaluate mutually reinforcing technologies and experience in order to support future ballistic missile interceptor system concepts.
  • Northrop Grumman and EADS to Collaborate on Ballistic Missile Defense Programs Northrop Grumman 22 Jul 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and EADS (Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid stock exchange quote "EAD") today announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin collaborating on ballistic-missile defense solutions.
  • Lockheed Martin and EADS Exploring Partnership on Global Missile Defense Initiative EADS 20 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LM) and EADS (Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid stock exchanges quote “EAD”), announced on Tuesday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore partnership opportunities on missile defense programs in the United States, Europe and around the world.
  • Newest Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Begins Service For Navigation Users Worldwide Lockheed Martin 20 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the U.S. Air Force have completed on-orbit checkout of the upgraded Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite launched successfully June 23 from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe.
  • Lockheed Martin Partners With Finmeccanica On Global Missile Defense And Protection Initiatives Lockheed Martin 20 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Finmeccanica (SIFI.MI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore partnership opportunities on missile defense programs in the United States, Europe and around the world.
  • Lockheed Martin And Eads Exploring Partnership On Global Missile Defense Initiatives Lockheed Martin 20 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LM) and EADS (Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid stock exchanges quote “EAD”), announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore partnership opportunities on missile defense programs in the United States, Europe and around the world.
  • Boeing Delivers JIMO Spacecraft Design Proposal Boeing 19 Jul 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] delivered its conceptual design proposal Friday, July 16, for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), a spacecraft that could become the nation's first nuclear-fission-powered exploration vehicle with technologies applicable to future Mars and lunar missions.
  • Boeing 'Can-Do' Spirit of Apollo Continues to Deep Space Boeing 19 Jul 2004 -- In 1969, the Apollo program opened a new era in human history by placing Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. It also gave the world a preview of today's Boeing [NYSE: BA].
  • EADS Astrium wins contract for Thai Optical Earth Observation Space System EADS 19 Jul 2004 -- THEOS will be fully owned and operated by GISTDA and will provide Thailand with worldwide geo-referenced image products and image processing capabilities for applications in cartography, land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone monitoring and flood risk management. THEOS will provide access to any part of Thailand in less than 2 days.
  • ILS Launches At Record Pace Lockheed Martin 19 Jul 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS), which has amassed the lion’s share of launch contracts in 2004, also is sending customers’ satellites into orbit at a record pace.
  • Lockheed Martin Scores Success With Landing Technology Tests For A Future Astronaut Crew Exploration Vehicle Lockheed Martin 19 Jul 2004 -- Yuma drop test b thumbLockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully performed a series of drop tests at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Ariz., to validate soft landing technology that can be used for astronaut crew capsules upon return to Earth. The technology makes use of an array of dual airbags that, upon ground impact, releases air from the outer bags of the system, allowing the capsule to settle softly to the ground on its inner airbags.
  • ATK Supports Successful Launch of NASA Earth Observing Satellite ATK 15 Jul 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported the successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket earlier today from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch placed NASA’s Aura satellite into orbit.
  • Northrop Grumman-built Aura Satellite Launched Successfully Northrop Grumman 15 Jul 2004 -- NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) spacecraft, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was successfully launched this morning at 3:01:59 a.m. PDT. Aura will provide the most comprehensive space-based measurements of atmospheric gases ever taken, revolutionizing the way scientists study and understand changes in the Earth's climate, air quality and ozone layer.
  • Lockheed Martin Wins $22 Million NASA Headquarters ODIN Delivery Order Lockheed Martin 14 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) will soon begin managing desktop computer services for the headquarters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C. The company’s win of that part of the agency’s Outsourced Desktop Initiative (ODIN) contract vehicle means that Lockheed Martin now is enterprise-wide ODIN provider for the entire NASA agency.
  • Orbital's DART Vehicle Arrives At Vandenberg Air Force Base For Prelaunch Integration And Testing Orbital Sciences Corp. 14 Jul 2004 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that its Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous (DART) spacecraft has arrived at the company's integration and processing facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California for final testing and prelaunch preparations before its launch into orbit.
  • HUBBLE REPAIR RECOMMENDATIONS VOA 13 Jul 2004 -- A panel of experts recommends that the U.S. space agency NASA not rule out sending astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Their call contradicts NASA's strong stand against launching a shuttle to upgrade the orbiting observatory
  • ESA - EADS SPACE Transportation contract signature for: Production of Automated Transfer Vehicles and Initial Exploitation of ISS EADS 13 Jul 2004 -- Jörg Feustel-Büechl, Director Manned Spaceflight, of ESA, and Josef Kind and Hervé Guillou, respectively President and CEO of EADS SPACE Transportation, signed the “Initial Exploitation Contract” for the European contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) including the production of six Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV). This contract will allow Europe to contribute to utilisation and operation of the ISS.
  • ILS Proton To Launch Another Satellite For DIRECTV Lockheed Martin 13 Jul 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) will launch the DIRECTV 8 satellite in the spring of 2005 on a Proton M/Breeze M vehicle, under a new contract with DIRECTV. Financial details were not disclosed.
  • NASA AND LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY TEST COMPOSITE LIQUID OXYGEN TANK Lockheed Martin 13 Jul 2004 -- A NASA-Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) team has successfully performed proof testing and life cycle testing on a one-of-a-kind unlined composite Liquid Oxygen (LO2) tank. Funding from NASA’s Next Generation Launch Technology Program allowed additional testing on the reusable tank, originally designed and built by Lockheed Martin for the X-34 vehicle at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
  • ATK to Acquire Space Systems Company – PSI Group Acquisition Positions ATK for Continued Growth ATK 12 Jul 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) has agreed in principle to acquire the PSI Group, which includes Pressure Systems Inc., Programmed Composites Inc., and Able Engineering Company, Inc. PSI Group is a leading manufacturer of satellite components and propellant tanks. PSI provides mission-critical components for the emerging needs of the U.S. military, including next-generation global positioning, navigation and communication satellites. The acquisition will strengthen ATK’s core space-based capabilities by increasing the company’s content on missions, thereby expanding market opportunities.
  • BAE SYSTEMS' Microprocessors Reach Saturn Aboard Cassini BAE Systems 12 Jul 2004 -- After a nearly seven-year, 2.2 billion-mile journey, BAE Systems radiation-hardened microprocessors reached Saturn June 30 onboard the international Cassini-Huygens spacecraft.
  • Kazakhstan To Launch Own Space Program RFE/RL 10 Jul 2004 -- Kazakhstan today announced its intention to set up its own space program.
  • General Dynamics Completes Acquisition of Spectrum Astro, Inc. General Dynamics 09 Jul 2004 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today completed its acquisition of Spectrum Astro, Inc. of Gilbert, Ariz. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
  • Boeing-Built Anik F2 Satellite Ready for Launch Boeing 08 Jul 2004 -- All preparations have been completed for the July 12 launch of Anik F2, a high-power satellite built by Boeing [NYSE:BA] that will deliver North America's first commercial satellite-based broadband communications service.
  • AUSTRALIA / US MISSILE DEFENSE VOA 08 Jul 2004 -- Australia and the United States have signed a pact to develop a controversial missile defense shield. President Bush made the project a priority after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington in 2001. But critics have questioned its cost, viability, and Australia's need for such a system.
  • Transcript: Q&A following meetings on the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense Shield 07 Jul 2004 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Australian Defense Minister, Robert Hill and Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer
  • United States and Australia Sign Missile Defense Agreement 07 Jul 2004 -- The United States and Australia today signed a framework memorandum of understanding outlining future Australian participation on cooperative missile defense activities. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld signed for the United States and Sen. Robert Hill, Minister for Defence, signed for Australia.
  • Raytheon Achieves Significant Performance Milestone on the NPOESS Program Raytheon 07 Jul 2004 -- Raytheon Company has achieved a significant program milestone by successfully capturing data from the WindSat Coriolis weather satellite, making the company's Command, Control, and Communications Segment's multi-mission network capability one of the first National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) segments to go operational.
  • Boeing and Missile Defense Agency Dedicate First GMD Site in Alaska Boeing 06 Jul 2004 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency dedicated the nation's first ballistic missile defense site at Fort Greely, Alaska, on July 3.
  • CASSINI / SATURN / TITAN'S SECRETS VOA 03 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Cassini spacecraft's first look at Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is thrilling scientists and changing their ideas about what its surface is made of. Researchers are hoping to find water there, but the first glimpse does not show it.
  • SATURN'S DIRTY, DECAYING RINGS VOA 02 Jul 2004 -- The U.S. Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn has found evidence that the giant planet's dazzling rings are decaying and may eventually be gone. The rings are dirtier than thought, too.
  • Sea Launch Investigates Results of Telstar 18 Mission Boeing 02 Jul 2004 -- The Sea Launch team is gathering and reviewing Telstar 18 mission data to understand the sequence of events that led to a premature shutdown of the Sea Launch Zenit-3SL upper stage during that mission earlier this week.
  • NASA Celebrates "Mind-Boggling" Images of Saturn Washington File 01 Jul 2004 -- More than 20 years of scientific work on the Cassini-Huygens space mission came to fruition July 1 when the scientific team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory saw the first images of Saturn's rings. Cassini transmitted the pictures back to Earth -- across more than 900 million miles of space -- just hours after the spacecraft slipped through the rings June 30 to enter an orbit around the planet.
  • Cassini Enters Saturn's Orbit Washington File 01 Jul 2004 -- After more than 900 million miles and almost seven years in flight, the Cassini-Huygens space mission has successfully entered orbit around Saturn, passing deftly through the rings of the gaseous planet on June 30.
  • World: Saturn Probe Flawlessly Enters Orbit, Running Rings Around The Planet RFE/RL 01 Jul 2004 -- After a 3 billion-kilometer journey through space, the international "Cassini-Huygens" spacecraft has gone into orbit around the ringed planet Saturn. Almost seven years after leaving Earth, the spacecraft is now beginning a research program to unlock the secrets of the planet and its many moons. "Cassini-Huygens" is a joint project of the U.S. and European space agencies. It consists of two probes, the major one being the "Cassini" vehicle that will study the planet and its famous rings. Carried piggyback on "Cassini" is the European Space Agency's "Huygens" probe, which will detach and land on the surface of Saturn's biggest moon, Titan.
  • SATURN ARRIVAL WRAP VOA 01 Jul 2004 -- An American-European spacecraft has entered orbit around the ringed planet Saturn -- the first to do so. The maneuver ended a seven-year journey and began a four-year inspection of the giant gas planet and eight of its 31 moons.
  • SPACEWALK WRAP VOA 01 Jul 2004 -- The two U.S. and Russian space station crewmen repaired a vital steering mechanism during a spacewalk late Wednesday.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL HYBRID MOTOR TEST FIRING Lockheed Martin 01 Jul 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) conducted a hybrid rocket motor test firing at Stennis Space Center on May 19 that successfully demonstrated fuel strength integrity.



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