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September 2004 Space News

  • NASA Chooses ILS Atlas V Launch Vehicle To Launch Solar Dynamics Observatory Lockheed Martin 30 Sep 2004 -- A mission to study solar influences on space weather will ride into orbit on an Atlas V launch vehicle, under a contract announced today between NASA and International Launch Services (ILS).
  • SPACE LAUNCH VOA 29 Sep 2004 -- The private spacecraft SpaceShipOne has briefly entered space above the California desert, completing the first of two qualifying flights for the 10-million dollar X Prize. There were some nervous moments for spectators as the craft was on its way up, but it glided safely to a landing.
  • Boeing Led Team Successfully Completes Two U.S. Air Force Reviews Boeing 28 Sep 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has successfully completed two significant U.S. Air Force reviews of its design for the Transformational SATCOM Space Segment (TSAT SS).
  • Atlas Launch Facilities Withstand Hurricanes; ILS And Lockheed Martin Team Readies Next Vehicle Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2004 -- International Launch Services (ILS) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) are preparing for the final Atlas mission of the year, having come through a series of hurricanes with launch facilities relatively unscathed.
  • MEADS International Awarded $3 Billion System Development Contract Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2004 -- MEADS International (MI) received a $3 billion Design and Development letter contract to design and develop the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). The contract was awarded by NAMEADSMA, a charter organization of NATO, to develop MEADS.
  • Northrop Grumman Continues Advanced EHF Payload Successes By Demonstrating Uplink Phased Array Antenna Technology Northrop Grumman 28 Sep 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has demonstrated technology for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) payload that will greatly improve warfighters' access to military satellite communications while increasing the range of missions the system can support on the ground, at sea and in the air. The company will provide the Advanced EHF payload to Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the Advanced EHF system.
  • Fifth Boeing GMD Interceptor Placed in Silo at Alaska Site Boeing 27 Sep 2004 -- xThe Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the fifth GMD interceptor in its underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska, on Sept. 25th.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract To Formulate Solar Imaging Suite For GOES-R Satellite Series Lockheed Martin 27 Sep 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a $6 million NASA, 18-month contract to perform design and risk reduction for the agency's Solar Imaging Suite (SIS). The SIS is a diverse set of operational instruments that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)-R Series to provide key information on solar activity and the effects of the Sun on the earth and near-earth space environment. The first GOES-R launch is scheduled for 2012
  • BRITAIN / SPACE VOA 27 Sep 2004 -- British airline magnate Richard Branson says his company will begin launching paying customers into outer space by 2007 on the world's first commercial space flights.
  • Space: British Tycoon Announces Ambitious Venture For Commercial Space Travel RFE/RL 27 Sep 2004 -- British entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson -- known for placing his Virgin brand on everything from airplanes to trains -- wants to put his logo on a spaceship next. He says he has signed a deal that could put paying customers into space within the next five years. Called Virgin Galactic, the venture joins Branson's business know-how with the technology of Mojave Aerospace Ventures, the firm behind the first private manned voyage into space in June. Branson hopes that some 3,000 amateur astronauts could fly into space over the next five years.
  • International Scientists See Head-On Collision of Galaxies Washington File 24 Sep 2004 -- An international team of scientists, led by a NASA-funded researcher, has observed a nearby head-on collision of two galaxy clusters, according to a September 23 NASA press release.
  • U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Team $2 Billion Contract To Build Mobile User Objective System Lockheed Martin 24 Sep 2004 -- The U.S. Navy today announced that a team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has won the competition to build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system that will provide significantly improved and assured communications for the mobile warfighter.
  • GALAXY COLLISION VOA 23 Sep 2004 -- An international team of astronomers has obtained the clearest images yet of the merger of two distant clusters of galaxies, calling it one of the most powerful cosmic events ever witnessed. The merging clusters bring together thousands of galaxies and trillions of stars into a single, bigger cluster, perhaps destined to merge yet again someday.
  • ATK Completes Acquisition of PSI Group ATK 23 Sep 2004 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) has completed its acquisition of the PSI Group following regulatory review from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • PanAmSat selects Sea Launch for Galaxy 16 Mission Boeing 22 Sep 2004 -- Sea Launch has been selected to launch PanAmSat's Galaxy 16 communication satellite from its equatorial launch site on the Equator. The agreement provides for Sea Launch to lift the 4700-kg spacecraft to geosynchronous transfer orbit in 2006.
  • Northrop Grumman Partners with NASA JPL to Co-Develop Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter Northrop Grumman 22 Sep 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has been selected to partner with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop a preliminary design for the Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO), an electric propulsion vehicle powered by a nuclear fission reactor. The contract award is for approximately $400 million, covering work through mid-2008.
  • India successfully launches EDUSAT satellite for education IRNA 21 Sep 2004 -- India`s Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) successfully launched EDUSAT, the country`s first thematic satellite dedicated exclusively for educational services, into a Geo-synchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR) in Sriharikota, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, on Monday.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN CHOSEN FOR PHASE II OF FALCON SMALL LAUNCH VEHICLE Lockheed Martin 21 Sep 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received $11.7 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force for the second phase of the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) program.
  • India to launch Indonesian satellite IRNA 18 Sep 2004 -- India`s Antrix Corporation Limited concluded a contract for commercial launching of a satellite of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Indonesia.
  • General Dynamics Acquires TriPoint Global Communications Inc. General Dynamics 17 Sep 2004 -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today completed its acquisition of Newton, N.C.-based TriPoint Global Communications Inc., a privately held provider of ground-based satellite and wireless communication equipment and integration services for video, voice and data applications worldwide. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
  • Space mission critical to Air Force success AFPN 16 Sep 2004 -- The commander of Air Force Space Command made his point perfectly clear to those whose focus remains firmly on the ground -- wars cannot be won without space supremacy.
  • Teets: America must reach for space dominance AFPN 15 Sep 2004 -- On the anniversary of the first man-made object reaching the moon, the Department of Defense's executive agent for space urged America to strive for dominance in space.
  • Iraq Jamming Incident Underscores Lessons about Space AFPS 15 Sep 2004 -- As the Air Force prepares to observe its 57th birthday Sept. 18, the nation's youngest military service continues to keep a sharp eye on the future.
  • NASA selects Hamilton Sundstrand as prime contractor to manage spacesuit mission success Hamilton Sundstrand 15 Sep 2004 -- NASA’s Johnson Space Center has selected Hamilton Sundstrand to be the prime contractor for its Extravehicular (EVA) Systems, which includes the spacesuit, all related tools and crew aids, training support and on-site engineering.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract For Space Exploration Studies Lockheed Martin 15 Sep 2004 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was awarded a contract for space exploration concept studies by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Sept. 1. The initial value of the contract is $3 million for the first six months with an option for another six-month, $3 million study in the next phase.
  • Raytheon and EADS Space Transportation Sign Cooperative Agreement for Ballistic Missile Defense Interceptors EADS 14 Sep 2004 -- Raytheon Company and EADS SPACE Transportation have signed a cooperative agreement to begin collaborating on ballistic missile defense (BMD) interceptor programs in Europe, the United States and around the world.
  • Raytheon, EADS ST Sign Cooperative Agreement for Ballistic Missile Defense Interceptors Raytheon 14 Sep 2004 -- Raytheon Company and EADS SPACE Transportation have signed a cooperative agreement to begin collaborating on ballistic missile defense (BMD) interceptor programs in Europe, the United States and around the world.
  • World: Space Probe Finds New Ring, New Moon Around Saturn RFE/RL 13 Sep 2004 -- The "Cassini-Huygens" Saturn probe is continuing to bring new information about the sixth planet in the solar system. The latest discovery involves a new ring around the planet and new moon -- Saturn's 34th known satellite. The discoveries indicate the planet's moons may influence the shape of the rings.
  • NASA Scientists Measure Size, Strange Contents of Neutron Star Washington File 10 Sep 2004 -- Scientists have obtained their best measurement yet of the size and contents of a neutron star, an ultra-dense object containing the strangest and rarest matter in the universe, according to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration September 8 press release.
  • Orbital Selected By NASA For $6 Million Lunar Exploration Study Contract Orbital Sciences Corp. 10 Sep 2004 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it was awarded a one-year contract, worth up to $6 million, by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to perform a Concept Exploration and Refinement (CE&R) study for human lunar exploration systems and the development of the crew exploration vehicle.
  • Boeing and MBDA Announce Missile Defense Partnership Boeing 09 Sep 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and European weapons manufacturer MBDA have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a cooperative relationship in the area of global missile defense.
  • Paradigm signs first export contract for satcom services EADS 09 Sep 2004 -- Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd., has today signed its first export agreement to deliver military satellite communications services to the Portuguese Chief of Defence (CHOD).
  • FIRST RETURN TO FLIGHT EXTERNAL TANK RETURNS TO VERTICAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING Lockheed Martin 09 Sep 2004 -- In a major step toward returning the Space Shuttle to flight, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) loads ET-120, the first Return to Flight External Tank (ET) in Cell A of the Vertical Assembly Building at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans where Liquid Hydrogen Tank/Intertank flange closeout work will be completed.
  • Navy Taps Raytheon to Develop SCA-compliant Multi-band SATCOM Terminal, Waveforms Under $23.3 Million Contract Extension Raytheon 09 Sep 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $23.3 million addition to its Navy Multi-band Terminal (NMT) contract that was awarded in October 2003. The modified effort takes the original contract's value for the initial phase of development of the terminal from $61 million to $87 million.
  • GENESIS CRASH VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- Scientists with the U.S. space agency NASA have begun investigating the crash landing Wednesday of the Genesis space capsule in Utah. The mission came to a disastrous end when a parachute attached to the capsule did not open, sending the vehicle crashing to the ground. Scientists are hoping to recover as much data as they can from the wrecked space probe.
  • GENESIS CRASH VOA 08 Sep 2004 -- The highly-publicized capture of the Genesis space craft came to a catastrophic end when the capsule crashed to the ground in Utah. A parachute designed to slow the space vehicle's descent did not deploy, resulting in a disastrous landing.
  • United States Presents Draft Plan for Earth Observation System Washington File 08 Sep 2004 -- The United States released the draft 10-year Strategic Plan for the U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System September 8, a milestone in developing a Global Earth Observation System that involves 48 other countries, the European Commission and 29 international organizations, according to a press release from the president's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
  • NASA Genesis Capsule Crashes on the Utah Desert Floor Washington File 08 Sep 2004 -- The NASA Genesis capsule, carrying samples of solar wind particles, crash landed and broke apart in the desert of west-central Utah September 8, according to a press briefing at the Michael Army Air Field at the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Utah.
  • The Boeing Company Announces Major Commercial Satellite Contract Boeing 08 Sep 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced today it received a contract by DIRECTV to build three Boeing 702 model satellites. These spacecraft will provide DIRECTV with unprecedented national and local broadcast coverage in High Definition Television (HDTV).
  • Northrop Grumman to Help NASA Define Space Exploration Architecture Northrop Grumman 08 Sep 2004 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by NASA to help define the architecture of space transportation systems that will allow astronauts to travel initially to the moon, and later to Mars and beyond during the next few decades.
  • Boeing and Australia's CEA Announce Missile Defense Partnership Boeing 07 Sep 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] and CEA Technologies of Australia have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a cooperative partnership in the area of global missile defense.
  • EADS Astrium awarded Fleet Satellite Control Center contract for Arabsat-4A, Arabsat-4B, Arabsat-2B and Arabsat-3A EADS 07 Sep 2004 -- ARABSAT, the communication satellite operator based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has awarded EADS Astrium a contract for a Satellite Control Center (SCC) to control Arabsat-4A and Arabsat-4B, Arabsat 2B and Arabsat 3A satellites.
  • Northrop Grumman, NASA Complete Testing of Prototype Composite Cryogenic Fuel Tank Northrop Grumman 07 Sep 2004 -- Engineers from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., have proven that a new type of cryogenic fuel tank made from composite materials has the structural integrity to withstand the mechanical and thermal stresses associated with repeated fueling and simulated launch cycles.
  • Ofeq 6 Satellite Launch Failed Israel Aerospace Industries 06 Sep 2004 -- IAI, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd has developed and produced the satellite and its launcher in cooperation with other high-tech industries including IMI- Israel Military Industries, Rafael, Elbit Systems and Elisra Group in response to an order placed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense.
  • Israeli spy satellite falls into sea after faulty launch IRNA 06 Sep 2004 -- An Israeli spy satellite has plunged into the Mediterranean minutes after it was launched into space at a site near Tel Aviv Monday, the Israeli media reported.
  • SPACEWALK VOA 03 Sep 2004 -- A U.S. astronaut and Russian cosmonaut have taken a spacewalk outside the international space station to work on an aging air conditioner and install communications antennas.
  • Saturn's Rings Run Cool to Warm, Cassini Spacecraft Discovers Washington File 03 Sep 2004 -- The Cassini spacecraft has taken the temperature of Saturn's rings as it pulls in close to the planet, finding that they are both cool and relatively warm, report scientists at mission headquarters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
  • Boeing Awarded Space Exploration Study Contract Boeing 03 Sep 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] NASA Systems received its first study contract under the Vision for Space Exploration to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of the crew exploration vehicle (CEV).
  • Lockheed Martin-built A2100 Satellite Fleet Achieves 100 Years In Orbit Lockheed Martin 03 Sep 2004 -- The Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) A2100 communications satellite fleet has achieved a major milestone by accumulating 100 years of successful in-orbit operations. The A2100 satellite series, designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Commercial Space Systems (LMCSS), currently consists of 24 satellites featuring 900 transponders with an accumulated lifetime of over 4,000 years of successful operations in orbit.
  • Report shows space programs improving AFPN 02 Sep 2004 -- Space programs are improving and cultural change is under way, according to a recent review of the May 2003 Task Force on Acquisition of National Security Space Programs report.
  • Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missiles Successfully Defeat Tactical Ballistic Missile and Cruise Missile in Test Lockheed Martin 02 Sep 2004 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missiles successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) and a low-altitude cruise missile in a dual test today at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The battle-proven PAC-3 Missile is the world’s only fielded hit-to-kill, kinetic energy air defense missile.
  • Raytheon Selected for NASA Project Constellation Engineering Study Team Raytheon 02 Sep 2004 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been selected by NASA to participate in a six-month study team to define various system requirements and design the architecture for the agency's Project Constellation Moon-to-Mars program. Raytheon, led by engineers at its Missile Systems business, received a nearly $1 million contract for the Concept Exploration and Refinement (CER) work, which could extend beyond the initial six-month award period.
  • ATK Rocket Motors Help Place Classified Payload in Orbit ATK 01 Sep 2004 -- Four ATK (NYSE: ATK) CASTOR® IVA strap-on solid rocket motors helped successfully launch a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday. The Atlas IIAS carried a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office to orbit.
  • iNavSat consortium delivers bid for Galileo Concession EADS 01 Sep 2004 -- The iNavSat consortium today delivered its offer to the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) to become the Galileo concessionaire, deploying the Galileo satellite constellation and operator of all subsequent services. The consortium was chosen in February as one of the three final bidders. The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in December 2004, followed by negotiations with the Galileo Joint Undertaking in 2005. The financial close of the concession contract is anticipated by December 2005.
  • Lockheed Martin-Led Team Provides Next-Generation MUOS Solution for the U.S. Military Lockheed Martin 01 Sep 2004 -- A team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that it has offered the U.S. Navy a network-centric solution for the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. The Lockheed Martin solution provides the warfighter with the latest mobile technology such as simultaneous voice, video and data, as well as improved service to legacy users of the Navy's Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UFO) system.



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