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January 2005 Space News

  • Iranian satellite purpose to be purely civil - Russia official IRNA 31 Jan 2005 -- The purpose of the first satellite Zohre (Venus) will be purely civil, the head of Russia`s federal space agency Roskosmos said here on Monday.
  • Russia, Iran sign agreement on Zohre satellite IRNA 31 Jan 2005 -- Iran and Russia signed on Sunday an agreement on the designing and launch of the first Iranian communications satellite Zohre (Venus).
  • Iran, Russia sign `Zohreh` satellite deal IRNA 31 Jan 2005 -- Iran and Russia here Saturday signed an agreement on the design, consultations, testing and lift off of `Zohreh` satellite.
  • Zohre project opens new prospects for Russia-Iran ties - view IRNA 31 Jan 2005 -- The launch of the Iranian Zohre (Venus) will open new prospects for cooperation Russia and Iran, Iranian Minister of Communication and Information Technology Ahmad Motamedi said in Tehran on Monday.
  • Lockheed Martin Receives $532 Million Production Contract Initiating International Sales of Battle-Proven PAC-3 Missile Lockheed Martin 31 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a $532 million contract for 156 PAC-3 Missiles for the U.S. Army, the Netherlands and Japan. This represents the first international sales of the battle-proven PAC-3 Missiles.
  • Orbital Joins Lockheed Martin-Led Crew Exploration Vehicle Team Orbital Sciences Corp. 31 Jan 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has joined a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) led "all-star" team of aerospace industry innovators competing to design and build NASA's new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). Orbital's teaming agreement with Lockheed Martin continues the company's history as a key participant in the development of a next-generation human space transportation system. In chronological order, Orbital has contributed to NASA's Space Transportation Architecture Studies, the Space Launch Initiative, and, most recently, the Orbital Space Plane program, all of which have led to the decision by NASA to develop and build the CEV.
  • Alcatel and Finmeccanica creating the new European space industry leader Thales 28 Jan 2005 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Finmeccanica (Milano: SIFI.MI, FNC.IM), today announced the signature of final agreement to merge their space activities through the creation of two joint ventures companies, to which both partners will contribute their respective satellite industrial and service activities.
  • Kazakhstan Adopts State Space Program RFE/RL 28 Jan 2005 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has signed a decree on developing Kazakhstan's space sector.
  • Satellite to Map Line Between Solar System, Interstellar Space Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- NASA will sponsor a satellite that will map the boundary between the solar system and interstellar space, the first mission designed to detect the edge of the solar system.
  • International Space Station Crew Performs Space Walk Washington File 27 Jan 2005 -- The crew of the International Space Station performed a five-hour, 28-minute spacewalk January 26 to install a work platform, cables and robotic and scientific experiments on the exterior of the Zvezda service module.
  • ATK, NASA Reach Space Shuttle "Return-to-flight"? Milestone ATK 26 Jan 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA have completed the stacking of the twin reusable solid rocket motors (RSRM) that will help launch the orbiter Discovery on its return-to-flight mission, currently scheduled for mid- May, 2005. This is a major milestone in the Space Shuttle’s return-to-flight calendar. The RSRM stacking operation began in late November, 2004 at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
  • Orbital Completes Telkom-2 Commercial Communications Satellite For Indonesia Orbital Sciences Corp. 26 Jan 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today announced that it has completed the design, manufacturing and testing process for the Telkom-2 C-band satellite that the company is supplying to Indonesia’s state-owned telecommunications company, PT Telkomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (PT Telkom). The Telkom-2 satellite is based on Orbital’s STAR-2 satellite platform, generating approximately three kilowatts of electrical power and carrying 24 C-band transponders. In addition to the satellite platform, Orbital also designed, manufactured and tested the communications payload and is furnishing a complete ground station, including hardware and operations software. At the time of the launch of the Telkom-2 satellite, Orbital engineers will provide launch and mission support services to ensure a smooth transition to the customer’s full operational control of the satellite.
  • iNavSat consortium delivers final offer to Galileo Concession Thales 26 Jan 2005 -- The iNavSat consortium today delivered its final offer to the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) to become the Galileo concessionaire, deploying the Galileo satellite constellation, integrating EGNOS and operating all subsequent services. The consortium was chosen in October as one of the two final bidders. The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in February 2005.
  • Alcatel signs a 150 million US dollar contract with Embratel to build the Star One C2 satellite Thales 26 Jan 2005 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced the signature of a new 150 million US dollar contract with Embratel's satellite arm, Star One, the largest satellite solutions company in Latin America, for the construction of the satellite Star One C2 for South America, Mexico and Florida. It is the second satellite that Alcatel will build for the Brazilian operator.
  • Air Force Awards Boeing $172.3 Million for Two GPS Satellite Contract Options Boeing 25 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing [BA: NYSE:] two GPS IIF contract options valued at $172.3 million.
  • First UK Built Generative Navigation Payload Successfully Tested EADS 25 Jan 2005 -- The first UK built “generative” navigation payload (which generates and transmits a primary navigation signal that is not reliant on GPS) has been successfully tested by EADS Astrium at its Portsmouth facility as part of Europe’s Galileo global satellite navigation programme.
  • iNavSat team offers a 40 partner portfolio to Galileo Concession EADS 25 Jan 2005 -- Over 40 international partners have joined the iNavSat consortium, created to win the Galileo Concession for global satellite services. These associated partners are ready to provide equipment and services to a significant global user base, with outstanding economic prospects. Established in more than 15 countries in Europe and the rest of the world, the team has extensive expertise either in infrastructure, technology, operations and services or market applications. Their activities cover user location based services, automotive, maritime, aviation industries, logistics, information technology, cartography, security and governmental use.
  • EURELY takes a further step toward GALILEO CONCESSION Thales 25 Jan 2005 -- Eurely, the consortium formed by Alcatel, Finmeccanica, AENA and Hispasat, today provided its final proposal for the Galileo Concession. The offer, submitted to the European Commission by Eurely, contains further details and binding commitments to manage the services of the new satellite based European navigation system, in addition to the original proposal of September 2004.
  • Northrop Grumman, Boeing Finalize Space Exploration Teaming Agreement Northrop Grumman 24 Jan 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) have completed and signed a formal agreement to compete as a team for NASA's new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and related human lunar exploration systems.
  • Scientists Announce First Assessments of Titan Data Washington File 24 Jan 2005 -- The first scientific assessments of data from the Huygens probe's descent to and landing on the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan shows the moon to be a world with Earth-like geophysical processes operating on exotic materials in alien conditions.
  • Boeing awarded a study contract to Alcatel in the frame of the GPS III System Preliminary Definition Thales 20 Jan 2005 -- In the frame of the US Air Force's GPS III System Preliminary Definition phase, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems awarded a study contract to Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA). This contract concretises last year's discussions between Boeing and Alcatel Space to develop cooperation in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). This is also the first ever contractual ties for GPS III between the European Union and the United States industry leaders in Satellite Navigation which materialise the EU-US high level agreement signed in June 2004.
  • NASA Salutes Successful Landing on Titan of Huygens Probe Washington File 18 Jan 2005 -- NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe congratulated the European Space Agency (ESA) January 14 on the successful touchdown of its Huygens probe on Saturn's moon, Titan.
  • BAE SYSTEMS RAD750 Microprocessor To Help NASA Study Comet BAE Systems 18 Jan 2005 -- BAE Systems radiation-hardened microprocessors have begun a six-month, 83-million mile journey on NASAs Deep Impact mission to study the nucleus of comet Tempel 1. The mission was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral on January 12.
  • SATURN MOON REVEALED VOA 15 Jan 2005 -- Scientists are describing Saturn's biggest moon, Titan, as a frigid world of coastlines, wind, mists, and blocks of ice strewn about the landscape. Their first impressions of this hidden world come from data sent back by the European Space Agency's Huygens [HOY-genz] spacecraft, which landed on the mysterious moon Friday. The space probe has returned enough data to keep researchers busy for months.
  • EADS SPACE contribution to the success of Huygens EADS 14 Jan 2005 -- Perfect operation of the Huygens re-entry system: EADS SPACE Transportation’s contribution, both the aerodynamic calculations made at the Les Mureaux site and the manufacturing of the probe’s thermal protection system (heat shield) in Aquitaine, has proven completely successful.
  • Mission accomplished for Alcatel-built Huygens space probe - a world first! Thales 14 Jan 2005 -- After separating from the Cassini spacecraft on December 25, Huygens made a successful landing on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
  • EUROPEAN SATURN MOON PROBE VOA 14 Jan 2005 -- A European spacecraft landed on the Saturn moon Titan Friday for the first close-up look of a celestial body scientists say may give clues to what Earth might have been like billions of years ago. It pierced Titan's murky atmosphere and revealed a world of coastlines and drainage channels.
  • U.S.-European Mission Lands Craft on Saturn Moon Titan Washington File 14 Jan 2005 -- Humankind left its first mark on another world in the outer solar system January 14 when the Huygens probe landed on the surface of the Saturn moon Titan.
  • U.S., European Space Mission to Study Supermassive Black Holes Washington File 14 Jan 2005 -- As big fish eat little fish in the Earth's vast oceans, so too do super-massive black holes gorge on smaller black holes and neutron stars -- making themselves more massive in the process.
  • EUROPEAN SATURN MOON PROBE VOA 14 Jan 2005 -- A European spacecraft has plunged onto the Saturn moon Titan for the first close-up look of a celestial body scientists say may give clues to what Earth might have been like billions of years ago. It pierced Titan's murky atmosphere and was expected to transmit its first images from Titan's surface later Friday.
  • ATK Helps Put Space Probe on Collision Course with Comet ATK 13 Jan 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) helped launch NASA’s Deep Impact space probe on a journey to intercept the comet Tempel 1. The mission is designed to help uncover secrets about the origin of our universe.
  • NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Launched, Flying Toward Comet Washington File 13 Jan 2005 -- NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, began its 431 million-kilometer journey to comet Tempel 1 January 12.
  • Boeing Delta II Sends NASA Spacecraft on a Rendezvous with a Comet Boeing 12 Jan 2005 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket launched a NASA spacecraft today that will collide with a comet, causing a crater that will enable scientists to learn more about comets and their role in the formation of the Universe.
  • General Dynamics Demonstrates First Wideband, Vehicle-Mounted SATCOM Unit for U.S. Army Soldiers on the Move General Dynamics 12 Jan 2005 -- General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has successfully demonstrated its SATCOM-On-The-Move ™ (SOTM) terminal, the military’s first vehicle-mounted terminal for satellite communications using the Ku-band, during field trials for the U.S. Army. The SOTM terminal, the first such system to be licensed by the FCC for use in the United States, is ruggedized for use by military forces and can be mounted on a wide variety of vehicles to provide reliable, high-bandwidth voice and data communications over satellite.
  • NSAB AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR SIRIUS 4 Lockheed Martin 12 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract by Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB) to build their next geostationary direct broadcast satellite, designated SIRIUS 4. NSAB is 75%-owned by SES ASTRA, an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG).
  • Global Space Cooperation Helps Tsunami Relief Effort Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- The recent tragedy that struck the coastlines of the Indian Ocean highlights the benefits of international cooperation in earth observation for managing disaster relief and suggests future opportunities for these activities.
  • U.S., French Scientists Measure Tsunami Height from Space Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- Scientists have measured the height of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami after reviewing data from four Earth-orbiting radar satellites, according to a January 10 press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • NASA Details How Indian Ocean Quake Affects Earth Rotation Washington File 11 Jan 2005 -- NASA scientists using data from the Indian Ocean earthquake have calculated that it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, slightly changed the planet's shape and shifted the North Pole by centimeters.
  • Lockheed Martin Team Selected to Compete for Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) Lockheed Martin 11 Jan 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] announced today that its team was selected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) to compete in the next phase of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS). The AWIPS contract award is expected in July 2005 and will be worth an estimated $330 million over a 10-year period. Lockheed Martin is teamed with Honeywell Technical Solutions Inc. and other subcontractors.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN COMPLETES TESTING OF AEGIS BMD INITIAL ENGAGEMENT CAPABILITY Lockheed Martin 10 Jan 2005 -- Aegis Ballistic Missile DefenseLockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully completed land-based testing of the first deployable Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) engagement capability. This marks a significant milestone toward an initial, sea-based capability to defend the United States, deployed forces and allies from the threat of short- and medium-range ballistic missile attack.
  • US / COMET EXCAVATION VOA 10 Jan 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA [is about to launch] [has launched] a spacecraft that could create celestial fireworks when it sends a missile crashing into a comet on America's Independence Day, July fourth. Scientists want to know what a comet's nucleus is made of, and believe the best way to find out is to blast a hole in one.
  • NASA Satellite Imagery Helps Protect African Mountain Gorillas Washington File 10 Jan 2005 -- NASA satellite imagery is giving scientists and conservationists tools they need to gain information on land-cover and land-use changes in wild areas.
  • Elements in Place for NASA's Space Shuttle Return to Flight Washington File 07 Jan 2005 -- NASA marked a major milestone for the space shuttle's return to flight, as the redesigned external fuel tank rolled out January 6 from the barge that carried it to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • NASA To Operate Tropical Rainfall Satellite Through Spring 2005 Washington File 05 Jan 2005 -- NASA will operate the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) spacecraft through spring 2005, according to a January 4 NASA press release.
  • EADS Astrium Selects Arianespace to Launch Skynet 5 EADS 04 Jan 2005 -- To satisfy its in-orbit delivery contract with Paradigm Secure Communications, EADS Astrium has selected Arianespace’s Ariane 5 for the launch of both of the UK MOD’s next generation secure military telecommunications satellites, Skynet 5A and 5B.
  • Rovers Pass First Anniversary on Mars Surface Washington File 04 Jan 2005 -- One year has passed since the rover vehicles Spirit and Opportunity touched down on the surface of Mars, allowing U.S. space scientists to celebrate an anniversary they never expected.
  • MARS ROVERS: 1ST ANNIVERSARY VOA 03 Jan 2005 -- Two U.S. robot rovers are still gathering scientific data about the history of water on Mars, one year after the first one landed. It is about nine months longer than the robots were expected to last. The mission team gathered at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California Monday to celebrate the first anniversary of the landing and to reveal new discoveries being made on Mars.



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