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February 2005 Space News

  • ATK Plays Critical Role in Successful Standard Missile-3 Intercept ATK 28 Feb 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) provided the third-stage rocket motor (TSRM) and Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) for the successful intercept test flight of the Raytheon Company’s (RTN: NYSE) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3). The SM-3 was launched from the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System. The successful test destroyed a ballistic missile outside the earth’s atmosphere during an Aegis BMD Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean.
  • ATK Rocket Motors, Composites Technology Support Successful Launch of Japan’s H-IIA Vehicle ATK 28 Feb 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) rocket motors and composites technology supported the successful launch of a Japanese H-IIA vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The launch vehicle placed into orbit the Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R). The satellite will help ensure flight safety over the Asia/Pacific region, including Japan – U.S. air routes, and improve weather forecasting.
  • Sea Launch Successfully Delivers XM-3 to Orbit Boeing 28 Feb 2005 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered XM Satellite Radio's XM-3 satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the Equator, in its first mission of the 2005 manifest. Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
  • Northrop Grumman Awarded $142M Airborne Laser and Sensor Contract By U.S. Missile Defense Agency Northrop Grumman 28 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $142 million follow-on contract for systems engineering, planning and logistics support for its Airborne Laser boost phase missile defense program.
  • U.S., Japan Sign Agreement on Continuous Satellite Coverage Washington File 25 Feb 2005 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) have signed a long-term agreement to guarantee continuous geostationary satellite coverage of the continental United States and the Western Pacific.
  • United States Funds Rocket Fuel Disposal Project in Armenia Washington File 25 Feb 2005 -- The United States will contribute over $1 million toward a project of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to eliminate rocket fuel component stocks in Armenia, according to the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan.
  • Lockheed Martin-MDA-U.S. Navy Aegis BMD Weapon System Guides Missile to Target Intercept Lockheed Martin 24 Feb 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System with its Standard Missile (SM)-3 successfully intercepted a ballistic missile target outside the earth’s atmosphere during its descent phase of flight today. The Aegis Weapon System, aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), and range sensors confirmed a direct hit of the missile target over the Pacific Ocean. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System and serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent for Aegis BMD. Raytheon Company develops the SM-3.
  • Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Intercepts Target in Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Test Raytheon 24 Feb 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System and Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) destroyed a ballistic missile outside the earth's atmosphere during an Aegis BMD Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean. Raytheon Company develops the SM-3. Lockheed Martin develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System.
  • Statement by the Prime Minister Office of the Prime Minister of Canada 24 Feb 2005 -- "We had an extensive discussion led by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and National Defence, concerning the invitation to participate in the evolution of the proposed ballistic missile defence system. It is in respect of that discussion that we are announcing today that Canada will not take part in the proposed ballistic missile defence system"
  • Pakistan opposes sale of US anti-missile Patriot to India IRNA 23 Feb 2005 -- Pakistan on Wednesday cautioned that the possible sale of US Patriot anti-ballistic missile system to India would be `counter-productive, erode deterrence in the region, fuel arms race and induce higher risk-taking`.
  • Boeing to Sell Rocketdyne Propulsion Unit to Pratt & Whitney Boeing 22 Feb 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business to Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company [NYSE:UTX], for approximately $700 million in cash.
  • 'Near space' enhances joint warfighting AFPN 18 Feb 2005 -- "Near space" can be the Air Force's focus, said the commander of Air Force Space Command during his speech Feb. 17 at the Air Force Association's 2005 Air Warfare Symposium here.
  • ABM AS A USELESS ENGINEERING EXERCISE RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2005 -- Lieutenant General Henry Obering, director of the US Missile Defense Agency, will hardly get acclaim from his president, as a planned launch of an antimissile failed. But Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov was congratulated by President Vladimir Putin in November last year, when he reported on the successful trials of the Russian analogue of the US NMD system.
  • ATK Successfully Tests Full-scale Space Shuttle Motor ATK 17 Feb 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) tested a full-scale Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) today in support of NASA’s Return to Flight program. Initial results indicate the test was completely successful. The test, conducted at ATK’s Promontory, Utah, facility, was designed to validate the performance of a mid-life rocket motor. Shuttle RSRMs are certified for flight for five years after the propellant is cast. This is the last scheduled test before the expected return to flight, which could occur as early as May 2005.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN TO DEVELOP SENSOR FOR INTERSTELLAR BOUNDARY EXPLORER MISSION Lockheed Martin 17 Feb 2005 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Advanced Technology Center (ATC) will lead the development of the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)-Lo sensor for the recently selected NASA Small Explorer mission. The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) awarded the contract to the ATC. Contract terms are not being disclosed. IBEX is the first mission designed to globally image the extreme edge of our solar system. Launch of the IBEX spacecraft will occur in 2008.
  • Northrop Grumman Conducts Wargame in Support of Anti-Missile System at the Joint National Integration Center (JNIC) Northrop Grumman 17 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in partnership with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, completed a five-day wargame this month at the Joint National Integration Center (JNIC), where many operator crews trained for the first time on the nation's anti-missile system equipment -- from their home bases -- via a link to the wargame center.
  • SPACE STATION UPDATE VOA 17 Feb 2005 -- International space station controllers are changing some spacewalk procedures following the near contamination of the U.S. crew member last month when he came too close to station jet exhaust. The issue is related to a mysterious problem controllers are having steering the outpost with gyroscopes during spacewalks.
  • Army Awards Raytheon $151.3 Million Patriot Engineering Services Contract Raytheon 16 Feb 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $151.3 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command to provide engineering services support to the Patriot air and missile defense program.
  • EADS Astrium imagery applications for Global Monitoring for Environment and Security EADS 15 Feb 2005 -- EADS Astrium has invested in space imagery applications, both within the company and through its subsidiaries and various partnerships. It has developed:
  • Successful launch of the new Ariane 5 ECA EADS 12 Feb 2005 -- The new, more powerful European launcher Ariane 5 ECA has just been successfully launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • Ariane 5 ECA heading for launch EADS 11 Feb 2005 -- The new European launcher Ariane 5 ECA is to be launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana. This new version is equipped with the Vulcain 2 main engine and with a new cryogenic upper stage, dubbed ESC-A.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST ATLAS FIVE BOOSTER TO WEST COAST LAUNCH SITE Lockheed Martin 11 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin’s first Atlas V booster for launch from the West Coast has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, continuing the proud legacy of over four decades of Atlas operations from California.
  • Space war game improves joint warfighting capability AFPN 10 Feb 2005 -- The Schriever III space war game is under way here, where a 350-person team of space professionals battle in a global environment scenario set in the year 2020.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS FIRST MODERNIZED GPS SATELLITE TO U.S. AIR FORCE FOR MAY LAUNCH Lockheed Martin 09 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced that it has delivered the first modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be readied for a May launch. The satellite, designated GPS IIR-M1, is the most technologically advanced GPS satellite ever developed and will provide significantly improved navigation performance for U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.
  • Northrop Grumman/Raytheon Team to Compete for GOES-R System Northrop Grumman 09 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) have teamed to compete to build the next generation geostationary weather and environmental system for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Northrop Grumman Establishes Directed Energy Systems Unit To Maximize Company's High-Power Laser Capabilities Northrop Grumman 08 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has established a new business area -- Directed Energy Systems -- to help transition high-energy laser systems from the laboratory to warfighters, the most advanced of which will be able to engage mortars, rockets, artillery and other threats to protect U.S. and allied military and civilian populations and assets.
  • ILS Atlas V Receives EELV Contract For Launch Of NRO Satellite Lockheed Martin 07 Feb 2005 -- International Launch Services (ILS) has received authorization from the U.S. Air Force to begin operations for launch of a national security payload on an Atlas V vehicle in mid-2007 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Raytheon Achieves NPOESS Ground System Milestone on Schedule, on Budget Raytheon 07 Feb 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed a major development milestone on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program, the nation's next-generation meteorological satellite system.
  • President Bush Proposes Increase in Landsat 7 Funding for 2006 Washington File 07 Feb 2005 -- President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget calls for increasing the budget for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Landsat 7 Earth-imaging satellite by $12 million.
  • Successful launch of Alcatel AMC-12 satellite Thales 04 Feb 2005 -- The AMC-12 communications satellite built by prime contractor Alcatel Space was successfully boosted into orbit yesterday by a ILS Proton/Breeze-M launcher from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. AMC-12 is the third satellite built by Alcatel Space for the American operator SES Americom, part of the SES Global group. AMC-12 will cover three interconnected zones, North America, South America and Europe/Middle East/Africa.
  • Hybrid rocket successfully tested AFPN 04 Feb 2005 -- A large hybrid rocket motor was successfully fired on its test stand here recently.
  • ILS LAUNCHES NRO PAYLOAD Lockheed Martin 03 Feb 2005 -- When an Atlas III launch vehicle successfully placed a national security payload into orbit early this morning, it set an industry record of 75 consecutive successful missions for the Atlas vehicle.
  • Northrop Grumman Uses Defense Department's Mentor-Protege Program to Form Relationship with 3D Research Corporation Northrop Grumman 03 Feb 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is helping a local Huntsville company - 3D Research Corporation - competitively bid for government and commercial contracts in a relationship under the U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protege program.
  • RUSSIAN SPACE FORCES CONFIRM ORBITING U.S. SATELLITE RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2005 -- The U.S. communications satellite AMC-12 has been lofted to the planned orbit, a Space Forces spokesman told RIA Novosti.
  • RUSSIAN PROTON CARRIER ROCKET SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES AMERICAN COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE AMC-12 RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2005 -- 2005's first Proton carrier rocket with an American AMC-12 communication satellite on top was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 5.27 a.m. Moscow time, a spokesman for Russia's Space Forces said.
  • EADS Astrium delivers the first Inmarsat-4 satellite EADS 02 Feb 2005 -- EADS Astrium, Europe’s leading satellite manufacturer, has completed production and test of the first Inmarsat-4 spacecraft, the world’s most sophisticated commercial communications satellite. The spacecraft will leave the Toulouse facility on 5 February 2005 for shipment to Cape Canaveral.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRES FALCON HYBRID MOTOR Lockheed Martin 02 Feb 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully test-fired a new hybrid motor as part of the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) program at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on Jan. 21. This is the first of a series of SLV hybrid motor firings that Lockheed Martin will conduct this year.
  • International Swift Satellite Now Fully Operational Washington File 02 Jan 2005 -- The Swift satellite's ultraviolet/optical telescope (UVOT), dedicated to understanding gamma-ray bursts, has become fully operational and has captured an image of the Pinwheel Galaxy, long loved by amateur astronomers as the "perfect," face-on spiral galaxy.
  • Orbital's IBEX Satellite Selected By NASA For Newest Small Explorer Scientific Mission Orbital Sciences Corp. 01 Feb 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected the company's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite to carry out the next mission in its Small Explorer (SMEX) series of scientific spacecraft. Orbital is a key member of the IBEX mission team, which is led by Principal Investigator Dr. David McComas of the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. The IBEX satellite is based on Orbital's MicroStar spacecraft design, a lightweight, multi-role platform of which dozens are already in orbit performing communications and remote sensing missions.
  • Iran hopes for development of space cooperation with Russia IRNA 01 Feb 2005 -- Iran hopes for the development of space cooperation with Russia, Iranian Ambassador Gholamreza Shafei said here on Tuesday.

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