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March 2005 Space News

  • Raytheon Awarded $51.5 Million Contract for Patriot Upgrades Raytheon 31 Mar 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a contract valued at more than $51.5 million to upgrade 163 Patriot PAC-2 missiles to the latest GEM+ configuration.
  • NASA-LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE EXTERNAL TANK DESIGN REVIEW Lockheed Martin 29 Mar 2005 -- NASA and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully completed a Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) Design Certification Review (DCR) that identified all remaining work that must be completed in order to certify ET Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) prior to the STS-114 Flight Readiness Review in April and launch scheduled for no earlier than May 15.
  • Northrop Grumman Leads Team for Missile Defense Agency's Joint National Integration Center Contract Competition Northrop Grumman 29 Mar 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has formed a team to compete for the prime role at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) Joint National Integration Center (JNIC). With a decade of experience supporting the JNIC, Northrop Grumman is well-positioned to partner with the government and other missile defense companies to achieve new levels of capabilities in the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • Raytheon Meteorological Imager Providing Images From Japanese Weather Satellite Raytheon 29 Mar 2005 -- Raytheon Company's Japanese Advanced Meteorological Imager has been successfully launched on board Japan's Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R), built by prime contractor, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), and is now providing new images of earth.
  • RUSSIA TO HELP DEVELOP NUCLEAR-POWERED SPACECRAFT RIA Novosti 29 Mar 2005 -- Russia that has developed state-of-the-art rocket engines is ready to use them within the framework of the international space program. Consequently, Russia is quite eager to explore deep space with the rest of the world.
  • Northrop Grumman's AstroMesh Reflector Successfully Deploys on Inmarsat 4 Satellite Northrop Grumman 28 Mar 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) AstroMesh deployable reflector system successfully deployed aboard the Inmarsat Limited I-4 satellite launched March 11 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Pakistan to launch its own satellite: report IRNA 27 Mar 2005 -- Pakistan has decided to manufacture and launch its own advanced satellite and President Pervez Musharraf has given a green signal, reports said on Sunday.
  • RUSSIA, KAZAKHSTAN SET TO ORBIT SATELLITES FROM MIG-31 FIGHTER RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2005 -- Russia and Kazakhstan have pondered the project of launching small satellites into space from the Russian fighter MiG-31, the spokesman for Roskosmos (Russian Space Agency) has told RIA Novosti on Friday.
  • NO GUARANTEE OF WEAPONS-FREE OUTER SPACE RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2005 -- The participants of the International Conference on Safeguarding Space Security in Geneva have admitted that existing norms do not guard against weapons emplacement in outer space, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a press release.
  • Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract To Build A2100 Small-Class GEO Satellite For SES Lockheed Martin 23 Mar 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced at the Satellite 2005 conference here today that it has been awarded a contract for an A2100 geosynchronous satellite by SES GLOBAL (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges SESG), to be built for and operated by SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company. The satellite, designated AMC-18, will be located at orbital location 105 degrees West and will provide distribution of premium cable programming across North America. Contract terms were not disclosed
  • Raytheon Achieves Two SATCOM Milestones: Makes First XDR Connection, Demonstrates NMT Solution Raytheon 23 Mar 2005 -- A satellite communication (SATCOM) system developed by Raytheon Company has successfully acquired an extended data rate (XDR) downlink from the U.S. government's "gold standard" satellite simulator.
  • PLANETARY LIGHT DISCOVERY VOA 22 Mar 2005 -- Astronomers have announced that for the first time, they've detected the light of two planets hundreds of light years away. The scientists say the development paves the way for the discovery of earth-like planets outside our solar system.
  • KEEP ARMS RACE OFF SPACE, CALL RUSSIA & CHINA RIA Novosti 22 Mar 2005 -- Russia and China appeal to the world to prevent space-based arms race and make a respective treaty.
  • MND ACCENTUATES NEED TO PROCURE PATRIOT PAC III CNA 21 Mar 2005 -- Vice Minister of National Defense Huo Shou-yeh accentuated Monday the need for Taiwan to procure the U.S.-made Patriot PAC III anti-missile system, saying if the procurement plan is dropped, Taiwan will be unable to defend itself from China's missile attacks.
  • U.S. OFFERS CHEAPER PRICE FOR PATRIOT PAC III: MND REPORT CNA 20 Mar 2005 -- The United States has offered a cheaper price for the Patriot PAC III anti-missile system to be sold to Taiwan, according to a Ministry of National Defense (MND) report sent to the Legislative Yuan Sunday.
  • SPACE TRAINING CENTER SHOULD REMAIN MILITARY INSTITUTION - RUSSIAN COSMONAUT RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2005 -- Alexei Leonov, the world's first man to walk out into the outer space, told a Friday news conference gathered at the 40th anniversary of his space flight onboard the Vostok-2 space vehicle that he was firmly against making the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center a civilian institution.
  • DoD Seeks Billions for Missile Defense Program AFPS 17 Mar 2005 -- Pentagon leaders charged with protecting the country against a ballistic missile attack asked Congress March 15 for $7.8 billion to sustain development of the nation's first missile defense system through fiscal 2006.
  • Lockheed Martin-Led Team Passes Key Design Milestone For Next Generation Military Communications Satellite Program Lockheed Martin 17 Mar 2005 -- The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed the System Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with its customer, the U.S. Navy. The System PDR kicks off a key design and development phase for the space and ground segments to ensure the system will meet or exceed the customer’s requirements for the next generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system.
  • Launch of NATO's Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) Programme NATO 16 Mar 2005 -- NATO's Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) Programme has reached a key milestone in Alliance efforts to field an Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) capability by 2010.
  • COMMAND-STAFF EXERCISE OF RUSSIA AND NATO ON ANTI-MISSILE DEFENCE TO BEGIN RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- The second command-staff exercise on the theatre of operations (TVD) anti-ballistic missile defence (ABM), Collaborative Arrow 2005, will be held at the De Peel air base in the Netherlands under the aegis of the Russia-NATO Council from March 14 to 23.
  • SATAN MISSILE BECOMES PEACEFUL AND PROFITABLE RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2005 -- The Russian Space Forces have started preparations for launching a Dnepr carrier rocket, a civilian version of the heavy R-36M2 Voyevoda intercontinental ballistic missile, or the SS-18 Satan in NATO classification. The launch is scheduled for the second quarter of this year.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN ATLAS V VEHICLE LIFTS MASSIVE SATELLITE FOR INMARSA Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2005 -- An Atlas V launch vehicle carried its largest payload to date into orbit tonight, the Inmarsat 4-F1 satellite that weighs nearly 6 metric tons (5,959 kgs/13,138 pounds). This also marked the third launch of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).
  • President Bush To Nominate New NASA Administrator Washington File 11 Mar 2005 -- President Bush announced March 11 that he would nominate Michael Griffin, head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland, to head the U.S. space agency
  • Teets tells Congress lasers-based communications coming AFPN 11 Mar 2005 -- The military's senior adviser on space testified before Congress on March 8.
  • IS RUSSIA PREPARING A MISSILE SHIELD? RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2005 -- It was reported yesterday that in January Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov had discussed Russia's withdrawal from the Soviet-US Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with his American counterpart, Vedomosti writes.
  • Boeing Prepares to Ship Next Generation Weather Satellite - GOES-N Boeing 09 Mar 2005 -- The first of three next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) manufactured by Boeing [NYSE: BA] for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) prepares for shipment to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a launch in May, 2005.
  • NATO and Russia to conduct joint Theatre Missile Defence Exercise NATO 09 Mar 2005 -- Under the aegis of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), the Theatre Missile Defence Ad Hoc Working Group will conduct the second in a series of joint NATO-Russia TMD Command Post Exercises - 'Collaborative Arrow 05' - from 14-23 March 2005 at Airbase De Peel, the Netherlands.
  • U.N. Outer Space Subcommittee Concludes 42nd Session in Vienna Washington File 08 Mar 2005 -- Space-based disaster-management support was a key topic during the 42nd session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, held February 21-March 4 in Vienna, Austria.
  • UN outer space panel mulls space-based disaster-management and virtual doctors UN News Centre 08 Mar 2005 -- Satellite-based disaster-management, virtual space doctors and the potential threat of an asteroid or meteor crashing into Earth were among key agenda items of the latest session of a United Nations panel on outer space.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS SECOND RETURN TO FLIGHT EXTERNAL TANK TO NASA Lockheed Martin 04 Mar 2005 -- Lockheed Martin delivered the second retrofitted Space Shuttle External Tank, designated ET-121, to NASA on Friday, March 4 at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. ET-121 will be transported via ocean-going barge to Kennedy Space Center where it is scheduled to fly on the second Return to Flight mission, STS-121, with a launch window that opens July 10. Photos of the ET-121 rollout are available at www.lockheedmartin.com/Michoud
  • Transcript: Air Force Press Conference on Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program 04 Mar 2005 -- Acting Secretary of the Air Force Peter B. Teets
  • Air Force lifts Boeing suspension AFPN 04 Mar 2005 -- Air Force officials removed the suspension of three Boeing Co. units associated with its rocket business March 4.
  • Lockheed Martin Marks Progress On SBIRS High Program With Successful Completion Of Key Component Lockheed Martin 03 Mar 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has achieved a major milestone with completion and delivery of a sophisticated, high-performance communications subsystem integral to the infrared payload of the first Space-Based Infrared System High (SBIRS High) geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN ROLLS SECOND RETURN TO FLIGHT TANK TO THE BARGE Lockheed Martin 03 Mar 2005 -- Under its Return to Flight plan, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has finished retrofitting the second Space Shuttle External Tank, designated ET-121, and will roll the tank to the barge for transport to Kennedy Space Center at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4 at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility.
  • U.S./Canada: Analysts Say Trade, Not Missile Defense, At Heart Of Rift RFE/RL 03 Mar 2005 -- Canada and the United States are neighbors with much in common. They share similar cultures, they trade vigorously, and have been staunch allies for decades. Yet today relations are strained, as illustrated by Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's decision last week not to take part in President George W. Bush's missile-defense program. Then U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice canceled a visit to the Canadian capital of Ottawa next month, although Washington attributes it to what it calls a "scheduling conflict."
  • RUSSIA CAN DO A SHARE IN UNFOLDING EUROPEAN MISSILE DEFENSE RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2005 -- Russia can propose operating systems for the creation of the European antimissile defense, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told a briefing in Berlin. He is on a working visit in Berlin.
  • Eurely's reaction to the Galileo Joint Undertaking's decision concerning the Galileo Concession Thales 01 Mar 2005 -- Eurely is pleased that the GJU has again recognised the quality of its Galileo Concession offer, and is confident that its proposal will finally be selected as the preferred solution for the success of Galileo, its construction, operation and exploitation.

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