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April 2005 Space News

  • Lockheed Martin's Last Titan IV From Cape Canaveral Successfully Delivers National Security Payload To Space Lockheed Martin 29 Apr 2005 -- Titan IV B-30, CCAFS, April 29, 2005The United States Air Force and Lockheed Martin (LMT:NYSE) wrote the final chapter in a five-decade history at Cape Canaveral tonight with the final launch of a Titan IV B heavy-lift rocket carrying a critical national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. The rocket thundered away from its pad adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean amid the cheers of many who had gathered to watch the historic mission.
  • NASA Delays Shuttle's Return to Flight Two More Months to late July VOA 29 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA has postponed returning shuttles to flight for two months to give it more time to address safety issues that caused the Columbia disaster in 2003. The first shuttle mission in two-and-a-half years to the International Space Station is now scheduled for the second half of July instead of May.
  • India plans CARTOSAT-1 in the first week of May IRNA 29 Apr 2005 -- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch its latest state-of-the-art remote sensing satellite, CARTOSAT-1, in the first week of May from Sriharikota, reports Press Trust of India.
  • Boeing Dedicates Delta IV West Coast Launch Site Boeing 28 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] marked the official opening of its new Space Launch Complex 6 (SLC-6) facility April 27 at a dedication ceremony held at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.
  • Training ensures reservists ready to go AFPN 28 Apr 2005 -- Air Force Space Command reservists tested a common training assembly concept here April 22 and 23 to ensure nearly 350 individual mobilization augmentees were trained and ready for mobilization.
  • Promoters Foresee Booming Space Industry VOA 28 Apr 2005 -- Promoters of space tourism say private space flights could be available to the public by the end of the decade.
  • B-SAT AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN AUTHORIZATION TO PROCEED ON A2100 SMALL-CLASS SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 27 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been granted an authorization to proceed (ATP) by the Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite. Designated BSAT-3a, the 1.8-kW satellite will provide direct broadcast services throughout Japan following its scheduled launch the second quarter of 2007. B-SAT and Lockheed Martin expect to sign the contract for this satellite in the next few weeks.
  • Space, air, information warfare centers integrate capabilities AFPN 27 Apr 2005 -- The Air Force is integrating some forces to better manage air, space and information operations combat capabilities to support missions worldwide, Air Force officials announced April 26.
  • Sea Launch Successfully Delivers Spaceway to Orbit Boeing 26 Apr 2005 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered DIRECTV's Spaceway F1 satellite to orbit, completing the launch of the heaviest commercial satellite to date. Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
  • NASA Hubble Space Telescope Celebrates 15th Anniversary Washington File 26 Apr 2005 -- During the 15 years NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has orbited the Earth, it has taken more than 750,000 photos of the cosmos.
  • WASHINGTON READY TO DEPLOY ORBITAL MISSILE INTERCEPTORS RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2005 -- Miracles only happen in fairy tales, not in the high-tech world, which lives according to its own logic. In the middle of April, Lieutenant General Henry Obering, the director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, addressed the 3rd Annual Missile Defense Conference in Washington, where he said new global threats highlighted the need to create space-based defensive systems.
  • Raytheon Instruments Continue Search for Water on Mars Raytheon 25 Apr 2005 -- Two five-pound electronic instruments built by Raytheon Company's Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) remain thirsty on Mars.
  • World: Soyuz Mission Complete; NASA Readies Shuttle For Next Flight To Space Station RFE/RL 25 Apr 2005 -- A Russian Soyuz capsule touched down on the Kazakh steppe early today -- bringing three men back to Earth safely from the International Space Station. The Soyuz rockets have been the only way of sending crews and cargo to the space station since the U.S. space shuttle "Columbia" disaster more than two years ago. But the next scheduled launch to the space station is due to be a return to flight by the U.S. space shuttle "Discovery."
  • Soyuz Spacecraft Lands Safely in Kazakhstan VOA News 25 Apr 2005 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a crew from the international space station touched down uneventfully Monday in Kazakhstan.
  • Space Station Crew to Return Home VOA News 24 Apr 2005 -- Three astronauts from the International Space Station are scheduled to start their return to Earth Sunday.
  • Sea Launch Prepares for Liftoff of Spaceway Satellite on April 26 Boeing 22 Apr 2005 -- The Sea Launch team has arrived at its equatorial launch site in preparation for the launch of DIRECTV's Spaceway satellite on Tuesday, April 26, at 12:31:30 am PDT ( 07:31:30 GMT), at the opening of a half-hour launch window. All systems are proceeding on schedule.
  • Shuttle exercise tests NASA, Edwards response teams AFPN 22 Apr 2005 -- Support crews from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Kennedy Space Center and the base teamed up in a mock shuttle recovery exercise on the flightline here April 16.
  • Hubble Space Telescope's Future Still Not Certain VOA News 21 Apr 2005 -- Fifteen years ago, the U.S. space agency, NASA, launched a new era in astronomy.
  • EU, China Near Signing Satellite Network Contracts VOA News 21 Apr 2005 -- As the European Union debates whether to lift its arms embargo against China, another issue is looming.
  • XM Radio Receives On-Orbit Delivery of Third Boeing-Built Satellite Boeing 20 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced the successful on-orbit handover of the XM-3 satellite to XM Satellite Radio Inc., today.
  • EADS welcomes German decision to participate in MEADS EADS 20 Apr 2005 -- The EADS CEOs, Philippe Camus and Rainer Hertrich, welcomed the German parliament’s go ahead for the country’s participation in the transatlantic MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defense System) programme as an important base for the future development of Germany's and Europe's missile industry. "MEADS is an important part of NATO's future security architecture. In addition to that, MEADS is a key project for further technological and economic development of Europe's missile industry and the transatlantic cooperation in defence."
  • Boeing Delivers Airborne Satellite Communication System to Air Force Boeing 19 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] recently delivered 16 airborne satellite communications systems to the U.S. Air Force that will enhance aircrew's real-time situation awareness in the cockpit.
  • Sea Launch Sets Sail for DIRECTV's Spaceway Mission Boeing 18 Apr 2005 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander departed Sea Launch Home Port last week for Sea Launch's second mission of the year. The Sea Launch team is preparing to launch the Spaceway F1 broadcast satellite for DIRECTV, Inc., on April 26, at the opening of a half-hour launch window, at 12:31:30 am PDT ( 07:31:30 GMT).
  • RUSSIAN AND US SERVICEMEN JOINTLY PRACTICE IN MISSILE DEFENSE RIA Novosti 18 Apr 2005 -- Russian and American servicemen are participating in a missile defense exercise.
  • New NASA Chief Makes Some Departures from Predecessor VOA News 18 Apr 2005 -- The new U.S. space agency chief, Michael Griffin, is taking a new look at several projects doomed by his predecessor, including the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • RUSSIA / SPACE DOCKING VOA 17 Apr 2005 -- A Soyuz spacecraft carrying Russian, American and Italian crew-members has docked at International Space Station. The mission comes as part of the normal six-month crew rotation.
  • Israel and France Signed Agreement for Development and Launch of Scientific Micro-Satellite Israel Aerospace Industries 14 Apr 2005 -- An Israeli mission headed by the Israel Space Agency (ISA) and representatives of the Israeli aeronautics industries, headed by Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), has signed an agreement for the development and launch of a new commercial scientific micro-satellite, dubbed "Venus". The project will be financed by both Israel and France. The satellite will use a multi-spectral camera and will be used to monitor ground features, mainly vegetation condition and water quality. France and Israel plan to launch Venus into space by 2008.
  • RUSSIA / SPACE LAUNCH VOA 14 Apr 2005 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Friday local time carrying a three-man crew up to the International Space Station, or I-S-S. The mission is part of the normal six-month crew rotation, but this one should mark the return of U.S. shuttles to space after two years.
  • CANADA AGAINST SPACE WEAPONS RIA Novosti 14 Apr 2005 -- Dr. Marc Garneau, president of the Canadian Space Agency, warns against deployments of weaponry in the outer space.
  • U.S. Senate Confirms New Space Agency Administrator Washington File 14 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination April 13 of Michael Griffin as NASA's 11th administrator. His swearing in is expected to occur this week.
  • IVANOV: RUSSIA AGAINST DEPLOYING WEAPONS TO SPACE RIA Novosti 13 Apr 2005 -- Russia is categorically against deploying weapons to outer space, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told reporters Wednesday.
  • EADS Astrium Spain presented the Earth observation instrument of ESA’s SMOS satellite, led by the Spanish Industry. EADS 12 Apr 2005 -- The Secretary General of Industry, Mr. Joan Trullén, the Director of CDTI (Centro para el desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) Mr. Maurici Lucena, the Presidente of EADS CASA Mr. Francisco Fernández Sáinz, as well as the Managing Director of EADS Astrium Spain Mr. Pedro Méndez, chaired this event, presenting the structural and electrical models of the sole instrument on board the satellite.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN RESUMES NORMAL SPACE SHUTTLE EXTERNAL TANK PRODUCTION Lockheed Martin 12 Apr 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) marked a successful return to Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) production activities by welding two quarter domes into a half dome tank segment on March 17.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket Carrying U.S. Air Force's XSS-11 Satellite Orbital Sciences Corp. 12 Apr 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced that it successfully launched the U.S. Air Force's Experimental Small Satellite Number 11 (XSS-11) satellite aboard a company-built Minotaur I rocket. The mission originated on Monday, April 11, 2005, at 9:35 a.m. (EDT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA (VAFB) when the Minotaur rocket ignited its first stage motor and lifted-off from its West Coast launch site. Approximately 12 minutes after launch, the XSS-11 satellite was inserted into its targeted orbit of approximately 850 kilometers above the Earth. Yesterday's mission was the third flight the Minotaur I space launch vehicle, all of which have been successful.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches New Medium Range Target For U.S. Missile Defense Agency Orbital Sciences Corp. 12 Apr 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a new Medium Range Target (MRT) vehicle for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The mission served as a risk reduction flight demonstration for the new target vehicle and collected critical data for a number of missile defense-related sensors that were activated for the test.
  • Successful launch of Alcatel Apstar VI communications satellite from China Thales 12 Apr 2005 -- The Apstar VI communications satellite, built by prime contractor Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), was successfully boosted into orbit today by a Long March 3B launcher from Xichang satellite launch center in China. Apstar VI offers APT Satellite Holdings Limited (APT), a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, the capability to provide advanced broadband multimedia, new digital television services and traditional telecommunications services to telecom and television operators in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Space support vital to U.S. success in Pacific AFSPC 12 Apr 2005 -- Support from space capabilities earned a large vote of confidence from the commander of Pacific Air Forces during a National Space Symposium presentation at the Broadmoor Hotel April 7.
  • Vandenberg launches micro-satellite AFPN 12 Apr 2005 -- Airmen of the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron launched XSS-11, a self-maneuvering, micro-satellite, into polar orbit from here April 11.
  • US / NASA VOA 12 Apr 2005 -- The man nominated by President Bush to be the next NASA administrator says U.S. preeminence in space exploration is being challenged and must be reasserted.
  • RUSSIA WANTS TO MAKE RUSSIAN-US MISSILE DEFENSE EXERCISES ROUTINE RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2005 -- Russia is going to keep on conducting combined Russian-US theater missile defense (BMD) exercises, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said at a news conference in the city of Yaroslavl.
  • RUSSIAN-US BMD CPX RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2005 -- The 4th central research institute of the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow is to host a combined Russian-US theater-wide ballistic missile defense (BMD) command-post exercise (CPX) from April 12 to 23.
  • Boeing Receives Contract for Additional PAC-3 Seeker Production Boeing 11 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from Lockheed Martin Corp. [NYSE: LMT] for additional production of PAC-3 Missile seekers to be manufactured between 2006 and 2007.
  • MOSCOW TO HOST RUSSIAN-US MISSILE DEFENSE EXERCISE RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2005 -- A joint Russian-US theater missile defense exercise will be held here April 12-23 at the Russian Defense Ministry's No. 4 central R&D institute.
  • Alcatel and Finmeccanica receive approval from the European Commission Thales 09 Apr 2005 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Finmeccanica (Milano: SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) are delighted with the decision of the European Commission which has given its approval for the creation of the two companies, Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio.
  • Space Shuttle Discovery at Launch Pad for Return to Flight Washington File 08 Apr 2005 -- After more than two years of safety modifications and vehicle upgrades, the Space Shuttle Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida April 7.
  • Corrective Action Defined for Delta IV Heavy Demo Early Cut-off Anomaly AF Space and Missile Systems Center 08 Apr 2005 -- The Boeing Company and the Air Force, supported by The Aerospace Corporation, have formally closed the investigation into the root cause of the premature Main Engine Cut-Off (MECO) on the Delta IV Heavy Lift Vehicle (HLV) Demonstration mission that was launched December 21, 2004.
  • Boeing Team Competing for GOES-R Satellite System Boeing 07 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] has assembled a best of industry team to bid on the next-generation geostationary weather and environmental system for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The team includes Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and Harris Corp.
  • U.S. must work to maintain lead in space AFPN 07 Apr 2005 -- Space industry leaders applauded a speech on maintaining the United States' lead in space presented by the commander of Air Force Space Command during the National Space Symposium here April 5.
  • SHUTTLE / RETURN TO FLIGHT VOA 07 Apr 2005 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery has been moved to the launch pad in advance of its planned liftoff in late May or early June. The roll out is a major maneuver in the two-and-a-half-year-long effort to return shuttles to flight after the orbiter Columbia's disintegration. Discovery and the two other remaining shuttles have undergone extensive safety modifications
  • Boeing Completes SBSS Pathfinder Preliminary Design Review Boeing 06 Apr 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA], in partnership with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, has successfully completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) Pathfinder system. This is another significant program milestone demonstrating the "best-of-industry" approach the Boeing team has developed to meet program requirements.
  • NASA Gives Mars Rovers Another Exploration Assignment Washington File 06 Apr 2005 -- The twin Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity are now on duty until September 2006, NASA announced April 6, even though the vehicles roaming the surface of Mars have already lasted 11 months beyond their planned lifetime.
  • Northrop Grumman, Boeing Announce Companies Supporting Crew Exploration Vehicle Team Northrop Grumman 05 Apr 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), who are teaming to design and build NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), today unveiled the major companies that will support their efforts to fulfill the nation's Vision for Space Exploration.
  • Raytheon's BMDS X-Band Radar Successfully Lifted Aboard the SBX-1 Platform Raytheon 05 Apr 2005 -- Raytheon Company's phased array X-Band Radar (XBR) has been successfully lifted and placed aboard its host Sea-Based XBR platform, the SBX-1, marking the completion of a major milestone in support of the Missile Defense Agency's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
  • Space Important to U.S. National Security, General Says AFPS 05 Apr 2005 -- Almost 70 years ago, actor Buster Crabbe first portrayed space swashbuckler Flash Gordon, battling Ming the Merciless to protect Earth. Few theatergoers then would have imagined that space would become an important component of national defense.
  • U.S.-UKRAINE AIR DEFENSE STATEMENT IS POLITICAL DECLARATION - KOSACHEV RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2005 -- The George Bush-Victor Yuschenko statement on a possibility of cooperation between the United States and Ukraine in antimissile defense "is nothing more than a political declaration", RIA Novosti quotes chairman of the Duma international committee Konstantin Kosachev as saying.
  • Guidebook to Help Mars Rovers Find Extraterrestrial Life Washington File 05 Apr 2005 -- To help NASA's rovers in future exploration of Mars, scientists are writing a chemical guidebook to aid the search for extraterrestrial life.
  • Boeing-led Industry Team Completes Sea-Based X-Band Radar Integration Boeing 04 Apr 2005 -- The Boeing-led [NYSE: BA] Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) industry team has integrated the SBX radar onto its sea-going platform in Corpus Christi, Texas, marking a major integration milestone in the program.
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Atlas V to Cape Canaveral for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Lockheed Martin 04 Apr 2005 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin mark another significant milestone in the Mars space exploration program as Lockheed Martin delivered the vehicle that will launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to Mars. The Atlas V, designated AV-007, arrived at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where the launch team will now begin preparations for the August 10 liftoff.
  • International interest in Europe's satellite navigation system spreading IRNA 04 Apr 2005 -- International interest in the European Union's first civilian satellite navigation system, Galileo, is growing swiftly.
  • Opening of Tinsley's New Large Optics Manufacturing Facility Marks Another Step Forward for James Webb Space Telescope Northrop Grumman 01 Apr 2005 -- With today's dedication by Tinsley Laboratories Inc., of a new facility to grind and polish mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope to exacting degrees of accuracy, NASA's newest space observatory moved another step ahead.



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