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May 2005 Space News

  • Orbital Announces Investigation Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 May 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) today stated that U.S. government agents executed search warrants yesterday at its Dulles, VA and Chandler, AZ facilities. Orbital stated that company officials are fully cooperating with the investigative authorities. At this time, the company believes that the investigation is focused on contracting procedures on certain U.S. government launch vehicle programs.
  • Discovery Returns to Vehicle Assembly Building for New Tank NASA 26 May 2005 -- The Space Shuttle Discovery is back in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The Shuttle will get a new, modified external fuel tank to ensure a safe Return to Flight mission (STS-114).
  • DISCOVERY RETURNS TO VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING FOR NEW TANK NASA 26 May 2005 -- The Space Shuttle Discovery is back in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The Shuttle will get a new, modified external fuel tank to ensure a safe Return to Flight mission (STS-114).
  • Discovery Returns to Vehicle Assembly Building for New Tank 26 May 2005 The Space Shuttle Discovery is back in the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The Shuttle will get a new, modified external fuel tank to ensure a safe Return to Flight mission (STS-114).
  • ATK to Build Canister Gas Generators for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor ATK 25 May 2005 -- Minneapolis and Rocket Center, W.Va., May 25, 2005 – Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received a developmental contract for the Canister Gas Generators of the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) is the prime contractor on KEI for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Work on the contract will be performed at the company’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W.Va.
  • Voyager Spacecraft Approaches Edge of Solar System Washington File 25 May 2005 -- NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977 to observe Jupiter and Saturn, has entered a vast, turbulent expanse where the Sun's influence ends and the solar wind crashes into the thin gas between stars.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN RESEARCHER PROVIDES CLUES TO SPACE WEATHER MYSTERY Lockheed Martin 24 May 2005 -- The most intense burst of solar radiation in five decades accompanied a large solar flare on January 20. It shook space weather theory and highlighted the need for new forecasting techniques, according to several presentations at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting this week in New Orleans. Dr. Richard Nightingale of the Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory (LMSAL) in Palo Alto, called upon his research into rotating sunspots to provide a piece of the puzzle.
  • Cassini Radio Signals Decipher Saturn Ring Structure Washington File 24 May 2005 -- The Cassini spacecraft has obtained the most detailed look ever at Saturn's rings, including the B ring, which has eluded previous robotic explorers.
  • Joint Space Operations Center opens at Vandenberg AFPN 24 May 2005 -- Joint warfighters worldwide will soon reap the benefits from the Joint Space Operations Center, which opened here May 18.
  • Lockheed Martin Selected for Continued Development of the Innovative Space Based Radar Antenna Technology (ISAT) Lockheed Martin 23 May 2005 -- The U.S. Air Force announced that Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been selected to continue development of the Innovative Space Based Radar Antenna Technology, known as ISAT. The contract, valued at $19.5 million, is for the next phase of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) ISAT project, administrated by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Lockheed Martin will continue development of the ISAT Flight Demonstration Experiment design over the next 14 months, which will take it to the Critical Design Review (CDR) maturity level. Following the CDR, DARPA and the Air Force plan to select a contractor to build and deploy a scale version of the antenna for a one-year proof of technology experiment in low earth orbit.
  • ATK Rocket Motors and Composites Help Launch New Earth Observation Satellite Aboard Delta II Rocket ATK 20 May 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) rocket motor and composite technologies supported today’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch successfully placed the NOAA-N civilian weather satellite into polar orbit for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite is critical to advancing global earth observation and will help improve weather and climate forecasts as well as U.S. search and rescue operations.
  • Boeing Delta II Launches NOAA Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite Boeing 20 May 2005 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II rocket successfully launched the latest satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today.
  • Launch of state-of-the-art microwave sounder heralds new era in global weather forecasting EADS 20 May 2005 -- A new era in global meteorological forecasting begins today with the launch of the first of five EADS Astrium state-of-the-art microwave humidity sounder (MHS) instruments on board the US polar orbiting satellite NOAA-N.
  • NATION'S NEWEST ADVANCED POLAR OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SATELLITE LAUNCHED Lockheed Martin 20 May 2005 -- The NOAA-N spacecraft, a Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES), was launched successfully this morning at 3:22 a.m. PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (NYSE: LMT) in Sunnyvale designed, built and tested the NOAA-N spacecraft.
  • Delta II launch successful AFPN 20 May 2005 -- A Delta II rocket carrying a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather satellite launches from here May 20.
  • New U.S. Earth Observation Satellite Launched Washington File 20 May 2005 -- NASA has launched the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) new polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite -- a critical link in developing a global Earth-observation program.
  • B-SAT AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR A2100 SMALL-CLASS SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 18 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has signed a contract with 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. Contract terms were not disclosed. B-SAT previously issued an authorization to proceed to Lockheed Martin for start of satellite design and construction.
  • EADS Astrium awarded Korea’s first geostationary multi-functional satellite contract EADS 17 May 2005 -- EADS Astrium has been awarded a contract from the Korea Aerospace and Research Institute, KARI, to design and manufacture the first Korean multi-function geostationary satellite “COMS”.
  • NASA To Retire Space Shuttle by 2010, Build New Vehicle Washington File 17 May 2005 -- NASA will retire the space shuttle by 2010, replacing it with a new crew exploration vehicle (CEV) whose main mission will be to support exploration of the Earth's moon and other destinations, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said May 12.
  • CPM opposes India joining US proposed Missile Defence System IRNA 17 May 2005 -- Communist Party of India-(Marxist) CPI-M, a major outside supporter of ruling UPA, voiced opposition to India joining the joint Missile Defence System proposed by the United States.
  • Space: 'Mars Express' Hoping To Confirm Presence Of Water On Red Planet RFE/RL 16 May 2005 -- Are there vast underground reservoirs of frozen or liquid water on Mars, as many scientists suspect? The definitive answer is closer than ever, thanks to the orbiting European "Mars Express" spacecraft. "Mars Express" has already discovered what could be a frozen sea close to the Martian equator. Now, the spacecraft is in the midst of deploying ground-penetrating radar, which should be able to detect the presence of water, whether close to the surface or deep underground. If proven, such water could be a habitat for microbial life. It could also jump-start plans for manned flights to the red planet.
  • International Cassini Mission Finds New Saturn Moon Washington File 11 May 2005 -- The international Cassini spacecraft has confirmed that there is a moon hidden in a gap in Saturn's outer A ring, according to a May 10 NASA press release.
  • Northrop Grumman Ships 23rd DSP Satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Station for Launch Preparation Northrop Grumman 10 May 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) shipped the 23rd satellite in the long-running Defense Support Program (DSP) series to the United States Air Force's Cape Canaveral Air Station for launch preparation.
  • BAE Systems’ RAD750 Computers Support Air Force Experiment Satellite BAE Systems 09 May 2005 -- MANASSAS, Virginia -- BAE Systems’ radiation hardened microprocessors (RAD750) are supporting another U.S. space exploration, this time for the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Experimental Satellite System-11 (XS-11) spacecraft.
  • Orbital Awarded Contract By U.S. Air Force To Provide Responsive Launch Vehicles Orbital Sciences Corp. 09 May 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) was recently awarded a launch services contract by the U.S. Air Force involving two new small launch vehicles to serve the U.S. military’s need for responsive space launch capabilities, the company stated today. Orbital has named the vehicles Raptor 1 and Raptor 2, the designs of which are based upon the flight-proven technology from Orbital’s highly successful family of space launch vehicles, which have carried out nearly 50 missions over the past 15 years with a strong record of on-time and on-cost performance.>/li>
  • Khatami stresses key role of spatial data in national development IRNA 08 May 2005 -- President Mohammad Khatami here Sunday in a message addressed to a geomatic conference said that the spatial data plays a key role in materializing the 20-year national vision plan and the general policies of the fourth development plan (2005-2010) as a pre-requisite to the relevant laws.
  • ATK and NASA Successfully Test First Solar Sail Propulsion System ATK 06 May 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and NASA have successfully tested the functional deployment and attitude control of an ultra-lightweight, high-performing solar sail propulsion system. This was the first in a series of ground-tests for ATK’s sailcraft technology that will be conducted through July. All initial test objectives were met.
  • Northrop Grumman Successfully Demonstrates Kinetic Energy Interceptors Missile Defense Battle Management Capabilities Northrop Grumman 05 May 2005 -- Last month, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully demonstrated two key battle management capabilities for the new Kinetic Energy Interceptors (KEI) missile-defense program, ahead of schedule.
  • 'Geospatial Intelligence' Helps Save Troops' Lives AFPS 05 May 2005 -- Mention the word "geospatial" to troops on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan and they might ask, "What's that?"
  • Boeing Announces New Launch Date for Delta IV, GOES-N Weather Satellite Boeing 04 May 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced Monday that the launch of the first of three next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES-N) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA aboard a Delta IV rocket has been rescheduled for June 23, with a launch window extending to June 25.
  • Lockheed Martin Successfully Completes Major Risk-Reduction Test Of SBIRS High Satellite Lockheed Martin 04 May 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed a crucial "jitter" test of the Space-Based Infrared System High (SBIRS High) geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite, an important step in meeting the critical performance requirements of the nation’s next-generation missile warning system.
  • ATK Technologies Support Titan IVB Launch ATK 02 May 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) propulsion and composite technologies supported the recent launch of a Lockheed Martin Titan IVB rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. that successfully placed a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office into orbit.
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin to Form Launch Services Joint Venture Boeing 02 May 2005 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) have entered into an agreement to create a joint venture that will combine the production, engineering, test and launch operations associated with U.S. government launches of Boeing Delta and Lockheed Martin Atlas rockets. The joint venture, named United Launch Alliance, will reduce the cost of meeting the critical national security and NASA expendable launch vehicle needs of the United States.
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin to Form Launch Services Joint Venture Lockheed Martin 02 May 2005 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) have entered into an agreement to create a joint venture that will combine the production, engineering, test and launch operations associated with U.S. government launches of Boeing Delta and Lockheed Martin Atlas rockets.
  • India waits for the launch of CARTOSAT-1 tomorrow IRNA 02 May 2005 -- The countdown for the launch of India's new and heaviest remote sensing satellite, CARTOSAT-1 and a piggy back microsatellite, HAMSAT, would start at 5.49 a.m. tomorrow.



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