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June 2005 Space News

  • NASA Says Shuttle Set for July 13th Launch to Space Station VOA 30 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA has formally set July 13th as the date for the first launch of a shuttle since the loss of Columbia in 2003. NASA's chief says the agency has done everything possible to make the mission the safest ever.
  • NASA gives go for space shuttle return to flight AFPN 30 Jun 2005 -- NASA officials cleared the space shuttle to return to flight. After a two-day flight readiness review meeting here, June 30th senior managers approved a July 13 launch date for the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • NASA to pull out of International Space Station? (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kislyakov) 30 Jun 2005- The International Space Station seems set to become a purely Russian venture. Despite declarations to the contrary, it seems that the United States is likely to pull out in the near future.
  • Russian Space Center to complete third orbital module MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) -The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) has allocated money to the Khrunichev Space Center to complete the construction of a multipurpose research module (MRM) for the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Russia to launch new Earth probe satellite MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - The August launch of the Monitor-E satellite will usher in Russia's remote Earth probing program.
  • Northrop Grumman Team Completes NPOESS Delta Preliminary Design Review Northrop Grumman 29 Jun 2005 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team successfully completed its most recent major system-wide milestone -- the delta preliminary design review (PDR) -- on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program. NPOESS will provide military and civilian users with timely, high-fidelity regional and global meteorological data on the Earth's oceans, land surfaces, atmosphere and space environment.
  • Pratt & Whitney Wins Contract for Future Exploration In-Space Cryogenic Propulsion System Pratt & Whitney 29 Jun 2005 -- Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Space Propulsion announced today that it has begun work on a multi-year $40 million program (including options) from NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate to develop the Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine (CECE), a deep throttling 15 thousand-pound thrust-class demonstrator liquid-oxygen and hydrogen cryogenic rocket engine.
  • Return to Flight, Space Station Are Priorities, Says NASA Chief Washington File 29 Jun 2005 -- In his first appearance before the House Committee on Science as NASA administrator, Michael Griffin fielded a range of questions June 28 on topics that included the space shuttle's return to flight, completion of the International Space Station and plans for the NASA workforce and field centers.
  • US Space Probe to Reveal Comet's Secrets VOA 29 Jun 2005 -- A U.S. spacecraft is completing a five-and-a-half month voyage to a distant comet and could create celestial fireworks when it crashes into it Monday, America's Independence Day. 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.
  • BAE Systems Receives $12.5 Million NASA Research and Development Contract BAE Systems 28 Jun 2005 -- MANASSAS, Virginia -- BAE Systems recently received a $12.5 million contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for research and development of extreme temperature technology.
  • US Space Chief Says Shuttle Ready for Launch VOA 28 Jun 2005 -- The head of the U.S. space agency, NASA, says the space shuttle appears ready to return to flight next month, after a two-and-a-half-year moratorium on missions. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin spoke to Congress the day after an expert commission said the shuttle was safe to fly, despite the lack of progress on some safety modifications.
  • NASA Probe Will Collide With Comet Tempel 1 on July 4 Washington File 28 Jun 2005 -- After a voyage of 173 days and 431 million kilometers, a probe launched by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will collide with comet Tempel 1 on July 4 - a first-of-its-kind, hyper-speed impact between a space-borne iceberg and a copper-fortified probe.
  • Expert Panel Says U.S. Space Shuttle is Safe to Fly VOA 28 Jun 2005 -- An independent commission of aviation experts says the U.S. space shuttle is much safer to fly since the loss of the orbiter Columbia in 2003. The panel says the U.S. space agency NASA has accomplished most of the safety modifications recommended by the investigators who probed the causes of the Columbia accident.
  • Eurely and iNavSat applaud today's GJU decision for the Galileo Concession Thales 27 Jun 2005 -- The founding members of the Eurely and iNavSat consortia applaud the green light received from Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU) to pursue their joint approach for the Galileo Concession. Both Eurely and iNavSat can now complete the merger of their consortium and, jointly with the GJU, proceed towards the final concession contract negotiations which will formalize the Galileo Public Private Partnership by the end of this year.
  • NASA Demonstrates Voice-Operated System for International Space Station Washington File 27 Jun 2005 -- Scientists from NASA Ames Research Center in California and Xerox Corporation have demonstrated June 26 a sophisticated, voice-operated computer system for use by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Russia launches new communications satellite MOSCOW, June 27 (RIA Novosti) - A new-generation telecommunications satellite was launched in the night of June 24-25 from the Baikonur Space Center (Kazakhstan), a leading business daily, Vedomosti, reported today.
  • NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report: S05-025 Discovery is at Launch Pad 39B and technicians are completing the final steps in preparation for a launch to the International Space Station in the July 13-31 window. Loading of hypergolic propellants began on Wednesday and is scheduled to be completed next week.
  • Sea Launch Successfully Launches Intelsat Americas™-8 Satellite Boeing 23 Jun 2005 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the Intelsat Americas™-8 (IA-8) communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit. Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
  • Zenit carrier rocket successfully launched June 23 (RIA Novosti) - A Ukrainian Zenit-3SL carrier rocket was successfully launched from the Odyssey floating platform in the Pacific Ocean as part of the Sea Launch international project.
  • Hubble Telescope Finds Evidence of Planet Orbiting a Nearby Star VOA 23 Jun 2005 -- The U.S. Hubble Space Telescope has detected dusty evidence around a nearby star that suggests at least one hidden planet is circling it. It is one more indication that planets are common outside our solar system.
  • Northrop Grumman to Define Integrated Health-Monitoring Architecture for Future Space Systems Northrop Grumman 22 Jun 2005 -- Astronauts traveling to the moon and beyond may not have to be rocket scientists to return their spacecraft to full system health should they encounter a malfunction along the way. They will receive significant help from a new integrated system health-management architecture that Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is developing for NASA.
  • Rocket Fails During Launch of Solar Sail Spacecraft VOA 22 Jun 2005 -- Russia's space agency says a booster rocket failed during the launch of the world's first solar-sail spacecraft. It appears the craft did not reach orbit, although scientists involved in the joint U.S.-Russian project say they may have detected faint signals from it.
  • Solar Sail Spacecraft Encounters Problem VOA 22 Jun 2005 -- Scientists are trying to learn the fate of a space orbiter that was launched from a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea on Tuesday.
  • Japan Hit for Hastening Build-up of MD System KCNA 22 Jun 2005 -- Japan is now giving spurs to the building of the Missile Defense System by going over to the development stage in the plan of Japan-U.S. joint researches into the MD under the pretext of coping with the "missile threat" from the DPRK.
  • Cosmos-1 satellite orbiting failed MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - The launching of the Cosmos-1 experimental satellite failed late Tuesday night, a Northern Fleet official said. "The launch vehicle's engine stopped during the 83d second of the flight, and the satellite was not put into orbit," he said.
  • Alcatel delivers the European satellite navigation system EGNOS to the European Space Agency (ESA) Thales 21 Jun 2005 -- Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA), achieved a key step for satellite navigation in Europe with the successful acceptance of the EGNOS system. This review marks the completion of the system's technical qualification, which represents more than 8 years of intensive work from a consortium of more than 40 companies lead by Alcatel Space.
  • Russian satellite lost in failed launch MOSCOW, June 21 (RIA Novosti) - The launching of the Molnya-M carrier rocket failed Tuesday, Space Corps officials said. The rocket was carrying a Molnya-3K military telecommunications satellite to orbit.
  • Sea Launch Begins Countdown for Intelsat Americas™-8 Launch Boeing 20 Jun 2005 -- The Sea Launch team has initiated a 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the Intelsat Americas™-8 (IA-8) satellite on Thursday, June 23, at the opening of a two-hour launch window at 5:58:00 am PDT (12:58:00 GMT). All systems are proceeding on schedule.
  • Sea Launch Begins Countdown for Intelsat Americas' Launch BOEING 20 Jun 2005 -- The Sea Launch team has initiated a 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the Intelsat AmericasT-8 (IA-8) satellite on Thursday, June 23, at the opening of a two-hour launch window at 5:58:00 am PDT (12:58:00 GMT).
  • NASA ESTABLISHES OFFICE OF PROGRAM ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION NASA 20 Jun 2005 -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced today the establishment of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E), headed by Dr. Scott Pace.
  • FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET: GUINNESS RECOGNIZES NASA SCRAMJET NASA 20 Jun 2005 -- NASA has been officially recognized for setting the speed record for a jet-powered aircraft by Guinness World Records.
  • INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION STATUS REPORT: SS05-032 NASA 20 Jun 2005 -- The 18th Progress spacecraft to visit the Station docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 8:42 p.m. EDT as the Station flew 225 miles over Beijing, China.
  • Russia to conduct first simulated mission to Mars RIA Novosti 20 Jun 2005 -- The Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicinal and Biological Problems will conduct the world's first simulated manned Martian mission this fall.
  • NASA Establishes Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation 20 June 2005 - NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced today the establishment of the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E), headed by Dr. Scott Pace.
  • International Space Station Status Report 20 June 2005 - The 18th Progress spacecraft to visit the Station docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module at 8:42 p.m. EDT as the Station flew 225 miles over Beijing, China.
  • Russian Cargo Ship Docks with International Space Station Washington File 20 Jun 2005 -- An unpiloted Russian Progress cargo spacecraft, the 18th to visit the International Space Station, docked to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module June 19 as the station flew 362 kilometers over Beijing.
  • NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report June 17 - Discovery was rolled out Wednesday to Launch Pad 39B on a Crawler Transporter. The four-mile journey began at 1:58 a.m. EDT and ended at 12:17 p.m.
  • Progress cargo ship starts independent flight to ISS June 17 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Progress M-53 cargo ship separated from the Soyuz carrier-rocket and started an independent flight to the ISS, a mission control center (MCC) official told RIA Novosti.
  • World: Solar Sail Spacecraft Ready For Maiden Voyage RFE/RL 17 Jun 2005 -- Early explorers such as Columbus and Magellan used ships to reach the New World. Next week, a sailing craft of a different sort is being launched -- not on the sea, but into space. On 21 June, in the Barents Sea, a Russian submarine is scheduled to launch a ballistic missile containing "Cosmos 1," the world's first solar sail spacecraft.
  • Progress cargo ship starts independent flight to ISS RIA Novosti 17 Jun 2005 -- The Russian Progress M-53 cargo ship separated from the Soyuz carrier-rocket and started an independent flight to the ISS, a mission control center (MCC) official told RIA Novosti.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries and Rafael Established a Joint Company for Development and Production of Micro-Satellites Israel Aerospace Industries 16 Jun 2005 -- Joint Venture to develop project "Venus"dor the Israel Space Agency and France's Central National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRES SECOND FALCON SMALL LAUNCH VEHICLE HYBRID MOTOR Lockheed Martin 16 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) successfully test-fired a 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 June 10. This was the second SLV hybrid motor firing that Lockheed Martin has conducted this year at Test Stand 2-A.
  • RAFAEL, IAI cooperate on Microsatellites Rafael 16 Jun 2005 -- A joint agreement between Israel Aircraft Industries and Rafael Armament Development Authority Ltd to establish a company for development and production of microsatellites was signed this morning at the Paris Air Show.
  • Alphabus development contract signed Thales 16 Jun 2005 -- EADS Astrium and Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) enter the full development of Alphabus, the new European platform for next generation communications satellites, following the signature of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES. Under this contract, the agencies will support the industry for the Alphabus development programme and the production of a first flight model.
  • NASA's Expendable Launch Vehicle Status Report June 16 - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will be transported from the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to the VIF at SLC-41 in late July. It will join the Atlas V for the final phase of launch preparations.
  • Russia and USA plan joint development of rocket engines for flights to Mars LE BOURGET (France), June 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the United States are considering the possibilities of joint development of new rocket engines for spaceships flights to the Moon and Mars.
  • Menu on the way to Mars June 16 (RIA Novosti) -MOSCOW (Yury Zaitsev for RIA Novosti) - What will cosmonauts eat on the way to Mars? Nobody doubts that man will some day fly to Mars. The journey should take about 700 days, but no one knows when this will happen.
  • Russian government to consider draft space program LE BOURGET (France), June 16 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian government is to consider the new draft space program approved by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry at a session on July 14.
  • NASA'S EXPENDABLE LAUNCH VEHICLE STATUS REPORT: E05-03 NASA 16 Jun 2005 -- Power-on testing continues. On June 6, the spacecraft's flight batteries were installed and activated. Autonomous self-testing was completed June 14. Installation of the thermal blankets is under way.
  • Upgraded Space Shuttle Discovery Returns to Launch Pad NASA 16 Jun 2005 -- Space Shuttle Discovery has returned to Launch Pad 39B after a 10-hour journey from Kennedy Space Center's 52-story Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), where it recently received an upgraded External Tank with added safety features.
  • Russia and USA plan joint development of rocket engines for flights to Mars RIA Novosti 16 Jun 2005 -- Russia and the United States are considering the possibilities of joint development of new rocket engines for spaceships flights to the Moon and Mars, the head of the Roskosmos, Anatoly Perminov, said at the Air Show in Le Bourget.
  • Menu on the way to Mars RIA Novosti 16 Jun 2005 -- What will cosmonauts eat on the way to Mars? Nobody doubts that man will some day fly to Mars. The journey should take about 700 days, but no one knows when this will happen.
  • Russian government to consider draft space program RIA Novosti 16 Jun 2005 -- The Russian government is to consider the new draft space program approved by the Economic Development and Trade Ministry at a session on July 14, head of the Russian Aerospace Agency (Roskosmos) Anatoly Perminov said at the air show in Le Bourget.
  • NASA Investigates Revolutionary Space Exploration Concepts June 15 - The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) has selected its 2005 Phase 1 awards. The Phase 1 awards are 12, six-month study proposals beginning in September that could revolutionize space exploration.
  • Space Shuttle Discovery Successfully Rolls Back to Launch Pad June 15 - With new safety modifications, the Space Shuttle Discovery is back at Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Carried by a giant Crawler Transporter, Discovery arrived at the pad at 12:17 p.m. EDT today in preparation for its historic Return to Flight mission (STS-114) planned for July.
  • US clears sale of latest Patriot anti-missile system to India IRNA 15 Jun 2005 -- The US has cleared sale of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) anti-missile system to India on the eve of the Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the US later this month, reports 'The Indian Express'.
  • NASA SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES INNOVATIVE NANOSATELLITE SYSTEM NASA 15 Jun 2005 -- Big things can come in small packages, and engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center are making progress on a tiny spacecraft that holds major promise for future exploration.
  • Northrop Grumman/Boeing Space Team Selected to Compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle Northrop Grumman 14 Jun 2005 -- June 14, 2005 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) team has been selected by NASA to compete for an award to design and build the space agency's planned Crew Exploration Vehicle, a human space-transportation system that will serve as the Space Shuttle's replacement. The competition is expected to result in an award, in early 2006, to a single contractor team to design and produce the Crew Exploration Vehicle.
  • Balloon-Borne Telescope Will Collect Views of the Galaxies Washington File 14 Jun 2005 -- An international team of researchers has launched the most sensitive telescope of its kind to be carried by a balloon, according to a June 13 press release from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • NASA'S SHUTTLE CARGO READY FOR RETURN TO FLIGHT NASA 14 Jun 2005 -- The cargo for the Space Shuttle Discovery's historic Return to Flight mission (STS-114) arrived yesterday at Launch Pad 39-B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
  • NASA's Shuttle Cargo Ready for Return To Flight June 14 - Discovery's payload includes the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, the Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier (LMC), and the External Stowage Platform-2 (ESP-2).
  • Sea Launch Prepares for Intelsat Americas™-8 Mission Boeing 13 Jun 2005 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Sea Launch Home Port for Sea Launch's third mission of the year. The Sea Launch team is preparing to launch the Intelsat Americas™-8 (IA-8) tri-band communications satellite, on June 23, at the opening of a two-hour launch window, at 5:58:00 am PDT ( 12:58:00 GMT).
  • Transatlantic MEADS programme in Design and Development phase EADS 13 Jun 2005 -- The transatlantic cooperation project MEADS is now in the Design and Development (D&D) phase. On 31 st May 2005, NAMEADSMA placed the development contract with MEADS International that will run until the year 2013. The participating nations are the USA (58%), Germany (25%) and Italy (17%). "We are proud to be involved in this challenging development project, and the first milestone, the System Requirements Review, has already been successfully completed," stated Werner Kaltenegger, CEO of EADS/LFK-Lenkflugkörpersysteme GmbH.
  • Two New Low Earth Orbit Satellites Will Be Displayed At The Paris Air Show By IAI'S MBT Space Division Israel Aerospace Industries 13 Jun 2005 -- A new high-resolution radar observation satellite called TECSAR and a new high-resolution optical observation satellite called OPSAT will be displayed for the first time at the Israel Aircraft Industries pavilion at the 2005 Paris Air Show.
  • Nation's Newest USAF Weather Satellite Delivered To Launch Site Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F-17 Block 5D-3 spacecraft, built under contract for the U.S. Air Force by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for a December 2005 launch.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS THIRD RETURN TO FLIGHT EXTERNAL TANK TO NASA Lockheed Martin 13 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) third retrofitted Space Shuttle External Tank, designated ET-119, departed today via ocean-going barge for a five-day trip to Kennedy Space Center (KSC). NASA will assign the tank to one of its upcoming Return to Flight shuttle missions.
  • NASA Selects Contractors for Crew Exploration Vehicle Work June 13 - NASA today announced the selection of Lockheed Martin Corp. and the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Boeing Co. that will lead to an award to build the agency's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).
  • Hamilton Sundstrand plays a key role in helping NASA prepare for the return to spaceflight Hamilton Sundstrand 12 Jun 2005 -- As the U.S. Space Shuttle fleet prepares for its return to flight in July, employees at Hamilton Sundstrand's Space, Land & Sea business know that their work will soon be part of the Shuttle Discovery’s historic flight. In the last 28 months, Hamilton Sundstrand employees have spent several thousands of hours working on NASA Return to Flight (RTF) initiatives.
  • Orbital Returns TELKOM-2 Satellite to Manufacturing Facility for Electrical System Repair Orbital Sciences Corp. 10 Jun 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), announced today that the TELKOM-2 communications satellite will arrive back at the company’s Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility later this week.
  • DSCS-III shutdown new experience for 3rd SOPS 10 June 2005 - The 3rd Space Operations Squadron satellite operators and engineers here "turned off the lights" on Defense Satellite Communications System Satellite A-2, the first satellite of its kind to be completely deactivated.
  • DSCS-III shutdown new experience for 3rd SOPS AFSPC 10 Jun 2005 -- In space, no one can hear you turn off a satellite.
  • NASA Selects Northrop Grumman for Software Assurance Services Contract Valued at Up to $200M Northrop Grumman 09 Jun 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract to provide National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with the capability to independently verify and validate mission-critical software that will support the safety requirements and technology needs of the agency.
  • NASA Comet Mission On Track for July 4th Collision VOA 09 Jun 2005 -- Scientists at the U.S. space agency NASA say its Deep Impact spacecraft is on course to reach the comet Tempel 1 on the fourth of July, America's Independence Day.
  • Raytheon Awarded $260 Million Contract for BMDS Radar Contractor Logistics Support Raytheon 08 Jun 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a contract by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) for Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) radars. The contract has a potential value of $260 million over the five-year period of performance.
  • Federation Council ratified agreement on Baikonur lease extension until 2050 June 8 (RIA Novosti) - The Federation Council (the upper house of the Russian parliament) ratified on Wednesday the Russian-Kazakh agreement on furthering cooperation in efficient use of the Baikonur space launch facility.
  • Federation Council ratified agreement on Baikonur lease extension until 2050 RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2005 -- The Federation Council (the upper house of the Russian parliament) ratified on Wednesday the Russian-Kazakh agreement on furthering cooperation in efficient use of the Baikonur space launch facility.
  • Federation Council ratified agreement on Baikonur lease extension until 2050 RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2005 -- The Federation Council (the upper house of the Russian parliament) ratified on Wednesday the Russian-Kazakh agreement on furthering cooperation in efficient use of the Baikonur space launch facility.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $22 MILLION FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS MISSILE DEFENSE RADAR UPGRADES AND ENGINEERING FIELD SUPPORT Lockheed Martin 07 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded $22.8 million in contracts by the Marine Corps Systems Command to upgrade and provide field support for tactical missile defense radar systems used to protect allied soldiers in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Orbital Delivers 500th Space And Launch System Orbital Sciences Corp. 07 Jun 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) reached a significant operational milestone late last week when the company delivered its 500th space and launch system since the company was founded 23 years ago. As one of the most active developers of many types of satellites and rocket systems and the clear leader in the market for smaller-sized, more affordable and responsive space systems, Orbital has averaged one product delivery to customers every 17 days since 1982. The pace of operational activity has also been on a steep upward trajectory over the past decade, with 342 of the company’s 500 deliveries taking place in the last 10 years alone, or about one delivery every 10 days since mid-1995.
  • Raytheon's Sharp-eyed Satellite Demonstration Experiment Will Meet Air Force Demand for Immediate Availability Raytheon 07 Jun 2005 -- A "quick reaction" space optical payload with the potential to spot hidden targets is in development by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) under terms of a $14-million contract awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicle Directorate.
  • U.S. and France Agree To Establish NASA Shuttle Landing Site NASA 07 Jun 2005 -- The governments of the United States of America and the French Republic have agreed to establish a Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL) site for NASA's Space Shuttle at Istres Air Base 125, in the South of France.
  • Two Japanese satellites to be launched from Baikonur RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2005 -- A launch of the Dnepr rocket vehicle to orbit two Japanese experimental satellites from the Baikonur launching site has been scheduled for mid-August.
  • If U.S. leaves ISS program, Russia to take over with a new ship RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2005 -- In case the United States withdraws from the International Space Station (ISS) program, Russia will develop the orbital station with help of the new Kliper spaceship now on the drawing boards, deputy head of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) Alexander Medvedchikov said.
  • Russia to fulfill its obligations on delivery of U.S. astronauts to ISS RIA Novosti 07 Jun 2005 -- By late 2005 Russia will fulfill its all obligations and deliver American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the Soyuz spaceship, the Roskosmos (Russian Space Agency) deputy head, Alexander Medvedchikov, said at the Internet briefing on Tuesday.
  • If U.S. leaves ISS program, Russia to take over with a new ship June 7 (RIA Novosti) - In case the United States withdraws from the International Space Station (ISS) program, Russia will develop the orbital station with help of the new Kliper spaceship now on the drawing boards, deputy head of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) Alexander Medvedchikov said.
  • Atlas V Team Successfully Performs First Propellant Loading and Simulated Countdown at New West Coast Launch Facility Lockheed Martin 06 Jun 2005 -- Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE:LMT) new West Coast Atlas V facility passed its first major operational event with a successful propellant loading test June 2. During this final test of the “pathfinder” phase of operations, intended to validate the new facility systems and their integrated operations with the launch vehicle, the team loaded the super-cold propellants on board the Atlas V and conducted several tests in a simulated launch-day fueling timeline.
  • Space launch program moves ahead after successful test AFPN 06 Jun 2005 -- A successful test of the Falcon I launch vehicle here recently put the Air Force one step closer toward acquiring a less expensive means for lifting payloads into space.
  • NASA's Opportunity Rover Rolls Free on Mars NASA 06 Jun 2005 -- NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission engineers and managers cheered
  • Egyptian, Saudi Arabian spacecraft to be launched from Russia's Baikonur RIA Novosti 06 Jun 2005 -- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov signed a resolution on the launch of spacecraft belonging to Russia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia from the Russian space center Baikonur, the Russian government said. when images from the Martian surface confirmed Opportunity successfully escaped from a sand trap.
  • NASA CHOOSES JUPITER AS NEXT MAJOR SPACECRAFT DESTINATION Lockheed Martin 03 Jun 2005 -- NASA has announced the second mission in its New Frontiers Program: a mission – called Juno to fly to Jupiter – that now will proceed to a preliminary design phase. At the end of the preliminary design study, the mission must pass a confirmation review that will address schedule, technical and cost risks before being confirmed for the development phase.
  • Space launch program moves ahead after successful test AFSPC 03 Jun 2005 -- A successful test of the Falcon I launch vehicle here May 27 puts the Air Force one step closer toward its goal
  • NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission Gets Thumbs Up for 2007 Launch NASA 02 Jun 2005 -- NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander onto the icy ground of the far-northern martian plains.
  • BAE SYSTEMS To Provide Geopositioning Software For DOD Applications BAE Systems 01 Jun 2005 -- SAN DIEGO -- BAE Systems will provide precision geopositioning software for Department of Defense applications under the U.S. Navy's Common Geopositioning Services Project (CGSP). The contract, awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Center, is valued at $4.6 million and includes options through 2008.
  • MEADS International Signs $3.4 Billion Design and Development Contract Lockheed Martin 01 Jun 2005 -- MEADS International (MI) formally signed a definitized contract to design and develop the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS). The contract value is approximately $2 billion plus €1.4 billion for the program’s design and development (D&D) phase.
  • Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Complete Successful Atlas V Block B Solid Rocket Booster Test Lockheed Martin 01 Jun 2005 -- AV008 Test FireLockheed Martin and Aerojet have successfully conducted the second test firing of the Atlas V upgraded Block B Solid Rocket Booster (SRB). The test firing was performed May 24 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Aerojet's Block B SRB will be used on Lockheed Martin's Atlas V launch vehicle, providing enhanced performance and reliability. The Block A SRB, a previous version of the solid motor also produced by Aerojet, was qualified in 2003 and has already flown on three separate successful Atlas V missions for Lockheed Martin.
  • MEADS INTERNATIONAL SIGNS $3.4 BILLION DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT June 1, 2005 -- MEADS International (MI) formally signed a definitized contract to design and develop the tri-national Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).  The contract value is approximately $2 billion plus €1.4 billion for the program’s design and development (D&D) phase.



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