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July 2005 Space News

  • NASA Considers Emergency Shuttle Spacewalk To Fix Heat Insulation VOA 31 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA is considering whether astronauts aboard the shuttle Discovery need to make an emergency space walk to repair the craft's protective heat shield.
  • NASA Considers Space Walk To Fix Discovery Heat Insulation VOA 31 Jul 20005 -- U.S. space agency officials are considering whether astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery need an extra space walk to make repairs to the craft
  • Future of U.S. Space Shuttle Program Once Again in Doubt VOA 31 Jul 20005 -- The head of the U.S. Space Agency has conceded that there is no guarantee that the troubled space-shuttle program will launch another orbiter.
  • NASA Says Damage to Shuttle Discovery Surface is Insignificant VOA 30 Jul 20005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says it has discovered no serious defects in the shuttle Discovery's surface as the result of debris impacts during Tuesday's launch. Mission managers have also extended Discovery's visit to the International Space Station for extra supply transfers.
  • U.S. Astronomers Say They Have Found a 10th Planet Beyond Pluto VOA 30 Jul 2005 -- Seventy-five years after the discovery of the planet Pluto, U.S. astronomers say they have discovered a tenth planet far beyond Pluto in the outlying region of the solar system
  • NASA Says Debris May Have Struck Shuttle Wing VOA 29 Jul 2005 -- NASA officials say images taken of the space shuttle Discovery's launch on Tuesday show a small piece of foam insulation may have struck the orbiter's wing
  • Land Launch Receives First Order with PanAmSat Boeing 28 Jul 2005 -- Sea Launch has signed a multiple launch agreement with PanAmSat(NYSE: PA) that provides for the first commercial Land Launch mission and several Land Launch options. In connection with this new agreement, PanAmSat has designated the payloads for two previously exercised options for launches on the Sea Launch system. More information about the Sea Launch missions is being issued in a separate announcement.
  • Sea Launch wins Multiple Launch Award with PanAmSat - Agreement includes first Land Launch mission Boeing 28 Jul 2005 -- The Sea Launch Company announces that PanAmSat (NYSE:PA) has selected the Sea Launch system for the launch of two new spacecraft in 2006 and 2007. Sea Launch and PanAmSat have also signed an agreement providing for the first mission with a new Land Launch offering plus options for additional Land Launch missions. More information about the Land Launch missions is being issued in a separate announcement.
  • NASA Says Discovery Unharmed by Debris VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery has docked smoothly with the International Space Station, the last time a shuttle visits the outpost for a while because NASA has grounded the fleet again.
  • NASA Determined To Fix Shuttle Foam Debris Problem Washington File 28 Jul 2005 -- As the crew of the space shuttle Discovery completed a flawless docking July 28 with the International Space Station, NASA imagery experts and engineers were working to make sure Discovery can return safely to the Kennedy Space Center August 7, and that the shuttle will continue to fly.
  • Shuttle Docks with Space Station, but Later Shuttle Missions Grounded VOA 28 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery has docked with the International Space Station, but it will be the last time a shuttle visits the outpost for a while.
  • U.S.: NASA Grounds Shuttle Due To Falling Debris RFE/RL 28 Jul 2005 -- NASA has announced the grounding of its space-shuttle fleet after large pieces of insulating foam broke off the external fuel tank of the shuttle "Discovery" during its launch this week.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN SOLAR X-RAY IMAGER TO BE LAUNCHED ON NOAA GOES-N SPACECRAFT Lockheed Martin 27 Jul 2005 -- The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument, designed and built at the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Md., is awaiting launch on the NOAA GOES-N spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. SXI is one of a suite of instruments that resides on the current generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).
  • Northrop Grumman-Led Kinetic Energy Interceptors Team Selects ATK's Utah Production Facility to Perform Critical Stage 1 Motor Work Northrop Grumman 27 Jul 2005 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) team for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) program has selected Alliant Techsystem's (NYSE:ATK) Utah manufacturing site to perform the critical solid-propellant manufacturing process for the KEI Stage 1 motor. This move will reduce risk for this critically important stage and optimize the interceptor's ability to perform its mission.
  • Shaw F-16s intercept shuttle airspace violator AFPN 27 Jul 2005 -- Two F-16 Fighting Falcons, enforcing a temporary no-fly zone around the Space Shuttle Discovery launch site at Cape Canaveral, Fla., intercepted and escorted a small civilian aircraft from the area July 26.
  • AF experiments to return home with Discovery AFPN 27 Jul 2005 -- After existing nearly four years on the International Space Station, more than 800 Air Force experiments will finally return home with the Space Shuttle Discovery on Aug. 7.
  • NASA Again Grounded The U-S Space Shuttle Fleet. VOA 27 Jul 2005 -- NASA is grounding the U-S space shuttle fleet after a large piece of insulating foam broke off from the fuel tank of the Discovery during Tuesday's launch. A similar malfunction was responsible for the disaster of the space shuttle Columbia in February 2003, which put America's manned space flight program on hold for two-and-a-half years, until this week's Discovery mission
  • Shuttle Launch Debris Deemed No Significant Problem So Far VOA 27 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space shuttle "Discovery" crew carried out an unprecedented remote control inspection of the orbiter's surface Wednesday, looking for any damage of the kind that caused the break up of the shuttle "Columbia" in 2003.
  • U.S. Studying Possible Tile Damage On Shuttle RFE/RL 27 Jul 2005 -- Officials with the U.S. space agency NASA today are studying a tiny piece of tile and a larger piece of debris that came off the space shuttle "Discovery" as it blasted off on 26 July during its first flight after the 2003 "Columbia" disaster.
  • U.S.: 'Discovery' Roars Into Last Phase Of Space Shuttle Program RFE/RL 27 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space shuttle "Discovery" returned to the skies yesterday for the first time since the "Columbia" shuttle burned up while reentering Earth's atmosphere 2 1/2 years ago.
  • ATK Supports Successful Return to Flight of Space Shuttle Discovery ATK 26 Jul 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) reusable solid rocket motors (RSRM) provided more than 6 million pounds of thrust in the first two minutes of flight to help send the Space Shuttle Discovery on its historic return to flight mission.
  • Boeing-led Industry Team and Missile Defense Agency Dedicate Sea-Based X-Band Radar Boeing 26 Jul 2005 -- The Boeing-led [NYSE: BA] Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) industry team and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) officially dedicated the SBX radar, a key component of Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.
  • Scientists Say US Spacecraft Could Contaminate Mars VOA 26 Jul 2005 -- Long before we learned that Mars is a barren, inhospitable planet, popular fiction envisioned little green men there and even martians invading Earth. In truth, it is we Earthlings who have invaded Mars with our landing craft and robots roaming around to study the surface
  • Bush Wishes Shuttle Crew Safe Mission VOA 26 Jul 2005 -- President Bush is wishing the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery a safe and successful mission
  • NASA Successfully Launches Space Shuttle VOA 26 Jul 2005 -- The space shuttle Discovery blasted into space two and-a-half years after the shuttle Columbia was destroyed while re-entering earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board.
  • 45th Space Wing supports successful shuttle launch AFPN 26 Jul 2005 -- The 45th Space Wing at nearby Patrick Air Force Base provided flawless support for NASA's successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on July 26, officials said.
  • Cassini Mission Finds Unusual Geology on Saturn Moon Washignton File 26 Jul 2005 -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has taken new images of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus that show distinctive geological features and the youngest terrain seen on the moon.
  • NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Heads to Space Station Washignton File 26 Jul 2005 -- Space shuttle Discovery blasted off without problems into blue Florida skies July 26, the first shuttle to fly since the 2003 Columbia accident, and 13 days after the first launch attempt.
  • Discovery Liftoff returns NASA To Manned Space Flight VOA 26 Jul 2005 -- The space shuttle Discovery has lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida returning NASA to manned space flight.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE TEAMS RECEIVE NASA HONORS Lockheed Martin 25 Jul 2005 -- In a ceremony at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland, Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employees and teams engaged in operating and servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) have been recognized for their work with Goddard Awards of Excellence.
  • Shuttle return to flight includes local efforts AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Almost two weeks after its original launch date, NASA's Discovery Shuttle is scheduled for its return to flight July 26, but they are not doing it alone.
  • STRATCOM supports shuttle in return to flight AFPN 25 Jul 2005 -- Two and a half years have passed since the tragedy of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident brought the nation's manned space flight program to a grinding halt.
  • NASA Unable to Find Cause of Discovery Sensor Failure VOA 24 Jul 2005 -- U.S. space agency officials say Tuesday's scheduled launch of the shuttle Discovery remains on track, even though technicians have been unable to fix a fuel sensor failure that halted the countdown earlier this month
  • NASA Prepares for August Launch of Next Mars Mission Washington File 22 Jul 2005 -- NASA plans to launch the next unmanned spacecraft to Mars in a launch window that opens August 10, the agency reported in a July 21 press release.
  • Japanese Defense Minister Gets Okay To Shoot Down Missiles VOA 22 Jul 2005 -- Japan's Parliament has passed a law authorizing the country's defense minister to order incoming missiles shot down without permission from the prime minister or the cabinet
  • Raytheon Company Awarded $124.1 Million Standard Missile-3 Contract Raytheon 21 Jul 2005 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $124.1 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build, test and deliver additional Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) rounds to the Missile Defense Agency to meet the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense deployment requirements.
  • Thales chosen to secure Galileo Thales 21 Jul 2005 -- Thales has been chosen to specify and design the security policy of the Galileo satellite navigation system.
  • Vandenberg launches Minuteman III AFPN 21 Jul 2005 -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully launched from here July 21.
  • NASA Sets Shuttle Launch Date for July 26 Washington File 21 Jul 2005 -- NASA announced July 20 it would begin a countdown three days later for the July 26 launch of the space shuttle Discovery (STS-114) on its return-to-flight mission, the first shuttle flight in the more than two years since the Columbia accident.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Fluid Transfer, Propulsion Systems to Boeing Phantom Works for Orbital Express Program Northrop Grumman 20 Jul 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered the fluid-transfer and propulsion systems to Boeing Phantom Works in Seal Beach, Calif., for the Orbital Express mission, which is designed to demonstrate the various technologies required for autonomous satellite servicing while on-orbit.
  • Iran to launch its 1st communication satellite in current year IRNA 20 Jul 2005 -- Deputy minister of communication and information technology (CIT) Hassan Shafti here Wednesday said that the first communication satellite is expected to be launched within the current Iranian year (ending March 20).
  • NASA Finds "Most Probable" Technical Problem Delaying Shuttle Launch VOA 20 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says it believes it has found the most likely cause of the technical problem that has delayed the space shuttle's return to flight after a two and a half year hiatus.
  • NASA's Northrop Grumman-built Aura Satellite Marks First Anniversary on Orbit Northrop Grumman 19 Jul 2005 -- NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), has successfully completed its first year on orbit. Aura was launched on July 15, 2004 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. on a mission to study the Earth's ozone, air quality and climate.
  • Earliest Launch Date for NASA Space Shuttle Is July 26 Washington File 19 Jul 2005 -- NASA is targeting July 26 as the earliest possible date to launch the space shuttle Discovery (STS-114) on its return-to-flight mission -- the first shuttle flight in more than two years since the Columbia accident.
  • Northrop Grumman Demonstrates JWST Telescope Control System at Keck Observatory Northrop Grumman 18 Jul 2005 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) team developing the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has successfully tested software that will be used to bring the space observatory's 18 mirror segments into alignment following launch. The test is a key step in verifying that the mirrors will produce clear images of the first stars and galaxies formed in the universe following the rough vibrations and disturbances during launch.
  • NASA Still Baffled by Problem Delaying "Discovery" Launch VOA 18 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says the earliest it could launch the shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station would be next Tuesday, July 26th. But officials concede that is optimistic, assuming that technicians find the technical problem that stopped Discovery's countdown last week
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED $124 MILLION CONTRACT FOR JAPANESE SEA-BASED MISSILE DEFENSE CAPABILITY Lockheed Martin 15 Jul 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has been awarded a $124 million, three year contract for Japanese Foreign Military Sales Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System engineering development. The contract provides the Aegis BMD Weapon System upgrades for the first of a planned group of four Japanese Kongo-class destroyers, DDG 173.
  • NASA Still Stymied by Technical Problem Preventing Shuttle Launch VOA 15 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA remains puzzled about a technical problem that is preventing the first launch of a space shuttle since late 2002. Mission officials have not set a new launch date for the orbiter Discovery while they continue troubleshooting a faulty fuel level sensor.
  • NASA says "Discovery" Launch Delayed Until at Least Sunday VOA 14 Jul 2005 -- The U.S. space agency, NASA, says a launch of the shuttle Discovery will not occur before Sunday, and most likely will take place some time after that. The agency has begun an intensive effort to figure out why a crucial fuel level sensor is not working correctly, delaying the first shuttle mission since the loss of the orbiter Columbia two-and-a-half years a go.
  • International Scientists Discover Rare Neutron Star Washington File 14 Jul 2005 -- An international team of scientists has uncovered a rare kind of neutron star so elusive that it took three satellites to identify it, according to a July 13 press release from the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • Space Shuttle Launch Delayed At Least Two Days RFE/RL 14 Jul 2005 -- The launch of the space shuttle "Discovery" has been delayed until 16 July at the earliest due to a technical problem.
  • NASA Telescope Launched on Japanese Space Observatory Washington File 13 Jul 2005 -- A pioneering X-ray detector, developed jointly by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, has launched on a major new space observatory.
  • Northrop Grumman Supplies Navigational Aids for NASA's Deep Impact Mission Northrop Grumman 13 Jul 2005 -- Key navigation aids from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) supplied the precise spacecraft-orientation information critical to the success of NASA's Deep Impact mission, a seven-month journey to comet Tempel 1 and the first space mission to probe beneath the surface of a comet and reveal the secrets of its interior.
  • Space Shuttle Launch Delayed After Fuel Sensor Malfunction VOA 13 Jul 2005 -- A faulty fuel sensor forced NASA to postpone the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery on Wednesday.
  • Space Shuttle Launch Delayed VOA 13 Jul 2005 -- NASA officials on Wednesday postponed the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • Military Providing Security, Emergency Response for Shuttle Mission AFPS 13 Jul 2005 -- As Discovery gets set to lift off from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., today, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command are on duty, prepared to support the "Return to Flight" mission.
  • NASA Makes Final Preparations For Shuttle Launch VOA 13 Jul 2005 -- Officials at the U.S. Space Agency NASA, say they are closely watching the weather at Cape Canaveral, Florida but anticipate an on-time launch of the shuttle Discovery today
  • NASA Says Shuttle Fixed, Ready for Launch RFE/RL 13 Jul 2005 -- U.S. space officials say they expect to go forward with the launch of the space shuttle "Discovery" later today.
  • Northrop Grumman to Help NASA Define Requirements for Quiet Sonic Boom Research Aircraft Northrop Grumman 12 Jul 2005 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-led team has been selected by NASA to help define requirements for a new aircraft that would be used to test theories about how to reduce the disruptive, window-rattling effects of an aircraft's sonic boom.
  • NASA Repairs Shuttle for Wednesday Liftoff VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- Top officials at the U.S. space agency, NASA, say they have begun their final countdown for a launch of the space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday. NASA officials say a plastic cover fell off a window of the shuttle late Tuesday, causing minor damage but they do not anticipate the incident will cause any launch delays
  • NASA Prepares Shuttle for Wednesday Liftoff VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- Top officials at the U.S. space agency, NASA say they have begun their final countdown for a launch of the space shuttle Discovery on Wednesday
  • Arnold AFB linked to space shuttle return-to-flight program AFPN 12 Jul 2005 -- The Arnold Engineering Development Center here played an important role in supporting NASA's space shuttle return-to-flight program that will culminate with the July 13 scheduled launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.
  • Military astronauts prepare for Discovery mission AFPN 12 Jul 2005 -- The Defense Department will be well-represented when Space Shuttle Discovery launches into space July 13, with three of the seven crewmembers from the military, including the commander, retired Col. Eileen Collins.
  • U.S.: Space Shuttle Ready To Fly Again RFE/RL 12 Jul 2005 -- In what will be the crucial return-to-flight test for the U.S. manned space program, the shuttle "Discovery" is being readied for lift-off tomorrow.
  • International Cassini Mission Captures Saturn Moon Images Washington File 12 Jul 2005 -- Two new Cassini views of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion offer the best looks yet at one of the icy, irregularly shaped moons that orbit the giant, ringed planet, according to a July 11 NASA press release.
  • Concern Over Basing Weapons in Space VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- As the U.S. government reviews its policy toward the military uses of space, the most serious concern raised by some activists is the potential to put a weapon in space that could attack targets on earth.
  • Debate Sparked on Weapons in Space VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- The Bush Administration is reviewing U.S. policy regarding weapons in space. The New York Times reported recently that the U.S. Air Force has asked the White House to revise a Clinton Administration policy that limited the types of systems the military could put into space.
  • Assets in Space Help Troops on the Ground VOA 12 Jul 2005 -- A debate is going on in Washington about what, if any, new capabilities the U.S. military should develop in space, including, possibly, weapons targeted at satellites, and space-based weapons targeted at Earth. But while that remains unresolved, the U.S. Air Force is working to make the most of capabilities it has, and can develop under the current policy to help U.S. troops around the world.
  • US Space Shuttle 'Discovery' Poised to End Long Launch Hiatus VOA 11 Jul 2005 -- The first U.S. space shuttle countdown in two-and-a-half years is under way. The orbiter Discovery is poised for a Wednesday launch, ready to be the first shuttle to fly since Columbia disintegrated upon its re-entry into the atmosphere. Discovery and the two other remaining shuttles have undergone extensive safety modifications.
  • Comet Covered in Fine, Powdery Dust, Scientists Say Washignton File 11 Jul 2005 -- Data from the instruments on NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft indicate that a giant cloud of fine powdery material was released when a probe (impactor) launched from the spacecraft slammed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 at 10 kilometers per second July 4.
  • Russia: Moscow Clinches Space-Tourism Deal With U.S. Millionaire RFE/RL 08 Jul 2005 -- Russia's Space Agency has signed a contract with a U.S. millionaire Gregory Olsen, who is due to become the third tourist to visit the International Space Station.
  • NASA Satellites, Ocean Sensors Measure and Monitor Sea Level Washington File 08 Jul 2005 -- NASA satellites and sensors are helping researchers understand the rate at which sea level is changing, some of the mechanisms that drive the changes and the effects that sea-level change could have worldwide.
  • BAE Systems' RAD750® Helps NASA View Comet Impact BAE Systems 07 Jul 2005 -- MANASSAS, Virginia -- BAE Systems' radiation-hardened microprocessors enabled the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) a first-ever glimpse beneath the surface of a comet.
  • TSAT SS Completes Major Design Review Boeing 07 Jul 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced the Transformational SATCOM Space Segment (TSAT SS) program successfully completed its Interim Space Segment Design Review (ISSDR).
  • EADS signs contract with Vietnamese government for the supply of a satellite-based environmental and natural resources monitoring system EADS 07 Jul 2005 -- EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) has just signed a contract worth 19.3 million euros with the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment for the turnkey provision of a complete environmental and natural resources monitoring system, to be operated by the national Centre for Remote Sensing in Vietnam.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries' MBT Space Division and AccuBeat Ltd. have signed an Agreement for Developing of new Space Atomic Rubidium Clock Israel Aerospace Industries 05 Jul 2005 -- Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI)'s MBT Space Division has signed an agreement for developing and marketing a new Space Atomic Rubidium Clock which will also include developing of an Atomic Rubidium clock for Ground Control Stations (GCS).
  • NASA's Deep Impact Mission Succeeds in Comet Collision Washington File 05 Jul 2005 -- After 172 days and 268 million miles of deep space travel, NASA's unmanned craft Deep Impact crashed into comet Tempel 1.
  • "Deep Impact" Comet Collision a "Smashing Success" VOA 04 Jul 2005 -- NASA scientists early Monday are studying dramatic images of a collision in space, after a one-meter wide probe crashed into Comet Tempel-One - as planned.
  • NASA Probe Collides With Comet RFE/RL 04 Jul 2005 -- A projectile released by the NASA space agency has intentionally crashed into a comet on a mission scientists hope will provide new insights into the origins of the solar system.
  • NASA Instrument Part of Japanese Space Observatory Washington File 01 Jul 2005 -- A pioneering X-ray detector developed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland will launch July 6 on board the new Astro-E2 space observatory, according to a June 30 NASA press release.
  • World: U.S. Probe To Hit Comet In 4 July Cosmic Fireworks Spectacular RFE/RL 01 Jul 2005 -- The first-ever collision of a manmade object with a comet is set to take place in deep space on 4 July. After a voyage of some 430 million kilometers, a bullet-like probe from the U.S. "Deep Impact" spacecraft, will crash into the Tempel 1 comet.



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