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September 2005 Space News

  • New US-Russian Crew Heads for Space Station VOA 30 Sep 2005 -- A new crew will soon be on its way to the International Space Station in a Russian Soyuz spaceship.
  • International Cassini Mission Photographs Two Saturn Moons Washington File 30 Sep 2005 -- The Cassini spacecraft performed back-to-back flybys of Saturn moons Tethys and Hyperion September 24-26, coming closer than ever to each of them, according to a September 29 NASA press release.
  • US Businessman Gregory Olsen Becomes Third Space Tourist VOA 30 Sep 2005 -- The latest civilian to join a space station crew is U.S. businessman Gregory Olsen. He will launch on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan Saturday with cosmonaut Valery Tokarev and U.S. astronaut William McArthur.
  • ATK Orbus 1A Transition Program Completes Initial Qualification Testing ATK 29 Sep 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has completed the first phase of qualification testing of the Orbus 1A solid rocket motor used as the second- and third-stage for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Boost Vehicle-Plus (BV+) interceptor developed by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMCO).
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN LAUNCHES TARGET FOR COBRA DANE EXERCISE Lockheed Martin 29 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has completed its first mission for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Targets and Countermeasures program, for which the company is prime contractor. Lockheed Martin provided the test missile for the MDA’s successful Cobra Dane radar tracking exercise this week.
  • Northrop Grumman Ships Final AstroMesh Reflector to EADS Astrium for Last Inmarsat 4 Satellite Northrop Grumman 29 Sep 2005 -- The last AstroMesh reflector built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the third and final satellite in the Inmarsat Limited I-4 series has been shipped for launch integration this fall.
  • Alcatel Alenia Space to supply payload for Amos-3 communications satellite Thales 29 Sep 2005 -- Alcatel Alenia Space announced today a contract with Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), the leader in the Israeli aerospace industry, to supply Amos-3 communications satellite's payload. IAI is building the satellite for Israeli operator, Space-Communication Ltd (Spacecom). Amos-3 is the first major contract announced by the newly formed company Alcatel Alenia Space.
  • PATRIOT III PURCHASE SHOULDN'T BE AFFECTED BY REFERENDUM: OFFICIAL CNA 29 Sep 2005 -- The purchase of Patriot III anti-missile batteries was approved in 1998 during President Lee Teng-hui's term of office and therefore should not be affected by the 2004 referendum, Deputy Defense Minister Tsai Ming-hsien said Thursday.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN-DEVELOPED BOOST VEHICLE-PLUS PROGRAM COMPLETES INITIAL QUALIFICATION OF ATK ORBUS 1A Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that the first phase of qualification testing at Alliant Techsystems (ATK) (NYSE: ATK) has been successfully completed for the ORBUS 1A, the second- and third-stage solid rocket motor for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Boost Vehicle-Plus (BV+) program.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS SECOND CRITICAL PAYLOAD FOR NATION'S SPACE-BASED MISSILE WARNING SYSTEM Lockheed Martin 28 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced the successful delivery of its second Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO 2) payload, a critical element of the nation's next-generation missile warning system, known at the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program.
  • ATK Rocket Motors and Composites Help Launch Global Positioning Satellite Aboard Delta II Rocket ATK 26 Sep 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) solid propulsion and composite technologies supported yesterday’s successful launch of a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch successfully placed the first modernized NAVSTAR Block IIR military navigation satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS) constellation.
  • FIRST MODERNIZED GPS SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY BY THE U.S. AIR FORCE Lockheed Martin 26 Sep 2005 -- The first modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the U.S. Air Force, was successfully launched yesterday at 11:37 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral. The satellite is the most technologically advanced GPS satellite ever developed and will provide significantly improved navigation performance for U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.
  • Air Force successfully launches GPS satellite AFPN 26 Sep 2005 -- The Air Force's 45th Space Wing, its mission partners and Boeing successfully launched a Global Positioning System satellite into orbit on a Delta II space launch vehicle at 11:37 p.m. Sept. 25.
  • Boeing Delta II Delivers First Modernized GPS Satellite to Orbit Boeing 25 Sep 2005 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] Delta II launch vehicle today successfully delivered the first of the modernized Block IIR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites to space for the U.S. Air Force.
  • ATK Motors Perform Flawlessly in Launch of Minotaur Rocket ATK 23 Sep 2005 -- Two Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) Orion motors performed flawlessly in yesterday’s successful launch of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch placed a classified Air Force research satellite known as STP-R1 in orbit. The mission is part of the Space Test Program (STP) — a component of the Department of Defense research and development program.
  • U.S. AIR FORCE SET TO LAUNCH FIRST MODERNIZED GPS SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN Lockheed Martin 23 Sep 2005 -- GPS IIRThe U.S. Air Force is preparing to launch the first modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] aboard a Delta II rocket on Sept. 25, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite is the most technologically advanced GPS satellite ever developed and will provide significantly improved navigation performance for U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Minotaur Rocket Carrying U.S. Military Satellite Orbital Sciences Corp. 23 Sep 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a satellite for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aboard a company-built Minotaur I rocket.
  • Transcript: Speech given by Senator Wayne Allard September 23, 2005 23 Sep 2005 - NDIA Space Policy & Architecture Symposium
  • NASA Temporarily Transfers Space Station Control to Russia Washington File 23 Sep 2005 -- NASA closed Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, September 21 because of the threat posed to the area by Hurricane Rita and transferred primary flight control of the International Space Station to the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, outside Moscow.
  • US Spacecraft Sees a Changing, Dynamic Mars VOA 22 Sep 2005 -- The planet Mars is giving scientists some new surprises. A U.S. spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet has shown that despite its barrenness, it is not a static place. Instead, its face is changing, possibly because of quakes and global warming.
  • Ninth Boeing Ground-based Midcourse Defense Interceptor Emplaced Boeing 21 Sep 2005 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program team and the Missile Defense Agency emplaced the ninth GMD interceptor in its underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska on Sept. 18.
  • Boeing and Lockheed Martin to Resubmit Filing for United Launch Alliance Boeing 21 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] and The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that they have withdrawn their filing pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti-Trust Improvements Act of 1976 regarding the formation of the United Launch Alliance, LLC (ULA). The companies intend to resubmit their filing later this week.
  • Israel Aircraft Industries Signed a Contract for the Sale of AMOS 3 Communications Satellite to Spacecom Israel Aerospace Industries 21 Sep 2005 -- IAI's President & CEO, Moshe Keret: "IAI will implement advanced technologies in the development of AMOS 3 and will continue to be a major factor in the Israeli and world space markets"
  • Boeing and Lockheed Martin to Resubmit Filing for United Launch Alliance Lockheed Martin 21 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] and The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] announced today that they have withdrawn their filing pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti-Trust Improvements Act of 1976 regarding the formation of the United Launch Alliance, LLC (ULA). The companies intend to resubmit their filing later this week.
  • MODERNIZED GPS SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN READY FOR LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL Lockheed Martin 21 Sep 2005 -- The second modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for the U.S. Air Force is set for launch aboard a Delta II rocket on Sept. 25, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
  • Orbital Delivers Five Cargo Transport Containers To NASA For International Space Station Orbital Sciences Corp. 21 Sep 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has delivered five Cargo Transport Containers (CTCs) to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for use in conjunction with the resupply of the International Space Station (ISS).
  • NASA Orbiter Finds Mars More Active than Scientists Had Believed Washington File 21 Sep 2005 -- The discovery of gullies that did not exist in mid-2002 on a Martian sand dune is among many new findings made by NASA's Mars global surveyor.
  • World: U.S. Moon Program Marks Starting Point For New Space Exploration RFE/RL 21 Sep 2005 -- The U.S. space agency NASA has unveiled a $100 billion program to put astronauts on the moon again by 2018.
  • Northrop Grumman-Led Team Wins Missile Defense Agency's Joint National Integration Center Contract Northrop Grumman 20 Sep 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was awarded a contract today by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to continue its prime contractor role for the Joint National Integration Center (JNIC) Research and Development Contract. The award is an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract potentially worth $1 billion over 10 years.
  • Telenor Contracts With Orbital To Build THOR II-R Commercial Communications Satellite Orbital Sciences Corp. 20 Sep 2005 -- Telenor ASA (OBX: Tel //Nasdaq: TELN) and Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that they have signed a contract for the delivery of a new geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite. The spacecraft, to be called THOR II-R, will be based on Orbital's industry-leading STARTM satellite platform. The new order calls for a 26-month in-orbit delivery schedule. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, a division of Telenor Broadcast Holding AS, based in Oslo, Norway will own and operate the satellite. Orbital will be responsible for manufacturing and testing the satellite and procuring the dedicated launch service. Telenor has directed Orbital to negotiate with International Launch Services (ILS) for a launch aboard a Proton rocket.
  • New Spaceship Designed for Travel to Moon and Mars VOA 20 Sep 2005 -- United States has released plans for manned spacecraft to return to the moon by 2020.
  • Cassini Radar Images Show Dramatic "Shoreline" on Titan Washington File 19 Sep 2005 -- Images returned during Cassini's recent flyby of Saturn's moon Titan show evidence of what appears to be a large shoreline cutting across the smoggy moon's southern hemisphere.
  • NASA Releases Plans for Next-Generation Spacecraft Washington File 19 Sep 2005 -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on September 19 released a plan for the next generation of spacecraft to take humans back to the moon and to Mars.
  • NASA Unveils Plans for New Spaceship to Return Humans to Moon by 2018 VOA 19 Sep 2005 -- The U.S. space agency has released its plans for returning humans to the moon.
  • Orbital Selected By NASA For Major Long-Term Launch Services Contract Orbital Sciences Corp. 16 Sep 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been awarded a major contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide Pegasus® and Taurus® launch services for future NASA space missions over a seven-year period from 2005 to2012. The contract was awarded under the NASA Launch Services (NLS) program, which allows the space agency to order small-, medium- and large-class launch services from several suppliers on an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) basis. The small-class missions covered under this contract are expected to extend the Pegasus and Taurus mission manifest into the early years of the next decade. Orbital estimates that six or seven launch vehicles will be required to support upcoming missions in the small-class mission segment through the end of 2012.
  • International Team Tests New Upper-Stage Rocket Engine Pratt & Whitney 15 Sep 2005 -- At the Tashiro test site in Japan, engineers successfully hot-fire tested a new upper-stage demonstrator rocket engine, achieving 100-percent thrust levels. The engine, called the MB- XX, is a joint effort of United Technologies', Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s, Nagoya Guidance and Propulsion Systems Works.
  • Vandenberg tests Minuteman III AFPN 14 Sep 2005 -- Vandenberg Airmen successfully conducted the final force development evaluation launch of the year from North Vandenberg Sept. 14 at 1:01 a.m.
  • NASA Satellite Detects Explosion from Edge of Visible Universe Washington File 13 Sep 2005 -- Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite and international ground-based telescopes have detected the most distant explosion yet, a gamma-ray burst from the edge of the visible universe.
  • BAE Systems RAD750® On A Trip To View Mars BAE Systems 13 Sep 2005 -- MANASSAS, Virginia -- BAE Systems' radiation-hardened microprocessors, aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched August 12 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, are playing a key role in enabling National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to examine the surface, atmosphere and subsurface of Mars.
  • BAE Systems joins the "Alliance Shield" team to support NATO'S Theatre Missile Defence Capability BAE Systems 13 Sep 2005 -- BAE Systems is part of the multi-national team “Alliance Shield” that is competing to work with NATO to evolve its existing Theatre Missile Defence capability. Alliance Shield is engaged with NATO to understand the capabilities, skills and technologies it requires to deliver this Missile Defence programme. The programme has been established to join NATO missile defence sstems and improve its capability to protect member countries against the ballistic missile threat. Alliance Shield has experience in the design, development and integration of missile defence systems and continued support of those systems after they are fielded.
  • Scientists Observe Most Distant Cosmic Explosion Ever Recorded VOA 12 Sep 2005 -- Astronomers have detected the most distant explosion ever witnessed in the heavens
  • Two NASA Centers Suffer Damage from Hurricane Katrina Washington File 12 Sep 2005 -- NASA has accounted for all civil servants and most contractors at two facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina, and the agency is evaluating the storm's effect on the Space Shuttle Program.
  • Cassini Mission Reveals New Details About Saturn's Rings Washington File 12 Sep 2005 -- Scientists from the international Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn have made unexpected findings in analyzing images of Saturn's rings, according to a September 5 press release from the Space Science Institute in Colorado.
  • FIRST ONLINE GLOBAL PARLIAMENTARY HEARING WILL FOCUS ON SPACE SECURITY -- On September 14 the US Congress will be the scene for a new departure in international politics. A group of democratically elected legislators from ten countries will hold a joint parliamentary hearing, webcast live to enable participation from journalists worldwide.
  • Russian Supply Ship Docks at International Space Station VOA 10 Sep 2005 -- An unmanned Russian supply craft transporting food and scientific equipment has docked at the International Space Station, two days after taking off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
  • Lockheed Martin Deploys First of Two Satellites Supporting Space-Based GPS Navigation Services for FAA Lockheed Martin 09 Sep 2005 -- A satellite that will enable future air navigation enhancements has been deployed for Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The payload is the first use of the GPS L5 civil navigation frequency for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and supports a move toward satellite-based navigation to make air traffic management safer, more reliable and more accurate. It also is the first deployment of this technology for civil aviation use in North America.
  • Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Successfully Destroys Tactical Ballistic Missile In Test Lockheed Martin 08 Sep 2005 -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile successfully intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile (TBM) today during a flight test at White Sands Missile Range, NM. The battle-proven PAC-3 Missile is the world’s only fielded hit-to-kill, kinetic energy air defense missile.
  • AFWA monitors record solar flare AFPN 08 Sep 2005 -- A large group of sunspots is being tracked by Air Force Weather Agency space weather technicians here.
  • NASA's July 4 Comet Mission Produces Surprising Findings Washington File 08 Sep 2005 -- After the fireworks produced by the crash of NASA's Deep Impact probe into comet Tempel 1, mission scientists are filling in important new pieces of a cometary picture that is still far from finished.
  • Sea Launch Signs with PanAmSat for Second Land Launch Mission Boeing 06 Sep 2005 -- The Sea Launch Company has signed an agreement with PanAmSat (NYSE: PA) for the launch of the Horizons-2 satellite, the second commercial mission scheduled to fly on the Land Launch system from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan.
  • Boeing Leads Formation of "Alliance Shield" Team To Support NATO's Theater Missile Defense Capability Boeing 06 Sep 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has formed a trans-Atlantic team named "Alliance Shield" to compete for the upcoming NATO Theater Missile Defense Systems Engineering and Integration contract.
  • Power outages across Gulf Coast AFPN 01 Sep 2005 -- The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was captured by an Air Force meteorological satellite from the Air Force Weather agency here as it flew over the southeastern United States.
  • NASA Robotic Rover Spirit Sends New Images from Mars Washington File 01 Sep 2005 -- Working atop a range of Martian hills, NASA's Spirit robotic rover is rewarding researchers with tempting scenes filled with evidence of past environments.
  • Mars Probe Returns New Pictures VOA 01 Sep 2005 -- NASA's Mars exploration rover, Spirit, has reached the summit of a hill it first spied in the distance when it landed on the red planet in January 2004.
  • CHINA AGAINST TAIWAN'S INCLUSION IN ANY NATION'S MISSILE DEFENSE CNA 01 Sep 2005 -- Beijing opposes the inclusion of Taiwan in any nation's missile defense system and does not support those countries that want to supply such systems to the island, a ranking Chinese official for arms control affairs said Thursday.



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