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October 2005 Space News

  • NOAA AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN $10 MILLION CONTRACT FOR NEXT-GENERATION WEATHER SATELLITE SYSTEM PROGRAM DEFINITION AND RISK REDUCTION Lockheed Martin 31 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a $10 million, six-month contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the Program Definition and Risk Reduction (PDRR) phase of the nation’s next-generation environmental satellite system, GOES-R. The contract has two options priced at an additional $10 million each.
  • Venus Probe Launch Rescheduled RFE/RL 31 Oct 2005 -- The Russian Space Agency announced today that Venus Express, the European Space Agency's first mission to explore Earth's closes neighbor, will be launched on 9 November 9 from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
  • Northrop Grumman/Raytheon Team Wins GOES-R Program Definition and Risk Reduction Contract Northrop Grumman 28 Oct 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and its teammate Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) won a program definition and risk reduction contract for the nation's next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system, GOES-R. The contract was awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Russia Loses Contact With Satellite Launcher RFE/RL 28 Oct 2005 -- Russian space officials have lost contact with a rocket launched yesterday that was carrying eight satellites.
  • DPRK Delegate Refers to Peaceful Use of Space KCNA 28 Oct 2005 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea will positively promote the cooperation and exchange with the international community including the UN and different countries of the world and develop the independent space science and technology in the field of peaceful use of the space.
  • Northrop Grumman Delivers Key Hardware to Lockheed Martin for New Missile-Warning Spacecraft Northrop Grumman 27 Oct 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered the final laser-gyro reference systems for the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program to prime contractor Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT). Called the Common Gyro Reference Assembly (CGRA), the system provides precision pointing information to the payload instruments, which enables the SBIRS spacecraft to accomplish its mission.
  • Iran launches its first satellite IRNA 27 Oct 2005 -- The first Iranian satellite made in cooperation with Russia was launched from Polstesk space base in Murmansk province in northwestern Russia at 10:52 local time on Thursday.
  • International Cassini Mission Reveals More about Saturn F Ring Washington File 27 Oct 2005 -- Images of Saturn's narrow and contorted F ring returned by cameras aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed phenomena not previously detected in a planetary ring.
  • Sea Launch Departs Home Port for Inmarsat-4 Mission Boeing 26 Oct 2005 -- The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Home Port in Long Beach, Calif., for Sea Launch's fourth mission of the year. The Sea Launch team is preparing to launch the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) communications satellite on Nov. 4, at the opening of a 30-minute launch window, at 6:22:54 am Pacific Time (14:22:54 GMT).
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN TEAM COMPLETES MUOS PRELIMINARY DESIGN REVIEW PHASE Lockheed Martin 26 Oct 2005 -- The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed on schedule the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase with its U.S. Navy customer. The PDR validated the detailed MUOS design to ensure that the system will meet or exceed the warfighter’s requirements for the next generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system.
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin Continue Work Toward Launch Alliance Approval Boeing 25 Oct 2005 -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) announced today that they have received a Second Request for information from the Federal Trade Commission relating to their filing pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti-Trust Act regarding the formation of the United Launch Alliance, LLC (ULA).
  • Army activates third air and missile defense command Army News 25 Oct 2005 -- The 94th Air and Missile Defense Command unfurled its colors during a ceremony Oct 14, on Fort Shafter as the Army transforms to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.
  • Cassini Mission Finds Stormy Weather on Saturn's Moon Titan Washington File 25 Oct 2005 -- Scientists who are studying data from the international Cassini spacecraft say the peculiar clouds at middle latitudes in the southern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Titan may form in the same way as distinct bands of clouds form at Earth's equator.
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin Continue Work Toward Launch Alliance Approval Lockheed Martin 24 Oct 2005 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] announced today that they have received a Second Request for information from the Federal Trade Commission relating to their filing pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Anti-Trust Act regarding the formation of the United Launch Alliance, LLC (ULA).
  • CHINA: A 'CONQUEST OF SPACE' AHEAD OF RUMSFELD VISIT US Dept. of State IIP, Foreign Media Reaction 24 Oct 2005
  • NASA Hubble Telescope Looks for Resources on the Moon Washington File 24 Oct 2005 -- NASA is using the unique capabilities of the Hubble Space Telescope for a new class of scientific observations of Earth's moon.
  • European Space Agency Postpones Mission to Venus VOA 24 Oct 2005 -- The European Space Agency has postponed Wednesday's scheduled launch of the Venus Express after engineers discovered the spacecraft was contaminated by insulation from the Soyuz rocket launcher.
  • Pleiades Earth-observation satellites: central role for Thales in ground segment information system Thales 21 Oct 2005 -- The Pleiades programme is led by France, with contributions from Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and other European nations. The two optical satellites will perform both civil and military missions and will feature increased agility, enabling rapid changes of viewing direction. They will also offer a resolution four times better than SPOT 5 - 70 centimetres compared with 2.5 metres.
  • Vandenberg launches final Titan IV AFPN 20 Oct 2005 -- After five decades of service, the Air Force and the Lockheed Martin Corp. launched the last Titan IV B rocket from here Oct. 19.
  • Hubble Detects Oxygen-Bearing Minerals on Moon VOA 20 Oct 2005 -- The Hubble Space Telescope has detected oxygen in moon minerals that future explorers could use for breathing, to make electricity, and for rocket fuel.
  • ATK Technologies Support Titan IVB Launch ATK 19 Oct 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) propulsion and composite technologies supported today’s successful launch of a Lockheed Martin Titan IVB rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. that will place a classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office into orbit.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN'S LAST TITAN IV SUCCESSFULLY DELIVERS NATIONAL SECURITY PAYLOAD TO SPACE Lockheed Martin 19 Oct 2005 -- Final Titan IV From VAFBThe United States Air Force and Lockheed Martin (LMT:NYSE) closed out a proud five-decade history today with the final launch of a Titan IV B rocket carrying a critical national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). All eyes were on Space Launch Complex 4 East as the nation’s heavy-lift workhorse thundered off the pad to deliver its final payload to space and retire from service.
  • Space Command presented first-ever missile badge AFPN 17 Oct 2005 -- -- A unique ceremony took place here in which the family of a space pioneer presented Air Force Space Command a unique object -- the Air Force's first missile badge.
  • China's Calls Second Manned Space Mission a Success After Astronauts Return Safely VOA 17 Oct 2005 -- China called its second manned space flight a perfect success that will improve national unity after the spacecraft and two astronauts aboard returned safely to Earth
  • Chinese Astronauts in Good Shape Following Space Trip VOA 16 Oct 2005 -- Two Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth following a five day mission in space.
  • Orbital-Built Galaxy 15 Satellite Successfully Launched For PanAmSat Orbital Sciences Corp. 14 Oct 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the Galaxy 15 geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite the company built for PanAmSat Corporation (NYSE: PA) was successfully launched aboard an Ariane rocket on Thursday, October 13, 2005. The mission originated from the European Space Agency's launch complex at Kourou, French Guiana, at approximately 6:30 p.m. (Eastern). The Galaxy 15 satellite was deployed into a transfer orbit about 90 minutes after lift-off. Initial communications with the satellite have been established and it is performing as expected in the early stages of the mission. The Galaxy 15 satellite is the eighth Orbital-built GEO satellite to be completed and launched. The company also has another eight GEO satellites in various stages of design, development and manufacturing that will be launched over the next several years.
  • Alcatel Alenia Space-built Syracuse 3A military communications satellite successfully launched Thales 14 Oct 2005 -- Alcatel Alenia Space applauds the successful launch of the next-generation military communications satellite Syracuse 3A. The satellite was launched by an Ariane 5 rocket during the night of October 13th to 14th, 2005 at 00:32 am (Paris time) from the Guyana Space Center, in Kourou. This satellite was built by Alcatel Alenia Space, for French defense procurement agency DGA.
  • NASA Targets May 2006 for Next Shuttle Launch Washington File 14 Oct 2005 -- Although not yet to set a firm launch date for the next space shuttle flight, NASA managers said October 14 that they have made progress in determining why insulating foam is lost during shuttle launches, and are considering a May 3-23 launch window.
  • Chinese Astronauts Adjust Orbit RFE/RL 14 Oct 2005 -- China says astronauts carrying out the country's second manned space mission today slightly adjusted the position of their orbiting Shenzhou 6 capsule after it started moving closer to Earth.
  • PANAMSAT SATELLITE WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN PAYLOAD SUPPORTING SPACE-BASED CIVIL AIR NAVIGATION SERVICE DEPLOYED Lockheed Martin 13 Oct 2005 -- The second satellite with a payload that will support air navigation enhancements for the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) has been deployed for Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] by the PanAmSat Corporation. The PanAmSat Galaxy 15 satellite, carrying a dual C-band and L-band payload, was launched today from Kourou, French Guiana.
  • Alcatel Alenia Space-built Syracuse 3A military communications satellite ready for launch Thales 13 Oct 2005 -- The next generation military communications satellite Syracuse 3A will be launched by an Ariane 5 rocket during the night of October 13th to 14th, 2005 from the Guyana Space Center, in Kourou. This satellite was built by Alcatel Alenia Space, for French defense procurement agency DGA.
  • Astronomers Find Black Holes Help Create Stars VOA 13 Oct 2005 -- Research by astronomers shows that super-massive black holes are not entirely destructive forces in the universe.
  • Northrop Grumman-Boeing Team Unveils Plans for Space Shuttle Successor Northrop Grumman 12 Oct 2005 -- A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)-The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) team today unveiled its plans to design and build NASA's proposed Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a modular space system intended to carry humans to the International Space Station by 2012 and back to the moon by 2018.
  • China: New Manned Mission Marks Milestone For Space Program RFE/RL 12 Oct 2005 -- China has launched it's second manned space mission. A two-man crew blasted off early today from a base in the Gobi Desert.
  • Experts Disagree on Military Significance of China's Manned Space Program VOA 12 Oct 2005 -- Two Chinese astronauts are orbiting Earth for five days in the Shenzhou-6 spacecraft, exactly two years after Beijing launched its first human into space aboard the Shenzhou-5.
  • China Launches Second Manned Space Mission VOA 12 Oct 2005 -- China has launched its second manned space mission in what analysts see as a bid by the Communist government to boost its prestige.
  • Chinese Manned Space Mission Launched Successfully RFE/RL 12 Oct 2005 -- China today launched its second manned space flight, sending two astronauts into earth orbit on an expected five-day mission.
  • Manned Chinese Spacecraft Enters Earth's Orbit VOA 12 Oct 2005 -- China says a space capsule carrying two Chinese astronauts has entered Earth's orbit after blasting off early Wednesday morning.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN SUBMITS PROPOSAL FOR GOES-R GEOSTATIONARY LIGHTNING MAPPER Lockheed Martin 11 Oct 2005 -- The Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has submitted to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center a formulation phase study proposal for the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument that will fly on the GOES-R Series environmental satellites. GLM's ability to monitor convection on a global scale via lightning will provide new insight into the formation, distribution, morphology and evolution of storms, and allows investigation into the mechanisms at the core of the global water and energy cycle.
  • Northrop Grumman Announces Intent to Build System Integration Laboratory in Huntsville Northrop Grumman 11 Oct 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today it intends to locate the system integration laboratory for its Kinetic Energy Interceptor (KEI) missile-defense program at the company's new Cummings Research Park complex.
  • Returning International Space Station Crew Arrives Home Washington File 11 Oct 2005 -- After traveling 75 million miles during six months on the international space station, Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA Flight Engineer John Phillips safely returned to Earth October 10.
  • Russian Soyuz Spacecraft Returns 3-Man Crew to Earth VOA 11 Oct 2005 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has returned to earth, carrying a three-man crew that included an American businessman and scientist who paid for an eight-day stay on the International Space Station.
  • Boeing Delivers Next-Generation Commercial Satellite to DIRECTV, Inc. Boeing 10 Oct 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] announced today the on-orbit delivery of the Spaceway F1 satellite to DIRECTV, Inc. The most complex commercial satellite ever manufactured, Spaceway F1 will enable DIRECTV to broadcast local high definition television (HDTV) channels into several of the nation's largest markets.
  • China Plans Manned Space Launch for This Week VOA 10 Oct 2005 -- China plans its second manned space launch later this week, with reports suggesting a Wednesday or Thursday blast-off from Inner Mongolia.
  • Russian Space Officials: Satellite Crashes VOA 09 Oct 2005 -- Russian space officials say a satellite designed to monitor changes in the polar ice caps has crashed into the Arctic Ocean.
  • Edwards, DARPA explore new C-17 capability AFPN 07 Oct 2005 -- Soaring 6,000 feet above the sun-baked California desert, a pair of Edwards aircraft -- a C-17 Globemaster III shadowed by a C-12 Huron observer aircraft -- carried out an unusual mission with an even more unusual cargo recently.
  • Experimental Spacecraft Missing After Successful Test Launch in Russia VOA 07 Oct 2005 -- Russia space officials are searching for an experimental spacecraft that was successfully launched from a submarine in the Barents Sea early Friday.
  • Status Of Russian Space Vehicle Unclear RFE/RL 07 Oct 2005 -- Russia today successfully launched a mini-shuttle spacecraft on a sea-based ballistic missile.
  • EXTERNAL TANK-119 RETURNS TO MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY Lockheed Martin 06 Oct 2005 -- External Tank-119 is transported down Saturn Boulevard at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans on October 3. ET-119 arrived at the facility for additional retrofitting work after a five-day trip from Kennedy Space Center. The return trip originally scheduled for late August had to be postponed because of damage Hurricane Katrina inflicted upon New Orleans. Lockheed Martin built ET-119 at the NASA facility in New Orleans. The tank is scheduled to fly on the next Space Shuttle flight, STS-121, next year. A photo of ET-119’s return is available at http://www.lockheedmartin.com/michoud Look left and click only on “Michoud Image Gallery.”
  • Mirror Segment for James Webb Space Telescope Delivered for Polishing Northrop Grumman 06 Oct 2005 -- Manufacturing of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) progressed further with the delivery of the telescope's first mirror segment for grinding and polishing in late September. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's prime contractor for the space observatory, leading the design and development effort.
  • CryoSat – Set for launch EADS 05 Oct 2005 -- Cryosat, the first satellite designed to measure polar sea ice, is ready for launch. Developed and built by EADS Astrium for the European Space Agency (ESA), the satellite is due to be launched on 8 October from the Plesetsk cosmodrome by a Eurockot Rockot launch vehicle. Eurockot is a subsidiary of EADS.
  • AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM TRACKS ADVANCED, SEPARATING BALLISTIC MISSILE TARGET Lockheed Martin 04 Oct 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System with its prototype Aegis BMD Signal Processor (Aegis BSP) successfully tracked an advanced ballistic missile target. This test was the second at-sea tracking event for the Aegis BSP. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System and serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent for Aegis BMD.
  • AEGIS WEAPON SYSTEM SUCCESSFUL IN BALLISTIC MISSILE TRACKING EXERCISE Lockheed Martin 03 Oct 2005 -- The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System successfully detected and tracked an unarmed U.S. Air Force Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Aegis detected the missile when it rose above the horizon and immediately began BMD tracking operations. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) develops the Aegis BMD Weapon System for the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and also serves as the Combat System Engineering Agent.
  • JSAT CORPORATION AWARDS LOCKHEED MARTIN CONTRACT FOR THIRD A2100 SATELLITE Lockheed Martin 03 Oct 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a contract by JSAT Corporation (JSAT) of Japan to build its next geostationary telecommunications satellite, designated JCSAT-11. JCSAT-11 will be reserved entirely in orbit as a back up satellite for other JCSAT satellites following its scheduled launch in 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Northrop Grumman Completes First Hardware and Software Integration of Payload for New Missile Warning Satellite Northrop Grumman 03 Oct 2005 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has announced the completion of mechanical and electrical integration work for a key element of the nation's next-generation missile warning system, the payload for the first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous-orbit satellite. Northrop Grumman will provide the payload to Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the prime contractor and systems integrator for SBIRS.
  • Soyuz Spacecraft Docks with International Space Station VOA 03 Oct 2005 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked with the International Space Station, after a two-day flight from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • New Moon Found Orbiting 10th Planet VOA 02 Oct 2005 -- Astronomers say they have found a new moon orbiting our solar system's recently discovered 10th planet.
  • Next U.S., Russian Crew Heads to International Space Station Washington File 01 Oct 2005 -- The next U.S.-Russian crew of the International Space Station is on its way to the orbiting laboratory in a Soyuz spacecraft that launched late September 30 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • Russia: U.S. Millionaire Becomes World's Third Space Tourist RFE/RL 01 Oct 2005 -- An American millionaire has blasted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the International Space Station.
  • Soyuz Spacecraft Heads to International Space Station VOA 01 Oct 2005 -- A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying a three-man crew that includes a businessman from New Jersey.



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