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November 2005 Space News

  • Symposium keys on space support AFPN 30 Nov 2005 -- The theme for this year's Air Force Association National Symposium was "Space - Enabling the War Fighter."
  • Japanese Asteroid Mission May Be Stuck in Space VOA 29 Nov 2005 -- A Japanese probe that may be carrying the first-ever samples from an asteroid may be stranded in space.
  • Orbital Selected To Build And Launch NASA's New Millennium Space Technology 8 Satellite Orbital Sciences Corp. 28 Nov 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it has been selected by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to design, develop and manufacture the next satellite in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) series of New Millennium Program (NMP) technology demonstration spacecraft. The satellite, Space Technology 8 (ST8), will be based on Orbital's MicrostarTM platform, a lightweight, multi-role spacecraft bus of which dozens are already in orbit performing communications and Earth and space science missions. At launch, ST8 will weigh approximately 385 lbs. (or 175 kg). In addition to the satellite contract, Orbital will also provide the mission's launch vehicle and related services, which is procured by NASA's Kennedy Space Center under a separate contract.
  • Raytheon's Radar Performs Successfully in THAAD Flight Test Raytheon 28 Nov 2005 -- Raytheon Company's radar successfully supported a developmental flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile conducted at the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) Nov. 22, 2005.
  • AMC-23 telecommunication satellite ready to be integrated on a Proton rocket in Baikonur Thales 28 Nov 2005 -- Twenty four months after the signature of the contract, Alcatel Alenia Space - the prime contractor - announced that the AMC-23 communications satellite is ready to be integrated on the Proton/Breeze M rocket in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Dedicated to the U.S. operator SES AMERICOM, an SES GLOBAL company, AMC-23 is scheduled for launch on December 6, 2005 by International Launch Services on a Proton Breeze M.
  • Japan Space Probe Set for Second Landing on Asteroid VOA 25 Nov 2005 -- A Japanese space probe is preparing to make a second attempt to land on an asteroid to collect samples for study.
  • CRITICAL PAYLOAD TESTING BEGINS FOR FIRST MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN Lockheed Martin 23 Nov 2005 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led team developing the nation's next-generation missile warning system announced today that it has completed preparations to enable the payload for the first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellite to begin engineering thermal vacuum testing.
  • NASA Prepares Shuttle for Next Year's Return to Space VOA 23 Nov 2005 -- U.S. Space agency technicians continue their slow, meticulous examination of the space shuttle fleet to eliminate potentially threatening problems that doomed the 2003 flight of Columbia and which appeared on the last mission in July.
  • Boeing Supports Aegis BMD Flight Mission - 8 Boeing 22 Nov 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] supported the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (ABMD) Standard Missile-3 Kinetic Warhead (SM-3 KW) for a sixth successful flight test.
  • Lockheed Martin's THAAD Missile Successful in Developmental Flight Test Lockheed Martin 22 Nov 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] successfully conducted a developmental flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile today at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), NM. This was the first flight of the Block ’04 missile that is being tested under an Engineering and Manufacturing contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in 2000.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN AWARDED NEARLY $15 MILLION FOR U.S. MARINE CORPS MISSILE DEFENSE RADAR UPGRADES Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2005 -- The Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a $14.9 million contract to provide post-production support for its AN/TPS-59(V)3 mobile long range air defense radars. These radars support the Marines' peacetime and wartime operations around the globe, including Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Mars Orbiter Halfway to Red Planet VOA 21 Nov 2005 -- A U.S. space agency spacecraft is half way to Mars where it will examine the red planet in more detail than ever before.
  • Orbital Successfully Launches Medium-Range Target For Missile Defense Test Orbital Sciences Corp. 18 Nov 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it successfully launched a medium-range target (MRT-1) vehicle under the Lockheed Martin Targets and Countermeasures Prime Contract with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The MRT-1 vehicle served as an intercept target for the Navy's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System and was launched yesterday from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii. MRT-1 flew a trajectory northwest of Kauai and was intercepted by the Navy's Standard Missile (SM-3) interceptor system before reentering the Earth's atmosphere. The MRT-1 was the first of several medium-range targets Orbital is prepared to launch under contract to Lockheed Martin in support of the Aegis BMD test program. The MRT target is also part of Lockheed Martin's Flexible Target Family (FTF), currently under development for responsive and cost-effective missile defense system testing.
  • Defense Department Report, November 17: Missile Defense Update Washington File 18 Nov 2005 -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced November 17 that the U.S. Navy successful tested its Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System against a realistic target warhead that separated from its booster rocket.
  • U.S. Says Antimissile Test Successful RFE/RL 18 Nov 2005 -- A U.S. missile defense system has successfully shot down a dummy warhead over Hawaiian waters.
  • ATK Plays Critical Role in Successful Standard Missile-3 Intercept ATK 17 Nov 2005 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), the nation’s leading solid rocket motor producer, provided the third-stage rocket motor (TSRM) and Solid Divert and Attitude Control System (SDACS) for the successful intercept test flight of Raytheon Company’s (RTN: NYSE) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) with the Aegis BMD Weapon System. The SM-3 was launched from the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) equipped cruiser, USS Lake Erie. The successful test destroyed a separating ballistic missile target’s re-entry vehicle outside the earth’s atmosphere during a Missile Defense Agency/Aegis BMD Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean.
  • EADS Astrium selected for Swarm Satellites EADS 17 Nov 2005 -- The Swarm mission will provide the most detailed data yet on the geomagnetic field and its temporal evolution, giving new insights into improving our knowledge of the Earth's interior and climate. The three Swarm spacecraft are scheduled for launch in 2010.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN TEAM LAUNCHES TARGET MISSILE FOR AEGIS TEST Lockheed Martin 17 Nov 2005 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it has completed its second successful mission for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Targets and Countermeasures Program, for which the company is prime contractor. The Targets and Countermeasures Program provided the target missile system for MDA’s successful test of a sea-based MDA Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Weapon System today. Launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, the target missile was intercepted by the Aegis weapon system aboard the USS Lake Erie.
  • Orbital-Built TELKOM-2 Communications Satellite Successfully Launched Aboard Ariane Rocket Orbital Sciences Corp. 17 Nov 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the TELKOM-2 commercial communications satellite, built by the company for PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk (PT Telkom) (NYSE: TLK) was successfully launched into its targeted orbit aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on Wednesday, November 16. The mission originated from the spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana at approximately 6:46 p.m. (EST). The TELKOM-2 satellite was deployed into a geosynchronous (GEO) transfer orbit about 34 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.
  • Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Intercepts Challenging Ballistic Missile Target Raytheon 17 Nov 2005 -- A Raytheon Company-produced Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) destroyed a ballistic missile target outside the earth's atmosphere during a Missile Defense Agency / Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean. It was the sixth successful intercept for the Aegis BMD program using the SM-3.
  • Sea Launch Signs with DIRECTV for Launch in 2007 Boeing 15 Nov 2005 -- Sea Launch has signed a firm launch contract with DIRECTV, for a mission scheduled in early 2007. The contract includes an option for an additional launch.
  • SECOND MILSTAR SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN ACHIEVES 10 YEARS IN SERVICE Lockheed Martin 15 Nov 2005 -- The second U.S. Air Force Milstar communications satellite, built by a team led by Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT], has surpassed its 10-year design life of on-orbit service and will continue to provide secure, reliable and robust communications to U.S. and Allied Forces around the globe well into the future.
  • Raytheon Achieves Significant NPOESS Testing Milestone Raytheon 15 Nov 2005 -- Raytheon Company has achieved a significant NPOESS (National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) program milestone by successfully completing its factory acceptance test of the company's Command, Control, and Communications Segment (C3S) under development for NPOESS.
  • Boeing's Missile Defense Systems' Sea-Based X-Band Radar Begins Transport Operation through the Straits of Magellan Boeing 14 Nov 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today teamed with the Missile Defense Agency to begin the transport operation of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) from the Gulf of Mexico via the Straits of Magellan.
  • Orbital Receives Contract For MEASAT-1R Commercial Communications Satellite Orbital Sciences Corp. 14 Nov 2005 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that MEASAT Satellite Systems (MSE: MEASAT) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has signed a contract to purchase one geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite from the company. The satellite, which will be based on Orbital’s industry-leading STARTM satellite platform, will be called MEASAT-1R and will be launched into a Malaysian orbital slot at 91.5 degrees East Longitude over Southeast Asia. The launch of the new spacecraft is scheduled for September 2007.
  • European Rocket Launch Delayed VOA 13 Nov 2005 -- Space officials have delayed the launch of a European Ariane rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites.
  • Engineers Boost Space Station Orbit VOA 10 Nov 2005 -- Russian space engineers say they have boosted the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Russia Launches European Venus Probe RFE/RL 09 Nov 2005 -- A European space probe blasted off today for the planet Venus.
  • Successful launch of the Venus Express satellite, integrated by Alcatel Alenia Space Thales 09 Nov 2005 -- Alcatel Alenia Space applauds the successful launch of the Venus Express satellite designed to explore the Venusian atmosphere. Venus Express was launched today from Baïkonur in Kazakhstan by a Soyuz-fregat rocket. Venus Express is part of European Space Agency's first mission to Earth's nearest planetary neighbor.
  • Sea Launch Delivers Inmarsat-4 Satellite to Orbit Boeing 08 Nov 2005 -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.
  • Boeing to Discuss Space Station Testbed Options at AAS Conference Boeing 08 Nov 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] will be among aerospace industry leaders, scientists and NASA officials gathering next week near the Johnson Space Center to pick up where the Space Exploration Architecture Study (ESAS) left off in explaining the future role of the International Space Station (ISS).
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS SECOND MODERNIZED GPS SATELLITE TO CAPE CANAVERAL FOR JANUARY LAUNCH Lockheed Martin 08 Nov 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has delivered the second modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be readied for a January launch. The company is in the midst of modernizing a total of eight GPS satellites, designated GPS IIR-M, which will provide significantly improved navigation performance for U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.
  • KEY MILESTONE ACHIEVED ON NEXT-GENERATION MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN Lockheed Martin 07 Nov 2005 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that it has successfully completed static loads testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) satellite structure. The test validated the satellite's strength and ability to sustain its launch weight of over 13,000 pounds. Advanced EHF satellites will provide global, highly secure, protected, survivable communications for all warfighters serving under the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Venus Express spacecraft, integrated by Alcatel Alenia Space, ready for launch Thales 07 Nov 2005 -- The Venus Express spacecraft, designed to explore the Venusian atmosphere, will be launched on November 9th, from Baikonur in Kazakhstan. Venus Express, integrated by Alcatel Alenia Space, is part of the European Space Agency's first mission to Earth's nearest neighbor planet. Alcatel Alenia Space, the European reference in space science programs especially after the successful landing of the Huygens probe on Titan earlier this year, is strongly involved in this new program to better understand our Universe.
  • Space Station Crew Conducts Maintenance Spacewalk VOA 07 Nov 2005 -- The two International Space Station crewmen floated outside the complex Monday to perform some maintenance chores and help prepare it for the resumption of assembly when the space shuttle returns to flight.
  • Space Station Crew Prepares for Monday Spacewalk VOA 06 Nov 2005 -- Two International Space Station crewmen will embark on a spacewalk Monday, their first since they took up their duties on the outpost one month ago.
  • Inmarsat-4 Launch Delayed Boeing 05 Nov 2005 -- Today's scheduled launch of the Inmarsat-4 satellite was delayed due to an automated halt in the launch countdown system, prior to fueling. The launch team is currently reviewing the data from this system. On Sunday, the team will assess readiness to resume the countdown for launch on Monday, November 7.
  • United States, Partners Mark Space Station's Fifth Anniversary Washington File 04 Nov 2005 -- The U.S. space agency and its international partners celebrated five full years of human occupancy of the International Space Station November 2.
  • Boeing Wins $10 Million Major Weather Satellite Study Contract Boeing 03 Nov 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] officials announced today a Boeing-led team received a $10-million contract to define the next-generation weather satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • Alcatel applauds ESA's green light for Galileo program financing Thales 03 Nov 2005 -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) applauds the agreement of the European Space Agency's industrial policy and navigation program committees regarding the additional financing of Galileo's first industrial phase.
  • Cutting edge micro-satellite achieves milestones AFPN 03 Nov 2005 -- A 220-pound micro-satellite developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate here recently accomplished significant mission milestones when it rendezvoused with the upper stage of a Minotaur I launch vehicle at distances between 1.5 kilometers and 500 meters.
  • Sea Launch Initiates Countdown for Inmarsat-4 Launch Boeing 02 Nov 2005 -- The Sea Launch team has initiated a 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite on Saturday, November 5, at the opening of a 29-minute launch window, at 6:18:55 am Pacific Time (14:18:55 GMT).
  • Second Inmarsat-4 satellite set for launch on 5 November EADS 02 Nov 2005 -- The second Inmarsat-4 satellite, designed and built by EADS Astrium, Europe’s leading satellite manufacturer, is scheduled for launch on November 5 from a Sea Launch platform in the mid-Pacific. The Inmarsat-4 F2 is the world’s most sophisticated commercial communications satellite.
  • Boeing Adds Germany's LFK to "Alliance Shield" Team Competing for NATO Missile Defense Contract Boeing 01 Nov 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced Germany's LENKFLUGKORPERSYSTEME GmbH (LFK) has joined the trans-Atlantic "Alliance Shield" team competing for NATO's upcoming Theater Missile Defense systems engineering and integration support contract.

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