March 2008 Space News
- Boeing and Orion Propulsion Sign NASA Mentor-Protégé Agreement Boeing 31 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Orion Propulsion Inc. (OPI) have signed a government-sponsored Mentor-Protégé agreement to work together on NASA's Ares I rocket, which will transport astronauts into space after the space shuttle retires.
- U.S. to Push European Missile Defense Plans AFPS 31 Mar 2008 -- The United States will continue to push for a missile defense system in Europe despite resistance from Russia, a top Pentagon official said ahead of President Bush's visit with Russia's top leader this week.
- Boeing Submits GOES R Proposal to NASA Boeing 31 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today said it has submitted a proposal to NASA for the production of two next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, known as the GOES R series, for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- Raytheon's JLENS Completes Critical Milestone Raytheon 31 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) has successfully completed Orbit preliminary design review (PDR), a key milestone in the U.S. Army program that will provide a critical cruise missile defense capability for our nation's protectors.
- New ISS crew to conduct 47 experiments at space station RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2008 -- Members of the 17th International Space Station (ISS) expedition will conduct up to 47 scientific experiments during their stay on board the orbital station, Russia's Federal Space Agency said Monday.
- Zenit rocket to orbit Israeli satellite in late April RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2008 -- The launch of a modified Zenit rocket to put an Israeli communications satellite into orbit has been scheduled for April 24, Russia's Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Monday.
- Researchers explore materials degradation in space AFPN 28 Mar 2008 -- When Space Shuttle Endeavor launched March 11, more than 1,000 new materials were onboard to be tested as a part of the sixth Materials International Space Station Experiment, or MISSE-6.
- Successful fourth launch for SAR-Lupe observation satellite, with SAR sensor electronics units Thales 28 Mar 2008 -- Thales Alenia Space welcomed the successful launch of the fourth SAR-Lupe satellite. This satellite will join the current SAR-Lupe satellite constellation, which is providing high-resolution images to the German Ministry of Defence. The satellite was boosted into orbit yesterday from the Plesetsk space centre by a Russian Cosmos-3M rocket.
- Raytheon Completes System Requirements Review for the Next GPS Control Segment Raytheon 28 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed the System Requirements Review (SRR) for the U.S. Air Force on the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) Control Segment (OCX).
- U.S., Russia fail to overcome missile shield differences RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2008 -- The United States and Russia made some progress on a strategic framework agreement, but failed to settle differences on the disputed missile defense plans for Europe during two days of talks in Washington.
- Vandenberg lieutenant has special tie to Endeavour mission AFPN 27 Mar 2008 -- The crew of the recent Space Shuttle Endeavour traveled with a unique payload designed in part by a lieutenant assigned to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
- Star's Dust Shows Signs of Possible Planet Formation VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Astronomers have captured an image that suggests evidence of a planet in the early stages of formation
- Hamilton Sundstrand space suit performs flawlessly during STS-123 mission Hamilton Sundstrand 27 Mar 2008 -- The Hamilton Sundstrand space suit performed flawlessly during more and longer space walks than ever before in International Space Station history. The space walks (EVAs) occurred throughout the 16-day STS-123 mission to the International Space Station, during which the suit facilitated five EVAs totaling more than 30 hours.
- Orbital Selected by U.S. Air Force to Participate in $250 Million Missile Contract Orbital Sciences Corp. 27 Mar 2008 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center recently awarded the company a seven-year task order contract to provide target vehicles and related support for the Sounding Rockets Program-3 (SRP-3).
- Lavrov: Russia Still Opposes NATO Expansion, US Missile Defense Plans VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- Russia's foreign minister again has expressed opposition to NATO expansion and U.S. plans for a missile defense system in central Europe.
- Raytheon Receives $22.9 Million to Develop Initial Concurrent Test, Training and Operations Capability Raytheon 27 Mar 2008 -- The Missile Defense Agency has awarded a $22.9 million contract modification to Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to develop an initial Concurrent Test, Training and Operations (CTTO) capability and integrate it with the Missile Defense System Exerciser.
- Putin, Bush to discuss missile defense, CFE in Bucharest, Sochi RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- The Russian and U.S. leaders will discuss European missile shield plans and the CFE arms reduction treaty when they meet in Romania and Sochi next month, the Russian foreign minister said on Thursday.
- Boeing Targets Small Businesses for NASA Work Boeing 27 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] hosted a small-business supplier forum March 19 in Houston that attracted more than 75 companies interested in working together to compete for NASA's Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC).
- Endeavour shuttle returns from mission to ISS RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2008 -- U.S. space shuttle Endeavour touched down in Florida after a 16-day trip to deliver part of a Japanese research lab and a Canadian robot to the International Space Station.
- Shuttle Lands After Record Space Station Mission VOA 27 Mar 2008 -- The Endeavour has landed, after completing the longest space shuttle mission to the International Space Station
- ATK and Ad Astra Rocket Company Sign Technology Development Alliance ATK 26 Mar 2008 -- On March 17, Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) and the Ad Astra Rocket Company of Houston, Texas signed and executed a Technology Development Alliance designed to strengthen the market presence of the two companies and explore future in-space propulsion systems for lunar and planetary missions.
- SAIC Delivers Infrared Sensor for Risk Reduction - Alternative Infrared Satellite System L-3 Communications 26 Mar 2008 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it has delivered its infrared sensor for the Risk Reduction - Alternative Infrared Satellite System (RR-AIRSS) program ahead of schedule.
- Raytheon Receives $56.9 Million Contract Extension From NASA Raytheon 26 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC (RTSC), a subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), has received a $56.9 million sole source contract extension to support facilities and operations for astronaut training at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Sonny Carter Training Facility in Houston.
- Poland may agree to Russian missile checks on reciprocal basis RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2008 -- Poland will only agree to temporary inspections by Russian military personnel of U.S. missile bases on its soil, and only on a reciprocal basis, the Polish defense minister said Wednesday.
- Space Shuttle Endeavour Set for Return to Earth VOA 26 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says the weather forecast is good for Wednesday night's scheduled landing of the space shuttle Endeavour.
- Key NPOESS Instrument, CrIS Atmospheric Sounder, Successfully Completes Vibration Testing; Sensor to Provide Detailed Data to Forecasters Northrop Grumman 25 Mar 2008 -- An advanced atmospheric sounding instrument being built for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) and the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) has successfully completed vibration testing. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is the prime contractor for NPOESS; ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) is the subcontractor responsible for building the sensor.
- India seeks Russia's help in space pilot training RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- India is considering sending one of its citizens into space on board a Russian spacecraft to acquire the skills necessary for future manned space missions, an Indian space source told RIA Novosti.
- U.S.-Czech radar agreement may be signed on May 5 - paper RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- An agreement on the deployment of a U.S. missile defense radar in the Czech Republic may be signed in Prague on May 5, a Czech daily reported on Tuesday.
- Russia, U.S. to discuss missile shield in Washington on March 26 RIA Novosti 25 Mar 2008 -- Russian and U.S. officials will hold a new round of missile defense consultations in Washington on March 26, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said on Tuesday.
- Endeavour shuttle astronauts complete fifth and final spacewalk RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2008 -- Two astronauts from the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour completed their fifth and final spacewalk of the current mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, NASA said on its website.
- Endeavour shuttle astronauts carry out fourth spacewalk - NASA RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2008 -- Two astronauts from the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour completed the fourth spacewalk of the current mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, NASA said on its website.
- Boeing DIRECTV 11 Satellite Receives 1st Signal Following Successful Launch Boeing 20 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received the first on-orbit signals from its DIRECTV 11 satellite, indicating that the satellite is healthy and operating normally. A ground station in Hartebeesthoek, South Africa, reported spacecraft acquisition at 1:44 a.m. Eastern time, as scheduled.
- Northrop Grumman-Designed Sunshield Completes Preliminary Design Review, Moves James Webb Space Telescope Forward Northrop Grumman 20 Mar 2008 -- The tennis court-sized sunshield built by Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has completed its preliminary design review at the company's Redondo Beach facility.
- Upgraded Early Warning Radar in Greenland Completes Construction Phase Raytheon 20 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has completed the construction phase of the Upgraded Early Warning Radar (UEWR) at Thule Air Base, Greenland, signifying the facility's readiness to begin hardware installation and integration.
- Russia to launch another German spy satellite on March 25 RIA Novosti 20 Mar 2008 -- The launch of a Russian carrier rocket with a German SAR-Lupe satellite from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia has been scheduled for March 25, the Khrunichev Center said on Thursday.
- U.S. ready to allow Moscow to monitor missile defense system RIA Novosti 20 Mar 2008 -- The United States has proposed an array of confidence building measures to Russia, in particular allowing Moscow to monitor U.S. missile defense elements in Central Europe, Russia's foreign minister has said.
- Sea Launch successfully orbits U.S. communication satellite RIA Novosti 20 Mar 2008 -- The Sea Launch consortium has successfully launched the U.S. satellite DirecTV 11 from the Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean, the company said on Thursday.
- NEW MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN PROGRESSING IN CRITICAL TEST PHASE Lockheed Martin 19 Mar 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] announced today that the first Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) spacecraft is progressing through a series of key tests that will demonstrate the integrated satellite's readiness to enter the critical environmental test phase in preparation for launch in late 2009.
- Astronomers Discover Life-Giving Molecule In Nearby Solar System VOA 19 Mar 2008 -- For the first time ever, astronomers using the Hubble space telescope have discovered the presence of the organic molecule methane in the atmosphere around a planet outside our solar system
- Russian foreign ministry receives U.S. missile defense proposals RIA Novosti 19 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. has handed Russia new proposals on the planned deployment of a missile defense shield in Central Europe, a Russian deputy foreign minister confirmed Wednesday.
- Russia's Space Agency confirms revised 17th ISS expedition RIA Novosti 19 Mar 2008 -- Russia's Space Agency confirmed on Wednesday the new composition of the main and back-up crews for the 17th International Space Station (ISS) expedition.
- Russia, U.S. fail to reach breakthrough on missile shield RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2008 -- Top officials from Russia and the United States failed on Tuesday to reach an agreement on Washington's controversial missile defense plans for Central Europe, but agreed to continue talks.
- Endeavour astronauts complete 3rd spacewalk RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2008 -- U.S. space shuttle Endeavour astronauts have completed their third spacewalk, preparing a new robot designed for the maintenance of the International Space Station for activation, NASA said on Tuesday.
- Rice: No Deal Yet with Moscow on Missile Defense VOA 18 Mar 2008 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says no agreement has been reached with Russia on U.S. plans to deploy a missile defense system in Central Europe.
- Cape Canaveral Airmen launch Delta II rocket AFPN 17 Mar 2008 -- Air Force officials here successfully launched a United Launch Alliance Delta II booster carrying the sixth modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellite into space at 2:10 a.m. EDT March 15 from Space Launch Complex 17A here.
- Gates, Rice Arrive in Russia to Discuss European Missile Defense AFPS 17 Mar 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice landed here today for two days of talks with their Russian counterparts aimed at gaining ground on key issues that could forge ahead a missile defense plan for all of Europe.
- ATK Propulsion, Composite and Space Technologies Support Successful Launch of GPS Satellite ATK 17 Mar 2008 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) supported today's successful launch of the United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket carrying the U.S. Air Force's sixth modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) navigation satellite built by Lockheed Martin.
- Astrium teaming with Khrunichev to build large Russian communications satellite EADS 17 Mar 2008 -- The Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has selected a team of Khrunichev Space Center and Astrium to build the Express AM4 communications satellite.
- Raytheon to Operate and Sustain X-Band Radars Raytheon 17 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded two task orders worth $28.3 million as part of a Missile Defense Agency indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract to operate and sustain the agency's X-Band radars as part of the Consolidated Contractor Logistics Services program.
- Iran says U.S. missile shield in Turkey would threaten Russia RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry warned on Monday that the United States' alleged plans to deploy missile defense elements in Turkey could pose a threat to Russia's security.
- Russia, EADS Astrium to build high-power satellite RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- Russia's national satellite operator has signed a contract with the Khrunichev State Research and Production Center to build the first Russian high-power spacecraft, the operator said on Monday.
- Sea Launch postpones DirecTV 11 satellite launch RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- The Sea Launch consortium has postponed the launch of U.S. satellite DirecTV 11, scheduled for Monday, for an indefinite period due to technical problems.
- Russian-launched U.S. satellite unlikely to reach target orbit RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2008 -- A U.S. AMC-14 satellite launched from a space center in Kazakhstan on early Saturday is unlikely to reach the designated orbit from its current position, a Russian space expert said on Monday.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Rocket Engine Powers Latest GPS Satellite into Space Pratt & Whitney 17 Mar 2008 -- A new Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite was carried into orbit Saturday by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket powered by a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-27A rocket engine.
- US Seeking Russian Reciprocity on Missile Plan VOA 17 Mar 2008 -- The United States and Russia begin two-day talks in Moscow on Monday aimed at narrowing disagreements over a U.S. proposal to deploy a missile defense system in Central Europe
- 6th Modernized GPS Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin Successfully Launched From Cape Canaveral Lockheed Martin 15 Mar 2008 -- A U.S. Air Force modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II launch vehicle.
- Russia fails to put U.S. satellite into target orbit RIA Novosti 15 Mar 2008 -- Russia failed to put a U.S. AMC-14 telecommunications satellite into its target orbit after a booster rocket malfunctioned during the launch early on Saturday, Russia's Federal Space Agency said.
- Canadian-Built Robot Installed on ISS Gets Electricity VOA 15 Mar 2008 -- The crews of the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station restored critical power to a Canadian-built robot late Friday.
- US, Russia to Hold Talks on Missile Defense VOA 14 Mar 2008 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates are scheduled to meet their Russian counterparts early next week in Moscow to continue their strategic dialog on missile defense and other issues
- Northrop Grumman Wins U.S. Army Missile Interceptor System Prototype Contract Northrop Grumman 14 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is one of two companies awarded a contract by the U.S. Army last month to design and demonstrate a prototype missile interceptor weapon system that will defend warfighters against rocket, artillery, and mortar (RAM) threats.
- Endeavour shuttle astronauts conduct first spacewalk - NASA RIA Novosti 14 Mar 2008 -- Two astronauts from the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour are conducting the first spacewalk of their current mission to the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said on Friday.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, RD AMROSS Power Atlas V's Inaugural Launch from Vandenberg AFB Pratt & Whitney 13 Mar 2008 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) and RD AMROSS, LLC powered the launch of an Atlas V rocket for the first time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., today on a mission to deliver a U.S. National Reconnaissance Office satellite into orbit. PWR is a United Technologies Corp. [NYSE: UTX] company.
- Raytheon Delivers Missile Warning Sensor Prototype Ahead of Schedule Raytheon 13 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has successfully demonstrated a fully integrated, high-performance infrared sensor ahead of schedule for the Risk Reduction Alternative Infrared Satellite Systems program.
- Vandenberg Airmen launch Atlas V rocket AFPN 13 Mar 2008 -- Vandenberg Air Force Base Airmen successfully launched a Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload from Space Launch Complex-3 at 3:01 a.m. Pacific Daily Time March 13 here.
- ATK Composite Technology Supports First Atlas V Launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base ATK 13 Mar 2008 -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) composite technology supported today's successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
- SIXTH MODERNIZED GPS SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN READY FOR LAUNCH FROM CAPE CANAVERAL Lockheed Martin 13 Mar 2008 -- A U.S. Air Force modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is ready for launch aboard a Delta II rocket on March 15 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- Lockheed Martin-Built AMC-14 Satellite Ready For Launch From Baikonur Cosmodrome Lockheed Martin 12 Mar 2008 -- The AMC-14 communications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] for SES AMERICOM, an SES company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG),is ready for launch on March 15 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Proton/Breeze M launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Propel Japanese Laboratory to International Space Station Pratt & Whitney 11 Mar 2008 -- Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines powered the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour from NASA's Kennedy Space Center today on Mission STS-123 to the International Space Station.
- 45th Space Wing Airmen support NASA's successful launch AFPN 11 Mar 2008 -- With support from Airmen with the 45th Space Wing, Space Shuttle Endeavour blasted off safely from Kennedy Space Center March 11 at 2:28 a.m. (EDT), starting NASA's 25th mission to the International Space Station.
- Boeing Supports Contributions by Canada and Japan to the International Space Station Boeing 11 Mar 2008 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] International Space Station (ISS) team performed the complex task of integrating Canada's Dextre robotic device and a segment of Japan's Kibo laboratory ahead of their launch today aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.
- NASA launches Endeavour space shuttle to ISS RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2008 -- U.S. space shuttle Endeavour was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Tuesday to deliver the first part of a Japanese lab and a Canadian-built robot to the International Space Station.
- US Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches with New Lab, Robot VOA 11 Mar 2008 -- Space Shuttle Endeavour has launched on an ambitious mission to deliver a new science laboratory and robotic system to the International Space Station
- LOCKHEED MARTIN SUBMITS PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE GOES-R SPACECRAFT Lockheed Martin 10 Mar 2008 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today submitted its proposal to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design and build the spacecraft for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - Series R (GOES-R), the next generation geostationary environmental satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
- S.Korea switches ISS mission astronauts over alleged violations RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2008 -- South Korea's first astronaut will be a female engineer, following a last-minute swap over allegations that the main candidate broke rules in the Russian training center, Yonhap agency said on Monday.
- Polish PM to Discuss Missile Defense with Bush in Washington VOA 10 Mar 2008 -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will meet with President Bush Monday, in Washington to discuss U.S. plans to build a missile defense system in Poland.
- South Korea Will Send Woman Into Space VOA 10 Mar 2008 -- South Korean officials says they are replacing the male astronaut they intended to send on a space voyage with a woman.
- European cargo spacecraft blasts off for space station RIA Novosti 09 Mar 2008 -- A European carrier rocket took off from French Guiana early on Sunday on a mission to bring supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), a spokesman for Russia's mission control said.
- Russia threatens to aim for US missiles in Poland and Czech Republic with nuke rockets IRNA 08 Mar 2008 -- Russian nuclear rockets will target Poland and the Czech Republic, if those countries allow the deployment of the controversial US missile defense in their land, Russia's Ambassador to NATO Dmitri Rogosin told the weekly Der Spiegel news magazine in a report to be published on Sunday.
- Thales Alenia Space, a major contributor to the ATV Jules Verne vehicle Thales 07 Mar 2008 -- Thales Alenia Space is proud to announce that it has significantly contributed to the development and manufacturing of the European Space Agency's ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle), for the prime contractor Astrium Space Transportation.
- Sea Launch to put U.S. satellite into orbit on March 17 RIA Novosti 07 Mar 2008 -- The launch of a Zenit-3SL carrier rocket with the DirecTV 11 broadcast satellite on board has been scheduled for March 17, a spokesperson for Sea Launch consortium said on Friday.
- Boeing to Host Small-Business Supplier Forum for NASA Work Boeing 06 Mar 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] will host a small-business supplier forum March 19 to attract the best of industry as the company prepares to compete for NASA's Facilities Development and Operations Contract (FDOC).
- Russia to launch U.S. communications satellite on March 15 RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2008 -- A Russian Proton-M rocket will launch a U.S. communication satellite on March 15, the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Thursday.
- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Awards F6 Satellite Program Contract To Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin 05 Mar 2008 -- A team headed by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Company (LMSSC) has received a $5.7 million contract from DARPA to compete in Phase 1 development of their System F6 space technology and demonstration program
- Northrop Grumman Selected for First Phase of DARPA F6 Next-Generation Wireless Satellite Network Northrop Grumman 05 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded the first phase of a four phase advanced research contract to design and build a cluster of wirelessly interconnected free flying spacecraft.
- Air Force Reserve establishes first space wing AFPN 05 Mar 2008 -- Air Force Reserve Command officials are expanding the critical role reservists play in space operations by establishing AFRC's first space wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.
- U.S. Shooting down of Satellite under Fire KCNA 05 Mar 2008 -- The U.S. recently shot down a spy satellite by spending 60 million U.S. dollars, prompted by the worry that in case the satellite falls down on the earth, the secrets contained in it might come into the hands of "enemies."
- Raytheon Receives $115 Million for Patriot Engineering Support Raytheon 05 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a U.S. Army contract modification worth $115 million to provide engineering services in support of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense program, the premier air and missile defense system for the U.S. and its allies.
- China to launch second Olympic satellite in May RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2008 -- China will launch in May a second meteo satellite to ensure more precise weather forecasts during the Beijing Olympic Games set to open on August 8, the Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.
- Boeing Among Industry Teams Selected to Design New DARPA Space System Boeing 04 Mar 2008 -- A team led by Boeing [NYSE: BA] has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to demonstrate initial technologies for a new spacecraft system architecture concept.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Payload Module Ahead of Schedule for Second Advanced EHF Military Communications Satellite Northrop Grumman 04 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) today delivered the payload module for the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite ahead of schedule to the Sunnyvale, Calif., facilities of Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), prime contractor for the Advanced EHF program
- Northrop Grumman Wins $239 Million Air Force Weather Agency Contract Northrop Grumman 03 Mar 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded the U.S. Air Force Weather Agency Systems Engineering, Management and Sustainment (SEMS) II contract to increase effectiveness, reliability, and performance, while reducing total cost of ownership for a variety of classified and unclassified Air Force weather systems.
- South Korea Chooses Raytheon's Patriot for Air and Missile Defense Capability Upgrade Raytheon 03 Mar 2008 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received an initial contract to provide engineering services related to a U.S. government Foreign Military Sale of the Patriot air and missile defense system to South Korea.
- Russian-U.S. venture signs new Proton-M launch deal RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2008 -- Russian-American joint venture International Launch Services (ILS) has signed a contract to launch two U.S. commercial satellites, the Khrunichev State Research and Production Center said on Monday.
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