March 2009 Space News
- NAVCOM TECHNOLOGY INC Partners With Astrium Services EADS 31 Mar 2009 -- NavCom Technology Inc a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, and Astrium Services, part of Astrium have formed a strategic partnership to deliver precise positioning solutions throughout Europe.
- KCNA Blasts Japan's Anti-DPRK Ruckus KCNA 31 Mar 2009 -- Forces hostile to the DPRK reckless in moves to deter the DPRK's projected launch of an experimental satellite for peaceful purposes.
- Mars-500 flight simulation experiment starts in Moscow RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2009 -- A 105-day experiment to simulate a flight to Mars started on Tuesday at the Institute of Medical and Biological Studies in Moscow.
- BAE SYSTEMS 500th SPACE COMPUTER TAKES FLIGHT ABOARD NASA KEPLER SPACECRAFT BAE Systems 30 Mar 2009 -- BAE Systems' 500th radiation-hardened space computer has taken flight on a NASA mission to find habitable planets in the Milky Way
- Lockheed Martin GPS III Team Maintains Schedule Performance, Achieving Key Milestones In Preliminary Design Review Phase Lockheed Martin 30 Mar 2009 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force's next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) spacecraft, known as GPS III, continues to meet or exceed key milestones on schedule in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase of the program.
- Lockheed Martin Establishes New Space Vehicle Integration Laboratory Lockheed Martin 30 Mar 2009 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] announced today that it has established a new Space Vehicle Integration Laboratory (SVIL) to enable a more efficient and reliable process for space vehicle component and flight software integration.
- Raytheon Submits Final Proposal for U.S. Air Force Global Broadcast Service Transition Contract Raytheon 30 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company , the 11-year Global Broadcast Service solution provider, has submitted its final proposal for the U.S. Air Force GBS Satellite Broadcast Manager Defense Enterprise Computing Center Transition contract.
- All Eyes on Japan as North Korea Prepares for Missile Launch VOA 30 Mar 2009 -- Leaders in S Korea and the United States have all but dismissed the use of military means to interfere with N Korea's rocket launch.
- China says no plans to shoot down N.Korean rocket RIA Novosti 30 Mar 2009 -- China has no plans for special operations against North Korea's upcoming rocket launch.
- 'Space as a contested environment' debuts AFNS 30 Mar 2009 -- A new special area of emphasis titled "Space as a Contested Environment," was introduced by US military officials.
- NASA Showcases Orion Spacecraft in Washington VOA 30 Mar 2009 -- The American public is getting its first look at the new Orion spacecraft that will be taking humans back to the surface of the moon by 2020.
- Russia's Soyuz spacecraft docks with ISS RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2009 -- Russia's Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft carrying the 19th Expedition and space tourist Charles Simonyi docked Saturday with the International Space Station (ISS), a RIA Novosti correspondent said.
- Space Shuttle Discovery Lands in Florida VOA 28 Mar 2009 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery landed Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending a 13 day mission to the International Space Station.
- NASA's Orion Capsule Built and Tested at NSWC Carderock Navy NewsStand 27 Mar 2009 -- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Carderock Division engineers, along with a NASA test and evaluation team are conducting initial Post-Landing Orion Recovery Test(PORT) operations, March 23-27.
- Japan Orders Possible North Korean Rocket Interception VOA 27 Mar 2009 -- Japan's military ready to shoot down the rocket N Korea is planning to launch, if it looks like it will land anywhere on Japanese territory.
- Japanese government approves destruction of N. Korean rocket RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2009 -- Japan's Security Council gave approval to the military to destroy a North Korean rocket.
- Northrop Grumman Completes NPOESS Space Segment Critical Design Audit Northrop Grumman 26 Mar 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) successfully completed the Critical Design Audit of the Space Segment for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).
- Northrop Grumman-Built Cryocooler Operational On Japan's Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite Northrop Grumman 26 Mar 2009 -- A high-reliability heritage flight cryocooler built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is now operational, following its launch aboard Japan's Ibuki, also known as the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite, earlier in February. Ibuki will monitor global warming.
- DPRK's Stand on Satellite Launch for Peaceful Purposes Re-clarified KCNA 26 Mar 2009 -- Sternly warned that if such hostile act is committed it will just mean the UNSC's denial of the September 19 joint statement.
- Amphib Squadron's Deployment Includes Space Ops Navy NewsStand 26 Mar 2009 -- Amphibious Squadron 4 nearing the end of a 7-month deployment to the Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operation.
- New ISS crew heads for orbital station RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2009 -- A Soyuz-FG carrier rocket carrying the 19th Expedition crew to the ISS blasted off from the Baikonur space center.
- New ISS crew to lift off from Baikonur Thursday RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2009 -- The 19th Expedition crew to the ISS will blast off on board a Soyuz carrier rocket on from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
- Russian Spaceship Prepares to Blast Off VOA 26 Mar 2009 -- A cosmonaut, an astronaut and a billionaire are scheduled to travel Thursday to the International Space Station, 350 kilometers above the Earth.
- Scientists Spot Asteroid Crash, Recover Fragments VOA 26 Mar 2009 -- Scientists say that for the first time, they have tracked an asteroid as it crashed on Earth and recovered fragments of it in northern Sudan.
- Raytheon Awarded $29.3 Million Phase 3 Contract for Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Development Program Raytheon 25 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company has been awarded a $23.9 million phase 3 contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to continue work on the agency's Wide Bandgap Semiconductor (WBGS) Development program.
- Czech Government Collapses After Losing No-Confidence Vote VOA 25 Mar 2009 -- Vote came after government was criticized for supporting a controversial American anti-missile defense system.
- Shuttle 'Discovery' Begins Journey Home VOA 25 Mar 2009 -- Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery have undocked from the International Space Station and are heading home.
- ATK Plays Key Role in Successful Delta II Rocket Launch ATK 24 Mar 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems has acquired Eagle Industries, as it expands its position in the domestic and international tactical accessories markets serving military and law enforcement customers. While terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the company expects the acquisition to add more than $80 million to Fiscal Year 2010 revenues, and be slightly accretive to FY10 earnings per share (EPS).
- Boeing Laser System Redeploys Quickly, Then Tracks Targets and Fires Laser Boeing 24 Mar 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has successfully demonstrated its Re-Deployable High-Energy Laser System (RHELS) by quickly relocating the prototype weapon system from its Albuquerque development site to a test range, where it tracked ground and airborne targets and fired at a ground target.
- Seventh Modernized GPS Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Successfully Launched From Cape Canaveral Lockheed Martin 24 Mar 2009 -- A Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT]-built modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, equipped with an innovative payload that will provide an on-orbit demonstration of a third civil signal, was successfully launched today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
- Northrop Grumman Urges Missile Defense Focus On Early Engagement, Strategic Flexibility Northrop Grumman 24 Mar 2009 -- The U.S. government can get the most from valuable missile defense dollars by focusing on early intercept of hostile ballistic missiles through mobile and flexible defenses, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) said Tuesday.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine Boosts Modernized Navigation Satellite into Orbit Pratt & Whitney 24 Mar 2009 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne boosted the seventh modernized NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR military navigation satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today.
- Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry Slams Anti-DPRK Campaign over Its Projected Satellite Launch KCNA 24 Mar 2009 -- DPRK FM slamming the campaign of the US and some of its allied forces to hold in check the DPRK's projected satellite launch.
- N. Korea Warns Against Sanctions, Rocket Launch Interference VOA 24 Mar 2009 -- N Korea warning international community to not interfere with plans to launch satellite into space next month.
- U.S. senator seeks missile cooperation with Russia RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2009 -- Chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee: country must seek close missile defense cooperation with Russia.
- Discovery astronauts complete final spacewalk of ISS mission RIA Novosti 24 Mar 2009 -- Astronauts from the US shuttle Discovery have successfully finished their third and the final spacewalk.
- Nation's Newest Advanced Polar Operational Environmental Satellite Completes On-Orbit Verification Lockheed Martin 23 Mar 2009 -- The NOAA-N Prime spacecraft, the final Polar Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) launched on Feb. 6, 2009, has completed a comprehensive 45-day on-orbit verification period.
- Final Pair of Massive Lockheed Martin Solar Arrays Begin Providing Power to International Space Station Lockheed Martin 23 Mar 2009 -- The fourth and final pair of massive solar arrays, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] at its Space Systems facility in Sunnyvale, have been installed on the International Space Station by the crew of the space shuttle Discovery.
- U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin Team Set to Launch Modernized GPS Satellite With New Demonstration Payload Lockheed Martin 23 Mar 2009 -- A U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team is gearing up to launch a modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite, which includes a demonstration payload that will transmit a new third civil signal, known as L5.
- Lockheed Martin to Offer Operations And Sustainment Capabilities For Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Lockheed Martin 23 Mar 2009 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that it will offer its extensive capabilities to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in the competitive acquisition the agency intends to conduct for future operations and sustainment of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system and associated support facilities.
- Eutelsat awards W3C telecom satellite to Thales Alenia Space Thales 23 Mar 2009 -- Thales Alenia Space announced today the signature of a contract with Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the world's leading satellite operators, to manufacture and deliver Eutelsat's W3C communications satellite.
- Raytheon Awarded $27 Million for Missile Defense Support Raytheon 23 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company has been awarded a $27 million contract by The Boeing Company to support the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program.
- Missile Defense Requires New Focus, Vice Chairman Says AFPS 23 Mar 2009 -- Future of missile defense requires new thinking that will benefit the American taxpayer and allow US to stay ahead of foreign threats.
- Congress Continues Criticism of US Missile Defense System in Europe VOA 23 Mar 2009 -- Key members of Congress: System is untested and would not protect key American interests from an attack by Iran.
- Astronauts Prepare for Space Station Spacewalk VOA 23 Mar 2009 -- Astronauts aboard the ISS preparing for a spacewalk, with a list of tasks that includes fixing an improperly installed cargo platform attachment.
- Discovery astronauts complete 2nd spacewalk of ISS mission RIA Novosti 22 Mar 2009 -- Two U.S. astronauts have finished a 6 1/2 hour spacewalk to install a Global Positioning Satellite antenna on the Japanese Kibo laboratory in efforts to complete the International Space Station, NASA said Sunday.
- Astronauts Complete their Second Space Walk VOA 22 Mar 2009 -- The space walk is one of three that astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery are conducting during their 13-day mission to the station. The job requires astronauts Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba to float outside the station for nearly seven hours.
- North Korea to Close Air Routes for Rocket Launch VOA 21 Mar 2009 -- North Korea announced Saturday it will close two aviation routes through its air space from April 4 through April 8 during a planned rocket launch.
- Astronauts Take Space Walk, Perform Tasks on Space Station VOA 21 Mar 2009 -- The walk, which requires Steven Swanson and Joseph Acaba to float outside the station for nearly seven hours, is one of three that astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery are conducting during their 13-day mission to the station.
- N.Korea to launch rocket on April 4 - Japanese media RIA Novosti 20 Mar 2009 -- North Korea's planned launch of a rocket that it says will deliver a satellite into orbit will take place on April 4.
- New Solar Wings Opened on Space Station VOA 20 Mar 2009 -- The crews of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station unfurled the orbital outpost's new solar wings.
- U.S. astronauts install solar panels on ISS during spacewalk RIA Novosti 20 Mar 2009 -- US astronauts have successfully completed first spacewalk of the current mission to the International Space Station.
- ATK Delivers Final Hardware for Ares I-X Test Flight to Kennedy Space Center ATK 19 Mar 2009 -- The train carrying Alliant Techsystems' four Ares I-X motor segments arrived today at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, bringing together all of the final hardware required for the upcoming test flight this summer.
- Thales's Liberty Multiband Land Mobile Radio Available Under GSA Blanket Purchase Agreement Thales 19 Mar 2009 -- Thales Communications, Inc., a pioneer and global leader in the development, manufacture, and support of multiband, software-defined radio (SDR) equipment, announces its selection as an Industry Partner on the General Services Administration Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Equipment. The purpose of the BPA, which is in support of the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Justice, is to obtain Project 25 (P25)-compliant1 LMR equipment.
- Russia says missile defense deal with U.S. possible RIA Novosti 19 Mar 2009 -- Russian FM spokesman: There is scope for Russia and the United States to reach an agreement on missile defense.
- Iran says first satellite successfully completes mission RIA Novosti 19 Mar 2009 -- Iran's first satellite has successfully completed its scientific mission after more than a month in orbit.
- Astronauts on Spacewalk to Install Space Station Solar Wings VOA 19 Mar 2009 -- Astronauts aboard the SS and US Space Shuttle Discovery are spacewalking to install new solar wings to help power the station.
- ATK Awards $257 Million Contract to United Space Alliance for Ares I and Ares 1-X Programs ATK 18 Mar 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems announced that it awarded United Space Alliance (USA) a $257 Million contract to perform subcontractor support to ATK for the NASA's Ares I and Ares 1-X programs through the Design, Development, Test and Engineering (DDT&E) phase.
- Lockheed Martin’s THAAD System Successfully Achieves First Salvo Mission against A Separating Target Lockheed Martin 18 Mar 2009 -- [THAAD] Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted their sixth successful test in six attempts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system yesterday at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, HI.
- U.S. Navy Certifies Lockheed Martin Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System With “Terminal Phase” Capability Lockheed Martin 18 Mar 2009 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] latest Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) System with flight test-proven terminal intercept capability recently received full certification from the U.S. Navy.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion System Successfully Maneuvers Multiple Missile Defense Interceptors to Destroy Ballistic Missile Target Pratt & Whitney 18 Mar 2009 -- In the first ever "salvo" firing of a THAAD interceptor, the Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully positioned the interceptor to destroy the incoming test ballistic missile
- Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Radar Successful in Missile Defense Test Raytheon 18 Mar 2009 -- The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) radar built by Raytheon Company performed successfully in the latest integrated flight test conducted by the Missile Defense Agency and THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator Lockheed Martin.
- Astronauts Start Key Tasks at International Space Station VOA 18 Mar 2009 -- Crews of the US space shuttle Discovery and the International Space Station have begun 8 days of joint operations.
- NASA's Discovery shuttle successfully docks with ISS RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2009 -- US space shuttle Discovery successfully docked with the International Space Station bringing a new crewmember to the orbiter.
- Space Shuttle Discovery Docks With International Space Station VOA 18 Mar 2009 -- US space shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station to deliver solar wings to boost power on the outpost.
- ESA to orbit three satellites with Russian rockets in 2009 RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2009 -- The European Space Agency plans to orbit 3 research satellites in 2009 using Russian carrier rockets.
- No cut in Russian 2009 space spending, $2.4 bln on 3 programs RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2009 -- There will be no cuts in spending for the Russian space industry in 2009.
- Russia to test launch Angara carrier rocket in 2011 RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2009 -- Russia's new Angara carrier rocket will start test flights in 2011, the rocket's developer said on Wednesday.
- Newly discovered asteroid to fly past Earth RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2009 -- A newly discovered asteroid will fly past Earth at little more than twice the altitude of a geosynchronous telecom satellite.
- Astrium-built GOCE platform now surfs for climate research EADS 17 Mar 2009 -- The gravitational field ?surfer’ GOCE (Gravity-Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer), built under prime contractorship Thales Alenia Space, has been successfully launched into space from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia.
- Japan's Reckless Military Moves Criticized KCNA 17 Mar 2009 -- The Japanese Ministry of Defense on March 3 decided to dispatch Aegis loaded with SM-3 to the East Sea of Korea allegedly to cope with "threat".
- NASA: No Danger to ISS from Space Junk VOA 17 Mar 2009 -- NASA has given all-clear to the International Space Station crew, telling the astronauts they will not need to steer away from orbiting piece of junk.
- Russia launches carrier rocket bearing European GOCE satellite RIA Novosti 17 Mar 2009 -- Russia has successfully launched a Rockot carrier rocket bearing Europe's first GOCE satellite.
- Successful launch for ESA's GOCE satellite built by Thales Alenia Space Thales 17 Mar 2009 -- The GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer) satellite was successfully launched today from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Northern Russia. Developed and integrated by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency (ESA), GOCE is the most sophisticated mission ever to investigate the Earth's gravitational field and to map the reference shape of our planet - the geoid - with unprecedented resolution and accuracy. It will also provide invaluable insight to better understand our climate and ocean circulation.
- Rescue Airmen support shuttle launch AFNS 17 Mar 2009 -- Airmen from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., supported the successful launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery March 16 from Kennedy Space Center.
- Hamilton Sundstrand equipment playing key role in STS-119 mission Hamilton Sundstrand 16 Mar 2009-- Hamilton Sundstrand equipment is playing a key role in NASA's STS-119 mission to the International Space Station
- James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Passes Preliminary Design Review, Moves Into Detailed Design Phase Northrop Grumman 16 Mar 2009 -- NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) took a step forward as the sunshield's membrane management subsystem, built by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), passed a preliminary design audit.
- Russia set to orbit European GOCE satellite RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2009 -- Russia will launch on Monday a Rockot carrier rocket bearing Europe's first GOCE satellite, an official from the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
- NASA launches shuttle Discovery to ISS after month of delays RIA Novosti 16 Mar 2009 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) early on Monday after numerous delays due to technical issues, NASA said.
- ATK's 100th Flight Set of Solid Rocket Motors Launches NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery ATK 15 Mar 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems' Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) passed a major milestone as they successfully powered NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew during this evening's launch.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne’s Space Shuttle Main Engines Boost Solar Panels to Enable Expanded Space Station Crew Pratt & Whitney 15 Mar 2009 -- Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) successfully boosted the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station onboard Space Shuttle Discovery today.
- Shuttle Discovery Launches on Space Station Mission VOA 15 Mar 2009 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery has launched on a mission to deliver new components to the International Space Station.
- Japan says 'ready to shoot down N. Korean long-range missile' RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2009 -- Japan is ready to intercept a North Korean rocket if it appears to threaten the country's security.
- Boeing and US Army Collaborate on Space and Missile Defense Research Boeing 12 Mar 2009 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) have launched a joint research-and-development effort to coordinate and fuse multiple types of sensor data in a secure environment for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and space situational awareness concept exploration.
- USASMDC/ARSTRAT and Boeing Collaborate on Space and Missile Defense Research Army News 12 Mar 2009 -- The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) and The Boeing Company have initiated a joint research-and-development effort to manipulate and fuse multiple types of sensor data in a secure environment for Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) and space situational awareness concept exploration.
- US Seeks to 'Head Off' North Korean Missile Test VOA 12 Mar 2009 -- US State Department: US working to dissuade North Korea from going ahead with its plan to launch a satellite next month.
- ICAO Official Advised of DPRK Plans for Rocket Launch ICAO 12 Mar 2009
- Information on the Launch of an Experimental Communications Satellite 'Kwangmyongsong No.2' IMO 12 Mar 2009
- North Korea Notifies World Agencies of Satellite Launch Plan VOA 12 Mar 2009 -- North Korea has told international agencies it will conduct its planned launch of what Pyongyang says is a satellite in early April.
- KCNA Report on DPRK's Accession to International Space Treaty and Convention KCNA 12 Mar 2009 -- The KCNA made public a report today that the DPRK acceded to the international treaty and convention on space.
- N.Korea joins space treaty, convention - Russian ministry source RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2009 -- North Korea has informed Russia that it has signed up to an international treaty and convention on space.
- Discovery liftoff no earlier than Sunday RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2009 -- The launch of space shuttle Discovery will not be possible before Sunday, as work continues to solve a fuel leak problem.
- ISS partners rule out turning life on orbiter into reality show RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2009 -- Roscosmos and NASA decided not to pursue a US-initiated idea to make life on the International Space Station a reality show.
- Growing threat of ballistic missiles drives agency's efforts Army News 11 Mar 2009 -- The growing threat of ballistic missile proliferation around the world is a concern not only of military leaders.
- Thales Alenia Space to cooperate with JSC-ISS of Russia for Telkom-3 satellite Thales 11 Mar 2009 -- Thales Alenia Space announces a contract with JSC "ISS - Reshetnev Company" (formerly NPO-PM) to supply the Telkom-3 communications satellite payload. ISS, prime contractor, is building the satellite for Indonesian operator PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk, the largest full information and communications (InfoCom) service and network provider in Indonesia.
- US Shuttle Poised for Another Mission VOA 11 Mar 2009 -- The US space shuttle Discovery is preparing for lift-off Wednesday on a mission to boost the power supply of the International Space Station.
- ISS astronauts successfully complete spacewalk ahead of schedule RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2009 -- US astronaut Fincke and Russian cosmonaut Lonchakov successfully completed spacewalk ahead of schedule.
- ATK and NASA Conduct Successful Ground Test of Ares I Igniter ATK 10 Mar 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems successfully conducted the first test firing of the igniter that will be used on NASA's Ares I first stage. Today's test at ATK's Promontory, Utah facility generated a flame almost 200 feet in length.
- Raytheon Awarded $128 Million for Patriot Engineering Services Raytheon 10 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company has been awarded a $128.1 million U.S. Army contract for engineering services for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.
- Raytheon Completes Ground Segment Test for the Air Force Weather Agency Raytheon 10 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company , Northrop Grumman Corp. and the NPOESS (National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System) Integrated Program Office recently deployed and successfully demonstrated the ground segment's interface data processing segment to the Air Force Weather Agency at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
- Medvedev to talk nonproliferation, ties at talks with Obama RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2009 -- Russia's president: Would discuss all issues on bilateral agenda, including nonproliferation, with US president when they meet.
- US, Russian Space Station Crew Members Begin Spacewalk VOA 10 Mar 2009 -- Two crew members aboard the ISS have floated outside the orbiting outpost to set up a series of bioexperiments.
- Rescue unit to support space shuttle launch AFNS 10 Mar 2009 -- Members of the 943rd Rescue Group deployed to Patrick Air Force Base to support the upcoming Space Shuttle Discovery launch mission.
- ATK Propulsion and Composite Technologies Key to Successful Delta II Launch ATK 09 Mar 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems played a key role in the successful launch of United Launch Alliance's Delta II rocket today from Space Launch Complex 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., carrying the Kepler satellite for NASA.
- Boeing Hardware to Bring International Space Station to Full Potential Boeing 09 Mar 2009 -- Space Shuttle Discovery is preparing to deliver the Starboard 6 (S6) truss segment built by Boeing [NYSE: BA] -- along with the segment's solar array wings and batteries -- to the International Space Station (ISS) later this week.
- Lockheed Martin GPS III Team Progressing On-Schedule In Preliminary Design Review Stage Lockheed Martin 09 Mar 2009 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) spacecraft, known as GPS III, is progressing on-schedule, achieving key milestones in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase with the U.S. Air Force.
- Russian FM Lavrov against arms race in space, wants efforts united RIA Novosti 07 Mar 2009 -- Russia's foreign minister said Saturday that an arms race in outer space is inadmissible and called on other world powers to unite efforts in countering missile threats.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Engine Launches Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Pratt & Whitney 07 Mar 2009 -- In the first planet-hunting mission of its kind, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne boosted NASA's Kepler spacecraft into orbit to help scientists in their quest to find Earth-like planets circling distant suns in the Milky Way galaxy
- U.S. Maintains Commitment to South Korean Security AFPS 06 Mar 2009 -- US will provide S Korea missile defense against a “very real threat” from North Korea.
- Space Telescope to Probe for Earth-Like Planets VOA 06 Mar 2009 -- NASA set to launch into orbit a space telescope that will probe the skies for planets similar to the Earth.
- Russia ready to discuss U.S. missile proposals RIA Novosti 06 Mar 2009 -- Russia ready to discuss revised US proposals for missile shield in Europe, as well as ways of dealing with other global problems.
- India successfully tests indigenous interceptor missile IRNA 06 Mar 2009 -- India successfully tested an indigenous interceptor missile that destroyed an incoming "enemy" ballistic missile at an altitude of 80 km.
- Raytheon Awarded $11 Million Option for Patriot Missile Facilities Raytheon 05 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company has been awarded $11.4 million to support Patriot missile facilities during 2009.
- NASA moves up shuttle Discovery launch to March 11 RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2009 -- NASA has tentatively moved the launch date of shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station to March 11.
- Boeing Ships Next-Generation Weather Satellite GOES-O to Launch Site Boeing 04 Mar 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and NASA announced today that the second of three next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) has shipped from Boeing's satellite manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will undergo final preparations for launch this spring.
- Boeing CubeSat Completes 10,000th Orbit, Advances NanoSat Technologies Boeing 04 Mar 2009 -- The Boeing [NYSE: BA] demonstration picosatellite CubeSat TestBed 1 (CSTB1) today surpassed 10,000 Earth orbits since its launch on April 17, 2007.
- Northrop Grumman Selected by AFRL to Develop Wireless Spacecraft Technology Northrop Grumman 03 Mar 2009 -- Radios are wireless. Telephones are wireless. Computers are wireless. And in the next step forward in space systems, satellite equipment could become wireless too.
- U.S. Committed to European Missile Defense, Gates Says AFPS 03 Mar 2009 -- If Iranian missile programs would cease production, US would not need missile defense capabilities in Eastern Europe.
- Tokyo Prepares Long-Range Missile Test to Counter North Korean Missile Test VOA 03 Mar 2009 -- DPRK believed to be preparing long-range missile test-fire, and Japanese media reports Tokyo preparing counter.
- Medvedev denies Iran-missile shield tradeoff with U.S. RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2009 -- Russia's president denied media reports claiming that Washington had pledged to drop missile shield plans if Moscow helped resolve Iran's nuclear program.
- Obama: There is No Offer to Russia on Missile Defense and Iran VOA 03 Mar 2009 -- US President Obama: Halting the nuclear threat from Iran would reduce the need for planned missile shield.
- Obama Says No 'Quid Pro Quo' with Russia on Missile Defense VOA 03 Mar 2009 -- President Barack Obama says reducing Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons reduces the need for a missile shield in Europe.
- U.S. Offers To Abandon Missile-Defense Plans RFE/RL 03 Mar 2009 -- President Obama to Russian President Medvedev: Missile-defense system unnecessary if Moscow helps curb Iran's nuclear program.
- Obama Offers Russia Secret Missile Defense Deal VOA 03 Mar 2009 -- US news reporting senior US administration officials: President Obama offered Russia deal involving plan to deploy defense system.
- Russia ready to drop Iskander plans if U.S. scraps missile shield RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2009 -- Russia would not place missiles on EU's doorstep if Washington abandoned plans to deploy missile defenses.
- Russian general says U.S. may have planned satellite collision RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2009 -- Russian military expert: Colllision between satellites may have been test of new US technology.
- SA to launch Sumbandila Satellite IRNA 03 Mar 2009 -- Date for launching SumbandilaSat science satellite has been set for March 25 by South Africa's Department of Science and Technology.
- ATK and NASA Team Complete Successful Ares I Parachute Drop Test ATK 02 Mar 2009 -- Alliant Techsystems , the prime contractor for the first stage of the Ares I launch vehicle, along with NASA, the U.S. Army, and the United Space Alliance (USA), successfully conducted the second in a series of four Ares I drogue parachute drop tests.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers Payload Module Ahead of Schedule for Third Advanced EHF Military Communications Satellite Northrop Grumman 02 Mar 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) delivered the payload module for the third Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military communications satellite on Feb. 27, marking three consecutive early deliveries by the company for the sophisticated flight hardware and software.
- Raytheon Completes Testing of Advanced Missile Warning Sensor Raytheon 02 Mar 2009 -- Raytheon Company has completed performance testing of an infrared missile warning sensor that monitors an entire hemisphere from a single telescope.
- Obama 'ready to drop shield plans for Russian help on Iran' RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2009 -- Washington has told Moscow that Russian help in resolving Iran's nuclear program would make its missile shield plans for Europe unnecessary, a Russian daily said on Monday, citing White House sources.
- China's Lunar Probe Lands on Moon VOA 01 Mar 2009 -- China says its first lunar probe has landed on the moon, marking a significant step forward in its space exploration program.
|Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list|