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March 2010 Space News

  • India plans to launch 10 satellites annually - space chief RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2010 -- India is planning to launch an average of 10 satellites per year to meet the demand for various space applications, an Indian news agency said citing a top space official.
  • Russia may supply Soviet-era engines for U.S. space rockets RIA Novosti 31 Mar 2010 -- Russia could soon sign a contract with a U.S. space company on the delivery of Soviet-era rocket boosters in support of the development of the Taurus II space launch vehicle, a Russian newspaper said on Wednesday.
  • Sentinel-2B: Astrium wins new contract worth €105 million EADS 31 Mar 2010 -- European space leader Astrium has notched up another success in the field of Earth observation satellite construction. The company has been commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA) to build the Sentinel-2B optical satellite, the next flight unit in the Sentinel series. The two parties signed the industrial contract, worth €105 million, today. Following on from the Sentinel-2A contract that was signed in spring 2008, this latest show of confidence brings the total revenue generated for Astrium by the Sentinel-2 programme to approximately €323 million.
  • Canada to build bases for space tourism rocket launches RIA Novosti 30 Mar 2010 -- Canadian Space Agency is planning to build two bases for launching rockets carrying space tourists, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said citing the information agency Canadian Press.
  • U.S. missile shield plans to get no advantage from new treaty - Lavrov RIA Novosti 28 Mar 2010 -- The new Russian-U.S. strategic arms reduction treaty to be signed soon, contains no clauses making it easier for the U.S. to build a missile shield posing a threat to Russia, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
  • Sofia hails NATO 'security roof' plan RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2010 -- Building a missile defense shield to cover all European countries, including Russia, would help restore confidence in NATO, the Bulgarian foreign minister said on Saturday.
  • NATO head calls for greater cooperation with Russia on missile defense RIA Novosti 27 Mar 2010 -- The NATO chief called on Saturday for a new Euro-Atlantic security architecture, "one security roof," in which Russia should be a full-fledged partner.
  • Missile Defense Controversy Remains After START Accord VOA 26 Mar 2010 -- Friday's announcement of a new U.S.-Russia strategic arms reduction treaty was achieved partly because the negotiators agreed to separate the issue from the controversy over the U.S. missile defense program. Russia has strongly opposed the program, but U.S. officials say missile defense has become an integral part of security for the United States and its allies, and they predict significant advances during the next two years.
  • Russia to boost share in global space market RIA Novosti 26 Mar 2010 -- Russia wants to increase its share in the global space market by building a new space center, the head of Russia's Energia space corporation said on Friday.
  • Air Force officials continue plans to modernize GPS AFNS 25 Mar 2010 -- Through the years, the Global Positioning System has become one of the most widely-used Air Force applications.
  • Lockheed Martin and ATK Announce 2nd Generation Athena Launch Vehicles Lockheed Martin 25 Mar 2010 -- Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) and Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK), have entered into a strategic teaming agreement to offer launch services utilizing upgraded and modernized Athena rockets. These vehicles, based on the flight-proven Athena I and II, are designed to provide reliable access to space for small payloads to a wide range of orbits. Lockheed Martin will provide mission management, payload integration, and launch operations, and ATK will provide integrated vehicle propulsion, launch vehicle structures, booster integration and launch site operations.
  • Eurocopter and Funkwerk Avionics perform the first helicopter test flight in Galileo test bed GATE EADS 24 Mar 2010 -- The test flight was one of three demonstration campaigns as part of the European research project MAGES. MAGES stands for Mature Applications of Galileo for Emergency Services and is a project funded by the Galileo Supervisory Authority (GSA), which aims to demonstrate the benefits of EGNOS and Galileo for emergency services.
  • Pentagon Looks to ’Phase In’ Missile Defense AFPS 23 Mar 2010 -- Based on the Pentagon’s September 2009 review of U.S. ballistic missile defenses, military officials want to harness technology for a more flexible and adaptive defense architecture, the principle deputy defense undersecretary for policy said.
  • Cold War Finale Made Missile Defense Possible AFPS 23 Mar 2010 -- The end of the Cold War made effective missile defense possible, Ashton Carter, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said here yesterday.
  • ISS orbit to be raised by 1.7 km - Mission Control RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2010 -- The orbital altitude of the International Space Station (ISS) will be boosted by 1.7 kilometers (about a mile) on March 24, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control said on Tuesday.
  • Virgin Galactic tourist spacecraft makes maiden test flight RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2010 -- Virgin Galactic, a U.S.-based space tourism company, has announced its commercial six-passenger space vehicle has completed its inaugural captive carry flight.
  • Russia says no arms reduction deal without missile defense clause RIA Novosti 23 Mar 2010 -- Russia insists on the inclusion of U.S. missile defenses in Europe in a new strategic arms reduction treaty between the two countries in order to ensure nuclear parity, Russia's top military commander said.
  • Cartwright Calls for Balance in Missile Defense Construct AFPS 22 Mar 2010 -- Modern missile defense requires the U.S. military to strike a balance between offensive and defensive capabilities to meet today’s changing threat, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
  • Missile Defense Review Confirms Capability’s Necessity AFPS 22 Mar 2010 -- Ballistic missile defense has come out of the world of the controversial and improbable and now is in the realm of the accepted and possible, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said today.
  • Russia orbits U.S. telecoms satellite RIA Novosti 21 Mar 2010 -- A Russian carrier rocket put a U.S. telecommunications satellite into orbit on Sunday morning, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said.
  • Russia launches Proton-M rocket with U.S. telecoms satellite RIA Novosti 20 Mar 2010 -- A Proton-M carrier rocket with the U.S. telecommunications satellite Echostar 14 was launched on Saturday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos said.
  • ATK Successfully Tests Attitude Control Motor for Orion Launch Abort System: The Next Step in Creating Unmatched Crew Safety for Future Human Space Flight ATK 19 Mar 2010 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) announced that it successfully completed the second of two ground tests of a full-scale attitude control motor (ACM) for the launch abort system (LAS) of NASA's Orion crew exploration vehicle. The second test was conducted on March 17, and evaluated environment extremes and ignition system robustness in addition to confirming the motor performance. The test was conducted at ATK's facility in Elkton, Maryland, where the first successful test was conducted on December 15, 2009.
  • ESA selects Thales Alenia Space and OHB proposal for Third-Generation Meteosat satellites Thales 19 Mar 2010 -- Thales Alenia Space has been chosen by the European Space Agency to enter into exclusive negotiations concerning the proposal for Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites, on behalf of Eumetsat, the European meteorological satellite organisation. Thales Alenia Space France, as prime contractor, submitted a proposal in conjunction with German manufacturer OHB that satisfied all criteria set by ESA.
  • Russia to resume space tourist program in 2-3 years RIA Novosti 19 Mar 2010 -- Space tourists will be able again to fly on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the international orbital station in two to three years, Russia's top space official said on Friday.
  • US Space Shuttle Program Nears End of its Voyage VOA 18 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. space shuttle program comes to an end this year, and a debate is underway over what should replace it. The retirement of the shuttle fleet could result in massive job losses in Florida.
  • Astrium delivers two communications satellites and the 50th Ariane 5 launcher for the first European launch of 2010 EADS 18 Mar 2010 -- Astrium has delivered the 50th flight-ready Ariane 5 launch vehicle to Arianespace together with two communications satellites – ASTRA 3B for SES Astra and COMSATBw-2 for the German Armed Forces.
  • Eighteen Months of Preparation Lead to Alaskan Missile Test Army News 18 Mar 2010 -- When you live in or visit Alaska, you become aware of the vast amount of land in the state - 54 million acres - much of which is undeveloped pristine wilderness.
  • Russia could build extra Soyuz capsule for space tours RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2010 -- An additional Soyuz capsule could be built especially for commercial space tourists, the head of Russia's Energia space corporation said on Thursday.
  • Two astronauts successfully return to Earth from ISS RIA Novosti 18 Mar 2010 -- A Soyuz-TMA-16 space capsule carrying two astronauts returning from the International Space Station (ISS) successfully landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
  • Raytheon Awarded $12 Million for Patriot Missile Field Surveillance Program Raytheon 17 Mar 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded $11.9 million to provide material and technical services in support of the Patriot Missile Field Surveillance program.
  • Raytheon Missile Systems Establishes Air and Missile Defense Systems Product Line Raytheon 17 Mar 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Missile Systems business has established a missile defense product line. Already a world leader in missile defense, the company's new Air and Missile Defense Systems product line will create even greater alignment with its Missile Defense Agency customer.
  • Boeing Announces New Names for Boeing 702 Satellite Series Boeing 16 Mar 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that it will begin marketing the Boeing 702 satellite under two names: the Boeing 702HP for the high-power version, and the Boeing 702MP for the medium-power version.
  • Astrium awarded €1 million study to defend Europe’s satellite navigation systems EADS 16 Mar 2010 -- Astrium GmbH Services has won a €1 million contract with the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Supervisory Authority to undertake a key study, which will define the measures needed to defend Europe’s satellite navigation systems and services against radio interference. PROTECTOR is a European Commission FP-7 programme.
  • Firing near India’s key ISRO facility IRNA 16 Mar 2010 -- Two persons moving around in a suspicious manner near a key Indian Space Research Organization facility on the outskirts of the Bangalore city fired at security personnel in the wee hours Tuesday after which the guards retaliated but the duo escaped.
  • Orbital and Aerojet Complete Main Engine Lifetime Testing for Taurus II Space Launch Vehicle Orbital Sciences Corp. 15 Mar 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) and Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, along with Aerojet’s Russian partner, United Engine Corporation/SNTK, announced today that a series of NK-33 rocket engine tests conducted in Samara, Russia, were successfully completed last week in support of the development of Orbital’s Taurus® II space launch vehicle.
  • Russia, India Boost Ties On Nuclear Energy, Space, Defense RFE/RL 12 Mar 2010 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin oversaw the signing of five pacts with India after meeting in New Delhi with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Indian President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
  • Thales Alenia Space begins the development of Sentinel 1B and 3B environmental satellites Thales 12 Mar 2010 -- Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has started the development of Sentinel 1B and 3B Earth observation satellites in its Italian and French facilities. These contracts have been awarded to Thales Alenia Space in December 2009, worth 270 million euros, by the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme.
  • Russia and India sign major military, nuclear deals RIA Novosti 12 Mar 2010 -- Russia and India signed on Friday a host of high-profile deals during Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's working visit to the country.
  • India, Russia Sign Energy, Defense Deals worth Billions of Dollars VOA 12 Mar 2010 -- A short visit to India by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has allowed New Delhi and Moscow to strengthen their strategic partnership, which has had its ups and downs since the end of the Cold War era.
  • World space agencies confirm serviceability of ISS through 2020 RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- There are no technical constraints to extending the operation of the International Space Station (ISS) until at least 2020, top international space officials said on Thursday.
  • GeoEye Selects Lockheed Martin To Build Next-Generation Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite System Lockheed Martin 11 Mar 2010 -- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, a core business area of the Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT], announced today that it has been selected by GeoEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEOY) to build the company's next-generation, high-resolution Earth imaging satellite system known as GeoEye-2. Financial terms are not being disclosed at this time.
  • U.S. lifts sanctions against Russian space company RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2010 -- The U.S. government has lifted sanctions against the Russian space organization Glavkosmos, the U.S. Federal Register said on Thursday.
  • Arabsat 5A satellite shipped to launch site Thales 10 Mar 2010 -- The first Arabsat 5th generation satellite today left the Astrium facilties in Toulouse and was loaded in Blagnac airport on an Antonov cargo airplane that will transport it to French Guyana in view of an April launch into geostationary orbit.
  • NATO commander backs cooperation with Russia on missile defense RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2010 -- The new U.S. adoptive approach for European missile defense includes the possibility of using a Russian radar system as part of an integrated system, NATO's top military officer has said.
  • ISS Expedition 22 to return to Earth on March 18 RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2010 -- A Soyuz-TMA-16 space capsule carrying two astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled to land in central Kazakhstan on March 18, Russian Mission Control said on Wednesday.
  • Iranian missiles pose no threat to U.S. and Europe - Lavrov RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2010 -- Iran currently has no missiles capable of striking Europe and the U.S., Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
  • Paradigm agrees deal with UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for fourth Skynet 5 satellite EADS 09 Mar 2010 -- Paradigm, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astrium Services, has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to extend and enhance the Skynet 5 private finance initiative (PFI) programme.
  • Raytheon Awarded $152 Million for Patriot Engineering Services Raytheon 09 Mar 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) was awarded a $152.4 million contract modification to provide engineering services for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.
  • China's fourth space center to be completed by 2015 RIA Novosti 09 Mar 2010 -- China's fourth space center, Wenchang, will be put into service between 2014 and 2015, not in 2013 as it was previously announced, the CCTV channel reported on Tuesday.
  • Russia-U.S. arms cuts deal to include missile defense link - Lavrov RIA Novosti 09 Mar 2010 -- A new Russia-U.S. treaty on strategic arms reductions will link offensive and defensive armaments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
  • Boeing Transfers US Portions of International Space Station to NASA Boeing 05 Mar 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today officially turned over the U.S. on-orbit segment of the International Space Station (ISS) to NASA with the signing of government form DD-250 at the conclusion of an Acceptance Review Board meeting in Houston.
  • Boeing's 3rd GOES Satellite Sends 1st Signals From Space Boeing 05 Mar 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received the first on-orbit signals from the third Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) built by Boeing for NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite, GOES-P, is healthy and ready to begin thruster firings to move to its on-orbit test location. GOES-P is a Boeing 601 satellite that will provide enhanced Earth-observation and weather-monitoring services.
  • Orbital To Acquire General Dynamics' Satellite Development and Manufacturing Business Orbital Sciences Corp. 04 Mar 2010 -- Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), one of the world’s leading space technology companies, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the spacecraft development and manufacturing business of General Dynamics Corporation’s (NYSE: GD) subsidiary, GD Advanced Information Systems.
  • Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Helps Boost Weather-Monitor Satellite into Space Pratt & Whitney 04 Mar 2010 -- Two Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne engines helped boost the last in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, designated GOES-P, into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., today to help meteorologists monitor severe weather while improving the daily forecast. It will also provide early warning of solar disturbances that disrupt communications, navigation and power systems on earth.
  • Global Positioning System continues improvement initiative AFNS 04 Mar 2010 -- Building on the January 2010 upgrade to the Global Positioning System ground control segment, Air Force Space Command engineers will be installing another software release primarily designed to support the pending mid-2010 launch of the first GPS IIF space vehicle.
  • China to launch module for future space station in 2011 RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2010 -- China is planning to launch in 2011 a spacecraft equipped with two docking ports to serve as a basis for the country's future space station, the Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.
  • Kazakhstan says Russian Proton launches to continue for now RIA Novosti 03 Mar 2010 -- Kazakhstan has no objection to launches of Russia's Proton carrier rockets from its territory while a new environmentally-friendly launch pad is being put into operation, the head of the Kazakh space agency said on Wednesday.
  • 3rd Boeing-Built WGS Satellite Passes On-Orbit Tests; Air Force Accepts Control of Spacecraft Boeing 02 Mar 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today that the U.S. Air Force accepted control of the third Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) military communications satellite on March 1, after the spacecraft passed several weeks of rigorous on-orbit tests.
  • Space Shuttle’s Final Flight Tank Spliced Together Lockheed Martin 02 Mar 2010 -- The Space Shuttle Program’s final flight tank – designated External Tank-138 – has completed a critical production milestone at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) builds the External Tanks in New Orleans where its engineers and technicians mechanically spliced ET-138’s liquid oxygen (LO2)/intertank to the liquid hydrogen (LH2) tank, thus producing “a whole tank” for the first time in the production process.
  • James Webb Space Telescope's First Primary Mirror Segment Meets Full Flight Specifications, Sets Program Landmark Northrop Grumman 02 Mar 2010 -- The James Webb Space Telescope reached a mission-readiness landmark today when its first primary mirror segment was cryo-polished to its required prescription as measured at operational cryogenic temperatures. This achievement sets the stage for a successful polishing process for the remaining 18 flight mirror segments. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is leading Webb's design and development effort for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • France to pay Russia $1 billion for 14 Soyuz carrier rockets RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2010 -- France has put aside some $1 billion to buy 14 Soyuz carrier rockets from Russia, French satellite launch firm Arianespace CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall said Tuesday.
  • Russian spacecraft successfully orbits 3 Glonass satellites RIA Novosti 02 Mar 2010 -- A Proton-M carrier rocket has successfully orbited three Glonass satellites, a spokesman for the Space Forces said on Tuesday.
  • Lockheed Martin Orion Team Fabricates World’s Largest Heat Shield Structure Lockheed Martin 01 Mar 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led team developing the Orion crew exploration vehicle achieved a major technology milestone by completing fabrication of the world’s largest heat shield structure. The shield is five meters (16.4 feet) in diameter and is critical to the protection of the spacecraft and its crew from the extreme temperatures experienced during re-entry. The work was completed at Lockheed Martin’s composite development facility in Denver, Colo.
  • Lockheed Martin Solar X-Ray Imager To Be Launched On NOAA GOES-P Spacecraft Lockheed Martin 01 Mar 2010 -- The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument, designed and built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] at its Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) is ready for flight.



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