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August 2005 Top Stories


»» Galileo satellite arrives at ESA-ESTEC for testing

Galileo satellite arrives at ESA-ESTEC for testing [Wednesday, August 3, 2005] One of the two Galileo satellites currently under development, GSTB-V2/A, has arrived at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre to undergo testing.



»» NASA Solicitation: Request for Informaiton/Quest Challenges

NASA Solicitation: Request for Informaiton/Quest Challenges [Wednesday, August 3, 2005] External organizations are sought to support Quest Challenges, the outreach element of Centennial Challenges within the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate of NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.



»» Next-Generation Space Vehicle Tested in Pacific Ocean Drop

Next-Generation Space Vehicle Tested in Pacific Ocean Drop [Thursday, August 4, 2005] A new space vehicle to carry crews to the International Space Station moved closer to realization yesterday when Transformational Space Corporation LLC tested its parachute landing system by dropping a replica into the Pacific Ocean.



»» Boeing Completes Sale of Rocketdyne Propulsion Unit to United Technologies

Boeing Completes Sale of Rocketdyne Propulsion Unit to United Technologies [Thursday, August 4, 2005] The Boeing Company announced today the completion of its sale of its Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power business to United Technologies Corporation, effective August 2.



»» One Small Pizza for Man, One Giant Pizza with Extra Cheese for Mankind; Get the Shuttle Bay Door: It's Domino's

One Small Pizza for Man, One Giant Pizza with Extra Cheese for Mankind; Get the Shuttle Bay Door: It's Domino's [Thursday, August 4, 2005] "The scene aboard the space shuttle Discovery must have been like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. "Houston, we have a problem. Our supply of Domino's Pizza is depleted. I repeat, all Domino's Pizza is gone. Do you copy?"



»» NASA's New Launch Systems May Include the Return of the Space Tug

NASA's New Launch Systems May Include the Return of the Space Tug [Sunday, August 7, 2005] NASA planners are finalizing the configuration for the next generation cargo heavy lift launch vehicles. An integral part of these studies includes upper stages and other hardware needed to move payloads once they are in space.



»» NASA Contracting Opportunities Are Focus of Business Forum in Mobile August 11

NASA Contracting Opportunities Are Focus of Business Forum in Mobile August 11 [Tuesday, August 9, 2005] The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will host a NASA Business Opportunities Forum in Mobile, Ala., Aug. 11. The one-day workshop will feature a discussion of contract opportunities and the Vision for Space Exploration by managers from NASA MSFC.



»» Ariane 5 moves to the launch zone with its heavyweight payload

Ariane 5 moves to the launch zone with its heavyweight payload [Wednesday, August 10, 2005] Preparations for Arianespace's upcoming flight of Ariane 5 with its THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) satellite entered their final phase today as the launcher moved out to the ELA-3 launch zone at the Spaceport in French Guiana.



»» Space Adventures Offers Private Voyage to the Moon

Space Adventures Offers Private Voyage to the Moon [Wednesday, August 10, 2005] First and only company to launch private explorers to space partners with the Russian space agency and RSC Energia to offer an expedition to the lunar far side



»» NASA JSC Presolicitation Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II Call for Improvements

NASA JSC Presolicitation Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II Call for Improvements [Thursday, August 11, 2005] NASA/JSC is conducting a progressive competition to define, design, develop, and produce the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Phase I of this effort was a full and open competition for system requirements definition.



»» Ariane 5 lifts record payload into space

Ariane 5 lifts record payload into space [Thursday, August 11, 2005] This morning an Ariane 5G launcher lifted off from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. On board was the largest telecommunications satellite ever to be placed into geostationary transfer orbit.



»» International Launch Services and Lockheed Martin Launch Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA

International Launch Services and Lockheed Martin Launch Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA [Friday, August 12, 2005] An Atlas V rocket sent a NASA spacecraft on its way to Mars this morning, scoring a double success for International Launch Services (ILS) and its parent company, Lockheed Martin.



»» PanAmSat Launches Satellite to Expand Largest US Cable Television Fleet Providing HDTV, IPTV and VOD Services

PanAmSat Launches Satellite to Expand Largest US Cable Television Fleet Providing HDTV, IPTV and VOD Services [Sunday, August 14, 2005] PanAmSat announced today that its new Galaxy 14 satellite successfully soared into space at 9:08 p.m. ET. Launched into orbit by a Soyuz-Fregat rocket, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Galaxy 14 is the 24th satellite in PanAmSat's fleet.



»» NASA Space Shuttle Internet Interest Reaches New Heights

NASA Space Shuttle Internet Interest Reaches New Heights [Wednesday, August 17, 2005] Interest in NASA's flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery may have generated one of the largest live Web events in the history of the Internet. Tracking records for www.nasa.gov show more than 2.6 million visitors tuned into coverage at some point.



»» Boeing Delta IV GOES-N Launch Scrubbed

Boeing Delta IV GOES-N Launch Scrubbed [Wednesday, August 17, 2005] The launch of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-N) aboard a Boeing Delta IV rocket was scrubbed this evening.



»» NASA Awards Engineering, Science and Technical Services Contract

NASA Awards Engineering, Science and Technical Services Contract [Thursday, August 18, 2005] NASA has awarded a contract to Jacobs Sverdrup, a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., to provide engineering, technical, science, propulsion, program management and business services.



»» Launchers: Commission clears the creation of United Launch Alliance, a space launch services joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing

Launchers: Commission clears the creation of United Launch Alliance, a space launch services joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing [Thursday, August 18, 2005] The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed United Launch Alliance joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing.



»» Orbital Receives Contract For Horizons-2 Commercial Communications Satellite

Orbital Receives Contract For Horizons-2 Commercial Communications Satellite [Wednesday, August 31, 2005] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that Horizons-2 Satellite, LLC, has ordered one geosynchronous communications satellite, which will be based on Orbital's industry-leading STARTM small satellite platform.




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