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December 2004 Top Stories


»» Intelsat Regains Control of the Intelsat Americas 7 Satellite

Intelsat Regains Control of the Intelsat Americas 7 Satellite [Saturday, December 04, 2004] As a result of an intensive recovery effort by the Intelsat technical team, contact and control of the satellite has been regained. Service restoration is underway, with several key customers expected to be operational on IA-7 by the end of the day.



»» President of Canadian Space Agency, NASA Astronaut Participant in Boeing Award Ceremony/Press Briefing

President of Canadian Space Agency, NASA Astronaut Participant in Boeing Award Ceremony/Press Briefing [Saturday, December 04, 2004] The CSA president, astronaut Chris Hadfield, and a Boeing Company official will be among those present during an award ceremony and press briefing for Canada-based EMS Technologies. The company will be honored for its work on the ISS.



»» Boeing Awarded NASA Human and Robotic Technology Development Projects

Boeing Awarded NASA Human and Robotic Technology Development Projects [Tuesday, December 07, 2004] NASA recently selected Boeing to work on seven technology development projects worth almost $25 million (in the first year) as part of NASA's Human and Robotic Technology (H&RT) program.



»» Arianespace Flight 165 – Helios IIA Launch planned for Saturday, December 18

Arianespace Flight 165 – Helios IIA Launch planned for Saturday, December 18 [Tuesday, December 07, 2004] Operations are currently under way in Europe and at the Guiana Space Center to replace a subassembly on the Flight 165 launcher. Arianespace has now scheduled the launch for Saturday, December 18, 2004



»» New Space Certification Program Web site set for launch

New Space Certification Program Web site set for launch [Tuesday, December 07, 2004] The Space Foundation announced today that it will launch an all-new Web site for its exclusive Space Certification Program. The site will go live Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. MST.



»» NASA Awards Engineering Support Contract Extension

NASA Awards Engineering Support Contract Extension [Wednesday, December 08, 2004] NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Space Operations an extension to the Science, Engineering, Analysis and Test contract to cover services required during the 45-day transition to the new Engineering and Science Contract, that takes effect next year.



»» Crew Exploration Vehicle Request for Proposal Statement of Work

Crew Exploration Vehicle Request for Proposal Statement of Work [Thursday, December 09, 2004] The draft Statement of Work for the Crew Exploration Vehicle system summarizes the work required for the first phase of the CEV acquisition.



»» Commercial Space Bill Wins Final Approval form Congress

Commercial Space Bill Wins Final Approval form Congress [Thursday, December 09, 2004] In its last action before adjourning, the Senate last night gave final approval to the House Science Committee's Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004 (H.R. 5382), sending the bill to the President, who is expected to sign it.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built AMC-16 Satellite Ready For Launch

Lockheed Martin-Built AMC-16 Satellite Ready For Launch [Monday, December 13, 2004] The AMC-16 telecommunications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for SES AMERICOM is ready for launch Dec. 17, 2004 aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle provided by International Launch Services, a Lockheed Martin joint venture.



»» Missile Defense Flight Test Fails

Missile Defense Flight Test Fails [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] The Missile Defense Agency announced today it was unable to complete a planned flight test after the interceptor missile experienced an anomaly shortly before it was to be launched from the Marshall Islands, in the central Pacific Ocean.



»» US and Russia Sign GPS/GLONASS Agreement

US and Russia Sign GPS/GLONASS Agreement [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] Delegations of the United States and the Russian Federation met in Washington D.C. on December 9-10, 2004, to continue discussions on matters relating to GPS and GLONASS cooperation.



»» NASA Selects MSSS To Provide Three Science Cameras for 2009 Mars Rover Mission

NASA Selects MSSS To Provide Three Science Cameras for 2009 Mars Rover Mission [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] NASA has selected three proposals from Malin Space Science Systems, Inc., for imaging experiments for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) 2009 rover mission to be conducted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.



»» SpaceDev Chairman Weighs-in on Landmark Commercial Space Legislation

SpaceDev Chairman Weighs-in on Landmark Commercial Space Legislation [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] SpaceDev founding chairman and chief executive officer, Jim Benson, praised the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act passed by the Senate late last week and urges President Bush to sign it into law.



»» NASA Nanotechnology to Improve Microelectronics

NASA Nanotechnology to Improve Microelectronics [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] NASA Ames Research Center and Nanoconduction, Inc. are launching a new partnership to advance scientific and commercial utilization of NASA's innovative nanotechnology research by developing better cooling systems for microelectronics.



»» Boeing Satellite Unit Receives Top Quality Rating from Software Engineering Institute

Boeing Satellite Unit Receives Top Quality Rating from Software Engineering Institute [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems and its Boeing Satellite Systems unit have been awarded the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration Level 5 certification.



»» Ariane 5 enters its final preparation phase for launch

Ariane 5 enters its final preparation phase for launch [Wednesday, December 15, 2004] The Ariane 5 Generic launcher for Flight 165 is entering its final checkout phase as preparations move ahead on schedule for a mid-day liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana next Saturday.



»» NASA Awards Engineering & Science Contract

NASA Awards Engineering & Science Contract [Thursday, December 16, 2004] A five-year contract to support engineering and science at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, has been awarded to Sverdrup Technology Inc., doing business as Jacobs Sverdrup. The contract has a total potential value of $1.15 billion.



»» NASA Increases Value of Cargo Mission Contract

NASA Increases Value of Cargo Mission Contract [Thursday, December 16, 2004] NASA has modified the Cargo Mission Contract. The agency added $62.5 million to include unpressurized payload bay cargo carriers on three future Space Shuttle missions, two of which also include a pressurized Spacehab module.



»» ILS Launches AMC-16; Wraps Up Year With 10 Mission Successes

ILS Launches AMC-16; Wraps Up Year With 10 Mission Successes [Friday, December 17, 2004] An Atlas V launch vehicle placed the AMC-16 satellite into orbit early this morning, marking the 10th and final mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).



»» Success for Ariane 5: Seven payloads are in Sun-synchronous orbit

Success for Ariane 5: Seven payloads are in Sun-synchronous orbit [Saturday, December 18, 2004] Arianespace's Ariane 5 launcher once again demonstrated its operational maturity and accuracy today by placing a seven-satellite payload into Sun-synchronous orbit.



»» U.S. Space-based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Policy Fact Sheet

U.S. Space-based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Policy Fact Sheet [Saturday, December 18, 2004] The President has authorized a new national policy for space-based positioning, navigation, and timing programs, augmentations, and activities for U.S. national and homeland security, civil, scientific, and commercial purposes.



»» German space robotic system on its way to the International Space Station

German space robotic system on its way to the International Space Station [Monday, December 20, 2004] ROKVISS - a manipulator having a length of about 50 centimetres - shall demonstrate that the newly developed, innovative robotic arm meets all requirements of future space projects and that it can be controlled from Earth with hardly any time delay.



»» NASA Selects Northrop Grumman To Help Achieve Vision for Space Exploration

NASA Selects Northrop Grumman To Help Achieve Vision for Space Exploration [Monday, December 20, 2004] NASA has selected six Northrop Grumman Corporation proposals valued at approximately $137 million over four years to develop human and robotic technologies that would have pivotal roles in its Vision for Space Exploration.



»» AmerHis in-orbit tests a complete success

AmerHis in-orbit tests a complete success [Tuesday, December 21, 2004] Results from the recently completed AmerHis in-orbit tests report that the payload is operating extremely well; this was made known during the 7th Coordination Meeting at ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands on 14 December 2004.



»» Space Systems/Loral to Build Satellite for EchoStar Communications Corporation

Space Systems/Loral to Build Satellite for EchoStar Communications Corporation [Tuesday, December 21, 2004] Space Systems/Loral today announced that it has been selected by EchoStar Communications Corporation to build EchoStar XI, based on SS/L's 1300 platform that will support EchoStar's DISH Network™ and serve as backup to its existing fleet.



»» Boeing Delta IV Heavy Achieves Major Test Objectives in First Flight

Boeing Delta IV Heavy Achieves Major Test Objectives in First Flight [Wednesday, December 22, 2004] The Boeing Delta IV Heavy made its first flight today achieving the major test objectives despite placing its demonstration satellite in a lower than expected orbit.



»» NASA Announces Electrical Systems Engineering Services Contract

NASA Announces Electrical Systems Engineering Services Contract [Wednesday, December 22, 2004] NASA has selected Muniz Engineering, Inc. (MEI), for award of a contract to provide Electrical Systems Engineering Services in support of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center.



»» India-Malaysia to Develop a Satellite Neighbourhood for Asia-Pacific

India-Malaysia to Develop a Satellite Neighbourhood for Asia-Pacific [Wednesday, December 22, 2004] Antrix Corporation and MEASAT Global signed an agreement to pool their satellite capabilities to develop a satellite neighbourhood for millions of broadcasting and telecommunications customers across the Asia Pacific region.



»» In-Orbit Validation contract: a further step forward for Galileo

In-Orbit Validation contract: a further step forward for Galileo [Wednesday, December 22, 2004] The Galileo project is now well and truly taking shape, with today's signing of a second contract concerning the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) phase, following that signed in July 2003 for two test satellites.



»» Russian Progress Spacecraft Launched on Resupply Mission to the ISS

Russian Progress Spacecraft Launched on Resupply Mission to the ISS [Thursday, December 23, 2004] A much needed resupply mission to the International Space Station was successfully launched today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Russian spacecraft is scheduled to dock with the space station Saturday at 6:31 p.m. EST.



»» NASA Highlights for 2004

NASA Highlights for 2004 [Monday, December 27, 2004] By any measurement 2004 was a good year for NASA. It all started with the first of the twin rovers, Spirit successfully landing on Mars, soon followed by the President's announcement of the Vision for Space Exploration then Opportunity landing on Mars.



»» Glonass navigation system satellites launched

Glonass navigation system satellites launched [Tuesday, December 28, 2004] The DM-type Space Upper Stage delivered three Russian satellites of the Glonass navigation system (two Glonass satellites and one Glonass-M satellite) to near-earth orbit.



»» SIRIUS Satellite Radio Passes One Million Subscribers

SIRIUS Satellite Radio Passes One Million Subscribers [Tuesday, December 28, 2004] SIRIUS Satellite Radio today announced that it has surpassed its year-end target of one million-subscribers.



»» XM Satellite Radio Tops 3.1 Million Subscribers Ahead of Year-End Goal

XM Satellite Radio Tops 3.1 Million Subscribers Ahead of Year-End Goal [Tuesday, December 28, 2004] XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading provider of satellite radio, today announced that it recently surpassed 3.1 million subscribers, the company's year-end goal for 2004.



»» Digital Globe Image of Kalutara, Sri Lanka Shortly After Tsunami Arrival

Digital Globe Image of Kalutara, Sri Lanka Shortly After Tsunami Arrival [Wednesday, December 29, 2004] This is a natural color QuickBird satellite image featuring the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka collected at 10:20 am local time, slightly less than four hours after the 6:28 am earthquake and shortly after the moment of tsunami impact.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Study of the Small Satellite Market Given the Introduction of a Low Cost U.S. Small Launch Vehicle

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Study of the Small Satellite Market Given the Introduction of a Low Cost U.S. Small Launch Vehicle [Wednesday, December 29, 2004] NASA/MSFC has a requirement for a study of the small satellite market given the introduction of a low cost ($5M - $10M) U.S. small launch vehicle. NASA/MSFC intends to purchase the study from Commercial Space Technologies, Ltd. pursuant to FAR 13.106.




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