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January 2005 Top Stories


»» Arianespace will launch the Skynet 5A and 5B military satcoms

Arianespace will launch the Skynet 5A and 5B military satcoms [Tuesday, January 04, 2005] Colin Paynter, Managing Director of EADS Astrium Ltd., and Jean-Yves Le Gall, CEO of Arianespace, today announced the signature of two launch contracts, for the Skynet 5A and 5B satellites.



»» Spacehab Appeals Decision for Losses on Space Shuttle Mission

Spacehab Appeals Decision for Losses on Space Shuttle Mission [Wednesday, January 05, 2005] Spacehab is pursuing a formal claim filed against NASA under the Federal Tort Claims Act seeking restitution of losses totaling in excess of $79.7 million asserting NASA's negligence that led to the space shuttle accident and the destruction of the RDM.



»» 25 Years of Success for Arianespace

25 Years of Success for Arianespace [Wednesday, January 05, 2005] Arianespace is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2005, marking a new milestone for the world's first commercial launch services company that was created in 1980.



»» EADS Astrium Selects Arianespace to Launch Skynet 5

EADS Astrium Selects Arianespace to Launch Skynet 5 [Wednesday, January 05, 2005] To satisfy its in-orbit delivery contract with Paradigm Secure Communications, EADS Astrium has selected Arianespace's Ariane 5 for the launch of both of the UK MOD's next generation secure military telecommunications satellites, Skynet 5A and 5B.



»» MDA Signs Contract Valued At $154 Million U.S. To Provide Hubble Rescue Solution

MDA Signs Contract Valued At $154 Million U.S. To Provide Hubble Rescue Solution [Wednesday, January 05, 2005] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. today announced that it has signed a contract worth approximately $154 million U.S. to provide a potential information and robotic servicing solution to NASA to rescue the Hubble Space Telescope.



»» Ball Completes NPOESS Spacecraft Assembly and Integration

Ball Completes NPOESS Spacecraft Assembly and Integration [Thursday, January 06, 2005] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., has completed assembly and integration of the spacecraft for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP).



»» U.S. Space Transportation Policy Fact Sheet 6 January 2005

U.S. Space Transportation Policy Fact Sheet 6 January 2005 [Thursday, January 06, 2005] "The fundamental goal of this policy is to ensure the capability to access and use space in support of national and homeland security, civil, scientific, and economic interests. To achieve this goal, the United States Government shall: ..."



»» NASA Girds for Another Busy Year of High Web Traffic

NASA Girds for Another Busy Year of High Web Traffic [Friday, January 07, 2005] The NASA Web portal continues to drive high traffic numbers -- more than 17 billion hits in 2004, report both NASA and Speedera Networks, a leading global provider of on-demand distributed application hosting and content delivery services.



»» NASA Announces NSSC Sites Chosen by Offerors

NASA Announces NSSC Sites Chosen by Offerors [Friday, January 07, 2005] NASA released today the possible site locations for the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) included in proposals received from offerors.



»» Workforce Challenges at Ames Research Center - and Elsewhere at NASA

Workforce Challenges at Ames Research Center - and Elsewhere at NASA [Sunday, January 09, 2005] NASA is once again facing budget pressures that are being translated into changes in its work force. NASA will be doing some new things, but it will also be reducing work in other areas.



»» MDA Awarded Definition Phase Contract for Canadian Space Surveillance System

MDA Awarded Definition Phase Contract for Canadian Space Surveillance System [Tuesday, January 11, 2005] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today that the company has been awarded a contract for $1 million CDN from Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) for the design of a Canadian Space Surveillance System.



»» NSAB Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Sirius 4

NSAB Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Sirius 4 [Wednesday, January 12, 2005] Based on Lockheed Martin's award-winning A2100AX platform, SIRIUS 4 features 52 active Ku-band high-power and two active Ka-band transponders. SIRIUS 4 is expected to provide more than 15 years of service life.



»» Ariane 5 ECA is ready for its full-scale launch rehearsal

Ariane 5 ECA is ready for its full-scale launch rehearsal [Wednesday, January 12, 2005] Flight 164's heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA is in the ELA-3 launch zone at the Spaceport, where a full-scale countdown rehearsal will be conducted on January 12.



»» SwRI Instrument Selected for NASA Lunar Orbiter Mission

SwRI Instrument Selected for NASA Lunar Orbiter Mission [Wednesday, January 12, 2005] NASA has selected a scientific instrument called LAMP (or Lyman Alpha Mapping Project) to be developed by Southwest Research Institute and flown on its upcoming Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.



»» Surrey Satellite Technology Limited sells stake to SpaceX

Surrey Satellite Technology Limited sells stake to SpaceX [Wednesday, January 12, 2005] Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), the British world-leader in low-cost rapid response small satellites, has announced the sale of a ten percent stake to California-based commercial rocket company SpaceX.



»» Steward Observatory Mirror Lab Awarded Contract for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Mirror

Steward Observatory Mirror Lab Awarded Contract for Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Mirror [Wednesday, January 12, 2005] The LSST is a proposed world-class, ground-based telescope that can survey the entire visible sky every 3 nights. It will generate an awesome 30 terabytes of data per night from a 3 billion-pixel digital camera.



»» NASA Sources Sought Notice: Request For Information for LRO Communication System

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Request For Information for LRO Communication System [Thursday, January 13, 2005] Overview LRO requires communications to support tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) as well as mission measurement data return. To accomplish this LRO intends to employ S-Band for TT&C functions and Ka-Band for high rate measurement data.



»» Boeing Delta II Sends NASA Spacecraft on a Rendezvous with a Comet

Boeing Delta II Sends NASA Spacecraft on a Rendezvous with a Comet [Thursday, January 13, 2005] A Boeing Delta II rocket launched a NASA spacecraft yesterday that will collide with a comet, causing a crater that will enable scientists to learn more about comets and their role in the formation of the Universe.



»» Mission accomplished for Alcatel-built Huygens space probe - a world first!

Mission accomplished for Alcatel-built Huygens space probe - a world first! [Friday, January 14, 2005] The Huygens space probe has arrived on Titan. The probe was built by prime contractor Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel, leading a consortium of 40 companies and laboratories.



»» Singtel Expands Relationship with Loral Skynet Through New Capacity Leases on Asian Satellites

Singtel Expands Relationship with Loral Skynet Through New Capacity Leases on Asian Satellites [Friday, January 14, 2005] Loral Skynet today announced that it has renewed an agreement with Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Asia's leading communications group, to distribute video, data, telecommunications and VSAT services on Loral's Telstar 10 satellite.



»» Thinking small: Texas A&M team creates lab-on-a-chip

Thinking small: Texas A&M team creates lab-on-a-chip [Saturday, January 15, 2005] Texas A&M University physicists Don Naugle and co-worker Igor Lyuksyutov have successfully managed to levitate micron-sized fluids using magnets, which could lead to new advances in medicine, chemistry, chemical engineering and other related fields.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built Huygens Instrument Takes Titanic Snapshots of Saturn Moon

Lockheed Martin-Built Huygens Instrument Takes Titanic Snapshots of Saturn Moon [Saturday, January 15, 2005] Pictures of Titan's exotic environment were provided by the Descent Imager/ Spectral Radiometer (DISR), a complex instrument designed and built by Lockheed Martinfor the University of Arizona and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).



»» X Prize Foundation Elects Three to Board of Trustees

X Prize Foundation Elects Three to Board of Trustees [Saturday, January 15, 2005] The X PRIZE Foundation the election of 3 new members to its Board of Trustees: Larry Page, co-founder and president of Google; Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and co-founder and CEO of PayPal; and Jack Bader, CEO of NetEffects, Inc.



»» Intelsat Reports Loss of IS-804 Satellite

Intelsat Reports Loss of IS-804 Satellite [Monday, January 17, 2005] Intelsat, Ltd. has announced that its IS-804 satellite experienced a sudden and unexpected electrical power system anomaly on January 14, 2005, at approximately 5:32 p.m. EST that caused the total loss of the spacecraft.



»» NASA Announces Financial Management Contract Identification

NASA Announces Financial Management Contract Identification [Tuesday, January 18, 2005] NASA has implemented a $48 million contract modification with SAIC. It broadens SAIC responsibility to provide integrated financial management support under the "Unified NASA Information Technology Services (UNITeS)" contract.



»» JSAT Reports JCSAT-1B Satellite Anomaly

JSAT Reports JCSAT-1B Satellite Anomaly [Wednesday, January 19, 2005] According to JSAT Corporation: "The JCSAT-1B communications satellite experienced an anomaly on January 17, 2005 at 21:26 JST, leading to difficulties with services provided by the satellite."



»» Closer ties between ESA and Russia

Closer ties between ESA and Russia [Thursday, January 20, 2005] Today in Moscow, ESA Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain and the Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Anatoly Perminov signed an agreement for long-term cooperation and partnership in the development, implementation and use of launchers.



»» DuPont Electronic Materials Keep Mars Rovers Going One Year Late

DuPont Electronic Materials Keep Mars Rovers Going One Year Late [Friday, January 21, 2005] One year to the month after Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, the Rovers are still roaming the planet, sending back crystal-clear images of the Martian surface. Their durable parts help keep them going, enabled by DuPont science.



»» JPL Variable Tilt Terrain Platform for the Mars Science Laboratory

JPL Variable Tilt Terrain Platform for the Mars Science Laboratory [Friday, January 21, 2005] JPL, operating under a prime contract with NASA, seeks responses to an electronic Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Variable Tilt Terrain Platform (VTTP) for the Mars Science Laboratory Touchdown Dynamics Testbed.



»» EchoStar To Purchase Satellite from Cablevision

EchoStar To Purchase Satellite from Cablevision [Friday, January 21, 2005] EchoStar Communications Corporation announced today that it has agreed to purchase certain satellite assets from Rainbow DBS Co., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation, for $200 million.



»» NASA Letter to Potential Offerors to Review The Draft Crew Exploration Vehicle solicitation

NASA Letter to Potential Offerors to Review The Draft Crew Exploration Vehicle solicitation [Friday, January 21, 2005] "You are invited to review the draft NASA/Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Crew Exploration Vehicle solicitation. "



»» Delta IV Heavy Demo Mission Update

Delta IV Heavy Demo Mission Update [Monday, January 24, 2005] The Boeing Company and the Air Force continue to make solid progress in their investigation into the premature Main Engine Cut-Off (MECO) on the Delta IV Heavy Lift Vehicle (HLV) demonstration mission that was launched Dec. 21, 2004.



»» Northrop Grumman, Boeing Finalize Space Exploration Teaming Agreement

Northrop Grumman, Boeing Finalize Space Exploration Teaming Agreement [Monday, January 24, 2005] Northrop Grumman Corporation and The Boeing Company have completed and signed a formal agreement to compete as a team for NASA's new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and related human lunar exploration systems.



»» Glossary - NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle, SOL NNT05AA01J, Attachment J-6

Glossary - NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle, SOL NNT05AA01J, Attachment J-6 [Monday, January 24, 2005] As part of NASA's recent Crew Exploration Vehicle solicitation, a glossary is included which not only defines terms but also serves as a guide to the concepts that will direct how work is done by the contractor(s) who actually build the CEV.



»» Air Force Awards Boeing $172.3 Million for Two GPS Satellite Contract Option

Air Force Awards Boeing $172.3 Million for Two GPS Satellite Contract Option [Monday, January 24, 2005] The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing two GPS IIF contract options valued at $172.3 million.



»» New Boeing Engine Unique Capabilities Demonstrated

New Boeing Engine Unique Capabilities Demonstrated [Tuesday, January 25, 2005] Boeing demonstrated the versatility of its new 8.5-inch rocket engine, which at 1,100-pounds, is the highest performing rocket engine in its class.



»» iNavSat team offers a 40 partner portfolio to Galileo Concession

iNavSat team offers a 40 partner portfolio to Galileo Concession [Tuesday, January 25, 2005] Over 40 partners have joined the iNavSat consortium, created to win the Galileo Concession for global satellite services. These partners will provide equipment and services to a significant global user base, with outstanding economic prospects.



»» GAO High Risk Series: An Update (NASA Excerpts)

GAO High Risk Series: An Update (NASA Excerpts) [Tuesday, January 25, 2005] NASA's success largely depends on the work of its contractors—on which NASA spends about 85 percent of its annual budget. In 1990, GAO designated NASA's contract management as high risk.



»» Alcatel signs a 150 million US dollar contract with Embratel to build the Star One C2 satellite

Alcatel signs a 150 million US dollar contract with Embratel to build the Star One C2 satellite [Thursday, January 27, 2005] Alcatel has announced the signature of a new US$150 million contract with Embratel's Star One, the largest satellite solutions company in Latin America, for the construction of the satellite Star One C2 for South America, Mexico and Florida.



»» Lunar Transportation Systems, Inc. (LTS) - A New Private Commercial Space Venture for Lunar Exploration

Lunar Transportation Systems, Inc. (LTS) - A New Private Commercial Space Venture for Lunar Exploration [Friday, January 28, 2005] LTS was formed early last year in response to the new Vision for Space Exploration. LTS's goal is to raise major financing from the private sector to develop, build, ground test, flight test, and operate a new Earth-Moon transportation system.



»» Intelsat Announces Completion of Acquisition by Zeus Holdings Limited

Intelsat Announces Completion of Acquisition by Zeus Holdings Limited [Saturday, January 29, 2005] Intelsat, Ltd., a global satellite communications leader providing services in over 200 countries and territories, today announced the successful closing of the amalgamation under Bermuda law of Intelsat and a subsidiary of Zeus Holdings Limited.



»» Alcatel and Finmeccanica creating the new European space industry leader

Alcatel and Finmeccanica creating the new European space industry leader [Saturday, January 29, 2005] Alcatel and Finmeccanica have announced the signature of an agreement to merge their space activities through the creation of two joint ventures companies.




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