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January 2006 Top Stories


»» NASA GRC Solicitation: Water Cooled Copper Nickel Rocket Engine Nozzle

NASA GRC Solicitation: Water Cooled Copper Nickel Rocket Engine Nozzle [Tuesday, January 3, 2006] NASA/GRC plans to issue a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for one water cooled copper nickel rocket engine nozzle using Rhedco Inc.'s proprietary process. NASA/GRC intends to purchase the item from Rhedco, Inc. on a sole source basis.



»» OSTP Memo: Landsat Data Continuity Strategy Adjustment

OSTP Memo: Landsat Data Continuity Strategy Adjustment [Wednesday, January 4, 2006] "This memorandum is to inform you of the outcome of recent discussions among affected agencies and Executive Office of the President (EOP) offices regarding the Landsat program."



»» Arianespace will launch the Skynet 5C military satellite

Arianespace will launch the Skynet 5C military satellite [Wednesday, January 4, 2006] EADS Astrium Ltd. has chosen Arianespace to launch the UK Ministry of Defence’s third Skynet 5 military communications satellite, Skynet 5C.



»» ILS Closes out 10th Anniversary Year with 7 Successful Launches, 10 Awards

ILS Closes out 10th Anniversary Year with 7 Successful Launches, 10 Awards [Wednesday, January 4, 2006] International Launch Services (ILS) wrapped up another outstanding year in 2005, having launched seven times and won contract awards for 10 commercial and government missions.



»» XM and Audiovox Introduce XM Passport, the Miniature Tuner

XM and Audiovox Introduce XM Passport, the Miniature Tuner [Wednesday, January 4, 2006] XM Satellite Radio and Audiovox today unveiled the XM Passport, a tiny, portable tuner that delivers XM Satellite Radio to an expanding portfolio of XM Ready products for the home, car, and portable use utilizing XM Connect and Play technology.



»» NASA Enterprise Architecture Volumes 1-5

NASA Enterprise Architecture Volumes 1-5 [Thursday, January 5, 2006] Enterprise Architecture is a tool that links the mission and strategy of an organization to its Information Technology (IT) strategy.



»» Spacehab Subsidiary Obtains New Business

Spacehab Subsidiary Obtains New Business [Thursday, January 5, 2006] Spacehab announced today that its Astrotech subsidiary will be providing payload processing services to Lockheed Martin's International Launch Services (ILS) for the ASTRA 1KR satellite.



»» NASA Special Announcement For Commercial Orbital Transportation Services

NASA Special Announcement For Commercial Orbital Transportation Services [Friday, January 6, 2006] "... the final announcement soliciting COTS proposals is expected to be released on or about January 18."



»» January 2006 SpaceX Update: New Falcon 1 Launch Date

January 2006 SpaceX Update: New Falcon 1 Launch Date [Tuesday, January 10, 2006] The new launch time is February 8 at 4:30 p.m. California time with Feb. 9 as a backup day.  We will actually be ready to launch earlier, but are planning to spend extra time reviewing and double-checking all vehicle systems.



»» What no bubbles? Results of the ARIEL experiment from Foton-M2 mission

What no bubbles? Results of the ARIEL experiment from Foton-M2 mission [Tuesday, January 10, 2006] The Foton-M2 space flight mission, deployed in Low-Earth Orbit between 31 May and 16 June 2005, has produced some very interesting results in the area of fluid physics.



»» NASA ARC Solicitation: ESMD Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Secondary Payload RFI

NASA ARC Solicitation: ESMD Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Secondary Payload RFI [Tuesday, January 10, 2006] The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) has an opportunity to include a small secondary payload with the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scheduled for October 2008.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation Amendment: Venture Capitalist Consulting Services

NASA JSC Solicitation Amendment: Venture Capitalist Consulting Services [Tuesday, January 10, 2006] This is modification 1 to the synopsis entitled Venture Capitalist Consulting Services which was posted on December 21, 2005. You are notified that the following changes are made:



»» Brewster Shaw named as Boeing NASA Systems leader

Brewster Shaw named as Boeing NASA Systems leader [Wednesday, January 11, 2006] Brewster Shaw has been selected as vice president and general manager of the BoeingNASA Systems business unit. Shaw replaces Mike Mott who passed away in November 2005.



»» NASA Refines Design for Crew Exploration Vehicle

NASA Refines Design for Crew Exploration Vehicle [Wednesday, January 11, 2006] NASA's Constellation Program is making progress toward selecting a prime contractor to design, develop and build the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), America's first new human spacecraft in 30 years.



»» First Galileo signals transmitted by GIOVE-A

First Galileo signals transmitted by GIOVE-A [Friday, January 13, 2006] The GIOVE-A satellite is in good health and started transmitting the first Galileo signals from medium Earth orbit on 12 January.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built NASA Stardust Spacecraft Returns Comet Samples Safely to Earth

Lockheed Martin-Built NASA Stardust Spacecraft Returns Comet Samples Safely to Earth [Sunday, January 15, 2006] A capsule containing comet particles and interstellar dust samples collected in space by NASA's Stardust spacecraft - designed and built by Lockheed Martin - landed gently under parachute early this morning, in northwest Utah.



»» Contract for in-orbit validation of Galileo system

Contract for in-orbit validation of Galileo system [Sunday, January 15, 2006] After the successful launch of GIOVE-A and the acquisition of the first 'Galileo' signal, Galileo is now well on its way with the signing of the contract for the development and in-orbit validation of the constellation's first four satellites.



»» Richard Covey Named Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance

Richard Covey Named Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance [Monday, January 16, 2006] We are pleased to announce that veteran Shuttle astronaut and space industry executive Richard O. "Dick" Covey has been named to replace Brewster Shaw as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.



»» NASA Encounters Possible Problems With Crew Launch Vehicle Design

NASA Encounters Possible Problems With Crew Launch Vehicle Design [Tuesday, January 17, 2006] According to industry sources, NASA has encountered some problems with its planned CLV (Crew Launch Vehicle) design as spelled out in the yet to be (formally) released Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS) Final Report.



»» Telesat Chooses ILS To Launch Nimiq 4 On Proton Vehicle

Telesat Chooses ILS To Launch Nimiq 4 On Proton Vehicle [Tuesday, January 17, 2006] International Launch Services (ILS) and Telesat, one of the world's leading satellite operators, announced today they are teaming up for the fifth time, to launch the Nimiq 4 satellite on a Proton Breeze M vehicle. Financial terms were not disclosed.



»» JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business [Wednesday, January 18, 2006] NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 18th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 7 and 8, at the Westin Hotel located near Los Angeles International Airport.



»» NASA Awards Shuttle/Space Station Engineering Support Contract

NASA Awards Shuttle/Space Station Engineering Support Contract [Wednesday, January 18, 2006] NASA has awarded a $34 million contract to The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. to provide engineering development and analysis for the space shuttle and International Space Station.



»» NASA Seeks Proposals for Crew and Cargo Transportation to Orbit

NASA Seeks Proposals for Crew and Cargo Transportation to Orbit [Wednesday, January 18, 2006] NASA is challenging U.S. industry to establish capabilities and services that can open new space markets and support the crew and cargo transportation needs of the International Space Station.



»» Powerful ILS Atlas V Launches High-Speed Mission to Pluto

Powerful ILS Atlas V Launches High-Speed Mission to Pluto [Thursday, January 19, 2006] An Atlas V vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS) successfully propelled NASA's New Horizons spacecraft today on a 9-and-a-half-year mission to Pluto.



»» Spacehab Enters Race for Commercial Space Station Supply Work

Spacehab Enters Race for Commercial Space Station Supply Work [Friday, January 20, 2006] Spacehab announced today that the Company will be competing for the opportunity to serve as NASA's supplier of commercial International Space Station logistics services.



»» EADS SPACE to play central role in the Galileo satellite navigation test phase

EADS SPACE to play central role in the Galileo satellite navigation test phase [Sunday, January 22, 2006] EADS SPACE is to play a central role in the test phase for the new European satellite navigation system Galileo, following the contract signature in Berlin today between Galileo Industries, as the prime contractor, and the European Space Agency ESA.



»» Eutelsat's Hot Bird 7ATM satellite has arrived at Kourou launch site

Eutelsat's Hot Bird 7ATM satellite has arrived at Kourou launch site [Sunday, January 22, 2006] The HOT BIRDTM 7A broadcasting satellite built by Alcatel Alenia Space for Eutelsat Communications arrived last night at the Kourou launch site in French Guiana. The satellite's scheduled launch date is 21 February 2006 on-board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket.



»» Agreement to Commercialize Advanced NASA Rocket Concept; Former Astronaut Franklin-Chang Diaz to Lead Effort

Agreement to Commercialize Advanced NASA Rocket Concept; Former Astronaut Franklin-Chang Diaz to Lead Effort [Monday, January 23, 2006] NASA has signed an agreement with Houston-based Ad Astra Rocket Co. that paves the way for commercialization of a promising advanced plasma rocket system that has evolved over the past 25 years.



»» ATK Rocket Motors, Composites Technology Support Successful Launch of Japan's H-IIA Vehicle

ATK Rocket Motors, Composites Technology Support Successful Launch of Japan's H-IIA Vehicle [Tuesday, January 24, 2006] Alliant Techsystems rocket motors and composites technology supported today's successful launch of a Japanese H-IIA vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.



»» NASA Loans RS-88 Rocket Engine to Industry Partner Rocketplane Ltd.

NASA Loans RS-88 Rocket Engine to Industry Partner Rocketplane Ltd. [Tuesday, January 24, 2006] NASA is loaning a rocket engine to Rocketplane Limited, Inc. of Oklahoma City as part of an innovative industry partnership program.



»» The Sword, the Ploughshare and the Pocketbook

The Sword, the Ploughshare and the Pocketbook [Tuesday, January 24, 2006] From the very first times Americans began to raise themselves above the Earth's surface in flying machines, there has been a synergy between the needs and desires of civilian (commercial) and military uses of the skies - at increasingly higher altitudes.



»» Galaxy IIIR Experiences Anomaly

Galaxy IIIR Experiences Anomaly [Wednesday, January 25, 2006] PanAmSat today announced that the Galaxy IIIR domestic satellite, operating in an inclined orbit at 74 deg W, experienced an anomaly of its secondary spacecraft control processor (SCP).



»» FAA AA for Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Conduct Public Scoping Meetings

FAA AA for Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Conduct Public Scoping Meetings [Wednesday, January 25, 2006] This Notice provides information to Federal, State, and local agencies, affected Native American tribes, regarding the FAA's intent to prepare an EIS for NMEDD's proposal to develop and operate a commercial launch site near Upham, New Mexico.



»» Internal Lockheed Martin Memo From Marshall Byrd To Michoud Employees Regarding Shuttle External Tank Contract Changes

Internal Lockheed Martin Memo From Marshall Byrd To Michoud Employees Regarding Shuttle External Tank Contract Changes [Thursday, January 26, 2006] " ... last week, we received direction to accomplish the work necessary to reduce our existing contract deliveries from 35 External Tanks to a total of 18."



»» Aerojet and Lockheed Martin Successfully Test Third Block B Solid Rocket Booster for Atlas V

Aerojet and Lockheed Martin Successfully Test Third Block B Solid Rocket Booster for Atlas V [Saturday, January 28, 2006] Aerojet and Lockheed Martin today conducted the third successful test firing of the Atlas® V upgraded Block B Solid Rocket Booster (SRB). Today's test firing took place at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Outdoor Leadership and Teambuilding Expedition Training

NASA JSC Solicitation: Outdoor Leadership and Teambuilding Expedition Training [Monday, January 30, 2006] NASA/JSC has a requirement for outdoor leadership and teambuilding courses. The purpose of the course is to prepare potential International Space Station (ISS) crew members for the unique interpersonal aspects of long duration space flight.



»» NASA KSC Solicitation: NASA Launch Services Revision B

NASA KSC Solicitation: NASA Launch Services Revision B [Monday, January 30, 2006] NASA invites you to submit a proposal for the NLS contract. The NLS RFP was issued on October 18, 1999, and remains open for a period of ten years from the effective date through the use of an innovative on-ramp provision found in Section 2, clause 2.0.



»» Alcatel Alenia Space starts the ExoMars mission design

Alcatel Alenia Space starts the ExoMars mission design [Tuesday, January 31, 2006] In the frame of a contract signed with the European Space Agency (ESA), Alcatel Alenia Space has started the ExoMars mission design. The ExoMars mission aims at sending a lander rover to Mars in order to find traces of past or present life.



»» Sea Launch Departs Home Port for EchoStar X Mission

Sea Launch Departs Home Port for EchoStar X Mission [Tuesday, January 31, 2006] The Odyssey Launch Platform and the Sea Launch Commander have departed Home Port in Long Beach, Calif., for Sea Launch's first mission of the year. The Sea Launch team is preparing to launch the EchoStar X broadcast satellite on Feb. 8.



»» Boeing, Striking IAM Locals Settle on Contract Offers; Vote Feb. 1

Boeing, Striking IAM Locals Settle on Contract Offers; Vote Feb. 1 [Tuesday, January 31, 2006] Boeing and officials from the IAM have reached an understanding on contract offers for IAM Locals 725, 2766 and 44, representing approximately 1,500 company employees in Alabama, Florida and California.



»» NASA Meeting on Procurement policies, practices, and initiatives

NASA Meeting on Procurement policies, practices, and initiatives [Tuesday, January 31, 2006] NASA will conduct an open forum meeting to solicit questions, views and opinions of interested persons or firms concerning NASA's procurement policies, practices, and initiatives.



»» U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $491 Million Contract for 3rd Advanced Military Communications Satellite

U.S. Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin $491 Million Contract for 3rd Advanced Military Communications Satellite [Tuesday, January 31, 2006] The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for $491 million to build a third spacecraft for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (Advanced EHF) program constellation.




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