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July 2005 Top Stories


»» NASA Plans to Build Two New Shuttle-derived Launch Vehicles

NASA Plans to Build Two New Shuttle-derived Launch Vehicles [Friday, July 1, 2005] According to a new NASA study, when America goes back to the moon and on to Mars it will do so with hardware that looks very familiar.



»» United Nations Provides Landsat Data Sets for Supporting Sustainable Development in Africa

United Nations Provides Landsat Data Sets for Supporting Sustainable Development in Africa [Tuesday, July 5, 2005] The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, within the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, is providing African institutions free of charge with Global Landsat data sets donated by the United States.



»» Thaicom 5 will be the second satellite provided by Alcatel Space to Thailand and the 2nd Spacebus Satellite ordered in 2005

Thaicom 5 will be the second satellite provided by Alcatel Space to Thailand and the 2nd Spacebus Satellite ordered in 2005 [Wednesday, July 6, 2005] Alcatel Space, a subsidiary of Alcatel and Shin Satellite Inc. of Thailand, a major satellite operator, today announced the signature of a contract for the construction of the Thaicom 5 communications satellite.



»»  NASA JSC Inventors Reach New Heights with Star-Studded Innovations

 NASA JSC Inventors Reach New Heights with Star-Studded Innovations [Wednesday, July 6, 2005] With new developments aimed at benefiting life in space and on Earth, a host of inventors at NASA's Johnson Space Center will be honored for their achievements and patents at a luncheon July 7.



»» Launch of Thaicom 4 Delayed

Launch of Thaicom 4 Delayed [Wednesday, July 6, 2005] The launch of Thaicom 4 (ipstar) is delayed by several days. The discovery of an anomaly with ground equipment used to prepare the Ariane 5 launcher has resulted in Arianespace’s decision to perform additional checks.



»» Spectacular Comet Impact Draws Millions to NASA Portal

Spectacular Comet Impact Draws Millions to NASA Portal [Wednesday, July 6, 2005] Millions of virtual rubberneckers spent Monday morning watching a cosmic collision, as NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft collided with comet Tempel 1. The deep-space smash was designed to give scientists a peak at the early solar system.



»» Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Innovative Partnerships Program TTT Delay

Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Innovative Partnerships Program TTT Delay [Wednesday, July 6, 2005] NASA anticipates amending this RFP by no later than the end of July 2005. Pending issuance of that amendment, the due date for all proposals is delayed indefinitely.



»» Microbial Check Valve® officially recognized as Certified Space Technology

Microbial Check Valve® officially recognized as Certified Space Technology [Thursday, July 7, 2005] The Space Foundation announced today that the Microbial Check Valve® (MCV) technology from Water Security Corporation is officially recognized as a Certified Space Technology



»» NASA Solicitation: Space Exploration Technologies and Systems

NASA Solicitation: Space Exploration Technologies and Systems [Friday, July 8, 2005] "This is a notice of our intent to award a contract on a noncompetitve basis to the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) for the following services."



»» NASA Solicitation: Request for Information for Use of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center

NASA Solicitation: Request for Information for Use of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center [Friday, July 8, 2005] NASA is considering adopting policies and developing plans and procedures to expand access to and use of the Shuttle Landing Facility by other government agencies and their contractors, university research and technology programs, and commercial users.



»» Commerical Space Sector Uses Las Vegas Conference to "Call" NASA Leaders on True Earth-to-Moon Business Oportunities

Commerical Space Sector Uses Las Vegas Conference to [Friday, July 8, 2005] All bets will be off July 21-23 at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas as private industry and NASA representatives meet to tackle the challenges of returning humans to the Moon.



»» NASA Awards Crew Exploration Vehicle Contracts

NASA Awards Crew Exploration Vehicle Contracts [Tuesday, July 12, 2005] NASA awarded two 8 month contracts, each worth approximately $28 million, one to Lockheed Martin Corp. and the other to Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Boeing Co. to support a July 2006 review for the new Crew Exploration Vehicle.



»» NASA and White House Discuss Early Shuttle Fleet Retirement

NASA and White House Discuss Early Shuttle Fleet Retirement [Wednesday, July 13, 2005] NASA is considering retiring a Space Shuttle orbiter in 2007 and beginning modifications to one Shuttle launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center under a plan now being reviewed at NASA headquarters, according to senior agency sources.



»» NASA Solicitation: Space Flight Studies

NASA Solicitation: Space Flight Studies [Thursday, July 14, 2005] This notice is being issued as a Request for Quotations (RFQ) for preliminary design and analyses efforts for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Propulsion Subsystem (LPS) propellant tank and nutation analysis efforts for the entire tank set.



»» Spacehab Announces Termination of Poison Pill

Spacehab Announces Termination of Poison Pill [Friday, July 15, 2005] Spacehab announced today that it has terminated its shareholder rights agreement, commonly known as a "poison pill."



»» Governor Bush and Space Adventures Announce the Opening of a Suborbital Vehicle and Spaceport Development Office

Governor Bush and Space Adventures Announce the Opening of a Suborbital Vehicle and Spaceport Development Office [Tuesday, July 19, 2005] The office will coordinate the worldwide effort in finalizing the company's suborbital spaceflight program and will be located at the Center for Space Education building, the home of the Astronaut Memorial Foundation.



»» Yuri's Night Raffle Winner Gets Weightless

Yuri's Night Raffle Winner Gets Weightless [Tuesday, July 19, 2005] After 20 years of waiting David Buck finally got his wish- to escape the surly bonds of Earth (or at least it's gravitational pull).



»» PanAmSat Expands Its Global Coverage to Europe Through Acquisition of Europe*Star

PanAmSat Expands Its Global Coverage to Europe Through Acquisition of Europe*Star [Tuesday, July 19, 2005] PanAmSat has signed an agreement with Alcatel, the French-based communications leader, for the acquisition of multiple European orbital slots as well as a powerful satellite with a footprint over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.



»» Zero Gravity Corporation Successfully Inaugurates ZERO-G Learning Lab

Zero Gravity Corporation Successfully Inaugurates ZERO-G Learning Lab [Thursday, July 21, 2005] This past weekend, fifteen very lucky Florida science teachers experienced the thrill that only a few hundred astronauts have had -- flying in zero-gravity.



»» NASA Selects Advanced Technology Providers

NASA Selects Advanced Technology Providers [Thursday, July 21, 2005] NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) selected 11 technology investigators as part of the New Millennium Program, Space Technology 9 Project. The Project will flight demonstrate and validate technologies.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Propulsion Subsystem for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Propulsion Subsystem for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project [Thursday, July 21, 2005] NASA/GSFC plans to issue a RFP for the Propulsion Subsystem for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project office under the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. 



»» NASA Announces New Centennial Challenge: The Astronaut Glove Challenge

NASA Announces New Centennial Challenge: The Astronaut Glove Challenge [Friday, July 22, 2005] The Astronaut Glove Challenge award will go to the team that can design and manufacture the best performing glove within competition parameters. The $250,000 purse will be awarded at a competition scheduled for November 2006.



»» NASA Studying Unmanned Solution to Complete Space Station as Return to Flight Costs Grow

NASA Studying Unmanned Solution to Complete Space Station as Return to Flight Costs Grow [Sunday, July 24, 2005] NASA is completing an internal review that proposes using an expendable launch vehicle derived from space shuttle components to launch and complete the International Space Station following retirement of the shuttle orbiters in 2010.



»» NASA Sources Sought Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II [Tuesday, July 26, 2005] "The purpose of this sources sought is to identify potential sources for small business subcontracting opportunities during phase II performance."



»» NASA Sets Agency Online Web Stream Record During Shuttle Launch

NASA Sets Agency Online Web Stream Record During Shuttle Launch [Wednesday, July 27, 2005] NASA's Space Shuttle Return to Flight (STS-114) launch was one of the biggest events in Internet history. Internet users watched approximately 433,000 simultaneous webcast streams of NASA TV during the launch.



»» Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Greg Olsen, Confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-7 Crew

Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Greg Olsen, Confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-7 Crew [Wednesday, July 27, 2005] Space Adventuresannounced today that American technology entrepreneur Gregory Olsen, Ph.D. has been confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-7 crew which is currently planned for launch to the ISS on October 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. 



»» NASA Calls on Private Sector to Help Make Exploration Affordable

NASA Calls on Private Sector to Help Make Exploration Affordable [Thursday, July 28, 2005] Senior NASA officials chose the Space Frontier Foundation's "Return to the Moon VI: Reality Check" to articulate the importance of America's emerging commercial space industry to achieving the new U.S. Vision for Space Exploration.



»» Ariane 5 to launch THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR)

Ariane 5 to launch THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) [Thursday, July 28, 2005] The launch of Arianespace's next Ariane 5 has been set for the early morning hours of August 11 from the Spaceport in French Guiana, carrying the largest commercial telecommunications satellite ever to be placed in geostationary transfer orbit.



»» Lockheed Martin Hubble Space Telescope Teams Receive NASA Honors

Lockheed Martin Hubble Space Telescope Teams Receive NASA Honors [Thursday, July 28, 2005] In a ceremony at the NASA GSFC, Lockheed Martin employees and teams engaged in operating and servicing the Hubble Space Telescope have been recognized for their work with Goddard Awards of Excellence.



»» Branson and Rutan Form 'The Spaceship Company' To Jointly Manufacture and Market Spaceships for the new Sub-Orbital Personal Spaceflight Industry

Branson and Rutan Form 'The Spaceship Company' To Jointly Manufacture and Market Spaceships for the new Sub-Orbital Personal Spaceflight Industry [Thursday, July 28, 2005] Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group of Companies) and Burt Rutan (Scaled Composites) announced their signing of an agreement to form a new aerospace production company to build a fleet of commercial sub-orbital spaceships and launch aircraft.



»» Crew Exploration Vehicle, Phase 1 - One of Two Contracts Leading to Competitive Down-selection (Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation)

Crew Exploration Vehicle, Phase 1 - One of Two Contracts Leading to Competitive Down-selection (Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation) [Thursday, July 28, 2005] Contract Award Amount: 28,415,000



»» Crew Exploration Vehicle, Phase 1 - One of Two Contracts Leading to Competitive Down-selection (Lockheed Martin Corporation)

Crew Exploration Vehicle, Phase 1 - One of Two Contracts Leading to Competitive Down-selection (Lockheed Martin Corporation) [Thursday, July 28, 2005] Contract Award Amount: 28,156,330



»» NASA Launch Services Request for Proposals: Expansion of Performance Range to Include Small Class Launch Services

NASA Launch Services Request for Proposals: Expansion of Performance Range to Include Small Class Launch Services [Friday, July 29, 2005] On a semi-annual basis, NASA invites new, emerging domestic launch service providers that meet the minimum contract requirements to submit proposals during an open season.



»» Cancellation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation

Cancellation: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovative Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation [Saturday, July 30, 2005] "The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby canceling the Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) Request for Proposal (RFP)."




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