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July 2006 Top Stories


»» Boeing to Build Three Additional Global Positioning System Satellites

Boeing to Build Three Additional Global Positioning System Satellites [Wednesday, July 5, 2006] Boeing has been awarded a $138 million option by the U.S. Air Force to build three additional Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites under the GPS Block IIF contract.



»» SATNAV Industry Meet Held at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore

SATNAV Industry Meet Held at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore [Wednesday, July 5, 2006] An ISRO-Industry Meet on Satellite Navigation was organised at ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, today, (July 4, 2006).



»» Engineers who develop Canada's space robotics are on strike

Engineers who develop Canada's space robotics are on strike [Thursday, July 6, 2006] On June 21, for the first time in its 28 year history, the SPATEA (SPAR Professional and Allied Technical Employee's Association) has gone on strike.



»» NASA GRC Request for Information: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Test Facilities

NASA GRC Request for Information: In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Test Facilities [Thursday, July 6, 2006] The ISRU Facility Team is seeking information regarding the capabilities and past performance of facilities as they relate to simulation of the lunar environment, including the potential for handling large amounts of simulated lunar regolith.



»» NASA Institute Selects Pioneering Exploration Proposals

NASA Institute Selects Pioneering Exploration Proposals [Thursday, July 6, 2006] The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) announces the selection of sixteen proposals that could radically advance space exploration.



»» ILS Schedules Proton Breeze M Return to Flight in August with Eutelsat's HOT BIRD(TM) 8

ILS Schedules Proton Breeze M Return to Flight in August with Eutelsat's HOT BIRD(TM) 8 [Thursday, July 6, 2006] ILS has scheduled its next Proton mission for Aug. 5 from Baikonur with the launch of the HOT BIRD 8 satellite for Eutelsat. Following that, ILS plans two additional Proton Breeze M missions in 2006, based upon customers' satellite delivery schedules.



»» Next Space Station Crew to Discuss Mission on NASA TV

Next Space Station Crew to Discuss Mission on NASA TV [Friday, July 7, 2006] The next residents of the International Space Station and a Japanese spaceflight participant will discuss their mission during a Thursday, July 13, news conference on NASA TV.



»» Arianespace will launch Arabsat's BADR-6 satellite

Arianespace will launch Arabsat's BADR-6 satellite [Friday, July 7, 2006] As part of its upcoming ambitious fleet renewal and expansion program for the next 3 years, Satcom operator Arabsat has selected Arianespace for the launch of its recently ordered BADR-6 satellite in 2008.



»» NOAA: Next Steps to Strengthen Its Acquisition Function

NOAA:  Next Steps to Strengthen Its Acquisition Function [Tuesday, July 11, 2006] NOAA accounts for about half of the Department of Commerce's (Commerce) acquisition spending, over $851 million in fiscal year 2005 alone. In recent years however, NOAA has experienced instances of poor contract management.



»» NASA Solicitation: Master Developer for KSC's Exploration Park

NASA Solicitation: Master Developer for KSC's Exploration Park [Wednesday, July 12, 2006] NASA Kennedy Space Center seeks comments from industry to the attached draft solicitation for the development and long-term operation of Exploration Park at Kennedy Space Center.



»» Lockheed Martin Solar X-Ray Imager on NOAA GOES-13(N) spacecraft sees first light

Lockheed Martin Solar X-Ray Imager on NOAA GOES-13(N) spacecraft sees first light [Wednesday, July 12, 2006] The Solar X-ray Imager (SXI) instrument, designed and built by Lockheed Martin at its Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has produced its first image.



»» Space Industry Business Directory Released

Space Industry Business Directory Released [Wednesday, July 12, 2006] SpaceBusiness.com, in cooperation with the International Space Business Council, announced that they have completed compiling information for the highly anticipated 2006 edition of the "North American Space Directory".



»» Genesis I Mission Update 12 July 2006

Genesis I Mission Update 12 July 2006 [Wednesday, July 12, 2006] "Bigelow Aerospace has received confirmation from the Genesis I spacecraft that it has successfully expanded. We have also confirmed that all of the solar arrays have been deployed."



»» First Images From Space Of Genesis 1 Vehicle

First Images From Space Of Genesis 1 Vehicle [Saturday, July 15, 2006] "We have extracted from early quick look data a low resolution thumbnail image of the Genesis I vehicle which verifies the success of vehicle inflation and solar array deployment."



»» New Images from Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis I

New Images from Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis I [Monday, July 17, 2006] One image shows Genesis I with the Earth in the background. The module's orbit is coming from the dark side of the Earth into daylight. Another shows the outer surface of the Genesis I's inflatable skin.



»» Bigelow Spacecraft Carries NASA 'GeneBox' for Tests in Orbit

Bigelow Spacecraft Carries NASA 'GeneBox' for Tests in Orbit [Monday, July 17, 2006] NASA's 'GeneBox' is in orbit inside Bigelow Corporation's one-third scale, inflatable Genesis I test spacecraft. In future flights, it will analyze how the near weightlessness of space affects genes in microscopic cells and other small life forms.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Bridge to Future Competitions for Program Management Support Functions to the Constellation Program

NASA JSC Solicitation: Bridge to Future Competitions for Program Management Support Functions to the Constellation Program [Monday, July 17, 2006] Johnson Space Center (JSC) proposes to obtain authority contract by other than full and open competition for acquisition of support to the Constellation Program under the current NAS 9-20000 Space Flight Operations Contract (SFOC).



»» Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Reveals High Altitude Unmanned System

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Reveals High Altitude Unmanned System [Thursday, July 20, 2006] Lockheed Martin has unveiled the existence of a new high altitude, unmanned aerial demonstrator. The announcement was part of a review of Skunk Works® projects highlighting technologies the company is exploring to enable technology for the future.



»» Lockheed Martin to Design Nano Air Vehicle to Monitor the Urban Battlefield

Lockheed Martin to Design Nano Air Vehicle to Monitor the Urban Battlefield [Thursday, July 20, 2006] DARPA awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.7-million, 10-month contract to design a revolutionary remote-controlled nano air vehicle (NAV) that will collect military intelligence indoors and outdoors on the urban battlefield.



»» MDA books contract extension for continued support of Mobile Servicing System for the International Space Station

MDA books contract extension for continued support of Mobile Servicing System for the International Space Station [Thursday, July 20, 2006] MDA announced today that it has signed a C$32.8 million contract extension with the Canadian Space Agency to provide logistics, sustaining engineering, and enhancements for the Mobile Servicing System.



»» CloudSat and CALIPSO Satellites Return Unprecedented Images

CloudSat and CALIPSO Satellites Return Unprecedented Images [Tuesday, July 25, 2006] Scientists around the world can now glimpse inside Earth's storms with the instruments aboard two Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Earth-observation missions launched earlier this year.



»» Images from Inside Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis I Released

Images from Inside Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis I Released [Tuesday, July 25, 2006] These are interior photos from a portion of the Genesis I spacecraft currently in orbit. The images are a small sample of what we hope to produce in the "Fly Your Stuff" program. The blurred images are actual photos and items in flight.



»» Unaffordable and Unsustainable: NASA's Failing Earth-to-orbit Transportation Strategy - A Policy White Paper of the Space Frontier Foundation

Unaffordable and Unsustainable: NASA's Failing Earth-to-orbit Transportation Strategy - A Policy White Paper of the Space Frontier Foundation [Tuesday, July 25, 2006] "Over the past 30 months, NASA has made fundamental errors in its implementation of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), errors which can be fixed today but will be fatal if left uncorrected."



»» NASA ARC Solicitation: Space-Qualified Solid Rocket Motor

NASA ARC Solicitation: Space-Qualified Solid Rocket Motor [Wednesday, July 26, 2006] NASA/ARC has a requirement for a space-qualified solid rocket motor, with a history of prior space flight use, suitable for providing a braking impulse to a small lunar spacecraft.



»» NASA to Partner With AirLaunch LLC on Small Satellite Development

NASA to Partner With AirLaunch LLC on Small Satellite Development [Wednesday, July 26, 2006] NASA announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with AirLaunch LLC, Kirkland, Wash., to explore collaborations in space launch systems and payloads launched from aircraft.



»» GAO Report: NASA: Long-Term Commitment to and Investment in Space Exploration Requires More Knowledge

GAO Report: NASA:  Long-Term Commitment to and Investment in Space Exploration Requires More Knowledge [Wednesday, July 26, 2006] "Despite many successes in the exploration of space the loss of life, unsuccessful missions, and cost overruns have increased the level of concern over the benefits of such exploration, particularly with regard to human spaceflight activities."



»» NASA Awards Contracts for Constellation Program Study

NASA Awards Contracts for Constellation Program Study [Wednesday, July 26, 2006] NASA has awarded a 90-day study contract to four space-related companies to separately examine long-term ground processing and infrastructure planning for the agency's Constellation Program.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Delivery Technique for the Crew Exploration Vehicle Parachute Assembly System

NASA JSC Solicitation: Delivery Technique for the Crew Exploration Vehicle Parachute Assembly System [Thursday, July 27, 2006] NASA/JSC plans to issue a firm-fixed price RFP for a delivery technique, including hardware and procedures, for the testing of the CEV Parachute Assembly System being performed by the JSC at the U. S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds (YPG) in Arizona.



»» A Closer Look at NASA's GeneBox Payload

A Closer Look at NASA's GeneBox Payload [Sunday, July 30, 2006] GeneBox was developed to test out new ways to perform in-flight genomic analysis of living systems. Much of what is being flown aboard this satellite is cutting edge biotech - the likes of which have yet to fly aboard the International Space Station.



»» Lockheed Martin's Atlas V Selected to Launch Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Lockheed Martin's Atlas V Selected to Launch Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter [Sunday, July 30, 2006] NASA has announced the award of launch services for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission to Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services Inc. of Littleton, Colo.




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