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June 2005 Top Stories


»» Arianespace: next launch scheduled for the night of Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25, 2005

Arianespace: next launch scheduled for the night of Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25, 2005 [Wednesday, June 1, 2005] On the night of Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25, 2005, Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA to launch the Spaceway 2 and Telkom 2 spacecraft.



»» NASA Sources Sought Notice: Revolutionary System Concepts for Aeronautic (RSCA) Program

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Revolutionary System Concepts for Aeronautic (RSCA) Program [Wednesday, June 1, 2005] This notice allows industry the opportunity to provide feedback on their ideas for revolutionary system concepts for aeronautics and their capabilities to analytically assess the potential benefits of these concepts.



»» NOAA: Solar Wind Data and Telecommunications

NOAA: Solar Wind Data and Telecommunications [Wednesday, June 1, 2005] Studies conducted over several years have demonstrated that several government agencies have requirements that could or must be met in earth-Lagrange 1 (L1) or Artificial Lagrange Orbits.



»» Fourteen mile high billboard

Fourteen mile high billboard [Thursday, June 2, 2005] On May 21st, a high altitude balloon platform was flown to the edge of space.  This mission, named Away 26, was flown by JP Aerospace. In addition to it's scientific and research duties, Away 26 served as a billboard at the edge of space.



»» Spacehab Announces Dismissal of Lloyds of London Complaint

Spacehab Announces Dismissal of Lloyds of London Complaint [Thursday, June 2, 2005] Spacehab today announced that Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London have agreed to drop their complaint against the Company and join with Spacehab in pursuit of its claims with NASA for reimbursement of loss for its Research Double Module on STS-107.



»» NASA, SpaceX To Collaborate on Strategies for Spaceflight Systems

NASA, SpaceX To Collaborate on Strategies for Spaceflight Systems [Thursday, June 2, 2005] NASA and California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) have signed a two-year agreement to research strategies for future human spaceflight systems for exploration missions and commercial space access.



»» NASA and University of North Dakota Sign DC-8 Agreement

NASA and University of North Dakota Sign DC-8 Agreement [Thursday, June 2, 2005] NASA has signed a cooperative agreement with the University of North Dakota Grand Forks, to house and operate the agency's DC-8 jet aircraft. The purpose of the agreement is to create a National Suborbital Education and Research Center at the university.



»» Sean O'Keefe Elected to DuPont Board of Directors

Sean O'Keefe Elected to DuPont Board of Directors [Thursday, June 2, 2005] DuPont today announced that Sean O'Keefe, chancellor of Louisiana State University and former administrator of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has been elected to its board of directors, effective July 1.



»» NASA Seeks to Develop Shuttle Derived Heavy Launch Vehicle

NASA Seeks to Develop Shuttle Derived Heavy Launch Vehicle [Friday, June 3, 2005] According to NASA sources, the Exploration Science Mission Directorate has recommended (internally) that NASA pursue development of a heavy lift launch system based, in part, on the current Space Shuttle.



»» NASA Has a Problem Calculating - and Admitting - What Space Missions Really Cost

NASA Has a Problem Calculating - and Admitting - What Space Missions Really Cost [Friday, June 3, 2005] Editor's note: "NASA issued a press release yesterday regarding the Mars Phoenix Lander mission. I had some serious issues with what was - and what was not included in the press release with regard to the actual cost of the mission."



»» Mars research opens doors to world's fastest-growing economy

Mars research opens doors to world's fastest-growing economy [Friday, June 3, 2005] ASU's Mars research team took center stage at China's national celebration of science and technology, and tens of thousands of Chinese citizens - including schoolchildren, scientists, engineers and senior members of government - took notice.



»» NASA Chooses Jupiter as Next Major Spacecraft Destination

NASA Chooses Jupiter as Next Major Spacecraft Destination [Friday, June 3, 2005] NASA has announced the second mission in its New Frontiers Program: a mission -- called Juno to fly to Jupiter -- that now will proceed to a preliminary design phase.



»» Ariane V Flight Delayed

Ariane V Flight Delayed [Monday, June 6, 2005] A technical problem with one of the two satellites slated for launch on the night of June 24-25 has resulted in a reordering of Arianespace's mission scheduling.



»» EU and Ukraine seal GALILEO and aviation agreement

EU and Ukraine seal GALILEO and aviation agreement [Monday, June 6, 2005] Negotiations on Ukraine's participation in Europe's satellite radionavigation programme finally reached approval. The agreement was initialled today in Kiev.



»» Massive Reorganization Underway at NASA; Craig Steidle Resigns

Massive Reorganization Underway at NASA; Craig Steidle Resigns [Tuesday, June 7, 2005] A massive reorganization has begun at NASA. NASA Adminstrator Mike Griffin has begun the process by sending out formal notices to more than 50 senior NASA managers aprising them of pending changes in their job titles. Adm. Craig Steidle resigned today.



»» Orbital Delivers 500th Space And Launch System

Orbital Delivers 500th Space And Launch System [Tuesday, June 7, 2005] Orbital Sciences Corporation reached a significant operational milestone late last week when the company delivered its 500th space and launch system since the company was founded 23 years ago.



»» SwRI to lead NASA's Juno mission, provide two science instruments

SwRI to lead NASA's Juno mission, provide two science instruments [Tuesday, June 7, 2005] NASA has selected a Southwest Research Institute scientist to lead the next mission to Jupiter. The mission, named Juno, will be the first to perform an in-depth examination of the giant planet.



»» Ariane Launch postponement due to TELKOM-2 satellite problem

Ariane Launch postponement due to TELKOM-2 satellite problem [Wednesday, June 8, 2005] Arianespace announced today that the launch of Spaceway 2 and TELKOM-2 will be delayed due to a technical problem that was discovered on the TELKOM-2 spacecraft during pre-launch testing at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.



»» Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Innovative Partnerships Program Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT)

Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Innovative Partnerships Program Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) [Wednesday, June 8, 2005] "Responsibilities of technology transfer include transfer of technologies from the Agency, called Diffusion or "Spin-Out", and the transfer of needed technologies into the Agency's programs and missions, called Infusion or "Spin-In".



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Replace and Upgrade Siding on Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Replace and Upgrade Siding on Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) [Wednesday, June 8, 2005] NASA/KSC plans to issue a RFP for Replace and upgrade siding on the VAB. The order of magnitude for the procurement is greater than $10,000,000 and the effort shall be completed within 1080 calendar days after notice to proceed.



»» Launch preparations of Dnepr launch vehicle with Japanese satellites started on Baikonur

Launch preparations of Dnepr launch vehicle with Japanese satellites started on Baikonur [Wednesday, June 8, 2005] A Dnepr LV with two experimental satellites of Japanese Space Agency is to be launched from Baikonur in the mid-August.



»» NASA OIG: Synopsis of Management Issues Associated with NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program

NASA OIG: Synopsis of Management Issues Associated with NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program [Wednesday, June 8, 2005] In connection with the audit of NASA's FY 04 financial statements, the OIG engaged Ernst & Young to conduct a root cause analysis of issues associated with NASA's ongoing challenges in effectively implementing its integrated financial management system.



»» NASA Exercises Two Space Station Contract Options

NASA Exercises Two Space Station Contract Options [Wednesday, June 8, 2005] NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has exercised two contract options with The Boeing Company for continued work on the U.S. segment of the International Space Station. The options are valued at $316 million.



»» NASA Selects Northrop Grumman for Software Assurance Services Contract Valued at Up to $200M

NASA Selects Northrop Grumman for Software Assurance Services Contract Valued at Up to $200M [Thursday, June 9, 2005] Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract to provide NASA with the capability to independently verify and validate mission-critical software that will support the safety requirements and technology needs of the agency.



»» Space Systems/Loral Delivers World's Largest Satellite To Launch Base

Space Systems/Loral Delivers World's Largest Satellite To Launch Base [Thursday, June 9, 2005] Space Systems/Loral today announced that the iPSTAR-1 satellite has arrived at the Arianespace spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and is undergoing preparations for launch aboard an Ariane 5 rocket on July 7.



»» NASA Solicitation: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Communication System

NASA Solicitation: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Communication System [Thursday, June 9, 2005] This document describes the current project understanding of LRO's mission communications as a result of the project's previous RFI process. This is not a request for additional RFI responses, nor is this a request for vendor proposals.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Mission Support Operations Contract (MSOC)

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Mission Support Operations Contract (MSOC) [Friday, June 10, 2005] NASA/JSC has a requirement for mission operations and planning ground systems in support of space flight programs. NASA/JSC intends to purchase these services from Lockheed Martin Space Operations Company.



»» Orbital Returns TELKOM-2 Satellite to Manufacturing Facility for Electrical System Repair

Orbital Returns TELKOM-2 Satellite to Manufacturing Facility for Electrical System Repair [Friday, June 10, 2005] Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB - News), announced today that the TELKOM-2 communications satellite will arrive back at the company's Dulles, Virginia satellite manufacturing facility later this week.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Human-Systems Integration Program Request for Information

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Human-Systems Integration Program Request for Information [Friday, June 10, 2005] NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Human System Research and Technology division is soliciting innovative concepts, ideas, technologies and research approaches for its Human-Systems Integration research and technology program.



»» GlobeTel Signs Formal Agreement with NASA

GlobeTel Signs Formal Agreement with NASA [Monday, June 13, 2005] GlobeTel Communications Corp. today announced that the company has signed a formal agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.



»» NASA Selects Contractors for Crew Exploration Vehicle Work

NASA Selects Contractors for Crew Exploration Vehicle Work [Monday, June 13, 2005] NASA today announced the selection of Lockheed Martin Corp. and the team of Northrop Grumman Corp. and The Boeing Co. that will lead to an award to build the agency's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).



»» Telescope to travel from Europe to Northern Canada over the next 6-9 days

Telescope to travel from Europe to Northern Canada over the next 6-9 days [Monday, June 13, 2005] The NASA launch of a new generation telescope at 9:10 PM EST (2:10 AM GMT) Saturday, June 11 was made possible in part by sophisticated engineering expertise from AMEC, the international project management and engineering services company.



»» Northrop Grumman/Boeing Space Team Selected to Compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle

Northrop Grumman/Boeing Space Team Selected to Compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle [Tuesday, June 14, 2005] A Northrop Grumman Corporation - The Boeing Company team has been selected by NASA to compete for an award to design and build the space agency's planned Crew Exploration Vehicle.



»» ILS Celebrates 10th Anniversary - Most Successful U.S.-Russian Venture

ILS Celebrates 10th Anniversary - Most Successful U.S.-Russian Venture [Tuesday, June 14, 2005] International Launch Services celebrates a decade in which it revolutionized the satellite launch market, taking the leadership position with its innovative concepts and the most reliable launch vehicles in the industry.



»» Arianespace: 25 years of success, 25 years of meeting the challenge

Arianespace: 25 years of success, 25 years of meeting the challenge [Tuesday, June 14, 2005] Created in 1980 as the first commercial launch services company, Arianespace this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.



»» t/Space Demonstrates New Air-Launch Technology

t/Space Demonstrates New Air-Launch Technology [Tuesday, June 14, 2005] Three weeks of flight tests over the Mojave desert have demonstrated a breakthrough in how to safely launch future passenger-carrying rockets using a carrier aircraft.



»» NASA Buying Microgravity Flights From Zero-G

NASA Buying Microgravity Flights From Zero-G [Tuesday, June 14, 2005] NASA researchers will conduct experiments later this year on two near-weightless flights operated by the Zero Gravity (Zero-G) Corporation of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



»» NASA Investigates Revolutionary Space Exploration Concepts

NASA Investigates Revolutionary Space Exploration Concepts [Wednesday, June 15, 2005] The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) has selected its 2005 Phase 1 awards. The Phase 1 awards are 12, six-month study proposals beginning in September that could revolutionize space exploration.



»» Iridium Closes $32 Million Credit Facility with Bank of America

Iridium Closes $32 Million Credit Facility with Bank of America [Wednesday, June 15, 2005] Iridium Satellite LLC, the global supplier of mobile satellite communication services, today announced it has closed a $32 million senior secured credit facility with Bank of America N.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America



»» Sea Launch Prepares for Intelsat Americas™-8 Mission

Sea Launch Prepares for Intelsat Americas™-8 Mission [Wednesday, June 15, 2005] The Sea Launch team is preparing to launch the Intelsat Americas™-8 (IA-8) tri-band communications satellite, on June 23, at the opening of a two-hour launch window, at 5:58:00 am PDT ( 12:58:00 GMT).



»» NOAA Announces Impending Launch of GOES-N Spacecraft

NOAA Announces Impending Launch of GOES-N Spacecraft [Wednesday, June 15, 2005] NOAA officials today announced details of a new geostationary operational environmental satellite that will launch next week. GOES-N, procured in cooperation with NASA, will lift off Friday, June 24, at 6:13 p.m. (EST) from the Kennedy Space Center in Flo



»» Lockheed Martin Successfully Test Fires Second Falcon Small Launch Vehicle Hybrid Motor

Lockheed Martin Successfully Test Fires Second Falcon Small Launch Vehicle Hybrid Motor [Friday, June 17, 2005] Lockheed Martin successfully test-fired a hybrid motor as part of the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) program at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. on June 10. 



»» Sea Launch Begins Countdown for Intelsat Americas-8 Launch

Sea Launch Begins Countdown for Intelsat Americas-8 Launch [Monday, June 20, 2005] The Sea Launch team has initiated a 72-hour countdown in preparation for the launch of the Intelsat Americas-8 (IA-8) satellite on Thursday, June 23, at the opening of a two- hour launch window at 5:58:00 am PDT (12:58:00 GMT).



»» European platform for large communications satellites enters full development phase

European platform for large communications satellites enters full development phase [Monday, June 20, 2005] At the recent Paris Air Show/Le Bourget, the contract was signed for the development of Alphabus, the new European platform for the next generation of telecommunications satellites.



»» Eurely and iNavSat consortia deliver a joint proposal for the Galileo Concession

Eurely and iNavSat consortia deliver a joint proposal for the Galileo Concession [Monday, June 20, 2005] The founding members of the Eurely and iNavSat consortia have today delivered their joint proposal for the Galileo Concession to the Galileo Joint Undertaking (GJU).



»» Mike Griffin Reveals His Commercialization Vision for NASA: Part 1

Mike Griffin Reveals His Commercialization Vision for NASA: Part 1 [Tuesday, June 21, 2005] "Mike Griffin chose the occasion to address NASA commercialization policy. He advised the audience that as the summer progresses that some of the things he'd discuss would be transformed into action."



»» Mike Griffin Reveals His Commercialization Vision for NASA: Part 2

Mike Griffin Reveals His Commercialization Vision for NASA: Part 2 [Wednesday, June 22, 2005] Following his remarks to the Space Transportation Association on Tuesday, Mike Griffin took questions from the audience.



»» NASA, Entrepreneurs to Develop Biotechnology Plan for Space Station

NASA, Entrepreneurs to Develop Biotechnology Plan for Space Station [Wednesday, June 22, 2005] NASA scientists and space service providers are meeting on June 21 and June 22 to develop a new entrepreneurial paradigm for the International Space Station (ISS) focusing on biotechnology applications.



»» Report Warns of Challenges to U.S. Leadership in Space

Report Warns of Challenges to U.S. Leadership in Space [Thursday, June 23, 2005] The U.S. must bolster the competitiveness of its commercial space industry, expand international cooperation, and refocus on basic science in order to hold on to its traditional leadership position in space, according to the authors of a new paper.



»» Intelsat Americas-8 (IA-8) Launch Successful

Intelsat Americas-8 (IA-8) Launch Successful [Thursday, June 23, 2005] Intelsat announced today that at 10:03 a.m. ET the IA-8 satellite was successfully launched aboard Sea Launch's Zenit-3SL rocket.



»» NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Recognizes Space Shuttle Prime Contractors for Committment to Small and Disadavantaged Businesses

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Recognizes Space Shuttle Prime Contractors for Committment to Small and Disadavantaged Businesses [Thursday, June 23, 2005] NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has honored Space Shuttle prime contractors for their commitment to making subcontracting opportunities available to small and disadvantaged businesses.



»» NASA Draft Propulsion Statement of Work and Specification for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program

NASA Draft Propulsion Statement of Work and Specification for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Program [Friday, June 24, 2005] The purpose of this draft document is to identify potential interest in providing a propulsion subsystem for the RLEP/LRO program, and solicit responses from interested parties.



»» NASA, Xerox to Demonstrate 'Virtual Crew Assistant'

NASA, Xerox to Demonstrate 'Virtual Crew Assistant' [Friday, June 24, 2005] Intelligent conversation with robots - long the bread and butter of science fiction authors - soon may take another step closer to reality for astronauts on the International Space Station.



»» NASA Issues Request for Technology Transfer Proposal

NASA Issues Request for Technology Transfer Proposal [Friday, June 24, 2005] NASA today announced the release of the Technology Transfer Transformation Request for Proposals (RFP). This solicitation is part of NASA's transformation of its technology transfer program that began in the summer of 2004.



»» MDA Adds New RADARSAT Customers

MDA Adds New RADARSAT Customers [Friday, June 24, 2005] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today that it has signed two new subscription agreements with RADARSAT network stations, one with a NATO station in Italy and another with a customer in Kazakhstan.



»» NASA Announces Aerospace Systems Modeling Selection

NASA Announces Aerospace Systems Modeling Selection [Friday, June 24, 2005] NASA will award Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), Albuquerque, N.M. a contract this month to support aerospace systems modeling and simulation facilities at Ames Research Center.



»» PanAmSat and JSAT to Expand Satellite Capacity in U.S. to Satisfy Growing High-Definition and IP Television Markets

PanAmSat and JSAT to Expand Satellite Capacity in U.S. to Satisfy Growing High-Definition and IP Television Markets [Monday, June 27, 2005] PanAmSat announced today that it was joining forces with long-time partner JSAT Corporation to form a joint venture that will launch a new Ku-band satellite to satisfy the growing demand in the U.S. market.



»» Inaugural SpaceX Falcon 1 Flight Moved to Kwajalein

Inaugural SpaceX Falcon 1 Flight Moved to Kwajalein [Monday, June 27, 2005] We were just informed that the Titan IV flight will launch no earlier than September and may very well be delayed until October or November, depending upon what issues arise (due to overflight concerns, Falcon I is required to launch after Titan IV)



»» Eurely and iNavSat applaud GJU decision for the Galileo Concession

Eurely and iNavSat applaud GJU decision for the Galileo Concession [Wednesday, June 29, 2005] The GJU decision is an important step forward for both Egnos and Galileo programs as it brings the momentum of the confidence that the programs are on track. This decision marks a milestone in the development of one of Europe's largest common programs.



»» NASA Announces Research Agreement with Lehigh University

NASA Announces Research Agreement with Lehigh University [Wednesday, June 29, 2005] NASA announced today an agreement with Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. It gives NASA researchers access to Lehigh's cutting-edge nanotechnology and electron microscopy facilities.



»» Pratt & Whitney Wins Contract for Future Exploration In-Space Cryogenic Propulsion System

Pratt & Whitney Wins Contract for Future Exploration In-Space Cryogenic Propulsion System [Wednesday, June 29, 2005] Pratt & Whitney Space Propulsion announced today that it has begun work on a multi-year $40 million program (including options) from NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate to develop the Common Extensible Cryogenic Engine (CECE).



»» Northrop Grumman Team Completes NPOESS Delta Preliminary Design Review

Northrop Grumman Team Completes NPOESS Delta Preliminary Design Review [Wednesday, June 29, 2005] A Northrop Grumman Corporation-led team successfully completed its most recent major system-wide milestone - the delta preliminary design review (PDR) - on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program.




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