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June 2006 Top Stories


»» ISD2006: Space industry success

ISD2006: Space industry success [Friday, June 2, 2006] Europe's space players met this week in the Netherlands at ESA's Industry Space Days 2006, a major forum for those operating in the space sector. An estimated 400 participants from European small and medium sized companies attended.



»» NASA Announces Mars Science Lab Mission Launch Contract

NASA Announces Mars Science Lab Mission Launch Contract [Friday, June 2, 2006] NASA KSC has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services Inc. to deliver an Atlas V rocket for the Mars Science Laboratory mission to carry a large rover to the red planet in the fall of 2009.



»» Royal Canadian Mint Presents its New Collector Coins to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Royal Canadian Mint Presents its New Collector Coins to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield [Friday, June 2, 2006] The Royal Canadian Mint presented Colonel Hadfield with its two new collector coins commemorating the astronaut's historic spacewalk and the development of the Canadarm robotic arms, two extraordinary achievements in Canadian history.



»» NASA Announces Distribution of Constellation Work

NASA Announces Distribution of Constellation Work [Monday, June 5, 2006] NASA announced Monday agency center responsibilities associated with the Constellation Program for robotic and human moon and Mars exploration.



»» NASA Announces J-2X Rocket Engine Development Contract

NASA Announces J-2X Rocket Engine Development Contract [Tuesday, June 6, 2006] NASA has awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc. of Canoga Park, Calif., a letter contract with a maximum value of $50 million to initiate design, development, test and evaluation of the J-2X engine for the agency's crew and cargo launch vehicles.



»» NASA 2006 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Solicitation

NASA 2006 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Solicitation [Tuesday, June 6, 2006] NASA/GRC plans to issue a Request for Proposals for the 2006 NASA Small Business Technology Transfer Program. The NASA STTR program is conducted under the authority of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program Reauthorization Act of 2001.



»» NASA 2006 Small Business TInnovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation

NASA 2006 Small Business TInnovation Research (SBIR) Program Solicitation [Tuesday, June 6, 2006] NASA plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP)] for the NASA 2006 Small Business Innovation Research Program. The NASA SBIR program is conducted under the authority of the Small Business Innovation Research Program Reauthorization Act of 2000.



»» Space Adventures’ Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Daisuke ‘Dice-K’ Enomoto, Confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-9 Crew

Space Adventures’ Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Daisuke ‘Dice-K’ Enomoto, Confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-9 Crew [Wednesday, June 7, 2006] Space Adventures, Ltd. announced today that Daisuke 'Dice-K' Enomoto has been confirmed to the Soyuz TMA-9 crew which is currently planned to launch to the International Space Station this September from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.



»» Revised NPOESS Weather Satellite Program to be Examined at House Science Committee Hearing With Agency Heads

Revised NPOESS Weather Satellite Program to be Examined at House Science Committee Hearing With Agency Heads [Wednesday, June 7, 2006] The key program to build new weather satellites for both military and civilian forecasting has just undergone a statutorily required review because the program was more than 25 percent over budget.



»» ITT's Weather Satellite Technology Prepares for U.S. Hurricane Season

ITT's Weather Satellite Technology Prepares for U.S. Hurricane Season [Thursday, June 8, 2006] Hurricane season began on June 1, and forecasters predict another active hurricane season for 2006, with an estimated 8-10 hurricanes expected. Of these, they predict 4- 6 will escalate to "major" hurricanes of Category Three strength or higher.



»» European Commission takes stock of the GALILEO Programme

European Commission takes stock of the GALILEO Programme [Thursday, June 8, 2006] The European Commission has adopted a communication taking stock of the GALILEO satellite radionavigation program. The communication outlines the key components of this project and includes an updated timetable for its implementation.



»» SIRIUS to Augment Satellite Constellation

SIRIUS to Augment Satellite Constellation [Thursday, June 8, 2006] SIRIUS announced that it has entered into an agreement with Space Systems/Loral for the design and construction of a new satellite that will be one of the most advanced and powerful communications satellites ever built.



»» NRC Report: Issues Affecting the Future of the U.S. Space Science and Engineering Workforce:

NRC Report: Issues Affecting the Future of the U.S. Space Science and Engineering Workforce: [Saturday, June 10, 2006] "However, so far NASA has only begun to examine skill distribution and is becoming aware that it has an age distribution problem, but the committee saw no indication that the agency has begun to act on this concern."



»» Irvin Aerospace Awarded Contract to Develop CEV Airbags for NASA

Irvin Aerospace Awarded Contract to Develop CEV Airbags for NASA [Monday, June 12, 2006] Irvin Aerospace has been awarded a 5-year IDIQ contract to develop an advanced space capsule airbag landing attenuation system for NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.



»» Astro Research Corporation Announces MySat Personal Service

Astro Research Corporation Announces MySat Personal Service [Monday, June 12, 2006] Astro Research Corp. is proud to announce the start of the world's first personal satellite and launch service available as of June 9th with Astro Research Corporation's in-house-developed MySat-1 small satellite offered as "MySat Personal Service".



»» How Did A Confederate Flag Get Aboard the International Space Station?

How Did A Confederate Flag Get Aboard the International Space Station? [Tuesday, June 13, 2006] A seller on Ebay is currently offering confederate flags which have flown aboard the International Space Station. The question many are asking is why NASA would allow the flying of a symbol many people find to be offensive.



»» Genesis Mishap Report - Executive Summary

Genesis Mishap Report - Executive Summary [Tuesday, June 13, 2006] On September 8, 2004 the Genesis sample return capsule drogue parachute did not deploy during entry, descent, and landing operations over the Utah Test and Training Range.



»» Harmful Algal Blooms monitored from space in Chile

Harmful Algal Blooms monitored from space in Chile [Tuesday, June 13, 2006] Chile is currently the world's largest producer of farmed salmon and has a burgeoning mussel culture industry that is supplying a growing world market. However, the country's marine aquaculture sector is vulnerable to Harmful Algal Blooms.



»» First Primary Mirror Segment for James Webb Space Telescope Delivered

First Primary Mirror Segment for James Webb Space Telescope Delivered [Wednesday, June 14, 2006] Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has begun calibration and assembly of the first flight primary mirror segment for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, the cryogenic infrared observatory scheduled to launch in 2013.



»» DARPA, Air Force and AirLaunch LLC Drop Test Sets New C-17 Record

DARPA, Air Force and AirLaunch LLC Drop Test Sets New C-17 Record [Thursday, June 15, 2006] AirLaunch LLC, DARPA and the Air Force made history yesterday as a simulated AirLaunch QuickReach(TM) rocket weighing 65,000 lbs was dropped out of a C-17A cargo aircraft, making it the heaviest single load to ever be dropped out of the plane.



»» Arianespace, ISR) and CNES: exemplary collaboration

Arianespace, ISR) and CNES: exemplary collaboration [Friday, June 16, 2006] On June 19, 1981, Europe’s Ariane launcher orbited the Indian experimental satellite Apple. Since then, Arianespace, ISRO and CNES have developed an exemplary space partnership, forging commercial, government and industrial alliances.



»» CEV Upper Stage Request for Information Update

CEV Upper Stage Request for Information Update [Friday, June 16, 2006] After careful internal review, as well as consideration of the inputs received from Industry, the Avionics Production contract schedule has been revised to include production support and delivery of the first flight unit in the contract.



»» Arianespace to launch first Vietnamese telecommunications satellite

Arianespace to launch first Vietnamese telecommunications satellite [Tuesday, June 20, 2006] The first Vietnamese telecommunications satellite, VINASAT-1 will be launched on an Ariane 5 vehicle during the first half of 2008 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.



»» You Think Your Space Business Can Fly? You Think You Have the Right Financial Stuff?

You Think Your Space Business Can Fly? You Think You Have the Right Financial Stuff? [Friday, June 23, 2006] The Space Frontier Foundation will host a competition at its NewSpace 2006 Conference in Las Vegas, Friday, July 21st, to help entrepreneurs wishing to start NewSpace companies.



»» Northrop Grumman Wins NASA Task Order for Software Assurance of the Mars Science Laboratory

Northrop Grumman Wins NASA Task Order for Software Assurance of the Mars Science Laboratory [Tuesday, June 27, 2006] Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a task order to independently verify and validate mission-critical software on the Mars Science Laboratory for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).



»» NASA Exploration Systems Progress Report 18 May 2006

NASA Exploration Systems Progress Report 18 May 2006 [Tuesday, June 27, 2006] NASA engineers are in the midst of a new series of tests that will aid development of the agency's future space transportation systems.



»» Blue Origin West Texas Commercial Launch Site Environmental Assessment

Blue Origin West Texas Commercial Launch Site Environmental Assessment [Tuesday, June 27, 2006] "The proposed action is for AST to issue one or more experimental permits and/or licenses to Blue Origin. Blue Origin proposes to launch reusable launch vehicleson suborbital, ballistic trajectories to altitudes in excess of 99,060 meters."



»» Boeing Completes First Delta IV West Coast Launch

Boeing Completes First Delta IV West Coast Launch [Wednesday, June 28, 2006] Boeing completed the first flight of a Delta IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., yesterday with the successful launch of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) satellite, NROL-22.



»» t/Space Announces Expanded Technical and Financial Team

t/Space Announces Expanded Technical and Financial Team [Wednesday, June 28, 2006] Transformational Space Corp. announced today an expansion of its technical and financial team. Ball Aerospace will design and produce the avionics for the space vehicle.



»» Again ESA selected Esrange Space Center for the Galileo satellites

Again ESA selected Esrange Space Center for the Galileo satellites [Thursday, June 29, 2006] Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) has signed the ESA contract for providing a site for the northern TT&C antenna (Telemetry, Tracking & Command) at Esrange Space Center near Kiruna.



»» NASA Names New Rockets, Saluting The Future, Honoring the Past

NASA Names New Rockets, Saluting The Future, Honoring the Past [Friday, June 30, 2006] NASA announced the names of the next generation of launch vehicles that will return humans to the moon and later take them to Mars and other destinations. The crew launch vehicle will be called Ares I, and the cargo launch vehicle, Ares V.




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