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May 2005 Top Stories


»» Spacegab Accepts $4.8 Million Offer on Florida Processing Facility

Spacegab Accepts $4.8 Million Offer on Florida Processing Facility [Monday, May 2, 2005] Spacehab today announced that it has consummated the sale and lease back of its 58,000 square-foot processing facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida in a transaction with Tamir Silvers LLC valued at $4.8 million.



»» NASA Special Notice: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate FY05 BAA Deferred

NASA Special Notice: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate FY05 BAA Deferred [Monday, May 2, 2005] The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate has decided to defer indefinitely the previously planned FY2005 Broad Agency Announcement for the Exploration Systems Research and Technology and Human Systems Research & Technology programs.  



»» Boeing, Lockheed Martin to Form Launch Services Joint Venture

Boeing, Lockheed Martin to Form Launch Services Joint Venture [Monday, May 2, 2005] Boeing and Lockheed Martin have entered into an agreement to create a joint venture that will combine the production, engineering, test and launch operations associated with U.S. government launches of Boeing Delta and Lockheed Martin Atlas rockets.



»» SpaceX Awarded $100 Million Contract From U.S. Air Force for Falcon I

SpaceX Awarded $100 Million Contract From U.S. Air Force for Falcon I [Monday, May 2, 2005] Space Exploration Technologies Corporation has been awarded a $100 million IDIQ contract by the U.S. Air Force/Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC Detachment 12) for Responsive Small Spacelift (RSS) launch services.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovatiuve Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Exploration Systems Mission Directorate - Innovatiuve Partnerships Program - Trechnology Transfer Transformation [Tuesday, May 3, 2005] "Attached to this synopsis are the draft Statement of Work and the draft Data Requirements Documents list for this contract."



»» ILS Atlas Adds NRO Mission to West Coast Launch Manifest

ILS Atlas Adds NRO Mission to West Coast Launch Manifest [Tuesday, May 3, 2005] International Launch Services (ILS), a Lockheed Martin Corp. joint venture, has signed an agreement with the U.S. Air Force to launch a national security payload on an Atlas V vehicle in 2007 from Vandenberg Air Force Base



»» NSAB Selects ILS for Proton Launch of SIRIUS 4 in 2007

NSAB Selects ILS for Proton Launch of SIRIUS 4 in 2007 [Wednesday, May 4, 2005] Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB) announced today that the launch of its SIRIUS 4 satellite will be on a Proton Breeze M booster provided by International Launch Services (ILS). Terms of the contract remain confidential.



»» Alliance Spacesystems, Inc. Selected to Build Robotic Arm for Phoenix Mission to Mars

Alliance Spacesystems, Inc. Selected to Build Robotic Arm for Phoenix Mission to Mars [Wednesday, May 4, 2005] Phoenix will be landing on the icy northern pole of Mars in May of 2008.  It is believed that the ice-rich soil there may be one of the few habitable environments where a biological system can survive.



»» Presolicitation Notice: NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Analysis of Impact of NASA Technology Innovations

Presolicitation Notice: NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Analysis of Impact of NASA Technology Innovations [Wednesday, May 4, 2005] For the past 45 years, NASA's technology achievements have extended the breadth and range of scientific exploration in many fields of endeavor. 



»» NASA TV's Digital Conversion Detailed in Engineering Telecons

NASA TV's Digital Conversion Detailed in Engineering Telecons [Wednesday, May 4, 2005] NASA TV's digital conversion from a single analog channel to multiple digital streams is slated for early to mid-May. The current analog signal will be provided through the end of June to allow for a smooth transition.



»» Boeing Dedicates Delta IV West Coast Launch Site

Boeing Dedicates Delta IV West Coast Launch Site [Wednesday, May 4, 2005] Boeing marked the official opening of its new Space Launch Complex 6 (SLC-6) facility April 27 at a dedication ceremony held at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), Calif.



»» Studies of adult stem cells expanded with NASA-created techniques indicate the cells do not turn cancerous

Studies of adult stem cells expanded with NASA-created techniques indicate the cells do not turn cancerous [Thursday, May 5, 2005] Regenetech works with NASA under its license and Reimbursable Space Act Agreement. The firm uses the patented IntrifugeTM system process to dramatically multiply adult stem cells to a far greater degree than has been demonstrated previously.



»» Boeing Announces New Launch Date for Delta IV, GOES-N Weather Satellite

Boeing Announces New Launch Date for Delta IV, GOES-N Weather Satellite [Thursday, May 5, 2005] Boeing announced Monday that the launch of the first of three next-generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites for NOAA and NASA aboard a Delta IV rocket has been rescheduled for June 23, with a launch window extending to June 25.



»» In-orbit Tests of INMARSAT I-4 F1 Completed Successfully

In-orbit Tests of INMARSAT I-4 F1 Completed Successfully [Thursday, May 5, 2005] The Inmarsat-4 F1 satellite has successfully completed in-orbit tests following its launch on 11th March 2005. Early orbit operations have progressed as planned, and all spacecraft functions are performing well.



»» NASA Internal Advisory: NASA-Issued Return to Flight Wristbands Contaminated with Silicone

NASA Internal Advisory: NASA-Issued Return to Flight Wristbands Contaminated  with Silicone [Friday, May 6, 2005] "Please do not wear these in our facilities and keep your eyes open for others that do not get this message. A Quality Alert has been issued at our Wasatch Facilities due to the serious nature of what silicone can do to our processes."



»» Internal Letter from NASA Administrator Griffin: Exploration Systems Architecture Study Support

Internal Letter from NASA Administrator Griffin: Exploration Systems Architecture Study Support [Friday, May 6, 2005] "As a critical component of the Agency replanning effort, I have initiated an Exploration Systems Architecture Study. The study team will begin immediately and must complete its activities by mid-July to support a number of key Agency decisions."



»» NASA Selects Provider for Shared Services Center

NASA Selects Provider for Shared Services Center [Monday, May 9, 2005] NASA announced selection today of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) of Falls Church, Va., as the prime contractor to support the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC).



»» Canadian Arrow rocket engine successfully tested

Canadian Arrow rocket engine successfully tested [Monday, May 9, 2005] Canadian Arrow has successfully tested their main engine designed to produce the thrust required for liftoff of the rocket. The test, conducted on May 5th, is the latest in a series completed on the rocket engine for the Canadian Arrow launch vehicle.



»» NASA Selects Firms for Software Verification and Validation

NASA Selects Firms for Software Verification and Validation [Wednesday, May 11, 2005] NASA has selected Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Falls Church, Va., and Titan Corporation, Reston, Va. for the Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) of Software Services.



»» Miscellaneous Changes to Commercial Space Transportation Regulations Proposed Rule

Miscellaneous Changes to Commercial Space Transportation Regulations Proposed Rule [Thursday, May 19, 2005] "This proposal would prohibit obtrusive space advertising and make other minor changes to the regulations governing commercial space transportation. The proposed changes are necessary to reflect a statutory change, capture current practice ..."



»» B-SAT Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for A2100 Small-Class Satellite

B-SAT Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for A2100 Small-Class Satellite [Thursday, May 19, 2005] Designated BSAT-3a, the 1.8-kW satellite will provide direct broadcast services throughout Japan following its scheduled launch the second quarter of 2007. 



»» Canadian Industry Pioneering Emerging Space Technologies

Canadian Industry Pioneering Emerging Space Technologies [Thursday, May 19, 2005] David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, today announced an investment of $20.4 million in 44 research and development contracts.



»» NASA Announces New Centennial Challenge

NASA Announces New Centennial Challenge [Friday, May 20, 2005] The MoonROx (Moon Regolith Oxygen) challenge will award $250,000 to the first team that can extract breathable oxygen from simulated lunar soil before the prize expires on June 1, 2008.



»» Galileo: nomination of the Executive Director of the Supervisory Authority

Galileo: nomination of the Executive Director of the Supervisory Authority [Saturday, May 21, 2005] Mr Pedreira was selected 2nd May 2005, on a competitive basis out of a large number of highly qualified candidates. He will head the European GNSS Supervisory Authority, which is a new Community Agency, for a 5 year term which can be renewed.



»» Boeing Delta II Launches NOAA Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite

Boeing Delta II Launches NOAA Advanced Earth-Observing Satellite [Saturday, May 21, 2005] A Boeing Delta II rocket successfully launched the latest satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today.



»» ILS Proton Successfully Launches Satellite For DIRECTV

ILS Proton Successfully Launches Satellite For DIRECTV [Monday, May 23, 2005] A Russian Proton Breeze M launcher placed the DIRECTV 8 satellite into orbit today, marking the fourth successful mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS).



»» NASA Solicitation: Parabolic Flight Services (Zero Gravity Corporation)

NASA Solicitation: Parabolic Flight Services (Zero Gravity Corporation) [Monday, May 23, 2005] The authority is only one responsible source 10 U.S.C2304(c)(1). This procurement is being conducted under the Simplified Acquisition Procedures. NASA/Headquarters intends to purchase these Parabolic Flight Services from Zero Gravity Corporation. 



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: ISS Payload Integration

NASA Presolicitation Notice: ISS Payload Integration [Monday, May 23, 2005] NASA/JSC plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the transition of a portion of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Integration activities from the ISS Payload Integration Contract (IPIC), NAS 9-02099 (which ends on September 30, 2005).



»» NASA Sources Sought Notice: Pressure Suits to Protect Crews From Hostile Environments Throughout All Mission Phases to Support the Vision for Space Exploration

NASA Sources Sought Notice: Pressure Suits to Protect Crews From Hostile Environments Throughout All Mission Phases to Support the Vision for Space Exploration [Monday, May 23, 2005] The Government is currently conducting a trade study to determine the quantity and type of pressure suits that may be required to meet the requirements of the VSE.



»» Spacehab Signs Space Act Agreement with NASA

Spacehab Signs Space Act Agreement with NASA [Wednesday, May 25, 2005] Spacehab has entered into a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement with NASA to facilitate the commercial development and testing of a micro-miniature mass spectrometer for potential use on low earth orbit missions and in NASA's Exploration program.



»» Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Greg Olsen, Resumes Cosmonaut Training After a medical disqualification last year

Space Adventures' Orbital Spaceflight Candidate, Greg Olsen, Resumes Cosmonaut Training After a medical disqualification last year [Wednesday, May 25, 2005] Space Adventures announced today that American technology entrepreneur Gregory Olsen, Ph.D. has resumed spaceflight training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. 



»» NASA TV Migrating To Digital Format: Additional Receiver Required

NASA TV Migrating To Digital Format: Additional Receiver Required [Thursday, May 26, 2005] NASA TV is moving forward with its July 1 plans to convert from a single analog NTSC channel to four channels of Standard Definition MPEG-2 digital video, including a dedicated Media Services channel.



»» NASA Special Notice: Sponsorship Opportunity for Web Based Video Streaming for Space Shuttle Return to Flight Missions (STS-114, STS-121)

NASA Special Notice: Sponsorship Opportunity for Web Based Video Streaming for Space Shuttle Return to Flight Missions (STS-114, STS-121) [Friday, May 27, 2005] "The existing NASA and the NASA Web Portal contractor will handle the integration of the selected sponsor(s) in-kind solution. NASA is seeking an Agreement that will take effect July 1, 2005, and last through December 31, 2005."



»» Launch of state-of-the-art microwave sounder heralds new era in global weather forecasting

Launch of state-of-the-art microwave sounder heralds new era in global weather forecasting [Friday, May 27, 2005] A new era in global meteorological forecasting begins today with the launch of the first of five EADS Astrium state-of-the-art microwave humidity sounder (MHS) instruments on board the US polar orbiting satellite NOAA-N.



»» Orbital Announces Investigation

Orbital Announces Investigation [Friday, May 27, 2005] Orbital Sciences Corporation today stated that U.S. government agents executed search warrants yesterday at its Dulles, VA and Chandler, AZ facilities. Orbital stated that company officials are fully cooperating with the investigative authorities.



»» SpaceX Test Fires Falcon 1 Engine (Movie)

SpaceX Test Fires Falcon 1 Engine (Movie) [Saturday, May 28, 2005] SpaceX conducted a successfull test firing of its Falcon 1 rocket on Friday at Vandenberg Air Force Base. While the engines were running for only 5 seconds - this milestone represented a big step for the new rocket maker none the less.



»» Presolicitation Notice: NASA 2005 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Presolicitation Notice: NASA 2005 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program [Monday, May 30, 2005] NASA plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP)] for the NASA 2005 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.



»» Presolicitation Notice: NASA 2005 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

Presolicitation Notice: NASA 2005 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program [Monday, May 30, 2005] NASA/GRC plans to issue a Request for Proposals for the 2005 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.



»» GAO Report: NASA - More Knowledge Needed to Determine Best Alternatives to Provide Space Station Logistics Support

GAO Report: NASA - More Knowledge Needed to Determine Best Alternatives to Provide Space Station Logistics Support [Tuesday, May 31, 2005] "According to previous studies and our discussions with industry representatives, these challenges would likely preclude using alternative vehicles for ISS assembly missions."




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