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May 2006 Top Stories


»» NASA Exercises Options for Space Station Contract

NASA Exercises Options for Space Station Contract [Tuesday, May 2, 2006] NASA has exercised $318 million in contract extension options with Boeing for support of the ISS. The action extends the contract for the US segment acceptance and vehicle sustaining engineering services for the station one year to Sept. 30, 2008.



»» NASA Sued Over Fraudulent Contract Data by American Small Business League

NASA Sued Over Fraudulent Contract Data by American Small Business League [Thursday, May 4, 2006] Lloyd Chapman, President of the American Small Business League, has filed suit in Federal court against NASA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in order to obtain the names of firms to which NASA has awarded small business contracts.



»» NASA Announces Lunar Lander Analog Competition Agreement

NASA Announces Lunar Lander Analog Competition Agreement [Friday, May 5, 2006] NASA's Deputy Administrator Shana Dale announced Friday the agency's Centennial Challenges program has signed an agreement with the X PRIZE Foundation to conduct the $2 million Lunar Lander Analog Challenge.



»» Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement: Launches and Reentries Under an Experimental Permit

Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement: Launches and Reentries Under an Experimental Permit [Tuesday, May 9, 2006] On March 27, 2006, the FAA published a Notice of Intent to prepare a PEIS for Experimental Permits in the Federal Register (71 FR 15251). The FAA has decided to extend the scoping period for the preparation of the PEIS to June 2, 2006.



»» The Vision for Space Exploration: New Opportunities

The Vision for Space Exploration: New Opportunities [Tuesday, May 9, 2006] "How do we sustain the vision for space exploration to lead us to settlement? How do we afford it? How do we nurture it? My answer - and I think a lot of yours' - is the private sector."



»» Spacehab Finalist as NASA's Commercial Space Station Logistics Supplier

Spacehab Finalist as NASA's Commercial Space Station Logistics Supplier [Wednesday, May 10, 2006] SPACEHAB, Incorporated, a leading provider of commercial space services, announced today that the Company has been selected by NASA as a finalist for the Agency's Commercial Orbital Transportation Service (COTS) Demonstrations solicitation.



»» Department of Commerce Inspector General Releases Report Critical of NOAA Satellite

Department of Commerce Inspector General Releases Report Critical of NOAA Satellite [Thursday, May 11, 2006] The NPOESS satellites are under development and are designed to become the nation's key weather satellites, replacing the current generation of both civilian and military weather satellites as they reach the end of their useful lives.á



»» ESA selects prime contractor for Gaia astrometry mission

ESA selects prime contractor for Gaia astrometry mission [Thursday, May 11, 2006] During a ceremony ESA officially awarded EADS Astrium the contract to develop and build the Gaia satellite. The goal of this space mission, currently planned for launch in 2011, is to make the largest, most precise map of our own Galaxy to date.



»» Acting Director Christensen Upbeat About NASA Ames Research Center's Future

Acting Director Christensen Upbeat About NASA Ames Research Center's Future [Friday, May 12, 2006] "The one constant in life is change," began Marvin 'Chris' Christensen in his April 20 all-hands address to a standing - room only crowd in the main Ames auditorium.



»» Fade To Black

Fade To Black [Sunday, May 14, 2006] Concerns are growing that 50% or more of the KH-11 optical and Lacrosse imaging radar satellites that make up the core of secret U.S. space reconnaissance operations will die before smaller, more modern replacements can be launched.



»» SpaceDev Selected as a Finalist in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Solicitation

SpaceDev Selected as a Finalist in NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Solicitation [Monday, May 15, 2006] NASA indicated that it will continue with the next phase of their evaluation of the finalist companies over the next several months. Concurrently, NASA will begin negotiations for a possible implementation of a Space Act Agreement by September.



»» VPNT Awards Lockheed Martin Contract to Deliver Vietnam's First Turnkey Telecommunications Satellite System

VPNT Awards Lockheed Martin Contract to Deliver Vietnam's First Turnkey Telecommunications Satellite System [Monday, May 15, 2006] Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group of Vietnam to provide a turnkey telecommunications satellite system with operations slated to begin in the second quarter of 2008.



»» NASA Releases DART Accident Report Summary

NASA Releases DART Accident Report Summary [Monday, May 15, 2006] NASA released a summary Monday of the findings about why its Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft did not complete its mission and collided with the intended rendezvous satellite on April 15, 2005.



»» Justice Department Statement Regarding Proposed Settlement With the Boeing Company

Justice Department Statement Regarding Proposed Settlement With the Boeing Company [Monday, May 15, 2006] The Department of Justice and The Boeing Company have reached a tentative agreement in the investigation by the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.



»» Photo Report: Daisuke Enomoto and Anousheh Ansari Familiarized with Soyuz Spacecraft

Photo Report: Daisuke Enomoto and Anousheh Ansari Familiarized with Soyuz Spacecraft [Monday, May 15, 2006] As part of the preparations for Russian Visiting Crew 11, space flight participant Daisuke Enomoto and his backup Anousheh Ansari were for the acquainted with operational Soyuz space vehicle.



»» EADS Astrium wins first contract for latest communications payload technology

EADS Astrium wins first contract for latest communications payload technology [Tuesday, May 16, 2006] EADS Astrium has been awarded a contract from the UK's latest satellite operator Avanti Screenmedia Group plc for an innovative communications satellite known as HYLAS (Highly Adaptable Satellite).



»» Lockheed Martin Completes Major Milestone on Terrestrial Component of Space-Based Missile Warning System

Lockheed Martin Completes Major Milestone on Terrestrial Component of Space-Based Missile Warning System [Tuesday, May 16, 2006] Lockheed Martin today announced that it has successfully completed development of the Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) Interim Operations software for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS).



»» Europe's space industry meets to foster the future

Europe's space industry meets to foster the future [Wednesday, May 17, 2006] Representatives of 630 companies and organisations will meet later this month at ESA's Industry Space Days 2006. The conference, organised every two years, is an opportunity to find out about the latest trends and business opportunities.



»» NASA Exploration Systems Progress Report 18 May 2006

NASA Exploration Systems Progress Report 18 May 2006 [Thursday, May 18, 2006] NASA has chosen the RS-68 engine to power the core stage of the agency's heavy lift cargo launch vehicle intended to carry large payloads to the moon.



»» GAO: NASA's Ability to Meet Future Deep Space Communications Demand Is at Risk

GAO: NASA's Ability to Meet Future Deep Space Communications Demand Is at Risk [Monday, May 22, 2006] In a report released today, the GAO found that NASA's DSN - the agency's primary system for communicating with spacecraft beyond low Earth orbit-is not well positioned to meet the coming demands of the VSE and future deep space science missions.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Lunar Lander Concept Studies

NASA JSC Solicitation: Lunar Lander Concept Studies [Thursday, May 25, 2006] This RFI invites respondents to submit concepts that are derived from the same requirements, ground rules and product lists used by the NASA Field Centers to initialize their lunar landers studies



»» Ariane 5 ECA orbits Satmex 6 and Thaicom 5

Ariane 5 ECA orbits Satmex 6 and Thaicom 5 [Sunday, May 28, 2006] On Saturday evening, May 27, Arianespace placed two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit: Satmex 6 for the Mexican operator SatÚlites Mexicanos S.A. de C.V., and Thaicom 5 for the Thai operator Shin Satellite Plc.



»» Space Adventures to Acquire Space Launch Corporation

Space Adventures to Acquire Space Launch Corporation [Tuesday, May 30, 2006] Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, today announced an agreement to acquire Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Space Launch Corporation.



»» SpaceX Achieves Key Milestone of Tenth Launch Agreement

SpaceX Achieves Key Milestone of Tenth Launch Agreement [Wednesday, May 31, 2006] SpaceX announced that the number of launches on manifest has now reached double digits. The ninth launch, already announced, is with MDA Corporation of Canada and will carry the Cassiope satellite on a Falcon 9 in mid 2008.




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