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November 2004 Top Stories


»» Hamilton Sundstrand to Provide Key Technology for Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter

Hamilton Sundstrand to Provide Key Technology for Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter [Monday, November 01, 2004] When NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced Sept. 20 it had selected Northrop Grumman to co-design the proposed Prometheus 1 spacecraft for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) mission, it was very good news for Hamilton Sundstrand.



»» Boeing Completes SBSS Pathfinder Integrated Baseline Review

Boeing Completes SBSS Pathfinder Integrated Baseline Review [Tuesday, November 02, 2004] Boeing announced today that in partnership with Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, the Mission Area Prime Integration Contractor, it has successfully completed the Integrated Baseline Review (IBR) for the Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) system.



»» Ariane 5 completes its initial integration

Ariane 5 completes its initial integration [Wednesday, November 03, 2004] The propulsive elements for Flight 165's Ariane 5 G vehicle have been assembled in the Spaceport's launcher integration building, marking another step forward in preparations for this upcoming mission.



»» The first stone for Vega at Europe's Spaceport

The first stone for Vega at Europe's Spaceport [Thursday, November 04, 2004] The construction site for the ground segment of Vega was opened at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana last month. Vega is due to be launched at the end 2007 and will complement the European mid-class Soyuz and heavy-class Ariane 5 launchers.



»» Spacehab Subsidiary Named NASA/Kennedy Space Center Small Business Contractor of the Year

Spacehab Subsidiary Named NASA/Kennedy Space Center Small Business Contractor of the Year [Thursday, November 04, 2004] SPACEHAB today announced that its Astrotech Space Operations subsidiary was presented with the distinguished title of NASA/Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Small Business Contractor of the Year by officials from the Center.



»» Northrop Grumman Navigation Aid Supplies Information to Help Stabilize Aura Satellite

Northrop Grumman Navigation Aid Supplies Information to Help Stabilize Aura Satellite [Thursday, November 04, 2004] A key navigation aid from Northrop Grumman Corporation is supplying attitude reference, or satellite orientation, information critical to NASA's Aura Earth Observing System (EOS) satellite and to a key scientific instrument aboard it.



»» U.S. Air Force Successfully Launches Upgraded GPS Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin

U.S. Air Force Successfully Launches Upgraded GPS Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin [Saturday, November 06, 2004] A Lockheed Martin -built GPS satellite was successfully launched by the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This was the 12th successful launch of the new-generation GPS IIR spacecraft.



»» Boeing and Northrop Grumman to Announce CEV Teaming Agreement

Boeing and Northrop Grumman to Announce CEV Teaming Agreement [Monday, November 08, 2004] Tomorrow morning (9 November) Northrop Grumman and Boeing will announce that they have entered into a teaming arrangement with regard to building hardware for NASA's new exploration programs - the most notable being the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). 



»» NASA's Newest Supercomputer Ranked Among World's Fastest

NASA's Newest Supercomputer Ranked Among World's Fastest [Monday, November 08, 2004] NASA today announced that its newest supercomputer, 'Columbia,' was named one of the world's most powerful production supercomputers by the TOP500 Project at SC2004, the International Conference of High Performance Computing, Networking, and Storage.



»» Spacehab Files Tort Claim For Losses on Space Shuttle Mission

Spacehab Files Tort Claim For Losses on Space Shuttle Mission [Monday, November 08, 2004] Spacehab today announced that it has filed a formal claim against NASA under the Federal Tort Claims Act seeking restitution of its losses totaling in excess of $79.7 million resulting from the tragic destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia.



»» Success of the Soyuz 2-1a maiden flight

Success of the Soyuz 2-1a maiden flight [Monday, November 08, 2004] The inaugural flight of a Soyuz 2-1a launch vehicle was performed Monday, November 8, 2004 from the Plessetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 9:30 p.m. Moscow time (7:30 p.m., in Paris).



»» A DART Near Miss: Infighting at Orbital - and Deceiving NASA

A DART Near Miss: Infighting at Orbital - and Deceiving NASA [Tuesday, November 09, 2004] On Monday NASA issued a release stating tha the launch of DART aboard an Orbital Sciences Pegasus XL scheduled for Tuesday is postponed. NASA Watch has learned that Orbital knew about problems for months and yet they kept that information from NASA.



»» Northrop Grumman, Boeing Plan Space Exploration Team

Northrop Grumman, Boeing Plan Space Exploration Team [Tuesday, November 09, 2004] Northrop Grumman Corporation and The Boeing Company have signed a memorandum of agreement that outlines the structure of a team that will compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and other elements of Project Constellation.



»» NASA Seeks Ideas for Missions, Capabilities, and Technologies

NASA Seeks Ideas for Missions, Capabilities, and Technologies [Wednesday, November 10, 2004] NASA is looking for the best ideas for missions, capabilities and technologies, as the agency makes plans for the future.



»» Orbital Recovery Completes the Funding for its CX OLEV Space Tug With a Team of European Space Industry Leaders

Orbital Recovery Completes the Funding for its CX OLEV Space Tug With a Team of European Space Industry Leaders [Thursday, November 11, 2004] Orbital Recovery Ltd. has completed its second round financing for the ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle marking a major milestone that allows production of the first space tug to begin in early 2005.



»» ATK and NASA Set the Pace With Record-Breaking X-43A Hypersonic Flight

ATK and NASA Set the Pace With Record-Breaking X-43A Hypersonic Flight [Tuesday, November 16, 2004] For the second time in eight months, ATK and NASA have set the world speed record for air-breathing powered flight with the X-43A Supersonic Combustion Ramjet (Scramjet)-powered aircraft.



»» Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Extending Protection for Satellite Launches - House Committee Kills Commercial Space Bill Deal

Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill Extending Protection for Satellite Launches - House Committee Kills Commercial Space Bill Deal [Wednesday, November 17, 2004] The Senate last night passed a Science Committee bill to extend the law under which the U.S. government insures companies that launch satellites for damages or deaths sustained by individuals who were not involved in the launch.



»» Director James Cameron Guest Edits WIRED Magazine, Unveils the New Age of Space & Deep Sea Exploration in December Issue

Director James Cameron Guest Edits WIRED Magazine, Unveils the New Age of Space & Deep Sea Exploration in December Issue [Thursday, November 18, 2004] WIRED Magazine today announced that James Cameron, the blockbuster filmmaker whose work has won 18 Academy Awards, is the guest editor of the December issue, which examines the dynamic challenges and possibility in a new age of exploration. 



»» Boeing Teams with Alcatel to Deploy Innovative Satellite Communication Subsystems

Boeing Teams with Alcatel to Deploy Innovative Satellite Communication Subsystems [Friday, November 19, 2004] Boeing announced today the formation of a teaming partnership with Alcatel to provide satellite communication subsystems for Boeing Satellite Systems.



»» NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Phase 1 call for proposals

NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Phase 1 call for proposals [Friday, November 19, 2004] NIAC, with its Phase 1 call for proposals, invites those outside the agency to submit ideas for revolutionary systems that could greatly advance NASA's missions and the Vision for Space Exploration.



»» NASA Selects Small Business Research and Technology Projects

NASA Selects Small Business Research and Technology Projects [Friday, November 19, 2004] NASA has selected 290 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and 40 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research proposals for Phase 1 contract negotiations.



»» House Passes Commercial Space Bill

House Passes Commercial Space Bill [Saturday, November 20, 2004] By a vote of 269 to 120, the House of Representatives today passed legislation that seeks to promote the nascent commercial human space flight industry while establishing a clear and balanced regulatory framework for space tourism.



»» NASA Request for Information on Planned Appraoch to Resolve VAB Deteriorated Siding

NASA Request for Information on Planned Appraoch to Resolve VAB Deteriorated Siding [Tuesday, November 23, 2004] NASA is seeking comments on the current planned approach to resolve the VAB deteriorated siding problem by suggesting alternative materials, technology, and/or construction techniques that would result in lower cost than the planned approach.



»» Ariane Flight 165/Flight 164

Ariane Flight 165/Flight 164 [Wednesday, November 24, 2004] In a demonstration of its operational flexibility, Flight 165 has been set for a December 10 liftoff with an Ariane 5 Generic vehicle, while the Flight 164 return-to-service mission for its heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA is now targeted for January 2005.



»» NASA Hosts Premier Washington Business Conference

NASA Hosts Premier Washington Business Conference [Wednesday, November 24, 2004] NASA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is hosting the agency's Ninth Annual Mentor-Protege Conference. The conference attracts small, disadvantaged businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies from across the country.



»» Intelsat Reports Loss of Intelsat Americas-7

Intelsat Reports Loss of Intelsat Americas-7 [Monday, November 29, 2004] Intelsat, Ltd. today said that its Intelsat Americas™-7 satellite experienced a sudden and unexpected electrical distribution anomaly that caused the permanent loss of the spacecraft on November 28, 2004 at approximately 2:30 am EST.



»» Cablevision Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Five A2100 Satellites

Cablevision Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Five A2100 Satellites [Monday, November 29, 2004] Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by Rainbow DBS Company LLC, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation , to build its next five geostationary telecommunications satellites.



»» NOAA Presolicitation Notice: NPOESS P3I Initiative

NOAA Presolicitation Notice: NPOESS P3I Initiative [Monday, November 29, 2004] "The purpose of requesting comments on the DRAFT document is to help the Government craft a document and implement an initiative that best meets the needs of the Government and the taxpayer."



»» Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Declared Operational For Navigation Users Worldwide

Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellite Declared Operational For Navigation Users Worldwide [Tuesday, November 30, 2004] The Lockheed Martin- built Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite, launched successfully Nov. 6 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., has been declared fully operational for military and civilian navigation users around the globe.



»» NOAA Presolicitation Notice: GOES-R Aquisition Strategy

NOAA Presolicitation Notice: GOES-R Aquisition Strategy [Tuesday, November 30, 2004] "The mission of the GOES-R series satellites will be to provide continuous, near real-time meteorological, oceanographic, solar, and space environment data that supports NOAA's five strategic mission goals."




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