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November 2005 Top Stories


»» Space Adventures Announces Japanese Entrepreneur as Next Private Space Explorer

Space Adventures Announces Japanese Entrepreneur as Next Private Space Explorer [Thursday, November 3, 2005] Space Adventures announced today that Hong Kong resident and Japanese entrepreneur Daisuke Enomoto (Dice-K) will be the next private space explorer candidate.



»» SpaceDev Introduces Low Cost Modular Microsatellite

SpaceDev Introduces Low Cost Modular Microsatellite [Monday, November 7, 2005] SpaceDev announced a new high performance microsatellite product program named the SpaceDev Modular Microsat Bus. The SpaceDev MMB-100 microsat is a highly capable modular 100 kg microsatellite based on industry standard "Plug-n-Play" interfaces.



»» NASA Establishes Commercial Crew/Cargo Office

NASA Establishes Commercial Crew/Cargo Office [Monday, November 7, 2005] NASA has formed the Commercial Crew/Cargo Project Office to spur private industry to provide cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the international space station in support of the Vision for Space Exploration.



»» Technical challenges push the launch of the ATV to 2007

Technical challenges push the launch of the ATV to 2007 [Monday, November 7, 2005] Today, about 98 percent of the hardware for Jules Verne, Europe's first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) spaceship, considered to be the most complex space vehicle ever developed in Europe, is already assembled and almost ready to fly.



»» Key Milestone Achieved on Next-Generation Military Communications Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin

Key Milestone Achieved on Next-Generation Military Communications Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin [Monday, November 7, 2005] Lockheed Martin announced today that it has successfully completed static loads testing of the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) satellite structure. 



»» Sea Launch Delivers Inmarsat-4 Satellite to Orbit

Sea Launch Delivers Inmarsat-4 Satellite to Orbit [Tuesday, November 8, 2005] Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.



»» First Galileo satellites named 'GIOVE'

First Galileo satellites named 'GIOVE' [Wednesday, November 9, 2005] GIOVE - standing for 'Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element' - is the name that has been chosen for the two satellites to take the first step of the In-Orbit Validation phase towards full deployment of Galileo, the European satellite navigation system.



»» Ariane Flight V167 Postponed

Ariane Flight V167 Postponed [Saturday, November 12, 2005] A problem encountered during final preparations of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher has resulted in a postponement of the dual-satellite mission scheduled for this evening.



»» Arianespace and ESA meet potential Vega customers

Arianespace and ESA meet potential Vega customers [Monday, November 14, 2005] The first Vega Customer Day, held in Rome on Thursday to raise awareness of, and confidence in, Europe's new small launcher, is a sure sign that Vega is on track for a qualification launch at the end of 2007.



»» Orbital Receives Contract For MEASAT-1R Commercial Communications Satellite

Orbital Receives Contract For MEASAT-1R Commercial Communications Satellite [Tuesday, November 15, 2005] Orbital Sciences Corporation announced today that MEASAT Satellite Systems of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has signed a contract to purchase one geosynchronous (GEO) communications satellite from the company.



»» Sea Launch Signs With DIRECTV for Launch in 2007

Sea Launch Signs With DIRECTV for Launch in 2007 [Tuesday, November 15, 2005] Sea Launch has signed a firm launch contract with DIRECTV, for a mission scheduled in early 2007. The contract includes an option for an additional launch.



»» House Science Committee to Examine Cost Overruns, Delays, and Mismanagement of Key Weather, Defense Satellite

House Science Committee to Examine Cost Overruns, Delays, and Mismanagement of Key Weather, Defense Satellite [Tuesday, November 15, 2005] The Administrator of NOAA and the Undersecretary of the Air Force will appear before the House Science Committee tomorrow to explain to Congress the ongoing problems of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS).



»» Second Milstar Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin Achieves 10 Years in Service

Second Milstar Satellite Built by Lockheed Martin Achieves 10 Years in Service [Tuesday, November 15, 2005] The second USAF Milstar communications satellite, built by a team led by Lockheed Martin, has surpassed its 10-year design life of on-orbit service and will continue to provide communications to U.S. and Allied Forces.



»» Space standards for Europe

Space standards for Europe [Wednesday, November 16, 2005] To stimulate user-friendly systems, and as an element of its European Space Programme, the European Commission has prepared a mandate for the key European standardisation authorities.



»» Key week for  European Space activities

Key week for  European Space activities [Wednesday, November 16, 2005] This second week of November has, by the conjuncture of events, become a key week for European space at the end-product 'Nuts and Bolts' level - that of successfully launching satellites into space.



»» Liftoff of the Ariane 5 ECA is set for Today

Liftoff of the  Ariane 5 ECA is set for Today [Wednesday, November 16, 2005] Arianespace's Ariane 5 ECA returned to the launch zone at Europe's Spaceport, allowing the final countdown to resume for a liftoff tonight with a heavyweight dual satellite payload.



»» SpaceDev Announces SpaceDev Dream Chaser(TM) Space Transport System

SpaceDev Announces SpaceDev Dream Chaser(TM) Space Transport System [Wednesday, November 16, 2005] SpaceDev announced today its concept for the SpaceDev Dream Chaser(TM) vehicle, a six-passenger human space transport system based on the ten-passenger HL-20 Personnel Launch System developed by NASA Langley.



»» Ariane 5 ECA launch a success Boosts record payload into orbit

Ariane 5 ECA launch a success Boosts record payload into orbit [Wednesday, November 16, 2005] Today's mission sets a new record for commercial launches: with over 8,000 kg injected into orbit, the Spaceway 2 and Telkom 2 satellites represent the heaviest dual payload ever launched.



»» NASA Mockup Provides Early Glimpse of New Crew Exploration Vehicle

NASA Mockup Provides Early Glimpse of New Crew Exploration Vehicle [Thursday, November 17, 2005] As NASA's CEV matures, engineers will document its design with today's electronic equivalent to the blueprint. But diagrams, three-dimensional or not, only go so far in helping engineers understand what layouts best suit the job at hand.



»» Media Advisory: SpaceX to Announce Liftoff Time of the Falcon 1 Rocket: The World’s Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit

Media Advisory: SpaceX to Announce Liftoff Time of the Falcon 1 Rocket: The World’s Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit [Thursday, November 17, 2005] SpaceX Founder and CEO Elon Musk will announce the T-Zero liftoff time of the historic maiden flight of Falcon 1 at a pre-launch press conference tomorrow afternoon. 



»» Innovative space tug to prolong the lives of satellites

Innovative space tug to prolong the lives of satellites [Friday, November 18, 2005] Spacecraft are industrial jewels but they have limited lives. "Sic transit Gloria mundi." That all things, even glorious, must pass was illustrated in Turner's famous oil canvas of the 'Fighting Temeraire' being tugged to her last berth to be broken up.



»» NASA Selects Small Business and Technology Transfer Projects

NASA Selects Small Business and Technology Transfer Projects [Friday, November 18, 2005] NASA has selected 300 Small Business Innovation Research and 40 Small Business Technology Transfer research proposals.



»» EADS Astrium selected for Swarm Satellites

EADS Astrium selected for Swarm Satellites [Friday, November 18, 2005] EADS Astrium has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop and build three satellites for the Swarm mission. The satellites, worth approximately €86 million, will be manufactured within 48 months.



»» NASA and the Business of Space

NASA and the Business of Space [Friday, November 18, 2005] When President Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration in 2004, he made many specific points, including one which has been little noted; that the pursuit of the Vision will enhance America's economic, scientific and security interests.



»» SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the Falcon 1: The World's Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit

SpaceX Announces Launch Date for the Falcon 1: The World's Lowest Cost Rocket to Orbit [Saturday, November 19, 2005] On November 25 at 1 p.m. PDT, the Falcon 1 countdown to launch is expected to reach T-Zero. At that point, the hold-down clamps will release and the Falcon 1 rocket will begin its journey to orbit, accelerating to 17,000 mph in less than ten minutes.



»» NASA MSFC Solicitation: Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage

NASA MSFC Solicitation: Crew Launch Vehicle First Stage [Monday, November 21, 2005] "Only ATK possesses the facilities, manufacturing capability, and current engineering and manufacturing work force to successfully manufacture the CLV First Stage as a single prime contractor in the DDT&E phase."



»» SpaceDev Orders SpaceX Falcon Launch Vehicle

SpaceDev Orders SpaceX Falcon Launch Vehicle [Tuesday, November 22, 2005] SpaceDev has signed a contract to purchase launch services on a Falcon I launch vehicle. The launch vehicle is planned for multiple primary microsatellite payloads and multiple secondary nanosatellite payloads produced by SpaceDev or other suppliers.



»» SpaceDev Finds Lunar Missions Can Be Completed for Less Than $10 Billion

SpaceDev Finds Lunar Missions Can Be Completed for Less Than $10 Billion [Tuesday, November 22, 2005] SpaceDev announced the results of its International Lunar Observatories Human Servicing Mission, conducted for Lunar Enterprise Corporation.



»» NASA JSC Solicitation: Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Space Flight Demonstrations

NASA JSC Solicitation: Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Space Flight Demonstrations [Tuesday, November 22, 2005] "You are notified that the following changes are made:   1. The draft announcement briefing has been rescheduled for December 8, 2005, from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  2. The location has also been changed to the Houston Hilton NASA/Clear Lake"



»» SpaceX Falcon Launch Delayed by 24 Hours

SpaceX Falcon Launch Delayed by 24 Hours [Thursday, November 24, 2005] "SpaceX was just informed that "in order to facilitate preparations for a missile defense launch", the Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has bumped the SpaceX Falcon 1 maiden flight from its officially scheduled launch date."



»» SpaceX Falcon 1 Launch Scrubbed

SpaceX Falcon 1 Launch Scrubbed [Saturday, November 26, 2005] Today's Falcon 1 launch has been scrubbed. According to SpaceX, the next launch date will be at least a week away from now, but could be mid-December.



»» Large Budgetary and Personnel Cuts Lay Ahead for NASA Goddard

Large Budgetary and Personnel Cuts Lay Ahead for NASA Goddard [Monday, November 28, 2005] According to a briefing given just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a large budget decrease - and large job cuts - lay ahead for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center located in Greenbelt, Maryland.




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