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September 2004 Top Stories


»» North Alabama NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Business Forum

North Alabama NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Business Forum [Wednesday, September 01, 2004] The conference will feature representatives from the Marshall Center to discuss upcoming contracting opportunities, Marshall's new organizational alignment, and the new NASA exploration initiative. 



»» SpaceDev Awarded Contract to Develop Innovative Small Sat Technology

SpaceDev Awarded Contract to Develop Innovative Small Sat Technology [Wednesday, September 01, 2004] SpaceDev has been awarded a $740,000 contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to begin development of small satellite bus technologies with an emphasis on standards and responsiveness to on-demand needs.



»» NASA Selects Contractors for Exploration Studies

NASA Selects Contractors for Exploration Studies [Wednesday, September 01, 2004] NASA today awarded the first contracts to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of the crew exploration vehicle. Eleven companies were selected.



»» NASA Glenn Research Center Awards $41 million Services Contract

NASA Glenn Research Center Awards $41 million Services Contract [Wednesday, September 01, 2004] NASA's Glenn Research Center (GRC), Cleveland, today awarded an 8(a) cost-plus-award-fee contract valued at approximately $41 million to Mainthia Technologies, Inc., (MTI), Cleveland.



»» Spacehab awarded NASA exploration contract

Spacehab awarded NASA exploration contract [Thursday, September 02, 2004] SPACEHAB, Incorporated announced today that it has been awarded a six-month NASA study contract valued at approximately $1.0 million to support the space agency's new exploration initiatives.



»» t/Space Wins NASA Lunar Exploration Contract

t/Space Wins NASA Lunar Exploration Contract [Thursday, September 02, 2004] Transformational Space Corp. ('t/Space") was chosen by NASA based on a proposed lunar architecture powered by market-based competition, spurred initially by NASA incentives.



»» Genesis Spacecraft Powered by Aerojet Propulsion Heads Back to Earth

Genesis Spacecraft Powered by Aerojet Propulsion Heads Back to Earth [Friday, September 03, 2004] "Aerojet was involved in every aspect of the Genesis mission by providing propulsion systems on the spacecraft and the launch vehicle."



»» WORLDSAT-2 Satellite Readied for Atlantic Ocean Regional Mission

WORLDSAT-2 Satellite Readied for Atlantic Ocean Regional Mission [Friday, September 03, 2004] WORLDSAT has announced that its WORLDSAT-2 (WS-2) spacecraft, the first Spacebus 4000 spacecraft manufactured by Alcatel Space, is ready for final testing and then for shipment to Baikonur, Kazakhstan for its planned launch in the fourth quarter.



»» Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Satellite Fleet Achieves 100 Years in Orbit

Lockheed Martin-Built A2100 Satellite Fleet Achieves 100 Years in Orbit [Friday, September 03, 2004] The first A2100 satellite, AMC-1, was launched Sept. 8, 1996. AMC-15, a hybrid Ku/Ka-band satellite, is scheduled for launch later this year by International Launch Services aboard a Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: creation of The Mercury Fund

NASA Presolicitation Notice: creation of The Mercury Fund [Friday, September 03, 2004] "The goal: invest in tandem with established private sector venture capital funds to sponsor innovative, multi-use technologies to help NASA achieve its mission and to better position these technologies for future multiple and/or commercial uses."



»» Boeing Awarded Space Exploration Study Contract

Boeing Awarded Space Exploration Study Contract [Saturday, September 04, 2004] Boeing [NYSE:BA] NASA Systems received its first study contract under the Vision for Space Exploration to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of the crew exploration vehicle (CEV).



»» ITT encourages SME participation to ESA's technology programmes

ITT encourages SME participation to ESA's technology programmes [Tuesday, September 07, 2004] An invitation to tender just issued calls for leading edge technologies for ESA's future space programs. The ITT provides an opportunity both for enterprises to propose innovative solutions with advanced technologies from non-space fields.



»» Swedish Space Corporation negotiates strategic investment in Orbital Recovery Ltd.

Swedish Space Corporation negotiates strategic investment in Orbital Recovery Ltd. [Tuesday, September 07, 2004] When completed, the Swedish company will join Dutch Space of The Netherlands as part of the team that is financing the design and development of Orbital Recovery's ConeXpress Orbital Life Extension Vehicle (CX OLEV) space tug.



»» Strategic Space Conference Speakers Confirm As Early Bird Registration Cutoff Approaches Reduced Registration Rate

Strategic Space Conference Speakers Confirm As Early Bird Registration Cutoff Approaches Reduced Registration Rate [Tuesday, September 07, 2004] Only a few days remain to register for Strategic Space 2004 and still enjoy an advanced purchase price that would save $145 off the industry rate and $150 from the government rate. The reduced rates are available through Friday, 10 September.



»» Spacehab Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2004

Spacehab Reports Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2004 [Wednesday, September 08, 2004] The fourth quarter of SPACEHAB's fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 resulted in a net loss of $2.3 million or $0.19 per basic share, compared with a fiscal year 2003 fourth quarter net loss of $20.1 million or $1.63 per basic share.



»» Boeing Announces Major Commercial Satellite Contract

Boeing Announces Major Commercial Satellite Contract [Wednesday, September 08, 2004] Boeing announced today it received a contract by DIRECTV to build three Boeing 702 model satellites. These spacecraft will provide DIRECTV with unprecedented national and local broadcast coverage in High Definition Television (HDTV).



»» EADS Astrium awarded Fleet Satellite Control Center contract for Arabsat-4A, Arabsat-4B, Arabsat-2B and Arabsat-3A

EADS Astrium awarded Fleet Satellite Control Center contract for Arabsat-4A, Arabsat-4B, Arabsat-2B and Arabsat-3A [Thursday, September 09, 2004] ARABSAT, the communication satellite operator based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has awarded EADS Astrium a contract for a Satellite Control Center (SCC) to control Arabsat-4A and Arabsat-4B, Arabsat 2B and Arabsat 3A satellites.



»» Arianespace Signs Two Launch Contracts with DIRECTV

Arianespace Signs Two Launch Contracts with DIRECTV [Thursday, September 09, 2004] The first contract will be for the launch of the Spaceway 2 satellite in April 2005. The second contract is for an un-named direct-to-home satellite.  Both payloads will fly the Ariane 5 from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.



»» Arianespace to launch Galaxy 17 for PanAmSat

Arianespace to launch Galaxy 17 for PanAmSat [Thursday, September 09, 2004] Galaxy 17 will be orbited by an Ariane 5 as early as late 2006 from Kourou, French Guiana. Alcatel Space will build the satellite using its Spacebus 3000 B3 platform.  Galaxy 17 will provide TV broadcast and telephony services for North America. 



»» Orbital Selected by NASA for $6 Million Lunar Exploration Study Contract

Orbital Selected by NASA for $6 Million Lunar Exploration Study Contract [Friday, September 10, 2004] Orbital Sciences Corporation has been awarded a one-year contract, worth up to $6 million, by NASA to perform a Concept Exploration and Refinement study for human lunar exploration systems and the development of the crew exploration vehicle.



»» NASA Issues Four Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Requests for Information

NASA Issues Four Robotic Lunar Exploration Program Requests for Information [Sunday, September 12, 2004] NASA GSFC: "We plan to invite formal presentations and discussions at GSFC of the more compelling responses within 45 days of the RFI issuance."



»» NASA's Johnson Space Center to Study Nanobacteria

NASA's Johnson Space Center to Study Nanobacteria [Monday, September 13, 2004] Nanobac Life Sciences, Inc. has signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA's Johnson Space Center to collaborate on research on Nanobacteria and its nature and role in pathological calcification, including the detection and treatment of the pathogen.



»» NASA Awards Contracts for GOES Imaging Instruments

NASA Awards Contracts for GOES Imaging Instruments [Tuesday, September 14, 2004] NASA announced selection of ITT Industries for the implementation phase work on the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instruments for the next generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).



»» Special Notice: Commercial Space Transportation Services in Support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Special Notice: Commercial Space Transportation Services in Support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [Wednesday, September 15, 2004] This RFI is to obtain information on capabilities and market interest from existing and emerging domestic commercial space transportation providers. NASA will use this information to shape agency acquisition strategy for space transportation services.



»» Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract for Space Exploration Studies

Lockheed Martin Awarded NASA Contract for Space Exploration Studies [Wednesday, September 15, 2004] Lockheed Martin is one of 11 companies NASA selected to provide concepts for the development of a Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) as well as overall architecture concepts for human exploration of the moon.



»» NASA Awards Extravehicular Activity Systems Contract

NASA Awards Extravehicular Activity Systems Contract [Wednesday, September 15, 2004] NASA has awarded a consolidated Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Systems Contract to Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Windsor Locks, Conn.



»» Acquisition Schedules Update for NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

Acquisition Schedules Update for NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate [Thursday, September 16, 2004] NASA's Office of Exploration Systems has posted some important updates on their website having to do with proposal submission due dates - dates which have been adjusted due to recent hurricane disruptions.



»» Buzz Aldrin returns to Lunar Gravity & Weightlessness and ZERO-G Flight

Buzz Aldrin returns to Lunar Gravity & Weightlessness and ZERO-G Flight [Thursday, September 16, 2004] On the second stop of the Diet Rite and Zero Gravity Corporation's (ZERO-G(R)) six-city tour, Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin returned to Lunar gravity and weightlessness aboard G-Force One.



»» NASA Selects Firm to Formulate GOES Instrument

NASA Selects Firm to Formulate GOES Instrument [Friday, September 17, 2004] NASA has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the formulation phase to perform design and risk reduction for the Solar Imaging Suite. The SIS will fly on the (GOES)-R Series scheduled for launch in 2012.



»» NASA Selects Firm for Independent Engineering Assessments

NASA Selects Firm for Independent Engineering Assessments [Friday, September 17, 2004] NASA selected a federally funded research and development center, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, to provide independent engineering assessment support.



»» NASA Extends Due Date for Human & Robotic Technology Proposals

NASA Extends Due Date for Human & Robotic Technology Proposals [Friday, September 17, 2004] 1. Extension of the due date for offerors impacted by hurricane activity as follows: Response Date: Electronic Proposals due September 29, 2004 4:30 P.M. EDT.



»» DARPA, Air Force Kick Off Falcon Phase II Small Launch Vehicle

DARPA, Air Force Kick Off Falcon Phase II Small Launch Vehicle [Friday, September 17, 2004] DARPA and the U.S. Air Force have awarded funding to four teams for the second phase of the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) program. The goal of the Falcon SLV program is to develop and demonstrate an affordable and responsive space lift capability.



»» SpaceDev Begins Work on ''Dream Chaser'' Space Vehicle Space Act MOU Signed with NASA Ames Research Center

SpaceDev Begins Work on ''Dream Chaser'' Space Vehicle Space Act MOU Signed with NASA Ames Research Center [Monday, September 20, 2004] SpaceDev has begun designing a reuseable, piloted, sub-orbital space ship that could be scaled up to safely and economically transport passengers to and from low earth orbit, including the International Space Station.



»» NASA Selects Contractor for First Prometheus Mission to Jupiter

NASA Selects Contractor for First Prometheus Mission to Jupiter [Monday, September 20, 2004] NASA JPL selected Northrop Grumman Space Technology as the contractor for co-designing the proposed Prometheus Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter spacecraft. The contract award is for approximately $400 million, covering work through mid-2008.



»» Andrews Space, Inc. Wins $6M Contract to Assist NASA in Refining its Space Exploration Vision

Andrews Space, Inc. Wins $6M Contract to Assist NASA in Refining its Space Exploration Vision [Monday, September 20, 2004] Andrews Space, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a $6 million contract from NASA to develop preliminary concepts for NASA's CEV and to define a vision and architecture for human missions to the Moon and exploration of Mars.



»» NSF Announces Six New Centers for Nanoscale Research

NSF Announces Six New Centers for Nanoscale Research [Wednesday, September 22, 2004] The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced awards of $69 million over five years to fund six major centers in nanoscale science and engineering. These awards complement eight existing centers established since 2001.



»» Space Adventures' Spaceflight Club

Space Adventures' Spaceflight Club [Thursday, September 23, 2004] Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced today the induction of a young member to its SPACEFLIGHT CLUB.  Adam Smith, a vibrant 14 year-old, committed to the dream of spaceflight is like many other teens Space Advent



»» ESA checks over first Galileo experimental satellite model

ESA checks over first Galileo experimental satellite model [Thursday, September 23, 2004] The structural model of the first of two experimental Galileo satellites to be launched in 2005, is currently being tested at the European Space Agency’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (NL).



»» U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Team $2 Billion Contract To Build Mobile User Objective System

U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin Team $2 Billion Contract To Build Mobile User Objective System [Friday, September 24, 2004] The U.S. Navy today announced that a team led by Lockheed Martin has won the competition to build the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system.



»» Bigelow's Gamble

Bigelow's Gamble [Sunday, September 26, 2004] "It's a high-stakes game to develop commercial inflatable space modules while proposing a $50-million prize for a new piloted spacecraft to service them."



»» Virgin Group Sign Deal with Paul G. Allen’s Mojave Aerospace

Virgin Group Sign Deal with Paul G. Allen’s Mojave Aerospace [Monday, September 27, 2004] Today, Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Group has entered into an agreement to license the technology to develop the world’s first privately funded spaceships dedicated to carrying commercial passengers on space flights.



»» Atlas Launch Facilities Withstand Hurricanes

Atlas Launch Facilities Withstand Hurricanes [Tuesday, September 28, 2004] The 106-foot-long booster portion of an Atlas V rocket is unloaded from a cargo plane at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Friday morning, shortly before the area was evacuated for Hurricane Jeanne.



»» NASA Explores Future Space with Advanced Concept Awards

NASA Explores Future Space with Advanced Concept Awards [Tuesday, September 28, 2004] The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) has announced its 2004 Phase 1 awards. Twelve proposals to boldly go beyond the frontiers of space exploration were selected for a six-month study period beginning in October 2004.



»» SpaceShipOne Soars to Success Completing First Flight of Ansari X-Prize

SpaceShipOne Soars to Success Completing First Flight of Ansari X-Prize [Wednesday, September 29, 2004] Today SpaceShipOne built by Mojave Aerospace soared into space successfully completed the first Ansari X-Prize flight. The flight was not without tense moments. During ascent SpaceShipOne started rolling as it neared space.



»» NASA Salutes SpaceShipOne Team After Second Flight

NASA Salutes SpaceShipOne Team After Second Flight [Thursday, September 30, 2004] Sean O'Keefe congratulated the SpaceShipOne team on the second successful flight of a human on a private spacecraft. Administrator O'Keefe was in the Mojave Desert, today to watch SpaceShipOne pilot Mike Melvill take off and safely land.



»» ORBIMAGE Selected as NGA's Second NextView Provider

ORBIMAGE Selected as NGA's Second NextView Provider [Thursday, September 30, 2004] ORBIMAGE Inc. announced today that the company has been awarded a major contract by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA, formerly the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, NIMA), valued at approximately $500 million.




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