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March 2005 Top Stories


»» Sea Launch Successfully Delivers XM-3 to Orbit

Sea Launch Successfully Delivers XM-3 to Orbit [Tuesday, March 1, 2005] Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered XM Satellite Radio’s XM-3 satellite to orbit from its ocean-based platform on the Equator, in its first mission of the 2005 manifest. Early data indicate the spacecraft is in excellent condition.



»» Success of the 1694th launch of Soyuz

Success of the 1694th launch of Soyuz [Tuesday, March 1, 2005] The 1694th flight of a Soyuz launch vehicle was performed Tuesday, March 1, 2005 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0:09 a.m. Baikonur time (8:09 p.m. Paris time on Monday, February 28, 2005).



»» Established Space Communications Standards Organization CCSDS Gets a Makeover

Established Space Communications Standards Organization CCSDS Gets a Makeover [Tuesday, March 1, 2005] A new logo that heavily brands "CCSDS.org" complements the web site and is expected to increase recognition of CCSDS' web site address. Branding the .org also serves as a more accurate reflection of the way in which the CCSDS conducts business today.



»» NASA Issues Solicitation for Crew Exploration Vehicle

NASA Issues Solicitation for Crew Exploration Vehicle [Tuesday, March 1, 2005] NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The CEV is the spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit and to the moon by 2020.



»» FAA: Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch: Availability of draft regulatory language - Notice of public meeting

FAA: Licensing and Safety Requirements for Launch: Availability of draft regulatory language - Notice of public meeting [Tuesday, March 1, 2005] FAA is making available a draft of changes to commercial space transportation regulations. These changes identify, codify, and maintain the successful safety measures that have been implemented at the federal launch ranges belonging to the DoD and NASA.



»» Investors in space flight industry contribute $3,000,000 to TrekUnited - Money pledged to fund a fifth season of Star Trek: Enterprise

Investors in space flight industry contribute $3,000,000 to TrekUnited - Money pledged to fund a fifth season of Star Trek: Enterprise [Wednesday, March 2, 2005] TrekUnited.com today announced that three anonymous contributors have stepped forward with a $3 million pledge toward the campaign to ensure a fifth season for the recently cancelled Star Trek: Enterprise.



»» GALILEO: a new stage in the concession procedure

GALILEO: a new stage in the concession procedure [Wednesday, March 2, 2005] The European Commission has noted the Galileo Joint Undertaking's decision to start negotiations with the two remaining candidates on the concession agreement. This new stage in the selection procedure is in line with the established timetable.



»» ILS Atlas V Gets Go-ahead For GPS Mission In 2007

ILS Atlas V Gets Go-ahead For GPS Mission In 2007 [Wednesday, March 2, 2005] The U.S. Air Force has authorized International Launch Services (ILS) to proceed with a mission to launch a Global Positioning System satellite in early 2007 on a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Atlas V vehicle.



»» NASA Technology Supports Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer

NASA Technology Supports Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer [Thursday, March 3, 2005] NASA technology contributed to the safety and success of the mission by enhancing communications between pilot Steve Fossett and his ground control team. NASA's real-time video hookup allowed enthusiasts around the globe to follow the flight.



»» Air Force lifts Boeing suspension

Air Force lifts Boeing suspension [Friday, March 4, 2005] Air Force officials removed the suspension of three Boeing Co. units associated with its rocket business March 4.



»» NASA Astrobiology Institute Notice: Interdisciplinary Exploration Science solicitation

NASA Astrobiology Institute Notice: Interdisciplinary Exploration Science solicitation [Saturday, March 5, 2005] "Are you an NAI Member? Involved in an NAI Focus Group? Does your expertise include interdisciplinary science? Have you anything to contribute, scientifically, to the National Vision for Space Exploration (Earth, Moon, Mars and Beyond)?"



»» Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher Resigns; Board Appoints James Bell Interim President and CEO; Lew Platt to Expand Role

Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher Resigns; Board Appoints James Bell Interim President and CEO; Lew Platt to Expand Role [Tuesday, March 8, 2005] Boeing announced that its Board of Directors asked for and received the resignation of President and CEO Harry Stonecipher on Sunday, March 6. Concurrently, the Board has appointed CFO James A. Bell as president and CEO on an interim basis.



»» Audit of the Implementation of Integrated Financial Management (IFMP) Audit Recommendations

Audit of the Implementation of Integrated Financial Management (IFMP) Audit Recommendations [Tuesday, March 8, 2005] As of January 3, 2005 NASA had 26 out of 44 (59 percent) audit recommendations related to IFMP that were still open and for which corrective action had not been completed. Some of those recommendations where more than 1 year old.



»» First Inmarsat-4 satellite ready for launch

First Inmarsat-4 satellite ready for launch [Wednesday, March 9, 2005] The world's largest and most sophisticated commercial communications satellite, Inmarsat 4, is due to be launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 10 March.



»» Burt Rutan, Paul G. Allen, and the SpaceShipOne Team are honored for creating and flying the first privately developed reusable spacecraft.

Burt Rutan, Paul G. Allen, and the SpaceShipOne Team are honored for creating and flying the first privately developed reusable spacecraft. [Thursday, March 10, 2005] Ingenious. Tireless. Masterful. Aerospace engineer and entrepreneur Burt Rutan turns ideas into winged vehicles that soar, take powered flight, and now rocket into space, safely returning to land under a pilot's control.



»» Boeing Prepares to Ship Next Generation Weather Satellite - GOES-N

Boeing Prepares to Ship Next Generation Weather Satellite - GOES-N [Thursday, March 10, 2005] The first of three next-generation GOES manufactured by Boeing for NOAA and NASA prepares for shipment to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a launch in May, 2005.



»» ILS Atlas V Vehicle Lifts Massive Satellite for Inmarsat

ILS Atlas V Vehicle Lifts Massive Satellite for Inmarsat [Saturday, March 12, 2005] An Atlas V launch vehicle carried its largest payload to date into orbit tonight, the Inmarsat 4-F1 satellite that weighs nearly 6 metric tons (5,959 kgs/13,138 pounds). This also marked the third launch of the year for International Launch Services.



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Notice of Intent to Release an Announcement of Opportunity for Discovery Program Missions of Opportunity

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Notice of Intent to Release an Announcement of Opportunity for Discovery Program Missions of Opportunity [Thursday, March 17, 2005] NASA Presolicitation Notice: Notice of Intent to Release an Announcement of Opportunity for Discovery Program Missions of Opportunity



»» Root Cause Declared for Delta IV Heavy Demo Mission

Root Cause Declared for Delta IV Heavy Demo Mission [Thursday, March 17, 2005] Boeing and the USAF, supported by The Aerospace Corporation have identified the root cause for the premature Main Engine Cut-Off on the Delta IV Heavy Lift Vehicle demonstration mission that was launched Dec. 21, 2004.



»» Boeing and DIRECTV Announce Shipment of Spaceway Satellite to Sea Launch

Boeing and DIRECTV Announce Shipment of Spaceway Satellite to Sea Launch [Thursday, March 17, 2005] Boeing and The DIRECTV Group, Inc. announced the arrival of the Spaceway F1 satellite at the Sea Launch home port in Long Beach, Calif., where it will undergo final preparations for a late April launch aboard a Zenit-3SL vehicle.



»» NASA Exploration System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) Pre-solicitation Workshop

NASA Exploration System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) Pre-solicitation Workshop [Thursday, March 17, 2005] This workshop solicits input from government, industry and academia regarding acquisition of Systems Engineering and Integration capabilities in support of NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Development Programs Division.



»» NASA Exploration System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) Pre-solicitation Workshop

NASA Exploration System of Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) Pre-solicitation Workshop [Thursday, March 17, 2005] The Statement of Objectives for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Development Programs Division Systems Engineering and Integration Procurement is hereby posted.



»» Launch Services Alliance Holds First Press Conference

Launch Services Alliance Holds First Press Conference [Thursday, March 17, 2005] Arianespace, Sea Launch, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to review the recent successes of the Launch Services Alliance, announce new developments for Alliance



»» Lockheed Martin-led team passes key design milestone for next generation military communications satellite program

Lockheed Martin-led team passes key design milestone for next generation military communications satellite program [Friday, March 18, 2005] The Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) team led by Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the System Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with its customer, the U.S. Navy.  



»» Remarks at the funeral of NASA's Get Away Special Program - An open letter to Dr. Michael Griffin

Remarks at the funeral of NASA's Get Away Special Program - An open letter to Dr. Michael Griffin [Sunday, March 20, 2005] "But now, without so much as a "by your leave," the Get Away Special and Hitchhiker programs have officially been relegated to the trash heap by NASA, there to join the highly successful but short-lived Shuttle Student Involvement Program."



»» Iridium Satellite Constellation Passes Milestone for Longevity

Iridium Satellite Constellation Passes Milestone for Longevity [Tuesday, March 22, 2005] Iridium Satellite today announced that its constellation of low-earth-orbit communication satellites has achieved a world record of more than 500 satellite-years of in-orbit performance.



»» OAA, NASA Announce New Relationship to Acquire Advanced Geostationary Satellites

OAA, NASA Announce New Relationship to Acquire Advanced Geostationary Satellites [Tuesday, March 22, 2005] NOAA announced today its acquisition management strategy for the upcoming GOES-R Program. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.



»» Lockheed Martin's First Atlas V Rocket Stacked Vertically On New West Coast Launch Pad

Lockheed Martin's First Atlas V Rocket Stacked Vertically On New West Coast Launch Pad [Tuesday, March 22, 2005] Lockheed Martin's (NYSE:LMT) first West Coast Atlas V rocket has successfully completed "booster on stand" (BOS) operations with the flight vehicle that will launch a national security payload next year. 



»» Alenia Spazio signs contract with RSC-Energia for the production phase of the ATV space vehicle

Alenia Spazio signs contract with RSC-Energia for the production phase of the ATV space vehicle [Tuesday, March 22, 2005] As part of the cooperation agreements with Russia, a contract was signed in Rome today between Alenia Spazio and RSC-Energia for the supply of components of the ATV logistical module for the International Space Station.



»» NASA Announces First Two Centennial Challenges

NASA Announces First Two Centennial Challenges [Tuesday, March 22, 2005] The first two Centennial Challenges competitions will be released by NASA and its partner, the Spaceward Foundation, on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:45 p.m. EST at Flight School '05, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, Scottsdale, Ariz.



»» GAO Report: NASA'S SPACE VISION: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources

GAO Report: NASA'S SPACE VISION: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources [Wednesday, March 23, 2005] "While development of the Prometheus 1 technologies is under way, each will require extensive advancement before they are mature enough to support reliable cost estimates."



»» NASA Presolicitation Notice: Replace Roofs, VAB Low Bay and VAB Utility Annex

NASA Presolicitation Notice: Replace Roofs, VAB Low Bay and VAB Utility Annex [Wednesday, March 23, 2005] NASA/KSC plans to issue a RFP for Construction of Replace Roofs, VAB Low Bay and VAB Utility Annex. The work to be performed essentially consists of refurbishing the roofs of the VAB low bay, the VAB Utility Annex, and the Utility Annex Bridge.



»» NASA Announces First Centennial Challenges Prizes

NASA Announces First Centennial Challenges Prizes [Wednesday, March 23, 2005] NASA and its partner, the Spaceward Foundation, today announced prizes totaling $400,000 for four prize competitions, the first under the agency's Centennial Challenges program.



»» AMC-18 Satellite to be Launched by Arianespace

AMC-18 Satellite to be Launched by Arianespace [Wednesday, March 23, 2005] AMC-18 is the 25th satellite entrusted to the European launch service company by the SES GLOBAL family of companies the world's largest private satellite operator.



»» Winner of Volvo Sweepstakes for Space Flight Revealed at New York Auto Show

Winner of Volvo Sweepstakes for Space Flight Revealed at New York Auto Show [Thursday, March 24, 2005] Doug Ramsburg of Northglenn, CO, is expected to be among the first people to travel on a commercial flight to space. He was among the more than 135,000 aspiring astronauts who registered to win a trip to space as part of a promotional effort by Volvo.



»» Telesat pioneers next-generation EMS technology on Anik F2 satellite

Telesat pioneers next-generation EMS technology on Anik F2 satellite [Thursday, March 24, 2005] Telesat today announced that it has completed in-orbit testing of a next-generation digital broadband on-board signal processor on Anik F2, one of the largest commercial communications satellites ever launched.



»» Listen Up!  Planetary Radio Hits XM Satellite Radio Airwaves

Listen Up!  Planetary Radio Hits XM Satellite Radio Airwaves [Thursday, March 24, 2005] Planetary Radio will increase its reach by more than 3 million when XM Satellite Radio adds the program to its line-up on Saturday, March 26, 2005.  



»» Minor Damage to SpaceX Engine Test Stand

Minor Damage to SpaceX Engine Test Stand [Friday, March 25, 2005] SpaceX was running a Merlin engine acceptance test earlier this week at their test site in Texas. At one point some hot gas blowback burned test stand pressure sensor wiring



»» Teal Near-Term Outlook Projects 26% Growth in Spacecraft Launched

Teal Near-Term Outlook Projects 26% Growth in Spacecraft Launched [Friday, March 25, 2005] Teal Group today announced publication of its new Near-term Outlook during the Satellite 2005 conference and exhibition taking place this week at the Washington, DC Convention Center.



»» NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Sources Sought Notice: Innovative Partnerships Program

NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Sources Sought Notice: Innovative Partnerships Program [Friday, March 25, 2005] NASA/HQ Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) is hereby soliciting capability statements from interested small business (all types) sources for the Technology Transfer Transformation (TTT) project.



»» Northrop Grumman's AstroMesh Reflector Successfully Deploys on Inmarsat 4 Satellite

Northrop Grumman's AstroMesh Reflector Successfully Deploys on Inmarsat 4 Satellite [Monday, March 28, 2005] Northrop Grumman Corporation's AstroMesh deployable reflector system successfully deployed aboard the Inmarsat Limited I-4 satellite launched March 11 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.



»» Discovery Rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building for Mate to STS-114 Tank and Booster Rockets Tuesday

Discovery Rolls to Vehicle Assembly Building for Mate to STS-114 Tank and Booster Rockets Tuesday [Tuesday, March 29, 2005] "United Space Alliance employees, who have primary responsibility for processing the orbiter, expressed pride and excitement as the orbiter left the OPF."



»» NASA Selects Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 2 Projects

NASA Selects Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 2 Projects [Wednesday, March 30, 2005] NASA has selected 27 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research proposals for Phase 2 contract negotiations.



»» NASA Teaming Opportunity for a Mars Aerial Platform Scout Mission (MARS)

NASA Teaming Opportunity for a Mars Aerial Platform Scout Mission (MARS) [Wednesday, March 30, 2005] Teaming Opportunity for a Mars Aerial Platform Scout Mission (Mars) NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is performing a technical assessment to form the basis of a possible proposal for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Mars Scout 2011 opportunity.



»» Proton Launches Communications Satellite

Proton Launches Communications Satellite [Wednesday, March 30, 2005] A Proton launch vehicle successfully deployed the Express AM-2 communications satellite today. This was the second Proton launch of 2005. A Proton Breeze M successfully lifted the AMC-12 satellite into orbit on February 3.



»» Multi-Year Space Elevator Competition Roadmap Released

Multi-Year Space Elevator Competition Roadmap Released [Wednesday, March 30, 2005] Following last week's $400,000 prize purse announcement by NASA, the Spaceward Foundation has released details of its Space Elevator competitions for 2005 and 2006, as well as a long-term roadmap.



»» Notes from the NASA Integrated Space Operations Summit 2005

Notes from the NASA Integrated Space Operations Summit 2005 [Wednesday, March 30, 2005] NASA is planning to fly no more than 28 Space Shuttle Flights between now and 2010 at a rate of roughly 5 per year. This will lead to some tough decisions - some of them coming rather soon.



»» NASA Announces High Tech Invention Award Winners

NASA Announces High Tech Invention Award Winners [Thursday, March 31, 2005] NASA announced the 2004 NASA Government and Commercial Inventions of the Year Award winners today.




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