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Tuesday, July 03, 2007


A chronicle of developments in the space industry, updated (almost) daily.

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The shuttle has been returned to KSC.

Russia is launching satellites to space.
*Second SAR-Lupe satellite also successfully launched
*Reconnaissance system available to the German Armed Forces as of the

Bremen/Plesetsk, 07-03-07

The second satellite in the SAR-Lupe system has been placed successfully
in orbit. The Russian Cosmos 3M launch vehicle lifted off last night
from the Russian Plesetsk space center, south of Archangelsk, on
schedule at 21:38:41 hours CEST. Roughly half an hour later, it released
the radar satellite into its low-earth orbit at an altitude of roughly
500 km.

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A chronicle of developments in the space industry, updated (almost) daily.

July 03, 2007

*Homans Resigns Spaceport Authority Post* (Source: Las Cruces Sun-News)
When Rick Homans took over as executive director of the New Mexico
Spaceport Authority he said he would like to hand the job over to
someone else sooner or later. On Monday, he announced that would happen
sooner. Homans informed the NMSA that he was leaving his post for a job
in the private sector. "When I took this job May 1, I made it very clear
that I considered myself an 'interim' director and that one of my key
jobs would be to find my replacement, a 'permanent' director," Homans
wrote. Homans said his new job will be with a company that will
establish its headquarters in New Mexico. His new position starts Aug.
1. He did not specify the company.

*Benson Space Company to Provide Low-G Rides* (Source: Benson)
Using a patent pending combination of technology and technique, the
newly designed suborbital space tourism spaceship from Benson Space
Company (BSC) will produce rides that do not exceed approximately 3.0
G's of force on passengers. This technology, in development since 2002,
uses dive brakes with variable
feathering to greatly reduce deceleration forces during descent and
reentry. The BSC spaceship, which is based on an amalgam of the NASA and
Air Force X-2, X-15 and T-38 vehicles, will spread its entry
deceleration over a wide altitude band by changing the vehicle's
ballistic coefficient (vehicle weight divided by drag area) during the
atmospheric entry.

*Europe and Russia Plan Next Generation Spaceship *(Source: The Register)
Plans are underway to build a European alternative to the US's shuttle
replacement Orion. The European Space Agency (ESA) has convened a series
of meetings with key industrial groups in Europe to thrash out the
details of new passenger launch systems. Russia will lead the
feasibility study of various Crew Space Transportation Systems (CSTS),
while Japan is also reported to be keen to be involved. Daniel Sacotte,
the ESA's director of human spaceflight, microgravity and exploration
told the BBC that the move was not about beating the US, or being

"We want to have parallel systems, to be cooperative; so that if one
system has a failure, there is another one that allows space exploration
to continue," he said. "We cannot rely on only one [transportation
system]." The form the new launch system will take is still undecided.
This decision will be the focal point of the meetings. It could be based
on the well-established, if slightly ageing Russian Soyuz system, or it
could be totally different. The eventual form the CSTS will take will
depend on what it is most likely to be used for: low earth orbit
missions may call for different hardware than a moon shot, for instance.

*AF Holds To EELV Schedule *(Source: Aerospace Daily)
The U.S. Air Force says it is holding firm on the planned launch dates
for upcoming Atlas V and Delta IV missions using the Pratt & Whitney
RL10 upper-stage engine, having traced the launch anomaly on a recent
National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) classified satellite launch to a
stuck valve on the Atlas V's Lockheed Martin Centaur upper stage. The
Air Force says for now at least the late summer launch dates for the
upcoming launch of the service's Wideband Gapfiller (WGS) communications
spacecraft on an Atlas V with a Centaur and the final Defense Support
Program missile warning satellite on a Delta IV Heavy using the RL10 in
a different stage will remain unchanged. The Atlas V launch from Cape
Canaveral is scheduled for Aug. 11 while the Delta IV Heavy flight is
set for Aug. 28.

*ICO Global Inks Deal with Loral* (Source: MarketWatch)
ICO Global Communications said Tuesday it inked an agreement with Loral
for the design of additional medium earth orbit satellites. Terms
weren't disclosed. The company also said it's pursuing its litigation
against Boeing concerning its medium earth orbit satellites.

*Replacement Workers Take-On Endeavour Work During Strike* (Source:
Florida Today)
The orbiter Endeavour was hoisted up off its transporter in the Kennedy
Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building by replacement crane operators as
NASA pressed ahead with preparations for a planned Aug. 7 launch. The
orbiter will be mated to an external tank with two attached solid rocket
boosters before the fully assembled shuttle is hauled out to launch pad
39A on July 11. The work is being done by an experienced team standing
in for striking workers with the International Association of Machinists
& Aerospace Workers union. USA put together a pool of people who all
have experience in orbiter lifting operations, and former crane
operators who all have up-to-date certifications are operating the
lifting devices. The work is being done in two stages because of the

*NASA Extends Contract with Wyle Labs* (Source: Houston Business Journal)
NASA has extended its contract with Wyle Laboratories. The $294 million
contract extension will support the Space Life Sciences Directorate at
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The extension, which extends the
contract to April 30, 2011, is the first of two options in NASA's
contract with Wyle Laboratories. Terms of the bioastronautics contract
call for Wyle's life sciences group, based in Houston, to support the
International Space Station, space shuttle, constellation and human
research programs. Wyle maintains readiness of space and life
sciences-related facilities and laboratories; provides services for
program integration, habitability and environmental factors; human
adaptation and countermeasures; space medicine; flight hardware; and
human research activities. The work is performed at Johnson, Kennedy
Space Center in Florida and at the University of Texas Medical Branch in
Galveston. A second option, if exercised, would extend the contract to
April 30, 2013. If both options are exercised, the total potential value
of the contract is $973 million.

*Russian Rocket Blasts Off with German Satellite *(Source: Xinhua)
A Russian rocket blasted off Monday night with a German satellite atop.
The Kosmos-3M booster, carrying the German intelligence satellite
SAR-Lupe-2, launched from the Plesetsk spaceport. According to a
contract signed in 2003, Russia will send into orbit five such
satellites, part of Germany's first satellite-based radar reconnaissance

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