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ЦитатаLaunch Vehicle Type: P-3Launch Vehicle Customer: Reimbursable U.S. Navy
ЦитатаFeb. 5 Minotaur 1 • NROL-66Launch window: TBDLaunch site: SLC-8, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CaliforniaThe Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket will launch a classified satellite payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office. Moved up from March. [Nov. 23]Early May Minotaur 4 • TacSat 4Launch time: TBDLaunch site: LP-1, Kodiak Launch Complex, AlaskaThe Air Force Minotaur 4 rocket will launch the experimental TacSat 4 demonstration satellite for the military's Operationally Responsive Space office. TacSat 4 will test new satellite communications systems. Delayed from September, October and November. [Nov. 23]
Цитатаhttp://www.satellitetoday.com/st/headlines/35655.html?hq_e=el&hq_m=2094595&hq_l=18&hq_v=dba404a40aAstrotech Wins Sixth NPOESS Contract for $35 MillionNovember 25, 2010 | Satellite Today | Jeffrey HillAAA Text SizeEmail Print Archives Copyright Twitter [Satellite TODAY 11-25-10] Commercial aerospace services provider Astrotech Corp. has won a fully-funded task order under the U.S. Department of Defense's $35 million Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, Astrotech announced Nov. 24. The company will provide facilities and payload processing services from its VAFB location in support of NASA's National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) mission scheduled to launch in October 2011. Astrotech has been awarded six out of seven of the NASA VAFB IDIQ missions awarded to date. NPP is a joint mission to extend key measurements in support of long-term monitoring of climate trends and of global biological productivity. The mission aims to provide atmospheric and sea surface temperatures, humidity sounding, land and ocean biological productivity, and cloud and aerosol properties.
ЦитатаSpaceX delays Falcon launch until at least ThursdayAn issue with the Falcon 9 rocket's second stage engine has pushed back liftoff of the privately-built booster until at least Thursday. Launch could slip to the weekend if engineers need to replace the upper stage engine nozzle.
ЦитатаDec. 8 Falcon 9 • COTS 1Launch window: 1400-1722 GMT (9 a.m.-12:22 p.m. EST)Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FloridaFeb. 3 Shuttle Discovery • ULF 5Launch time: 0634 GMT (1:34 a.m. EST)Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, FloridaApril 1 Shuttle Endeavour • ULF 6Launch time: 0715 GMT (3:15 a.m. EDT)Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
ЦитатаLockheed Martin Team Completes GeoEye-2 Preliminary Design Review Ahead of ScheduleNext-Generation Earth Imaging Satellite Advances to Critical Design Review PhaseSUNNYVALE, Calif., December 6th, 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE] team designing GeoEye's (NASDAQ: GEOY) next-generation, high-resolution imaging satellite, known as GeoEye-2, successfully completed the program's Preliminary Design Review (PDR) three weeks ahead of the planned schedule. The successful PDR completion validated the spacecraft's design maturity, meeting or exceeding all GeoEye standards and program requirements.During the two-day PDR, representatives from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company and GeoEye thoroughly reviewed the spacecraft's intricate design and advanced capabilities. With the validation that GeoEye-2 design will meet the critical geospatial information requirements of GeoEye's government and commercial users worldwide, the team is now gearing up for the Critical Design Review scheduled for early 2011, a key milestone that precedes the production phase of the program.GeoEye-2 will be launched aboard an Atlas V rocket provided by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and will be operational in early 2013. Once fully operational, GeoEye-2 will be the highest resolution commercial satellite in the world. In addition, it will have significant improvements in performance capabilities, such as enhanced tasking and the ability to collect more imagery at a faster rate.Bill Schuster, GeoEye's chief operating officer, said, "This is an important milestone for our GeoEye-2 satellite program. We are very pleased Lockheed Martin is committed to meeting our stringent objectives and schedule. Worldwide commercial market demand is increasing, and the U.S. government has growing requirements for large-area coverage at the best resolution commercially available. We look forward to commissioning GeoEye-2, which will meet this increased demand and help sustain GeoEye's strong growth rate when fully operational.""The steady pace at which we are progressing on GeoEye-2 is fully aligned with the cost, schedule and technical requirements established by our customer," said Allen Anderson, GeoEye-2 program manager for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "We understand that achieving mission success on this program is imperative in a global environment that is significantly increasing its demands for geospatial information. We look forward to fielding GeoEye-2 at the earliest possible launch date."In development under a fixed-price contract with GeoEye to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's EnhancedView commercial imagery program, GeoEye-2 will provide intelligence analysts, war fighters, and decision makers map-accurate images at an increased resolution, with a greater spacecraft response rate and level of performance reliability unmatched by existing spacecraft.GeoEye-2 is based on the latest generation of the LMx configure-to-order low Earth orbit bus product line initiated with Lockheed Martin-built IKONOS satellite, and it features a new high-resolution ITT camera that has been in development for more than two years."ITT and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company's excellent working relationship has spanned nearly 20 years, beginning with the development of the IKONOS satellite," said Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, ITT Geospatial Systems. "The exceptional collaboration between ITT and Lockheed Martin Space Systems helped meet this important program milestone ahead of schedule. ITT looks forward to delivering the advanced camera and camera electronics for GeoEye-2--providing a resolution and accuracy never achieved before in commercial remote sensing."
ЦитатаThe findings, which were delivered in October, conclude: "There are no electrical or mechanical issues until 2017, and we begin launching Iridium Next in 2015," said S. Scott Smith, Iridium's executive vice president for Iridium Next.The Coface-backed package is part of an estimated $3 billion that Iridium is spending on Iridium Next, which like the current constellation will feature 66 operational satellites, plus six in-orbit spares and nine spares that will remain on the ground to be used in the event of a launch failure.The satellites, each weighing 850 kilograms, are scheduled to be launched, nine at a time, aboard Falcon 9 rockets built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif.
ЦитатаAir Force orders fourth AEHF communications satellite[/size]BY STEPHEN CLARKSPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: December 17, 2010The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $1.4 billion contract to manufacture, integrate and test a fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency communications satellite, the military branch announced Friday.The contract award is the next step in the Air Force's effort to sustain its military satellite communications network following the cancellation in 2009 of the next-generation Transformational Satellite Communications System, or TSAT.At the time of the TSAT program's cancellation, the Pentagon announced it would procure two additional AEHF satellites to join the three craft already in development.This week's announcement is the first AEHF satellite ordered by the Air Force since the end of the TSAT program.According to the Air Force, the AEHF 4 spacecraft is expected to be ready for launch in 2017. It is unclear when the Air Force could order additional AEHF satellites, but Lockheed Martin officials have said they hope to receive the go-ahead soon to acquire long-lead parts for more spacecraft.A Lockheed Martin spokesperson did not respond to questions about the procurement of components for additional AEHF platforms. Lockheed Martin previously got approval to start buying parts for AEHF 4.The Air Force struck a $182 million deal with Boeing Co. in August for start-up activities and procurement of long-lead items for an extra Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft.The AEHF satellites are designed to operate in a wartime environment, beaming high-priority messages and data between military commanders and the nation's civilian leadership. AEHF spacecraft are hardened to withstand the demands of nuclear and electronic warfare.The program replaces the five-satellite Milstar constellation. A single AEHF spacecraft has more capacity than the entire Militar fleet combined, according to the Air Force.AEHF 1 blasted off in August on an Atlas 5 rocket, but a propulsion system failure shortly after launch forced the satellite to use smaller thrusters to move to its operational orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth. The spacecraft is not expected to reach geosynchronous altitude until August 2011.The anomaly also prompted the Air Force to delay the planned launch of the second AEHF satellite from early 2011 until 2012. AEHF 2 is now in storage, while AEHF 3 is expected to finish production next year.
ЦитатаA long-overdue update, just next year's launches at the moment.Date, Time (GMT) - Satellite(s) - Rocket - Launch Site17 January - NRO L-49 - Delta IV-H - Vandenberg SLC-63 February, 06:37:34 - STS-133/Leonardo - Discovery - Kennedy LC-39A5 February - NRO L-66 - Minotaur I - Vandenberg SLC-823 February, 10:09:43 - Glory/Kysat/Hermes/Explorer-1' - Taurus-XL 3110 - Vandenberg LC-576E4 March - X-37B OTV-2 FLT-1 - Atlas V 501 - Canaveral SLC-4111 March - NRO L-27 - Delta IV-M+(4,2) - Canaveral SLC-37B31 March - NRO L-34 - Atlas V 501 - Vandenberg SLC-3E1 April, 07:15 - STS-134/ELC-3/AMS - Endeavour - Kennedy LC-39A6 April - ORS-1 - Minotaur I - MARS LP-0B30 April - SBIRS-GEO 1 - Atlas V 401 - Canaveral SLC-41May - TacSat-4 - Minotaur IV - Kodiak LP-19 June - SAC-D - Delta II 7320 - Vandenberg SLC-2W23 June - GPS IIF-5 - Delta IV-M+(4,2) - Canaveral SLC-37B15 July - Dragon C2/O2G (x2) - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-405 August, 16:10-17:40 - Juno - Atlas V 551 - Canaveral SLC-418 September, 12:35:52/13:14:35Z - GRAIL (x2) - Delta II 7920H - Canaveral SLC-17B8 October - Dragon C3 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 - may be cancelled25 October, 09:47:35-09:57:35 - NPP-Bridge/LightSail-1 - Delta II 7920 - Vandenberg SLC-2W25 November, 14:21 - MSL - Atlas V 541 - Canaveral SLC-416 December - NRO L-15 - Delta IV-H - Canaveral SLC-37B7 December - Dragon CRS1 - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-4014 December - Cygnus Demo - Taurus II - MARS LP-0ATBD - TBD - Falcon 9 - Canaveral SLC-40 - Payload for MDA (Canada)TBD - Colony-1 (x8 )/TBD - Falcon 1e - OmelekTBD - O2G - Falcon 1e - OmelekUpdates:White - 28 December 2010
ЦитатаPosted: January 6, 2011NASA managers Thursday decided to give engineers additional time to assess external tank cracks and repair scenarios, ruling out an early February launch for the shuttle Discovery. The next shuttle launch window opens Feb. 27, but NASA is assessing whether it might be possible to move that up a few days.
ЦитатаFri, 7 January, 2011Budget Holdup Will Delay NOAA Weather Satellites[/size]By Turner Brinton WASHINGTON -- Congress's inability to pass any full-year spending bills for 2011 will likely delay the launch of two civilian weather satellites by more than a year, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spokesman said Jan. 7. With so much budget uncertainty, development of NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) has proceeded over the last three months at a much slower pace than planned, agency spokesman John Leslie said in an e-mailed response to questions. The JPSS program was established after the White House dismantled the joint civil-military National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) in February. NASA was directed to build JPSS on behalf of NOAA, while the U.S. Air Force is pursuing a military system separately. The U.S. government has been operating since the new fiscal year began Oct. 1 under a series of short-term funding measures passed by Congress known as continuing resolutions. The most recent continuing resolution, which expires March 4, funds most U.S. government agencies at their 2010 spending levels. For NOAA, that has meant holding annual spending on the JPSS program to $382 million instead of the $1.06 billion it had sought for the program for 2011. NOAA planned to launch the first two JPSS satellites in 2014 and 2018, but the budget situation will likely delay both satellites by more than a year, Leslie said. "Funding limitations as a result of the current continuing resolution will delay launch of JPSS-1 and JPSS-2 from what was originally presented in the [2011 budget request]," he said. "Without knowing what the final budget for JPSS will be in 2011, it is not practical to speculate what exact launch dates will be." With whatever money is provided for JPSS this year, the agency's highest priorities will be to complete the ground system and operational support necessary to launch a JPSS precursor satellite, known at the NPOESS Preparatory Project, in October, Leslie said. He could not say what JPSS work would have to be deferred in light of the program's budget situation. The White House asked Congress in December to add money for JPSS in the continuing resolution lawmakers were drafting at the time. While the House of Representatives included an additional $910 million for JPSS in a full-year continuing resolution it approved Dec. 8, Congress ultimately opted for a shorter-term bill with no extra money for the program. "[T]he administration is very supportive of the JPSS program and it is hoped that increased funding for the JPSS program will occur in the final appropriations for 2011 expected to be passed by Congress in early March," Leslie said.
ЦитатаJan. 20 Delta 4-Heavy • NROL-49Launch time: 2108 GMT (4:08 p.m. EST)Launch site: SLC-6, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
ЦитатаFeb. 24 Shuttle Discovery • ULF 5Launch time: 2150 GMT (4:50 p.m. EST)Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, FloridaSTS-133 will be the 35th U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will carry the fourth ExPRESS Logistics Carrier with spare parts for the station. Discovery will also deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM). Delayed from Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. Moved again from Nov. 3 by main engine controller issue. Scrubbed on Nov. 4 by weather. Scrubbed on Nov. 5 for gaseous hydrogen leak on ground umbilical carrier plate. Delayed from Nov. 30, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 due to external tank stringer cracks. Delayed from Feb. 3 for repairs. See our Mission Status Center. [Jan. 13]April 19 Shuttle Endeavour • ULF 6Launch time: 2348 GMT (7:48 p.m. EDT)Launch site: LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, FloridaSTS-134 will be the 36th U.S. mission to the International Space Station. The flight will carry the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to be attached for research at the station. Endeavour will also haul maintenance supplies and spare parts to the station on the third ExPRESS Logistics Carrier. Delayed from July 29 due to AMS issues. Delayed from Feb. 26 to accommodate ATV 2 docking with space station. Delayed from Feb. 27 and April 1 due to slips of STS-133. [Jan. 13]
ЦитатаThe Air Force is also likely to use a block buy approach for the fourth and fifth Space Based Infrared System spacecraft, a government source said.