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SBSS = Minotaur 4 - 26.09.10 08:41 ЛМВ - Vandenberg

The U.S. military's new space surveillance observatory has begun maneuvering toward its operational perch to track orbital objects without the hindrances imposed on ground-based monitors.

The Space Based Space Surveillance satellite successfully launched atop a Minotaur 4 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on September 25, reaching its temporary orbit 336 miles high.

"Since we launched, things have gone fantastic. We have kicked off a long series of firsts -- first acquisition, first commanding, turned on the buses, turned on the star trackers, moved the gimbals, turned on GPS. So things are ticking along and we're making great progress," said Lt. Col. Robert Erickson, SBSS Space Situational Awareness Squadron commander.

"This morning, we did the first of three scheduled burns to raise our orbit. There will be three sets of those, so there's actually a total of 9 burns. We've done the first one, we'll do the next one in a little bit and another one later in the day," Erickson said in a telephone interview.

The burns are designed to gradually increase the satellite's altitude to 391 miles, achieving the south-to-north, sun-synchronous mission orbit.

The launch was the maiden ascent for the four-stage Minotaur 4, a satellite-carrying booster created by Orbital Sciences Corp. using decommissioned Peacekeeper missile motors and a commercial upper stage. The Air Force has 8 more launches ordered, including a flight from Alaska next month.

Seeing the inaugural rocket blast off, however, came a year later than expected because of hardware and software issues. But despite the extended wait to work out the bugs, the new launcher debuted successfully and propelled the [color=yellow]$858 million[/color] SBSS mission to space.

"From all indications, it was a flawless, flawless flight. It put us exactly where we wanted to be," said Col. J.R. Jordan, SBSS mission director. "All of the work that various organizations...and the mission assurance that we had paid off and gave us a very smooth ride and a very safe ride. I think it is going to turn out to be a very reliable rocket to put small payloads into orbit."

For Col. Jordan, having most recently served as vice commander of the Space Superiority Systems Wing in Los Angeles, the SBSS satellite launch caps a quarter century career in the Air Force. Today marks his final day on the job before retirement.

"It's been a great honor to be in the Air Force for 26 years. It was great to be able to go out on such a great mission and have it be successful," he said in a phone interview this morning.

Serving as the mission director during the countdown, Jordan oversaw the pre-flight preparations and gave the final approval to launch.

"The mood inside the launch room was pretty nominal. Everything went pretty smooth," he recalls. "When I gave my last 'go' command at (T-minus) 6 minutes, 30 seconds, from that moment on it seemed like time went by really quick until the launch itself. Then time slowed down."

The 15-minute trek to orbit crept by excruciatingly, knowing it was the make-or-break time after years of work.

"We'd been so involved in the rocket and some of the issues we had with the rocket. Every stage was slower, it seemed like, until we knew we had final separation. It wasn't until we have final separation that I actually felt like we'd accomplished something," Jordan said.

There's no margin for error once a booster leaves the launch pad. The rocket's programmed sequence of events had to occur perfectly, each stage must fire and drop away exactly as planned, and there's no way for engineers to intervene.

Both Jordan and Erickson spent more than three years on the SBSS satellite. But understanding the true impact this mission will provide in tracking the dangers to U.S. satellites is still to come.

"From a team perspective on the Air Force side, we see this as being a lot of capability that will add a lot of knowledge about what is up there in space. Obviously from a big picture perspective for the nation, we haven't collected any mission data yet with this satellite and time will tell. Frankly, I think as we use this satellite more, collect more data and we keep all this information and propagate the information, I think the nation will see that having (SBSS) up there is a tremendous asset," Jordan said.

Putting a satellite into orbit to scan the sky will narrow gaps in ground-based surveillance using telescopes and radars that's limited by geographic locations, nighttime viewing and the weather. SBSS data should improve tracking of space debris and guard against enemy threats to military spacecraft.

"I'm very confident that it's going to provide us flexibility with respect to tracking and detecting objects from foreign launches and the like, the ability to have a near real-time task-able system to chase those things is a tremendous advantage and it's not encumbered by terrestrial limitations of weather, day-and-night restrictions. It enables the (Joint Space Operations Center) to collect data when they need it, not when a ground asset may be able to see the target," Erickson said.

The first two months of the SBSS mission is spent testing the system and ensuring it meets the expected requirements. That's followed by a characterization period to define the satellite's capabilities. It should be operational in about six months, Erickson said.
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Рассшфровка патча запуска SBSS:


Symbol of Heritage

•The Howling Wolf, a symbol of dominance and
strength, represents the mascot of the Space
Superiority Systems Wing, which is responsible for
acquiring SBSS for the USAF.

•The blue sphere represents the Earth; the yellow traces
symbolize the orbit track of SBSS.

•The seven stars represent Pleiades, a well-known
astronomical cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.
It is among the nearest star clusters and is probably
the best known, as the SBSS mission will be to Space
Situational Awareness.

•The #1 in the triangle represents one team – Boeing,
Ball Aerospace, MIT/LL, The Aerospace Corporation,
Harris IT Services, and the USAF – and SBSS  
frst fight.

Vidi * Scio * Patrocinor
To See * To Know * To Protect
SBSS = Minotaur 4 - 26.09.10 08:41 ЛМВ - Vandenberg
Рассшфровка патча за пуска SBSS:


Symbol of Heritage

•The Howling Wolf, a symbol of dominance and
strength, represents the mascot of the Space
Superiority Systems Wing, which is responsible for
acquiring SBSS for the USAF.

•The blue sphere represents the Earth; the yellow traces
symbolize the orbit track of SBSS.

•The seven stars represent Pleiades, a well-known
astronomical cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.
It is among the nearest star clusters and is probably
the best known, as the SBSS mission will be to Space
Situational Awareness.

•The #1 in the triangle represents one team – Boeing,
Ball Aerospace, MIT/LL, The Aerospace Corporation,
Harris IT Services, and the USAF – and SBSS  
frst fight.

Vidi * Scio * Patrocinor
To See * To Know * To Protect
SBSS = Minotaur 4 - 26.09.10 08:41 ЛМВ - Vandenberg

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Sept. 26, 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has acquired initial on-orbit signals from the first Space Based Space Surveillance (SBSS) satellite following its launch at 9:41 p.m. Pacific time on Sept. 25 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The signals indicate that the satellite is functioning normally and is ready to begin orbital maneuvers and operational testing.

Через 60 дней должны передать ВВС США

План индийских космических пусков

ISRO gearing up for series of launches between April-August
Puducherry | Wednesday, Mar 24 2010 IST

The launch of GSLV-D3, GSat-4, PSLV-C15, Cartosat-2B and PSLV-C16 will take place between April and August this year, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre P S Veeraraghavan, said today.

Inaugurating a national symposium '' Application of Nuclear and Space Technologies for the beneift of Farmers'', jointly organsied by the Consortium of Farmers Association and the Kamarajar Krishivigayan Kendra here he said space technology will provide unlimited benefits both direct and indirec, to the farm sector. It has been proved that such benefits were of great help to farmers.

'' Presently we are in a position to produce sufficent food grains .But there are still areas where Green Revolution should take place in several ways, he said. A remote sensing satellite and cartosat would soon be launched so that the benefits of space technology through such initiatives would be accessible to farmers also, he said.

Later, in an informal chat with newspersons, he clarified that GSLV-D3 with an indegenously designed cryogenic engine would be launched in April. Hitherto, Russian made engines were being used.

He said the cryogenic engine would carry GSAT-4, an advanced communication satalite.[color=orange] He said India's development in communications and media will enable the country to launch atleat eight satellites in a year vis-a-vis four presently. The capability would be increased gadually,he added.[/color]
План индийских космических пусков

ISRO to launch Geosynchronous Satellite launch vehicle-D3 next month

PTIWednesday, March 24, 2010 19:56 IST

Puducherry: ISRO would launch Geosynchronous Satellite launch vehicle-D3 (GSLV-D3), the country's first satellite launch vehicle having an indigenously built cryogenic engine, to put in orbit communication satellite GSAT4 next month, a top scientist said today

GSLV-D3 launch would be followed by launching of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C15 and Cartosat2B (a high resolution remote sensing satellite), PSLV C16 and ResourceSat2 subsequently between May and August, PS Veeraraghavan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvanathapuram, said here.

He was speaking at a one-day national symposium -- application of nuclear space technologies for the benefit of farmers -- organised jointly by Hyderabad-based Consortium of Indian Farmers associations and Puducherry-based Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Krishi Vigyan Kendra.

Veeraraghavan said launching of a series of remote sensing satellites, like Resourcesat-2 (to provide valuable imaging services) and Cartosat (to enable availability of more minute details for farm sector) would lay foundation for the country's development
План индийских космических пусков

Satellite rocket with indigenous engine to be launched in April

Thiruvananthapuram, March 23
India will join an elite club of five nations in April when a rocket carrying a satellite blasts off using an indigenous cryogenic engine, an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) official said.
"So far we had been using engines from Russia," the official attached to ISRO's Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) here told IANS.
An indigenous cryogenic engine will power the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for the first time, he said. The US, France, Japan, Russia and China have developed their own engines.
The satellite launch vehicle to be used next week, GSLV-D3, will carry the country's advanced communication satellite GSAT-4. The vehicle's assembly is in final stages and the date of launch at Sriharikota will be known in a week, the VSSC official said on condition of anonymity.
According to ISRO, the 49-metre-tall GSLV-D3 rocket will have a lift-off weight of 414 tonnes. It will propel GSAT-4 into orbit about 36,000 km above the earth.
The VSSC official said arrangements were also on for the launch of another satellite vehicle, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C-15), in the first week of May.
It will carry an Algerian satellite, two Canadian satellites and a satellite from a college in Karnataka
Astra 3B,COMSATBw 2-Ariane 5ECA- 22.05.10 02:01 ЛМВ -Kourou

50th Ariane 5 ready to launch Astra 3B and COMSATBw-2
Ariane 5, Communications & Military Communication
Ariane 5 Flight 194 – ready to launch Astra 3B and COMSATBw-2 on 26 March
The first Ariane 5 mission of 2010, due for lift-off from the European Spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana on 26 March, will orbit two communications satellites developed by Astrium: Astra 3B for European operator SES ASTRA and COMSATBw-2 the German Armed Forces.

The 49-minute launch window opens at 22.03 UT (19.03 local time in Kourou, 23.03 in continental Western Europe).

Astrium is single prime contractor for the Ariane 5 system, responsible for delivery to Arianespace of a fully integrated and tested launch vehicle. The first launch of 2010 is also the 50th for Ariane 5.[/img]
План индийских космических пусков

Индия завершает работу над собственным ракетным двигателем

:: 24.03.2010

Индийская организация космических исследований во вторник сообщила о том, что Индия в апреле проведет первый для себя пуск ракеты-носителя, которая будет работать на криогенном двигателе, созданном внутри страны. Ранее Индия закупала ракетные двигатели у России.
Сейчас индийские ракеты-носители используются только для запусков спутников, программы пилотируемой космонавтики в стране пока находятся в стадии разработки.
Представители индийской космической организации сообщили, что индийский криогенный двигатель для ракеты GSLV-D3 уже находится на финальной стадии сборки, запуск ракеты должен произойти примерно во второй половине апреля. GSLV-D3 предстоит вывести на геостационарную орбиту тяжелый телекоммуникационный спутник.
Ракета-носитель GSLV-D3 имеет длину 49 метров, вес более 400 тонн и может выводить спутники на орбиту высотой до 36 000 км. Разработки этой ракеты в Индии начались еще 90-х годах.

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На орбиту выпустят спутник с начинкой, разработанной в вузе Курска

:: 24.03.2010

Космонавты во время выхода в открытый космос с Международной космической станции (МКС) в ручном режиме запустят на орбиту микроспутник Arissat-1 — аналог ранее запускавшегося «РадиоСкафа» — старого скафандра с установленной внутри научной аппаратурой, сообщили в РКК «Энергия».
«В связи с тем, что на станции не осталось старых скафандров, которые можно использовать как оболочку для радио- и научной аппаратуры, мы сделали раму размером 50х50х30 см, такую, чтобы она проходила в люк, на всех шести сторонах разместили солнечные батареи, а внутри — различное оборудование», — сообщил «Интерфаксу» главный специалист РКК «Энергия», технический руководитель проекта, праправнук Константина Циолковского Сергей Самбуров.
Космонавты, по его словам, во время выхода в космос в ноябре-декабре текущего года, осуществят «ручной старт» аппарата, то есть руками запустят спутник в свободный полет по орбите.
Радиостанция, установленная на аппарате, будет передавать телеметрию на частоте радиолюбительской связи 145 МГц, четыре видеокамеры будут транслировать вид Земли из космоса. Кроме того, в связи с тем, что в 2011 году празднуется 50-летие полета в космос Юрия Гагарина, с Arissat-1 будут транслироваться фразы о юбилее, произнесенные детьми из разных стран.
Научная составляющая микроспутника — датчик для измерения частиц, находящихся в околоземном пространстве — разработан в Курске, в Курском государственном техническом университете.
Планируется, что Arissat-1, получивший за свою форму шутливое название «РадиоШкаф», проработает на орбите от шести до девяти месяцев. Самбуров рассказал, что часть радиооборудования для спутника изготовлена в США.

План российских космических пусков (2009-2011)

Грузовой корабль "Прогресс М-05М" проходит электрические испытания

:: 24.03.2010

На космодроме Байконур, параллельно с подготовкой пуска "Союза ТМА-18", идут испытания грузового транспортного корабля "Прогресс М-05М". Расчеты РКК "Энергия" имени С.П.Королева и Космического центра "Южный" ведут автономные проверки систем "космического грузовика".
"Прогресс М-05М" должен будет стартовать к МКС в конце апреля 2010 года. Он доставит на станцию более двух с половиной тонн грузов.

Пресс-службы Роскосмоса и КЦ "Южный"
С уважением, Павел Акулаев
Союз ТМА-18

ТПК «Союз ТМА-18» заправлен компонентами топлива

:: 24.03.2010

Специалисты Роскосмоса ведут интенсивные работы на космодроме Байконур по подготовке к пилотируемому пуску. Вчера на заправочной станции площадки 31 космодрома прошла успешная заправка компонентами топлива и сжатыми газами баков двигательной установки транспортного пилотируемого корабля «Союз ТМА-18».
Ночью ТПК «Союз ТМА-18» был перевезен с заправочной станции площадки 31 в монтажно-испытательный корпус площадки 254 космодрома, где сегодня утром специалисты РКК «Энергия» имени С.П.Королева» и Космического центра «Южный» выполнили установку пилотируемого корабля в стенд. Ведется подключение оборудования и аппаратуры корабля к наземной кабельной сети для продолжения подготовки корабля к пуску.
Пуск ракеты космического назначения «Союз-ФГ» с транспортным пилотируемым кораблем «Союз ТМА-18» запланирован на 8.04 мск 2 апреля с.г.

Пресс-служба Космического центра «Южный»

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Satellite 2010 Update:  
Commercial Launch Providers Panel
“The Launch Vehicle Manifesto: New Options for Evolving Requirements”

During the Satellite 2010 conference in National Harbor, Maryland,  March 15-18, ILS President Frank McKenna participated as a panelist during the session on commercial launch vehicles, entitled “The Launch Vehicle Manifesto: New Options for Evolving Requirements” held on March 16. The session, hosted by Owen Kurtin,  Co-Founder and Principal of The Vinland Group LLC, covered a range of topics and issues surrounding the commercial launch sector.  Other participants included Jean Yves Le Gall, Arianespace, Kjell Karlsen, Sea Launch, and Yin Liming, of China Great Wall Industry Corp.

The following is a summary of ILS remarks and key discussion points made during the panel.

Performance is Key
McKenna’s opening statement addressed Proton’s track record of over 350 launches over 45 years since its maiden flight in 1965. With its first commercial flight in 1996 with the Astra 1F satellite, ILS Proton has been serving the commercial marketplace for 15 years with 57 launches to date. Proton’s evolutionary system has been improved and enhanced over time. The consolidation of the Russian space enterprises under Khrunichev and the unified Quality Management System (QMS) has contributed to the robust launch rate of 7-8 commercial and 3-5 Federal annually.  McKenna said the talented professionals of ILS and Khrunichev work together to provide the best overall value for global customers on each and every launch.

What Sets ILS Apart
Addressing the differentiators with ILS compared to other providers, McKenna cited several factors that sets ILS apart to optimally serve the dynamic commercial satellite market:

•Schedule Performance and Reliability-ILS Proton’s track record for launching on-time for customers is unmatched. To date, there have been 20 consecutive Protons in 20 months; Proton is the only launch provider with this robust tempo and record of achievement.

•Proton production rate-with 12-14 systems produced and ready to launch annually, this is the highest level of production in Proton history. This translates to real value for our customers with on-time delivery.

•Flexibility-ILS has the unique ability to assist customers who need to launch within a critical timeframe with a dedicated launch produced atsuch a high throughput in the factory.  For example, the W7 satellite for Eutelsat and AsiaSat 5 for AsiaSat were  integrated and launched within record time.  Additionally, ILS is able to accommodate both the SES and Intelsat Multi Launch Agreements flexibly and effectively, meeting  customers’  schedules to support their business plans.

Oversupply and Market Rationalization
Currently, the level of supply with the two main players in the market, ILS and Arianespace, can adequately support the level of demand with 20-22 commercial satellite launches per year.  Periods of oversupply in the marketplace have proven to be detrimental to the commercial launch business and leads to instability and rationalization.  This was demonstrated with the exiting of the Atlas and Delta vehicles from the commercial market which now exclusively serve the more profitable US Government market.  The Sea Launch bankruptcy is another example of commercial launch oversupply .  While Sea Launch was a technological accomplishment, it was a “train wreck” from a business, financial and management standpoint and resulted in widespread damage to the customers, shareholders, suppliers, and the commercial launch industry, said McKenna.

The credibility issues that have occurred will take years to repair and hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in what is likely to be a down business cycle. McKenna said he did not see the business rationale behind supporting the reemergence of Sea Launch into the commercial launch market given the negative effect it would have on the industry with market oversupply. "The markets will rationalize,” said McKenna, “You need to capture business on the up cycle. I think we are on a very rocky road if we increase capacity at this time,” he said. ILS/Proton has weathered the storms and will continue to add the strong foundation that customers can depend on for years to come.

Achieving the Right Balance in a Dynamic Marketplace
With a healthy backlog of 22 missions and a concurrent Federal program run by Khrunichev, ILS is a strong, sustainable business.  The evolution of the market is based on comparative economic advantages.  “It is imperative to achieve the right balance and develop a price structure that works,” said McKenna.  He added that is it important to expand your level of services to serve new growth opportunities, as ILS has, but that heavy lift will still be the primary offering.

McKenna said, “Our job is to support the market,” and added “we are ready for both the up and down cycles and for new competition.”
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OF NIMIQ 6 IN 2012

RESTON, VA / Ottawa, Canada, March 17, 2010 – International Launch Services (ILS) and Telesat, one of the world’s largest fixed satellite services operators, announced today a contract for the ILS Proton launch of Telesat’s Nimiq 6 satellite scheduled for mid-2012.  

Nimiq 6 is an all Ku-band satellite with 32 high power transponders that will be located at 91 degrees West Longitude.  The 5 metric ton spacecraft is now under construction at Space Systems/Loral and will utilize their flight proven 1300 platform over its planned mission life of 15 years. Nimiq 6 is fully leased to Bell TV for the satellite’s lifetime to serve the fast growing number of Bell TV subscribers across Canada.

The Proton vehicle is Russia’s premier heavy lift launcher and is built by Khrunichev Research and Space Production Center of Moscow, the majority owner of ILS and one of the pillars of the Russian space industry. Proton has a long heritage with 354 launches performed since its maiden flight in 1965.

ILS President Frank McKenna said, “ILS has a longstanding history with Telesat beginning with the first ILS Proton launch of Nimiq 1 over ten years ago, Canada's first direct broadcast digital TV satellite. Having just launched Nimiq 5 for Telesat last fall, ILS and Khrunichev are honored to have the opportunity to again work with the Telesat and Space Systems/Loral teams on the Nimiq 6 program.”

“Since our first Nimiq satellite on an ILS Proton, Telesat has counted on ILS to deliver the reliability and on-time performance that have made them an industry leader,” said Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO. “We look forward to working closely with ILS, Khrunichev and Space Systems/Loral on the successful launch of Nimiq 6 in mid-2012”
План пусков Sea Launch / МКУ

Sea Launch Receives Court Approval for Additional Financing
LONG BEACH, Calif., March 18, 2010 – Sea Launch received final approval on March 17 from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on its motion to secure a second tranche of debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing in the amount of $12 million from Space Launch Services, LLC (SLS).  SLS also provided the first tranche of DIP financing in the amount of $12.5 million to Sea Launch, pursuant to an earlier court order dated December 3, 2009.

Sea Launch, a leading provider of launch services to the commercial satellite industry, received interim approval from the court earlier this month for this second tranche of the DIP credit facility, which is providing working capital for continued Sea Launch operations while the company proceeds through its Chapter 11 reorganization. Sea Launch is planning to submit its Plan of Reorganization to the court shortly, as a step toward emerging from Chapter 11 status.

The company is also completing a comprehensive plan for a revised and revitalized supply chain management structure with its partner organizations to assure timely and cost-effective hardware deliveries and related infrastructure support. This element is an essential factor in the company’s emergence and success going forward. Sea Launch is also engaged in discussions with interested investor groups to secure exit financing intended to provide a strong foundation for transitioning from bankruptcy to a healthy and reliable launch services provider.

Space Launch Services is providing financing to Sea Launch in collaboration with Excalibur Almaz (www.excaliburalmaz.com), and is working to provide exit financing, as well as equity investment in a reorganized Sea Launch, for the purpose of sustaining reliable commercial access to space.

About Sea Launch Company
Sea Launch Company, LLC, headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., offers the most direct and cost-effective route to geostationary orbit for commercial communications satellites. Sea Launch also offers Land Launch services for medium weight satellites, with launch operations originating from the Baikonur Space Center in Kazakhstan. For additional information, please visit the company website at: www.sea-launch.com.
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Не нашел, где живет TerraSAR-X, бросаю сюда:



What the International Space Station looks like in the X-band, via The Planetary Society...

On March 13, 2008, the International Space Station (ISS) passed across the field of view of Germany's remote sensing satellite, TerraSAR-X, at a distance of 195 kilometers.

In contrast to optical cameras, radar does not "see" surfaces. Instead, it is much more sensitive to the edges and corners which bounce back the microwave signal it transmits. Unless they are directly facing the radar spacecraft, smooth surfaces such as those on the ISS solar and radiator panels, do not reflect a strong signal to the detector, so they appear dark. Yet the bright spots outlining edges and corners clearly show the shape of the ISS. The central element on the ISS, to which all the modules are docked, has a grid structure that presents a multiplicity of reflecting surfaces to the radar beam, making it readily identifiable. This image has a resolution of about one meter.

Credit: German Aerospace Center (DLR)
SES-1(AMC-4R)–Протон-М/Бриз-М–24.04.10 15:19:00 ЛМВ–Байконур
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Major Satcom, Ready to Ship

“This reflects the Air Force’s strong commitment to providing superior protected satellite communications capabilities for the war fighter.” That's what Steve Tatum wrote in response to the news of the USAF's pending request for $6.5 billion to get the Advanced EHF program into space. The first one launched in September:

The Air Force said it will request four years of funds totaling $6.5 billion for a Lockheed Martin Corp. military communications program that plans to launch its first satellite in September after six years of delays.

The funding request for fiscal years 2012-2015 will follow $598 million sought for fiscal 2011, according to an e-mail from Gary Payton, the Air Force’s top civilian for space programs. The six-satellite program is budgeted at a total of $9.9 billion.

The request, part of the Pentagon’s current five-year budget plan, reflects the Air Force moving forward with a program endorsed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates now that delays and technical problems have been worked out.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin and its top subcontractor, Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corp., have been awarded contracts to build the first three satellites. They may get contracts for a fourth that the Air Force budgeted for next year and two more planned by 2014. The Air Force budget figures show that the service may buy a seventh satellite starting in fiscal 2015.

The Advanced EHF program calls for six satellites, capable of withstanding shocks from a nuclear attack, to allow secure communications between top commanders including the president. It also would provide transmission of tactical communications such as real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data.

Good day at the office for Lockheed Martin (and subcontractor Northrup Grumman). How "advanced" is this system? Dude.

The B-2 is being upgraded, using fiber connections -- inside the aircraft.  A single AEHF spacecraft will provide more capacity than the entire Milstar system currently on-orbit -- combined.


Avatar: To The Moon!
Rocco Fanucci – Fri, 2010 – 02 – 26 13:52

Project M, via AmericaSpace.com:

Project M is  a JSC Engineering Directorate led mission to put a lander on the moon with a robot within a 1,000 days starting Jan 1., 2010. “M” has significance in two ways. First, it is the Roman numeral for 1,000. And “M” is the first letter for “Moon”.
С уважением, Павел Акулаев
YG-9 YaoGan Weixing-9 = CZ-4C - 5.03.10 07:55 ДМВ - Цзюцюань
Я так понимаю, конверты они готовят загодя :) , до пуска

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