August 27, 2004 |
Boeing Co. won a $54-million contract to launch four navigation satellites for the Air Force in the second exception to a ban imposed on the company last year. The decision to use Boeing's Delta II rockets for the launch was made because the global positioning system satellites were a "compelling national interest," said Maj. Karen Finn, spokeswoman for the Air Force.
July 25, 1996
A team of Rockwell International Corp. researchers was chosen to oversee a $3-million contract to develop ways to use a system of location-detecting satellites in battle, the company announced Wednesday. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, selected Rockwell for the 13-month NAVWAR project, he said. Work will begin in the next month and will involve staff from Rockwell's Systems Development Center in Seal Beach, the company said.
December 11, 1989 |
The launching of an Air Force Delta 2 rocket carrying a $65-million military navigation satellite was postponed at least 24 hours because of trouble with a second-stage fuel pressurization system, officials at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida said. It was the nation's second major launching delay in three days. The maiden flight of a commercial Titan 3 rocket was rained out Friday. Officials said it was not known how long it would take to make the Delta repairs.
January 18, 1997 |
An unmanned rocket carrying a $40-million navigation satellite for the Air Force blew up 13 seconds after liftoff Friday in a spectacular cascade of flaming debris. Nearly 200 people had gathered at two viewing sites, one of them less than a mile from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch site. In addition, 73 launch team members were in the blockhouse next to the pad.
August 9, 1986 |
The Air Force, acting with unusual speed to respond to the space launch crisis in the wake of the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, on Friday awarded four design contracts worth about $5 million each to aerospace firms proposing new launch vehicles. Hughes Aircraft, McDonnell Douglas Astronautics and General Dynamics Convair, all Southern California firms, received contracts, as did Martin Marietta's Denver Aerospace.
November 6, 2006 |
Tracking traffic can be an expensive business. In some places, costly cameras and radar systems are mounted high above highways to watch traffic at strategic points. Transportation agencies also dig up roads to install sensors that monitor the flow. And helicopters roam the skies of the busiest cities, relaying information on the choked roadways to media outlets.
July 13, 1989 |
A Rockwell International division in Seal Beach has lost to General Electric a $1.2-billion contract for the second phase of an Air Force satellite program that the company has worked on since 1983. An Air Force official close to the program said a Rockwell scheme to overcharge the government on the first phase of the work apparently contributed to the loss of the contract. A Rockwell official, however, denied that its overbilling conviction figured in the Air Force's decision.
September 20, 1988 |
A former executive for Rockwell International Corp. pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he schemed to double-bill the Air Force by nearly $450,000 on contracts for a satellite navigational system. Robert L. Zavodnik, 46, of Fountain Valley, a former material subcontractor manager at Rockwell's space division in Seal Beach, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false statements and one count of making false statements.