May 15, 1992 |
The stranded communications satellite rescued by three shuttle astronauts blasted toward its proper orbit Thursday, ending a dramatic effort that in the words of NASA's top official "brought the magic back to our space program." The 23,000-pound rocket motor clamped to the marooned Intelsat 6 by the crew of space shuttle Endeavour fired flawlessly at 10:25 a.m.
May 14, 1992 |
In a decidedly low-tech maneuver, three jubilant space shuttle astronauts made history Wednesday as they rescued a stranded communications satellite by reaching out and grabbing it with their hands. The manual capture, accomplished after two frustrating days of failure, was the biggest step in an hours-long procedure to boost the 17-foot-tall Intelsat 6 in its intended orbit 22,300 nautical miles over the Atlantic Ocean.
September 13, 1991 |
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted Paul S. Visher, a former Hughes Aircraft executive, charging that he participated in a conspiracy that funneled $300,000 in illegal payments to a top official at an international satellite consortium to obtain the organization's "goodwill" in purchasing Hughes communications satellites.
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June 18, 1990 |
The owner of a $150-million communications satellite stranded in a useless orbit, International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, agreed Wednesday to pay NASA about $90 million to mount a bold spacewalk rescue mission during the 1992 maiden flight of the shuttle Endeavour. NASA has tentatively scheduled the flight for February, 1992. Endeavour is also scheduled to carry a science satellite into orbit.
January 6, 1992 |
A federal court hearing in Washington is scheduled today in the criminal case of former Hughes Aircraft Vice President Paul Visher, who has been discussing a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and may enter a guilty plea as early as today, according to court records and sources close to the case. Visher was charged in U.S.
May 3, 1992 |
The nation's newest space shuttle, Endeavour, is scheduled to lift off Thursday on its maiden voyage and one of the most challenging missions in the 11-year history of the shuttle program. If things go as planned, Endeavour's seven-day flight will include a record three spacewalks, the delicate and potentially dangerous rescue and relaunch of a $150-million communications satellite, and a practice run at assembling parts of the planned Space Station Freedom 200 nautical miles above the Earth.
June 1, 1986 |
Robert N. Wold, who founded his namesake satellite-communications company 15 years ago, expects to break ground in Hollywood this September for the Southland's first international "teleport"--a one-stop center that will provide access to the emerging, electronically linked global village. Wold likens the Wold Los Angeles International Teleport to Los Angeles International Airport.
August 2, 2000 |
The European Union on Tuesday launched fresh attacks on a number of U.S. policies and accused the Americans of hypocrisy in their free-trade posture, especially in technology and telecommunications. In its annual "Report on United States Barriers to Trade and Investment," the EU assailed U.S. barriers to everything from foreign satellites to telephone companies and wheat gluten. It also questioned a new export-subsidy program proposed by the Clinton administration.
August 28, 1985 |
The Soviet Union and Intelsat, the multinational satellite communications consortium, have signed an agreement to exchange operational, technical and financial information, Intelsat said today. Intelsat said the memorandum of agreement was being studied by State and Commerce Department officials to see if it contained needed safeguards to prevent the transfer of sensitive U.S. technical information to the Soviet Union.