December 13, 2002 |
Two U.S. satellite companies could be on the verge of a bidding war for a leading European rival. Both planned to submit takeover offers worth about $3 billion by today, a source close to the negotiations said. The takeover target is Paris-based Eutelsat, which broadcasts more than 1,000 television channels around the world. The first potential suitor to step forward this week was Washington-based Intelsat Ltd., which said it wanted to complement its strengths in data transmission.
February 15, 1996 |
A Chinese rocket carrying an Intelsat satellite exploded upon launch Wednesday, delivering a blow to a group including Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and Tele-Communications Inc. that planned to use the spacecraft to beam TV signals to Latin America. "We're in a risky business. These things happen from time to time," said Irving Goldstein, director general and chief executive of Intelsat.
May 11, 1992 |
What had been a flawless maiden voyage for space shuttle Endeavour ran into serious trouble Sunday as astronauts attempting to snag a stranded $150-million communications satellite sent it spinning out of control. "We've got to get away from this thing," Endeavour commander Daniel C. Brandenstein, 49, said after the first of four rescue attempts pushed the Intelsat 6 satellite into an uncontrollable, 52-degree wobble.
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.