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Heavy & Medium Launch Systems
    2Q 2003   3Q 2003   4Q 2003   2004   2005
 Arianespace   Apr.: Ariane 5G returns to flight.
May: ESA ministerial council meeting to approve Ariane support plan.
ESC-B PDR?
  3rd Ariane 5 production batch order?
    Early: 1st interplanetary Ariane  5 launch (Rosetta).
Early: Ariane  5ECA's return to flight.
Mid: Ariane 5ECB SDR.
Sep.: ATV demo flight.
Late: ESC-B CDR-1.
1st SPORT mission.
  ESA to decide next phase of Ariane 5 development?
 Boeing  

Apr.: 1st Delta 2H launch (SIRTF).
2nd series of EELV contracts?

 

Sep.: 1st Delta 4H launch.

 

Dec: 1st Delta 4 launch from Vandenberg.
1st Delta 4M commercial launch (Estrela do Sul)?

  Jan.: Delta 3's return to flight.
   
 CGWIC  

 

 

 

           
 ISRO/Antrix  

May: 2nd GSLV qualification flight.
2nd launch pad in Sriharikota.

 

 May: 2nd GSLV qualification flight.

  3rd GSLV qualification flight with Indian cryogenic stage.        
 Khrunichev           Late: 1st Angara 1.1 launch.   1st Angara 1.2 launch.    
 Lockheed Martin   2nd series of EELV contracts?
  May: 1st Atlas 5/500 launch. 
      Atlas 2 phase-out?    
 Mitsubishi   Mid: Decision on heavy H-2A design?   1st commercial H-2A launch (MTSat-1R).  
  H-2A/204 maiden flight.   Augmented H-2A test flight.
 Starsem   June: Mars Express launch on Soyuz-Fregat.
ESA/Russia framework agreement on Soyuz in Kourou.
Mid: Beginning of Soyuz launch pad building in Kourou?
   
      1Q: RD-0124 qualification.
1st Soyuz/ST launch.
  Nov.: Venus Express launch on Soyuz-Fregat.
Late: Initial Soyuz launch capability in Kourou?

Early Galileo deployment?
 Yuzhnoye   Mid: Tsyklon 2K maiden flight.
Zenit 3SL GTO capability increased to 6,000 kg.
    Introduction of Zenit 2M vehicle?
       
 Miscellaneous   Beginning of launch site development in Christmas?       Completion of launch site building in Christmas?   3Q: Maiden flight of Aurora?    
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Small Launchers & Missile Systems
    2Q 2003   3Q 2003   4Q 2003   2004   2005
 ESA/ELV               Mar.: Vega CDR.
Late: 1st P80FW firing test.
Late: P80FW CDR.
  Early: 1st P80FW qualification firing test.
Mid.: 2nd P80FW qualification firing test.
 Eurockot   June: 1st Rokot KS flight and 1st 'Launch-a-piggy' mission.           Demo launch from Baykonur?    
 Kosmotras       1st Dnepr  M launch?   1st Dnepr  2 launch?        
 LeoLink           1st LK-A launch?   1st LK-1 launch?    
 Galaxy Express       NET July: 1st (and last) J-1A launch?            
 Orbital Sciences           Taurus returns to flight.
       
 Other Launchers   May: M-5 flight resumption.
May.: 3rd VLS-1 launch attempt.
 

1st launch of Strela?

     

Early: Prime contractor selection for Darpa's Rascal.
1st flight of Vozdushniy Start's air-launched Polyot.

 

Mid: Scorpius Sprite maiden flight.
KSLV maiden flight.

 Suborbital Flights                    
 Ballistic Missiles       Sep.: 1st test flight of Agni 3 ICBM.   Late: 1st test flight of M51 SLBM.        
 Missile Defense   GMD/BV return to flight.
LPB Prime Selection.
    1st GBI/EKV interception test flight.
  Early: LPB test flight.
Initial GMDS capability.
   
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Reusable Launch Systems & Reentry Vehicles
    2Q 2003   3Q 2003   4Q 2003   2004   2005
 Europe   May: FLPP proposed to ESA council.
      Dec.: Prora/USV balloon-dropped transonic flight test.   July: Prora/USV balloon-dropped suborbital reentry test.
Aug.: 1st Phoenix test flight.
  Aug.: Prora/USV hypersonic flight test.
 Japan   May-Aug.: HSFD-2 test campaign in Kiruna (6 flights).   May-Aug.: HSFD-2 test campaign in Kiruna (6 flights).            
 Russia                    
 United States  

 

 

 

 

Oct.: OSP Systems Requirement Review. Level 2 requirements definition.

  Jan.: X-37 roll-out.
1Q: Introduction of SSME Advanced Health Management System.
Apr.: DART test flight.
Apr.: OSP Systems Design Review. Level 3 requirements definition.
Aug.: X-37 drop test.
Space Shuttle return to flight?
NGLT concept selection.
Late: Decision for OSP full-scale development.
 

X-37 Orbital Vehicle CDR.

 Other RLV Efforts                    
 Private Ventures           NASA contractual deadline for Kistler K-1 maiden flight.        
 Manned Systems  

 

      Nov.: 1st manned Shenzhou flight.
Dec.: OSP SRR.
  Apr.: OSP Systems Design Review.
Sep.: ATV demo flight.
Space Shuttle return to flight?
Late: Decision for OSP full-scale development.
  Early: 4th HST servicing mission.
May: OSP Preliminary Design Review..
OSP Pad Abort Demonstrator testing.
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Technologies & Markets
    2Q 2003   3Q 2003   4Q 2003   2004   2005
 Rocket Propulsion  

Apr.: RS-84 preburner testing.
ARRE to begin firing tests?
1st IHPRPT firing test?
AJ-34 firing test?
Vinci to begin firing tests?
USFE testing.

      Nov.: RS-84 firing test.
RL-60 to begin firing tests (Delayed?).
  1Q: RD-0124 qualification.
Mid: Introduction of SSME Advanced Health Management System.
   
 Exotic Propulsion   HyTech ram/scramjet ground testing?
 

Aug.: SMART-1 electric-powered probe launched to the Moon.
Sep.: 2nd flight of X-43A (Mach 7).
Cosmos 1 solar sail test flight.
Contractor selection for
Prometheus MMRTG development.

   
 

Prometheus NPSRG PDR.

  X-43C PDR.
X-43C propulsion ground testing.
 Technologies               Late: Orbital Express satellite servicing demonstration.
1st SPORT mission.
   
 Infrastructure   2nd launch pad in Sriharikota.
South Korea to begin work on national launch site.
Beginning of launch site development in Christmas?
  ESA/Russia framework agreement on Soyuz in Kourou.
Mid: Beginning of Soyuz launch pad building in Kourou.
 

Completion of the Delta 4 launch facility in Vandenberg's SLC-6.
Completion of launch site building in Christmas?

  3Q: Aurora launch capability from Christmas?
RBCC test facility compteded at NASA Stennis.
  Late: Initial Soyuz launch capability in Kourou?
 Industry       EADS to incorporate LICO subsidiary.   Incorporation of Herakles (Snecma/SNPE venture on solid propulsion)?        
 Communications   Eutelsat to order Hot Bird 7A.       Eutelsat to order Hot Bird 8.   Deployment of New ICO constellation?   Early Galileo deployment?
 Remote Sensing   Mid: Launch of CBERS-2.               Early: 1st Cosmo-Skymed launch.
Late: 1st Pleiades launch.
Late: Launch of TerraSAR-X
 Science   Apr.: Launch of SIRTF.
May.: NASA to select Mars Scout missions.
May: Launch of MER-1 and Mars Express.
June: Launch of MER-2.
 

Aug.: Launch of Lunar A.
Discovery and SMEX AOs.

 

NASA RfP for Jupiter Icy Moon Observer.

 

Jan: Launch of Deep Impact.
Mar.: Launch of Messenger.
Launch of Rosetta?
Launch of Chinese Small Lunar Orbiter?

  Early: 4th HST servicing mission.
Aug.: Launch of MRO.
Nov.: Launch of Stereo.
Launch of Selene.
 Military   Skynet 5 contract signed.
      Late: U.S. Navy to award prime contract for MUOS.   Sep.: Initial GMDS capability (6 silos in Ft. Greely).
Late: Launch of Helios 2A and Essaim.
U.S. Air Force to release GPS-3 RfP?
   
 Space Policy   May: ESA ministerial council meeting in Paris.    
  Oct.: NASDA/ISAS/NAL merger.   ESA ministerial council meeting in Germany.    
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