News briefs: July 23
Posted: Wed, Jul 24, 2002, 7:44 AM ET (1144 GMT)
- A meeting of representatives of the nations involved in the ISS project on Tuesday was "very constructive", AFP reported. The five-hour meeting, held at the State Department in Washington, allowed NASA to defend its decision to cut a planned habitation module and crew return vehicle for the station, and for the other partners to express their concerns over that decision. A US official told AFP on condition of anonymity that the other nations asked the US not to make any unilateral, irreversible decisions.
- A Senate committee approved the nomination of Frederick Gregory as NASA deputy administrator during a Tuesday morning hearing, Space News reported. The nomination, officially announced earlier this month by the Bush Administration, must still be confirmed by the full Senate.
- XM Satellite Radio reported on Tuesday a larger loss than expected in its second quarter. XM reported a loss of $122 million for the quarter, compared to $38.5 million for the same quarter last year. The company said that it had 136,718 subscribers at the end of the second quarter and was on track for 350,000 subscribers by the end of the year.
- Former cosmonaut Vladimir Vladimirovich Vasyutin died July 20 of cancer. Vasyutin was commander of the Soyuz T-14 mission in 1985, which docked with the Salyut 7 space station and stayed there for two months. The three-person crew was forced to return to Earth when Vasyutin developed an infection that could not be treated in orbit.