April 30, 1990

HEADLINE NEWS

Astronauts Deploy Hubble Space Telescope After Solar Array Problems Are Resolved

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USAF Display of F-117A Reveals New Details of Stealth Aircraft

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AMRAAM Failures May Be Linked To Time Missiles Carried on F-15s

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Astronauts Deploy Hubble Space Telescope After Solar Array Problems Are Resolved

HOUSTON Successful launch of the Hubble Space Telescope has established the equivalent of a large Earth-based observatory 331 naut. mi. above the planet’s turbulent atmosphere, fulfilling the dreams of astronomers worldwide. Its successful release Apr. 25 followed a hectic 6-hr. period when solar array problems delayed the $2-billion mission.

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USAF Display of F-117A Reveals New Details of Stealth Aircraft

NELLIS AFB, NEV. A variety of previously fuzzy or invisible details on the U. S. Air Force/Lockheed F-117A became apparent when the stealth attack aircraft made its public debut here on Apr. 21. The aircraft could be approached within 10-20 ft.

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AMRAAM Failures May Be Linked To Time Missiles Carried on F-15s

LANCASTER, CALIF. Failures in Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles that have occurred during captive carriage tests may be related to the number of flight hours that a particular missile is exposed to severe vibrations, although Air Force officials discount that possibility.

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HEADLINE NEWS

DARPA Invests $4 Million As Venture Capital in High-Technology Companies

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Discovery Flies Unique Trajectory To Achieve Record Shuttle Altitude

HOUSTON The shuttle orbiter Discovery flew a unique launch trajectory with enhanced abort capabilities to reach a record-high altitude to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope. The 332 X 33l-naut.-mi. altitude, which equates to 380 stat, mi., is a record for the space shuttle program and the highest U. S. astronauts have flown since the Apollo lunar missions ended in 1972.
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Hubble Countdown Sequence Stresses Safety of Automatic Processing System

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The orbiter Discovery carrying the Hubble Space Telescope lifted off at 8:34 a. m. EDT Apr. 24 to begin what NASA calls the most significant mission in the nine years of space shuttle flight. Launch was 3 min. late because of a software problem that automatically stopped the ground launch sequencer at T-31 sec., but the overall countdown process was virtually flawless.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Orbital Sciences Becomes First Commercial Space Firm to Go Public

WASHINGTON After a false start, Orbital Sciences Corp. has rebounded with its plan to sell stock on the open market and become the first commercial space start-up company to go public. A block of 2.4 million shares of OSC common stock was sold last week at $14 a share—$1 more than the company had intended last month before it abruptly suspended the plan.

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Transfer of DARPA Chief Draws Criticism in Congress

WASHINGTON The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been reassigned in what congressional opponents see as a move against attempts to broaden U. S. government support for technology development. A top Defense Dept. official denied that the shift reflects policy issues.

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HEADLINE NEWS

CF-18 Crashes Prompt Canadian Forces To Suspend Operations, Modify Procedures

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AVIATION WEEK FLIGHT REPORT

F-15E’s Night Attack Capability Assessed in Low-Level Flight

EDWARDS AFB, CALIF. The Air Force’s new F-15E dual-role fighter is well suited for its primary air-to-ground, long-range interdiction mission, while retaining the excellent air-to-air combat capabilities of earlier F15 versions.

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