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January 27, 1997

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Solar Storm Eyed as Satellite Killer

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Boeing Balks, Airbus Talks—big

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FAA May Bolster Rules on Repair Station Managers

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Solar Storm Eyed as Satellite Killer

GREENBELT, MD. A violent solar outburst that was closely tracked by an armada of scientific spacecraft has become a leading suspect in the sudden failure of an AT&T television relay satellite. The Telstar 401 satellite suffered a massive power failure on Jan. 11, rendering it completely inoperable.

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Boeing Balks, Airbus Talks—big

Boeing drops plan for stretched 747, will concentrate on developing higher-performance versions of 767, 777

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FAA May Bolster Rules on Repair Station Managers

MELBOURNE, FLA. Federal officials are weighing changes to rules that limit the ability of aviation safety inspectors to delve into the management track records of companies seeking certification as FAA-approved maintenance shops.

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Jumbo Market Too Slim for Two Manufacturers

NEW YORK GE Capital Aviation Services believes the global market for aircraft in the 450-600-seat range is too small to support two manufacturers, based on the giant leasing company’s own market research. GECAS’ assessment tends to validate the Boeing Co.’s decision last Monday to suspend development of its 747X, as well as industry analysts’ own misgivings about the amount of potential sales.

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Arianespace Seeks Non-european Allies

EVRY, FRANCE Arianespace’s top management is expected to craft a new strategic plan aimed at attracting non-European industrial partners. In addition to the use of European Ariane 5 boosters, CNES French space agency facilities at Kourou, French Guiana, could become available to other players in the commercial space launch market.

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Airbus Plows Ahead with A3XX Plans

PARIS Boeing’s decision to cancel the 747X program is not affecting Airbus Industrie’s strong determination to launch the 555-seat A3XX within the next three years, according to consortium officials. Airbus is seeking to obtain in the next few months the supervisory board’s authorization to make offers to potential launch customers—a milestone expected to pave the way for the aircraft’s design freeze during the fourth quarter of 1998 and A3XX program go-ahead in the second half of 1999.

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Balloon Breaks Dual Records

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F/A-18E/F Performs Initial Carrier Tests

ON BOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS An F/A-18E/F Super Hornet piloted by Navy Lt. Frank Morley dodged high winds and snow squalls to make its first landing on board a U.S. aircraft carrier on Jan. 18. Morley piloted the first F/A-18F aircraft to a successful third-wire landing on the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) at approximately 10 a.m.

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Australia Chooses Seasprite for Anzacs

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Japan Settles on Heliport Site for Marines; Locals Opposed

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