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February 24, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

Hubble Mission Scrambles To Make Surprise Repairs

HEADLINE NEWS

USAF Team Probes Delta Motor Failure

HEADLINE NEWS

Greenwich Air Scales Services Market Pinnacle

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HEADLINE NEWS

Hubble Mission Scrambles To Make Surprise Repairs

Addition of advanced instruments and systems will substantially increase Hubble's observing capabilities

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USAF Team Probes Delta Motor Failure

CANAVERAL AIR STATION U.S. Air Force investigators have determined that the failure of an Alliant Techsystems solid rocket motor caused the accident that destroyed a Delta 2 and its $40-million navigation satellite payload last month.

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Greenwich Air Scales Services Market Pinnacle

NEW YORK Greenwich Air Services Inc. will become the dominant player in the aircraft maintenance and services business by far if a proposed merger with UNC Inc. is approved. Greenwich, the surviving company, would have revenues of about $1.8 billion and about 10,000 employees.

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HEADLINE NEWS

JCSat-4 Launched

Cape Canaveral Air Station Lockheed Martin placed a $100-million Japanese communications satellite into a supersynchronous transfer orbit with the first of nine planned Atlas booster launches this year. The aerospace conglomerate’s Atlas 2AS booster, designated AC-127, lifted off Pad 36B at 8:42 p.m., Feb. 16, with its JCSat-4 payload (photo left).
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Navy Recommends ASPJ Or IDECM for Its F/A-18Cs

WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy report to the Senate Appropriations Committee recommends that the service’s F/A-18Cs be equipped with either the ALQ-165 airborne self-protection jammer (ASPJ) or a limited version of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures system (IDECM).

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HST Repair Mobilizes Johnson-Goddard Team

Johnson Space Center The unexpected degradation of multilayer thermal insulation (MLI) on the Hubble Space Telescope could, over time, cause Hubble’s electronic equipment to overheat or affect the telescope’s optical stability. There is no immediate danger to the telescope, however, because repairs by the shuttle Mission 82 crew covered the most damaged areas.

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MISSILE DEFENSE, PART 1

ABM Treaty at 25: Relic or Rebirth?

WASHINGTON CAMBRIDGE, MASS. Twenty-five years ago this May, the United States and the Soviet Union struck an agreement that repudiated the first law of nations—the right of self-defense. In the middle of the Cold War, the world’s two superpowers sealed their vulnerability to each other’s long-range offensive nuclear missiles by renouncing nationwide antimissile defenses.

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Missile Defense Design Juggles Complex Factors

LOS ANGELES Intercepting missiles has been likened to hitting a bullet with a bullet, but the speeds are actually faster than those of most projectiles. High speed is the main factor driving the complexity of missile defense, but it is not a showstopper by itself.

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Mix of Simulation, Flight Testing Troubles BMDO Leaders

WASHINGTON FALCON AFB, COLO. As it develops and deploys a multilayer “family of systems” to protect troops and civilians from missile attacks, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization is struggling to achieve the optimal balance between affordable computer simulation and costly flight tests.

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U.S. Faces Growing Arsenal of Threats

WASHINGTON The U.S. focus on developing antimissile defenses has shifted to Third World “rogue” threats as a result of the Persian Gulf war, but debate continues to rage over how advanced the threats are and when America should deploy missile defense systems to counter them.

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