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May 26, 1997

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Shuttle/mir Strengthens U.S-Russian Foundation

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Quadrennial Review Urges Smaller MV-22, Joint-stars Buy

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Airbus, Asians Plan Regional Twinjet

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Shuttle/mir Strengthens U.S-Russian Foundation

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER U.S.-Russian Mir logistics coordination and execution of the Atlantis shuttle Mission 84 resupply have given the two countries a new foundation on which to base future work on Mir and joint assembly of the new International Space Station.

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Quadrennial Review Urges Smaller MV-22, Joint-stars Buy

WASHINGTON The tiltrotor MV-22 medium transport and E-8 Joint-STARS long-range radar aircraft have joined the list of aircraft programs recommended for substantial cuts in the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The study also failed to find a reason for buying more stealthy B-2 bombers.

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Airbus, Asians Plan Regional Twinjet

Joint venture will develop the 95-125-seat AE31X and is targeting a service entry date of 2003

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Zenit Explosion Hits Military, Civil Projects

CAPE CANAVERAL The explosion of a Russian/Ukrainian Zenit 2 booster shortly after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome May 20 is a major setback for the Russian military space program. The accident could also be a setback to the Boeing-led partnership that plans to use upgraded Zenit versions for its Sea Launch commercial venture, with missions starting in late 1998.

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Fuel Tank, Oil Problems Delay F-22 First Flight

NEW YORK First flight of the F-22 Raptor is expected to be delayed 2-3 weeks to provide Lockheed Martin-Boeing engineers with the time they need to fix a leaking aircraft fuel tank and a faulty APU/auxiliary generator oil system. According to program officials, Raptor’s first flight probably will not occur until mid-June.

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Boeing Mulls New Models

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Space Telescope Finds Blue Side to Red Planet

Washington When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder spacecraft makes its scheduled landing on the red planet around 1 p.m. EDT on July 4, it may find surroundings very different from those encountered 21 years ago by its predecessors, the Viking landers.

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Boeing Rebuts EU's Objections to Merger with McDonnell Douglas

Seattle Boeing dismissed last week’s European Union objections to its planned merger with McDonnell Douglas, saying there is no fundamental restrictive effect on competition. While pledging to continue to work with the EU “to help the [European] Commission better understand the data that underlies the process,” Boeing Chairman and CEO Phil Condit reaffirmed his company’s stance that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should be the lead review agency on the matter (AW&STlS/lay 19, p. 24).

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Transport Orders Decline During First Quarter

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Eurocopter AS 350B3 to Try Record Transatlantic Flight

Washington The French team of Eurocopter and Intertechnique will attempt a record nonstop flight between the New York area and Paris of a single-engine helicopter (AW&STMay 19, p. 17). The Eurocopter AS 350B3 will be refueled inflight with an Intertechnique system, five times while en route from Teterboro (N.J.) Airport to Le Bourget Airport, beginning on June 6.

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