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June 2, 1997

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Trent Failures Ground Cathay, Dragonair A330s

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New Mir Science Operations Initiated

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U.K. Launches Review of Defense Priorities

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Trent Failures Ground Cathay, Dragonair A330s

Lubrication shortfalls in the engine’s step aside gearbox may have caused bearing failures and inflight shutdowns

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New Mir Science Operations Initiated

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The new U.S. astronaut on board Mir, Michael Foale, has begun both science and systems repair work on the Russian station as his predecessor, Dr. Jerry Linenger, begins a detailed medical and physical therapy regime to readapt to Earth’s gravity after 133 days in space.

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U.K. Launches Review of Defense Priorities

LONDON The U.K.’s new Labour government launched its strategic defense review last week, pledging a bipartisan approach to reassessing priorities and requirements to meet the new challenges of the 21st century. Defense Secretary George Robertson said the review “was not simply a cost-cutting effort.”

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Russian Proton Challenges Ariane

CAPE CANAVERAL A Russian Proton heavy booster has been used to launch the four-ton Space Systems/Loral Telstar 5 spacecraft, the highest-capacity satellite ever launched by the U.S. telecommunications industry. The May 24 mission, valued at $200-250 million including both the satellite and booster, should help the Proton and Telstar/Skynet programs recover from recent costly failures.

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Russia and NATO Agree to Cooperate

WASHINGTON NATO and Russia have signed a Founding Act giving Moscow a voice in alliance affairs, which is aimed at uniting Europe and integrating Russia with the West. In an attempt to guarantee the peace and indivisibility of the Euro-Atlantic in the 21st century, NATO heads of state and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin agreed last week in Paris to establish a joint security mechanism, anchored by a Permanent Joint Council.

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Boeing Studies Liquid Booster for Shuttle

LOS ANGELES Boeing is studying designs for a liquid propellant, fly-back booster for the space shuttle that would replace the system’s solid rocket motors (SRMs) to provide significant cost savings for the shuttle program. The work is being conducted under a $1-million study contract that was awarded last month from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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X-34 Designs Locked In

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Progress Made on Trent 800

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French Government’s Candidate to Head Arianespace

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PILATUS PC-12 PILOT REPORT

Pilatus PC-12 Excels in Challenging Roles

Swiss aircraft features efficient range-payload, a big cargo door and docile handling qualities

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