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June 9, 1997

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Darpa Pitches Small Sats for Tactical Reconnaissance

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French Left Wing to Reorient Aerospace

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Eurofighter 2000 Reaches Critical Stage in Germany

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Darpa Pitches Small Sats for Tactical Reconnaissance

WASHINGTON Two major defense organizations are at odds over a proposal to design and orbit a constellation of two dozen or more small satellites that could track mobile targets with radar and relay images to battlefield commanders within seconds.

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French Left Wing to Reorient Aerospace

Newly elected Socialist-led coalition prepares to turn France’s aerospace/defense industry on its head

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Eurofighter 2000 Reaches Critical Stage in Germany

LONDON PARIS German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe told his British counterpart that he expects a solution to Germany’s budget problems on the Eurofighter 2000 by early July, as German industry officials warned they would have to stop work if a commitment to production did not come before the summer parliamentary recess.

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Hyper-X Undergoes Design Review

LOS ANGELES Major participants in NASA’s Hyper-X program are scheduled to gather at Edwards AFB, Calif., this week for a preliminary design review (PDR) of the small air-breathing vehicle that within two years is scheduled to fly at seven times the speed of sound.

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Lockheed Martin Teams with ‘intelsat of the East’

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Balky Solar Arrays Afflict Goes-10

WASHINGTON The solar arrays on the newest U.S. geosynchronous weather satellite have quit tracking the Sun, prompting controllers to put the $200-million spacecraft into a powered-down safe mode. Late last week, engineers at NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and satellite builder Space Systems/Loral were working to develop a detailed trouble-shooting plan.

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C-17 Focus of Advanced Manufacturing Techniques

Dallas Northrop Grumman is fabricating an all-composite horizontal stabilizer and redesigning the engine nacelle for the U.S. Air Force’s C-17 as part of a government/industry effort to use advanced manufacturing techniques to reduce the aircraft’s acquisition cost and weight.

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U.s. Navy Resuming T-2C Operations

Dallas The U.S. Naval Air Training Command is gradually resuming operations of T-2C aircraft following a series of flight control anomalies and possible contamination of the aircraft’s hydraulic system’s components. The Naval Air Training Command halted flight operations of the T-2 “Buckeye” on Apr. 28, following a control anomaly that occurred during a routine training flight from Andrews AFB, Md., to NAS Meridian, Miss.

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Trw, Hughes to Begin Work on Advanced Satcom Processor

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INDUSTRY REPORT CARD ON COMPETITIVENESS

Index Points to Weakness in U.S. Market Response

A window of opportunity may be opening for Europeans and Asians who can more quickly meet customers’ needs

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