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June 30, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

Mir Accident Imperils U.S.-Russian Cooperation

HEADLINE NEWS

NASA, Industry Hit Snags on X-33

HEADLINE NEWS

NASA Craft Near Asteroid and Mars

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HEADLINE NEWS

Mir Accident Imperils U.S.-Russian Cooperation

Russian’s mobilize to repair station. Collision threatened crew and has elevated congressional concerns

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HEADLINE NEWS

NASA, Industry Hit Snags on X-33

WASHINGTON A year after it began, a NASA/industry effort to develop a reusable space launch vehicle is not meeting its weight, cost and schedule objectives. As a result, the critical design review and the first flight for a technology demonstrator, the X-33, have been delayed.

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HEADLINE NEWS

NASA Craft Near Asteroid and Mars

WASHINGTON NASA’S Discovery program, aimed at exploring the solar system with low-cost spacecraft, is set to yield its first science with a flyby imaging of an asteroid and a landing on Mars within a week. The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (Near) spacecraft was slated to fly within 750 mi. (1,200 km.) of the main belt asteroid 253 Mathilde on June 27, the closest approach a spacecraft has ever made to an asteroid.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Shuttle, Mars Asteroid Flights Present New Challenges to Nasa

Kennedy Space Center NASA is in the midst of a period of intense flight operations this week as it prepares to launch the space shuttle Columbia on a unique Spacelab reflight mission July 1, while also preparing for the Pathfinder Rover’s planned July 4 landing on Mars.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Boeing Ekv Sensor Acquires Targets in Ballistic Flight

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HEADLINE NEWS

Hughes Files Suit Over Proton Launch Contract

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HEADLINE NEWS

Turkish Bid Open to U.S. Companies

ANKARA Turkey has solicited bids for a multi-billion dollar attack helicopter project from a group of seven manufacturers, including three U.S. companies, despite a prior Washington freeze on arms transfers to Ankara. Bids are due Oct. 29 for 50 attack helicopters that would be part of a planned total of 145, valued at $3.5 billion.

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HONG KONG HANDOVER

Hong Kong Aviation Bets Future on China

HONG KONG SAN FRANCISCO At the end of more than 150 years of British rule, the city’s dynamic aviation community is expressing its confidence in the future of Hong Kong in a traditional way—by investing. The investment in airport facilities, aircraft and in terms of strategic planning can be measured in the billions of dollars.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Kistler Seeks to Create ‘ups of Space’?

KIRKLAND, WASH. Upstart Kistler Aerospace Corp. is completing detailed design and has begun construction of its two-stage, fully reusable K-1 commercial booster. If successful, the quick-turn, recycled booster system is to operate similar to a scheduled cargo carrier, such as United Parcel Service, according to Kistler officials.

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AEROSPACE CONSOLIDATION

French Government Grapples with Aerospace Strategy

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