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Crew Awaits Outcome of Delayed Mir Repair

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Spacecraft Problems, Dsn Time Slow Mars Data Stream

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U.S. Regains Export Lead

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Crew Awaits Outcome of Delayed Mir Repair

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The Russian/U.S. crew on Mir was preparing late last week for a high-stakes repair operation to reconnect electrical power from the damaged Spektr module with the rest of the station. If the repair succeeds, it will breathe new life into station science operations and improve the prospects for Mir’s continued use.

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Spacecraft Problems, Dsn Time Slow Mars Data Stream

LOS ANGELES The Pathfinder mission ran into a rocky road last week due to the combined impact of a lander computer problem, limited Deep Space Network (DSN) antenna allocations and rover navigation errors resulting, at least in part, from a drifting gyroscope.

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U.S. Regains Export Lead

WASHINGTON America and Britain led the world in conventional arms export agreements in 1996, displacing Russia from its number one ranking the year before, according to U.S. estimates. Topping its rivals by wide margins, the U.S. posted $11.3 billion worth of conventional arms export agreements last year, up from $9.2 billion in 1995 and accounting for 35.5% of the nearly $32 billion grand total registered in 1996.

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Cost-effective Explorer to Sample Galaxy’s Composition

CAPE CANAVERAL A new NASA spacecraft designed to analyze the composition of matter that makes up the galaxy is scheduled this week to be en route to a location nearly 1 million mi. from Earth, where it will sample material ejected from the Sun and blown into the solar system from distant super nova explosions.

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Yeltsin Plans to Shore Up Russia’s Defense Sector

Orders for combat aircraft, commercial transports, are backed by industry-support programs

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Audit Says U.K. Defense Programs Over Budget, Behind Schedule

LONDON The U.K.’s National Audit Office (NAO) said more than half of 25 major defense equipment programs it reviewed are over budget and only five achieved or were on track to meet projected in-service dates. The independent accounting office’s annual report to Parliament for 1996 said the 25 programs, worth more than 33 billion pounds ($54 billion), are estimated to cost 694 million pounds ($1.1 billion), or 2%, less than originally forecast.

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BE-103 in Air Show Crash

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BOEING 737-700 PILOT REPORT

New 737 Shows Off Operating Improvements

The larger, advanced-technology wing and added fuel capacity offer users increased performance

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AUSTRALIA’S NEW DEFENSE STRATEGY

Key Intelligence Role Seen for Aew&c

CANBERRA Imbedded in Australia’s new airborne early warning and control aircraft will be the potential for several classified, add-on sensors that could allow crewmen to see great distances, to better find small, stealthy targets and to eavesdrop on the conversations of potential foes.

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AUSTRALIA’S NEW DEFENSE STRATEGY

Over-the-horizon Radar Coverage to Triple

ADELAIDE Australia has been experimenting with over-the-horizon radar since the 1970s, but the system is expected to finally become a full-fledged, long-range operational surveillance tool in the next few years. Work on the Jindalee Operational (over-the-horizon) Radar Network (JORN) switched this year from the team of Telstra and Britain’s GEC Marconi, who had struggled with the system since 1991, to a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Australia’s Transfield Defence Systems.

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