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September 15, 1997

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F-22 Raptor Meets First-Flight Goals

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Surveyor Captured In Mars Orbit

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Crooked Solar Wing Forces MGS Aerobraking Changes

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F-22 Raptor Meets First-Flight Goals

NEW YORK The initial flight test phase of the first F-22A Raptor is expected to conclude in Georgia this week after three flights, bringing to a close a test effort that began with the successful first flight of the aircraft on Sept. 7. First flight of the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation fighter was staged from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Ga., which is located near the Raptor’s final assembly site.

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Surveyor Captured In Mars Orbit

PASADENA, CALIF. The Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft decelerated to enter Mars orbit on Sept. 11, and should begin using the planet’s atmosphere this week to further decelerate to final mapping orbit, if events continued according to plan.

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Crooked Solar Wing Forces MGS Aerobraking Changes

PASADENA, CALIF. Mars Global Surveyor program officials have made changes to the aerobraking profile to compensate for incomplete deployment of one of the spacecraft’s solar wings. They expect the science mission to remain unaffected.

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New Satcom Proposals to Push Frontier of Radio Spectrum

WASHINGTON A Federal Communications Commission deadline is looming for U.S. companies to submit proposals for future-generation satellite systems that would push the technological limits of the radio spectrum to transmit vast quantities of data around the globe at high speeds.

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Meteosat 7 Heralds Expanded European Meteorological Role

KOUROU, FRENCH GUIANA The forthcoming entry into service of the Meteosat 7, which was orbited by an Ariane 44LP booster on Sept. 2, will mark the transition between the first generation of European weather satellites and a new fleet that is designed to put Europe in the forefront of meteorological observation.

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Mir Damage Scrutinized As Computer Fails Again

CAPE CANAVERAL The U.S./Russian crew on Mir dealt with another serious computer breakdown in space last week as managers on the ground continued to assess how to patch the depressurized Spektr module following an external inspection by the crew.

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Bell and Lockheed Focus Of NTSB Recommendations

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Company Plans Asteroid Visit

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First Mirage 2000-5 Delivered to Qatar

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Turkish Navy Seeks Additional Sea Hawks

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