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October 6, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

Hill Ups Nmd, Caves in on B-2s

HEADLINE NEWS

Atlantis Resupply Mission Bolsters Mir Station

HEADLINE NEWS

Ec Outlines Path for Consolidation

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HEADLINE NEWS

Hill Ups Nmd, Caves in on B-2s

WASHINGTON Congressional Republicans achieved their goal of bolstering national missile defense in the Fiscal 1998 defense appropriations budget, but effectively failed to finance additional B-2 bombers or cut off U.S. peacekeeping operations in Bosnia.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Atlantis Resupply Mission Bolsters Mir Station

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The Mir space station is sailing into what U.S. and Russian managers hope will be “the calm after the storm” now that the outpost has been resupplied by the shuttle Atlantis with a new astronaut, a critical new computer and nearly 7,000 lb. of water and supplies vital to restoring science work on the base.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Ec Outlines Path for Consolidation

Aerospace 'clusters' urged to counter U.S. giants as frustration mounts in Europe over pace of consolidation

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HEADLINE NEWS

U.K. Prepares for Skynet 4 Follow-on

RAF OAKHANGER, ENGLAND As the Royal Air Force awaits the launch of the first of three new communication satellites in January to replace the current aging Skynet 4 constellation, industry officials express confidence that the U.K., France and Germany will soon approve a multinational follow-on program.

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HEADLINE NEWS

MGS Settling Into Mars Orbit

LOS ANGELES Increasing dynamic pressure from continuing aerobraking maneuvers has almost fully deployed the balky solar panel on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, according to project officials. Glenn E. Cunningham, MGS project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said last week that the panel has been pushed to within about 2 deg. of its fully deployed position, although it still is not locked in place.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Space Crews Endorse Mir, But Some Concerns Linger

Kennedy Space Center The 10 shuttle/Mir crewmembers from the U.S., France and Russia who worked last week on board the 270-ton docked complex strongly asserted that the station is in good shape and safe for continued long-term habitation.
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HEADLINE NEWS

Jet-powered Car Reaches Mach 0.94

Los Angeles The “Thrust SSC” jet-powered car tentatively set a new land speed record on Sept. 25 at a two-way run average of 714 mph. It beat the prior record of 633 mph. set in 1983 by Richard Noble of the U.K., leader of the Thrust SSC team. Driver Andy Green took the car to 731 mph., or about Mach 0.94, during the second run at Black Rock Desert, Nev., on the way to the project’s goal of becoming the first supersonic car.
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THE INFO TECH EDGE

Aerospace Chases the Software Boom

SEATTLE The “airplane in a computer”type of design and manufacturing program epitomized by Boeing in the 777 and Sikorsky in the Comanche prototype has become the baseline for aerospace technology. Now the industry is advancing on new benchmarks.

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AIR TRANSPORT

US Airways Accord Sets Stage for Growth

After years of cutbacks, US Airways will begin a global expansion—if it is able to finalize a series of labor pacts

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THE INFO TECH EDGE

Lockheed Martin Develops Virtual Reality Tools for JSF

FORT WORTH As it moves forward with three new fighter programs, Lockheed Martin is developing virtual reality programming tools to cut its manufacturing costs, the fighters’ serviceability costs and improve its development cycle times.

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