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October 20, 1997

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Saturn’s Mysteries Beckon Cassini

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Solar Panel Problem Triggers Major Mgs Assessment

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France to Form World-Class Defense/Space Group

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Saturn’s Mysteries Beckon Cassini

Science team begins to plan strategy as Titan/Centaur launches largest, most complex U.S./European mission

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Solar Panel Problem Triggers Major Mgs Assessment

LOS ANGELES A troublesome solar panel on Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) has resulted in at least a two-week suspension of aerobraking, change in a key element in the spacecraft’s planned mapping orbit and the possibility of far greater implications for the mission following further analysis by project officials.

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France to Form World-Class Defense/Space Group

PARIS In a long-overdue consolidation initiative, France will form a defense/ space “national champion” centered on Thomson-CSF. The government has decided to combine the state-controlled Thomson-CSF defense electronics company with Dassault Electronique, Aerospatiale’s satellite branch and Alcatel-Alsthom’s military telecommunication/ satellite businesses.

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Defense Veto Renews Constitutional Issues

WASHINGTON Both praise and scorn greeted President Clinton’s use of the new line item veto last week to cut 13 programs, worth a total of $144 million, that Congress added to his Fiscal 1998 military spending request. Majority Republican lawmakers were split between those who hailed and those who denounced Clinton for cutting so little from the nearly $248-billion military appropriations budget, which Congress cleared late last month (AW&ST Oct. 6, p. 25).

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Aviation in China: One Country, Two Shows

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Turkey Warns Russia on Missile Sale to Cyprus

ANKARA Turkey has warned Russia that it may be excluded from bidding on defense projects if it proceeds with the sale of up to 150 S-300 PMUO1 air defense missiles to the Greek Cypriot government, as tensions mount between Greece and Turkey over the divided island.

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BAe, Lagardere Add LFK to Missile Venture

London Proponents of cross-border defense industry consolidation in Europe saw some progress last week when British Aerospace and Lagardere expanded their missile joint venture to include LFK, the guided-weapon subsidiary of Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA).

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Tag Group to Run Farnborough Airfield

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Titan 4 Surge Tests Team

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1 7 Nations on Cassini Project

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