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Funding Fracas Imperils ‘Nudet’ Sensor

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Eurofighter EF2000 to Enter Production

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Proton Upper Stage Fails; Satellite Lost

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HEADLINE NEWS

Funding Fracas Imperils ‘Nudet’ Sensor

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HEADLINE NEWS

Eurofighter EF2000 to Enter Production

The four participating countries plan to buy 620 aircraft and promote export sales

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HEADLINE NEWS

Proton Upper Stage Fails; Satellite Lost

WASHINGTON SAN FRANCISCO The fourth stage of Russia’s Proton booster failed for the third time since 1996, stranding a high-power telecommunications satellite in a useless orbit and raising questions about the reliability of the Proton upper stage. The launch of the AsiaSat 3 spacecraft began smoothly on Dec. 25 with an early morning liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Lockheed Martin Building First JSF Demonstrator

Dallas Lockheed Martin has completed about 70% of tooling to build the first of two X-35 Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator aircraft, and conducted its second Interim Program Review late last month with U.S. and foreign officials. David J. Wheaton, vice president and program manager for the JSF team, said the review was “very successful” and indicated that the program is “on schedule, within budget and technically strong.”

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HEADLINE NEWS

TRW Wins ICBM Work; Big Savings Promised

Washington TRW Inc. has beat Alliant Techsystems for a lucrative contract to take over management of the U.S. Air Force’s arsenal of ICBMs and oversee upgrades to the Minuteman 3 system. If all options are exercised, TRW will be paid $3.4 billion over a period that runs through 2012.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Russia Lofts U.S. Imaging Satellite

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BACK TO THE MOON

Little Prospector Aims to Return Big Science

NASA-Ames spacecraft, to launch Jan. 5, is the first mission dedicated to basic lunar science since Apollo 17

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SIKORSKY S-92

Sikorsky Forging Ahead with S-92 Program

STRATFORD, CONN. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is preparing to launch an aggressive marketing program for its S-92 Helibus helicopter and has scheduled first flight for the third quarter of 1998, followed by FAA certification in the third quarter of 2000.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Boeing Refines 777-200X for Critical Singapore Bid

SYDNEY Boeing is refining customer options on its 777-200X and -300X models, which the company believes will start the fragmentation of the Pacific market in the same way as the Airbus A300 and Boeing 767 did on Atlantic routes 15 years ago.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airbus: Automated Transports Safer Than Older Aircraft

TOULOUSE, FRANCE Airbus Industrie officials maintain that highly automated transports are safer to operate than older conventional aircraft. However, European pilots believe that the safety record is the product of more than just new aircraft.

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