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March 23, 1998

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Justice Raises Stakes in Merger

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X-38 Transitions From Lifting Body to Parafoil

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‘Info War’ Advanced By Navy GBS Satcom

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Justice Raises Stakes in Merger

N.Y. and PHILIP J. KLASS/WASHINGTON With Lockheed Martin’s proposed acquisition of Northrop Grumman hanging in the balance—and the Justice Dept, poised to block the merger—the company is determined to retain ownership of its Sanders business unit.

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X-38 Transitions From Lifting Body to Parafoil

EDWARDS AFB, CALIF NASA started full-scale tests this month of its X-38 concept for a space station lifeboat, leading to a seven-person Earth-return vehicle that could be operational in 2003. The unmanned flights here will be studying the latter stages of the spacecraft’s mission, when it transitions from subsonic lifting body flight to descent and landing under a large parafoil.

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‘Info War’ Advanced By Navy GBS Satcom

CAPE CANAVERAL The first of several new Global Broadcast Service defense communications satellites designed to provide the U.S. with revolutionary new “information warfare” capabilities is being commissioned in space this week by a Hughes, Navy and Air Force flight control team.

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Secret Relay, Lacrosse Nro Spacecraft Revealed

Imaging radar and relay spacecraft provide new insights into U.S. strategic and tactical reconnaissance

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Readiness at Stake in Bosnia Funding

WASHINGTON The Administration is lobbying Congress hard for billions in extra money to continue Bosnia operations, warning lawmakers that military readiness will suffer if the Pentagon has to pay the expense out of its regular budget.

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Chilean Evaluation Places F/A-18 First

WASHINGTON An initial Chilean air force (Fuerza Aerea de Chile) comparison of candidates in its fighter competition has rated Boeing’s F/A-18C first, Saab’s JAS 39 Gripen second, Lockheed Martin’s F-16 third and Dassault’s Mirage 2000-5 last, according to U.S. officials.

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As Boeing Scrambles, Others Eye Teledesic

WASHINGTON and SEATTLE Boeing has slashed its workforce by nearly two-thirds on the Teledesic satellite venture, and an erstwhile competitor, Motorola, is poised to try again to get a role in the high-profile “Internet in the sky” project.

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Inmarsat Council Backs Restructuring

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Pentagon Mulls Space Laser Test

LOS ANGELES The Defense Dept, is reexamining concepts for testing an antimissile laser in space, and has given contracts to Lockheed Martin and a Boeing/TRW team to propose several plans for on-orbit tests in 2005-08. A single industry team could be selected this summer for work toward a space demonstration.

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USAF Runs F119 Diagnostic Tests

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