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April 27, 1998

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DASA Predicts More Growth

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Fighter Market Upturn Sparks Increased Competition

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‘Revisionists’ Junk Defense Revolution

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DASA Predicts More Growth

Paris Daimler-Benz Aerospace (DASA) is forecasting a nearly 20% increase in sales over the next three years, to DM18 billion ($10 billion), and an improvement in profitability commensurate with benchmarks established by corporate parent Daimler-Benz AG.
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Fighter Market Upturn Sparks Increased Competition

NEW YORK After years of depressed sales and shrinking markets, the U.S. fighter engine business seems poised for a rebound. Recent conservative estimates by industry officials indicate that as many as 1,000 Pratt & Whitney F 100s and General Electric Fl10s could be sold abroad over the next 10-15 years to power U.S.-designed fighters.

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‘Revisionists’ Junk Defense Revolution

WASHINGTON Agrowing number of U.S. strategists believe the “revolution in military affairs” epitomized by Persian Gulf war technology may not have been a revolution after all. Defense technology, spending and strategy might be heavily affected if the new thinking takes hold.

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Root Cause Found For FI 19 Seal Failure

New York F119 program officials have confirmed that increased vibrations from a redesigned, reduced-chord inlet guide vane were responsible for cracking a compressor seal during ground tests of an F119 test engine in March. The F119 is slated to power the F-22 Raptor.
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Senators Fight NATO Growth

Washington A bipartisan band of U.S. senators is mounting a last-ditch effort to block approval of NATO expansion, warning it will cost taxpayers untold billions of dollars and wreck nuclear arms control efforts with Russia. Conservative and liberal opponents alike hope to delay a Senate vote for a year or two, even if they cannot attract the 34 votes needed to block the induction of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic into the Atlantic Alliance.
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Deep Space 1 Launch Slips Three Months

PASADENA CALIF. NASA has delayed launch of Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Deep Space 1 technology testbed spacecraft for three months to October due to slips in software and hardware development. The Deep Space 1 (DS1) project is to demonstrate NASA’s “faster-better-cheaper” philosophy by operating under a tight 26-month schedule from the May 1996 final project definition, testing 12 items of new technology, while limited to a $l4l.lmillion budget that includes launch and mission operations.

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ESA Struggles To Maintain Artemis Launch Date

PARIS After months of delays and huge cost overruns, the European Space Agency believes it finally has its Artemis experimental satcom program on track and the satellite headed into testing. Artemis is intended to enhance Europe’s role in mobile and multimedia communications, serve as a stepping-stone for future European data relay and satellite navigation services, and promote critical new space technologies.

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Shuttle Neurolab Nears Reentry

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The shuttle Mission 90 Neurolab Spacelab crew is preparing for landing here either May 3 or 4, depending on a decision by Johnson Space Center flight controllers early this week on whether electrical power margins on Columbia would allow an extra day aloft, extending the flight to a full 17 days.

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Radar Readied For QuikSCAT

Calif. Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing the SeaWinds scatterometer radar for integration into the Quick Scatterometer Mission (QuikSCAT) satellite, set for launch on Nov. 1 from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. QuikSCAT is a rapid response to the loss of the Japanese Adeos satellite on June 30, 1997, which carried the NASA Scatterometer experiment (AW&ST July 7, 1997, p. 31).

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FAA Plan for Fee-Based ATC System Moves Ahead

Creation of a business unit within FAA tracks blue-ribbon panel recommendations, but draws some fire

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