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October 5, 1998

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Asian Economic Crisis Jolts Pacific Space Sector

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China Splits Civil, Military Space Work

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Space Debris Concerns Grow As Meteoroid Storm Nears

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Asian Economic Crisis Jolts Pacific Space Sector

The prospects for recovery are guarded, but hopeful, in a region where the financial impact varies by country

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China Splits Civil, Military Space Work

Melbourne, Australia China has separated its military and civil space activities as part of market reforms of the country’s chronically debtridden and inefficient public sector. But aside from removing the military as coleaders with the State Council (or Cabinet) of the space ministry, design and manufacturing, exactly how deep the reforms will go may be unclear for several years.

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Space Debris Concerns Grow As Meteoroid Storm Nears

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA The protection of the new International Space Station, the shuttle and other spacecraft from potentially catastrophic or fatal impacts from meteoroids or man-made space debris is a growing area of international concern, numerous analysts told the IAF meeting here last week.

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Missile Technology Advances Inflatable Space Structures

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA The use of inflatable space systems, long a dream of science fiction writers to provide large lightweight orbiting structures, is fast approaching reality with multiple new inflatable systems under development for use in orbit.

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Raytheon Chief Sets New Course

LONDON Raytheon President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel P. Burnham—who will become CEO on Dec. 1—has all but completed his strategic review of the defense electronics company. Based on a firsthand assessment of Raytheon’s diverse operations in the last three months, Burnham has determined: • His principal focus will be on growing revenues and income, with the transfer of defense electronics to commercial markets as an important source of that growth.

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Chiefs Rap Congress On Readiness Slide

WASHINGTON Readiness funding will be short by nearly $20 billion next year, largely because the Republican-controlled Congress has not closed enough military bases and has indulged in billions of dollars of pork barrel projects the Pentagon does not want, the Joint Chiefs of Staff charged last week.

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Strategy Questioned In Readiness Row

WASHINGTON Conflicts over defense budget priorities have arisen from arguments about readiness on Capitol Hill. As Pentagon budget planning for Fiscal 2000 moved into high gear last week, there was no dispute among the Republican Congress, the Democratic White House and the Pentagon that readiness is down and must be reinforced (see p. 29).

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Defense Budget Bill Decisively Approved

WASHINGTON Congress completed final action last week on a $250.5-billion defense appropriations bill for Fiscal 1999, comprising nearly $48.6 billion for procurement, almost $36.8 billion for research and development, $84 billion for operations and maintenance, and close to $71 billion for personnel.

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Differential-GPS Tightens Long-Range Missile Accuracy

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Seven Firms Vie To Supply Short-Term Airlift for U.K.

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