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November 9, 1998

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Biotech, Solar Data Mark STS-95 Payoff

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Clinton Raises Hopes For NASA Bailout

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Starsem Studying New Booster As It Prepares for First Launch

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Biotech, Solar Data Mark STS-95 Payoff

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The shuttle orbiter Discovery was set to return to Earth late last week with a harvest of new commercial biotechnology information, solar and ultraviolet astronomy images, and technology data to aid the Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station.

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Clinton Raises Hopes For NASA Bailout

WASHINGTON President Clinton’s words of support for the International Space Station have raised hopes the Administration will defuse a funding time bomb at NASA, but it remains unclear how much money the White House is willing to spend.

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Starsem Studying New Booster As It Prepares for First Launch

BORDEAUX and PARIS As engineers make final preparations for the first launch of an improved four-stage Soyuz booster under the Starsem consortium, partner companies are already planning further enhancements in the Soyuz family. Starsem comprises Aerospatiale (35%), Arianespace (15%), the Samara Space Center (25%) and the Russian Space Agency (25%).

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Asia’s Recession Holds Korean Arms Hostage

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Mitsubishi Recce Plan Gains Ground in Diet

TOKYO An extraordinary session of the Diet is expected to hear a plan late this month for Japan to fund a $1.3-billion, four-satellite reconnaissance network to be placed in orbit by 2002. The idea was first advanced by Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (Melco) in response to North Korea’s Aug. 31 launch of the Taepo Dong 1 vehicle that crossed Japanese territory (AW&ST Nov. 2, p. 29).

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Directed-Energy Arms Sought by China

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Miniature Air Vehicles Fly Into Army’s Future

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Raytheon Introduces Naval Versions of RAM, Stinger

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New Priorities For Pentagon

Washington The Pentagon needs to change its priorities and start concentrating on developing new, more “decisive” weapons— from rifles to large vertical-landing transport aircraft—that can be supplied to troops in the field within the next two decades, says Hans Mark, the Pentagon’s new director of defense research and engineering.

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Eurocopter Pushes For Tiltrotor Demonstrator

Top management at Eurocopter is seeking to generate support within the European helicopter industry and the European Commission in Brussels for a tiltrotor demonstration program to prevent the U.S. from gaining a stranglehold on this technology.
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