December 7, 1998

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New Production Cuts Hamper Boeing Recovery

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Iss Assembly Readied as Shuttle Pace Is Assessed

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Echostar Buyout Fuels Satellite TV Growth

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New Production Cuts Hamper Boeing Recovery

Market hammers Boeing in the wake of management’s latest financial and operating disclosures

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Iss Assembly Readied as Shuttle Pace Is Assessed

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER The initial countdown scrub, which postponed the planned Dec. 3 liftoff of the space shuttle Endeavour on the first International Space Station assembly mission, highlights the challenges the launch team will face as they undertake three dozen flights with the tight rendezvous launch windows required for station operations.

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Echostar Buyout Fuels Satellite TV Growth

WASHINGTON Eighteen months after their first merger attempt disintegrated into a $5-billion lawsuit, EchoStar Communications Corp. and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. have agreed to make up and try again to create a mammoth direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV system.

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Pakistani F-16s Headed for New Zealand

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Long Firing of Ion Engine Meets DS1 Requirements

LOS ANGELES Deep Space 1’s xenon ion rocket is well into a 13-day continuous firing set to end Dec. 7, passing the 200-hr. benchmark required to declare the technology validation mission a success and leaving engineers pleased with the initial data.

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U.S., France Advance on Mars Agreement

Paris France and the U.S. are nearing agreement on a long-term joint effort to explore the surface, subsurface and atmosphere of Mars and bring back samples of rocks for detailed analysis on Earth, according to French officials. The program would follow on from NASA’s Mars 1998 flights planned for later this year (AW&ST Nov. 30, p. 60) and Mars 2001, for which France is to provide a gamma ray spectrometer germanium detector.

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BAe-DASA Merger Feared By France

PARIS The French government and industry executives are increasingly worried by a looming British Aerospace/DaimlerChrysler Aerospace merger agreement that excludes Aerospatiale. They believe such a bilateral initiative would further complicate a cross-border plan to form the European Aerospace and Defense Co. (EADC) set to combine all major European players.

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Transatlantic Probes Eye Pricing Practices

Washington Paris Antitrust enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic are looking into commercial aircraft pricing practices by giants Airbus Industrie and Boeing Commercial Airplane Group to determine if there has been any collusion between them.

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Japanese Scandal Snares Fuji Over Political Bribe

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Encouraging Data Buoy Asian Carriers

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