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January 18, 1999

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Russia-Iran Link Fuels Nuke/Missile Threat

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Commercial Ops Urged at Cape, Vandenberg

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U.S. to Replenish Missile Stocks, Steps Up Strikes Against Sams

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Russia-Iran Link Fuels Nuke/Missile Threat

Economic crisis spurs menacing seepage of Russian technology, imperiling proliferation restraints

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Commercial Ops Urged at Cape, Vandenberg

CAPE CANAVERAL The U.S. Air Force and aerospace in dustry are working on a major ini tiative to retool the infrastructure and government-business relationships at both the Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB, Calif., launch sites. The objective is to ensure the Eastern and Western launch ranges are modernized to handle surging commercial flight rates and remain cost competitive with foreign facilities.

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U.S. to Replenish Missile Stocks, Steps Up Strikes Against Sams

WASHINGTON The Defense Dept. will replenish its stock of cruise missiles in the aftermath of Operation Desert Fox while U.S. aircraft in the northern nofly zone are trying to destroy Iraqi air defenses to compensate for shortfalls in last month’s air strikes.

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Booming Internet Spurs Satcoms

WASHINGTON The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is reviewing billions of dollars worth of new proposals for global satellite systems designed to capitalize on burgeoning demand for high-speed Internet and data services. The latest round of applications, still being processed by the FCC last week, are for non-geosynchronous systems that would use Ku-band portions of the radio spectrum to provide broadband data services.

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U.S. Helicopters Face More Capable Missiles

WASHINGTON U.S. intelligence officials are seeing signs of a serious threat with the development of surface-to-air missiles guided by millimeter-wave radar that can locate and attack stealthy aircraft while remaining undetected by U.S. combat aircraft.

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Pentagon Delays Sbirs Launches

WASHINTON The Pentagon has delayed fielding the missile-tracking Space-Based Infrared System even though some U.S. Space Command officials and members of Congress want the satellite con stellation in place as soon as possible. The Air Force was supposed to launch the first SBIRS-High satellite in 2002 to provide missile launch warning and start replacing the aging Defense Support Program satellites.

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Major Sensor Advances Boost Wmd Detection, Arms Control

WASHINGTON Strides in developing miniature sensors to detect chemical and biological agents appear likely to bolster emergency response to terrorist attacks aimed at mass urban casualties. U.S. national laboratory officials are confident the micro-sensors eventually will become cheap enough for many mediumsize and large cities to budget such devices for the personnel who would need them most right after an attack, the “first responders”—local police, firefighters and medical teams.

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Esa Defers Decision on Multiyear Budget

PARIS The European Space Agency, while postponing long-term spending decisions until the next ministerial summit, nevertheless approved interim funding for 1999 that will permit an early start on the Mars Express planetary probe. The summit had been scheduled for mid-1998 but was slipped because of German parliamentary elections last fall.

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NRC Cautions NASA on Shuttle Upgrades

A National Research Council report assessing NASA’s approach to prioritizing upgrades to the space shuttle urges more agency homework and a restatement of goals before adopting most of the proposed improvements. The NRC also asks NASA to provide stronger incentives to industry to increase contractor participation in generating options.

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NASA's U-turn to An Asteroid

Washington After firing its main engine for 23.6 min., the Near spacecraft is headed toward a second attempt to rendezvous with Eros in mid-February 2000, where scientists still hope for it to orbit the asteroid for a year. But last week controllers said the spacecraft had no extra fuel.

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