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January 25, 1999

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BAe-GEC Defense Linkup Would Rival U.s. Giants

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Russian Nukes Offer Commercial Prospects

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U.S. Missile Defense System Delayed

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BAe-GEC Defense Linkup Would Rival U.s. Giants

But the proposed merger falls far short of the cross-border consolidation urged by many European leaders

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Russian Nukes Offer Commercial Prospects

WASHINGTON Endeavoring to draw American industry more deeply into joint efforts to dismantle ex-Soviet nuclear weapons, President Clinton is proposing a 70% expansion of federal programs that aid Russia’s nonproliferation and defense conversion projects.

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U.S. Missile Defense System Delayed

WASHINGTON The Pentagon has pushed back by 2 years the earliest date it would deploy a National Missile Defense system and it has restructured its approach to building theater missile defenses to create competition between the Army and Navy programs.

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Eutelsat Launches Internet Network

PARIS After concluding an agreement last October to launch a mobile satphone service, direct-to-home TV broadcast specialist Eutelsat is pushing into broadband satellite telecommunications. In mid-January, the European organization announced the start of high-speed Internet service using the Eutelsat Multimedia Platform, a system that allows users to access the Internet using a specially developed DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) PC card, standard 60-cm.

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Bonding Bugs Delay X-33's First Flight

LOS ANGELES First flight of the X-33 single-stageto-orbit testbed has slipped by 4-7 months due to delamination of the composite sandwich structure of a liquid hydrogen tank during an autoclave cycle. The problem raises questions about being able to reliably manufacture large sandwich structures, and the ability to nondestructively test the bond strength between the face sheet and core.

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‘Anti-European' Deal Criticized

PARIS British Aerospace’s decision to merge with GEC Marconi has eased France’s fears that its industry would be marginalized in the European consolidation race. BAe’s initiative to opt for an “Anglo-British” consolidation deal, as talks with DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) stalled, offers French companies greater room to maneuver.

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Titan Iva Explosion Linked to Wiring Flaw

WASHINGTON Exposed wiring caused the most expensive unmanned accident in Cape Canaveral’s history when a Titan IVA rocket carrying a highly classified Mercury signals intelligence satellite exploded Aug. 12. The launcher was plagued by poor assembly.

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Higher-Stakes Game Awaits U.S. Players

NEW YORK The four largest U.S. military contractors expect to face a tougher competitor globally after British Aerospace acquires the Marconi defense unit of General Electric Co. PLC. Some industry observers think British Aerospace also may be able to expand its beachhead in the U.S. market because of Marconi’s purchase of a North American family of defense suppliers in recent years.

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Stuck Valve Slows Japan's Nozomi

TOKYO SAN FRANCISCO A rescue effort involving a gravity assist from the Sun has been devised to put Japan’s Nozomi mission to study the upper atmosphere of Mars back on track after a stuck thruster valve robbed it of critical fuel. In a report, Japan’s Space Activities Commission, its highest space programs authority, said that Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences’ Nozomi is now expected to arrive at Mars in December 2003 or January 2004 rather than Oct. 11 this year, as originally planned.
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Boeing to Sell Light Helo Line

DALLAS Boeing subsidiary McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. plans to sell its lightweight, commercial helicopter product line to Netherlands-based RDM Holding Inc. and is scheduled to complete the transaction by mid-February. No U.S. regulatory delays are anticipated by the two companies.

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