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February 15, 1999

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JSF Reflection Is Golf Ball-Sized

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Iraqi Air Defenses Broken But Dangerous

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Microsats to Back Up Sample Return Missions

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JSF Reflection Is Golf Ball-Sized

ORLANDO, FLA. The Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth signature—the minuscule amount of energy reflected back to an enemy radar receiver—will be about the same as that of earlier generations of low-observable aircraft such as the F-117, B-2 and F-22, but with a notable difference.

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Iraqi Air Defenses Broken But Dangerous

ORLANDO, FLA. Senior Pentagon officials say Saddam Hussein wants desperately for his military to shoot down even a single U.S. aircraft to counter growing evidence that Iraq’s air force is powerless and the nation’s air defenses are being pounded into impotency.

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Microsats to Back Up Sample Return Missions

The proposed missions will be part of an ambitious effort to bring back samples from Mars and beyond

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Stardust Flight Opens New Exploration Era

CAPE CANAVERAL The NASA Stardust spacecraft is outbound from Earth on the first leg of a 3.2-billion-mi., 7-year round trip to return samples of material spraying from the surface of a comet. Stardust is the first of four major U.S. and European missions planned for launch over the next 4 years to six comets.

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Mercury and Venus Sample Returns Eyed

PARIS Although the Mars Sample Return Mission program is barely off the drawing board, scientists are already planning to expand it into a broad-based, coordinated effort to recover samples from other places in the solar system, including Mercury, Venus and small bodies.

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Final Preparations Underway for First Sea Launch Mission

ON BOARD SEA LAUNCH COMMANDER The Sea Launch program is conducting sea trials off the Southern California coast for its planned demonstration mission on the equator that is scheduled in about one month. Following completion of sea trials and final preparations in port, the command ship and self-propelled launch platform are scheduled to depart Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 28 for the launch site, about 1,400 mi. southeast of Hawaii.

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Abl Testing Concerns Seen

Washington Pentagon officials responsible for testing weapons are concerned about the effectiveness of the Air Force’s YAL-1A Airborne Laser (ABL) even though a new program plan is supposed to allow more development before flight testing.
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Airbus Military Co. Launched with A400M

LONDON Airbus Military Co. is up and running following the submission of formal bid proposals to seven European countries for its Future Large Aircraft (FLA) military transport, now renamed the A400M. Airbus Industrie is the majority shareholder in the new French-registered company that includes industrial partners from the seven nations seeking bids for new airlifters.

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Dasa Set to Upgrade Polish MiG-29s

LONDON DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) has signed an agreement to modernize 22 MiG-29 fighters for the Polish air force and bring them up to NATO standards. The program will include new avionics, communications equipment and cockpit displays.

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Shuttle Launch Plan Revised

Cape Canaveral Space shuttle managers have rearranged the 1999 shuttle schedule to account for Russian delays in launching the Service Module for the International Space Station and the need to change suspect electronic components in the NASA Chandra advanced X-ray observatory.
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