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March 15, 1999

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Congress Upbraids ‘Cynical’ Airlines

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Spy Charges Jeopardize China's Trade Status

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Germany and France Cut R&D Funding

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Congress Upbraids ‘Cynical’ Airlines

Angry Republican and Democratic lawmakers rip into carriers for "callous disregard" of customer service

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Spy Charges Jeopardize China's Trade Status

WASHINGTON Charges that China stole American nuclear warhead know-how from a U.S. weapons laboratory may complicate Beijing’s entry into the World Trade Organization, threatening a business plum long sought by U.S. mega-corporations like Boeing.

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Germany and France Cut R&D Funding

PARIS Potential decreases in government research funding and space expenditures could jeopardize the future of major European aerospace programs, French and German industry executives warned last week. The German federal government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has agreed to extend the multiyear aerospace research program for 4 years and fund it to the tune of 614 million euros ($675 million), the same level as the previous program.

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Super Hornets Test Carrier Suitability

ON BOARD THE USS HARRY S. TRUMAN Two Super Hornets are performing as expected during a second round of sea trials in the latest demonstration that the F/A-18E/F development program is ready for its operational evaluation phase. The Navy/Boeing/General Electric integrated test team plans to complete 400 approaches and 200 catapult launches with two F/A-18F strike fighters during 2 weeks of tests on the USS Harry S. Truman, a new carrier that has not yet achieved a fully operational status.

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Hst Emergency Mission Set

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER NASA has approved a plan to launch an emergency shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in September or October to replace its six stabilization gyros. Hubble needs at least three gyros to maintain science operations.

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Howmet on Defensive in Wake of Charges

NEW YORK Howmet International appears to have dodged the proverbial bullet after the U.S. Air Force last week withdrew its proposed debarment of the corporation, but the company’s Canadian aluminum casting operations remains under fire.

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X-38 Test Combines Two Flight Modes

LOS ANGELES The X-38 program has successfully completed its third drop test from a B-52 carrier aircraft using a prototype vehicle equipped with a fly-by-wire control system and electromechanical actuators to explore lifting body maneuvering.

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Skunk Works Battles JSF Cost

Washington Lockheed Martin is still struggling to contain potential cost overruns on the Joint Strike Fighter, but the company has backed off a tentative plan to build only one demonstrator after the idea was apparently rebuffed by senior Defense Dept. acquisition officials.

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Infrared Satellite Fails After Launch

Washington NASA is investigating the loss shortly after launch of the Wide-field Infrared Explorer (Wire)—a Small Explorer astronomy satellite that is also part of the Origins program. The U.S. space agency spent $73 million on the mission.

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Piper Crashes in Toyota Test

Tokyo Two Toyota engineers and a pilot died when their Piper PA-28 single-engine aircraft crashed on a test flight when its engine quit, raising the possibility that modifications were to blame. The crash also prompted an investigation into why Toyota conducted such tests without Transport Ministry approval.

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