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March 22, 1999

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Safety Board Debates 737 Rudder Fixes

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USAF Eyes New Cruise Missile

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Support Gathers Steam for National Missile Defense

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Safety Board Debates 737 Rudder Fixes

Members meeting on the cause of USAir 427 crash will weigh the need for a 737 control system redesign

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USAF Eyes New Cruise Missile

WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force wants a new, bomber-launched cruise missile-with at least six times the range of weapons currently under development-to replace a rapidly shrinking inventory of a few hundred aging, Boeing-made conventional air-launched cruise missiles (Calcms) that once carried nuclear warheads.

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Support Gathers Steam for National Missile Defense

WASHINGTON Reversing years of defeat at the hands of filibustering Democrats, the Republican-controlled Senate has overwhelmingly approved a commitment to deploy a rudimentary national missile defense “as soon as technologically possible.”

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Pentagon Confronts Mounting Cyber Risks

WASHINGTON The information warfare threat continues to mount and the Pentagon will be struggling to cope with it indefinitely, despite an array of counteractions in recent months, high-ranking defense and security officials told Congress last week.

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Pac-3 Missile Seeker Tests Succeed

DALLAS Lockheed Martin Vought System's Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missile intercepted and destroyed an incoming tactical ballistic missile target on Mar. 15 during tests of the seeker system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

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Airport Security Test Backfires

CINCINNATI A former Transportation Dept, inspector general and a Columbus, Ohio, television station news team are suspects in a criminal investigation stemming from an unauthorized test of an airline baggage security system that went awry and caused an emergency at Port Columbus International Airport.

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USAF Tackles Urban Combat

Washington With the Marine Corps showcasing in Monterey, Calif., how it expects to conduct future combat in cities, U.S. Air Force planners are developing an alternative approach to urban warfare that will rely much more on aircraft equipped with new capabilities.

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Starsem Launches Four More Globalstars

MOSCOW PARIS The Globalstar project now has onethird of its operational constellation in orbit following the successful launch of four spacecraft last week on a Starsem Soyuz-Ikar booster from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Placement of the mobile telephone satellites in an orbit 920 km. (570 mi.) above Earth on Mar. 15 brought to 16 the number of Globalstar spacecraft deployed (AW&STFeb. 15, p. 46).

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New 737 Pedal Force Sensor to Detect Rudder Problems

SEATTLE Boeing expects to issue a 737 service bulletin later this year to add rudder pedal force to flight data recorder parameters to better detect rudder malfunctions. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has been pushing for this parameter for more than four years.

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Arabsat Weighs New Buy, Privatization

Paris Arabsat, the leading satellite operator in the Arab world, is exploring the possibility of going private, and mulling new satellites for its hot spot at 26 deg. E. Long. The organization will shortly place in service its newest spacecraft, a Ku-Bss-band broadcasting satellite that is also intended to serve multimedia applications.
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