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April 12, 1999

HEADLINE NEWS

Satellite TV Fuels Industry Growth

HEADLINE NEWS

Space Chief Warns of Threats to U.S. Commercial Satellites

HEADLINE NEWS

Pentagon Explores Concepts for Attack Operations

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HEADLINE NEWS

Satellite TV Fuels Industry Growth

NEW YORK and PARIS Direct-to-home satellite television services have taken over as the growth engine of the worldwide satellite industry and now account for more than one-quarter of industry revenues, according to a comprehensive new survey.

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Space Chief Warns of Threats to U.S. Commercial Satellites

COLORADO SPRINGS Commercial operators, in their quest to capitalize quickly on space, do not perceive near-term threats to orbiting spacecraft worth billions of dollars, despite repeated warnings from military space officials. A recent National Defense Industrial Assn, study revealed a relatively naive, short-term philosophy among commercial space entities.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Pentagon Explores Concepts for Attack Operations

WASHINGTON The capability of destroying theater ballistic and cruise missiles prior to launch is attracting increasing attention among Pentagon planners, who are trying to determine what weapons will be needed to carry out the time-sensitive mission.

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HEADLINE NEWS

DS1 Guiding Itself Toward Asteroid

PASADENA, CALIF Deep Space 1 is midway through the second six-week burn of its xenon ion engine, gently altering its trajectory toward a 9-km. flyby of the asteroid 1992 KD on July 28-29. The spacecraft's autonomous navigation (autonav) system is to take full control of the flight path this week.

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HEADLINE NEWS

Germans Balk Over ESA Funds

Paris Scientists in Germany are concerned that future spending demands for European programs, coupled with an expected decrease in federal government support for research, may severely curtail funding for national R&D projects. European Space Agency programs already account for 75% of the total German space budget of DM1.3 billion ($722 million), and the scientists fear that this percentage will grow under demands of the spending proposals to be put before the ESA ministerial council in May.

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U-2S PILOT REPORT

Venerable U-2 Forges on to Y2K and Beyond

Modifications will extend the lifetime of the sole, manned air-breathing reconnaissance platform

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Europe Begins Plotting Strategy for Rlvs

ARCACHON, FRANCE Heeding calls to act before it is too late, European space leaders are mounting a strategy, involving close collaboration between the European Space Agency, national agencies, industry and non-European partners, to enable Europe to begin work on a reusable launch vehicle sometime in the second half of the next decade.

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OPERATION ALLIED FORCE

Serb Threat Subsides, But U.S. Still Worries

INCIRLIK AB, TURKEY and WASHINGTON Long-running Pentagon complaints have again resurfaced that the supreme allied commander in Europe, U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark, has clamped down so tightly on information about the conflict in Kosovo that military staffs and intelligence agencies are sometimes being cut out of planning and ordered not to talk with one another.

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DEFENSE PREPAREDNESS

Bio-Warfare Called ‘Weapon of Choice’

WASHINGTON Biological warfare is fast emerging as the “weapon of choice” to end-run U.S. military superiority, requiring a fundamental shift in strategy and a longterm research and development program in defensive high technologies, authorities say.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Landsat 7 to Advance Chronicling of Earth

A better mapper and faster updates will be highlights as U.S. returns to remote-sensing as a public service

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