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April 19, 1999

HEADLINE NEWS

ESA Summit to Rule on Key Space Projects

HEADLINE NEWS

Titan IVB/IUS Mission Failure Rocks Military Space Program

HEADLINE NEWS

U.S.’ China Policy Branded Illusory

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ESA Summit to Rule on Key Space Projects

PARIS The European Space Agency has detailed spending proposals that will help shape Europe’s future position in launchers, telecommunications, Earth observation and satellite navigation through 2006 and beyond. The proposals—to be submitted for approval by the ESA space ministers during their May summit—cover a dozen optional projects, along with multiyear spending for the Horizon 2000/2000 Plus science program and the general budget.

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Titan IVB/IUS Mission Failure Rocks Military Space Program

CAPE CANAVERAL The U.S. Air Force investigation into the failure of a Titan IVB Boeing Inertial Upper Stage during launch of a $250-million Defense Support Program missile warning satellite on Apr. 9 will examine IUS second-stage control avionics and whether the second-stage IUS extendable nozzle deployed properly.

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U.S.’ China Policy Branded Illusory

WASHINGTON Security experts say it is past time for President Clinton to rethink his “strategic partnership” with China, in favor of a more realistic framework for bilateral relations. Although China will become a worldclass military power over time, they argue, it lacks the stature to qualify as a strategic power now.

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Test Site Quandary Clouds Flight Debut of X-34

Washington NASA could face a setback in plans to begin flight testing its newest X vehicle if the U.S. Air Force sticks with a last-minute decision to prohibit the use of a New Mexico air base for the tests. The space agency had planned to stage initial flights of the X-34 reusable launch vehicle out of Holloman AFB this summer.

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India Test-fires Agni Missile; Pakistan Responds with Ghauri

SAN FRANCISCO A test of India’s first solid-fueled, two-stage intermediate-range ballistic missile has prompted a titfor-tat response from Pakistan. Ironically, leaders of both nations alerted the other prior to their tests, but the exchange is regarded as evidence that both intend to develop a nuclear deterrence capability regardless of Western condemnation.

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China and U.S. Open Additional Air Routes

San Francisco An expansion of flight opportunities under the U.S.-China air services bilateral will allow existing carriers to solidify their positions and permit an additional entrant from each country in two years. Both countries are now served by three carriers flying a total of 27 flights a week.

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AVIONICS

Enhanced Head-up Symbology Builds Situational Awareness

SEATILE Flight Dynamics is testing performance enhancements to its Head-up Guidance System (HGS) aimed at improving pilot situational awareness, including rapid recognition and recovery from unusual attitudes or inflight upsets.

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Pentagon Gets Lock on F-117 Shootdown

WASHINGTON COLORADO SPRINGS A missing surface-to-air missile battery, a misplaced jamming aircraft, a repetitious flight route and some spectacularly good luck by Serbian missileers conspired to bring down a stealthy F-117 in Yugoslavia, the only manned aircraft lost in the first three weeks of the air campaign to stop Serbian oppression in Kosovo.

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GETTING READY FOR Y2K

Industry Thinking Beyond Just the Big ‘00’

SAN FRANCISCO Aerospace manufacturers say their computers will not crash when the new year dawns, but the size of their Year 2000 compliance efforts has prompted many to delay implementation of software systems that hold the promise of long-term financial rewards.

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Isolated, Serb Army Faces Aerial Barrage

NATO chiefs plan intensified assault on marooned Serb tanks and transports with a deluge of precision weapons

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