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May 10, 1999

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Titan, Delta Failures Force Sweeping Reviews

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Delta III Failure Ruins Comeback, Strands Orion

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Bulk of ESA Space Programs Likely to Get Green Light

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Titan, Delta Failures Force Sweeping Reviews

String of accidents will have broad program impact; Titan/Milstar probe focuses on Lockheed Martin software

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Delta III Failure Ruins Comeback, Strands Orion

CAPE CANAVERAL The second mission failure in only two launches for the new Delta III heavy booster has rocked Boeing’s commercial launch operations and hurt plans to use the vehicle’s new upper stage to build confidence for transition into the Delta IV Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program.

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Bulk of ESA Space Programs Likely to Get Green Light

PARIS Space leaders in Europe are confident that the proposals on the agenda of the European Space Agency’s ministerial summit this week will meet broad acceptance, although some projects may not be approved as recommended. “Some small programs may be scaled back or held until later, but we are optimistic that there will be a very positive outcome,” said Alan Cooper, director of policy and finance at the British National Space Center (BNSC).

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X-33 Tank Delivered, Strength Questioned

LOS ANGELES Lockheed Martin has delivered an X-33 composite liquid hydrogen tank to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center for testing, showing that the experimental rocket program is beginning to recover from a large structural failure of a tank in December.

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Congress Seeks Fix to Export Quagmire

ARLINGTON, VA. Key U.S. lawmakers are looking for ways to refine tough new rules regulating the export of satellites that they mandated just last year in the wake of alleged improper technology transfers to China. Members of Congress are clearly growing concerned about the potential damage to the U.S. satellite industry and some are blaming overzealous government bureaucrats for the slowdown of export license decisions that began on Mar. 15 when authority was transferred to the State Dept. from the Commerce Dept.

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Greece Opts for F-l6s, Mirage 2000-5s

LONDON Greece has decided on an interim buy of 50 or more Lockheed Martin F-l6 and 15 Dassault Aviation Mirage 2000-5 fighters, as well as confirming its long-term intent to procure up to 90 Eurofighters. The decision leaves Boeing, which offered Greece the F-15H, needing a win in the soon-to-be-decided $2.5-billion fighter competition in Israel to keep its production line open for the twin-engine fighter.

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Coltec-BFG Stymied At Least Through July

NEW YORK AlliedSignal’s opposition to BFGoodrich’s proposed acquisition of Coltec is proving to be a more serious obstacle than either of the merger hopefuls may have initially surmised. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana has granted AlliedSignal a preliminary injunction blocking the transaction from going forward, at least through mid-July.

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NASA Chief Rips Industry, Urges New Design Path

ARLINGTON, VA. NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin scolded the U.S. launch industry last week for a lack of long-term vision and called for new design approaches to achieve revolutionary improvements in America's launch fleet. In an address that took place between the third consecutive failure of the Titan IV and the second failure of the Delta III in two missions, Goldin said the U.S. must stop relying on incremental improvements that yield only small advances in launch performance.

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Taurus Missile Passes Key Test

Paris The German-Swedish Taurus KEPD 350 standoff missile has passed a key program milestone, but appears to have lost an important export customer. The KEPD 350—being developed by Taurus Systems, a joint venture of Daimler Chrysler Aerospace’s LFK unit and Celsius/Bofors of Sweden—recently completed a series of test runs on the weapon’s new Williams turbojet propulsion system, clearing the way for freeflight tests.
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German X-Ray Sat Falls Silent

Paris The orbital X-ray observatory Abrixas suffered a power failure after launch, threatening Germany’s small scientific satellite program with a second consecutive mission failure—and again calling into question the validity of the “faster, better, cheaper” philosophy that increasingly holds sway in the world space science community.

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