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May 17, 1999

HEADLINE NEWS

Space Ops Threatened By Launch Failures

HEADLINE NEWS

Perilous Times Jolt Booming Launch Market

HEADLINE NEWS

ESA Approves Ariane 5 Plus, But Defers Decision on Vega

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Space Ops Threatened By Launch Failures

COLORADO SPRINGS The loss of three military satellites to launch failures since August 1998 could have significant repercussions on future U.S. space-based operations, although near-term capabilities are not in jeopardy, according to the nation’s top milspace official.

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Perilous Times Jolt Booming Launch Market

Operational failures, soaring insurance losses, a frade clampdown and political turmoil are hitting all at once

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ESA Approves Ariane 5 Plus, But Defers Decision on Vega

BRUSSELS At its ministerial summit last week, the European Space Agency approved a range of programs intended to reinforce Europe’s lead role in commercial launchers and position its industry to compete in new areas like satellite navigation.

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Ge and Allison Probe Core Engine Failure

NEW YORK General vanced Electric Development and Allison Co. are Adinvestigating the failure of their XTC-76/2 advanced turbine engine gas generator, the latest core engine the team is testing under the fighter engine portion of the U.S.

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Rain Damages GPS in Latest Cape Mishap

PARIS new U.S. Air Force/Lockheed Martin GPS Block IIR spacecraft was damaged, possibly significantly, when an incident on Launch Complex 17A at Cape Canaveral allowed rainwater to pour onto the $40-million spacecraft. The May 8 mishap adds to the string of problems befalling the U.S.

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China Great Wall Debuts Improved Long March 4

SAN FRANCISCO China inaugurated Long March 4B operations last week with a piggyback launch of a Fengyun-1 meteorological satellite and Shijian-5 scientific satellite into polar orbits from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shaanxi Province southwest of Beijing.

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Chinese Manned Craft, New Booster Advance

PARIS China is preparing both a two-man spacecraft and a new heavy booster to launch it, indicating that an extensive, largely secret, Chinese space development program is continuing. Liu Zhixiong, vice president of China Great Wall Industries, said that launch of the two-man spacecraft will not occur before 2000.

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OPERATION ALLIED FORCE

Kosovo Conflict Highlights Limits of Airpower and Capability Gaps

LONDON Now in its eighth week, the bombing campaign against Yugoslavia is highlighting serious deficiencies in NATO’s template for out-of-area coalition operations, which poses potential threats to the future efficacy of airpower, as well as the alliance itself.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Chinook Improvements Target Chinook Improvements Target Performance, Capability

RIDLEY PARK, PA. Enhancements Army’s Chinook planned helicopter for the fleet U.S. should eliminate operational deficiencies that cropped up during the gulf war and provide the aircraft with a fivefold range and capability improvement over current CH-47Ds.

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AVIATION WEEK'S ON SITE

MRO Partnerships Pressed to Perform

In the coming decade, the aircraft maintenance industry will see changes in customer expectations, maintenance regulations and the relationships between civil and military maintenance organizations. Inflation-adjusted maintenance costs on a per-aircraft basis have declined nearly 10% since 1992, which many airlines believe leaves them few opportunities for further cost reductions.

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