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August 2, 1999

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Budget Pinch Fuels Pressure on F-22

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Chandra Deployed After Liftoff Anomalies

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Airlines Pin Passenger Unrest on ATC Delays

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Budget Pinch Fuels Pressure on F-22

WASHINGTON Protracted operations overseas, longterm pay increases and immediate readiness shortfalls helped fuel House deferral of the F-22 in the Fiscal 2000 defense appropriations bill. Although pro-defense House members issued a scorching indictment of the F-22 itself, the larger budget squeeze contributed to the zeroing out of $1.85 billion to initiate F-22 procurement in the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1.

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Chandra Deployed After Liftoff Anomalies

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER NASA is investigating two serious malfunctions during the launch of space shuttle Columbia, a hydrogen leak that could have forced a risky return-to-launch-site abort and an electrical short circuit that greatly increased the risk to the orbiter and crew if other critical failures had occurred.

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Airlines Pin Passenger Unrest on ATC Delays

Carriers say they suffer along with their customers, and want taxes cut if air traffic problems persist

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Nasa Howls Over Massive Budget Cut

WASHINGTON In a high-stakes game of budgetary brinkmanship, appropriators in the U.S. House responded to the Clinton Administration’s dare not to exceed federal spending caps by cutting NASA’s budget request a whopping 10% last week.

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New Stealth Fighter's Prognosis Improving

WASHINGTON Rep. Jerry Lewis, author of the push to kill F-22 funding, has told senior Pentagon officials in private that his reason for attacking the stealth fighter was to force the Clinton Administration, rather than the Republican-controlled Congress, to propose breaking defense spending caps.

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FAA 'Slow' To Address Runway Incursion Issue

WASHINGTON The FAA has failed to reverse the rising incidence of near-collisions on airport runways and has little money budgeted for measures to reach its goal of slashing the number of so-called runway incursions by next year, a government watchdog has found.

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F-22 Steeped in Discord

WASHINGTON The F-22 congressional is a maze of debate pros and over cons, the sketched in a House report. At issue are the relative advantages of air superiority versus multirole flexibility in the size and composition of the Air Force’s tactical fleet.

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Chandra's Successors in the Works

CAPE CANAVERAL NASA’S long-awaited Chandra Observatory is being hailed as the Hubble Space Telescope of the X-ray field, designed to provide unprecedented insights into the “hidden universe” visible only in the X-ray wavelengths. If it works as advertised, the $ 1.5-billion observatory should be 20-50 times more sensitive than any previous X-ray telescope, providing a treasure trove of information on black holes, colliding galaxies and supernova remnants (AW & ST July 13, 1998, p. 72).

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Ds1 Asteroid Flyby Yields Uncertain Results

LOS ANGELES Deep Space 1 flew by the freshly renamed asteroid 9969 Braille on July 28, targeted at airliner cruise altitude—the closest flyby ever, made possible by the spacecraft’s autonomous navigation—but only 7 hr. after recovering from a computer upset.

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RC-7 Crash Evidence Discounts Colombian Guerrilla Shootdown

WASHINGTON An early model of the U.S. Army’s four-engine RC-7 reconnaissance aircraft, which crashed in Colombia with seven people on board including two Colombian army officers, appears not to have been the victim of guns or missiles wielded by guerrillas or drug traffickers.

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