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August 30, 1999

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CCTV Spacecraft Emerges as Venturestar Fades

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Kosovo Report to Boost New Jsf Jamming Role

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Nasa Picks Landing Site at Martian South Pole

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CCTV Spacecraft Emerges as Venturestar Fades

CAPE CANAVERAl NASA and industry are about to narrow preliminary options for possible development of a new U.S. manned spacecraft—the Crew/Cargo Transfer Vehicle, or CCTV. The spacecraft, which could be developed starting as early as 2004-05, could supplement the space shuttle until a shuttle replacement comes on line sometime after 2010.

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Kosovo Report to Boost New Jsf Jamming Role

Operational limits imposed by radar-jamming shortfalls will cast Joint Strike Fighter as EA-6B Prowler replacement

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Nasa Picks Landing Site at Martian South Pole

WASHINGTON A 124 X 12-mi. strip of rolling plains has been chosen as the touchdown site for NASA’s Mars Polar Lander, which is due to arrive on Dec. 3 for a threemonth study of the unique region around the planet’s barren southern pole. NASA officials selected the landing site from an area the size of California after studying imagery and 3D topographic measurements gathered since June by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

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Lean Manufacturing Key to Jsf Affordability

DALLAS Lockheed Martin’s Joint Strike Fighter team is focusing its Aircraft Affordability Demonstration program and lean manufacturing techniques on reducing JSF production costs and slashing build time per aircraft. WORKERS AT LOCKHEED MARTIN Tactical Aircraft Systems (LMTAS) in Fort Worth have completed a technology demonstration using a wing carry-through assembly similar to one intended for the carrierbased version of the JSF being designed for the U.S. Navy.

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NASA Revamps X-34 Testing, Adds Third Flight Vehicle

WASHINGTON NASA has decided to overhaul its X-34 reusable launch vehicle program, adding a third flight vehicle in an effort to recover months of schedule lost when the U.S. Air Force threw the agency’s test plans into disarray. Under a plan announced last week, NASA will upgrade a mockup airframe into an unpowered flight vehicle.

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Missile Defense Changes Emerge

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. The Defense Dept, is considering changes to several of its ballistic missile defense programs, including trying to get the Theater High Altitude Area Defense program fielded early by deferring some software upgrades.

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Marines Want Jsf Decoupled From F-22

Washington Although the U.S. Air Force appears to have successfully warded off congressional attacks on the F-22 program, in the process they have angered the U.S. Marine Corps by raising doubts about near-term plans for the Joint Strike Fighter.

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Smarter Tbms on Horizon

Huntsville, Ala. U.S. intelligence officials are expecting to see a host of advances made in foreign ballistic missiles, but at the same time they are concerned they won’t be able to track all the changes. “We expect to see improvements in guidance and payload separation, also improvements in propulsion systems and some material trade-offs that will enhance the range” of those systems, said U.S. Air Force Col.
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Swiss Fractional Plan Pursues New Market

PARIS Newly formed Share Plane, which is establishing a fractional ownership program with Pilatus PC-12 single turboprops, will seek to attract European midsize companies and pilot entrepreneurs. The program is targeting a market segment that had, as yet, no access to corporate aviation, according to Share Plane Chief Executive Mike van Berkel.

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Army EW Costs Soar

Washington U.S. Army efforts to develop the next generation of infrared self-protection equipment for its helicopters have encountered major hurdles and have caused the program cost to increase more than 30%. The two programs that exceeded their budget are the ALQ-212 Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures program designed to defeat infrared missiles using a laser, and the adjunct AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) that is supposed to alert pilots to a missile attack.

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