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September 13, 1999

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Loss of NRO Contract Hits Lockheed Hard

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Panel Links Launch Failures to Systemic Ills

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U.S., Europe Explore Transatlantic Partnerships

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Loss of NRO Contract Hits Lockheed Hard

WASHINGTON The National Reconnaissance Office’s choice of Boeing to develop and build its next generation of imagery spacecraft is a stunning blow to incumbent contractor Lockheed Martin, which has led work on classified U.S. imagery satellites uninterrupted since the Corona project was initiated in 1958.

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Panel Links Launch Failures to Systemic Ills

Review team faults Lockheed Martin management, engineering, manufacturing and quality control procedures

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U.S., Europe Explore Transatlantic Partnerships

PARIS The European aerospace/defense industry efforts to forge a unified restructuring policy may be complicated by a U.S. initiative to examine the feasibility of major transatlantic partnerships. The U.S. under secretary of defense for acquisition and technology, Jacques S. Gansler, is conducting exploratory talks with senior European aerospace executives that could lead to more flexible rules for building potential U.S.-Europe mergers.

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Large Satcoms Thrive for Now, But Financing Crisis May Loom

PARIS If investors have become standoffish over mobile satellite constellations, they remain relatively bullish about prospects for the geostationary satellite sector, although analysts warn that financing might be harder to find in the near term.

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Multiple JSF Builders Urged

WASHINGTON A senior advisory panel to the Defense Dept, is recommending that the Pentagon maintain competition within the Joint Strike Fighter program during production rather than having only one contractor build all 3,000 strike aircraft.

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GA Rebounding After Liability Reform

Dallas A report to Congress by the General Aviation Manufacturers Assn, indicates that five years after product liability reform was enacted in the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, the law is having a positive effect on the light airplane industry in terms of growth and stability.

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Quad Tiltrotor Piques Marine Corps’ Interest

WASHINGTON Bell Helicopter Textron’s concept for a C-130-size tiltrotor is attracting interest among senior U.S. Marine Corps officials, who are looking for a way to learn more about the system to determine how it might fit into its aviation plans.

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Targeting System Upgrade to Ready Army Cobras for Hellfire

WASHINGTON The U.S. Army is developing an AH-1F Cobra prototype that will feature a new targeting system to allow the attack helicopter to fire laserdesignated Hellfire missiles. The prototype is being built largely with an eye toward international Cobra users.

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Russians Launch Proton, Two Military Missions

CAPE CANAVERAL The Russian Proton heavy booster returned to flight Sept. 6 on a mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying two Russian communications satellites. One of the spacecraft may have malfunctioned, however. The successful launch, the first following a July 5 failure, puts the Khrunichev vehicle on track to resume commercial launches with International Launch Services (ILS), a marketing arm of Lockheed Martin.

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Financing Plan Set for Russian Telecoms

Paris The Russian government says it has completed a plan to finance the acquisition of seven new satellites to upgrade its national telecommunications network. Russia must replace 10 of 13 aging Gorizont and Express telecom satellites by the end of next year.
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