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November 15, 1999

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Engineers Anticipated X-33 Tank Failure

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Mars Mishap Board Urges Project Changes

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Raytheon Streamlines Through Restructuring

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Engineers Anticipated X-33 Tank Failure

But top NASA, contractor officials reiterate commitment to launcher technology testbed

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Mars Mishap Board Urges Project Changes

LOS ANGELES With another NASA spacecraft scheduled to arrive at Mars in less than three weeks-this time for a landing—the board investigating the failure of Mars Climate Orbiter has raised concerns about the descent propulsion system on Mars Polar Lander.

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Raytheon Streamlines Through Restructuring

NEW YORK Raytheon, manifesting some of the same financial and organizational problems dragging down Lockheed Martin, is counting on restructuring moves to bolster the company’s performance. The actions come on the heels of a money-losing third quarter marked by write-downs, restructuring provisions, contract adjustments and downward revisions in near-term growth and profit expectations.

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High-Stakes Space ISC2 Program Attracts Multi-Skill Bidders

COLORADO SPRINGS Three large industry teams are preparing quick-response bids for the U.S. Air Force’s 15-year, $ 1.5-billion Integrated Space Command and Control contract, which eventually will give military space and theater commanders the ability to view a common picture of global-scale battlefields.

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USAF Expands Infowar Arsenal

WASHINGTON The U.S. Air Force plans to drastically improve its ability to attack a foe with offensive information operations by assigning more people to the job and fielding new cyber weapons. At the same time, military commanders and Pentagon lawyers continue to wrestle with the legalities that govern computer network attacks.

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Hamre's Stock Concern Draws Mixed Reaction

WASHINGTON and NEW YORK Industry and congressional officials are skeptical about whether the Pentagon can fix the problem of low stock valuations in the defense industry about which Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre has expressed concern.

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Army Takes Fresh Look at Airlift, Comanche

WASHINGTON In the weird world of Pentagon budget planning, the Army is considering both killing and accelerating the next-generation Comanche helicopter program. Army officials—under the urging of new chief of staff, Gen. Eric Shinseki—are analyzing the Boeing Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche scout/attack helicopter program as a prelude to recommending that it either be dropped altogether or receive additional funding for quicker fielding.

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Helios 2 Award Goes to Mms

PARIS Matra Marconi Space has been tapped to design and build the ground component for the French-led Helios 2 optical surveillance satellite system. MMS had previously been issued the prime contract for design of the two Helios 2s that are due to be orbited by Ariane 5 boosters in 2003-4.

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Center Targets Y2K Bugs

Colorado Springs By the end of this week, a U.S. Air Force team will finish testing a suite of computers and communication links that make up a joint U.S./Russian center dedicated to ensuring Y2K bugs in both countries’ missile warning systems are not mistaken as attacks.

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Mars Lander Approved

Paris The European Space Agency has given final approval for a lander to accompany the Mars Express probe, to be placed in orbit around the red planet in June 2003. The lander, Beagle 2, will be developed by a group led by the Open University of the U.K.
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