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December 6, 1999

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NASA Eyes Secret D-21 for RLV Engine Tests

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BAe Systems Warns of Tough Negotiations with EADS

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E-Commerce Tops Aerospace Agenda

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NASA Eyes Secret D-21 for RLV Engine Tests

Skunk Works' Mach 3 recon drone would test rocket-based combined-cycle engine for shuttle replacement

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BAe Systems Warns of Tough Negotiations with EADS

LONDON BAE Systems is preparing for tough negotiations with its fledgling continental European counterpart on the future of Airbus Industrie and a host of joint ventures in which they are involved. Created by the merger of British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems which was finalized last week, the renamed company is the world’s second-largest defense company after Lockheed Martin.

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E-Commerce Tops Aerospace Agenda

NEW YORK SAN FRANCISCO Development of an electronic or e-business strategy is the most critical issue facing aerospace/defense executives today, according to a global study by Computer Sciences Corp. In a complementary set of findings, the majority of e-business initiatives is emanating from senior management for business applications, rather than from information technology managers merely to meet design and production demands, according to a survey focusing only on the U.S. industry, by the consulting firm of Deloitte & Touche.

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Darpa To Demonstrate New Satellite Concept

WASHINGTON The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has begun an effort aimed at demonstrating in orbit that a satellite can be repaired and refueled by an autonomous, space-based robot. Earlier this year, Darpa officials were asking what they could do to make it possible to work on satellites in space (AW&ST July 19, p. 58).

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A New Blanket for Hubble

CLEVELAND Plans to revive the Hubble Space Telescope have received the most attention in the upcoming servicing mission to the crippled observatory, but one team of NASA engineers will be closely monitoring the installation of new material they designed to cover over cracking and peeling thermal blankets on Hubble’s exterior.

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Aging CH-53s, CH-46s Pose Challenge to Marine Corps

WASHINGTON The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for ways to keep its rapidly aging transport helicopters flying even as most of the service’s aviation funds are locked into a few, high-profile programs such as the MV-22 tiltrotor and major upgrades to the AH-1 Cobra and UH-1 Huey.

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Fixing Space-launch Problems Could Be Costly

Washington A White House-chartered review of U.S. space-launch failures has produced a broad set of recommendations to improve Titan, Atlas and Delta launches and avoid problems with the new Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV).

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Cluster Satellites Readied for Launch

PARIS The European Space Agency has unveiled a quartet of Cluster II scientific satellites designed to measure interactions between the solar wind and the Earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft are intended to replace an original foursome lost in June 1996 when the Ariane 5 failed on its maiden launch.

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New Weather Craft Unveiled

Paris Alcatel Space has unveiled a new weather satellite offering nearly twice the spatial resolution and repeat time of present meteorological spacecraft. Developed for the European Space Agency on behalf of Eumetsat, which will operate the new spacecraft, the MSG is scheduled to enter service in early 2001.
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Chinese Facilities Show Major Space Buildup

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