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October 9, 2000

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Pacts with China, Italy Spotlight Latin American Space Ambitions

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Bizjet Demand Robust; Asian Market Taking Off

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Europe Joining Forces on Future Air Systems

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Pacts with China, Italy Spotlight Latin American Space Ambitions

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil and Argentina have concluded new agreements with China and Italy that will expand their networks of cooperative ties and multiply sources of access to space technology. Both accords involve remote sensing applications, mirroring a strong concern for the environment that was manifested most strongly in the U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Tomifumi Godai, president of the International Astronautical Federation, pointed out during the IAF’s annual congress here last week.

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Bizjet Demand Robust; Asian Market Taking Off

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Europe Joining Forces on Future Air Systems

Stealth technology, seen as key for next-generation aircraft, is stumbling block for U.K. participation

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NASA Advances $68 Million to Keep X-33 Intact

LOS ANGELES NASA has agreed to waive milestone requirements for the X-33 program to help the Lockheed Martin team with its expenses, even though the experimental rocket has not been rolled out or flown. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will advance $68 million of existing program funding to the contractors that was not to have been available until the craft had rolled out and flown, under the original terms of the cooperative research and development agreement.

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ISS, Shuttle Snags Arise

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Russian and U.S. International Space Station ground con trollers are continuing to assess flight operations and maintenance tradeoffs after the second of eight critical batteries on the Russian ISS Service Module malfunctioned.

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Panamsat to Attempt Xenon Recovery in Spring

LOS ANGELES PanAmSat is operating its Galaxy VIII-i satellite on backup chemical thrusters after both primary and backup xenon ion station-keeping thruster pairs stopped operating in August, and could lose 10 years of life if the ion thrusters can’t be fixed.

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China, India Plan Launcher Upgrades

RIO DE JANEIRO China and India are working on new boosters, including a heavy-lift version of Long March, that are intended to reduce launch costs, increase reliability and flexibility, and better meet the needs of the marketplace. The Chinese upgrade program will feature systematic introduction of redundant technologies adopted for the new LM-2F manned launcher, which made its maiden launch last year, said Wang Xiaojun, a senior engineer with the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology.

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Dassault Flight Tests Stealthy Uav Design

LONDON Dassault Aviation is conducting flight tests of a scale model of a low-observable UAV design, the start of a larger effort aimed at developing a full-scale demonstrator. The first flight of the experimental air vehicle, dubbed AVE, was conducted on July 18. Flight testing of the very low-observable design resumed two weeks ago and Dassault executives said radar crosssection measurements are validating earlier computer modeling.

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Aerojet Plans Engine for Large Upper Stage

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Japanese Space Agency Cites Lessons of H-II Failure

RIO DE JANEIRO Japan’s National Space Development Agency plans additional test firings this year of the LE-7 engine blamed for the failure of an evolved H-II rocket, and will place a dummy payload on the first H-IIA, set for launch next February.

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