June 4, 2001

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Stealthy UAVs Snag Rumsfeld’s Attention

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Critical Choices Loom For Army’s Comanche

WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

USAF Defining New Special Mission Aircraft

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Stealthy UAVs Snag Rumsfeld’s Attention

Following the recent EP-3 loss, the White House will consider high-altitude unmanned aircraft for covert spy missions

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Critical Choices Loom For Army’s Comanche

WASHINGTON The U.S. Army expects to make several key decisions in the near future that will likely affect cost and weight of the RAH-66 Comanche helicopter and address two areas that have exposed the program to repeated outside criticism.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

USAF Defining New Special Mission Aircraft

WASHINGTON U.S. Air Force planners are preparing what is likely to be the services next major, multibillion-dollar bill for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance—a multirole, manned aircraft that would be capable of attacking targets electronically.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Erratic Galileo Camera Seems OK at Callisto

LOS ANGELES The Galile spcecraft appears to have taken the highest resolution photographs yet of Jupiter’s moon Callisto after engineers fixed problems with its visual spectrum camera at the last minute during the flyby on May 25.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Space Scientists Brace For Decision on Pluto

WASHINGTON NASA space science managers are near a decision on whether to continue working on a mission to reach Pluto and the Kuiper Belt by 2020 or give up the effort and with it a chance to perform science that may not be possible again for “a quarter of a millennium.”

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Persistent Station Arm Woes May Force Shuttle Mission Shuffle

WASHINGTON Managers of NASA's space shuttle and International Space Station programs will meet in mid-June to decide whether to switch the next two shuttle missions to the ISS, after delaying them last week in the face of persistent problems with the station’s new robotic arm.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Air-to-Air Monitoring Urged for Global Hawk

WASHINGTON A group of senior advisers to the Pentagon is advocating that the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft’s mission be expanded to include air surveillance and targeting. The Defense Dept, in recent weeks decided to accelerate some of Global Hawk’s mission set by adding a signals intelligence capability several years earlier than planned.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

DERA Tests Stovl Automatic Recovery

LONDON The U.K.'s Defense Evaluation Research Agency (DERA) has succeeded in demonstrating the ability to automatically recover a Stovl aircraft on a moving platform, such as an aircraft carrier. The tests involved the agency’s vectored thrust aircraft advanced flight control (VAAC) Harrier, which features a programmable digital flight control system.

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WORLD NEWS & ANALYSIS

Thales Buys GPS Units From Orbital Sciences

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BEST-MANAGED COMPANIES

Performance Declines, Despite Industry Rhetoric

Contrary to many management claims, most companies have yet to realize desired levels of sustained operating and financial results

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