June 17, 1997
                                              Paris Air Show
                                                  Special #2
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                  THE ORBITAL REPORT ON-LINE
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=== FROM THE PARIS AIR SHOW ===
* The EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) has revamped its HORIZON 2000+ science
program in order to cope with a shrinking budget. A new plan, to get
approval from the Science Program Committee in November, will include
low-cost SMALL MISSIONS FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY (SMART) to
test necessary technologies for large science missions. SMART-1 may
demonstrate solar-electric propulsion in 2001 in a mission to the Moon
or an asteroid to prepare the far more ambitious MERCURY ORBITER mission,
possibly in 2009. Fast completion missions are also planned, the first
one being the MARS EXPRESS probe in 2003 which could carry payloads
developped for the ill-fated MARS 96 mission.
* LOCKHEED MARTIN ASTRONAUTICS has signed a contract worth about
US$1 billion with RD AMROSS, a joint venture of UTC/PRATT&WHITNEY and
Russia's NPO ENERGOMASH, for the procurement of 101 Russian-built RD-180
engines due to power ATLAS 2AR vehicles and commercial missions of
LOCKHEED MARTIN's candidate vehicle for US Air Force's EELV selection.
* ESA has signed a launch contract with ARIANESPACE for the launch of
its X-RAY MULTI-MIRROR MISSION (XMM) in mid or late 1999.
* ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES (IAI) is teaming with COLEMAN RESEARCH, of
Florida, to provide launch services using its SHAVIT-2 vehicle from the
US. The two companies are bidding for the launch of GE STARSYS'
constellation of messaging satellites.
* AEB, the Brazilian Space Agency, has selected INFRAERO, the Brazilian
Airports Company, to operate and market the ALCANTARA LAUNCH CENTER in
Northern Brazil, near the Equator.
* AEROSPATIALE will build the carbon-carbon composite nose cone of
LOCKHEED MARTIN's X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) under an
agreement with ROHR INC. which is in charge of the vehicle's thermal
protection system.
             For more information regarding these topics
                        and much, much more !
                  Please refer to the next issue of
                     THE ORBITAL LAUNCHER REPORT
             The Monthly Space Transportation Newsletter          
                     (Vol.3, N°9, is due July 7)
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