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News briefs: July 29
Posted: Tue, Jul 30, 2002, 7:53 AM ET (1153 GMT)
  • A division of Boeing is funding research into antigravity, the BBC reported Monday. The BBC, citing an article in Jane's Defence Weekly, said that Boeing Phantom Works is funding an investigation of a controversial experiment by Russian physicist Yevgeny Podkletnov that reputedly reduced the mass of an object by two percent. Efforts by other scientists, including research funded by NASA, has failed to replicate the experiment's results.
  • Despite problems with the telecommunications industry and the general economy the satellite industry continued to grow in 2001, according to a new study by the Satellite Industry Association and the Futron Corporation. The worldwide satellite industry has revenues of $85.1 billion in 2001, up three percent from 2000. Strong increases in satellite services and ground equipment manufacturing offset declines in the satellite manufacturing and launch industry sectors.
  • A new aerospace company is looking for sites in Alabama and Mississippi to build launch vehicles, the AP reported Monday. U.S. Astronautics is checking several sites that would be used by its customer, E'Prime Aerospace, to develop the Eagle series of launch vehicles. The solid-propellant boosters would be based on the Peacekeeper ICBM.
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