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Business briefs: September 16
Posted: Tue, Sep 17, 2002, 9:03 AM ET (1303 GMT)
  • Arianespace announced Monday that it has won a contract to launch the Spainsat communications satellite. The Space Systems/Loral spacecraft will be launched by an Ariane 5 in 2004. Spainsat is owned by Hisdesat and will be dedicated to military communications.
  • Astrium has proposed merging its satellite manufacturing operations with fellow European manufacturer Alcatel, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Alcatel is reportedly cool to the merger idea despite efforts by Astrium's corporate parent, EADS, to seek support from the French government for the deal. The news comes at a time when many analysts predict some kind of consolidation in the commercial satellite manufacturing field, and as Lockheed Martin and Loral discuss merging their own satellite manufacturing units.
  • Recently retired astronaut Frank Culbertson has taken a management position with SAIC, the company announced Monday. Culbertson will become senior vice president and program manager of SAIC's Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance contract at the Johnson Space Center. SAIC supports the shuttle and space station programs under that contract.
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