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News briefs: October 27-28
Posted: Sun, Oct 28, 2001, 7:55 PM ET (0055 GMT)
  • Former astronaut Gene Cernan survived a helicopter accident in the Czech Republic without injury Sunday, the AP reported. Cernan was in a helicopter with Czech cosmonaut Vladimir Remek to visit the birthplace of Cernan's grandfather when the accident took place. Neither Cernan nor Remek were injured, but two other members of the helicopter crew were hospitalized.
  • News Corporation has withdrawn its bid to purchase Hughes Electronics, the Denver Post and AP reported Sunday. General Motors, owner of Hughes, was weighing bids from News Corporation and EchoStar, but was reportedly unable to decide between the two. Both companies were interested in Hughes primarily for its satellite broadcasting division, DirecTV, the largest direct television broadcaster in the US.
  • NASA's Johnson Space Center has opened a new office to research technologies for next-generation piloted spacecraft. The office is part of the Space Launch Initiative, a $4.5-billion, five-year effort headquartered at the Marshall Space Flight Center to develop the technologies needed for a next-generation reusable launch vehicle.
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China launches Beidou satellite
Posted: Sun, Nov 4 8:59 AM ET (1359 GMT)

Dawn mission declared over
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news links
Tuesday, November 13
Comment: Is Rocket Lab even a New Zealand company?
Newstalk ZB (New Zealand) — 6:34 am ET (1134 GMT)
Rocket Lab Debuts Low-Cost Rocket in First Commercial Launch
Popular Mechanics — 6:33 am ET (1133 GMT)
Rocket-maker ArianeGroup to cut 2,300 jobs
AFP — 6:31 am ET (1131 GMT)
Fleet Space sends Australia's first commercial mini-satellites into orbit
Business News Australia — 6:31 am ET (1131 GMT)

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