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News briefs: October 30
Posted: Wed, Oct 31, 2001, 9:26 AM ET (1426 GMT)
  • NASA has scheduled a press conference for Friday afternoon to release a report by an independent commission studying the International Space Station program. The panel, headed by former Lockheed Martin executive Thomas Young, explored various aspects of the ISS program looking for areas in need of reform. NASA made the announcement of the press conference after NASA Watch reported earlier in the day that the report would be released Friday afternoon.
  • International Launch Services announced Tuesday that is has signed a contract with Space Communications Corporation of Japan to launch the Superbird-6 spacecraft on an Atlas 2AS booster. ILS launched another Superbird spacecraft on an Atlas2AS in 1997.
  • The Air Force has likely begun selective jamming of GPS signals broadcast over Afghanistan, Computerworld magazine reported. GPS satellite signals used by civilians can be jammed over limited regions without degrading service elsewhere or affecting encrypted GPS signals used by the military.
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