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News briefs: February 27
Posted: Thu, Feb 28, 2002, 7:53 AM ET (1253 GMT)
  • George Page, the first space shuttle launch director, passed away Tuesday at the age of 77. Page was involved with the US manned space flight program since Mercury, serving as chief of the spacecraft operations division during Apollo and Skylab, as well as directing the first three shuttle launches. He later was deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Wednesday's deadline for a TRW response to Northrop Grumman's buyout proposal passed without a public statement by TRW. Company officials advised Northrop that while they were actively considering the offer, they would not respond by the end of the day Wednesday. TRW gave no indication of when they would respond. Northrop continued to press its case to the investment community on Wednesday.
  • Norm Augustine, chairman emeritus of Lockheed Martin, will receive the US Space Foundation's first individual lifetime achievement award at the National Space Symposium in April, the foundation announced Wednesday. Augustine, now a professor of aerospace engineering at Princeton, was undersecretary of the Army, CEO of Martin Marietta, and CEO and chairman of Lockheed Martin after Lockheed's merger with Martin Marietta.
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