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Business briefs: April 11
Posted: Fri, Apr 12, 2002, 7:23 AM ET (1123 GMT)
  • The US Department of Justice contacted Northrop Grumman this week and requested additional information about that company's plans to acquire TRW, company officials said Thursday. The request by the department's antitrust regulators was expected by the company, which said that they do not expect serious antitrust issues.
  • Arianespace is considering using Japan's H-2A booster as a backup should the company win a contract to launch the Galileo navigation system, the AP reported Thursday. Arianespace chairman Jean-Marie Luton, speaking in Tokyo, said it was time for more cooperation between Arianespace and the Japanese space agency NASDA, and that cooperation could include agreements involving the H-2A. Arianespace is already in negotiations with Japan's Mobile Satellite Corporation to launch a satellite on an Ariane with an H-2A backup.
  • Inmarsat announced this week that it plans to start providing inflight Internet service via satellite for aircraft passengers. The service will provide access speeds of up to 64 Kbps, slightly faster than conventional modem access. Inmarsat will initially focus on corporate jets, with service for commercial airliners coming by the end of the year.
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