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News briefs: May 13
Posted: Tue, May 14, 2002, 9:02 AM ET (1302 GMT)
  • Arianespace has won two new launch contracts, SPACEandTECH announced late Monday. Those contracts are for the launches of Agrani 2 and DIRECTV 7S in 2003 on Ariane 5 boosters. The article also confirmed the contract to launch the iPStar satellite in 2004; that launch contract had been announced last month.
  • NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe named Theron M. Bradley Jr. as the agency's new chief engineer on Monday. Bradley was a former naval nuclear engineer who also served as manager of the Idaho branch of the Office of Naval Reactors. O'Keefe selected Bradley because of his expertise with nuclear propulsion systems, an area of strong interest to O'Keefe.
  • NASA continues to explore options to launch the Triana earth-observing spacecraft on a foreign booster, Aerospace Daily reported Monday. In testimony given before a House committee meeting last week, NASA associate administrator Ghassem Asrar said that the agency is looking for a "no-exchange-of-funds" deal that would allow Triana to be launched for no money in exchange for participation in the mission by the launching country. Triana, mired in controversy since the project was initiated in 1998 at the behest of then-Vice President Al Gore, is currently sitting in storage.
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