May 3, 1992 |
The nation's newest space shuttle, Endeavour, is scheduled to lift off Thursday on its maiden voyage and one of the most challenging missions in the 11-year history of the shuttle program. If things go as planned, Endeavour's seven-day flight will include a record three spacewalks, the delicate and potentially dangerous rescue and relaunch of a $150-million communications satellite, and a practice run at assembling parts of the planned Space Station Freedom 200 nautical miles above the Earth.
September 16, 1993 |
The Clinton Administration's ambitious plan to collaborate with Russia on a radically different space station has put the controversial program in jeopardy once again on Capitol Hill. On the eve of a critical Senate vote, some of the station's strongest supporters are voicing reservations about the Administration's decision to rework--for the second time in 90 days--plans for the long-delayed project.
February 15, 1990 |
A Huntington Beach-built rocket boosted two crucial "Star Wars" experiments into space Wednesday, marking the seventh consecutive successful flight of McDonnell Douglas' Delta II launch vehicle. The 126-foot, $38-million Delta II, manufactured in Huntington Beach with final assembly in Pueblo, Colo., deployed the Low-Power Atmospheric Compensation Experiment (LACE) and the Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) into space under a contract with the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization.
February 25, 1990 |
Battles over AIDS, abortion and federal funding for controversial artwork thrust members of the Orange County congressional delegation into the national spotlight during the first session of the 101st Congress last year. This year, the county's congressional representatives are pushing a host of less publicized measures that address concerns about space exploration, freeway congestion, health insurance, Social Security, Eastern Europe, the American flag and Congress itself.
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December 12, 1990 |
The city of Irvine has been awarded a $71,000 Pentagon grant to develop a model program showing ways in which defense contractors can shift their work from military to civilian enterprises, it was announced Tuesday. The grant is part of a program conceived a year ago when international tensions were easing and the federal government was beginning to make major cuts in defense spending.
January 27, 1990 |
With seasonal retail hiring adding thousands of workers to payrolls, Orange County's unemployment rate dropped to 2.4% in December from 2.6% in November, the state Employment Development Department reported. The jobless rate was the lowest since the 2.4% recorded in December, 1988. The EDD estimated the number of unemployed workers in the county last month at 32,800, down from 36,200 in November. Total number of jobs in the county rose 2.4% to 1.19 million in December from 1.
May 2, 1990 |
Nearly a year ago, Northrop Corp. said it would close its electronics facility here--the first major defense plant built in Orange County--and transfer the 1,600 workers elsewhere. Three months ago, the company agreed to sell the 53-acre property to a Japanese firm, raising questions of what would become of the site. One thing is now clear: Weapons will never again be made there.
February 4, 1988 |
NASA budget cuts have forced McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co. in Huntington Beach to delay indefinitely the hiring of the first of an estimated 1,000 new workers expected to work on construction of the U.S. space station. The astronautics unit has begun work on the $1.9-billion NASA contract awarded last December but will "not be able to staff up as rapidly as we would have if we had received more money," said John D.