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2nd magazine backs claim on antisatellite station

Officially, at least, the Pentagon is unimpressed with a report that the Soviet Union is already operating an orbiting antisatellite battle station, Monitor correspondent Stephen Webbe reports.

The claim, made in the latest number of Aviation Week & Space Technology, received a skeptical response from an Air Force spokesman: ''Based on our information on Soviet space and antisatellite programs, we cannot conclude they have a system as described in the Aviation Week article.''

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But Edgar Ulsamer, senior editor of the independent Air Force Magazine, says he cannot in ''any way quarrel'' with the Aviation Week report.