February 25, 1985

Editorial

Salute to Technology

Industry _Observer

Industry _Observer

Washington _Roundup

Washington _Roundup

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Editorial

Salute to Technology

Technology and prosperity have a cause-and-effect relationship, though one that is not always self-evident from bare statistics. The Reagan Administration is a subscriber to this tenet, and its belief was behind a ceremony in the White House last week at which the President in the panoply of the East Room handed National Medals of Technology to a dozen designers, engineers or entrepreneurs for their contributions to U. S. technological development.
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Industry _Observer

Industry _Observer

Grumman Aerospace studies have convinced the company that an all-metal rather than a composite wing is the better choice for modification of the A-6 Intruder for longer fatigue life (AW&ST Feb. 4, p. 26). One of the reasons for its preference for metal is the added cost of composite structure for this application.
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Washington _Roundup

Washington _Roundup

Second Source
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PHARMACEUTICAL INITIATIVE

Shuttle Crystal Growth Tests Could Advance Cancer Research

Washington—Several large U. S. drug companies and universities have signed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to fly hundreds of protein crystal growth experiments on the space shuttle, which could result in powerful new cancer drugs.

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Space Technology

Crew Named for First Polar Orbit Shuttle Mission

Washington—The first space shuttle crew to be launched into polar orbit from Vandenberg AFB., Calif., and the crew of a Defense Dept, mission that will fly in September or November have been named by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Orbiter Enterprise Stacked on Vandenberg Launch Pad

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PHARMACEUTICAL INITIATIVE

NASA Anticipates Cost Overruns In Centaur Upper Stage Development

Washington—Development costs for the liquid-fueled General Dynamics Centaur shuttle upper stage could exceed program estimates by $40 million, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Associate Administrator for Space Flight Jesse W. Moore told Congress.
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Hughes Resumes TOW Missile Deliveries to Army

Los Angeles—Hughes Aircraft Co. missile systems group has delivered an initial production lot of more than 750 TOW-2 antitank missiles from the company’s Tucson, Ariz., manufacturing facility. The shipment to the Army is the first delivery of TOWs since Hughes halted production of the missiles last August.
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Space Technology

Final Countdown Test Clears Challenger for Launch in March

Kennedy Space Center—Completion of the terminal countdown demonstration test for space shuttle Mission 51-E has cleared the way for launch of this mission with its seven-member crew on board the orbiter Challenger early next month. A series of problems delayed rollout of Challenger to the launch pad until Feb.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Arab Emirates Will Trade Oil for 18 Mirages

Paris—The United Arab Emirates plans to acquire 18 additional Dassault-Breguet Mirage 2000s in an oil barter deal, and the country has selected Italy’s Elettronica SpA. to supply electronic countermeasures systems for the Mirages. Officials said a final contract will be signed by the United Arab Emirates and France once details are completed on an oil trade for the 18 aircraft.
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