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July 27, 1987

AEROSPACE FORUM

Shuttle External Tanks Offer U. S. a Shortcut to Large Space Stations

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Station Research Program Spurs Key Technological Advances

CHINA’S LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT

Chinese Facility Combines Capabilities to Produce Long March Boosters, Icbms

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AEROSPACE FORUM

Shuttle External Tanks Offer U. S. a Shortcut to Large Space Stations

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Station Research Program Spurs Key Technological Advances

Washington—Space technology advances in power, propulsion and other key areas are emerging from NASA’s space station program, even though the bulk of station development work has yet to be funded and begun. NASA’s $170-million space station advanced technology program, started in 1984, will be completed formally in October.

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CHINA’S LAUNCHER DEVELOPMENT

Chinese Facility Combines Capabilities to Produce Long March Boosters, Icbms

Wan Yuan—The People’s Republic of China has built an aerospace industrial complex employing 23,000 people here to develop and assemble virtually all hardware associated with China’s space boosters and heavy intercontinental ballistic missiles.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Six Aerospace Firms Compete to Build Space Station Hardware

Washington—NASA last week received proposals to build space station hardware from six aerospace company teams that are striving for a role in what is likely to be the final large space agency program of the century. The six teams are competing for four contracts that will provide the winners with a civilian space business base for more than a decade.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

France, Germany Authorize Combat Helicopter Development

Paris—France and Germany have authorized development of their cooperative PAH-2/HAP/HAC-3G combat helicopter in a program that includes provisions designed to force the participating airframe and engine suppliers to control the multibillion-dollar project’s spiraling costs.

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AVIONICS

Faa Plans Mls Installation at Major New York Airports

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Four Contenders Vie for Navy Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contract

Washington—Boeing, Lockheed-California Co., McDonnell Douglas and Gulfstream Aerospace have submitted initial proposals to the U. S. Navy for a follow-on maritime patrol aircraft to replace the Lockheed P-3 Orion. The 125-aircraft contract eventually could lead to the replacement of the Navy’s entire P-3 fleet, which numbers about 500.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

White House Space Policy Review Generates Concern Among Agencies

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NEW INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES

Europe Forging New Alliances for Civil Transport Production

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Letters

I have just returned from the Voyager hangar, where they are loading the Voyager on a low-bed truck for shipment to the Experimental Aircraft Assn. Fly-in at Oshkosh, Wis., to the Cleveland Air Races and then on to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D. C.
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