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McDONNELL DOUGLAS TO OPEN NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER WITH RUSSIAN SCIENCE ACADEMY

 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonnell Douglas announced the opening today of a new office for the Russian Academy of Sciences at the McDonnell Douglas Huntington Beach facility.
 The office is being opened as part of an agreement, signed in July l992, that has led to a series of U.S./Russian projects ranging from the analytical investigation of Russian technology to research involving potential manned and unmanned space exploration. A similar office for McDonnell Douglas was established in Moscow late October.
 "We view the opening of the technology center as another significant step forward in our mutually beneficial scientific exchange to advance the development of future U.S./Russian space programs," said Dave Wensley, vice president of Advanced Products and Technology at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace.
 Wensley noted that the McDonnell Douglas and Russian Academy of Sciences technology investigations has fallen into three broad areas. These involve the application of existing technology, the use of current systems and concepts for joint U.S./Russian missions, and the development of new joint systems and capabilities. The studies are being held in cooperation with the U.S. Commerce Department's International Science and Technology Center.
 Current research projects include an investigation into the advancement of joint U.S./Russian technology for single-stage-to- orbit vehicles, experiments in the Russian Mir space station, and the development of composites, materials and structures for future space missions.
 Other programs under study would incorporate the use of Neutral Particle Beams and Russian planetary landing technology in projects to map the surface of the moon. Still another program would involve McDonnell Douglas providing a robotic arm that would be used for a Russian mission to Mars in 1996.
 McDonnell Douglas has a working relationship with a number of other Russian enterprises including NPO Lavochkin, Babakin, IKI, VNITransmash, and NPO Energia.
 McDonnell Douglas expects to be involved in the integration of Russian hardware into the space station.
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 /CONTACT: Anne McCauley, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 714-896-6211/


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