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SSC LAB SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES MAGNET TEST AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

 SSC LAB SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES MAGNET TEST AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
 WASHINGTON, Aug.14 /PRNewswire/ -- Secretary of Energy James D. Watkins announced today that scientists and engineers at the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Laboratory near Waxahachie, Texas successfully tested a string of superconducting magnets six weeks ahead of schedule. A string is a 300-foot long section consisting of six superconducting magnets plus other ancillary equipment. This test is a significant accomplishment, for it is a demonstration of a basic building block for the SSC.
 Admiral Watkins congratulated the SSC team on this significant accomplishment saying, "My experience with large research and development programs gives me some appreciation for the magnitude of this accomplishment. Literally, hundreds of complex technical tasks performed at national laboratories and industries across the country had to successfully come together and function as an integrated whole. The achievement demonstrates the competence of our SSC management team and the strength of the scientific and industrial personnel associated with this project."
 According to the original schedule this test would not have been completed until Oct. 1992. The SSC Laboratory, in conjunction with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, had to complete the physics design requirements for the magnets and transfer the superconducting magnet fabrication technology to industry in less than two years.
 The dipole magnets, used in the demonstration, were assembled by engineers and technicians from General Dynamics Corporation working at Fermilab. Those same individuals are now readying the General Dynamics facility in Hammond, Louisiana, for eventually industrial production of the magnets. Similar preparatory work is ongoing at the Westinghouse Corporation plant in Round Rock, Tx. A team from Westinghouse assembled dipole magnets at Brookhaven National Laboratory which will be used by the SSC Laboratory for other tests.
 President Bush visited the String Test Facility and was given a briefing on the test program during a tour of the SSC on July 30, 1992. Joseph Cipriano, DOE project director, added his personal congratulations to the entire SSC team noting that this accomplishment is a real measure of the health of the project. He said: "The measure of success for a program like the SSC is the ability to execute complex technical tasks on schedule. I'm very pleased to have this early and outstanding technical accomplishment."
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