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Issue 2 • May 1987

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c2
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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 1
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  • List of staff

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 2
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  • Editorial

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 3
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  • Chairman's corner

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 3
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  • Feedback letters

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):4 - 7
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  • Looking for extraterrestrial life: The search is for societies that are willing to join the club

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):8 - 10
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    People have always wondered whether there are other people. Chosen from innumerable quotes that could be adduced, from classical Greek times to the nineteenth century, here is the thought of Teng Mu, Chinese philosopher of the thirteenth century, “Empty space is like a kingdom, and heaven and earth no more than a single individual person in that kingdom. Upon one tree are many fruits, and i... View full abstract»

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  • In pursuit of a space career: Space career options are almost as diverse as the galaxy itself

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):11 - 14
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    From inside the Space Shuttle to the labs of major high-tech corporations and universities, aerospace specialists can be found hard at work. Despite the Challenger tragedy in January of 1986 and the resulting setbacks in the U.S. Space Program, corporate recruiters, government agencies and major aerospace societies are predicting a promising future for those aspiring to aerospace careers. View full abstract»

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  • The strategic defense initiative: An innovative science and technology perspective that's much more than “star wars”

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):15 - 17
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    The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) proposed by President Reagan immediately caught the fancy of the news media who dubbed it the “Star Wars Program.” However, only in the fantasy world of films can the tasks envisioned by the program be accomplished by a few swashbuckling space heroes who take on all the technological might of an evil empire and succeed. By contrast, the SDI prog... View full abstract»

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  • Expert systems in space: Minimizing crew and ground support with knowledge-based systems at Marshall Space Flight Center

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):18 - 21
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    The author discusses briefly several expert system prototypes that have been developed. The describes three of these systems in detail, namely, the Fault Isolation Expert System (FIES II), the Hubble Space Telescope electrical power system diagnoser, the load priority list maintenance system (LPLMS), and an integrated electrical power system schedule/fault isolation. Future research and developmen... View full abstract»

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  • Antennas for satellites: Around the world with antennas made for three-axis stabilized spacecraft

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):22 - 25
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    Antennas for three-axis stabilized spacecraft that are in circular orbit and must communicate with one or more earth-based antennas are discussed. Antennas for many military satellites of a classified nature and for NASA's deep space probes are excluded. The fundamental characteristics of an antenna, namely radiation pattern, directivity, gain, and polarization, are defined. These properties are d... View full abstract»

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  • Electronic minds' eyes: Remote sensing and image processing — An eye opening field

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):26 - 28
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    A brief overview of remote sensing and image processing basics is given. The components and operation of a typical imaging system is described. Image processing is discussed, focusing on classification and feature extraction. View full abstract»

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  • Of birds, bees, and airplanes: Technology can take lessons from nature on how to produce flying machines

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):29 - 32
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    Atiny monarch butterfly can migrate south 3000 kilometers to the grove of trees in central Mexico from which its great-great-grandparents started north some eight months earlier. It has the genetically-derived instinct to perform the mission without outside guidance, and the senses and intellect to navigate, adapt to meteorological conditions, and avoid predators. A giant airliner can perform a si... View full abstract»

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  • Microelectronic fabrication: An examination of the ever growing struggle to get smaller

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):33 - 36
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    An overview of integrated circuit fabrication basics is given. Materials for integrated circuits are discussed, and device structures and fabrication processes are examined. The growth in fabrication complexity is illustrated by comparing the classic junction-isolated bipolar technology with that of a state-of-the-art oxide isolated bipolar device. The basic processing steps are described. Advance... View full abstract»

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  • Why stay onboard? Remain state-of-the-art after graduation; maintain your IEEE membership

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 37
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  • Investing: Questions and answers: The sooner you start the better off you'll be when you need it

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):38 - 39
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    Young professionals just starting out are faced with many important decisions that affect the rest of their lives (Marriage? Move out or live at home? Which car to buy? Accept that out of state job? etc.) At this crucial time individuals should also begin to prepare themselves for their financial future. Financial planning is easily put off because there are many reasons why investments can wait u... View full abstract»

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  • Continuing education equals technical vitality: For today's dynamic engineer commencement does not mark the end of one's formal education

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):40 - 42
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    The goal of continuing education is not only to maintain and increase skills; vitality is the broader goal. Vitality is the foundation for career success; it is the intellectual vigor, the creativity, and the diligence with which professional tasks are initiated, pursued, and completed. Remaining vital is a strong contributor to increased job satisfaction and to greater job security. View full abstract»

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  • Up, up, and away: Do you have what it takes to make a space-worthy plane?

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 43
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    A plane that operates efficiently in the air and in space is the current dream of the U.S. Defense Department and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Some of the dream sequences include: flying from New York to Australia in thirty minutes, Tokyo in two hours; reducing the expense of transporting material into space to one tenth the current estimated cost; and the ability to q... View full abstract»

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  • Looking back

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):45 - 47
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  • What's happening

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s):48 - 51
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  • The gamesman puzzles and sticklers

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): 52
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  • [Inside back cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c3
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  • [Back cover]

    Publication Year: 1987, Page(s): c4
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