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IEEE Spectrum

Volume 20 Issue 9 • Sept. 1983

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): c1
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  • [Inside front cover]

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  • The most successful engine transplant in automotive history [advertisement]

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  • Staff

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  • Contents

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  • List of staff

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  • The hand-held computer with powerful connections [advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 5
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  • Forum

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  • Book reviews

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  • The papermill [Reflections]

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 17
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  • Technically speaking

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  • Best bits: Applications of microprocessors

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):20 - 21
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    In 1883, when the Brooklyn Bridge in New York was opened to the public amid much fanfare, electric arc lights illuminated the walkway even though Thomas Edison had invented the light bulb only three years before. Last May the high-technology legacy of the bridge was reinforced when 21 microprocessors were used to control the elaborate light show staged on the bridge for its centennial celebration.... View full abstract»

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  • Spin-offs

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):22 - 24
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    When diamonds are pried out of their settings, most are nearly impossible to identify — a hindrance in investigations of thefts. But General Electric Co. researchers in Schenectady, N.Y., have discovered that an ion implanter, commonly used in the manufacture of integrated circuits to create regions of different electrical conductivity in the silicon, can be used to “brand” diamonds. View full abstract»

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  • Spectral lines: A space tribute in covers

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s): 25
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    Spectrum was a mere 18-month-old fledgling when it published its first space cover. That was in July 1965, and by that time the National Aeronautics and Space Administration itself was already seven years old. Mars was the subject of the cover, and the issue ran an article describing the telemetry and command system for the Mariner Mars 1964 probe. View full abstract»

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  • Space 25

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):26 - 27
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    Not so long ago space was pristine. Even in the two decades following the orbiting of Sputnik, the two superpowers — the United States and the Soviet Union — were still the only truly significant actors there. And though they had previously launched sonne innpressive unnnanned satellites, their first astronauts were little nnore than tourists in space. Even the nnagnificent moon landing was no mor... View full abstract»

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  • Crossroads in space: Humanization: Man or machine?

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):28 - 30
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    By all indications, the human race has reached a critical threshold in space. Man's first quarter century in space has been characterized by the establishment of unmanned probes and ephemeral manned outposts primarily by two pioneer nations, the United States and the Soviet Union. Now, many of the world's nations, private entrepreneurs, and the military establishments of the two superpowers are ac... View full abstract»

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  • Hybrids: The best of both worlds

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):30 - 35
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    There is a kind of schism, a schizophrenia, in the space community about people and machines. There has been a split historically between those who insist on doing everything in space with people and those who insist on doing everything with machines. But there has been remarkably little work done on how people can work with machines in space. View full abstract»

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  • Militarization: Peace or war?

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):35 - 38
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    While the news media were pinning the label “Star Wars” on President Ronald Reagan's proposal last March 23 to step up research on ballistic-missile defense, the United States military was slipping quietly into a new era in space. The turning point was a largely unheralded change that had occurred six months earlier beneath Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. View full abstract»

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  • Minimizing the misuse of space

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):38 - 41
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    Some believe (or perhaps hope) that negotiating limits on antisatellite weapon systems is becoming impossible as the United States and the Soviet Union develop such systems and the technological bases for them. Such developments would indeed add to the complexity of negotiations, but they would also clarify, in some detail, what needs to be brought under control, and why. The prospect for controll... View full abstract»

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  • Internationalization: Harmony or tension?

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):41 - 47
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    When President John F. Kennedy decided in 1961 to put the United States ahead of the Soviet Union in space technology by sending men to the moon, telephones were virtually nonexistent in Indonesia. But now the situation for both Indonesia and the United States has changed. View full abstract»

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  • What's up there? [chart of objects in Earth orbit]

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  • Commercialization: High time for profits?

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):49 - 55
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    From the outset, proponents of space exploration have argued that it is justified because of its enhancement of national security, contribution to basic scientific knowledge, and potential for economic gain. Without reconnaisance satellites, they say, international tensions would mount. Scientists point to multitudes of discoveries about the universe, the solar system, the moon, the earth, and the... View full abstract»

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  • Space technology: Apollo: The driver and the driven

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):56 - 58
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    The Apollo program has been cited by leaders of Japan's fifth-generation computer project as a perfect model to illustrate how a focused technological project can yield broad benefits far beyond its own mission accomplishments. In fact, it can be argued that the U.S. space program spurred technological advancements in every nation on the globe. Certain advances were necessary to get missions off t... View full abstract»

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  • Computers: Learning from dinosaurs

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):58 - 60
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    Of all the electronic legacies attributed to space-age advances, computers share popular credit with communications satellites. However, history shows that fallout from space-flight efforts has led only indirectly to the $40 computers in discount stores today. View full abstract»

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  • Telecommunications: Clarke's legacy

    Publication Year: 1983, Page(s):60 - 62
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    While this year marks the twenty-fifth year of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, another anniversary was marked this summer: the twentieth anniversary of the launching of Syncom II on July 26, 1963. Although there have been many significant events in the evolution of commercial satellite communications, none has had greater impact on this space technology than Syncom II, the world... View full abstract»

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