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Comsat Develops Light- weight Satellite Battery

A new nickel-hydrogen battery technology that will double the op- erational life of new low earth orbit (LEO) satellite systems has been developed by Comsat Laboratories, a unit of Washington, D.C.-based

Comsat Corp., and licensed to Eagle-

Picher Industries, Inc.

The new Common Pressure Ves- sel (CPV) will result in significant size and weight savings over the existing Individual Pressure Vessel (IPV), pioneered by Comsat Labs and also previously licensed to Eagle-


The CPV will allow a communica- tion satellites in LEO to carry an additional payload or extend its op- erational life. Enhanced thermal performance will allow greater depth of discharge and a lighter battery, increasing the satellite's useful life by more than 100 percent.

Eagle-Picher, of Cincinatti, cur- rently maintains 90 percent of the world's nickel-hydrogen battery market.

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Underwriters Told

To Oppose Foreign

Insurance Protectionism

A senior official from the U.S.

Trade Representative's Office told the American Institute of Marine

Underwriters that it has neglected its responsibility to help fight for- eign restrictions on American marine cargo insurance.

David Beebe, chairman of the institute representing 90 percent of the nation's marine insurers, pointed out recently that there is no refer- ence in bilateral trade agreements to granting free access to the inter- national cargo business to U.S. marine underwriters.

The U.S. Trade Office is willing to include this provision for the country's marine insurers in bilat- eral trade agreements, but "it takes two to tango, and we can't solve the problem by ourselves," said the trade office official. He added that the institute has yet to adequately iden- tify to the trade office those countries that possess restrictive cargo insur- ance policies or to form delegations to meet with foreign officials on the subject.

Fore River Yard

Site Of $ 1.6-Billion

Boston Project

As part of an effort by the Massa- chusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) to rejuvenate Boston Har- bor, the Quincy shipyard, renamed the Fore River Staging Area, will be the site of a $6.1-billion redevelop- ment project.

In 1987 the MWRA purchased

May, 1992 11 the 180-acre Fore River shipyard from General Dynamics, who oper- ated the facility after acquiring it from Bethlehem Steel in 1964.

An $87-million sludge treatment plant that opened at Fore River in 1991 will end decades of dumping shipyard sewage into the harbor, making "an enormous difference in the quality of Boston Harbor," said

Douglas B. MacDonald, executive director of the MWRA. Almost 70 tons of sludge a day is processed into fertilizer and then shipped by rail- road for distribution.

Contractors are using 60 acres of

Fore River as a heavy equipment and materials staging area. Trucks carrying the equipment use one of two roll-on/roll-off piers to board barges for Deer Island, the principle construction site for the harbor project.

In addition to being a support base for the Boston Harbor cleanup, the Massachusetts Shipbuilders

Corporation (MSC) have teamed with AK Engineering to revive ship repair and building at the old Quincy shipyard. Of the 70 acres set aside for shipbuilding, 15 acres are cur- rently in use, said Maggie Debbie,

MWRA development manager. The shipbuilders have repaired or decommissioned four vessels that were used in the Gulf War.


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