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US Company To Put Project Aboard Soviet Space Station

February 22, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A U.S. aerospace consulting firm has signed a multiyear agreement to put commercial scientific projects aboard the Soviet space station in the first private American deal with the Soviet space agency.

Payload Systems Inc. of Wellsley, Mass., in an enterprise approved by the Commerce Department, will grow protein crystals for U.S. industry with the help of a Soviet cosmonaut who will be given only minimal information about the projects, said Anthony Arrott, company research and development director.

Payload Systems received a two-year government license to contract with the Soviets for protein crystallization production experiments aboard the Soviet space station Mir, which is already in orbit, Arrott said in a telephone interview Sunday.

″It’s a multiflight, multiyear agreement beginning in 1989,″ he said, adding that part of the agreement includes non-disclosure of the amount to be paid to the Soviets who reportedly have offered to carry Western experiments for between $10,000 and $15,000 a kilogram.

Arrott said the agreement was signed with the Soviet Union’s agency for international trade agreements, Licensintorg. The civilian space agency, Glavkosmos, oversees the space station. --- Federal Railroad Administrators Sees Dismal Rail Safety Record

WASHINGTON (AP) - A rash of railroad accidents last month should show Congress that serious problems remain in the industry since the worst wreck in Amtrak history 14 months ago, says Federal Railroad Administrator John Riley.

Equally troubling, Riley said, is that the federal government has less power to curtail railroad accidents now than it did when three Conrail locomotives slid through a warning signal and collided with an Amtrak passenger train near Chase, Md., on Jan. 4, 1987. Sixteen people were killed.

″It’s incredible to me that we’re sitting here 14 months after the Chase accident and not one shred of legislation introduced in the wake of that accident has yet become law,″ Riley said during an interview he requested to talk about safety concerns. ″As the months pass, I see the opportunity slipping away from us,″ he said.

Riley has been lobbying for measures before House-Senate conference committees that would permit direct government sanctions against railroad workers for safety violations, and authorize random drug testing.

Delays in enacting the sanctions measure is ″testimony to the sheer political power of the labor organizations who oppose it,″ Riley said. The measure would permit the FRA to suspend the operating privilege of railroad conductors or engineers. --- Last Week’s ‘Face The Nation’ Mistakenly Shown on Washington Station

WASHINGTON (AP) - Viewers of the CBS affiliate in the Washington area, may have had a sense of deja vu when WUSA-TV mistakenly began its ″Face The Nation″ broadcast with last week’s preview of the New Hampshire primary.

Commentator Lesley Stahl started Sunday’s show with, ″Welcome to ‘Face The Nation,’ this is Lesley Stahl in New Hampshire,″ and spoke of what would happen in last Tuesday’s primary.

The error was not detected until more than five minutes into the show.

At that point, Republican presidential candidate Pat Robertson was talking about prophecies concerning the ″forces of evil″ in the world and an embattled Israel. The tape was abruptly cut, and the show picked up with this week’s broadcast and Ms. Stahl in mid-sentence asking Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin about Israeli forces being out of control in the West Bank.

Diane Digit, WUSA publicity manager, said as soon as engineers realized they were mistakenly running last week’s show, they switched to a tape containing the correct broadcast.

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