Business: An Aerospace Giant Tries Earthwork

AS members of an industry that is fading in both glamour and profits, aerospace companies are frequently exhorted by authorities on the nation's resources to come back to earth for their recovery. The same technological precision and managerial skill that succeeded in landing men on the moon, so the theory goes, should be of enormous value in solving problems that many Americans today consider far more crucial than exploring space—cleaning up the environment, for example, or getting around faster on the ground. There is more than a little glibness in the notion, because it embodies the peculiarly American assumption that any...

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