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March 10, 1958

EDITORIAL

Stagnation on Space?

WHO'S WHERE

INDUSTRY OBSERVER

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EDITORIAL

Stagnation on Space?

Aerojet’s five stage Moon rocket proposal to the Air Force, details of which are revealed on page 18, is another example of how the aviation industry has responded to the Soviet challenge in useful space exploration. Aerojet’s proposal, like so many others now gathering Pentagon dust, is based on an ingenious combination of well-developed missile propulsion and guidance systems.

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WHO'S WHERE

In the Front Office R. W. Rummel, chairman, and R. K. Rourke, deputy chairman, Trans World Airlines’ Jet Planning Committee. Mr. Rummel is TWA’s vice president-engineering, and Mr. Rourke is director of engineering research. Leonard Kelsey Schwartz, a vice president, Hughes Tool Co., Los Angeles, Calif.
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INDUSTRY OBSERVER

► Firing tests of the Douglas MB-1 Genie atomic air defense missile from Lockheed’s F-104 Starfighter are scheduled to begin this month. Seventy missiles, without warheads, will be fired during the tests. ► Flight test program has begun on full-scale prototype of Piasecki Aircraft Corp.’s Sea Bat VTOL developed under Navy contract.
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Washington Roundup

Washington staff Bridges Attacks ARPA Sen. Styles Bridges (R., N. H.) warned Defense Secretary Neil H. McElroy last week that the Advanced Research Projects Agency should stick to policy and not become an operating space agency. He said Congress had established the single-manager agency for space and satellites as a policy-making agency and not to produce hardware for the military services.
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Space Technology

Aerojet Designs 5-Stage Moon Vehicle

Solid Senior rockets developed for Polaris, infrared homing guidance are features of proposal to USAF.

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Space Technology

ARDC Centralizes Nuclear Developments

Washington—Central administrative control and a single funding source to speed Air Force nuclear research and development programs will be provided by a new office within the Air Research and Development Command. Unit, which has been designated the Office of the Assistant for Nuclear Programs, will be headed by Col. John H. de Russy.
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Space Technology

Army Launches Explorer II; Orbit May Have Been Missed

Cape Canaveral, Fla.—Army’s Explorer II satellite apparently failed to go into orbit last week after what appeared to be a successful firing from Air Force’s Missile Test Center. Although some officials still held hope late last week that the 80-in. 32.47 lb.

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Space Technology

Industry Faces Government-Facility Tax

Washington—Fewer orders for hardware, higher rental fees for government-owned facilities or increased defense budgets to meet the new costs may result from a broad Supreme Court tax decision handed down last week. Specifically, the new ruling—which in some aspects reverses 150 years of legal precedent—declares: • All government-owned plants leased or used bv private contractors are subject to state or local real property taxes at full value.
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Space Technology

Senate Group Votes NACA $10.5 Million

Washington—Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted $10.5 million additional funds for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics for the remainder of the 1958 fiscal year— $1 million more than allowed by the House, but still below NACA’s request for $11.3 million.
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Space Technology

J. V. Naish Named Convair President

San Diego, Calif.—J. V. Naish will succeed Gen. Joseph T. McNarney (USAF-Ret.) as president of Convair Division of General Dynamics Corp. on April 1. Elevation of Naish, former executive vice president of Convair, was predicted by Aviation Week on Dec. 9 (page 23).
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