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March 17, 1958

AVIONICS

Stellar-inertial Guidance Reduces Error

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

T58 Engine Refined for Wider Uses

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Work Helps Man Endure Space Isolation

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AVIONICS

Stellar-inertial Guidance Reduces Error

Combination of stellar and inertial navigation techniques in a hybrid system offers an attractive means of obtaining the accuracies required for guidance of long-range supersonic aircraft and cruise missiles, and for space travel.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

T58 Engine Refined for Wider Uses

Numerous design refinements to provide high power-to-weight ratio while maintaining maximum ease of producibility are being cranked into General Electric Corp.’s Small Aircraft Engine Department’s l,000-shp.-class T58 free turbine powerplant.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Work Helps Man Endure Space Isolation

Experiments simulating a flight to the Moon demonstrate that a man can overcome the psychological hazards of isolation if he follows a schedule of work and rest which keeps his mind busy. A volunteer airman, Donald G. Farrell, spent a full week working in a space cabin simulator at the USAF School of Aviation Medicine at San Antonio, Tex., and he emerged from the experiment in good health and with none of the serious psychological problems which can occur in an extended period of isolation.
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AIR TRANSPORT

First Jets Will Use Interim Facilities

Only San Francisco is completely ready to handle passengers when the airline begins 707 service next year.

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Letters

Referring to your AVIATION WEEK dated Feb. 3, someone must have slipped up on the information given on p. 69. The plane pictured on this page is captioned “F-100D Picks Up Target.” This cannot be, as this aircraft is an early F-100A-1 painted with North American Aviation’s test aircraft color scheme.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Legislators Prod Administration to Speed Atomic Plane Project

Washington—Joint Congressional Atomic Energy Committee will continue “to push and prod” the Administration until it gives a green light to move forward with a crash program for development of a “fly early” nuclearpowered aircraft, Rep.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlift Report Urges Action By Industry

Santa Monica—Airlift is a vital part of today’s weapon systems and warfare techniques. The U.S. does not have adequate cargo airlift to sustain its commitments in case of attack on one of its treaty allies. The U. S. aircraft industry should be committed now to developing cargo airlift airplanes to have them operational in the shortest possible time.

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Companies Vie for Minuteman Contract

At least six contractors compete for airframe; Thiokol, Aerojet, Astrodyne developing engines.

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EDITORIAL

Salute to Al Boyd

The future of manned flight vehicles now stretches out in an awesome curve to almost infinite speeds and destinations in outer space. Not so long ago many technical snake-oil salesmen were trying to peddle the pitch that ballistic missiles were an “ultimate weapon” that would obliterate manned flight vehicles from the future.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Polaris Fleet Missile Stressed as Inexpensive Deterrent Weapon

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Role of Polaris fleet ballistic missile as a deterrent weapon was stressed by Rear Adm. William F. Raborn, Director, Special Projects Office, Navy Bureau of Ordnance, during his visit to Lockheed Missile System Division here.
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