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November 24, 1958

MANAGEMENT

Rivalry Intense in Soviet Weapon Design

Space Technology

Hypersonic Transport Operating Cost May Be Half That of 707

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Navy Expands Role for Liquid Propellants

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MANAGEMENT

Rivalry Intense in Soviet Weapon Design

Washington—Soviet weapon development is characterized by intense competition and the promise of large financial reward for individual achievement, two features seldom absent in any period of rapid industrial growth. Final competition between military aircraft designs in Russia is not held on paper.

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Space Technology

Hypersonic Transport Operating Cost May Be Half That of 707

New York—It may pay to move passengers through the atmosphere at Mach 6 to Mach 20. Working from what he believes to be attainable assumptions, Robert A. Cornog of Space Technology Laboratories, Inc., estimates direct costs of hypersonic flight will run 5 cents/ton-mile or, with a load factor of 0.5 and 200 lb./passenger, 1 cent/seat-mile.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Navy Expands Role for Liquid Propellants

Lake Denmark, N. J.—Contrary to indications, the Navy is not committing itself to solid propellant rockets for shipboard use. Instead, Navy men are now learning to live with and solve the problems of handling liquid propellants aboard ship in preparation for the next generation of Navy missiles and aircraft.

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Space Technology

Space Vehicle Escape Methods Studied

San Antonio—Development of manned vehicles for space flight will bring with it problems of escape and rescue that call for solutions involving new techniques and hardware. These problems are largely unsolved right now, but some of the philosophy emerging from work on them was evident in discussions of escape and rescue here during the Second International Symposium on the Physics and Medicine of Atomosphere and Space.

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Space Technology

Nasa Asks Specific Capsule Approach

Washington—Specifications for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Man-in-Space capsule are more detailed than is usual and restrict the contractor to a specific approach. NASA said it was a deliberate policy in this case though not necessarily a guide as to its future specifications.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Travel Agents Urge Jet Sales Incentives

New York—Airline representatives last week were considering a plea by travel agents for higher commissions and other incentives to make the jet-age sales which most industry observers believe must come mainly from untapped markets. Proposal was before an Air Traffic Conference meeting in Houston.
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Letters

Capt. Robson’s article, “The CAA Stands Alone,” (AW Sept. 29, p. 31), would have been more convincing had he not lifted a sentence from out of context to make it appear that no one would accept responsibility for CAA Technical Report No. 338.

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Space Technology

Arpa Reveals Rocket Satellite Programs

Objectives described by Johnson indicate extent to which U. S. has projected its military space program.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vertol 76 Control Tested in All Regimes

Turbine-powered Vertol 76 tilt-wing VTOL/STOL research aircraft has successfully completed the basic portion of its study contract and development has progressed to a point where full conversion cycles—from airplane to helicopter to airplane configuration—have become routine operation.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Iranian Line Gains Solid Financial Status

Teheran—Iran’s place in the field of international commercial aviation hinges entirely upon the financial backing and credit rating of one man—a former statesman whose airline experience began only after he decided to organize Iranian Airways 12 years ago.

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