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January 19, 1959

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Minuteman Site Poses Critical Challenge

AVIONICS

Earth Radiance Affects Image Contrast

AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines May Face Atlantic Fare Battle

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Minuteman Site Poses Critical Challenge

Los Angeles—First true “pushbutton” weapon system. Air Force’s huge solid-propellant Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile project, is facing development of its most critical phase: ground environment. Over-all concept for this weapon system is extremely simple, with Minuteman ICBMs almost instantaneously ready to blast out of underground silos hard-based in strategic locations of the U.S. But the ground environment details to make this pushbutton retaliatory potential possible will be the greatest technical challenge of any weapon looming on the development horizon.

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AVIONICS

Earth Radiance Affects Image Contrast

Clifton, N. J.—Because all parts of the earth can be observed by a satellite in a polar orbit, the development of reconnaissance systems capable of gathering data by television, infrared, photography and similar techniques presently is receiving very high priority in the U. S. satellite program.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines May Face Atlantic Fare Battle

Disagreement among I AT A members on jet surcharge could lead to open-rate crisis and price-cut war.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Trajectory Governs Moon Shot’s Value

The possibilities resulting from launching a vehicle to the moon or to its vicinity are many. As current articles have indicated there is a multiplicity of missions, paths, and intents. There are, perhaps, four general possibilities in the class of simple trajectories for unmanned lunar probes:

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Polaris Development, Testing Accelerated

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Space Technology

Rand Defines Satellite Potential

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EDITORIAL

Major Usaf Command Shifts Loom

A series of shifts in command of major USAF field organizations is imminent. It will be triggered by the retirement of a trio of USAF four-star generals, beginning with Gen. Edwin W. Rawlings who has been a fixture as head of the Air Materiel Command for the past eight years.

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

Rep. Daniel J. Flood (D.-Pa.), a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, last week introduced legislation that would abolish the Bureau of the Budget under the Executive Branch and create a new U.S. Budget Office under the Legislative Branch.

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FINANCIAL

Missile Spending May Slow, Report Says

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Soviet Nuclear Plane Possibility Conceded

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