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March 30, 1959

Space Technology

Mechta’s Trip Past Moon May Have Been Intentional

Space Technology

X-15 Engine Will Have Wide Space Use

MANAGEMENT

Major Reorganization of Navy Proposed

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Space Technology

Mechta’s Trip Past Moon May Have Been Intentional

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Space Technology

X-15 Engine Will Have Wide Space Use

Denville, N. J.—Reaction Motors Division of Thiokol Chemical Corp. will make late summer the target date set for delivery of first XLR99-RM-1 rocket engine to Air Force for use in North American’s X-15 hypersonic research aircraft. First flight tests of the new engine will take place during the fall.

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MANAGEMENT

Major Reorganization of Navy Proposed

Washington—Navy is planning a major reorganization of its management structure with primary emphasis upon consolidating and upgrading the status of its research and development effort, tightening planning procedures and abolishing serious overlaps of authority and missions.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Nuclear Plane Construction Feasible Now

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Space Technology

Atlas-vega Can Boost Two Men Into Orbit

Pasadena, Calif.—Atlas-Vega vehicle now under development by National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be capable of boosting two men into a close earth orbit with enough equipment to sustain them for several weeks. A later development, Project Saturn, may boost five men into orbit for an extended period, and still another unit now under development, Nova, may be used for manned lunar or planetary missions.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Sikorsky Designs Hss-2 as Asw System

Stratford, Conn.—Sikorsky Aircraft’s new HSS-2, twin-turbine powered amphibious helicopter, designed from scratch as an anti-submarine weapon system and rolled out here last week, will be the Navy’s first all-weather rotorcraft that can both search out and destroy enemy submarines and still achieve maximum design range.

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Space Technology

Arpa Official Raps U.s. Space Pace

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EDITORIAL

Secrecy Fog Thickens

The recent experience of The New York Times with the Defense Department and White House over publication of Project Argus is a typical example of how a deliberate effort is being made to thicken the fog of secrecy that separates the American people from the vital policies and decisions of its government.

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EQUIPMENT

Language Programing Speeds Machining

Cambridge, Mass.—Shorter lead times in weapon system development may result from a written language system for automatic part programing of numerically controlled machine tools developed at the Servomechanisms Laboratory of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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FINANCIAL

Banker Sees Potential Jet Cash Harvest

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