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June 22, 1959

MANAGEMENT

Atwood Backs Weapon Systems Concept

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Hypersonic Aircraft Will Face Technical, Cost Problems

NASA REPORT

Engines Hold Key to Space Timetables

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MANAGEMENT

Atwood Backs Weapon Systems Concept

Los Angeles—The weapon system concept will endure and its execution will continue to improve even more as progressive experience is gained, according to J. L. Atwood, president of North American Aviation, Inc. North American is prime contractor for the most advanced and complex manned weapon systems ever scheduled for the Air Force inventory— WS-110A (B-70 intercontinental Mach 3 bomber) and WS-202A (F-108 long-range Mach 3 interceptor).

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Hypersonic Aircraft Will Face Technical, Cost Problems

Washington—Hypersonic aircraft, now entering the development stage in the U. S., have two primary and interrelated problems—great technical disagreement over them and soaring costs. It is, for example, almost impossible to find agreement among hypersonic research scientists as to the ideal configuration for a winged orbital aircraft.

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NASA REPORT

Engines Hold Key to Space Timetables

Five new liquid fuel rocket engines and modifications of two existing engines of the same type form the backbone of the national space program as now planned by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All very large space vehicles scheduled to be launched by NASA in the next five to six years and probably within the next 10 years will be powered by combinations of these seven engines.
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NASA REPORT

Planetary Flight Is Major Nasa Goal

A major goal of the national space program is to land men on the planets of the solar system and return them to earth. Every space project on which the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is now embarking is intended to supply some information, some experience, some capability that is needed if this primary objective is to be reached in some future decade.
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NASA REPORT

Sciences Program to Probe Universe

The bold space sciences program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will probe from the shores of the earth's own atmosphere through the solar system and into the far reaches of the universe. The NASA program could have a far greater impact on present frontiers of knowledge than the great age of exploration that opened the Western Hemisphere in the 15th century.
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NASA REPORT

Manned Orbital Flight Is Nasa’s Top Priority Task

Project Mercury is the highest priority program now being conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Its objective is to place a man in orbit around the earth at the earliest possible date. NASA officials have described the program as urgent and have said it is “being pursued with great effort.”
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HUMAN FACTORS

Fit, Flexibility, Heat Control Are Vital in Space Suit

Russell Hawkes of AVIATION WEEK’S Los Angeles bureau recently spent two hours in a vacuum chamber at Litton Industries under conditions that might be comparable to those faced by a future space traveler. His account of the experience follows.
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NASA REPORT

Operational Satellite Network Planned

An ambitious and expanding program to develop the basic techniques required to provide the nation with an operational network of communication, meteorological, geodetic and navigation satellites for civil and joint civil-military use within the next 10-15 years is under way at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Aircraft Firms Report Officers’, Directors’ Salaries and Holdings

Washington—Following is a list of aircraft company officers’ and directors’ salaries and stock holdings for 1958 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission: Aerojet-General Corp.—D. A. Kimball, president and director, $35,000 salary, 210 common registrant shares and 5,175 common parent shares; A. H. Rude, executive vice president and director, $70,000 salary and 2,434 common parent shares; W. E. Zisch, vice president and general manager and director, $68,000 salary and 1,632 common parent shares; T. E. Beehan, secretary and director, $31,000 salary and 1,384 common parent shares; R. I. McKenzie, treasurer, $46,400 salary in addition to stock not listed.
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NASA REPORT

Industry Has Key Role in Space Work

The nature of a space program designed to explore vast new frontiers dictates that the money to finance it will follow a sharply rising curve. The importance of this to industry already is evident in the first two budgets of the nine-month-old National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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