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September 28, 1959

BUSINESS FLYING

Piaggio P.116 Twin Shows Good Stability

AVIONICS

Space Needs Spur Molectronics Activity

Space Technology

Vanguard Units Aid New Space Projects

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BUSINESS FLYING

Piaggio P.116 Twin Shows Good Stability

Finale Ligure, Italy—Piaggio’s P.166 six to eight place twin-engine executive transport, almost identical in appearance to the company’s P.136 Royal Gull amphibian from which it was derived, is roomy, comfortable and stable—a good instrument airplane in the 200-mph. long-range cruise category.

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AVIONICS

Space Needs Spur Molectronics Activity

Washington—Interest and activity in molectronics (molecular electronics) and micro-circuitry is spreading through the avionics industry, sparked by the needs of space and missile technology and by a recent major program launched by Air Force at Westinghouse Electric Corp. (AW April 27, p. 54).

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Space Technology

Vanguard Units Aid New Space Projects

Washington—Successful launch of Vanguard III marked the end of the first U. S. space science program, but elements of the much-maligned Vanguard project are continuing to make substantial contributions to the national space effort. Vanguard III was the last in a series of 14 test and satellite launching shots under a program designed to place a scientific satellite into orbit before the end of the International Geophysical Year last December.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Resignations May Spur Cab Policy Shifts

Departure of four members could leave the Board without a majority of veterans for the first time.

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Space Technology

U.s. Gears Space Plan to Cut Soviet Gap

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Space Technology

Usaf Gains Major Space Role in Transfer of Arpa Programs

Washington—Air Force will become the major military space system operator as Advanced Research Projects Agency transfers its programs to the services and gets out of the space system business on Defense Department order. The Defense Department last week gave USAF future responsibility for development, production and operation of all military space boosters and transferred four military satellite systems to the services for development of the payloads and ground support equipment involved, a move predicted by AVIATION WEEK (Aug. 31, p. 32).
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Space Technology

Usaf Explores Strategic Space Plans

Broad requirements for operating weapons, vehicles beyond orbit of the moon are due by early next year.

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MANAGEMENT

Congress Reverses Early Spending Push

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Plastics Gain in Solid Rocket Uses

Atlantic City, N. J.—Developments in plastics technology promise improved performance in solid propellant rockets and significant weight reduction in airborne components of both aircraft and missiles. At the 136th national meeting of the American Chemical Society here, chemists and engineers described their efforts in developing plastic rocket nozzles, plastic heat insulators for rocket motors, new polyurethane solid fuels, and lighter embedding systems for airborne electronic equipment.

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EDITORIAL

Space Programs Changing

The decisive action in the Pentagon last week in sharply defining space weapon system development and mission responsibilities is a welcome change from the indecision and compromise that has characterized the top levels of the Pentagon for most of this year.

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