December 12, 1960

SAFETY

Slush Drag Led to Elizabethan Crash

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Hughes Communication Satellite Detailed

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Virtues of Liquids, Solids Debated

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SAFETY

Slush Drag Led to Elizabethan Crash

We now turn to the deductions from the aforementioned facts, all of which were debated before us. It is an important preliminary to this matter to recall that a snowflake falling in a temperature below freezing point is “dry;” it is pure ice and contains no water; but that if it falls into an ambient temperature above freezing point its minute strands of crystalline ice begin to melt so that the snowflake then contains water and is “wet.”
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Hughes Communication Satellite Detailed

Culver City, Calif.— First details of a lightweight, potentially inexpensive active communication satellite capable of relaying up to 600 two-wire telephone messages over transcontinental distances were revealed last week by Hughes Aircraft Co.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Virtues of Liquids, Solids Debated

Companies renew battle at Rocket Society meeting; emphasis shifts from missiles to launch vehicles.
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AVIONICS

Minuteman Avionics Reliability Increases

Los Angeles—Partial results of a broad program aimed at boosting reliability of avionic components slated for the Minuteman ICBM show significant progress toward the goal of slashing component failure rates by a factor or as much as 100 (AW Oct. 19, 1959, p. 69).
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BUSINESS FLYING

Beech Packages Dealer Sales Facilities

Wichita, Kan.—Prospective business aircraft dealers can order a complete sales and service facility out of a catalog, utilize a ready-made finance plan to pay for it and in 60 to 90 days turn the key to open the business and start operations under a novel package program developed by Beech Aircraft Corp.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Eastern, United Order Boeing 727 Jets

New York—Long-expected decision that Boeing Airplane Co. will build the short-medium range 727 jet transport was revealed last week along with confirmation that Eastern Air Lines and United Air Lines have ordered the three-turbofan powered airplanes.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Bs 75 Turbofan Testing Program Detailed

London—Bristol-Siddeley plans to begin bench-testing its BS 75 turbofan engine in January, 1962, and to offer the 7,550-lb.-thrust powerplant for installation 12 months later, a timetable that keeps development of the engine well ahead of development of the two airframes it has been selected to power.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Ghana Builds Flag Carrier for ‘prestige’

Ghana Airways plans mixture of Soviet, Western transports, admits that line will not show profit.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Sea Launch Studied for Space Vehicles

Washington—Interest in moving launch operations to sea is growing in military and civilian space organizations as the size of planned space vehicle boosters increases. Air Force, Navy and National Aeronautics and Space Administration are considering the feasibility of establishing sea launch facilities for large boosters, and the concept conceivably could be extended to missiles.

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MANAGEMENT

Symington Plan Faces Stiff Opposition

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