March 27, 1961

AVIONICS

Semiconductor Assembly Market Grows

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Project Phoenix Aims at Economical Super Space Probes

MANAGEMENT

Usaf Will Form New Systems Command

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AVIONICS

Semiconductor Assembly Market Grows

Los Angeles—Avionic component manufacturers are looking forward to a substantial rise in the market for special semiconductor assemblies—groups of two or more separate components in a single package—during the next several years, a recent AVIATION WEEK survey reveals.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Project Phoenix Aims at Economical Super Space Probes

Extensive study to devise a rockbottom economy launch system of facilities and rocket boosters for lofting more than 1,000 space vehicles weighing up to almost 50 tons is being advanced by a broad Air Research and Development Command team effort under Project Phoenix to meet Air Force space requirements substantially through 1975.
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MANAGEMENT

Usaf Will Form New Systems Command

Development command will become nucleus, gaining procurement of major weapons from AMC.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Texas Firm Expands Airline Jet Overhauls

Dallas, Tex. — Southwest Airmotive Corp.’s investment of $2 million on a new jet engine overhaul and test facility expansion program, aimed at exploiting the potential of airline turbine engine business as well as military work, shows continued signs of success.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Liberal U. S. Foreign Air Policy Indicated

Eagle Airways Bahamas-Florida route is approved, highlighting signs of more generous philosophy.

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Letters

Communists Overrated I have just finished reading Gen. Irvine’s economic study that appeared in the Jan. 2 edition of AVIATION WEEK (p. 78). I can’t help but take exception to some of the assumptions set forth in this study. The study begins with this sentence: “At the present time it is obvious that the Sino-Soviet bloc is matching us in over-all military capability.” Obvious to whom? This is a large statement and a good case can be made to show that just the opposite is true.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Army, Navy Reluctantly Back Space Edict

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AVIONICS

144-satellite Anti-icbm Concept Studied

Los Angeles—Avionic requirements of an orbiting earth satellite fleet capable of detecting, tracking and assisting in the destruction of hostile ICBMs were outlined here recently in a report before the Institute oh Radio Engineers’ Winter Military Electronics Convention.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

East Germany to Curtail Aviation Industry

Geneva—Fate of the Type 152 fourengine medium-range jet transport, originally designed as the symbol of a resurging technology, was still being debated in East German politico-technological circles late last week following announcement of a drastic government retrenchment program that portends virtual abandonment of most of the nation’s aviation projects.
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AIR TRANSPORT

European Travel to U. S. Spurred By Sas

Stockholm — Scandinavian Airlines System is embarking upon a vigorous policy of encouraging European travel to America, in an effort designed to bolster the carrier’s sagging financial posture.

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