April 10, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

United Technology Builds Larger Booster Capabilities

FINANCIAL

Lockheed Aircraft in Top Position in 1960 Defense Contract Awards

AIR TRANSPORT

Los Angeles Airways Expands with S-61s

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

United Technology Builds Larger Booster Capabilities

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Main theme in the plans for the future of United Technology Corp. is the development of immense, economical solid propellant space vehicle boosters at the company’s $30-million research and development facilities here and at nearby Morgan Hill, Calif.

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FINANCIAL

Lockheed Aircraft in Top Position in 1960 Defense Contract Awards

Washington — Lockheed Aircraft Corp. moved into the top position in net value of military prime contracts awarded by Department of Defense in Fiscal 1960, toppling Fiscal 1959’s leader, North American Aviation, Inc., to third place. Lockheed has $666 million worth of contracts, or 12% of the total net value of $5,532 million award to 500 contractors; rankings are for contracts of $10,000 or more.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Los Angeles Airways Expands with S-61s

Los Angeles—Delivery this summer of large turbine-powered helicopters capable of carrying substantial payloads of mail and passengers at the same time will produce a fundamental change in the character of Los Angeles Airways. Until now, carriage of mail required under the airline’s subsidy provision has gotten first priority and has prevented full exploitation of the potential passenger business in this multi-urban industrial and tourist region.

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AVIONICS

Pert Plan Eases Management Problems

Navy's Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT) has proved a powerful tool for working level engineers as well as for management, a General Electric spokesman reported at a recent three-day American Management Association seminar on PERT.

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MANAGEMENT

Further Defense Budget Changes Possible

Washington—Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara told Congress last week that changes recommended in the defense budget are only the obvious major revisions discovered so far, and that "if further changes are found to be essential, we shall propose them promptly to the Congress during the current session." A comprehensive review of the budget must await a complete reappraisal of the basic national security policies, plans and programs, the results of which may not be fully available for submission to the current session of Congress, he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Boeing Studying Space Bomber Concepts

Three-year Air Force Boss-Wedge program includes assessment of manned, unmanned military systems.
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BUSINESS FLYING

Israeli Aircraft Surveying B-101c Market

Israeli Aircraft Industries is conducting a combined survey of market potential and sales and service facilities for a new six- to nine-place light twin-jet executive transport, which it says will sell for $350,000 fully equipped. Major portion of the engineering of its B-101C twin-jet (AW Mar. 6, p. 87) has been completed under the direction of Dr. Erich Schatzki, IAI’s chief engineer, whose background includes positions with Heinkel, Fokker and Republic Aviation Corp.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Design Problems, Costs Dampen Supersonic Transport Optimism

New York—Problems of design, construction and operation of a supersonic transport intended to be commercially attractive are now beginning to darken the first rosy glow of optimism that surrounded its conceptual thinking. Full day’s presentation of six technical reports at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ National Aeronautic Meeting here and intense discussion led by John Stack, assistant director of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center, went deeper into the subject than many earlier efforts made by professional societies, and came up with little encouragement and lots of problems.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Pushes International Prestige Goal

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AIR TRANSPORT

Faa Re-evaluating Radar Handoff System

Agency reappraising Hazeltine TV marker device under spur of pressures from midair collision.

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