May 22, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

How Mercury Capsule Design Evolved

MANAGEMENT

Missile Base Labor Rules Face Overhaul

AIR TRANSPORT

British Independents Request More Routes

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

How Mercury Capsule Design Evolved

St. Louis—Development of the Project Mercury space capsules was a new kind of challenge to the engineering teams at McDonnell Aircraft Corp. There was no previous experience to draw on in the design of a man-carrying capsule. Earlier experience with highspeed aircraft and missiles was useful in some areas, but had been done to a time scale measured in terms of five to ten years.

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MANAGEMENT

Missile Base Labor Rules Face Overhaul

Washington—Future pattern of labormanagement relations at defense installations is at stake in discussions underway in the White House, Congress and international labor unions. Officials at all three quarters have proposed solutions to the labor problems spotlighted recently by Sen. John L. McClellan’s Permanent Investigations Subcommittee in its probe of strikes and slowdowns at missile bases.

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AIR TRANSPORT

British Independents Request More Routes

Favored positions of BOAC, BEA threatened by independent airline applications to new licensing board.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

All-weather F-105s Phase Into Europe

Wiesbaden—Republic Mach 2-plus F-105 fighter bombers are beginning to phase into the United States Air Force in Europe, providing this front-line force with an integrated all-weather tactical arm for the first time, a feature sorely needed above frequently-overcast West Germany and airspace to the cast.

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MANAGEMENT

Senate Vote Emphasizes Proven Weapons

$9.6 billion authorized for aircraft and missiles, marking shift to manned bomber, conventional war.

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AVIONICS

Ibm System Chosen for Oao Satellite

The most sophisticated digital data processing system yet attempted for non-military satellite use will be developed by international Business Machines Corp. for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO).

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Satellite Needs Push Reconnaissance Gains

Dayton—Significant advances in aerial reconnaissance techniques can be expected in the next decade, but even these will be hard pressed to meet the needs of reconnaissance satellites, Air Force Col. W. S. Heavner predicted here during the National Aerospace Electronics Conference (Naecon).
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FINANCIAL

General Dynamics Jet Writeoffs Continue

General Dynamics Corp. continued to make provisions for costs of its jet transport programs in its first quarter statement, and Chairman Frank Pace, Jr., warned stockholders that writeoffs on the program are likely to increase proportionately later (AW May 8, p. 45).
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AIR TRANSPORT

Air Algerie Future Hinges on Peace Talks

Algiers—Future of France’s largest private airline—Air Algerie—is sure to be affected by peace negotiations finally getting under way between the French government and Algerian nationalists. The carrier, set up in its present form in 1953, just one year before the Algerian rebellion broke out, is entirely owned by French interests.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Mats Evaluates Bids for $80 Million

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