June 19, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Astronauts Discuss Mercury Training

MANAGEMENT

Defense Is Evolving New Weapon Plans

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Plane Grows Into Family of Concepts

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Astronauts Discuss Mercury Training

Project Mercury Astronauts Alan B. Shepard, Jr., and Donald K. Slayton discussed the training, preflight and flight aspects of the Mercury-Redstone 3 operation during the recent Conference on Medical Results of the First U. S. Manned Suborbital Space Flight (AW June 12, p. 31).
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MANAGEMENT

Defense Is Evolving New Weapon Plans

Current and future impact of weapon system planning and changes in management policy emerging from the early months of the Kennedy Administration were outlined recently by Pentagon officials to the annual Aerospace Industries Assn. board of governors’ conference at Williamsburg, Va. Deputy Defense Secretary Roswell Gilpatric discussed present weapon plans and future possibilities and Joseph S. Imirie, assistant Air Force secretary for materiel, described management trends toward better integrated, “package” systems.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Space Plane Grows Into Family of Concepts

Washington—Technique of achieving orbital flight in a single stage from the surface of the earth with an air scooping vehicle has survived severely critical feasibility studies and has grown into a whole family of concepts from what originally were a few isolated approaches aimed at avoiding the use of multiple boosters.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Seeks Northeast Merger Partner

New York—Civil Aeronautics Board moved last week to help Northeast Airlines find a merger partner as a way out of the airline’s financial problems, which included a net loss of $1.5 million for the first four months of 1961. Ordering an investigation of Northeast’s situation and prospects before deciding on renewal of the carrier’s routes to the south, CAB included the question of whether Northeast should be merged with another airline if the renewal is granted.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Orly Airport Automates Procedures for Passengers

Paris—Paris Airport Authority’s $24-million terminal at Orly Airport, now in its fourth month of operation, stands out as a test case as to how self-sufficient passengers can be in following checkin-in, immigration and customs procedures.

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BUSINESS FLYING

European, U.s. Business Planes Vie in Paris Flight Display

Paris—Europe’s lightplane builders moved their top aircraft to the Paris Air Show determined to buck established U.S. business aircraft entries and, in the flight demonstrations at least, succeeded. It was in this phase of the show that the European designs took the spotlight from the U.S.built planes, particularly the familiar Beech, Cessna and Piper lines.

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MANAGEMENT

Usaf, Navy Criticized on Aircraft Buys

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AVIONICS

Sensitive Magnetometer Has Space Role

New type of magnetometer, with a sensitivity of one part in five million and other characteristics which make it attractive for measuring magnetic fields in space, for submarine detection and for geophvsical prospecting, is now being tested by several government/military agencies.

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Letters

Congratulations to Cecil Brownlow for his thorough survey of U. S. investment and license agreements in the European aerospace industry (AW Apr. 24, p. 54; May 1, p. 154; May 8, p. 119). I thought he described very clearly the dilemma between the desire to expand into a profitable market and the fear of creating tough competition in the future.
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MANAGEMENT

Lunar Drive May Cost Under $20 Billion

NASA fiscal studies cut estimates from $40 billion; total includes all programs related to moon effort.

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