July 24, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

‘economy’ Space Observatories Designed

MISSILE ENGINEERING

Bölkow Pushes Cobra as Nato Missile

AVIONICS

Laser Challenges Radar for Space Use

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

‘economy’ Space Observatories Designed

Los Angeles—Orbiting Geophysical Observatory (OGO), being designed for NASA by Space Technology Laboratories especially to study earth-centered phenomena in space, follows current trends toward standardization and multiple purpose design.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Bölkow Pushes Cobra as Nato Missile

Munich—Bölkow Entwicklungen, a relatively new and growing research and production firm whose spectrum of interest ranges from space to lightplanes, is pushing its Cobra anti-tank missile system for adoption as a standard lightweight infantry weapon for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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AVIONICS

Laser Challenges Radar for Space Use

Williamsburg, Va. — An optical maser (laser) receiver, with unusual characteristics that will make it extremely useful for space vehicle navigation, can be expected in the near future, perhaps within several months, Dr. Cecil B. Ellis of General Precision, Inc., predicted here during the recent annual meeting of the Institute of Navigation.

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MANAGEMENT

Senate Moves Toward More Bomber Funds

LeMay asks $448-million total for B-70, $525 million for B-52; President to reveal his views this week.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Combined Anti-icing, Blc System Tested

London—High degree of efficiency is claimed by Blackburn Aircraft, Ltd., for an anti-icing system which can also be used for boundary layer control for high lift. New system relies on heating the surface to be protected by blowing a thin sheet of hot air at sonic speeds from a slit on leading edges of primary surfaces.

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EQUIPMENT

Tri-axial Airline Seat Limits Acceleration

Washington—New airline transport seat that responds like a shock absorber to ground impacts has been designed to protect passengers from injury or death in survivable accidents. Conceived by Profs. H. R. Lissner and L. M. Patrick of Wayne State University in Detroit, the “tri-axial acceleration seat” uses controlled movement to dampen the peak g forces imposed on a passenger during sudden stops.

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SAFETY

United Dc-8 Denver Crash Data Sifted By Government Searchers

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AIR TRANSPORT

Competition Forces Trunk Excursion Fare

Drive to fill growing seat capacity produces rate cut; may push coach business to more dominant position.

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Letters

U. S. Setbacks Past experience has shown that our country has suffered many unnecessary setbacks in the field of aviation and space technology. During World War II, our fighter planes were supposedly the finest, that is until the Japanese Zero began to shoot them down.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Alaskan Carriers List Officers’, Directors’ 1960 Remuneration

Washington—Following is a list of airline officers’ salaries, bonuses and indirect compensation, expenses, and stockholdings for the year ending Dec. 31, 1960, as filed with the CAB. Alaska Coastal Airlines—S. B. Simmons, co-manager, $19,824 salary, no stock, $1,731 expenses; O. F. Beneeke, co-manager, $19,039 salary, no stock, $1,110 expenses.
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