September 18, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Dornberger Sees Space as Military Area

SAFETY

Learstar Crash Prompts Deicing Restudy

MANAGEMENT

Usaf Conducts Tactical Training in Libya

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Dornberger Sees Space as Military Area

I am convinced that space technology in this country is poised on the brink of major technological and political changes that will rapidly alter its complexion during the next few years. These changes will have an enormous impact on the American people as a nation and especially on the aerosystems industry, on which the burden of maintaining our technological pace will fall.

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SAFETY

Learstar Crash Prompts Deicing Restudy

Available meteorological data indicated that the temperature on the route at flight level from Linden, N. J., to the accident site ranged from — 8C to —1OC through Connecticut and from about — 3C to — 5C through Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts, and that the air was very near saturation.
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MANAGEMENT

Usaf Conducts Tactical Training in Libya

Wheelus Air Base, Libya—Deliver}’ of non-nuclear weapon systems and a sharpening of close-support gunnery techniques are assuming new importance for European-based tactical fighter units as they gear to meet the widening East-West crisis now focused on Berlin.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Saturn Booster Awards Are Due This Year

NASA asks 37 firms to first bidders’ meeting Sept. 26; two-contract project could be a billion-dollar effort.

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AIR TRANSPORT

New Caribbean Carrier Maps Route Plans

New York—Growth of the Caribbean as a big-time tourist market has led to the formation of Indies Air, Inc. (Indair), a new airline corporation which— if awarded the routes—will seek to compete with long-established CaribbeanAtlantic Airlines (Caribair), which has expansion plans of its own.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab to Meet Trunk Presidents Informally

Heads of most carriers accept invitation to discuss industry’s steadily deteriorating economic situation.

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AIR TRANSPORT

British Stress Mach 2.2 Airliner’s Assets

London—Two leading airline executives—one U. S., the other British—last week warned the Anglo-American Aeronautical Conference here against moving too fast toward freezing a supersonic transport design. William Littlewood, vice presidentresearch, American Airlines, said the supersonic transport need is “not too great” and that timing is of utmost importance, adding that “to plunge into this design would be an indication of immaturity.”

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MANAGEMENT

House Group, Senate Are Divided on Future Role of Supplementals

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Ma-4 Flight May Advance Manned Orbit

Washington—Excellent performance of the Atlas launch vehicle and capsule systems in the first Project Mercury orbital flight has revived U. S. hopes that a Mercury manned orbital mission can be flown this year. Mercury Atlas 4 (MA-4) was launched at 10:04 a.m. Sept. 13 from the Atlantic Missile Range to qualify the complete booster-capsule configuration, the capsule in orbit and re-entry, and the tracking network and the recovery forces.
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EDITORIAL

The Military Space Role—ii

We are at a critical crossroad in our national space program. The top political levels of our government are now convinced of the necessity for a vigorous, expanding national space program and are willing to provide it with adequate financial support.

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