November 6, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Telemetry Data Confirms Saturn Success

SAFETY

Pilots Take Firm Stand on Safety Margins

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Short Brothers Planning Civil Freighter

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Telemetry Data Confirms Saturn Success

Cape Canaveral—Detailed analysis of flight data from 510 on-board telemetry channels has confirmed that the Saturn booster which will test Apollo configurations and systems in earth orbit made a flawless first flight. Saturn SA-1 was launched Oct. 27 and a first-run analysis of flight data was completed Oct. 31 at National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

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SAFETY

Pilots Take Firm Stand on Safety Margins

Chicago—Air Line Pilots Assn. annual safety forum here disclosed that an intensified federal effort to perfect unsophisticated devices and procedures for increasing the air traffic control system’s capacity without compromising its safety has won the solid support of U.S. airline pilots.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Short Brothers Planning Civil Freighter

Belfast—Short Brothers & Harland, builders of the massive Belfast turboprop cargo/passenger freighter for the Royal Air Force, will push the airplane in the world military and civil market as the logical long distance carrier, without undue emphasis on a pure-jet Belfast development.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Cessna Optimistic Over Sales Prospects

Wichita, Kan.—Cessna Aircraft Co. stands a good chance of setting a record in business aircraft sales in 1962, Senior Vice President Del Roskam stated during the company’s annual international distributor-dealer meeting here last week.

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Lace Concept Feasibility Proof Sought

New York—Systems engineering aimed at proving feasibility of the concept has begun on Marquardt Corp.’s liquid-air cycle engine (LACE). One of a number of possible and proposed powerplants for USAF’s Aerospace Plane concept (AW June 19, p. 54), LACE is basically a rocket engine operating on liquid hydrogen as fuel and liquid air as oxidizer.

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AVIONICS

Data Exchange Program Yields Results

El Segundo, Calif.—Interservice Data Exchange Program (IDEP), a three-service effort to eliminate unnecessarv duplication in component part testing by exchanging reliability data among ballistic missile and space projects con tractors is beginning to yield tangible time and cost savings for many of its 85 or more participating organizations.

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Short-range Jet Transport Needs Studied

New York—Eastern Air Lines has sketched a generalized specification of a short-range jet transport to replace the Convair 440 or Martin 4-0-4 class airplane, but also is taking a serious look at rotary-wing aircraft for the same or complementary application.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Pilot’s Role in Space Maneuvers Examined

Langley Field, Va.—National Aeronautics and Space Administration research scientists are drawing heavily on airplane guidance and control experience to establish a basic framework for simulating rendezvous and docking operations and lunar landing and takeoff techniques.

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Letters

I recently read in the minutes of a NASAindustry briefing, an address by H. H. Koelle, Director of Future Projects at Huntsville. In this talk, Mr. Koelle states: “It is our intention to award approximately 28 contracts in the $50,000-$200,000 range on 14 projects.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Rendezvous Is Urged for Moon Flight

Golovin Committee conclusions would make C-4 lunar vehicle and retard development of solid, liquid Novas.

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