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February 12, 1962

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Grissom Gives Full Report on Mr-4 Flight

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Grissom Flight Communications Reported

SAFETY

Violations Cited in C-46 Crash Report

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Grissom Gives Full Report on Mr-4 Flight

On July 21, 1961, USAF Capt. Virgil I. Grissom became the second U. S. astronaut to ride a Mercury capsule into space. The flight plan called for a ballistic trajectory with a maximum altitude of 103 mi., a range of 263 naut. mi. and a 5-mm. period of weightlessness.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Grissom Flight Communications Reported

The following is a verbatim transcript of the communications between Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom and the ground during his flight in the Mercury-Redstone 4. Stony is the astronaut communicator in the blockhouse. Bell 7 is the capsule (Liberty Bell 7). Cap Comis the astronaut communicator in the Mercury Control Center. Chase is an astronaut is an F-106 chase plane. ATS stands for Atlantic Ocean Ship, a Mercury range ship positioned close to the landing area.
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SAFETY

Violations Cited in C-46 Crash Report

(This is the second part of a Civil Aeronautics Board accident investigation report on the crash of a C-46F aircraft at Toledo, Ohio. The first part, which appeared in the Feb. 5 issue of AVIATION WEEK, described the history of the flight, weather conditions at the time of the accident, damage sustained in the crash and the CAB investigation.)
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Argosy Combines Speed, Stability, Payload

London—Armstrong Whitworth AW 650 Argosy, workhorse of British European Airways’ new turboprop all-cargo service, is a fail-safe concept airplane with a high degree of control in critical load conditions, designed for high-speed runs on medium stage lengths.

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AVIONICS

New Gyro Technique Orients Satellite

Washington—New semi-passive stabilization technique for keeping a satellite oriented toward the earth (local vertical), which makes use of inherent gyroscopic properties of the satellite itself, has been developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Instrumentation Laboratory.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Civil Helicopter Fleet Shows Expansion

Dallas, Tex.—Indications that the civil helicopter industry—both manufacturing and operations—is developing to sizable proportions and is heading toward a markedly accelerated growth during the next few years were strongly evident here at the Helicopter Assn. of America’s annual convention.

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Faa to Speed Flow of Part Failure Data

Washington—Fresh approach to airline maintenance taking shape within Federal Aviation Agency leans less on hard regulation but more on daily mechanical reports, which will be analyzed by agency computers, fed back to industry every 24 hr., and used to spot potential hazards.

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AIR TRANSPORT

‘visit U.s.a.’ Is Spurring Group Tourism

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Vast Cape Expansion Will Start in March

Cape Canaveral, Fla.—Site development is scheduled to start Mar. 15 for two Saturn C-5 pads here, the first significant construction in the $1-billion expansion of facilities from which manned lunar landings will be launched. Construction activity will grow rapidly this year and reach a peak in 1964.

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Letters

I would like to add a few facts to Mr. M. Joseph Sheehan’s criticism of your editorial praising Eastern Air Lines and Eastern’s air shuttle (AW Jan. 1, p. 90). I feel that in his enthusiastic effort to castigate you and Eastern Air Lines he very conveniently omitted some very important facts.
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