August 5, 1963

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Turbomeca Planning Lightplane Turbine

AVIONICS

Amr Cable Enhances Tracking Reliability

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Navy Building Helicopter-attack Vessels

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Turbomeca Planning Lightplane Turbine

Bordes, France—Oredon 3, newest and smallest of the Turbomeca gas turbines, is scheduled to be built in prototype form next year. Turboprop version of the engine, rated at 318 eshp., is aimed at the lightplane market, while the 300-shp. turboshaft variant is designed for small helicopter application.

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AVIONICS

Amr Cable Enhances Tracking Reliability

Aboard Cable Ship Neptun—A combination of 19th and 20th Century technologies has been used to provide rapid and reliable communications link for the Atlantic Missile Range to the tracking/telemetry station at Antigua, several hundred miles southeast of Puerto Rico.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Navy Building Helicopter-attack Vessels

New York—New class of Navy transports (LPDs)—designed from the keel up to deliver a complete combat unit with its tanks, artillery, vehicles and equipment by a landing craft-helicopter combination—will become part of an amphibious fleet of fast attack vessels planned for the mid-1970s.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Nasa Focuses on Three Aircraft Areas

Washington—Character of the U. S. aeronautical research program is changing to reflect the dwindling number of aircraft under development, but the National Aeronautics and Space Administration feels it is keying its full research resources to the aircraft requirements that have been defined as well as those of the future.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Technology Utilization Scrutiny Due

Washington—U. S. space agency’s much-criticized technology utilization program—accepted “on faith” by congressional space committees this year —will be examined closely in next year’s hearings to determine whether it is producing tangible benefits.

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MANAGEMENT

Space Blast Detection System Considered

U. S. faces decision on billion-dollar program; agreement on nuclear test ban treaty might spur action.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Syncom 2 Succeeds in Early Experiments

Cape Canaveral—Syncom 2 was slowly drifting into position over Brazil late last week as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration planned to halt its drift rate within the next 10-14 days and thus make it the first satellite to achieve synchronous orbit around the earth.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Politics Cloud Future of Miles Student

London—Miles M-100 Student jet trainer, an uncomplicated and forgiving airplane, has several potential uses ranging from initial training to ground strike, but its future is still clouded by politics in Great Britain and South Africa.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Atlanta, Miami Share Concepts, Problems

Atlanta—Atlanta Municipal and Miami International airports share common beliefs and problems in their role as the two largest air traffic hubs in the U. S. Southeast. Both are staunch advocates of the finger design terminal and each handles an almost equal number of airline passengers.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Tfx Chief Would Drop Thrust Reversers

Washington—F-lll (TFX) program director has recommended against including thrust reversers in the tactical fighter’s design because of technical problems, schedule delays and cost increases it might create. The recommendation came to light last week during the continuing Senate probe of the F-lll contract award to General Dynamics-Grumman.

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