August 12, 1963

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

French Plan Space Research in New Areas

SAFETY

Faulty Latch Blamed in Decompression

AVIONICS

New Gyro Uses Mercury Isotope Mixture

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

French Plan Space Research in New Areas

Paris—France plans to establish itself as a world leader in the exploration of the lower and middle fringes of space within the next few years under a wide, government-sponsored research program now evolving at a rapid pace with active industry participation.

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SAFETY

Faulty Latch Blamed in Decompression

Allegheny Airlines Flight 928, a Convair 340/440, while descending to land at Bradley Field, Conn, experienced an explosive decompression when the rear service door became disengaged at its lower latch points. The ensuing outward rush of air ejected a hostess who was near the door opening.
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AVIONICS

New Gyro Uses Mercury Isotope Mixture

Washington—First details on an atomic gyro, which uses the angular momentum of spinning nuclei instead of a spinning rotor to measure angular displacement, were disclosed here last week during the International Conference on Aerospace Support.

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Firms Report Officers’ Salaries

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Sac U-2s Modified for Fallout Sampling

Tucson, Ariz.—Strategic Air Command’s Lockheed WU-2 wing at DavisMonthan AFB here is flying missions up to 8 hr. in length at altitudes as high as 70,000 ft. to gather high-altitude nuclear fallout samples. Typical mission covers a distance of about 3,000 naut. mi.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

U. S., Soviets Plan Joint Space Projects

Washington—Most ambitious series of projects in the rapidly expanding U. S. international space program will be the three-part cooperative launch and data exchange effort being planned by the U. S. and Soviet Russia. Terms of the bilateral agreement (AW Aug. 5, p. 37) provide for a timetable in which the two countries will establish a communications link by early next year, using the Echo 2 sphere as a passive relay point.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Zuckert Tfx ‘rough Judgment’ Charged

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Uk 3 Satellite to Carry Five Experiments

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Navy Evaluates Light Attack Aircraft Bids

VAL is among several issues to be decided. COIN, Phantom 2, F-lll differences are to be arbitrated.

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Letters

AVIATION WEEK’S June 24 article (pp. 52-62) on the X-21A laminar flow control demonstration airplane has created much comment here. This article undoubtedly will do much to extend the understanding of details about this airplane and its testing program.
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