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February 22, 1965

AVIONICS

Cost Factors Key to Future of Ilaas

AVIONICS

Awac Future Hinges on Feasibility Tests

AIR TRANSPORT

Two Basic Charter Decisions Facing Cab

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AVIONICS

Cost Factors Key to Future of Ilaas

Navy’s Integrated Light Attack Avionics System (ILAAS) is expected to increase substantially the combat effectiveness of the new VAL attack aircraft, but at a cost that may rival or surpass the production price tag on the aircraft itself.

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AVIONICS

Awac Future Hinges on Feasibility Tests

Washington—Future of the Air Force’s proposed Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft program, a miniature flying SAGE direction center, is riding on technical feasibility tests to be conducted during the coming year. If AWAC should be approved for production, the system would be installed in turbofan transport of the KC-135 or C-141 type.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Two Basic Charter Decisions Facing Cab

Continental asks double off-route mileage allowance; supplementais requesting lower minimum tour fares.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Interest Rises in Comets, Asteroid Belt

Denver—Advanced mission planners of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and members of the scientific community are increasing their interest in comets and the asteroid belt as future targets for unmanned deep space probes.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

New Aerospace Products

Dropsonde, designed for use in meteorological research, is dropped from aircraft living over storm cloud cover areas. During the unit’s freefall through the storm, it measures the speed of updrafts and downdrafts within a storm cloud and telemeters this information via an FM/FM transmitter to ground stations for analysis.
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MANAGEMENT

Mcnamara Seeks Improved Anti-aircraft

Washington—Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara sees battlefield and ship anti-aircraft weapons as a weak spot in the military structure built since he came to office in 1961 and plans to press hard for improvements in Fiscal 1966. McNamara, in a 207-page posture statement released by the House Armed Sendees Committee last week, disclosed these four other policy decisions of prime importance to the aerospace industry:

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Mid-course Change Puts Ranger on Target

Pasadena, Calif.—Ranger 8 was reported on course to photograph an area in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility following a successful mid-course maneuver at 2 a.m. PST Feb. 18. All spacecraft systems were reported in satisfactory condition to take pictures of the lunar surface in the final minutes before impact, which was expected at about 1:54 a.m. PST Feb. 20 after a flight of approximately 65 hr.
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MANAGEMENT

U.s., U.k. Near Joint Lift Engine Decision

Washington—Basic characteristics and joint development plans for an advanced direct-lift V/STOL powerplant by the U.S. and Great Britain are scheduled to be hammered out between the two governments within the next two months. Next step, if these can be defined and jointly agreed upon, will be Defense Dept, selection of a U. S. contractor to participate in the program—one that could lead to sizable future production contracts in both countries.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Operational Russian Satellites Scan U. S.

USSR orbited 14 camera payloads as part of Cosmos program in 1964 for photo reconnaissance from space.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Usaf Unit Meets on Mol Bids; Recommendations Due This Week

Washington—Air Force source evaluation board is scheduled to end its review of manned orbiting laboratory (MOL) study proposals early this week and forward its recommendations to Defense Dept, in time for the award of three preliminary design contracts by Mar. 1.

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