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August 22, 1966

MANAGEMENT

Senate Investigators Urge Tac Review

AVIONICS

Plasma Theory May Explain Many Ufos

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Ge Designing Two-module Bus for Voyager/mars Vehicle

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MANAGEMENT

Senate Investigators Urge Tac Review

Stennis unit says Vietnam causing severe strain on resources, hits lack of decision for more aircraft.

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AVIONICS

Plasma Theory May Explain Many Ufos

Washington-Luminous plasmas of ionized air, a special form of “ball lightning” generated by electric corona that occurs on high-tension power lines under certain conditions, may explain many sightings of lower-altitude "unidentified flying objects.”

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Ge Designing Two-module Bus for Voyager/mars Vehicle

Valley Forge, Pa.—Scientists and engineers at General Electric’s Space Technology Center here are moving ahead with work on the Voyager spacecraft bus in a new mood of optimism, confident that the program will now be kept to its most recently revised timetable which calls for a Mars launch in 1973 (AW&ST May 30, p. 40).

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Luftwaffe Evaluating Sats with F-104

Tests under way in Bavaria could be key to potential export market over $1 billion for air base hardware.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Domestic, International Versions Studied

Seattle—Boeing probably will propose two different versions of its Model 2707 supersonic transport design, one for international and one for domestic use sized for a 2,600-naut. mi. route with domestic reserves (AW&ST Aug. 15, p. 36). Three different approaches are possible:

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Navy Stresses Designing for Environment

Bethpage, N. Y.—Many designers of naval aircraft lack appreciation for the operating environment of such aircraft or don’t understand it, a Navy spokesman contended at a maintainability panel meeting here recently. Operating environment is the largest single factor influencing design requirements, according to Edward H. Wood, the spokesman.

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Lunar Orbiter 1 Begins Photo Mission

Pasadena, Calif.—Lunar Orbiter 1 began returning its initial sample of lunar surface photographs late last week, four days after the three-axis stabilized spacecraft was orbited around the moon. Test patterns transmitted from Lunar Orbiter 1 the day after the craft became the first American satellite to be placed than the earth indicated that the readout in orbit around a planetary body other portion of the spacecraft’s photographic payload was operating properly.

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MANAGEMENT

Mcclellan to Resume F-lll Investigation

Focus of new inquiry will be on Navy version, with commonality concept looming as a primary question.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Aid Pact Will Fail to Meet Strike Loss

Pan Am, Braniff pay $8.1 million in July, TWA routes show best percentage in mutual aid formulas.

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ENGINEERING

Xb-70 Crash Findings Reported By Air Force Investigating Board

Washington-Most probable cause of the June 8 mid-air collision of the North American XB-70 and its Lockheed F-104N chase aircraft was the inability of the chase pilot to discern that he gradually closed on the research bomber until he hit it, the Air Force board that investigated the accident has concluded.

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