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March 25, 1968

Business Flying

Problems Hit Air Taxi Mail Plan

Space Technology

Thermal Blankets Seen Useful for Space

Missile Engineering

Liquid-filled Cases Stretch Rocket Range

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Business Flying

Problems Hit Air Taxi Mail Plan

Post Office Dept, expects to award another 100-150 routes, but many operators critical of pay rate, management procedures

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Space Technology

Thermal Blankets Seen Useful for Space

Valley Forge, Pa.-Thermal insulation system designed for future planetary spacecraft relies heavily on large blankets of deeply crinkled gold-appearing material that is attracting widespread interest in government and industry for a variety of possible applications.
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Missile Engineering

Liquid-filled Cases Stretch Rocket Range

Redlands, Calif.—Technique of encasing gun-launched rocket projectiles in liquid-filled containers to obtain lighter weight construction and longer ranges has been developed here by Lockheed Propulsion Co. Two primary applications are seen for the technique:

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Management

Usaf Reducing Fighter Force in Europe

But officials say gains in F-4 experience and influx of veteran combat pilots will offset transfer of four squadrons to U. S.

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Avionics

Canada Expected to Act Soon on Comsat

Montreal-Canadian Parliament will soon be asked to authorize construction of a domestic communications satellite system and also to establish an agency to direct the nation’s diverse space activities. The White Paper calling for the start of the domestic communications satellite system, already approved by Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s cabinet, originally was scheduled to be submitted to Parliament in February.
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Avionics

Page Studies Frequency-hopping Navcom

Washington-First elements of an integrated communications-navigation-identification (I-CNI) system are scheduled for laboratory demonstration this summer by Page Communications Engineers, using techniques similar to those planned for the Air Force I-CNI program (AW&ST Dec. 18, 1967, P. 75).

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Air Transport

Faa Anti-noise Authority Seen Clearing House Unit

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Management

Aerospace Sales Climb in First Quarter

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War in Vietnam

Shortcuts Send F-111s to Viet Test

Six variable-geometry fighter bombers arrive in Southeast Asia for combat evaluation before normal USAF trials are completed

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Management

Congress Studies Dod Contract Audit Bill

Washington-Congress has begun action on legislation which would authorize the Defense Dept, to perform post-award audit of contractors’ certified cost data in firm fixed-price non-competitive contracts larger than $100,000. If enacted into law, the legislation would affect approximately 7,000 separate contracts, subcontracts, change orders or implementations of standing contracts totaling $4-5 billion annually.
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