January 1, 1973

Space Technology

Orange Soil Could Revive Lunar Projects

Management

Apollo Spurred Commercial Fuel Cell

Avionics

Digital Control Mounts on Jet Engine

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Space Technology

Orange Soil Could Revive Lunar Projects

Houston—Discovery of orangeand red-stained soil on a small crater at the Apollo 17 Taurus-Littrow landing site ripened before the mission ended into sightings of a whole family of such craters covering an 800-naut.-mi. swath under the lunar orbital track.
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Management

Apollo Spurred Commercial Fuel Cell

South Windsor, Conn.—Evolution of Pratt & Whitney’s new commercial fuel cell powerplant was spurred by space agency contracts awarded the company for the Apollo command and service module fuel cell package, but there is little similarity between the two in development techniques and materials, according to the company’s William H. Podolny, Advanced Power Systems Div. chief engineer.

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Avionics

Digital Control Mounts on Jet Engine

Windsor Locks, Conn.—New engine supervisory control system utilizes advances in large-scale monolithic logic and semiconductor memory technologies to achieve a digital computer system packaged for mounting directly on turbofan engines powering new-generation air-superiority fighters.

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Space Technology

Apollo Llluminates More Lunar History

Houston—Apollo 17 data in hand at this point, added to the mounting pile from earlier missions, are continuing to revise concepts of the structure and evolutionary processes of the moon—into a body having more in common with the earth. From what had all the earmarks before exploration by spacecraft of a big primitive chondritic meteorite, the moon has now become a planet with a complex evolutionary history.

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Air Transport

1973 to Test New Fare Policies

Drastic revisions in regulatory laws called needed, as well as full redefining of carriers’ roles in transportation market

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Space Technology

Apollo Confirms Some Lunar Predictions

Houston—Pre-mission predictions on what the Apollo 17 astronauts would find at the Taurus-Littrow landing site based on remote sensing data reached a new level of accuracy with this mission, but unanswered questions remain: Broken rocks, presumably hurled from major impacts on the moon, were found compressed into a new rock classed as breccia and were found at South massif, as expected.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Legislation Drawn to End F-14 Impasse

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Space Technology

Soviet Photos Aid Volcanic Crater Study

Houston—Two Soviet Zond 8 photos carried on board Apollo 17 inserted a note of international cooperation into lunar orbital science. One of the Soviet photos—of the farside crater Aitken—figured in the interpretation of command module pilot Ronald E. Evans of a new variation in lunar volcanism found on the farside.
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Space Technology

Europe Plans New Space Agency

Integration of ESRO and ELDO kills Europa 3 development, but French are now proposing new heavy launcher program

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Aeronautical Engineering

B-52 Toll Laid to Lack of Earlier Strikes

Heavy losses of Air Force/Boeing B-52 heavy bombers in the early stages of the renewed U. S. bombing of the Hanoi-Haiphong areas of North Vietnam beginning Dec. 18 were due in large measure to an almost complete lack of earlier defense suppression efforts by tactical aircraft.
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