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January 8, 1973

Management

Top 100 Defense Dept. Rdt&e Contractors for Fiscal 1972 Listed

Avionics

Balloons Provide Stable Platforms

Avionics

Tri-service Laser Seeker Fly-off Set

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Management

Top 100 Defense Dept. Rdt&e Contractors for Fiscal 1972 Listed

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Avionics

Balloons Provide Stable Platforms

Tethered barrage balloons of World War 2 become ‘aerostats’ for use in military reconnaissance, civilian TV relay stations

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Avionics

Tri-service Laser Seeker Fly-off Set

Washington—Free-flight demonstration test program to determine a tri-service laser seeker for use with close air support missiles is expected to begin in April. Contenders in the seeker competition are the Army/North American Rockwell Missile Systems Div. laser guidance system and a seeker developed by Martin Marietta Orlando Div. for USAF.

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Air Transport

Airlines Score Big Traffic Gains

U. S. international carriers’ growth rose well above 14% world average in 1972; domestic airlines show 11.2% gain

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Aeronautical Engineering

Air Cushion Landing Proposed for Amst

Miami Beach—Boeing has designed an optional air cushion landing system (ACLS) for the advanced medium STOL transport (AMST) as a means of reducing program costs and adding mission flexibility by enabling the aircraft to operate from water.

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Safety

Tapes Indicate Audible Warning Before L-1011 Crash at Miami

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Editorial

Memories of Andrei Tupolev

Andrei Nikolayevich Tupolev, who died in Moscow a few weeks ago shortly after his 84th birthday, was one of the giants of the aerospace world. His technical achievements were myriad. Nobody played a larger role in the development of Russian aviation over the past 50 years than Andrei Tupolev.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Groups in White House, Pentagon Weigh Solutions to F-14 Impasse

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Aircraft Selection Control Urged

President’s advisory unit would place civil transport projects under Transportation under secretary with military-like powers

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Space Technology

Energy Relay Satellites Urged for Shuttle

Washington—Electrical energy relay satellites and sunlight reflectors for artificially illuminating darkened portions of the earth should be prime candidates for space shuttle deployment and maintenance, according to Dr. Krafft Ehricke, executive adviser, North American Rockwell Space Div.

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