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October 29, 1973

Space Technology

Intelsat System Options Weighed

Aeronautical Engineering

Simplified Assembly of F-15 Stressed

Mideast War

Mideast Cease-fire Spurs New Tensions

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Space Technology

Intelsat System Options Weighed

Washington—Important agenda item for the Board of Governors of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, meeting last week at Grand Canary Island, could shape the characteristics of the Intelsat system later in this decade.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Simplified Assembly of F-15 Stressed

St Louis—Production of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 air-superiority fighter takes only 80% of the time required for the company’s older F-4. This savings in man-hours is the direct result of the extensive use of large, integrally machined parts in the build-up of the new fighter, McDonnell Aircraft Co. engineers say.

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Mideast War

Mideast Cease-fire Spurs New Tensions

Middle Eastern cease-fire arranged under the joint auspices of the U. S. and the Soviet Union came close to provoking a direct armed confrontation between the world’s two major nuclear powers late last week. It initially was avoided only by last-minute Russian backoff.
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Air Transport

Airport Officials Hit Faa, Dot on Noise, Fund Issues

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Avionics

Laser Gyro Seen Applicable to Missiles

Inertial guidance system that will use three lasers instead of conventional gyros with spinning rotors, scheduled for delivery this spring to the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake, Calif., is expected to be the forerunner of a rugged, modestcost system suitable for tactical missiles and other applications.
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Mideast War

Israeli Losses May Spur Ecm Restudy

Heavy Israeli aircraft losses to Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles in the Middle East war is likely to trigger speedy Defense Dept, re-examination of the adequacy and effectiveness of this country’s ongoing multi-hundred-million-dollar effort to upgrade Air Force and Navy airborne electronic countermeasures capability (AW&ST Feb. 21, 1972, p. 38).

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Air Transport

Narita: An Airport in Search of a Future

Narita, Japan-The moving sidewalk is motionless, and the visitors’ footfalls echo through the hallway to the deserted satellite terminal where follow loading bridges reach out to nothing and a blinking green light at a gate inexplicably signals the imminent departure of a ghost transport bound for nowhere.

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Business Flying

Pilatus Develops ‘quiet’ Turbo Porter

Stans, Switzerland—Quiet version of the PC-6 Turbo Porter short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) utility transport has been developed by Pilatus Aircraft, Ltd., in a move aimed at retaining its market position in the face of increasingly stringent noise-abatement regulations now being enacted both in Europe and the U. S.
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Aeronautical Engineering

High-altitude Launch Test Set for Harpoon Missile

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Air Transport

Operating and Cost Data for U. S. Wide-body Transports

Pan American1 Trans World United NorthWest American Continental Delta1 National Braniff Total Scheduled Passenger Service Revenue Miles (000) 15,033 9,546 8,011 6,897 4,847 2,086 1,806 889 661 49,776 Revenue Passenger Miles (000)

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