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January 26, 1976

Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Nasa Seeks Industry Space Processors

Weight, Cost Cuts Spur Composite Work

Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Composites Linked to Fuel Efficiency

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Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Nasa Seeks Industry Space Processors

Huntsville, Ala.—National Aeronautics and Space Administration must demonstrate the economic viability of materials processing in zero-g to potential space shuttle materials processing users if the technology is to be carried beyond basic science to a routine commercial level.
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Weight, Cost Cuts Spur Composite Work

Composite materials remain the single most attractive development in aerospace structures almost two decades after the first serious consideration was given to their design and application in flight vehicles.
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Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Composites Linked to Fuel Efficiency

Los Angeles—U. S. commercial airframe manufacturers are studying the increased use of advanced composite materials as a means of achieving higher strength-toweight ratio structures that will help make future transport aircraft more fuel efficient, as well as more corrosion and fatigue resistant.
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Aerospace Budget

F-14 Tops Navy's Aircraft Procurement

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Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Cockpit Enclosures Performance Key

Ultimate limit on the speed and performance of future generations of military aircraft may well be determined by the success of USAF’s current program to develop new materials and design techniques for transparent cockpit enclosures. The challenge is to provide a wide-angle, high-quality optical interface with the external world that the flight crew needs for survival, in a transparent enclosure that can withstand the environmental rigors of high temperature, rain/dust/ice erosion and impact of bird strikes.
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Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Self-reinforced Polymers Gain Favor for Aircraft

One of the most significant developments in the plastics field since the introduction of fiber-reinforced composite materials is a self-reinforced polymer strong enough for aerospace structural applications without the need for fibers or other reinforcements. Most polymer research currently under way in the aerospace industry is aimed at improved—better performance or processability—resins for use as matrix materials in composites for high-temperature structural applications and, to lesser degrees, on adhesives, transparent interlayers and low-temperature elastomers for seals and sealants.
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Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Ceramics Eyed for Use in Missiles, Rpvs

Market for the aerospace application of ceramic materials has been given a new opportunity with the vast expansion of the use of powerplants that are non-man-rated. Ceramics have temperature capabilities significantly higher than the materials now being used in or considered for the hot sections of advanced jet engines.
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Special Reports: Aerospace Materials

Savings Attract Materials Researchers

Seattle—Lighter, less costly structures for aircraft, missiles and spacecraft are the lures motivating Boeing Co. materials research, development and application programs that range from familiar metals to advanced composites.
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Aerospace Budget

Aeronautic Stress, Shuttle Stretch Planned By Nasa

Washington—Increased emphasis on aeronautics and a stretchout in the production and refurbishment schedules of two space shuttle orbiters highlight the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s $3.697-billion Fiscal 1977 budget request to Congress.

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Usaf Gives Top Fund Priority to B-1; F-16, Awacs Follow

Washington—Top priority in the U. S. Air Force’s Fiscal 1977 request for $32.5 billion in total obligational authority is the Rockwell International B-l strategic bomber followed by the General Dynamics F-16 air combat fighter and the Boeing E-3A airborne warning and control (AWACS) aircraft for the tactical force.
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