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February 28, 1977

Management

Defense Budget Retains Real Growth

Space Technology

Orbiter/747 Open Flight Envelope

Air Transport

Charter Growth Sparks Concern

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Management

Defense Budget Retains Real Growth

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Space Technology

Orbiter/747 Open Flight Envelope

Flight characteristics of combined vehicles found to be close to simulator predictions during first two tests at Edwards

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Air Transport

Charter Growth Sparks Concern

Eased CAB domestic regulations expand trunks’ participation, even as they share worry over scheduled carrier impact

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Aeronautical Engineering

Ec-130 Fleet Nearing Full Strength

Washington—Navy’s fleet of Lockheed EC-130 strategic submarine communications aircraft will reach its currently authorized strength when the 14th and last complete system is delivered next year. The EC-130 aircraft, referred to as Tacamo by the Navy, provide a very low frequency (VLF) communications system to supplement the Navy’s shore-based transmitters and thus provide an alternate communications link to the fleet, said Capt. R. L. Brace, Naval Air Systems Command’s project coordinator for support aircraft.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Nasa Reassessing Cost, Risk of Transonic Tunnel Facility

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Space Technology

Load Factor of 75% Seen for Shuttle

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Avionics

Upper Stage Shift Studied for Satcom

Los Angeles—Air Force may launch the second satellite in its new Defense Satellite Communications System Phase 3 program on board a Martin Marietta Titan 3C booster in which the Boeing interim upper stage vehicle is substituted for the booster’s third or transtage.

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Air Transport

British Again Propose New Transport

Weybridge, England—British Aircraft Corp. X-11 wide-body, medium-range transport is being proposed again as a European-built replacement for present-day 100-seat jet transports, after the British government reversed itself and said that funding for the aircraft “is still an open subject.”

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Management

Senate Group Questions Warnke Closely

Washington—Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by a wide margin last week the nomination of Paul C. Warnke as director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and chief U. S. strategic arms limitation talks negotiator. At the same time, the former Defense Dept. official came under a concerted attack by members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Editorial

A Bold Space Program

The first of these new opportunities is the one already closest to realization—the formal establishment of an operational earth resources survey program. . . . The hardware is here—but where is the commitment to a significant demonstration on a significant scale?
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