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April 11, 1977

Space Technology

Mission to Expand X-ray Source Study

Aeronautical Engineering

Reliability Emphasized in Uh-60 Design

Space Technology

Shuttle Criticism Worries Nasa

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Space Technology

Mission to Expand X-ray Source Study

Washington—First high-energy astronomy observatory spacecraft mission, initially planned as a total X-ray survey flight, has been modified to a mission that will incorporate a significant amount of spacecraft pointing. Scientists believe the change will greatly enhance the understanding of new X-ray sources the spacecraft is expected to discover.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Reliability Emphasized in Uh-60 Design

Stratford, Conn. — Army/Sikorsky UH-60A is a transport helicopter designed not so much to expand the performance envelope over that of older helicopters as to improve reliability and maintainability, life-cycle costs, crashworthiness and survivability under enemy fire.

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Space Technology

Shuttle Criticism Worries Nasa

Agency fears program damage from investigative unit’s advocacy of ’fly-before-buy,’ further payload evaluations

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Avionics

Cures Sought for Parts Contamination

Los Angeles—Government space organizations and industry are taking steps to solve a widespread and persistent problem in microcircuits that has posed a continuing threat to the reliability of spacecraft electronics. Despite years of significant refinements in semiconductor and microcircuit processing and controls, small, usually microscopic conductive particles still manage to appear occasionally within the hermetically sealed cases in which microcircuit or transistor chips are packaged by parts manufacturers.

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Missile Engineering

Boeing Restarting Sram Production

Kent, Wash.—Regeneration and recertification of a production capability that was dismantled two years ago are key elements in U. S. Air Force plans to procure Boeing-built AGM-69 short-range attack missiles (SRAM) for its projected fleet of Rockwell International B-1 bombers.

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Air Transport

Intrastates Eye Regulatory Reform

Los Angeles—California’s two major intrastate carriers, Pacific Southwest Airlines and Air California, are monitoring the progress of three legislative and regulatory actions in Washington that could shape the future of the nation’s intrastate airlines.

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Management

F-16 Survivability Reassessment Urged

Washington—General Accounting Office report on the Air Force/General Dynamics F-16 fighter program recommends that the survivability/vulnerability aspects of the aircraft be reassessed to determine if they are adequate, especially in view of plans to use the aircraft in the air-to-ground attack as well as air-to-air role.
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Management

Hard Currency Problems Spur Soviet Export Push

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Air Transport

Air France Leaning to Dc-9, 737

But carrier’s hopes of replacing Caravelles with U. S.-built aircraft sparks controversy with labor unions, politicians

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Management

House Unit Hikes Defense Procurement

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