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May 23, 1977

Management

Cruise Missile Halt Considered

Aeronautical Engineering

Air Cushion Vehicle Readied for Testing

Avionics

Radar Simulator to Be Tested By Usaf

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Management

Cruise Missile Halt Considered

SALT negotiators base talks on development moratorium in exchange for Backfire restrictions, delivery vehicle cuts

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Aeronautical Engineering

Air Cushion Vehicle Readied for Testing

Tacoma, Wash.—High-performance air cushion vehicle competing for designation as the Marines Corps’ amphibious advanced assault landing craft for the 1980s is being readied here for over-water tryouts starting in June. The vehicle, under development for the Navy by the Marine Div. of Aerojet Liquid Rocket Co. of Sacramento, Calif., is intended for high-speed movement of wheeled and tracked vehicles and palletized cargo from an assault fleet at sea onto the beach, moving cargo onto dry land at speeds of up to 50 kt. Aerojet is competing with Bell Aerospace Textron.

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Avionics

Radar Simulator to Be Tested By Usaf

Sunnyvale, Calif.—USAF soon will begin evaluating a digital system for simulating airborne high-resolution ground-mapping radars to determine how effectively the new system can improve aircrew training on the ground. Planned users hope that the new system, a digital radar landmass simulator, will bring enough realism to the ground training environment to permit them to substitute simulator hours for flight training hours.
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Air Transport

Two Carriers Plan Automatic Data Link

Piedmont and American airlines will become the first U. S. airlines to use in regular operations a new automatic air-ground-air data link communications system that is expected to ease cockpit workload and reduce communication costs. It will mark a significant innovation in air-ground-air communications, long-dependent on voice radio service.

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Management

Joint Combat Exercise Tests Tactics

Nellis AFB, Nev.—First combined combat exercise linking USAF’s Nellis range complex here with full-scale Army maneuvers at nearby Ft. Irwin, Calif., created a realistic environment in which a number of U. S. military units were able to test tactics they would use to blunt massive Warsaw Pact armored thrusts from Eastern Europe.

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Safety

Conclusions Reached in 727 Accident

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Space Technology

Second Exercise Tests Spacelab Plan

Moffett Field, Calif.—European and U. S. space authorities will use an airborne simulation of a Spacelab mission, currently in progress, as a tool for evaluating and refining techniques for managing manned space science economically.
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Avionics

Standard Inertial System Effort Enters Key Phase

U. S Air Force program to select two or more prospective suppliers for a standard medium-accuracy (0.8 naut. mi./hr.) airborne inertial navigation system for use in a variety of aircraft is entering a key phase. The program is a crucial test of two concepts that could have a major impact on a variety of other military avionics equipment (AW&ST Sept. 22, 1975, p. 44).
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Air Transport

Fleet Financing Outlook Clouded

Industry warned that legislation for regulatory reform could crimp airline efforts to raise money for reequipment

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Space Technology

Geos Returning Data Despite Orbit

Washington—Experiments on the European Space Agency’s Geos magnetospheric spacecraft have been activated and are returning useful data in spite of the satellite’s improper orbital positioning. Deployment of the spacecraft’s many experiment booms, a complicated process, was achieved without difficulty.

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