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September 12, 1977

Special Report: NATO’s New Challenge

U. S. Funds Major Standardization Drive

Space Technology

Low-cost Satellite Launcher Developed By Germans

Aeronautical Engineering

Xfv-12a Ground Tests 90% Completed

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Special Report: NATO’s New Challenge

U. S. Funds Major Standardization Drive

Brussels—U. S. is providing for the first time a major infusion of funds for evaluation and joint development of European weapons systems technology aimed at effecting interoperability and standardization improvements within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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Space Technology

Low-cost Satellite Launcher Developed By Germans

Paris—Privately financed development program is under way in West Germany to build and launch by 1981 a throwaway heavy launch vehicle that could put communications and other satellites into geostationary or low-earth-orbits for half the cost of existing or planned launch vehicles.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Xfv-12a Ground Tests 90% Completed

Columbus, Ohio—Navy/Rockwell International XFV-12A thrust-augmented-wing research aircraft has completed 90% of its ground test program and will begin initial tethered flight tests at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Langley Research Center in late fall.

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Management

Dod Revises Policy on Export

Sweeping changes on controls will loosen restrictions on end products, tighten rules on technology transfers

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Refanned Jt8d Aimed at Retrofits

East Hartford, Conn.—Pratt & Whitney’s latest addition to its workhorse JT8D turbofan family is aimed at the retrofit and derivative aircraft market in a time of increasingly stringent aircraft noise and exhaust emission rules. The refanned JT8D-209, though still a powerplant in search of a firm aircraft application, has the following design objectives: Noise: 6-8 epndb. below FAR Part 36 requirements as originally promulgated.

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Space Technology

Voyager Launch Virtually Flawless

Pasadena,Calif.—Voyager 1 has been stabilized in its cruise configuration following a smooth launch onto a trajectory that will enable it to overtake its Voyager 2 companion spacecraft en route to an early 1979 encounter with Jupiter and five of its moons.

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Business Flying

Sabreliner Reorganization Under Way

St. Louis—Major reorganization of Rockwell International’s Sabreliner Div. concurrently with a new product development program is aimed at keeping the company in the increasingly competitive business jet market race. Management, marketing and long-range planning, according to Sabreliner Div. President James J. Edwards, Jr., includes.

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Air Transport

Faa Proficiency Proposal Hit

Operators of transport category aircraft, ALPA marshal forces to oppose pilot monitoring as costly, unwarranted

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Management

Iran Awacs Sale Returned to Congress

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Management

Final Carter Export Policy Year Away

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