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June 19, 1978

Aeronautical Engineering

Navy, Marines Seeking More Ch-53es

Aeronautical Engineering

Component Lead Time Growing

Space Technology

Shuttle Launch Vibrations Tested

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Aeronautical Engineering

Navy, Marines Seeking More Ch-53es

Stratford, Conn. —Navy and Marine Corps will seek approval for acquisition of as many as 104 Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion heavy helicopters for delivery during the 1980s, an increase of 55 over the currently approved buy of 49 helicopters.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Component Lead Time Growing

Manufacturers face higher prices for parts and increased aerospace material delivery time as demand exceeds supply

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Space Technology

Shuttle Launch Vibrations Tested

Huntsville, Ala. —Space shuttle ground vibration tests under way here are keyed specifically to liftoff and powered flight of the vehicle with special emphasis on the first 2 min. of the mission, which shuttle program officials call the most dangerous period from launch to landing.
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Space Technology

Platform Designed for Numerous Uses

Huntsville, Ala. —Marshall Space Flight Center is designing a geostationary orbit platform that could fulfill the functions of more than a dozen domestic communications and weather spacecraft now serving North America. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration platform could be assembled with the space shuttle as early as 1986, becoming the first U. S. large space structure to be placed in synchronous orbit.

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Missile Engineering

New Tomahawk Test Series Scheduled

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Space Technology

Skylab Reoriented, But Future Clouded

Washington — Skylab space station is maintaining a new minimum drag attitude that will extend its life in orbit, but significant factors still cloud National Aeronautics and Space Administration chances of boosting the station higher or propelling it into a controlled reentry in an isolated ocean area.

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Business Flying

Tip Tanks Boost Gulfstream 2 Range

Washington—Grumman American’s tip tank-equipped Gulfstream 2 is achieving a 300-naut. mi. range increase in normal operations compared with standard versions. The tip tank Gulfstream 2 was expected by the Savannah-based company to capture 50% of the aircraft’s sales.

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Management

Israelis Intensify Readiness Training

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Avionics

F-16 Test System Overcomes Problems

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—Avionics intermediate shop automatic checkout system for the USAF/General Dynamics F-16, which is to test and isolate malfunctions in airborne avionics, now is believed to be “nearly out of the woods,” according to the program office here.

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Editorial

Perks for Controllers

The 8 a.m. Eastern Air-Shuttle flight for Washington taxiied out of the gate at LaGuardia Airport last Wednesday at 7:45, fully loaded. It was a brilliantly clear, uncommonly cool and dry morning for New York in June. Yet the early departing shuttle flight, No. 4 to take off, spent 20 minutes on a taxiway, burning 38 cent/gal. fuel.

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