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August 28, 1978

Missile Engineering

Processing of Data Key to Missile Defense

Avionics

Pulsed Laser Eyed for Extended Range

Safety

Board Urges Improved Thunderstorm Reporting

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Missile Engineering

Processing of Data Key to Missile Defense

Army presses efforts for an adaptive system for guidance to make interceptor vehicles more autonomous, effective

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Avionics

Pulsed Laser Eyed for Extended Range

Washington—The relatively short lethal range of 1-2 km. for present continuous-wave type, high-energy chemical lasers against tactical missiles and aircraft near the earth’s surface, and the projected maximum lethal range of “a few kilometers” for next-generation, higher-power devices, prompt interest in pulsed-type devices for extended ranges.

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Safety

Board Urges Improved Thunderstorm Reporting

As a result of this accident, the Safety Board, on September 27 and September 28, 1977, recommended that the FAA: “Expedite the development and implementation of an aviation weather subsystem for both en route and terminal area environments, which is capable of providing a real-time display of either precipitation or turbulence, or both, and which includes a multiple-intensity classification scheme.
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Missile Engineering

Air Force Eyes Icbm Basing Options

Yuma, Ariz.—Six new basing options for the U. S. land-based intercontinental ballistic missile force have been formulated by the Air Force using three basic basing modes that have been determined to be the most effective means of deploying the weapons under the multiple aim point concept.

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Air Transport

International Policy Draws Focus

White House enunciation of its position followed closely by Senate hearings on legislation treating same subject

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Air Transport

Scientist Group Maintains Pilots’ Mental Workload Is Measurable

Washington—Mental workload under which a pilot labors and reacts to stress can be measured independently of the pilot’s physical performance, a group of scientists said here recently. Such an approach, if implemented in test situations that measure the information load on human factors in the cockpit, could have a crucial bearing on future systems designs, according to the participants in an Air Line Pilots Assn. symposium entitled, “Man-System Interface: Advances in Workload Study.”
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Space Technology

Nasa Plans Telescope Manager Unit

Washington—National Aeronautics and Space Administration will request funding in Fiscal 1980 to establish a space telescope science institute that will manage scientific coordination of the telescope facility to be launched in 1983 on board the space shuttle.

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Air Transport

Emb-110 May End in Court on Part 135

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Avionics

Super 80 Hud Has Immersed Optics

Los Angeles—Optional head-up display (HUD) designed by Sundstrand Data Control, Inc., for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Super 80 transport uses immersed optics to keep the dimensions of the unit within size constraints of the DC-9 Super 80 cockpit while providing pilots with a broad field of view.

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Management

Agencies Gear for Excess Profits Shift

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