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October 16, 1978

New Particle Beam Technology

Army Pushes New Weapons Effort

Space Technology

Space Policy Mandates U. S. Leadership

Air Transport

Japan Carriers Expanding Fleets

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New Particle Beam Technology

Army Pushes New Weapons Effort

Service’s research program for directed energy weapons aimed at particle beam and laser devices by late 1980s

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Space Technology

Space Policy Mandates U. S. Leadership

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Air Transport

Japan Carriers Expanding Fleets

Steady traffic growth, need to redress payments balance pushing carriers toward early decisions on new aircraft

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Aeronautical Engineering

New Production Methods Gain

Engine makers adopt innovative techniques to meet higher performance standards and hold down material costs

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Avionics

Fiber Optics Technology Investigated

Kent, Wash.—Wide-ranging series of development programs is helping Boeing Co. explore the role that fiber optics technology may play in future Boeing products and operations. The scope of these investigations includes basic measuring instruments and radiation-hardened products for the aerospace environment, as well as avionics data buses and kilometer-scale data links designed for large intraplant and interplant computer networks.

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Business Flying

Business Practices Stressed By Cessna

Philadelphia—Cessna Aircraft is stressing the strengthening of its dealers’ financial structure, improved sales organization and increased service, as well as adding two new aircraft versions to its fleet for the 1979 model year. Cessna has pushed its We Mean Business theme for 1979 at dealer meetings held throughout the U. S. during the last two weeks.

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Space Technology

Seasat-a Problems Laid to Short Circuit

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New Particle Beam Technology

Space Power Reactor Being Developed

Washington—Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory is concentrating on a high-temperature, compact, fast neutron nuclear reactor for space power supply in the late 1980s. A reactor in the 10-100-kwe. (kilowatts electric) range to meet space requirements could be used to provide power for high-energy laser or neutral particle beam weapons for space-based ballistic missile defense.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Portugal Seeks New Maintenance Work

Alverca, Portugal—Portuguese air force maintenance and repair facilities, which until recently were geared primarily to support of a variety of aircraft used in a 14-year colonial war, now are being redirected to meet new aircraft needs and attract foreign customers to make the facilities here a key repair depot for aircraft in the Western Mediterranean and Africa.
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Editorial

International Aviation Challenges

We are conscious of the need to keep international aviation as a thriving, growing industry. The United States is actively seeking new definitions of the proper roles of government and business enterprises in dealing with today’s aviation problems and meeting tomorrow’s needs in a world made continually smaller and more close-knit through aviation. . . .
October 91978 October 231978