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February 5, 1979

Management

Research Funding Proposed for Defense Dept.

Aeronautical Engineering

Civil Use Stressed at Helicopter Show

Space Technology

Debate on Space Policy Heats

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Management

Research Funding Proposed for Defense Dept.

Washington—Funding for Defense Dept. research, development, test and evaluation programs in President Carter’s proposed Fiscal 1980 budget, in millions of dollars, follows, except for Air Force programs, which were listed in AVIATION WEEK & SPACE TECHNOLOGY Jan. 29, p. 18:
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Aeronautical Engineering

Civil Use Stressed at Helicopter Show

Las Vegas —Growing foreign competition, increasing commonality of full instrument flight rules avionics and a strong thrust by all helicopter manufacturers into traditional fixed-wing business aircraft markets were evident here during the recent Helicopter Assn, of America’s 31st annual meeting, convention and industry showcase.

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Space Technology

Debate on Space Policy Heats

Opponents of Administration position marshal forces for fuller shuttle exploitation, expanded U. S. effort

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Air Transport

Airlines Tallying 1978 Results

Traffic growth continued in January after glittering year amid predictions of drop in carrier profitability in 1979

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Air Transport

Deregulation's Route Shifts Accelerate

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Management

Air Force Procurement Policies Revised

Washington—U. S. Air Force Systems Command is revising its source selection and procurement policies to meet new budget stringencies and to put more emphasis on commercial practices, including the controversial “past performance” system in source selection.

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Space Technology

Contingency Plans Readied for Skylab

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Space Technology

Viking Mars Data Yield No Sign of Life

Pasadena, Calif.—Exhaustive analysis of data returned by the twin Viking landers on Mars has supported initial conclusions that the craft failed to find signs of life on the planet, but scientists continue to debate whether some type of microorganisms now exist or were able to survive at some time in the harsh Martian environment.

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Editorial

National Security Call

The Department of Defense is huge in terms of its technical challenges. The Defense research and development budget alone is over $11 billion. More importantly, technology is the American crown jewel. We have a clear, definable 10-year lead in most areas of technology.
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Air Transport

U. S.-china Air Service Delay Forecast

January 291979 February 121979