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March 5, 1979

Manufacturing Technology

‘factory of the Future’ Researched

Space Technology

Western Shuttle Facility Plan Changed

Management

European Defense Unity Pushed

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Manufacturing Technology

‘factory of the Future’ Researched

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—Development by private industry of a highly automated factory for aerospace systems production with integrated management and control is the long-term goal of the Air Force’s Integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (ICAM) program.

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Space Technology

Western Shuttle Facility Plan Changed

Vandenberg AFB, Calif.—USAF has scrapped plans to fund construction of the West Coast space shuttle launch and support facility in Fiscal 1979 and 1980 and reprogramed the task as a five-year effort for Fiscal 1979-1983 instead. The change will delay the first West Coast space shuttle launch—previously planned for June, 1983—but officials are debating whether the delay will be six months or nine.

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Management

European Defense Unity Pushed

Common Market, Western European Union study proposals to challenge U.S. military equipment production lead

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Business Flying

Customs Seeks More, Larger Aircraft

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Aeronautical Engineering

Carbon Fiber Hazard Concerns Nasa

National Aeronautics and Space Administration will let no more contracts for flight evaluation or production development of carbon/epoxy components for aircraft until a conclusive determination can be made of the hazard presented to electrical and electronic equipment by loose carbon fibers freed by fire.
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Space Technology

Shuttle Test Payload Revisions Studied

Houston—Space shuttle orbital night test (OFT) management group at the Johnson Space Center here will advise the National Aeronautics and Space Administration within about a week whether a revised set of early space shuttle payloads can be accommodated as desired in the fiveor six-mission test program, according to Donald K. Slayton, program manager.

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Air Transport

Tigerair Seeks Sales, Leasing Growth

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Space Technology

First Orbiter Ready for Florida Transfer

Los Angeles—Delivery of the first operational NASA/Rockwell International space shuttle orbiter from Edwards AFB, Calif., to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this week will include three refueling stops as a result of the planned 13,000-ft. flight altitude and the increased drag caused by missing thermal protection system tiles.

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Air Transport

Labor Aid Draft Draws Fire

Department proposal to help airline employes displaced by deregulation criticized by union, carrier groups

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Editorial

Public Support for Space

Recently, two distinguished men of letters—James Michener and Norman Cousins—spoke out on this page eloquently describing the strong and deep feelings space exploration had engendered in non-technical citizens. From our own research and travels through the hustings we can confirm that the epic of space exploration during the past two decades has made a far deeper and stronger impression on the peoples of the world than politicians and government executives imagine.

February 261979 March 121979