June 23, 1980

Missile Engineering

Improved U.s. Warning Net Spurred

Safety

Restart Failure Cited in Nord 262 Crash

Space Technology

New Usaf Division to Stress Research

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Missile Engineering

Improved U.s. Warning Net Spurred

Colorado Springs—Expanding Soviet capability to mount a varied range of strategic missile attacks against the U. S. has increased the importance of improved U. S. missile warning and attack characterization to a level equal to the strategic triad.
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Safety

Restart Failure Cited in Nord 262 Crash

General. The aircraft was certificated, equipped and maintained in accordance with applicable regulations and approved procedures. The gross weight and c.g. were within prescribed limits. Meteorological conditions were excellent and did not adversely affect the flight.
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Space Technology

New Usaf Division to Stress Research

Los Angeles—Redirection of USAF Systems Command laboratories toward advanced space program research is a key goal of the new Air Force Space Div. While the Space Div. is moving to bolster its advanced planning activity, it also is moving directly into space shuttle hardware procurement and by December plans to issue the first of several contracts that could total $400 million by the mid-1980s for shuttle sortie support system pallets and experiment integration.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Fund Action Key to Kc-135 Reengining

U. S. Air Force’s goal of reengining at least 300 of its Boeing KC-135 tankers with General Electric/Snecma CFM56 turbofan engines should take another step forward with the approval of the Fiscal 1981 budget. The budget contains a request for $49 million to provide for long-lead items, tooling and nonrecurring engineering costs leading to flight test and delivery of the first reengined aircraft and production certification for a total cost of $125 million.

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Avionics

U. S. Seeking Better Command Control Survivability

Washington—The Defense Dept. soon will launch a major research and development effort to devise means for enhancing the survivability and post-attack endurance of its World Wide Military Command and Control System in response to the growing Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile threat.

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Business Flying

Pace of Industry Reflected at Reading

Reading, Pa.—Reading air show more than ever this year provided a barometer of the general aviation industry, with reduced numbers of exhibitors, a mixed response to aircraft sales prospects and a concern for the price and availability of aviation fuel.

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Air Transport

Diverse Forces Cut Utilization

Pressures of airline deregulation, recessionary economy contributing factors; four trunks counter general trend

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Space Technology

Nasa Assesses Shuttle Engineering Problems

Engineering difficulties not expected to affect first launch schedule, but could influence early operational turnarounds

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Aeronautical Engineering

F-4es Deploying to Egypt for Training

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Air Transport

Faa Files New Charges Against Patco

Washington—Federal Aviation Administration continues to file unfair labor practices charges against the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization in an effort to prove a pattern of abuses that the FAA believes will lead to a national air traffic controllers’ strike next spring.

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