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May 9, 1983

Departmental

Aerospace Calendar

VIEWPOINT

An Upper Stage Alternative

Departmental

Who’s Where

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Departmental

Aerospace Calendar

May 15-19—Spring Meeting, Society for Experimental Stress Analysis, Bond Court Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio. Contact: SESA, (203) 775-6373. May 16-18 —33rd Electronic Components Conference, Contemporary Hotel, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla.
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VIEWPOINT

An Upper Stage Alternative

(Development of supplementary stages for the space shuttle to bridge the gap between its orbital capability and mission requirements for communications satellites or planetary spacecraft has been marked by problems and controversy.
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Departmental

Who’s Where

Phillip J. Sullivan appointed vice presidentgovernment requirements, a newly created position, for Lockheed’s corporate office in Washington, D. C.; he has been serving as president of Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Canada, Ltd., since 1980.
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Departmental

Industry Observer

Vought Corp. is working with the Army’s Ballistic Missile Defense Command to apply infrared homing to a ground-based, non-nuclear interceptor missile. The technology involves the company’s miniature homing vehicle for Air Force antisatellite intercepts. The vehicle is scheduled for launch from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 this fall to fly toward a point in space (AW&ST May 2, p. 14).
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Departmental

Washington Roundup

Buying America Defense Dept. officials, concerned about the effect on North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies of Buy America legislation, watched closely a win-one-and-lose-one game in Congress last week. The Reagan Administration was successful in getting the House Appropriations defense subcommittee to recommend removal of the specialty metals clause prohibiting U. S. purchases of much foreign equipment (AW&ST Apr. 11, p. 28).
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Missile Engineering

Congress Seeks MX Reassurance

Letters from both houses challenge President’s willingness to link deployment with changes in arms control strategy Washington—Twelve members of Congress have challenged President Ronald Reagan to prove his willingness to link interim deployment of 100 MX missiles to a change in arms control strategy based on small, single-warhead missiles.

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Pershing Funding

Washington—Release of production money for the Martin Marietta Pershing 2 missile has been approved by the House Appropriations defense subcommittee on a 7 to 5 vote, reversing last year’s decision to withhold funding pending successful testing.
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Space Technology

TDRS Thrusters Readied For Geostationary Shift

Los Angeles—Two orbital tests of the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-A) reaction control system conducted last week have shown that a pair of small attitude control thrusters will be capable of boosting the nearly 5,000-lb. satellite from its present elliptical trajectory to geosynchronous orbit.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Hughes Studies LHX Helicopter for Army

Advanced light multipurpose helicopter (LHX) concept being studied by Hughes Helicopters, Inc., for the U. S. Army would incorporate numerous advanced-technology features, including digital flight control system, integrated technology rotor system, reduced workload cockpit and no-tail-rotor directional control system.
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NASA Sets June 16 for Seventh Shuttle Launch

Kennedy Space Center—Tentative launch date of June 16 was set last week for the seventh space shuttle mission by National Aeronautics and Space Administration as work on Challenger in the orbiter-processing facility kept pace with the operations assessment schedule.
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