January 23, 1984

Space Technology

Maneuvering Unit Keyed to Simplicity

Avionics

Boeing Delivers B-1b Avionics Shipsets

Management

Spain to Modernize Aerospace Industry

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Space Technology

Maneuvering Unit Keyed to Simplicity

Denver—The astronaut manned maneuvering unit that is to propel crewmen up to 300 ft. away from the orbiter Challenger during space shuttle missions has been designed as a simple, easy-to-operate propulsion backpack that can be flown by astronauts within inches of other objects.

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Avionics

Boeing Delivers B-1b Avionics Shipsets

Seattle—Boeing Military Airplane Co. has begun delivering equipment for two shipsets of navigation/weapons control avionics for the USAF/Rockwell International B-1B flight test program, which is scheduled to start this summer. The first shipset is to be completed by Feb. 29; the second, by Mar. 31.

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Management

Spain to Modernize Aerospace Industry

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Management

Sweden Adjusts to Military Reductions

Ronneby, Sweden—Swedish Air Force will begin field tests this year on a new dispersal plan, called Base 90, which is designed to allow it to retain its credibility as an effective defensive force despite a continuing decline in size. Sweden relies on the Air Force to be the country’s prime defender in peacetime and to be able to delay an attacker until the largely reserve Army could mobilize.

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Space Technology

Scientist Mate Spacecraft with Exploratory Missions

Reno, Nev.—Concepts of planetary spacecraft design and mission operations enunciated last year by the Solar System Exploration Committee are being used in plans for more than a dozen missions the committee recommended to begin before the year 2000.

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Management

Spares Changes Concern Industry

Companies believe procedural shifts by Logistics Command coming too fast could endanger component safety, reliability

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Management

U. S. Realigns Program on Ballistic Missile Defense

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Aeronautical Engineering

Rockwell Completes First B-1b Fuselage

Palmdale, Calif.—Five fuselage sections of the first USAF/Rockwell International B1B aircraft have been mated at Rockwell’s new assembly facility here as crews remain ahead of schedule to complete the initial production version of the bomber aircraft (AW&ST Jan. 16, p. 14).

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Missile Engineering

Weld Failure Cited in Third Mx Missile Test Flight

Los Angeles—Failure of a weld during the third test flight of an MX intercontinental ballistic missile apparently triggered a chain of events that resulted in the fourth stage running out of propellant during deployment of the missile’s eight inert reentry vehicles.

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Air Transport

Boeing Rolls Out 737-300 Version

Series of derivative transports designed to meet changing market needs and compete with the proposed Airbus A320

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