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July 23, 1984

Space Technology

Defense Dept. Developing Orbital Guns

Air Transport

Faa Noise Rules Benefiting Nacelle Design Companies

Missile Engineering

Soviet Threat Spurs Phoenix Follow-on

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Space Technology

Defense Dept. Developing Orbital Guns

Washington—Defense Dept, is embarking on a program to develop an orbital gun system to defend U. S. spacecraft against Soviet Union hunter-killer satellites. The gun will be capable of firing projectiles at velocities in excess of 10 km./sec. (6.2 mi./sec.), using kinetic energy to destroy its targets.

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Air Transport

Faa Noise Rules Benefiting Nacelle Design Companies

Los Angeles—Federal Aviation Administration’s Jan. 1, 1985, deadline for compliance with federal noise regulations has spawned a number of companies that are designing and developing acoustic treatment nacelles. Initial ground testing has begun on some of the engine nacelles being developed to bring older transport aircraft into compliance with the new noise regulations.

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Missile Engineering

Soviet Threat Spurs Phoenix Follow-on

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Air Transport

Airlines Worldwide Earned Profit in 1983

Brussels—World airlines earned a net profit for the first time in four years in 1983, according to International Air Transport Assn, figures, and 1984 is likely to be even more successful. The 1983 profit was estimated at $300 million, a large improvement over the $500-million net loss IATA had estimated at the end of 1983 (AW&ST Jan. 9, p. 34).

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Air Transport

British Airways Route Cuts Set

Civil Aviation Authority recommends some of the airline’s routes be awarded to private carriers to boost competition

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Space Technology

Spaceplane Called a Weapons Platform

Washington—The Soviet Union’s small winged manned spaceplane in advanced development is viewed by U. S. analysts as a likely Soviet weapons platform that could be used to inspect or attack U. S. satellites in low Earth orbit. The increased use of Soviet manned military space systems is expected to result in a softer Soviet tone toward the U. S. manned shuttle as the Soviets press for broader space weapon negotiations.

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Air Transport

High Flight Rates Achieved on Boeing’s Test Aircraft

Seattle—High flight rate is being achieved by Boeing Co.’s flight test organization during a period of intense activity that includes work aimed at certification of the 737-300 derivative transport and two new engines and carbon brakes for the 757 standard-body twinjet.

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Management

Cocom Agrees on Export of Computers

Washington—The 15-member nations of CoCom, the Coordinating Committee of the U. S., Japan and Western Europe, have devised new formulas to police computer exports to the Soviet bloc, including fewer restraints on mainframe and personal computers but more restrictions on super-minicomputers and software.

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Missile Engineering

Hughes Seeks Aim-54c Approval

Contractor negotiating to identify and correct anomalies in Improved Phoenix after suspension of Navy acceptance

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Editorial

Careers in the Cockpit

The letter that follows, from Capt. George D. Cansler, an Air Force F-16 instructor pilot, deals with a problem every professional military pilot faces. To let Capt. Cansler put it in his own words: After 10 years in the active duty Air Force flying the F-4 and the F-16, I am resigning.

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