P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:03  1 X   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...1 Boffins all over the world are worQhng on radically new aircraft. In Canada the project is a "microwave 'plane" — powered by the same kind of rhings that are whizzing around inside your hi-tech oven as the Sunday chicken is de-frosting. A model of this strange beast has already been tested, and flew for four ehnutes, reaching 100ft above a field in Canada. more > Buzz Index 610 Buzz-Line 619 FREE GIFT FROM GRATTAN - 0 3 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holid!83
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1752:11  2/X   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...2 The microwave craft is called a SHARP (Stationary High-Altitude Relay Platform) 5, and is one eighth the size of the full-size model. This would have a wingspan of about 35 yards. It wouldn't be used to ferry passengers, but to be a kind of low-level satellite, rel!xhng radio and television broadcasts further and at less cost than a tower. It would require a network of dish-style microwave radiators to keep it aloft. more > Buzz Guide 610 Buzz-Line 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holida91
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1752:55  3 X   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...3 Although British Aerospace got there first with its idea of Hotol — a mega-fast "space plane" — the US is trying to forge into the lead by awarding contracts for its super-fast flyer. Three firms (McDonnell-Douglas, General Dynamics, and Rockwell International) have been selected as winners of the competition for the largest-ever aircraft research project contracts. The programme is being organised jointly by NASA and the US Defence Department. more > Buzz Index 610 Buzz-Line 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holiday1
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1710:10  4 X   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...4 US boffins are aiming at an aircraft capable of flying at 17,000 mph (New York to Tokyo in two hourq . They reckon it could be flying in six years. All three companies will have three years to work independently on designs, and then, in 1990, one will be chosen as the basis for two prototypes. At that point a final decision will be taken on whether the idea really is fe!sjble. Contracts to start developing engines have already been awarded (to Rocketdyne and Pratt and Whitney). more > Buzz Index 610 Buzz-Line 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holida93
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:10  5   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...5 The prototypes would, it is thought, be the size of a medium passenger jet and the space shuttle. They would, like Hotol, take off and land horizontally (unlike the shuttle) and would reach 25 times the speed of sound — "escape velocity" from the Earth's gravitational pull. But they are just ideas at the moment. New construction methods and materials need to be invented, and computers and propulsion systems developed. And remember; when the US tried to build its own Concorde (the SST) it was forced to scrap the idea. I wonder if it'll make it THIS time. more > BUZZ Guide 610 BUZZ-Line 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holidays
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:11  6   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...6 Meanwhile, in Toulouse, French scientists are trying to l—be sure they don't get left behind in the %fc— plane race. Aerospatiale developed Concorde with British Aerospace, and its researchers are working on ideas for an "Avion a Grande Vitesse" (AGV — "high speed plane"). They aren't quite as optimistic about when it could be in use as their American counterparts, preferring to think just of the first 25 xdars of the next century. more > Buzz Index 610 Buzz- hne 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holiday3
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1741:00  7/9   by Simon Hardeman REVOLUTIONARY 'PLANES...7 Aerospatiale's engineers say they have learned the lessons of Concorde, and developed many new materials and techniques. Indeed, if Concorde was built now it could be a third lighter at take off, and have much quieter engines. It may seem hi-tech, but it was designed in 1962 and has been in service more than a decade. As I've said, British Aerospace boffins are beavering away on their Hotol project. But more of THAT in future. Stay tuned! more > BUZZ Guide 610 BUZZ-Line 61 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holiday1
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1751:11  8/9   by Simon Hardeman                   This is an artist's impre3qhon of the Aerospatiale "Avion a Grande Vitesse", which could seat passengers 15 abreast and be flyhng early next century. more > Buzz Index 610 Buzz-Line 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holida91
P618 ORACLE 618 Mon12 Oct C4 1750:17  9 X   by Simon Hardeman CABBAGE AND CHIPS Computers have taken over from Cabbage Patch Kids; with Julie The Wonder Doll. "She" can sense temperature, light, and movement, and sings and talks with synchronised eyes and mouth. Julie can even "read" special books. Wafer-thin inserts give her different subjects to talk on, and she can answer up to 100 questions. And if the asker is mumbling, she'll get cro3s@ The price? Round about £65 in the States. THE 618 WEEK MONDAY A new TECH feature. THURSDAY Software charts, review, news. SATURDAY IN ORBIT — space news. more > Buzz Index 610 Buzz-Line 619 Buzz Line BSVs Kids Holidax1