Comments on Future Air Transportation Systems
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A consideration of some design criteria for cargo, passenger, and deployment air transportation in the 1975-1985 time period. For future cargo flights, the author sees subsonic, unmanned vehicles controlled by radical innovations in traffic control and computer systems. In passenger traffic, the demand will be for longer nonstop flights in manned vehicles operating at increasingly higher speeds. For deployment of men and equipment into unknown and possibly primitive areas, the major requirement will be for extremely large aircraft. In this area, nuclear power is a distinct possibility.
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