Southwest Retort, Volume 13, Number 6, February 1961 Page: 18
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REEDER, W. R. STEPHENS (Department
head), and VIRGIL L. TWEEDIE. The re-
cent Southwest Regional meeting in Okla-
homa City was attended by Professors
JOHN S. BELEW and VIRGIL L. TWEEDIE
and graduate assistant, HERMAN C. CUS-
TARD. The staff of the Baylor chemistry
department extend their sincere congrat-
ulations to DR. EDWARD S. AMIS of the
University of Arkansas for being awarded
the Southwest Regional Award this year.
Dr. Amis spent the summers of 1958 and
1959 as a visiting professor on the Baylor
campus in connection with the summer
Institute for High School Science Teach-
ers. He is probably the only one to re-
ceive both the Southwest Regional Award
and the Southern Chemist award, the lat-
ter being granted in 1959. These awards
certainly recognize the many accomplish-
ments and outstanding ability of Dr. Amis.
The Baylor ACS Student Affiliate has
been active this school year. In the first
two meetings they viewed films on
"Atomic Power" and "Combustion" and
made a plant trip to the Owens-Illinois
Glass Company located in Waco. The fol-
lowing are the officers for this school year:
CHARLES MOSELEY, president; KENNETH
WARREN, program vice-president; AL-
BERT BOWMAN, membership vice-pres-
ident; CONSTANCE CHURCHILL, secre-
tary; and B. J. BARRON, treasurer.
DR. JAMES L. MCATEE was recently
elected a fellow in the Mineralogical So-
ciety of America. He received a $5000
grant from the American Petroleum In-
stitute which is being used in the pur-
chase of X-Ray diffractometer equipment
to be used in his research.
Increased management responsibility
for the manufacture, test, and delivery of
solid propellant turbine starters used in
the Saturn and advanced Atlas liquid pro-
GALBRAITH LABORATORIES, INC.
P. O. Box 4187 Knoxville 21, Tenn.
pulsion system has been assigned to Solid
Propulsion Operations at McGregor. Mc-
Gregor now handles the purchase of raw
material and parts, testing, storage of
completed units, and shipping, in addi-
tion to manufacturing which has been
under way for a number of months.
The new assignment is an indication
of growing management responsibilities
at the McGregor operation.
The compact starters provide the initial
split second of power needed to start the
1,500,000-pound-thrust Saturn booster
and the advanced MA-3 Atlas propulsion
system. Each unit is approximately the
size of a two-pound coffee can and de-
livers 1500 horsepower for one second to
the liquid engine starting turbines. De-
signed and developed by Rocketdyne, the
turbine starter represents the first known
application of solid propellants to the
starting of large liquid propulsion rocket
engines. Use of the starters has resulted
in weight savings of 120 pounds on large
liquid engines and a total reduction of
approximately 1000 pounds on the eight-
engine Saturn cluster.
A KD2U-1 Regulus missile modified
for rocket boost by a Rocketdyne-built
M-34 130,000-pound-thrust solid propel-
lant motor has been launched from Point
Mugu Naval Base on its second experi-
mental flight as a high speed target drone.
Capable of Mach 2 performance at alti-
tudes above 50,000 feet, the new target
drone system was boosted into almost in-
stantaneous flight by an M-34 motor de-
veloped and produced by Rocketdyne at
its McGregor plant. Addition of the M-34
booster to the obsolete Regulus missiles
will provide a low-cost target drone sys-
tem both for the Navy and the Air Force.
It will be used by the Navy for testing
long range surface-to-air and air-to-air
missiles and by the Air Force as a target
for Bomarc missiles. Rocketdyne boosters
for the program are being produced by
the division's Solid Propulsion Operations
at McGregor, under contracts totaling
$1,100,000. The motors are being de-
livered both to the Navy and to Chance
Vought Aircraft, Inc., producers of the
Regulus. The powerful M-34 booster
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