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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - June 2, 1981, Fairbanks, Alaska
Air Force misfires in laser gun missile test Washington apr the air forces push for a revolutionary laser weapon turned up a Dud in a secret attempt to use High intensity Light to destroy a 2,000 Mph missile it was Learned today. A the test failed and we done to know Why a said col. Bob of Brien spokesman for the air Force systems command when asked about the airborne Experiment Over the China Lake calif., Range on monday. Had it succeeded the Effort to destroy a supersonic air to air missile with a laser beam shot from a special Laboratory plane would have marked significant Progress toward a weapon that would drastically change the character of warfare. Pentagon spokesman Henry Catto also acknowledged failure of the test. Of Brien said a concentrated beam of Light was aimed from a modified Kc-135 plane at a sidewinder missile that had been fired from an a-7 fighter bomber. The sidewinder is used by fighter planes in Battle against other aircraft. Of Brien said scientists Are trying to evaluate the causes of the failure posing two Basic questions a did we miss it or did we hit it and nothing happened a the target missile fell to the ground in the Range area apparently after running out of fuel of Brien said. He promised future test efforts but would not speculate on a time Frame because this will depend he said on what the scientists learn from the failure. Ground based laser test devices of the air Force army and Navy have knocked Down pilotless drone aircraft drone helicopters and an antitank missile but High Energy lasers never before have been used in an Effort to kill an air to air missile from an air plane. The soviets Are known to be working hard toward developing their own High Energy laser weaponry. Opinions vary in the scientific and military communities As to where the two countries stand in the race for this important new generation of arms. A successful laser weapon could destroy even a fast moving target instantly before the target could take evasive action. Laser Light can travel one mile in the time it takes a supersonic plane making twice the Speed of sound to move one eighth of an Inch Pentagon scientists say. A laser weapon system would include both a Generator of High powered Light and a key control device which would focus the beam on a vulnerable spot on the target. A a successful laser engagement occurs Only when the beam Burns through the targets surface and destroys a vital component such As the guidance system or ignites fuel or a warhead a a Pentagon document said. A while the Energy is delivered instantaneously the laser must dwell on the target to destroy it. Thus the beam control subsystem must hold the beam steady on the target scientists say there Are considerable difficulties in propagating effective High Energy laser beams in the atmosphere because atmospheric friction tends to lower beam intensity. Also bad weather Clouds smoke or other Phenomena absorb laser beam Energy and effectively limit Range of such weapons. Therefore scientists believe that the laser weapon would be at its most effective in the airless vacuum of space and that the most promising application for such a weapon would be to destroy attacking intercontinental ballistic missiles or hostile satellites. Even if research tests Are successful scientists say that a practical laser weapon is still years away. In space they say it could be at least ten years before such a weapon could be a reality in part because of the problems of placing a suitable and Large enough platform for such a weapon in mews Miner Quot America s farthest North daily newspaper Quot vol. Xxxix. No. 129 a 1981 Fairbanks publishing co. Fairbanks Alaska tuesday june 2,1981 30 per copy in Fairbanks 28 pages inside Fairbanks troopers search Back trails of Murphy dome for missing Man. Page 3 the ice bound Polar sea made perfect lab for uhf graduate student. Page 3 Alaska alaskans can expect better airline service this summer. Page 3 Legislatures Frank initiative Bill marked for governors veto. Page 2 the nation Justice department says air Force botched espionage Case. Page 7 murder suspect Hacks apart prosecutors Case by marrying the Star witness. Page 7 House democrats under siege by Reagan tax Cut forces. Page 9 the world israeli planes artillery Pound palestinian bases. Page 21 sports Valenzuela posts ninth win. Page 15 three alaskans among lady Nanook recruits. Page 16 opinions big City mayors line up against cuts in Federal Grants. Page 4 and More Alaska news. 2,3,6 Ann landers.20 comics.20 classified ads.21-23 crossword puzzle.20 editorials and comment .4 entertainment.6 Fairbanks news .3 foreign news.21 horoscope.20 l m boyd.20 National news .2,7,9,17-1 Northern obituaries.3 police Roundup. 3 sports. 13-16 forecast Cloudy area forecast partly Cloudy through wednesday with Tome afternoon and evening showers mainly Over the Hills North of town i Northeast winds to is Mph today and around to Mph tonight High today around �0, Low tonight in the Low a of. High wednesday 65 to to the Outlook for thursday la some rain late in the Day at la a in today the temperature was to under partly Cloudy skies the wind was from the Northeast at is Mph. And use barometer was is is and ring the High temperature monday was is and the overnight Low was so the record High for thu Date u s4, set la Issi. And the record Low la a. Aet in i Osu Sunrise wednesday will be at in am and Sunset will be at 11 11 pm. For a total of 30 hours and is minutes of Day lit an increase of six minutes from today weather elsewhere. Page. A maybe they ought put j Howard in charge of the legislature a a aft a first and Only Chancellor feels he a kept the House running staff photo by Erie m Uehling or. Howard Cutler Quot we went through so Many things. A by Dan Joling staff writer when Howard Cutler talks about economics its hardly a dismal treatment of the a dismal his eyes brighten the edges of his Mouth turn upward and his voice becomes excited. Diminishing returns hidden assumptions Trade offs. And conclusions suddenly sound relevant. A the exciting thing about economics is not economics but How economists think a Cutler said. When he says he looks Forward to becoming a teacher of economics again a role he assumed monday you believe him As of monday Cutler the consummate Diplomat stepped Down As the Only Chancellor the University of Alaska Fairbanks has Ever had to become a regents professor of he will return to the classroom assist with the Alaska Council on economic education s project to teach elementary and secondary teachers How to teach economics and do research. The transition to the classroom will be eased by six months of preparation. Out of teaching for More than two decades Cutler will depart for Penn state University july i to catch up on the latest in economics theory. A you become Rusty on current data and you become Rusty on the Edge of theoretical thought which in economics is the cutting Cutler said of his Long absence from the classroom. He took the Chancellor Job in 1976, serving under five University presidents. The faculty already statewide hearing told both sides Hydro plan praised and cursed Juneau apr a few months ago Senate leaders Drew blueprints for what s designed to be the largest state construction Effort in history a $5 billion program to tap Alaska s abundant hydroelectric potential. But As lawmakers prepare to commit More than $500 million to build several projects included in the first phase of the Hydro financing plan. Questions Are still being raised. During a statewide hearing Over the Legislatures teleconference network monday some residents called the program everything from a a a blackmail Effort to secure funds for the proposed Multi billion Dollar Sustina River dams to a a a Boondoggle a that would encourage Energy consumption and the construction of Over sized dams in Sharp contrast to the critics however an even larger number of persons testified in favor of the program they praised it As an enlightened plan to provide cheap Power for All alaskans Fairbanks an Alexa Dvorson said Alaska has a unique Opportunity to learn from the past hydroelectric mistakes of other states. For example she said Washington states dams on the Columbia River have permanently harmed fish stocks and the same thing could happen in Alaska. Other critics blasted the program As a hastily planned a pork barrel approach to Energy development that would fund projects not yet shown to be feasible they also said the program would inequitable distribute state wealth to the Benefit of Urban alaskans while offering Little help to villagers hit by skyrocketing Energy costs. Supporters of the hydroelectric plan voiced a different View. Fairbanks Republican Urban Rahoi said the state s Oil Revenue is like a gift from god and by investing it in Hydro Power the state can do its residents Good for generations. Other supporters of the program said it would have a tremendous Impact across the state and would demonstrate to outsiders that Alaska can handle its wealth in a responsible Way. The testimony came during the second Day of hearings by the House finance committee a the last regular committee slated to review the Hydro financing legislation Csc sub 25 and 26which grew out of a Compromise negotiated by House and Senate leaders the Senate already passed the legislation in a slightly different form and Senate leaders say a Hydro financing plan is one of their priorities for the session. If the House finance committee endorses the legislation it will head to the House floor gov. Jay Hammond has expressed support for the concept of the legislation although ifs no secret that some of Hammond a Energy advisers oppose the financing plan the legislation Calls for state Grants to build state owned Hydro projects throughout Alaska in the Early years the dams would be required each year to pay Back to the state five per cent of the original state investment. In what critics have dubbed the a a Sustina blackmail clause a the Bill mandates that unless $5 billion is set aside for Hydro projects by 1986 enough to build the huge Sustina River dams the dams built prior to 1986 would be required to Start paying the state on an annual basis to per cent of the original state Grant. If the Sustina dams Are built a so called a postage Stamps a rate for electricity then would be established familiar with Cutler from his tenure As academic vice president from 1962-66. Made him the popular Choice for the Job he expects a smooth Transfer of the office to his successor Pat of Rourke offering his assistance to of Rourke the shift resembles a . President passing the office to a successor from his own party. The transition reflects his own character. Eloquent. Polite. Gracious Humble. Optimistic. Sincere. He a the kind of speaker you d choose to introduce you to Royalty though the Job of Chancellor appears to have slowed Hun. Listening to questions his Ewe weary the pause before he answers has the questioner wondering if he a forgotten the question until he Speaks and makes it Worth the wait. The answers Are couched in verbal Honey. The Good sense can be stunning. Though everyone agrees the uhf is a better College than it was five years ago. Cutler tends to minimize his accomplishments. He credits improvements in faculty partly to Good support from the state and an improved Market. In his View. His major accomplishment May have been a keeping the House a major Effort was put into a minimizing As Best i could the Impact of the statewide administration s differences upon the teaching and research and Public service activities on the Fairbanks Cutler said. A a that a hardly stuff to run a political platform Cutler said problems of finances record keeping personnel turnover and trying to keep that from affecting classes can sap the Energy of an administrator. A we went through so Many Cutler said much of his time was spent reassuring the students and the faculty and maintaining some level of Confidence la the collage by the com a a iffy a Kwiw that this was going to be the major Job for five years i think i would have looked at it differently a a Cutler said. He said he came on a at the tail end of the phasing out of the students who were Uncertain about their goals during the last half of the 70s. Students became More serious about goals. Its reflected in such things As a greater use of the Library and even a greater use of psychological services. A you know you have More serious students Quot Cutler said. At this years commencement he urged students to cultivate a sense of Awe to savor the everyday world the thought resembles a bit of advice he would leave with his successor a Bennett acting Chancellor f. Lawrence Bennett vice Chancellor for academic affairs has been appointed acting Chancellor for the University of Alaska Fairbanks by a president Jay Barton Bennett is to act As Chancellor until Patrick o Rourke assumes the Post on a permanent basis August i. O Rourke will succeed Howard Cutler who will assume a new assignment As Regent s professor of economics in the uhf school of management july i. Bennett has been the Uags vice Chancellor for academic affairs since 1977. He joined uhf in 1968 As a professor of engineering management. For the entire state after the rate is set the dams would be required to pay Back Only the amount of Money needed to cover annual operation and maintenance and to help subsidize Energy Bills in Rural areas dependent on High Cost diesel generation during monday s hearing Utility officials and Community leaders from around the state gave the Hydro financing plan High Marks most said they favor Grants Over Low interest state Loans however a Sitka City official suggested the a postage Stamps electric rate might create a disincentive for Good management he also said that hiking the required return on dams from 5 per cent to to per cent a if the Sustina project is not built a would make it difficult to determine the feasibility of some dams several local officials expressed fear that lawmakers will wait until next year to act on the Hydro Bills to allow for More study but that a just what some citizens advised one Kenai resident said the plan needs More study because Rural areas Are not fairly treated. He also said the legislation attempts to a a blackmail future lawmakers into approving additional funds for Hydro projects. David Lacey a Matakuska Sustina Valley resident said the state should address other kinds of Power develop men besides hydroelectric a spokesman for the Alaska Public interest research group a consumer advocacy group commended legislators for their efforts to develop Long Range Energy sources for the state. But he cited several problems with the Hydro financing plan he said it would provide inequitable benefits would put too much emphasis on Hydro projects rather than looking at alternative see Hydro Page 6 a learn to enjoy the Community and the state it s really a wonderful place to live there Are a lot of people Here to help do the Cutler said he said the new Chancellor should recognize strengths in present staff Quot done to underestimate the excellence of the facility and staff nor the student body Quot Cutler said a there is a lot of Superior ability right close at hand a he said of Rourke need not operate the University the Way it has been done in the past. A a done to be afraid to try new things. A Cutler said his most important advice is to remember the purpose of the Job the Johnm Chancellor is environment in which learning and research can Cutler said the temptation is to make sure there s no trouble and if there is trouble make sure it s not expressed he sees a continued need for communication Between faculty and students. A there is an endless need for this. I really can to judge whether we re getting More or not i have certainly tried to Lead by Cutler said since his second week in office until the last week of school last semester. Cutler met weekly with students usually at the fireplace in Wood Center. A it was the one meeting i kept Cutler said a i never cancelled a meeting at the fireside if i was in the crowds he said ranged from Zero to 200 a when there was none i was pleased that there were no problems pressing them at the moment Quot Cutler said. He probably Learned More than they did. He said the service he provided usually was to direct students to other staff members who had answers a a Chancellor does t have Many of the Cutler said he s blessed with a lot of specialists who know the answers better than he a see Cutler Page is tax talk Senate majority Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee left and House minority Leader Robert Michael of Illinois right along with other Republican congressional leaders meet in the White House today with president Reagan to discuss the administrations tax Cut plan Republican congressional leaders said today that democrats must make the next move if a Compromise on cutting taxes is going to be struck. Story on Page a. A wire photo
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