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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 10, 1982-Page 7

Private firm
launches rocket

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ROCKPORT, Texas- A privately-
tinanced rocket blasted off from a
seaside cow pasture yesterday, soared
95 miles into space and simulated a
payload drop in a flight that pioneered
,commercial rocketry in America.
, The 37-foot blue and white Conestoga
J rocket-named for the wagons which
carried pioneers to the west-delivered
tp thousand-pound dummy payload in a
performance its owner, Space Services
Inc., hopes will convince investors and
^clients it can launch satelittes by early
S, "EVERYTHING looked perfect,"
i said Donald "Deke" Slayton, former
iastronaut who joined SSI after
iretirement from NASA.
"As far as we know, all systems
worked exactly as they were designed
to. The next thing we're going to do is go
'nd drink a lot of beer. After that, we're
'going to put together an orbital launch
vehicle. We'll be back with it in two
SSI chairman David Hannah Jr.
raised $6 million from investors for the
project and put together a team of for-
mer NASA experts, who meshed
technology from private companies and
the government into Thursday's subor-
bital flight.

"IT SHOWS a group of private in-
dividuals and private investors can
band together and launch a commercial
rocket that potentially can take advan-
tage of a huge market out there," Han-
nah said.
Hannah said a dozen oil companies
have expressed interest in using SSI to
place satellites in orbit to monitor oil
wells in remote sites and to search for
minerals and oil deposits.
SSI plans. to build a multiple-stage
rocket system capable of orbiting a 500-
pound satellite about 500 miles above
SSI's first experimental rocket blew
up in August 1981 during a test of its
liquid-fueled engine. SSI switched to the
solid-fueled Minuteman I booster, pur-
chased from NASA for $365,000,
building its titanium and aluminum
Conestoga I rocket around it. A series of
Conestogas are planned for low earth
orbit launches.
The rocket took off at 10:17 a.m. CDT
and splashed down-with no recovery
attempt-10 minutes later 320 miles
southeast of the launch site on isolated
Matagorda Island off the Texas coast.
Splashdown was 270 miles east of the
Mexican coast.

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AP Photo
THE CONESTOGA I rocket blasts off from Matagorda Island off the Texas
coast yesterday, on its way to completing the first successful flight of a
privately owned rocket in the U.S.

*' 'U' hiring freeze prepares for budget cut

(Continued from Page 1l
;flatly rejected that plan last week,
saying. that education would take too
,great a beating if - Milliken's vision
became law.
1 UNIVERSITY officials do not expect
a resolution from Lansing for at least
-mnother week, but they initiated the
freeze in anticipation of a significant
-Wt. Eight million dollars equals about
4, percent of the University's General
aund budget, the treasury chest that
Provides most of the institution's
educational funds.
Thehiring freeze is intended to make
cash avpailable for the next few months
the state doesn't come through with its
foll allocation, said Billy Frye, Univer-
sity vice president for academic af-
The .freeze also will leave open jobs
*for previously laid-off University em-
ployees, thus filling vacant positions
and cutting costs at the same time, a
isituation the University would like to
find itself in more often.
THE FREEZE most probably- will
not affect faculty positions;. depar-
tments can get exemptions to fill most
professorial openings. The freeze also
exempts student employment, in-
cluding teaching assistants and work-
study jobs.
Frye has warned the University's
Pans and unit directors to be ready for
4 percent cut in their budgets if the
state follows Milliken's plan.
g Frye said yesterday that money saved
Oom the University's five-year budget
lan would not be available to boost
thigh priority" University budgets,
ch as faculty salaries and better
esearch incentives, but instead would
feused to make up for losses in state
"In the short run, a cut will com-
omise our objectives," Frye said, but
expressed hope that the Univeristy
ould still be able to meet its goals of

shifting money Away from certain
areas to beef up those deemed most im-
FRYE SAID he plans to tell the LSA
faculty this Monday that the ideals of
the five-year plan won't stop in 1987 but
that the process of reassessing
priorities and rebudgeting will have to
In other words, the highly tauted five
year plan has gained a few years.
"Since we can only expect stable
budgets for the foreseeable future, we
must continue to re-evaluate our
programs, year by year to allow for
growth where it's necessary," Frye
said. He cited shifts in student interests
and "new intellectual developments"
as determining factors ,in where the
University's future needs will be.
THE 10-DAY-OLD hiring freeze has
been bothersome to many University
units, but most reported that so far,
they have been able to adjust
The School of Education, for instan-
ce, has been able to fill openings in its
secretarial staff with employees from

the University's secretarial pool, said
Eric Warden, assistant to the dean.
The school has also received waivers to
fill research slots, necessary to honor
commitments to outside agencies.
Should the hiring freeze be extended
beyond this month, however, "It could
be disastrous," Warden said. 0
THE FINANCIAL aid office was
granted a waiver by the administration
to fill its new vacancy this month, but
Director Harvey Grotrian said he was
not sure what will happen when he
needs to fill another position in October.
"If the governor's cut goes through
and the freeze is extended, it will create
great problems for us," Grotrian war-
Norman Sunstad, the associate direc-
tor of housing, said his office has been
allowed to hire employees to fill
"critical positions" in food service and
other areas. He added that housing
probably would be allowed to fill
vacancies in areas such as
housekeeping, if they are necessary to
maintin the dormitories.
Officials agreed that an extended

hiring freeze would be a poor way to
handle the University's financial
problems, but they accepted the action
on a short-term basis.
Said Prof. Richard Porter, associate
chairman of the economic department:
A longer freeze would be a "haphazard,
awful way of allocating resources."
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