Science: The Heat-Resisters

The friction-heated cockpit of a high-speed airplane has to be cooled elaborately to keep the pilot alive. If the pilot is taken out, and the craft becomes an unmanned missile, its interior must still be cooled to keep its electronic brain from dying of heat prostration. So, decided General Electric Co., heatproof electronic components should prove useful in the missile business. This week, after years of work, it showed whole electronic assemblies working efficiently, though red-hot in a glowing electric furnace.

Ordinary electronic equipment is prostrated by the temperature of boiling water (212° F.). As the temperature rises, rubber and...

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