Preludes to U.S. Space Launch Vehicle Technology: Goddard's Rockets to Minuteman III

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For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the sky. Beginning with this book and concluding with U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle, J. D. Hunley's two-volume work traces the evolution of this technology, from Robert Goddard's early research through the development of the Titan missiles and launch vehicles to the refinement of the space shuttle.

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Overview

For nearly fifty years, a wide range of missiles and rockets has propelled U.S. satellites and spacecraft into the sky. Beginning with this book and concluding with U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology: Viking to Space Shuttle, J. D. Hunley's two-volume work traces the evolution of this technology, from Robert Goddard's early research through the development of the Titan missiles and launch vehicles to the refinement of the space shuttle.

Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology is devoted primarily to military hardware and traces the evolution of missile technology from the 1920s through the 1970s, when the Minuteman III became operational. Hunley discusses individual innovations, technology transfer, management systems, and the organizations that were involved in the research and development of a wide range of rockets and missiles, including the German V-2, Redstone, Atlas, Thor, Jupiter, Titan I and II, and Polaris. He also humanizes the subject through numerous anecdotes and sketches of such fascinating individuals as Robert H. Goddard, Wernher von Braun, Bernard Schriever, and "Red" Raborn, among others.

These two volumes constitute a unique, invaluable history of rocketry that highlights the creativity, hard work, and trial-and-error that make up the history of "rocket science."

About the Author:
J. D. Hunley working as a historian for the United States Air Force and NASA during his lengthy career, Hunley has also taught at Allegheny College and served as a Ramsey Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813031774
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 5/11/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,450,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Hunley was chief historian of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center before his retirement in 2001. Besides working as a historian for the United States Air Force and NASA during his lengthy career, Hunley has also taught at Allegheny College and served as a Ramsey Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The Beginnings: Goddard and Oberth, 1926-1945     10
Peenemunde and the A-4 (V-2), 1932-1945     42
JPL: From JATO to the Corporal, 1936-1957     93
From Pompton Lakes to White Sands: Other Liquid-Propellant Rocket Developments, 1930-1954     126
From Eaton Canyon to the Sergeant Missile: Solid-Propellant Rocket Developments, 1940-1962     151
Redstone, Jupiter C, and Juno I, 1946-1961     165
The Atlas, Thor, and Jupiter Missiles, 1954-1959     203
The Titan I and II, 1955-1966     249
Polaris and Minuteman: The Solid-Propellant Breakthrough, 1955-1970     291
Conclusion     333
Chronology     339
Notes     347
Glossary of Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations     407
Sources     417
Index     447

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