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In the late 1950's NACA and the Department of Defense had a problem. They could not figure out how to make a heat shield for manned spacecraft or ICBMs. The Air Force used heat-sink metals, especially copper and the Navy, on Polaris, used a beryllium heat sink shield. The Space Task Group, in March, 1958, were leaning toward the heat sink method. The Huntsville, Alabama museum for the tested nose cones all show pointed, refractory types. Then Dr. Nininger, a renowned meteoriticist, revealed to NASA's Julian Allen that meteors that land successfully are blunt and pitted. Allen claimed this discovery. Then an unknown potato peeler inventor, Everett Young, disclosed his patented invention for manned reentry to earth. It used a sandwiched cellular construction with permeable substrate, differential ablation and a vacuum gap. NASA copied his ideas and used them on Gemini, Apollo, and now Constellation spacecraft heat shields. Young's family suffered severely as a result of NASA's disregard for the real heat shield inventor and the job promised him.
|Publisher:||Page Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
Kerry Young is the son of the Heat Shield Inventor, one of seven children that suffered from NASA's refusal to recognize the inventor who handed them the solution to their manned reentry problem. He entered the Navy during the Vietnamese War as an Anti-Submarine (ASW) helicopter pilot, flying from small ships. Five deployments later, he moved his family from San Diego to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to work in the ASW Helo Program office, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), then PMA-266, for his last five years in the Navy. He has served as a Navy support contractor ever since, supporting integration of aircraft carrier combat systems. He is married to the former Susan Thompson and they have three grown children.