Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space by David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert

By David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert

This manuscript is a learn of the us Air strength in area. Of the entire army companies, the Air strength has been preeminently concerned for the earlier fifty years in beginning, constructing, and utilising the expertise of space-based platforms in aid of the nation's nationwide safety. but there was no single-volume assessment of the Air strength area tale to function an creation and advisor for readers. This e-book tells the tale of the origins and improvement of the USA Air Force's area application from its earliest beginnings within the publish moment global warfare interval to its emergence as a serious operational presence within the Persian Gulf struggle.

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A. Anderson, which conducted extensive interviews throughout the Air Force before issuing its report on t8 November 1949 . " The powerful arguments for change convinced General Vandenberg to promptly implement the organizational recommendations. On 23 January 1950, the Air Force created the Office ofthe Deputy Chief of Staff, Development, and the Air Research and Development Command (ARDC) with headquarters at the Sun Building in Baltimore, Maryland . Yet it would take the "personal salesmanship" of Lieutenant General James H.

His work would contribute later to experiments using long-focal-length panoramic camera systems for surveillance purposes . James Lipp's "The Time Factor in the Satellite Program" proved especially significant in light of future developments . He described the importance of satellites for scientific research, for military operations, for encouraging development of longrange rockets, and for providing the nation psychological and political benefits . Among his observations, he discussed polar orbits for recurring surveillance, geostationary orbits to compensate for the earth's rotation, and the use of television equipment and special telescopes for transmitting electro-optical images to ground stations .

The scientist readily agreed to the Army's project, which called for producing a 20,000-pound liquid-propellant rocket with a burn time of sixty seconds and a range of nearly forty miles. Organized under Frank Malina, the large project became known as ORDCIT (representing Ordnance, California Institute of Technology), until renamed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in November 1944 . Their work would lead to the successful launching of the WAC Corporal series of liquid-propellant sounding rockets after the war.

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