By Richard S Lewis
In Appointment at the Moon, Richard S. Lewis strains the tale of America's enterprise in house from its beginnings almost immediately after international struggle II, throughout the Mercury and Gemini initiatives, and directly to the Apollo eleven flight which lifted guy out of his terrestrial domestic and set him at the highway to the celebs. [from front subject]
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Satellite vehicle . " message here could be paraphrased as "We are not going to build a satellite but will continue to think about one," Russian reaction to the disclosure was as violent as though a laimching was imminent. " By mid-1948, the Navy had gone as far as it [HATV studies without developing hardware to could with try them its out. But the Bureau of Aeronautics estimated that a 12-vehicle program would cost $150,000,000, and this sum was regarded as fantastically high for a project without a definable military purpose.
The committee was instructed to recommend a satelliteequipment program by August 1, 1955. The Navy presented its proposal to develop a three-stage rocket, using an enlarged Viking as the first stage, the Aerobee as the second stage, and a soHd rocket as the third. " It would place into orbit a payload weighing 20 pounds. Von Braim presented Project Orbiter for the Army. The Jupiter C would place at least 10 poimds in orbit. The composite vehicle would use the Redstone as Lauritsen, California Institute of and spin-stabilized clusters of solid rockets in the second and third stages.
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