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 examine of the us Air strength in house. Of all of the army prone, the Air strength has been preeminently concerned for the previous fifty years in beginning, constructing, and using the know-how of space-based structures in aid of the nation's nationwide safeguard. but there was no single-volume review of the Air strength area tale to function an advent and advisor for readers. This publication tells the tale of the origins and improvement of the us Air Force's area software from its earliest beginnings within the submit moment international battle interval to its emergence as a serious operational presence within the Persian Gulf conflict.

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In return, the Air Force received authority to develop strategic missiles, while the Army became responsible for tactical missiles . Meanwhile, the Air Force continued its pathbreaking ballistic missile defense studies, Projects WIZARD and THUMPER . Although the latter was cancelled in March 1948, Project WIZARD continued until early 1958, when then Secretary of Defense Neil H . " The problem of interservice rivalry over missiles received little help from the defense committees most responsible for providing direction .

Vannevar Bush, who believed that the military services should confine themselves to improving existing weapons and leave new scientific ideas to the civilian experts . Toward New Horizons helped ensure that the Air Force would reflect von Karman's thinking . "" Arnold's and von Karman's comments did not escape the attention of Dr . Bush, then the influential Director of the Office for Scientific Research and Development, and Chairman of the Joint Committee on New Weapons of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Profoundly affected by the German V-2 (A-4) rocket missile, he called for a similar weapon for the American arsenal, one "having greatly improved range and precision, and launched from great distances. " In perhaps his most controversial prognostication, he proposed launching such "projectiles" from "true space ships, capable of operating outside the earth's atmosphere . '-2 After General Arnold suffered a massive heart attack in October 1945, von Karman drove his group hard to conclude their work by the end of the year.

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