By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Air Force Science and Technology Board, Committee on the National Aerospace Initiative
The nationwide Aerospace Initiative (NAI) used to be conceived as a joint attempt among the dep. of protection (DOD) and the nationwide Aeronautics and house management (NASA) to maintain the aerospace management of the USA in the course of the acceleration of chosen aerospace applied sciences: hypersonic flight, entry to house, and area applied sciences. The Air strength turned eager about the NAI's attainable effects on Air strength courses and funds if NAI application judgements differed from Air strength priorities. to envision this factor, it requested the NRC for an self reliant evaluate of the NAI. This document provides the result of that review. It makes a speciality of 3 questions requested via the Air strength: is NAI technically possible within the time-frame laid out; is it financially possible over that interval; and is it operationally proper.
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16 On March 15, 1944, von Braun was arrested by the Gestapo on charges that he was wasting Reich resources on his dream of space travel. While he was indeed interested in exploring the cosmos, the charges on this occasion lacked foundation. Thanks to the intervention of Speer, he was released after two weeks. While the experience was undoubtedly frightening, it proved useful after the war when von Braun needed evidence to suggest that he was never an ardent Nazi, nor an enthusiastic missile maker.
40 WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? Isolationism is neither a practical policy on the national or the cosmic scale. 15 The complexity of the task was not seen as an obstacle but rather as an indicator of its importance. Progress, the message went, implied tackling difficult challenges before their time. The turning point in the marketing of the rocket age came in 1952 when Collier’s magazine ran an eight-part series on space travel. The lead article of the first installment (entitled “Man Will Conquer Space Soon”) was by von Braun, who weaved a fantastic tale about a massive Earth-orbiting space station that would serve as a docking port for cosmic taxis.
WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? 31 Stalin wanted missiles for the simple reason that he needed a way to deliver his nuclear weapons (once they were developed) to the United States. Since he did not have allies on the borders of his enemy (as the United States did) he could not rely on bombers to carry his weapons. S. advantage in weaponry by countering it with an advantage in delivery systems. In April 1947 he gathered together rocket scientists and military leaders and ordered them to develop missiles capable of hitting the United States.