By David M. Harland, Richard W. Orloff
This ebook offers an outline of the origins of the Apollo application and outlines of the floor amenities, release automobiles and spacecraft that have been built within the quest to arrive – and go back from - the outside of the moon. it is going to function a useful single-volume sourcebook for house fanatics, house historians, newshounds, and others. The textual content contains a entire number of tables directory proof and figures for every undertaking.
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On 7 December ARPA accepted Silverstein's call and requested an engineering and cost study of (1) the S-IV stage with a cluster of four 20,000-pound-thrust hydrogen-burning engines, and (2) an S-V stage based on the version of the Centaur using two such engines. This study was submitted by NASA/ABMA on 28 December. A few days later, in line with the Saturn vehicle evaluation committee, NASA approved a research and development plan for 10 Saturn C-1 launchers. On 14 January 1960 Eisenhower urged NASA to ``accelerate'' work on ``the super booster'', and on 18 January gave the Saturn the government's highest national priority rating ± known as `DX' ± for procurement of materials and payment of overtime rates.
On 28 January 1960 Horner presented the Ten Year Plan to the House committee on science and astronautics, and on 28 March Glennan presented it to the Senate committee on aeronautical and space sciences. CONCEIVING THE APOLLO SPACECRAFT Meanwhile, on 27 May 1959 Gilruth had directed the Space Task Group to study the possibility of ``an advanced manned spacecraft''. On 12 August the new-projects panel chaired by H. Kurt Strass was established to consider an advanced program involving automated satellites, probes and landing craft which would lead up to a manned lunar landing.
On 17 December Glennan announced that the project had been named `Mercury'. Eleven companies submitted bids, and on 12 January 1959 the contract was awarded to the McDonnell Aircraft Company in St Louis, Missouri. On 9 April 1959 Glennan announced to a packed press conference the names of the seven military test pilots who had been selected to be astronauts. They were Lieutenant Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr, Lieutenant Malcolm Scott Carpenter and Lieutenant Commander Walter Marty Schirra Jr from the Navy; Lieutenant Colonel John Herschel Glenn Jr from the Marines; and Captain Virgil Ivan `Gus' Grissom, Captain Donald Kent `Deke' Slayton and Captain Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr from the Air Force.