Evolution of the U.S. Military Space Program, 1945-1960

Some Key Events in Study, Planning, and Program Development

by Bruno Augenstein


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Discusses a number of aspects of the U.S. Space Program during the period 1945-1960. The seminal influence of early RAND work is highlighted, as is the way in which RAND research significantly set the stage for the undertaking of formal space programs in the United States in the mid-1950s. The rapid growth of these initial programs is then traced to 1960. The paper is written largely from the point of view of the writer's own involvement in many of the projects discussed.

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