Roles and impacts of RAND in the pre-Apollo space program of the United States

by Bruno Augenstein

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RAND, in Santa Monica, California, performed a seminal function in the early years of the U.S. Space Program, not only in landmark science, technology, and operational/programmatic studies which helped to shape U.S. endeavors in space, but also by the diffusion of key study participants into industry and government, where they helped reach many of the initial goals set. The salient RAND work now declassified is described here from the viewpoint of a deeply involved participant. Where possible, this work is discussed in the context of Former Soviet Union activities.

Originally published in: Conference Proceedings, International Astronautical Federation, 46th International Astronautical Congress, Oslo, Norway, October 2-6, 1995.

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