To A Distant Day
The Rocket Pioneers
Chris Gainor, Central, 621.4536 G142t 2008
A few pages of sources, but no direct citations. Interesting, but little that isn't in other sources with traceable references.
p19 27yo scientist Nikolai Kibalchich made bomb used by Narodnaya Volya to assassinate Tsar Alexander II on March 1, 1881. Wrote paper on rocket-propelled aircraft in prison before his execution. Letter suppressed by government until Bolshevik revolution sanctified him.
- p40 about Robert Goddard biographies: Pendray (1961) claims Goddard was stung by NYT 1920 derision, Clary (2003) claims Goddard took bad press in stride, attempted to educate reporters.
p108 Korolev arrested in 1938, labor camps and then NKVD special prison for scientists sharsashka Central Design Bureau KB-29, working with Tupolev and Glushko in September 1940
- p146 photo of R7 rocket at Tyura Tam launch pad November 3 1947, with Sputnik 2 and Laika. The strapons made the R7 too large for missile silos.
- p191 H. Julian Allen at Ames "in the early 1950s" about sharp-nosed rockets: "Half the heat generated by friction was going into the missiles. I reasoned we had to deflect the heat into the air and let it dissipate. Therefore streamlined shapes were the worst possible; they had to be blunt." In 1952, Allen and his team found ...