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Darrell C. Romick Papers

Creator:
Romick, Darrell C.  Search this
Names:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Extent:
50 Cubic feet ((40 boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Reports
Drawings
Correspondence
Audiotapes
Date:
bulk 1940s-1980s
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 45 cubic feet of papers, photographs, audio recordings, reports, drawings, correspondence and film, created or collected by Darrell Romick. The papers highlight his visionary space engineering, especially during his time at Goodyear during the 1950s and early 1960s.
Biographical / Historical:
Darrell C. Romick (1915-2008) was a missile engineer for Goodyear during the 1950s and 1960s and one of the most significant American visionaries of space travel. He made hundreds of presentations all over the country, appeared on national television and was quoted in most major newspapers and magazines. Romick's best know design was Project METEOR, an acronym for Manned Earth-satellite Terminal evolving from Earth-Orbit ferry Rocket vehicles. The project was a space exploration plan to produce a fleet of reusable Shuttle-like orbital launch vehicles to service an orbiting space city. Romick graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana with a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics. He became an engineer in the aircraft industry, and he worked for Taylorcraft as a chief engineer. He then worked as a designer for Moulton Taylor on a flying car project before he was hired by Goodyear in 1946 as a project engineer for an experimental missile project. While that particular missile project was canceled, Romick continued working for Goodyear in its missile department. During this time he became very active in the American Rocket Society (ARS) and the British Interplanetary Society, and began his long friendships with other rocket visionaries, including Hermann Oberth, Werner Von Braun, Willy Ley, and Krafft Ehricke. In 1949, Romick became head of Goodyear's General Missile Design Group and he started his staff working unofficially on a space ship design that would become part of METEOR. The design work became an official project of Goodyear after Romick's presentation at the ARS annual meeting in 1954, which made an immediate impact as many of the leading magazines and newspapers covered the story. By 1957 Romick and his Goodyear design team had devised a reduced-scale plan, due to the projected expense of METEOR. Romick presented the METEOR Jr. System Concept at the International Astronautical Federation Congress shortly after the launch of Sputnik 1. However, even as Project METEOR generated headlines, its direct contribution to the development of space flight as the reusable vehicle model was eclipsed as the United States space programs turned to expendable boosters as opposed to reusable vehicles. In 1964, Goodyear shifted its resources from the METEOR project to defense missile work and water-recovery balloons for the Gemini Project. While this shift in resources ended the METEOR Project, several of its basic principles survived and influenced the proposed reusable single stage to Earth orbit vehicles.
Provenance:
Randy Liebermann, Gift, 2013
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Space colonies  Search this
Space shuttles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Reports
Drawings
Correspondence
Audiotapes
Citation:
Darrell C. Romick Papers, Accession 2014-0015, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2014.0015
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2014-0015

Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) Documentation

Creator:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Extent:
1.8 Cubic feet ((5 letter boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Reports
Drawings
Manuscripts
Date:
bulk 1978-1986
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of two cubic feet of documentation (from 1978-1986) on the Massively Parallel Processor (MPP), including the following: Goodyear Aerospace Corporation reports, internal memorandums, project notes, correspondence, diagrams, a handwritten manuscript of a MPP manual, and progress reports.
Biographical / Historical:
The Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) is the 16,384-processor computer developed by Goodyear Aerospace for 1983 installation at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Earth and Space Data Computing Division (ESDCD) at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The MPP pioneered the linking together of a collection of computers to accomplish large tasks quickly via network. The MPP was retired from service with GSFC in 1991 and was donated to the National Air and Space Museum in 1995.
Provenance:
Carl Mickelson, Gift, Year received
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aerospace engineering  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Computer networks  Search this
Computers  Search this
Massively Parallel Processor (MPP)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Reports
Drawings
Manuscripts
Citation:
Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) Documentation, Accession number 2006-0017, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2006.0017
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2006-0017

Miscellaneous Parts, Computer, Massive Parallel Processor, Expansion Unit

Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Inventory Number:
A19960046001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9c5d7b70b-42e3-493e-8605-ccb4c6660241
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19960046001

Flotation Bag, Apollo 10

Subcontractor:
Clifton Adhesive, Inc.  Search this
Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Bags: Synthetic Fabric, Paint, Nylon, Rubber (Silicone), Steel, Adhesive, Polyurethane
Containers: Aluminum, Canvas, Adhesive, Velcro
Dimensions:
3-D: 82.6 x 33 x 5.1cm (32 1/2 x 13 x 2 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Landing
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19770163001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv97c6b5c48-ad2c-41f1-8d0b-02d4726f5617
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19770163001
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Miscellaneous Parts, Massively Parallel Processor (MPP)

Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Designer:
NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center  Search this
Materials:
Various metal and ceramic electronic ports and metal structural support parts.
Dimensions:
Various small parts of varying dimensions.
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19960047001
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv90e795987-4058-4e19-ade3-16e39c2c5970
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19960047001
Online Media:

Computer, Massive Parallel Processor, Expansion Unit

Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Case: sheet steel cabinet, blue
Circuit boards: epoxy
Circuits: silicon integrated circuits
Dimensions:
3-D: 111.8 x 71.1 x 200.7cm (44 x 28 x 79 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Inventory Number:
A19960046000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9a0940b90-c0d4-420c-9816-5526e7d3fb4b
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19960046000
Online Media:

Computer, Massive Parallel Processor, Processor Unit

Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Case: sheet steel cabinet, blue
Circuit boards: epoxy resin printed circuit boards
Circuits: silicon integrated circuits
Dimensions:
3-D: 111.8 x 71.1 x 200.7cm (44 x 28 x 79 in.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Computers, General Purpose
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
Inventory Number:
A19960047000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv942e66368-43fa-4183-94f8-a42ca21ebe6a
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19960047000
Online Media:

Flotation Bag, Apollo 10

Subcontractor:
Clifton Adhesive, Inc.  Search this
Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aerospace Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Bag: Synthetic Fabric, Paint, Nylon, Rubber (Silicone), Steel, Adhesive, Polyurethane
Container: Aluminum, Canvas, Adhesive, Velcro
Dimensions:
3-D: 86.4 x 29.8 x 10.2cm (34 x 11 3/4 x 4 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Landing
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Inventory Number:
A19770163000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv976e0f397-442c-40c7-a2a3-27a51e4de0a2
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19770163000
Online Media:

Goodyear Inflatoplane (GA468)

Manufacturer:
Goodyear Aircraft Corporation  Search this
Materials:
Rubber body with 2-wheeled truck under cockpit.
Dimensions:
Overall: 8ft 12in., 225lb., 22ft x 19ft 8in. (274.3cm, 102.1kg, 670.56 x 599.44cm)
Type:
CRAFT-Aircraft
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Donated by Goodyear Aerospace Corporation.
Inventory Number:
A19740156000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
See more items in:
National Air and Space Museum Collection
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv99528d8d5-86b5-4fd1-a539-2c90b61be9f8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19740156000
Online Media:

Goodyear Aerospace Corporation, 1984

Collection Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Department of Space History  Search this
Container:
Box 5 of 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 479, National Air and Space Museum. Department of Space History, Exhibition Records
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Exhibition Records
Exhibition Records / Box 5
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0479-refidd1e1762

Richard H. Emmons Papers

Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
circa 1935-1976, 1990-1991, 1995-1996, 2005
Descriptive Entry:
Richard H. Emmons (1919-2005), astronomer, engineer, and proponent of astronomy education, taught astronomy and physics at Kent State University and later worked as an engineer for Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. He was well-known for the planetariums he established, over 23 in all. Emmons was also the team leader for the North Canton Moonwatch Team. Moonwatch teams were established around the world by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Moonwatch Division, 1956-1975, to track and photograph artificial satellites. This accession consists of records created and maintained by Emmons documenting his work as an astronomer and an engineer, his participation in Moonwatch, and his research interests. This accession also documents the creation and dissolution of both the Moonwatch program as well as the North Canton Moonwatch Team. Materials include correspondence, reports, clippings, articles, fact sheets, photographs, lecture notes, announcements, newsletters, calculations, notes, and related materials as well as an autobiography of H. H. Emmons with a postscript written by his son, Richard H. Emmons.
Topic:
Astronomers  Search this
Astrophysicists  Search this
Astronomy  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Aerospace engineers  Search this
Aerospace engineering  Search this
Astronomy -- Study and teaching  Search this
Planetariums  Search this
Satellites  Search this
Artificial satellites -- Tracking  Search this
Genre/Form:
Books
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 08-112, Richard H. Emmons Papers
Identifier:
Accession 08-112
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Richard H. Emmons Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa08-112

Richard H. Emmons Papers

Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Extent:
4 cu. ft. (4 record storage boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Date:
circa 1954-1998
Descriptive Entry:
Richard H. Emmons (1919-2005), astronomer, engineer, and proponent of astronomy education, taught astronomy and physics at Kent State University and later worked as an engineer for Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. He was well-known for the planetariums he established, over 23 in all. Emmons was also the team leader for the North Canton Moonwatch Team. Moonwatch teams were established around the world by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Moonwatch Division, 1956-1975, to track and photograph artificial satellites. This accession consists of records created and maintained by Emmons documenting his work as an astronomer and an engineer, his participation in Moonwatch, and his research interests. Materials include correspondence and memoranda; theories, calculations, charts, graphs, and notes; images of astronomers, equipment, facilities, and the sky; articles written and co-written by Emmons; newspaper clippings; professional society and astronomy club newsletters; and research and reference materials such as journal articles, manuscripts, predictions, and technical documents. Some research and reference materials pre-date the date span of this accession, but would have been collected during this time period.
Topic:
Astronomers  Search this
Astrophysicists  Search this
Astronomy  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Aerospace engineers  Search this
Aerospace engineering  Search this
Astronomy -- Study and teaching  Search this
Planetariums  Search this
Satellites  Search this
Artificial satellites -- Tracking  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
Identifier:
Accession 07-154
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Richard H. Emmons Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa07-154

"Photometric Calibration Procedures Using Standard Stars," by Richard H. Emmons (Goodyear Aerospace Corporation), February 10, 1966

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
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Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e1075

"Visual Determinations of Stellar Magnitudes and Analyses for Grid Sphere Drag Experiment Satellites," by Richard H. Emmons (Goodyear Aerospace Corporation), October 1972

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
See more items in:
Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e1087

"A Mobile Photometric Observatory for Satellite Studies," for NASA by Goodyear Aerospace Corporation

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
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Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 2
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e1634

"Environmental Effects Evaluation - Project Apollo," by R. H. Emmons (Goodyear Aerospace Corporation), 1965

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 3 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
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Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 3
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e2081

Environmental Studies Support Technology Summary Report (Goodyear Aerospace Corporation), 1965

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
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Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e3148

"Orbital Data Analysis of Grid Sphere Drag Experiment," by L. J. Schneider (Goodyear Aerospace Corporation), 1972

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
See more items in:
Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e3258

Mobile Photometric Observatory, Goodyear Aerospace Corporation

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
See more items in:
Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e3343

"Orbital Observations of Grid Sphere Drag Experiment," by Frederick J. Stimler and C. Larry Gray (Goodyear Aerospace Corporation), 1973

Collection Creator::
Emmons, Richard H., 1919-2005  Search this
Container:
Box 4 of 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 07-154, Richard H. Emmons Papers
See more items in:
Richard H. Emmons Papers
Richard H. Emmons Papers / Box 4
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa07-154-refidd1e3380

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