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The F-1 Engine and the Conquest of Space

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2017-03-14T16:20:38.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
YouTube Channel:
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edanmdm:yt_jAUAbF9R1EM

Robert Goddard's Quest

Creator:
National Air and Space Museum  Search this
Type:
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2016-09-27T17:19:25.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Aeronautics;Flight;Space Sciences  Search this
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
YouTube Channel:
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National Association of Rocketry - Correspondence (Associates)

Collection Creator:
National Aeronautic Association (U.S.)  Search this
Container:
Box 163, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1960-1964
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives (1918-1976), Acc. XXXX-0209, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives
National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Archives / Series 5: Administrative Records / 5.3: Chapters/Associations/Affliates
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0209-ref1123

[National Association of Rocketry Regulations]

Collection Creator:
Garber, Paul Edward, 1899-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 196, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1964
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Paul E. Garber Collection, Acc. NASM.1991.0063, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Paul E. Garber Collection
Paul E. Garber Collection / Series 8: Organizations
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1991-0063-ref2978

NASA Historical Report No. 3. Milestones in Space Exploration. A Chronology of Technological Progress in Aeronautics, Rocketry, and Scientific Investigation. 1915-1960 (Draft)

Collection Creator:
Garber, Paul Edward, 1899-1992  Search this
Container:
Box 278, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
September 1960
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Paul E. Garber Collection, Acc. NASM.1991.0063, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Paul E. Garber Collection
Paul E. Garber Collection / Series 11: Subject Files / 11.11: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Space Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1991-0063-ref3452

Newspaper clippings, rocketry and space exploration-related

Collection Creator:
Porter, Richard W. (Richard William), 1913-1996  Search this
Container:
Box 17, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Text
Date:
1946-1960
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Richard Porter Papers
Richard Porter Papers / Series 13: Newspaper Clippings
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1997-0037-ref252

Dannenberg, Konrad D.

Collection Creator:
Neufeld, Michael J., 1951-  Search this
Extent:
2 Cassette tapes
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Cassette tapes
Date:
1989-11-07
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Peenemünde Interviews Project, Acc. 1999.0038, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Peenemünde Interviews Project
Peenemünde Interviews Project / Series 1: Cassettes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0038-ref10
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Haeussermann, Walter

Collection Creator:
Neufeld, Michael J., 1951-  Search this
Extent:
2 Cassette tapes
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Cassette tapes
Date:
1990-01-24
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Peenemünde Interviews Project, Acc. 1999.0038, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Peenemünde Interviews Project
Peenemünde Interviews Project / Series 1: Cassettes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0038-ref11
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Heimburg, Karl

Collection Creator:
Neufeld, Michael J., 1951-  Search this
Extent:
3 Cassette tapes
Container:
Box 1
Type:
Archival materials
Audio
Cassette tapes
Date:
1989-11-09
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Peenemünde Interviews Project, Acc. 1999.0038, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Peenemünde Interviews Project
Peenemünde Interviews Project / Series 1: Cassettes
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-1999-0038-ref12
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Rockets, model rocketry

Collection Creator:
Ley, Willy, 1906-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 55, Folder 23
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1958-65
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Willy Ley Papers
Willy Ley Papers / Series 2: Subject Files / 2.6: Rockets-related materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0098-ref707

Rockets, miscellaneous rocketry bibliographies

Collection Creator:
Ley, Willy, 1906-1969  Search this
Container:
Box 56, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1937-61
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Willy Ley Papers
Willy Ley Papers / Series 2: Subject Files / 2.6: Rockets-related materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0098-ref711

Table of Contents, Bibliography (Lowood), Micsell. Neufeld, Michael. "Weimar Culture and Futuristic Technology: The Rocketry and Space Flight fad in Germany 1923-1933"

Collection Author:
Society for the History of Technology  Search this
Kranzberg, Melvin, Dr., 1917-1995  Search this
Container:
Box 158 (Subgroup II)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1990 July
Series Restrictions:
Series 9, Published Files, 1982-1994, are closed for thirty years from the date of the last correspondence in the individual folder. They may be opened, on a case-by-case basis, through appeal to the SHOT Editorial Committee.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Society for the History of Technology Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Society for the History of Technology Records
Society for the History of Technology Records / Subgroup II: Technology and Culture Records / Series 9: Published Files
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0400-ref543

Rocket-Sonde Research Section (Naval Research Laboratory), V-2 Panel Papers

Topic:
Science with a Vengeance
Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Names:
Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.). Rocket Sonde Branch  Search this
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
1.13 Cubic feet ((1 slim legal document box) (2 legal document boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Memoranda
Charts
Date:
1945-1986
Scope and Contents:
This collection is comprised mostly of administrative memoranda of the portion of the V-2 Panel which represented the Rocket-Sonde Research Section of NAR. The thirty-four files from Rocket-Sonde members are roughly chronological and are followed by files from other entities such as the Ad Hoc Committee on Rocket, Satellite and Space Research. The material in this collection was gathered by David DeVorkin while he conducted research for his book, _Science with a Vengeance_.
Biographical / Historical:
The Rocket-Sonde Research Section of the Naval Research Laboratory (NAR) participated in the V-2 Panel (ACA V-2 Upper Atmosphere Research Panel), which, with the use of captured German V-2 rockets, conducted in the 1940s and 1950s a long series of experiments which sought to to further our understanding of the upper atmosphere and the nature of solar radiation, as well as the technology utilized in the V-2 itself.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
David DeVorkin, Transfer, 1998, 1998-0025, Public Domain
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:
Artificial satellites  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Atmosphere, Upper -- Rocket observations  Search this
Ballistic missiles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Memoranda
Charts
Identifier:
NASM.1998.0025
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1998-0025

American Rocket Company (AMROC) Records

Creator:
American Rocket Company (AMROC)  Search this
Extent:
2.18 Cubic feet ((2 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Technical manuals
Correspondence
Photographs
Financial records
Date:
bulk 1987-1995
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of AMROC's business records. Included here is information on AMROC's various hybrid rocket motor programs and models, including Aquila, Hybrid Engine Analysis and Technology (HEAT), and SET-1, as well as general information relating to hybrid rocket technology. The types of materials present here include: correspondence, articles, press releases, presentations, analyses, reports, programs, agreements, and financial data.
Biographical / Historical:
The American Rocket Company (AMROC) was established in 1985 by George Koopman with the goal of developing space exploration with hybrid rocket technology. Promoting the safety and economical aspects of hybrid motors, AMROC developed several hybrid rocket motors through various partnerships and programs. AMROC's first proposed launch, with Single Engine Test-1 (SET-1), was postponed numerous times and the eventual attempt was not successful. AMROC was eventually crushed by a combination of hardships, including financial difficulties and the sudden death of Koopman due to a car accident. Without Koopman's motivation and leadership AMROC slowly deteriorated. The company did, however, play a key role in the development of hybrid rocket motors. The innovative technology AMROC used is still being used in the development of hybrid rocket technology.
Provenance:
Scott Sacknoff, Gift, 2006
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:
Rocketry  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rocket engines  Search this
AMRCO Single Engine Test-1 (SET-1)  Search this
AMROC Aquila  Search this
AMROC Hybrid Engine Analysis Technology (HEAT)  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Technical manuals -- 20th century
Correspondence
Photographs
Financial records
Citation:
American Rocket Company (AMROC) Records, 2006-0047, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2006.0047
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2006-0047

Scripts and Manuscripts

Collection Creator:
Scott, Blanche Stuart, 1889-1970  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Collection 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.
Collection Citation:
Blanche Stuart Scott Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0062, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Blanche Stuart Scott Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0062-ref15
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Peenemünde Aerodynamics Reports

Creator:
Peenemunde Research and Development Station  Search this
Names:
Peenemunde Research and Development Station  Search this
Extent:
2.2 Cubic feet (5 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Date:
1938-1945
bulk 1942-1944
Summary:
The German Army and Navy experimental station at Peenemünde, on the North Sea coast of Germany, was established in the mid-1930s to continue the rocketry work begun at Kummersdorf in 1930.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of copies of reports from the Peenemünde Archiv 66 series covering aerodynamic work on the V-2 (A4), A5, and Wasserfall missiles.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into two series: first are blueprint copies, which include photographs as illustrations, followed by autopositive copies, which include copy negatives used to produce illustrative photographs. There is significant overlap between these two series. In each series the documents are in order by Archiv Number.
Biographical/Historical note:
The German Army and Navy experimental station at Peenemünde, on the North Sea coast of Germany, was established in the mid-1930s to continue the rocketry work begun at Kummersdorf in 1930. By the end of World War II (1939-1945) the research station produced a number of successful weapons, including the first surface-to-surface guided missile (V-1), the first ballistic missile (V-2), and the first operational air-to-surface missile (He 293), as well as other designs. The equipment developed at Peenemünde formed the basis for postwar research and designs by both the United States and the Soviet Union.
Provenance:
Unknown, gift, unknown year
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
V-1 rocket  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Performance  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
He 293 (missile)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Citation:
Peenemünde Aerodynamics Reports (Fort Bliss/Puttkamer Collection), NASM.XXXX.0192, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0193
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Peenemünde Aerodynamics Reports
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0193
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Peenemünde Technical Reports (Fort Bliss / Putkammer Collection)

Creator:
Peenemunde Research and Development Station  Search this
Names:
Peenemunde Research and Development Station  Search this
Extent:
1.58 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Publications
Photographs
Charts
Maps
Date:
1940-1945, circa 1950
bulk 1940-1945
Summary:
The German Army and Navy experimental station at Peenemunde, on the North Sea coast of Germany, was established in the mid-1930s to continue the rocketry work begun at Kummersdorf in 1930.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of copies of reports primarily from the Peenemünde Archiv 14, 66, and 86 series.
Arrangement:
The documents are in German and are filed in order by Archiv Number (for example: 11/8, 14/2, 14/3).
Biographical/Historical note:
The German Army and Navy experimental station at Peenemunde, on the North Sea coast of Germany, was established in the mid-1930s to continue the rocketry work begun at Kummersdorf in 1930. By the end of World War II (1939-1945) the research station produced a number of successful weapons, including the first surface-to-surface guided missile (V-1), the first ballistic missile (V-2), and the first operational air-to-surface missile (He 293), as well as other designs. The equipment developed at Peenemunde formed the basis for postwar research and designs by both the United States and the Soviet Union.
Provenance:
No donor information, gift, unknown date
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
He 293 (missile)  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Thermodynamics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Guidance systems  Search this
Guided missiles -- Propulsion systems  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Thermodynamics  Search this
V-1 rocket  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Publications
Photographs
Charts
Maps
Citation:
Peenemünde Technical Reports (Fort Bliss / Putkammer Collection), Acc. XXXX-0192, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0192
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Peenemünde Technical Reports (Fort Bliss / Putkammer Collection)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0192
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Harry W. Bull Papers

Creator:
Bull, Harry W., 1909-1971  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (3 folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1925-1935 and undated
Summary:
This collection consists of approximately 0.15 cubic feet of material relating to Harry W. Bull and his work with rockets.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 0.15 cubic feet of material relating to Harry W. Bull and his work with rockets. Included in the collection are photocopies of items loaned by the donor for copying, including copies of pages of a scrapbook which includes captions by Bull. Additional types of material contained in the collection include correspondence; photographs; news clippings; technical papers written by Bull; pages of notes on Bull's research and experiments including calculations, drawings, and notes on various tests; three notebooks of technical information compiled by Bull; and copies of diary entries made by Bull in 1925. There is a section of material relating specifically to Bull's rocket-propelled sled. Notable correspondents whose letters appear in the collection include Robert Hutchings Goddard and George Edward Pendray.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged according to location.
Biographical / Historical:
Harry W. Bull (1909-1971) was an American rocketry pioneer who conducted more than 800 individual tests during the period from 1926 to 1934, as well as building and successfully riding a rocket-propelled sled in 1931. Bull was credited by James Hart Wyld with being the first American to design and build a regeneratively-cooled rocket motor and the first to experiment with a monopropellant rocket motor. Bull also did extensive research on steam propulsion as well as various types of propellants. Bull financed his education by lecturing on rocketry, and by selling photos of his successful rocket sled experiments to various news outlets. Bull also was able to use publicity generated by the sled run to produce and sell a copyrighted specification booklet. Bull graduated from the College of Applied Science at Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1932. After graduating, Bull was employed by Church and Dwight Company to design and test packaging machines, then went to work in 1935 with the Tennessee Valley Authority where he was involved in aerial mapping. Bull joined The Dow Chemical Company in 1937 as a design engineer, becoming a packaging coordinator in 1954, and he was named Director of Packaging in 1962. Bull retired from Dow in 1968 due to ill health. Bull was a member of the American Interplanetary Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and was a charter member of the American Rocket Society, as well as belonging to various organizations relating to his work in packaging.
Provenance:
Bertha K. Bull, Gift, 1973, NASM.XXXX.1207
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
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Topic:
Astronautics  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Citation:
Harry W. Bull Papers, NASM.XXXX.1207, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.1207
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Harry W. Bull Papers
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-1207
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Robert C. Truax Collection

Creator:
Robert, C. Truax, 1917-2010  Search this
Extent:
11.99 Cubic feet
12.95 Linear feet (21 Legal Size Boxes, 1 Slim Legal Size, 3 Shoe Boxes, 1 Flat Box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1929-2005
bulk 1980-2000
Summary:
Robert Truax was one of the great originals of American rocketry and a major proponent and inventor of ultra-low-cost rocket engine and vehicle concepts.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material relating to the career of Robert Collins Truax including correspondence, photographic material, technical drawings, technical manuals and reports, presentation and conference materials, papers by Truax, news clippings, published materials and business records for Truax Engineering, Inc.

Projects and programs referenced in this collection include the Knievel Rocket Car (Truax X-2 Sky-Cycle); X-3 Volksrocket; amphibious launchers, including the "Sea Dragon," "Sea Horse," and SEALAR (Sea Launched Rocket); the Space Shuttle program; the Gemini and Apollo programs; Rocketdyne LR89 Liquid-Fuel Motors; Rand Project; the Corona Reconnaissance Satellite; and Project Private Enterprise.

The researcher should note that the collection also contains audio-visual material. These items are not included in the finding aid but the NASM audio-visual archivist can assist you regarding access.
Arrangement:
This collection was arranged into series by the processing archivist. There was no original order when the collection was received.

Series 1: Personal & Business Papers

Series 2: Papers Authored by R.C. Truax

Series 3: Drawings

Series 4: Images

4:1 - Slides

4:2 - Photos, Negatives & Floppy Discs
Acronyms:
Numerous acronyms were used by the creator when labeling his file units. Some will be obvious to the researcher but the archivist has identified some acronyms that might be more unclear. Not all acronyms were able to be identified.

AFRL - Air Force Research Lab

ATD - Advanced Technology Development

BAA - possibly Broad Agency Announcement

BMDO - Ballistic Missile Defense Organization

CDRL - Contract Data Requirements List?

CPAI - Chemical Propulsion Information Agency

ITAR - International Traffic in Arms Regulations

KACST - King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology

MSFC - Marshall Space Flight Center

PMRF - Pacific Missile Range Facility

RSLP - Rocket Systems Launch Program

SEALAR - Sea Launch & Recovery

TEI - Truax Engineering Inc.

TPIPT - Technology Planning Integrated Product Teams
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Truax (1917-2010) was one of the great originals of American rocketry and a major proponent and inventor of ultra-low-cost rocket engine and vehicle concepts. A longtime member of the American Rocket Society (serving as its president in 1957,) He received the Robert H. Goddard award for outstanding work in liquid propellant rockets as well as the Legion of Merit citation for his conceptual work on making the "Polaris" guided-missile submarine a primary naval weapon. Truax was also inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003.

Inspired by Robert Goddard, Truax began building rockets when he was a teenager in California. From 1936 to 1939, while enrolled at the United States Naval Academy, he tested liquid-fueled rocket motors. During the late 1940s, he organized the US Naval Missile Test Center's propulsion laboratory at Point Mugu, California, and headed rocket development within the Navy's Bureau of Aeronotics where he advanced the concept of a staged combustion system upon which the Space Shuttle's main engines would eventually rely. In 1946, Truax led a team that interrogated the rocket engineer for Nazi Germany, Wernher von Braun.

By 1955, however, his proposal for a submarine-launched ballistic missile had failed to win Navy approval and he joined the Air Force's newly established Western Development Division (WDD) From 1955 to 1958, Captain Truax headed the Thor intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) development program. Truax studied the sea launching of rockets, such as the Sea Bee and Sea Horse projects. In 1959 he retired as a Captain, and headed the Aerojet-General Advanced Development Division and Aerojet's Sea Dragon project in the Advanced Development Division until leaving in 1967. In 1966 Robert Truax founded Truax Engineering Inc. (TEI,) which studied sea launch concepts similar to the earlier Sea Dragon—the Excalibur, the SEALAR (Sea Launched Rocket,) and the Excalibur S. Here his low-cost booster program plan was elaborated and further studied, but he was again unable to interest NASA or the USAF in the concept of cheap access to space.

In the 70's and early 80's, Truax, heretofore prominent in scientific communities, emerged in popular culture. Literally building rockets from his own backyard in Saratoga, Truax built both of Evel Knievel's "Skycycles" for his 1974 for attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon. He later competed in the original X-prize competition to send a private astronaut into suborbital flight.

Robert Truax, died on September 17 aged 93, as a key figure in the rocket research that took America into the space age, while also being an inspiration to the do-it-yourself, back-yard amateur.
Provenance:
Truax Estate, gift, 2016
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Permissions Requests
Topic:
Truax X-3 Volksrocket  Search this
SEALAR (Sea Launched Rocket)  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)  Search this
Kneival Rocket Car (Truax X-2 Sky-Cycle)  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
RAND  Search this
North American Aviation, Inc. Rocketdyne Division  Search this
Citation:
Robert C. Truax Collection, Acc. 2016-0008, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2016.0008
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Robert C. Truax Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2016-0008
Online Media:

Growing Up With Rockets Collection

Creator:
Vanguard Productions  Search this
Yasecko, Nancy  Search this
Names:
John F. Kennedy Space Center  Search this
Extent:
13 Cubic feet (6 boxes)
86 Sound tape reels (5" Open Reels)
2 videodiscs (dvd) (Total runtime of 1:13:21)
43 Video recordings (Total runtime of 33:14:55)
1 electronic discs (cd)
25 Sound cassettes
145 Film reels (143 16mm film reels - runtime of 40:24:65 2 35mm film reels - runtime of 58:23)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Sound tape reels
Videodiscs (dvd)
Video recordings
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Date:
1957-2011
bulk 1980-1990
Summary:
The documentary film Growing Up With Rockets, produced by Vanguard Productions and Nancy Yasecko and released in 1984, is the story and personal reminiscences of the children, now grown, of those who worked at Cape Canaveral. The film discusses the Bumper Project (using captured V-2 missiles after World War II); Sputnik; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs; and ends with the first flight of Space Shuttle Columbia (OV-102) in 1981. Nancy Yasecko offers first person commentary with rare archival film, newsreels, excerpts from NASA promotional films, home movies and contemporary footage.

In 1990, under the auspices of Citizen Exchange Council (CEC), a NY-based Soviet-American exchange organization, Growing Up With Rockets was included in the American Documentary Showcase. The Showcase was the first uncensored collection of American documentary films ever to reach general audiences across the USSR.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately thirteen cubic feet of material related to the production and marketing of the documentary film Growing Up With Rockets including audio tapes; motion picture film and video recordings, scripts, post-production notes, reference material, correspondence, financial information, interview transcripts, news clippings, information regarding distribution contracts, event programs, photographs, and project descriptions and flowcharts.

The researcher should note that the collection also contains 16mm film and rollettes, U-Matic cassettes, VHS tapes, 1 inch videotape, 3/4 inch videotape, and DVD. There are 191 motion picture items totaling 75:51:35. Audio tape formats include compact disc; 1/4 inch reel to reel; audio cassettes; and records in various sizes. There are 128 audio items in total. These items are not included in the container list but a NASM Archives staff person can assist you regarding access.
Arrangement:
Organized into 6 series:

Series 1: Production

Series 2: Events

Series 3: Publicity

Series 4: Reference

Series 5: Other

Series 6: Oversize

This collection was arranged at the time of processing to better reflect its main areas of subject matter. Within series, file units were placed in chronological order with undated material placed at the end of the series. Original folder titles were kept. Archivist's description appears below folder titles.
Biographical / Historical:
Nancy Yasecko is a media artist and educator who grew up and is still living on the Space Coast of Florida. She graduated from Cocoa Beach High School in 1972,and received her B.A. from the University of South Florida in 1975, and her M.A. in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida 1997.

Nancy Yasecko is also the proprietor of Vanguard Productions, located on Merritt Island, FL, a producer of film and video for PBS broadcast and non-profit and governmental organizations.

Her film Growing Up with Rockets was included with the first group of US documentaries to be screened in the former Soviet Union in the American Documentary Showcase, Glastnost Tour 1990.
Provenance:
Nancy Yasecko, Vanguard Productions, gift, 2012
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.
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Genre/Form:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Movie scripts
Transcripts
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Clippings
Scripts (documents)
Citation:
Growing Up With Rockets Collection, Acc. 2012-0024, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2012.0024
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2012-0024
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