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Charles Y. Johnson Collection

Creator:
Johnson, Charles Yothers, 1920-  Search this
Names:
Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.). Rocket Sonde Branch  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.). Upper Air Physics Branch  Search this
Project Lagopedo  Search this
Johnson, Charles Yothers, 1920-  Search this
Extent:
5.15 Cubic feet ((7 legal document boxes) (3 flatboxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Date:
1947-1977
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of a great variety of material relating to experiments performed at NRL. Included are reports, photographs, transparencies, rolled data and 167 glass slides.
Biographical / Historical:
Charles Yothers Johnson (1920-) began his service with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC in 1942. He was to remain with NRL for many years, a physicist first with the Rocket Sonde Branch and later with the Upper Air Physics Branch, where he became Head of the Aeronomy Section. At NRL Johnson participated in space and upper air research relating to such subjects as cosmic ray physics and rocket instrumentation and such experiments as the Aerobee and Lagopedo projects.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
Charles Y. Johnson, gift, 1998, 1997-0060, 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:
Aerobee rockets  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Photographs
Slides (photographs)
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0060
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2519ba6ad-627e-42fb-b453-2d4c3125e0d7
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0060

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
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg20c3f7c96-d8b4-449e-8444-edf03580105b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0193
Online Media:

United States Space Program Collection

Creator:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Space Science and Exploration Department  Search this
Names:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Space Science and Exploration Department  Search this
Project Apollo (U.S.)  Search this
Project Gemini (U.S.)  Search this
Project Mercury (U.S.)  Search this
Project Surveyor (U.S.)  Search this
Skylab Program  Search this
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Extent:
13.08 Cubic feet ((12 records center boxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuals
Press releases
Publications
Photographs
Place:
Outer space -- Exploration
Date:
1950-1974
bulk 1959-1974
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of material gathered by the Space Science and Exploration Department, National Air and Space Museum, relating to the United States space program through the Skylab missions. The material consists of photos and reference material covering a wide variety of subjects, including space suits, food, lifting bodies, and other support and auxiliary functions, as well as material directly relating to the missions. The bulk of the material consists of photos and NASA press materials.
Biographical / Historical:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was inaugurated on 1 October 1958 with the intent of conducting a manned space program. NASA took over the rocketry and propulsion work previously performed by the United States Air Force, Navy, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Unmanned launches began during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) under Air Force auspices and have continued to the present with a wide variety of payloads, including space science, weather, communications, and earth observation satellites. The manned program progressed through Projects Mercury (1959-63; launches 1961-63), Gemini (1962-67; launches 1965-66), Apollo (1960-72; launches 1968-72), and Skylab (1969-74; launches 1973-74). The manned program was supported by a number of unmanned exploration vehicles in the Ranger, Lunar Orbiter, and Surveyor series throughout the 1960s, as well as research into a number of related areas.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
NASA SS&E, Transfer, 1983, XXXX-0154, unknown
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:
Space vehicles -- Propulsion systems  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Space suits  Search this
Space Shuttle Orbiter  Search this
Space flight  Search this
Manned space flight  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuals
Press releases
Publications
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0154
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg27bb05b9f-7d25-455d-a066-e76d6811828d
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0154

James Hart Wyld Collection

Creator:
Wyld, James Hart.  Search this
Names:
American Rocket Society  Search this
Extent:
0.5 Cubic feet (2 Boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives
Date:
bulk 1930-1939
Summary:
A collection of items attributed to rocket pioneer James Hart Wyld dating from the 1930s and 1940s. The collection consists of two boxes, with one containing notes and prints attributed to Wyld and the other containing original negatives.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of approximately 140 black-and-white negatives (28 35mm strips of 8 frames each, seven 35mm strips of 2 frames each, and six 3.5 x 6 inch sheets), predominantly taken by James H. Wyld, of American Rocket Society meets and rocket tests and an Elmira, New York, glider meet, and images taken by Wyld on various trips around the New York City area and elsewhere. Buildings, engineering projects, and landscapes pictured include the Lincoln Tunnel and the Triborough Bridge (under construction), the Empire State Building, Central Park, Gilgo Beach and Long Beach (Long Island), Port Washington, Fire Island, the 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, the Vanderbilt Cup races in Mineola, New Rochelle, Cornwall, and the Catskills, all in New York. Also included are images taken in Princeton, New Jersey; Connecticut; Mount Washington, New Hampshire; and Massillon, Ohio. Individuals pictured include Frank Harrison, Albert Rice, and Bill Baum. The collection also consists of Wyld's personal papers including a diary covering the period of February 1931 to May 1936; a 1932 scientific notebook; two photographs of rocket test activities; a post card addressed to Wyld from "John" (possibly John Shesta) referencing a postponement; a portraint of James Wyld; handwritten report, "An Automatic Thrust and Mixture Control for Rocket Motors," 1946.an envelope full of information relating to a court case involving the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; a Princeton University Alumni Lectures pamphlet entitled America's Problem of National Defense by Professor Harold Sprout; five newspaper clippings related to rockets; an undated letter, missing the first page, to Wyld from Bernard E. "Ben" Smith regarding rocket testing; two letters, dating from 1938-1939, from Wyld to "John" (possibly John Shesta) regarding rocket testing; a report entitled Long Range Rocket, Section II (Propellant Systems) by Dr. Paul F. Winternitz, Director of Laboratories, Reaction Motors, Inc.; "Proposal for Unguided Liquid-Propellant Rocket Projectile" by an unknown author, possibly Wyld; two drawings of rockets; three pages of notes handwritten by Wyld, and a letter from Albert M. Paquin to the American Rocket Society, with handwritten comment attached, regarding financial assistance from the Society for rocket research. In addition, the collection contains a memo to Wyld regarding Reaction Motors, Inc. stock prices; and Wyld's handwritten notes and drawings entitled, "The Design of Streamline Hulls and Fins for Rockets," "The Nature of Rocket Flight" (noted as draft of Chapter IV of Introduction to Rocketry), "Pumping Mechanism" (appears to be missing pages), "Superchargine Airplane with Oxygen," and six additional pages of miscellaneous notes and drawings. Some pages of the notes have been initialled and noted by Shesta and Lawrence.
Biographical / Historical:
Rocket pioneer James Hart Wyld was born in 1913 and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University in 1935. He joined the American Interplanetary Society (later the American Rocket Society) in 1931. In the late nineteen thirties, Wyld developed and tested the first modern liquid-propellant rocket motors. In 1941 he, along with John Shesta, Lovell Lawrence, Jr., and Hugh Franklin Pierce, formed Reaction Motors, Inc. (RMI), the first US rocket propulsion company.
Related Materials:
The American Rocket Society's Rocket Test Stand No. 2 is featured in negatives present in this collection. More information concerning this artifact can be found at American Rocket Society's Rocket Test Stand No. 2.
Provenance:
Anne W. Blizard, Gift, 2005, NASM.2005.0051
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
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Performance  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives
Citation:
James Hart Wyld Collection, Accession 2005-0051, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2005.0051
See more items in:
James Hart Wyld Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2d4f2dbb7-59de-4b1e-ac84-d7e518c9c6c5
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2005-0051
Online Media:

Design summary : RTV-N-12a Viking : rockets 8-10

Title:
Viking RTV-N-12a, rockets 8 to 10
RTV-N-12a Viking, rockets 8-10
Author:
Martin Company  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
xix, 199 p. : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1955
Topic:
Viking rockets  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
Call number:
TL781.5.V5 M37 1955
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_594994

Topics in advanced model rocketry [by] Gordon K. Mandell, George J. Caporaso [and] William P. Bengen

Author:
Mandell, Gordon K  Search this
Caporaso, George J  Search this
Bengen, William P  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 631 p. illus. 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1973
[1973]
Topic:
Rockets (Aeronautics)--Models  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)--Performance  Search this
Aerodynamics  Search this
Call number:
TL844 .M36X
TL844.M36X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_23910

The performance of chemical propellants [by] I. Glassman [and] R. F. Sawyer

Author:
Glassman, Irving  Search this
Sawyer, R. F (Robert F.)  Search this
Physical description:
143 p. illus. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1970
1970]
Topic:
Propellants  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)--Fuel  Search this
Call number:
TL783 .G54
TL783.G54
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_5357

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