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Missile, Surface-to-Surface, V-2 (A-4)

Manufacturer:
Mittelwerk GMBH  Search this
Materials:
Steel; graphite jet vanes, some wooden construction elements in fuselage; aluminum tanks not present.
Dimensions:
Overall: 11 ft. 8 3/8 in. wide x 46 ft. 1 3/16 in. deep x 5 ft. 5 in. diameter x 44 ft. 5 3/16 in. long, 8427.9 lb. (356.6 x 1405.1 x 165.1 x 1354.3cm, 3822.9kg)
Type:
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
Country of Origin:
Germany
Credit Line:
Transferred from the U.S. Air Force
Inventory Number:
A19600342000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Exhibition:
Space Race
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9c2816946-e717-42f0-9d3e-1e31b26b8e63
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19600342000
Online Media:

Early Rocketry (V-2) Photograph Collection

Topic:
Science with a Vengeance
Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Names:
Project Blossom (U.S.)  Search this
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
2.93 Cubic feet (7 legal document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Publications
Correspondence
Photographs
Date:
1942-1990
bulk 1942-1948
Scope and Contents:
The collection is comprised primarily of photographs showing the manufacture and test launching of V-2 missiles, both in Germany and in the United States (White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico) during and after World War II. There are also images of the facilities at Peenemunde and American confiscation of the technology. American projects documented include: Aerobee rockets, Project Blossom, and Viking rockets. There are also photographs of various instruments and technical graphs and charts. The photographs are black and white, except for approximately 40 color images (prints and 35mm color slides). A number of 4 x 5 inch copy negatives, 8 x 10 inch negatives, one glass lantern slide, some recent correspondence and several newspaper/magazine clippings are also included in the collection. Some of the sources from which the photographs were obtained include: the Applied Physics Laboratory; William Baum; the Deutsches Museum; William Dow and Nelson Spencer of the University of Michigan; Charles Johnson, Frances Johnson, Ernst Krause, and Richard Tousey of the Naval Research Laboratory; U.S. Air Force Air Materiel Command; and the University of Colorado.
Biographical / Historical:
David H. DeVorkin (1944- ) is a curator in the National Air and Space Museum's Space History Department. This collection of photographs was compiled by DeVorkin while researching for his 1992 book, 'Science with a Vengeance', which documents early rocket technology from the 1940s onwards. This book traces the exploration of the upper atmosphere with ballistic missiles systems, particularly the V-2. The first part of the book deals with the military context of upper atmospheric research: the military interest in seeing that such work was being done, the formation of appropriate groups in military labs capable of doing the work, and the development of the technical and managerial infrastructure requred to get the work done. The later half of the book examines the specific problems each scientific group addressed, including the technical, professional and managerial obstacles they faced as they explored the use of rockets for studying the sun, cosmic rays, the upper atmosphere, and the ionosphere.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
David H. DeVorkin, transfer, 1994, 1994-0056, 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:
V-2 rocket  Search this
Launch complexes (Astronautics) -- Peenemunde, Germany  Search this
Launch complexes (Astronautics) -- White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Aerobee rockets  Search this
Viking rocket  Search this
Genre/Form:
Publications
Correspondence
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1994.0056
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1994-0056

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:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
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

Science with a vengeance: How the Military created the US Space Sciences after World War II

Author:
DeVorkin, David H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1992
Topic:
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Flight  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_100581

"Science With A Vengeance" Collection

Topic:
Science with a Vengeance
Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Names:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
0.45 Cubic Feet (1 legal document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Date:
[ca. 1930s-1950s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the photographs used in the book.
Biographical / Historical:
David DeVorkin, a Space History Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, completed Science With A Vengeance in 1992. This book traces the exploration of the upper atmosphere with ballistic missiles systems, particularly the V-2. The first part of the book deals with the military context of upper atmospheric research: the military interest in seeing that such work was being done, the formation of appropriate groups in military labs capable of doing the work, and the development of the technical and managerial infrastructure required to get the work done. The later half of the book examines the specific problems each scientific group addressed, including the technical, professional and managerial obstacles they faced as they explored the use of rockets for studying the sun, cosmic rays, the upper atmosphere, and the ionosphere.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
David H. DeVorkin, Transfer, 1994, 1994-0054, NASM/David DeVorkin
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:
V-2 rocket  Search this
Ballistic missiles  Search this
Atmosphere, Upper -- Rocket observations  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Ionosphere  Search this
Ionosphere -- Research  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Identifier:
NASM.1994.0054
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1994-0054

David H. DeVorkin Papers

Topic:
Race to the stratosphere: manned scientific ballooning in the stratosphere (Monograph : 1989)
Science with a vengeance: how the military created the US space sciences after World War II (Monograph : 1992)
Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
1.5 cu. ft. (1 record storage box) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Date:
1987-2010
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of materials documenting the professional activities of David H. DeVorkin, Curator in the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, 1981- . DeVorkin specializes in the origins and development of modern astrophysics and the space sciences. Activities documented primarily include lectures, presentations, and other speaking engagements as well as the preparation of two books, "Race to the Stratosphere: Manned Scientific Ballooning in the Stratosphere," published in 1989, and "Science with a Vengeance: How the Military Created the US Space Sciences after World War II," published in 1992. Materials include correspondence, permissions, book reviews, clippings, notes, agreements, presentations, lecture texts, meeting materials, planning documents, and related materials. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Astronomy  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Publications  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Manuscripts
Compact discs
Electronic records
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
Identifier:
Accession 15-179
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa15-179

David H. DeVorkin Papers

Topic:
Science with a Vengeance: How the Military Created the US Space Sciences after World War II (Monograph : 1992)
Henry Norris Russell: Dean of American Astronomers (Monograph : 2000)
Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
20.5 cu. ft. (20 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Compact discs
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Audiotapes
Date:
1889-2011
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of the papers of David H. DeVorkin, Curator in the Space History Division at the National Air and Space Museum, 1981- , with earlier records dating from when he was assistant professor of astronomy at Central Connecticut State College, as well as during the years he attended high school and college. DeVorkin specializes in the origins and development of modern astrophysics and the space sciences, and is involved in professional societies that include the American Astronomical Society, the History of Science Society, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The papers primarily document DeVorkin's scientific articles, lectures, planetarium programs, research, professional society activities, and preparation of his own books such as "Science with a Vengeance: How the Military Created the US Space Sciences after World War II" and "Henry Norris Russell: Dean of American Astronomers." Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and notes; articles; book reviews; clippings; agreements; lecture papers and presentation material; press releases; meeting agendas; information about committees, conferences, symposiums, and workshops; manuscripts; audiotape recordings; photographs, slides, and negatives; course outlines; proposals; and supporting documentation. Some materials are in electronic format.
Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Topic:
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Astronautical museums  Search this
Professional associations  Search this
Lectures and lecturing  Search this
Congresses and conventions  Search this
Science -- History  Search this
Museum curators  Search this
Publications  Search this
Committees  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Astronomy  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Compact discs
Floppy disks
Electronic records
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Audiotapes
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 16-376, David H. DeVorkin Papers
Identifier:
Accession 16-376
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-sia-fa16-376

Naval Research Laboratory Reports and V-2 Material

Creator:
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Names:
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)  Search this
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Extent:
2.7 Cubic Feet ((6 legal document boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Publications
Reports
Articles
Date:
[ca. 1940s-1950s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists primarily of reports, both original and photocopied, from the NRL and other entities. Some correspondence, scientific abstracts and articles are also included.
Biographical / Historical:
The Naval Research Laboratory, with the use of captured German V-2 rockets, conducted in the 1940s and 1950s a long series of experiments which sought to further our understanding of the upper atmosphere and the nature of solar radiation. The technology utilized in the V-2 itself was also a focus of research.
General:
These reports were gathered by David DeVorkin from a variety of sources in research for his book, Science with a Vengeance, which documents rocket research from the 1940s onward.
NASMrev
Provenance:
David DeVorkin, DSH (NASM) and others, Transfer, 1998, 1998-0024, 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:
V-2 rocket  Search this
Atmosphere, Upper -- Rocket observations  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Rockets (Aeronautics)  Search this
Rocketry  Search this
Solar radiation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Publications
Reports
Articles
Identifier:
NASM.1998.0024
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1998-0024

Science with a vengeance: how the military created the US space sciences after World War II / Springer-Verlag, 1992

Author:
DeVorkin, David H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1993
Topic:
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Flight  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_100638

Science with a vengeance: how the military created the US space sciences after World War II / Springer-Verlag, 1992

Author:
DeVorkin, David H.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1995
Topic:
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Flight  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_100641

"Science with a Vengeance" - Office of Strategic Services Contacts, 1989-1990

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e314

"Science with a Vengeance" - Responses to Office of Strategic Services Book, 1990

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e326

"Science with a Vengeance" - Springer, 1993

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e338

"Science with a Vengeance" - Springer (Promotion), 1992

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e351

"Science with a Vengeance" - Springer (Production), 1992

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e363

"Science with a Vengeance" - Springer (Final Steps), 1991

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e375

"Science with a Vengeance" - Rocket Book Permissions, 1991-1992

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e387

"Science with a Vengeance" - Washington, D.C. Trip, October 1991

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
See more items in:
David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e399

"Science with a Vengeance" - Charles Johnson, 1991

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
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David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e411

"Science with a Vengeance" - William A. Rense, 1991

Collection Creator::
DeVorkin, David H., 1944-  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Until the death of the Donor, SIA will notify the Donor prior to, or within 7 days after, the materials have been accessed for research, Transferring office; 9/5/2007 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-179, David H. DeVorkin Papers
See more items in:
David H. DeVorkin Papers
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-fa15-179-refidd1e424

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