Opening Space Research: Dreams, Technology, and Scientific, by George H. Ludwig

By George H. Ludwig

Published via the yank Geophysical Union as a part of the Special guides Series.

Opening area study: goals, expertise, and medical Discovery

is George Ludwig's account of the early improvement of space-based electromagnetic physics, with a spotlight at the first U.S. house launches and the invention of the Van Allen radiation belts. Narrated by way of the person that constructed some of the tools for the early Explorer spacecraft through the Fifties and took part without delay within the medical learn, it attracts seriously upon the author's voluminous selection of laboratory notes and different papers, upon the Van Allen archive, and upon a big selection of different assets. This booklet provides very distinct discussions of old occasions in a hugely readable (semitechnical), first-person shape. greater than that, although, beginning area learn brings to the vanguard the complete workforce of scientists who made those accomplishments attainable, offering an in depth index of names to augment and whole the old checklist. Authoritative and designated, this publication may be of curiosity to house scientists, technological know-how historians, and someone attracted to house background and the 1st U.S. area launches.

Chapter 1 environment the degree on the collage of Iowa (pages 5–20):
Chapter 2 The Early Years (pages 21–66):
Chapter three The overseas Geophysical 12 months (pages 67–88):
Chapter four The IGY application at Iowa (pages 89–123):
Chapter five the leading edge Cosmic Ray tool (pages 125–157):
Chapter 6 Sputnik! (pages 159–176):
Chapter 7 The U.S. satellite tv for pc pageant (pages 177–212):
Chapter eight cross! Jupiter C, Juno, and Deal I (pages 213–243):
Chapter nine The start of Explorer I (pages 245–262):
Chapter 10 Deal II and Explorers II and III (pages 263–286):
Chapter eleven Operations and information dealing with (pages 287–318):
Chapter 12 Discovery of the Trapped Radiation (pages 319–358):
Chapter thirteen Argus and Explorers IV and V (pages 359–393):
Chapter 14 Extending the Toehold in area (pages 395–420):
Chapter 15 Pioneering in Campus area examine (pages 421–427):
Chapter sixteen a few own Reflections (pages 429–443):

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Here I am wiring and checking timing circuits for an upcoming rockoon expedition. I felt like a kid who had been turned loose in a toy store. 3 (b). 2. For that second rockoon-launching expedition, I received my introduction to the art of rocket instrumentation by helping both Les Meredith and Bob Ellis assemble their packages. S. 2 The State University of Iowa (SUI) expedition members were Mel Gottlieb as team leader and students Meredith and Ellis. They were assisted by the alwayscapable and valuable support of the ONR’s Lieutenant Malcolm Jones.

All that was left was a barn and lots of empty oil drums. We hiked inland and climbed a mountain which was at least 2000 feet high. With my sweater on, I worked up a good sweat. Then we came down and walked along and fished in a clear mountain stream. In one pool, there were three or four large rainbow trout. They wouldn’t bite so we first threw rocks at them and ended up swimming in the pool. It was three or four feet deep and fifteen by twenty feet across. ]. There were rapids at both ends. Then we came back to the ship.

At about age 11, flying and electronics began to consume much of my free time. During my high school years, many of the Tiffin residents came to depend upon me for repairing their ailing radios and household appliances. S. Air Force. Serving for a year as an enlisted man, then for a year learning to fly in aviation cadet school, I received my wings and second lieutenant bars in July 1948. During four and half more years as a multiengine pilot, a squadron electronics officer, and other assignments, I was exposed to an ever-broadening range of experiences and satisfied my lust for travel.

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