Rocketdyne: Powering Humans into Space (AIAA Education)

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The Rocketdyne firm, formed just after World War II, was a pioneer in missile engines and space travel and is still building engines for the space shuttle today under parent company Pratt & Whitney. Kraemer, an aeronautical engineer who worked at Rocketdyne in the 1950s and '60s, details the company's story and projects through the recollections of team members as well as through the private library of Rocketdyne and NASA materials amassed by retiree Vince Wheelock. Many b&w images are included. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Robert Kraemer received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an M.S. in Aeronautics (Rocket Propulsion Option) from Caltech. He served as head of Advanced Design at Rocketdyne in the 1950s and early 1960s, then Chief Engineer for Space Systems at Ford Aeronutronic before moving to NASA where he served at Headquarters as Director of Planetary Exploration and then Assistant Director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. He has received NASA awards including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Medal for Outstanding Leadership. He is a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society and Associate Fellow of the AIAA. Kraemer is also the author of ""Beyond the Moon; A Golden Age of Planetary Exploration 1971-1978"" published in the Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series.

Vince Wheelock, originally an Iowa farm boy, spent four years in the Air force with service in Korea, and subsequently graduated in 1958 from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Rocketdyne and during his 40+-year career participated in major engine programs including those for early Thor and Atlas Ballistic Missiles, Project Mercury, Saturn IB, Saturn V, and Space Shuttle. He retired as Rocketdynes Director of Field Engineering & Logistics and continues to be active in propulsion support at Rocketdyne, and as a Rocketdyne Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine Historian. He has received many NASA group achievement awards, is the recipient of the Rocketdyne Presidents Award for Leadership, the Distinguished Engineering Achievement Award from the San Fernando Valley Engineers Council, and The Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering Award from Iowa State University.

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"No one had written an overall history of Rocketdyne - the professional historians said there was not enough preserved documentation for them to write a proper history book - so I determined to visit key survivors of the glory days of Rocketdyne to record their memories, add my own insight as a member of the team, and preserve the history of how large liquid propellant rocket engines evolved at Rocketdyne and why the team was so successful. - Robert S. Kraemer"

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