IT WON’T BE LONG NOW!
Rocket-powered spaceships will make overnight trips to the moon by 1975
IF YOU’D like to be the first human being to take a rocket-powered spaceship trip to the moon you have to get on line.
Kitchen Catch-All / Swiss Radar Rocket
MODERN apartments which seem to shrink in size constantly have created a demand for more compact furniture. One of the results of this demand is a cabinet (right) to hold kitchen utensils and accessories, shown at the Modern Living Exposition held in Chicago. Bonnie Schuham smiles her approval of the unit.
Rocket Sleds and Snow Gliders Develop High Speeds
FOREMOST among the foreign sportsmen who are developing new inventions for speedy winter travel are Max Valier, a German inventor who has a rocket sledge, and Jacob Camille who has developed a speedy snow glider.
Micro-Wave Radio Robot Reports Weather
FAR above the heights reached by Settle and Piccard, “sounding balloons” rise into the stratosphere, unmanned, but with delicate apparatus to report the atmospheric conditions they encounter.
Anti-Ballistic Missiles that can hit their targets with a high probability have proven very difficult to produce. While we’ve had some success with intercepting medium range missiles, taking down ICBMs has been much harder. Bonus: check out this crazy video of a kill vehicle guidance and tracking being tested.
Related: The U.S. Missile Defense Agency, complete with cutting edge, 3-D drop shadow technology.
MISSILE VS. MISSILE
A rocket expert looks at our chances of withstanding a missile invasion.
BY WILLY LEY
SOMEBODY said recently that he would not be surprised if the AAF were researching itself out of business, at least as far as flying personnel is concerned. This somewhat surprising statement was based on the fact that a good number of the research projects which have been made known are aimed at high-velocity flight, either true supersonic flight or something close to it. Most of this fast flying would necessarily take place at very high altitudes where there is not too much air to interfere. And since the ramjet, the rocket and the rocket airplane can be improved more than the pilot, the pilotless missile is bound to be the final result in many cases.
And yes, both the Air Force and NASA say it went into space.
UNVEILING THE X-15
Model: North American X-15, a manned, hypersonic research aircraft. Length: 50 it. Height: 13 ft.
Wing area: 200 sq. ft. in a 25° sweep-back. Weight at launching: 31,275 lbs. Cargo: Pilot plus 1,300 lbs. of instruments. Fabrication: Inconel-X, titanium and stainless steel to withstand temperatures in excess of 1,000°F.
As opposed to the walking kind?
Also, henceforth I am going to use the spelling “computor”.
By the way, if you’re at all interested, this army training video detailing how an mechanical fire control computer works is amazing.
Flying Missiles CAN Be Stopped!
Here is a sure-fire plan to down supersonic rockets like ducks—and wipe out the terror of sneak attacks.
By Frank Tinsley
HITLER was right when he ranted about the fearful havoc a “secret weapon” would wreak on his enemies. His V-2 rockets unleashed such terror on battered Britain that they nearly won the war—for the Nazis. For there was absolutely no defense against these mighty 3500-mph missiles—and no way to tell when—or where—they would strike next.
Number One Rocket Man
A Silhouette of the Shy Massachusetts Physicist Who Pioneered in Rocket Research . . . Much to His Distress He Broke into the Noisier Newspapers
By G. EDWARD PENDRAY
Past President, the American Rocket Society
Editor of Astronautics
ON a flat, dry plain, 18 miles north of Roswell, New Mexico, rises a 60-foot tower of steel that has roused more curiosity, and has probably had a greater influence on the future of the world, than any other feature of all New Mexico’s arresting landscape.
From this tower, at irregular intervals, a Massachusetts physicist and his assistants send roaring into the skies certain gleaming, cigar-shaped projectiles of metal, powered by gasoline and liquid oxygen, and landed by parachutes.
Rockets and Their Hazards
IT is now about a thousand years since the first Chinese rocket engineer tied one of his new go-devils to an arrow and took a shot at the invading Tartars. Perhaps the millennial celebration of that invention will include a shot with a much larger rocket at the moon. However, the present-day rocket experimenters are plugging away steadily, improving details in their equipment, and thinking in terms of thousands of feet of ascent; while the fiction writers glibly describe steering a rocket craft through asteroids and meteor showers, like a taxi through traffic.
Daring Men in Seven Nations Aim to Harness GIANT Rockets
FIFTEEN years ago the rocket was a toy, fit only for fireworks or laboratory demonstrations. Twelve years ago only one scientist in the world, the American physicist, Dr. Robert H. Goddard, of Clark University, Worcester, Mass., was working to transform this ancient plaything into a source of power for fast vehicles. So rapid has progress been, since then, that today the rocket is a young giant, though as yet too impetuous and uncontrolled for commercial use.