David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert's Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space PDF

By David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert

ISBN-10: 1585660604

ISBN-13: 9781585660605

This e-book tells the tale of the origins and improvement of the us Air Forces house application from its earliest beginnings within the put up moment global warfare interval to its emergence as a severe operational presence within the Persian Gulf struggle.

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Renewed Air Force interest in the Convair long-range ballistic missile also indicated that large satellite booster rockets might soon be available . Yet the Rand reconnaissance proposal remained a planning project, and the ICBM program moved forward at a very leisurely pace.

ARDC, which had responsibility for the guided missiles program, agreed that the missile deserved greater support . Convincing Air Force headquarters to award it sufficient funding and project priority, however, proved next to impossible . In the fall of 1951, the Air Staff's Research and Development Directorate rejected ARDC's request for increased funding and directed a sloweddown five-year test program before considering further commitments . " Putt also 23 Beyond Horizons warned that the Soviets appeared to be pursuing development of such a weapon .

Despite Ridenour's coverage of "passive" defensive military functions, he briefly raised the possibility of using satellites as offensive weapons. Given the onset of the missile age, he argued, satellites could provide both accurate guidance for missiles and serve as missiles themselves . He based his argument on the compatibility between missile and satellite technology as well as launch velocity requirements . As he explained, There is little difference in design and performance between an intercontinental rocket missile and a satellite.

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