The Birth of NASA: The Work of the Space Task Group, by Dutch Ehrenfried

By Dutch Ehrenfried

This is the tale of the paintings of the unique NASA house pioneers; women and men who have been without warning equipped in 1958 from the then nationwide Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) into the gap job crew. a comparatively small staff, they constructed the preliminary challenge idea plans and tactics for the U. S. house application. Then they boldly outfitted and amenities to complete these missions. the gang existed basically 3 years ahead of they have been transferred to the Manned Spacecraft middle in Houston, Texas, in 1962, yet their association left a wide mark on what may follow.
Von Ehrenfried's own event with the STG at Langley uniquely positions him to explain the way in which the crowd was once established and the way it reacted to the recent calls for of a post-Sputnik period. He artfully analyzes how the growing to be area software used to be controlled and what ideas enabled it to improve so speedy from an operations viewpoint. the result's a desirable window into background, amply subsidized up through first individual documentation and interviews.

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The Birth of NASA: The Work of the Space Task Group, America’s First True Space Pioneers

This can be the tale of the paintings of the unique NASA house pioneers; women and men who have been without warning geared up in 1958 from the then nationwide Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) into the gap activity team. a comparatively small staff, they constructed the preliminary challenge suggestion plans and strategies for the U.

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Even before the big decision to create NASA, Lewis engineers were commuting to Langley during the summer of 1958 to discuss with their counterparts the concepts and engineering of a manned satellite program. ” Finally, almost a year after Sputnik and after all the top level meetings from the President on down, the first NASA Administrator T. ” This paper required joint concurrence by Keith Glennan on behalf of NASA and Roy W. Johnson, Director of ARPA. The Panel also included Dr. Robert R. Gilruth, Max A.

James B. Fisk of Harvard University. Both subcommittee chairmen were physicists, and they knew what the President wanted. The Fisk subcommittee report came out in February 1958 and proposed a new agency built around NACA which would emphasize peaceful, civilian-controlled research and development. This was forwarded to the President by the White House Advisory Committee on Government Organization as a formal recommendation and he approved it on March 5. The PSAC produced more rationale and reports that added to the information the President needed in order to make a formal message to Congress, which he did on April 2.

When the NSC met on Thursday, October 10, 1957, the day following the President’s press conference, it appeared that almost everybody was there including the Cabinet members, their technical assistants, and senior personnel involved with satellites and missiles. The minutes of the TOP SECRET meeting are marked, EYES ONLY but were declassified, with deletions, in 1992. The following describes some comments and quotations. From CIA Director Allen Dulles: At 1930 hours on October 4 the Soviets had fired their Earth satellite from the Tyuratam range.

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