During my teen years I avidly read the juvenile science fiction Tom Swift Jr. series, which I have written about before. Then I graduated to The Science Fiction Book Club and read Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and many more. The beauty of science fiction, for me, is that I could go places […]
On July 19 of this year at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C., SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk expressed a clear-eyed reality on the potential for success of the first launch of the company’s Falcon Heavy. He frankly admitted to the audience, in answer to a question, that getting the second […]
In 1950, a reconfigured German V2 rocket with small second stage rocket, a WAC Corporal sounding rocket, on the tip was launched from the Florida coastal area known as Cape Canaveral. It was considered a cape because of the land mass that jutted out into the Atlantic. South of Cape Canaveral were the towns of Melbourne, […]
During the 1960s, boys my age were fascinated with America’s race to beat the Soviets to the Moon. Practically every magazine published had articles about the brave astronauts who ventured into space during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Those boys, and some girls!, often built model rockets to channel their enthusiasm. These were not […]
I recently started reading Stuart Woods’ Fast and Loose. Woods is the author of dozens of thrillers and that got me thinking about one of the giants of the genre: Robert Ludlum. While researching Ludlum, I was shocked when I learned how he died and the mysterious unsolved circumstances around it.
Last year, I wrote an […]
Research & Development and Initial Operation Capability Units
Burroughs project planning for this computer planned for Mod I, Mod II and Mod III units from initial development to operational computers. All the Mod I computers were Research & Development units. The first unit was built by Burroughs in Paoli, Pennsylvania research center and was simply an […]
Central to the design of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, was the selection of the missile’s guidance system. The two means of guidance were either radio guidance or inertial guidance. There were proponents for both systems because each has its own advantages—and disadvantages. Inertial guidance employed gyroscopic servos onboard the missile that performed guidance functions apart […]
The United States ICBM program in the 1950s and 1960s formed the backbone of NASA’s Mercury and Gemini programs. The design and operation of the ICBMs and the NASA’s launch vehicles based on them were critical to their operational success. Burroughs Corporation was one of the key companies that designed these guidance computers.
Burroughs Corporation […]
About five years ago, I learned about the Breakfast with the Astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Center. This is the tourist attraction just outside the Kennedy Space Center and worth the trip from anywhere. The KSCVC has been conducting bus tours of the KSC launch facilities for decades, and the Center itself is constantly […]
This past May I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Chris Michael Harris for a podcast for his online Entrepreneur Hour program. This came about because of a twitter exchange. Chris had tweeted about an upcoming podcast with the youngest entrepreneur he had ever interviewed. I tweeted something to the effect, “How about an […]