Select... Address from General O'Conner to the Rotery Club bringing them up to date on organizational developments inside the George C. Marshall Center. Bob Ward attempts to reach Dr. Adolf Thiel to ask about Wernher von Braun stories. Side 2 7:00 - 9:30. Bob Ward calls Chuck Lundquist to talk about and stories he knows relating to Wernher von Braun. Lundquist relates a few tales relating to von Braun's work in the early days of NASA as well as his family and the way he handled meetings. Entirety of side 1. Bob Ward calls Frances G. Moore to ask about stories relating to Wernher von Braun. Main story relates to what some of the engineers did after work. Side 1 through 24:00. Bob Ward calls Joe Jones to discuss Wernher von Braun stories. Jones elaborates on von Braun's generosity and gives advice to Ward about who to interview next about von Braun. Side 2 9:30 thru end. Bob Ward gets lunch with Lee B. James. They discuss stories relating to Wernher von Braun over lunch. Mentioned are von Braun's meeting style, speeches, salesmanship, and how he handled publicity. Both sides of tape. Bob Ward interviews P. Petroff, asking about Wernher von Braun stories. Petroff relates a number of stories relating to von Braun's early life. Side 1 of tape. Bob Ward's phone call to Al Berisford about any Wernher von Braun stories he knew. Berisford doesn't know very much, but is able to relate some von Braun stories about flying. Side 1 32:00 to end of side. Clipping from the Marshall Star, May 29, 1968, vol. 8, no. 36. Conversation between Bob Ward and Ed Grubbs, a pilot of Wernher von Braun. Covered are von Braun's love of flying and his health towards the end of his life. Side 1 through 11:40 on side 2. Conversation between Bob Ward and Frank Williams. Williams tell a couple of stories involving Wernher von Braun, including one about a fishing trip he was a part of. Entirety of side 2 of tape. Conversation between Bob Ward and Jay Foster on interaction with Wernher von Braun. Foster relates a number of stories touching on von Braun's love of flying and professional associations, among others. Both sides of tape. Conversation between Bob Ward and Jim Odom. Shares some stories about Wernher von Braun beliefs and his family life. Side 1 8:00 thru end of side. Conversation between Ed Mohlere and Bob Ward. Focuses on stories related to Wernher von Braun, mentioning his promotion of teachers and education, the power he wielded legislatively, and the relation between Eberhard Rees and von Braun. 30:00 on side 1 thru duration of side 2. Conversation between Jim Daniels and Bob Ward about Wernher von Braun. Some stories relate to von Braun's ability to communicate, his personal relations prowess, and his family life. 3:00 on side 1 through the end of side 2. Conversation with Jim Shepherd regarding stories of Wernher von Braun, Safety protocol at Marshall Space Flight Center, and Stennis test center in Mississippi. Remainder of Side 1. Conversation with Ralph Petroff on his encounters with Wernher von Braun. Petroff recounts von Braun's somewhat mythic status as well as the strife in early NASA between the Germans and the Jews. Entirety of side 2. Dieter Grau interviewed on failure analysis and management of Saturn program. Both sides of tape. Drake worked in the Safety Office. Lois Smith is shown seated at left. Frank Williams talks to Bob Ward about Wernher von Braun. Of particular note are stories regarding von Braun's office relationships and his ability to communicate. Both sides of tape, through side 2 is inaudible. Fred Ordway talks about notable stories with Wernher von Braun, including attending meetings, hunting, and von Braun's sense of humor. Both sides of tape. From a dinner held in honor of the retirement of MSFC director William R. Lucas in 1986. It includes a biographical sketch and photographs of Lucas. From the abstract: "This report discusses the iterative guidance mode and its application to three-dimensional upper stage vacuum flight. It is an inertial or closed system mode in that the only inputs required after liftoff are available from the onboard navigation system. That is, the iterative scheme computes steering commands as a function of the state and of the vehicle - velocity, position, longitudinal acceleration, and gravitational acceleration - and the desired cutoff conditions. The guidance commands are updated each guidance cycle, using the updated state of the vehicle. The iterative guidance scheme is a path adaptive guidance scheme in that it will retain its optimization properties under all expected types and magnitudes of vehicle perturbations without any loss in accuracy at liftoff." From the summary: "Both [guidance] schemes steer toward a specified end point. The MIT scheme uses thrust to cancel out the effective gravity, a nonlinear term, which may be inefficient in certain cases. The MSFC scheme is more closely connected with calculus of variations and optimization theory in a reasonable degree of approximation." Interview and Question and Answer session with Apollo 11 Astronauts circa 1989. Discussion focuses on future NASA plans. Begins on side 2 to end, picks up at 39:00 on side 1 through end. Interview between Bob Ward and Alex McCool. Topic covered included Wernher von Braun's interactions with Marshall personnel as well as how history will interpret von Braun. Both sides of tape. Interview between Bob Ward and General John Zierdt. Zierdt talks about Wernher von Braun's talkative nature in meeting and while travelling as well as his musical talent. 11:40 side 2 through end. Interview by David Christensen on February 10, 2005 Interview on Materials Management, Configuration Management, and Changes in Design. Full side of tape. Interview on the Development of Saturn and the general design and management philospohy of NASA. One side of tape only. Interview on the development of Saturn engine design and control, as well as life at the Mississippi engine test site. Both sides of the tape. Interview on the developments on Thor applied to the Saturn Program, structures, Welding, Machining of Part, and Insulation of the rocket. Both sides of tape. Interview on the fuels involved in the Saturn as well as the transport and management of these fuels. Both sides of tape. Interview with Bob Lindstrom regarding stories of Wernher von Braun and the early work he did as a GI in Redstone Arsenal. Entirety of side 2. Interview with Davenport (0-23:44 S1) and Shields (23:44 S1 - end S2). Topics covered include the reliability of the F1 engine, Skylab, and electronic manufacturing. Interview with Dr. William Lucas on Wernher von Braun, comparing and contrasting him to Robert Goddard and setting up the University of Alabama in Huntsville, along with other stories. Both sides of tape. Interview with German engineer on engine design, propellants, thermodynamics, and design barriers and overcoming them. Both sides of tape. Interview with Jim Shepherd on memories from Wernher von Braun, including him hunting and working with space camp. Both sides of tape. Interview with Matt Urlaub by Wernher von Braun and others around the Apollo program development and difficulties in its development. One side only. Interview with Rocketdyne engineers on rocket engine design and stability. Both sides of tape. Interview with Tom Shaver on Wernher von Braun, describing his character, personality, and funny stories from his time as von Braun's assistant. Entirety of side one, side 2 through 45 minute mark. Interviews with Sawyer (0 - 16:58 S1) and Kudebeh (16:58 S1 - end S2) on weight penalties, schedule/performance bonuses, and project management. John Bensko, Jr. is seated in the center of the front row. Kennedy visited Huntsville for a second time on Armed Forces Day 1963. His first visit occurred on September 11, 1962. Kennedy visited Huntsville on Armed Forces Day 1963. He first visited the area on September 11, 1962. MSFC Director of Administration and Technical Services David H. Newby is shown in the foreground. Outline of the equipment present at George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. Paper given to North East Chapter , Mississippi Society of Professional Engineers. Essay discussing the history of the MSFC Reliability Philosophy. Phone call between Bob Ward and C.E. Monroe. Short talk centers around Wernher von Braun and living on Monte Sano in Huntsville, Alabama. All of side 1. Phone call between Bob Ward and Dr. I.M. Levitt about Wernher von Braun. Call explains a letter Levitt wrote to von Braun and updates on Ward's book. All of side 2. Phone call between Bob Ward and Ralph Petroff. Ward asks Petroff about stories involving Wernher von Braun. Petroff's response is almost impossible to hear. Entirety of side 2. Phone Call between Bob Ward and Werner Dahl on the subject of Wernher von Braun. Topics covered include von Braun's lineage, their time together at Peenemünde, and feelings about the move to Washington D.C. Entirety of side 2. Phone call between Dorette Schlidt and Bob Ward on different aspects and emotions of the von Brauns leaving Huntsville, Alabama. Side 1 thru 6:00. Phone call between Dr. William Pickering and Bob Ward on encounters Pickering had with Wernher von Braun. Not very audible. Side 1 up to 19:00. Phone call Bob Ward made to Dr. Adolf Thiel asking about sotries related to Wernher von Braun. Dr. Thiel asks for time to thing about it. Side 1 19:00 to 30:00. Phone call from Bob Ward to Ed Barisford regarding any stories involving Wernher von Braun he knew. Barisford related a couple stories about von Braun's flying habits, which was his primary connection to Barisford. Side 1 to 32:00. Phone call from Bob Ward to Harry Atkins. Conversation about Wernher von Braun stories and how the space program began in Huntsville. Also discussed is historical revisionism around von Braun and his team. Side 1 of tape up tp 42:30. Phone call from Bob Ward to William Pickering on Wernher von Braun's career and his work after NASA, side 2 thru 7:00. Phone call with Sarah Preston, who worked at a bar where the NASA workers from Marshall Space Flight Center frequented. Conversation focuses on stories overheard about Wernher von Braun. Remainder of side 2. Phone conversation between Bob Ward and Mr. Hewitt. Hewitt speaks about Wernher von Braun's gift for oration and some of the stories he shared about his past. Full side of tape. Phone conversation between Bob Ward and Rocky Clarke on Wernher von Braun. Topics covered include von Braun's humor and his relations with other team members. Entirety of side 1. Phone Conversation with a Senator on interactions with astronaut John Glenn and Wernher von Braun. Full side of tape. Phone Conversation with Dr. Adolf Thiel about Dr. Wernher von Braun and their time working together at Peenemünde and in the United States. Side 1 begninning to 14:18. Project indexes included for: Advanced Systems Office, Aero-Astrodynamics Laboratory, Astrionics Laboratory, Computation Laboratory, Engineering Computation Division, Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Laboratory, Quality and Reliability Assurance Laboratory, Research and Development Operations, Research Projects Laboratory, and Test Laboratory. Short phone call between Bob Ward and Ellery May. May talks about how Wernher von Braun used to give tours of Marshall Space Flight Center. Side 1 24:00 through 39:00. Short phone call where a receptionist takes a message from Bob Ward to Walter Cronkite. 42:30 to end of side 1. Short phone call where Bob Ward inquires about Ivo Sparkman's husband, Senator John Sparkman, and his relationship with President Roosevelt. Side 1 to 3:00 mark. Shown in the photograph, left to right: President John F. Kennedy, Robert C. Seamans, Wernher von Braun, James E. Webb, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert S. McNamara, Jerome D. Wiesner, and Harold Brown. Side 1 is an interview with Weidner and Neubert on the testing of Saturn and the different design philosophies of various NASA groups. Side 2 is an interview with Dave Aiken and John Beltz on Saturn development and the different philosophies of NASA groups. Side one of tape is a recording of a speech given by Tom Wolfe to a Rotary Club on the making and the early years on the United States space program. Recording followed by a note from Ward. Side two of the tape contains a phone conversation between Ward and Walter Cronkite about the latter's relationship and thoughts about Wernher von Braun. Snippet from a speech on von Braun by Bill Lucas on the work and achievements of Wernher von Braun. Side 1 6:00 - 8:00. Students involved in the student experiment selection are: Bochsler, Daniel C., Converse, Vincent W., Crites, Troy A., Dunlap, W. Brian, Hamilton, John C., Hopfield, Alison, Jackson, Kathy L., Johnston, Roger G., Leventhal, Jeanne L., Meister, Todd A., Miles, Judith S., Peltz, Cheryl A., Quist, Terry C., Reihs, Joe W., Schlack, Donald W., Wordekemper, Joel G., Shannon, Neal W., Staehle, Robert L., Zmolek, Joe B. Students involved in the student experiment selection are: Bochsler, Daniel C., Converse, Vincent W., Crites, Troy A., Dunlap, W. Brian, Hamilton, John C., Hopfield, Alison, Jackson, Kathy L., Johnston, Roger G., Leventhal, Jeanne L., Meister, Todd A., Miles, Judith S., Peltz, Cheryl A., Quist, Terry C., Reihs, Joe W., Schlack, Donald W., Wordekemper, Joel G., Shannon, Neal W., Staehle, Robert L., Zmolek, Joe B. Students whose experiments were held in consideration for future programs are Stein, Keith L., Brandt, Kent M., McGee, Keith, Sherhart, Kirk M., Merkel, Gregory A., Healy, James E. Stuhlinger attended the launch of Apollo 11 with her husband Ernst Stuhlinger, then the Associate Director for Science at Marshall Space Flight Center. In the entries, she describes her reaction to the launch and the successful lunar landing and makes note of the celebrations she and her family attended in Huntsville. She also records her daily activities, including socializing with neighbors and shopping with her children. A translation is included. Talk between Leland Belew and Bob Ward about Wernher von Braun. Belew relates a couple of stories relation to von Braun's planning ability, his role in Skylab, and his awareness of his illness. Both sides of tape. Telephone conversation between Bob Ward and David Christensen. Topic discussed include the progress of Bob's book and a few stories relating to the later part of Wernher von Braun's life when Dave got to know Wernher. Entirety of side 2. The bulletin board behind Schulze reads "Vehicle Engineering Branch." Palaoro was the head of the Vehicle Systems Engineering Branch of the Structures and Mechanics Division at Marshall Space Flight Center. The celebration included an employee picnic, a dance, and an open house. The documentation noted in the circular is available at UAH Archives and Special Collections in the Saturn V Collection. The float was made by Marshall Space Flight Center. Von Braun Research Hall can be seen in the background. The photo likely dates from the 1980s or early 1990s, when the NASA worm logo was still in use, as seen on the sides of the float. The information in this dataset is reproduced from Charles Lundquist's 2014 monograph Transplanted Rocket Pioneers. The information includes biographical and professional information that he compiled to produce the book. Each individual represented in the dataset also has a vertical file in the Lundquist Collection at UAH.
Transplanted Rocket Pioneers is a recognition of the early members of the von Braun rocket team, many of whom were key players in the successful moon landing. Many historians conclude that the lunar missions of the Apollo Program could not have been possible without the leadership and experience provided by a corps of engineers, scientists and managers transplanted from Europe to the Unites States after World War II. This fact motivated Dr. Lundquist to deposit this work in the Archives of the Library at the University of Alabama in Huntsville by assembling a file on each of the individuals who came from Europe to participate in the rocketry activities in Huntsville, or, in a few cases, individuals who had other ties to Huntsville.
This dataset includes a standard one-page summary sheet for each subject. Although most sheets are relatively complete, some data are still missing.
The first two lines on each page records fundamental identification information:
Family name Date of birth Place of birth Given names Date of death Place of death
The next standard entry is a statement of the extent of the Archives Holdings, either i) A primary collection of documents housed in one or more banker boxes, usually a separate individual collection ii) A secondary collection in a standard archive box, or iii) a file folder. Next, if there is an oral or video history for the individual, this fact is noted. A statement about the highest education levels of the individual follows. The next five entries, in chronological order, record whether the individual participated in activities at five sites:
1. Raketenflugplatz-Kummersdorf: Individuals engaged in the activities at these sites of early rocket development experiments sponsored first by VfR and subsequently by the German Army.
2. Peenemünde: Included here are individuals who participated in Peenemünde programs under several auspices, including as Army civilian employees, as members of the German military, as contractor employees on site or visiting as needed, and as university employees collaborating as required.
3. Fort Bliss: Individuals who were brought to Fort Bliss from 1945 to 1950.
4. GMDD-ABMA: Individuals who came to Huntsville, Alabama to work for the US Army rocket programs in the decade 1950 to 1960.
5th MSFC: Individuals who were employed by the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in the 1960s.
Some people had various relationships with UAH and that is so noted. Additionally, a statement of immigration details is noted if pertinent. Finally, a great variety of incidental information is included under Incidental Remarks.
UAH Special Collections welcomes additions of biographical materials to the vertical file in the Charles Lundquist Collection. Please note that the work is that of Dr. Lundquist and may contain errors or omissions which are solely the product of his work on the project, as noted in the introduction of the work.: " Finally, it is pertinent to note that any document containing large files will surely have some mistakes or omission. Any errors are the responsibility of the author alone." As was the wish of Dr. Lundquist, we will strive to make factual corrections to the online copy when necessary. The leaflet describes Marshall's role in developing launch vehicles for the space program, its collaboration with NASA facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana, and its research and development operations. Includes a map. The program includes "Marshall Center Highlights" from the Center's first year, a message from director Wernher von Braun, a photograph of the Space Queen and Princesses, and a guide to the Center's buildings. The timeline includes a memorandum from Friedjof A. Speer, manager of the Missions Operations Office, to employees of Marshall Space Flight Center. Speer notes that "astronaut Neil Armstrong is scheduled to be the first man to step onto the moon's surface." The timeline outlines the entire mission from liftoff at 8:32 AM on Wednesday, July 16, 1969 to splashdown at 11:49 AM on Thursday, July 24, 1969. These diagrams depict potential options for reuse of the Skylab habitat for the Space Shuttle program. This article describes the technical aspects of all of the Skylab missions, with a focus on readability for the public. This brochure describes the duties and responsibilities of the Skylab 3 crew, including experiments and repairs. This draft copy of the chronology includes a memorandum from Marshall Historian L. L. Jones of the Historical Office. This is a hardware evaluation and assessment of the skylab habitat systems based on the feedback from the Skylab crews. This is a manual that describes the handling and use of the Apollo Telescope Mount prior to launch. This is a report about the Skylab debris field in Australia. This mission commentary depicts NASA's attempts to alleviate some of the temperature issues caused by the broken micrometeoroid shield on Skylab 1. This mission commentary depicts Skylab 2 docking with Skylab 1. This mission commentary also depicts the Skylab 2 crew beginning work on resolving the solar panel and micrometeoroid shield problems. This pamphlet includes a memo to "Key MSFC Employees" from M. Keith Wible, Chief of the Manpower Utilization and Administration Office at Marshall Space Flight Center. This paper identifies the support functions performed by MSFC through the Launch Information Exchange Facility (LIEF) during the Apollo Saturn Mission Operations and other facilities required to carry out these functions. It also identifies mission specific documents required for operation. Note that page 20 is missing. This poster is a comprehensive depiction of the Skylab space habitat as a whole, as well as a general summary of the Skylab program as a whole, including descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of the organizations involved in the Skylab program. This poster is an artistic depiction of the Skylab 3 mission Crew. This report describes the experiments onboard Skylab, what the data the experiments gather indicates, and the equipment that the experiments utilize. This includes the spider experiment. This report describes the importance of the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator for preparing the Skylab astronauts to work in space. This video was released in conjunction with Skylab's 30th anniversary in 2003. It contains video footage from the Skylab program as well as interviews with those associated with the program. Von Braun, then the director of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, delivered this speech to the legislature in 1961. In the speech, he emphasizes that Alabama must take advantage of its position in the aerospace industry and create a robust "academic and research environment" in Huntsville to attract businesses that "will give birth to major new industries throughout the state." He exhorts the legislature to fund the newly established University of Alabama Research Institute (now part of the University of Alabama in Huntsville), arguing that "the Institute will not only be self-sustaining, but will enrich the State both financially and culturally." The legislature later approved von Braun's request of $3 million for the Research Institute, enabling the purchase of 200 acres of land for the campus and the construction of the Institute in 1964. The speech includes copies of slides von Braun used during his presentation, including diagrams of Saturn and Nova rockets as well as a mockup of a Saturn rocket on the lawn of the state capitol in Montgomery. Wernher von Braun conversing with multiple people on the management of Saturn/Apollo, Skylab, and Shuttle programs. Both sides.