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JPL: From JATO to the Corporal, 1936–1957

J. D. Hunley

in Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813031774
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038551 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813031774.003.0004
JPL: From JATO to the Corporal, 1936–1957

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This chapter covers rocket development in the United States before, during, and shortly after World War II at what became the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Pasadena, California. Topics discussed include the development of jet-assisted takeoff (JATO), the ORDCIT (Ordnance-California Institute of Technology) contract, the Corporal projects, and the JPL management structure.

Keywords: rocket development; missile development; rocket technology; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; jet-assisted takeoff; ORDCIT

Chapter.  13602 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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