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From Pompton Lakes to White Sands: Other Liquid-Propellant Rocket Developments, 1930–1954

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/9780813031774.003.0005
From Pompton Lakes to White Sands: Other Liquid-Propellant Rocket Developments, 1930–1954

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This chapter discusses other American rocket efforts from 1930 to 1954, culminating in a joining of German and JPL rocket technologies in the Bumper WAC project. Goddard, with his small band of technicians, and Malina's Suicide Squad were far from the only early developers of liquid-propellant rockets in the United States. Among the many others, undoubtedly the most important in the period before World War II were the individuals associated with what became, in 1934, the American Rocket Society. The Bumper WAC project combined the V-2s with WAC Corporal B rockets in a two-stage configuration.

Keywords: rocket development; missile development; Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Bumper WAC project; liquid-propellant rockets; American Rocket Society

Chapter.  10394 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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