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50 Years of Electronic Check Out and Launch Systems at Kennedy Space Center
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Starr, Stanley O.(NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Abstract: When NASA was created in 1958 one of the elements incorporated into this new agency was the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) in Huntsville, AL and its subordinate Missile Firing Laboratory (MFL) in Cape Canaveral. Under NASA, the MFL became the Launch Operations Directorate of the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, but expanding operations in the build up to Apollo dictated that it be given the status of a full fledged Center in July, 1 962[ 1]. The next year it was renamed the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KS C) after the president whose vision transformed its first decade of operation. The ABMA was under the technical leadership of Dr. Werner Von Braun. The MEL was run by his deputy Dr. Kurt Debus, an electrical engineer whose experience in the field began in the early days of V-2 testing in war time Germany. In 1952 a group led by Debus arrived in Cape Canaveral to begin test launches of the new Redstone missile [2]. During the 50's, The MFL built several launch complexes and tested the Redstone, Jupiter and Jupiter C missiles. This small experienced team of engineers and technicians formed the seed from which has grown the KSC team of today. This article briefly reviews the evolution of the KSC electronic technologies for integration, check-out and launch of space vehicles and payloads during NASA's first 50 years.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2007
Document ID:
20130010428
(Acquired Mar 04, 2013)
Subject Category: LAUNCH VEHICLES AND LAUNCH OPERATIONS
Report/Patent Number: KSC-2007-211
Document Type: Preprint
Meeting Sponsor: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Organization Source: NASA Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach, FL, United States
Description: 9p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: CAPE KENNEDY LAUNCH COMPLEX; CHECKOUT; LAUNCH VEHICLES; LAUNCHING BASES; MISSILES; PAYLOADS; SPACECRAFT LAUNCHING; TESTING TIME
Miscellaneous Notes: to be published in IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
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