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Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle TechnologyGoddard Rockets to Minuteman III$
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J.D Hunley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031774

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031774.001.0001

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JPL: From JATO to the Corporal, 1936–1957

JPL: From JATO to the Corporal, 1936–1957

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Preludes to U.S. Space-Launch Vehicle Technology

J. D. Hunley

University Press of Florida

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

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