Lecture 8 Notes: The LOR Decision By Dr. Bob
In 1956, the decision was made to put the Vanguard satellite in orbit. A cheap rocket and
simple satellite were developed, to keep costs down. In the fall, there was a meeting of
nations whod been carry
Lecture 4 Notes: Systems Engineering and Atlas
Terms in Launius:
Mythology: stories that have a cultural significance; this term does not necessarily mean
that something that is a hoax or a lie.
Master Narrative: academic way historians use to describe ta
Lecture 3 Notes: Historical/Technical Analyses of Engineering Systems
3 different approaches to thinking about the topics of this course are things you want to
ask as you read the assignments:
Whos the author? Whats his primary function? What is he writin
Lecture 2 Notes: The Apollo Project
[Handout: LM landing timeline]
Today well talk about the Apollo project, and about a couple of ways to approach the
7 projects: 7 flights:
(12/68: Apollo 8)
7/69: Apollo 11: first one, scientific goal was mostl
Lecture 1 Notes: Introduction to Space
The Apollo moon missions pervade popular culture, even today:
- MTVs logo; the first few minutes of MTV on the air were the famous image of
Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon
- Slogans on jeans and elsewhere (For
Lecture 6 Notes: Sputnik and Mercury
McDougall reading: The Heavens and the Earth, focused on Eisenhowers view of the
- Eisenhower didnt see the space program as a very important thing; this might
have been one of the reasons America didnt
Lecture 5 Notes: NACA
Readings for today have one thing in common: they talk about engineering cultures.
What is an engineering culture and what constitutes it? How do you know youre in one?
- communication structures (can be formal or informa
Lecture 9 Notes: The Soviet Moon Program By Slava
Historian of Soviet space program and technology
To be discussed: Organization, key personalities, competing lunar projects, technical
failures, political economical cultural roots.
Lecture 10 Notes: Gemini and Early Apollo
Colliers was highly influential in affecting peoples imaginations as to what spacecraft
should look like, yet it wasnt terribly scientific or realistic.
Gemini computers: pilot entered orbital parameters, computer
Lecture 7 Notes: Kennedys Decision
We watched an official Air Force film about the DYNA-SOAR project.
- very pilot-focused; almost no mention of the importance of computer systems
- presented the project as another great step in the advancement of America