Rockets and People

Rockets and People

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Much has been written in the West on the history of the Soviet space program but few Westerners have read direct first-hand accounts of the men and women who were behind the many Russian accomplishments in exploring space. The memoir of Academician Boris Chertok, translated from the original Russian, fills that gap. In Volume 1 of Rockets and People, Chertok described his early life as an aeronautical engineer and his adventures as a member of the Soviet team that searched postwar, occupied Germany for the remnants of the Nazi rocket program. In Volume 2, Chertok takes up the story after his return to the Soviet Union in 1946, when Stalin ordered the foundation of the postwar missile program at an old artillery factory northeast of Moscow. Chertok gives an unprecedented view into the early days of the Soviet missile program. With a keen talent for combining technical and human interests, Chertok writes of the origins and creation of the Baykonur Cosmodrome in a remote desert region of Kazakhstan. He devotes a substantial portion of Volume 2 to describing the launch of the first Sputnik satellite and the early lunar and interplanetary probes designed under legendary Chief Designer Sergey Korolev in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He ends with a detailed description of the famous R-16 catastrophe known as the qNedelin disaster, q which killed scores of engineers during preparations for a missile launch in 1960.... from the carrier aircraft.8 The Kometa was launched from the Tu-4 carrier aircraft approximately 150 kilometers from the target and ... To replace the volume and mass of the warhead, they set up a pilota#39;s workstation with manual control and modified the ... The Kometaa#39;s turbojet engine would start up when it received a command from the carrier aircraft after its radar ... Uniona#39;s best fighter aircraft, including several generations of MiG fighters. thus activating the semiactive homing modeanbsp;...

Title:Rockets and People
Author: Boris Evseevich Chertok
Publisher:Government Printing Office - 2006

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