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Beyond Horizons a Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership

By Spires, David N.

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Title: Beyond Horizons a Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership  
Author: Spires, David N.
Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
Collections: AU Press Collection
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Publisher: Air University Press


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Preface: Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership is a study of the United States Air Force in space. Of all the military services, the Air Force has been preeminently involved for the past fifty years in initiating, developing, and applying the technology of space-based systems in support of the nation's national security. Yet there has been no single-volume overview of the Air Force space story to serve as an introduction and guide for interested readers. In November 1992, a high-level Air Force Blue Ribbon Panel on Space, chaired by then Lieutenant General Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., commander of Air Force Space Command, concluded there was a specific need to better educate people, both in the service and among the general populace, about the history of Air Force space activities. Beyond Horizons has been written to meet this need.

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Table of Contents: Foreword - Preface - Editor's Note - Introduction . the Dawn of the Space Age - Arnold And Von Karman Form A Partnership - 2 - Naca And the Rocketeers Lay the Groundwork - 3 - Rocketeers Lead the Way - 4 - Wartime Provides the Momentum-Arnold And Von Karman Establish - The Foundation - 7 - I . Before Sputnik: the Air Force Enters the Space Age, 1945-1957 - 13 - Rand Proposes A World-Circling Spaceship - 14 - The Air Force Shuns Ballistic Missiles - 16 - Ballistic Missiles Receive New Life - 21 - The Air Force Studies Satellites - 24 - Satellites Receive New Life - 27 - Eisenhower Faces the Threat of Surprise Attack - 29 - Trevor Gardner Energizes the Missile Program - 31 - The Air Force Commits to the First Military Satellite - 35 - The Administration Commits to the First Civilian Satellite - 38 - The Air Force Reconsiders A Civilian Satellite - 43 - Retrenchment On the Eve of Sputnik - 44 - Retrospective From the Threshold of Space - 47 - 2. From Eisenhower to Kennedy: the National Space Program - And the Air Force's Quest for the Military Space Mission1958-1961 - 50 - Sputnik Creates A National Crisis - 51 - The Air Force Seizes the Initiative - 53 - The Government Organizes for Space - 56 - Arpa Takes Control - 57 - Nasa Joins the Competition - 6o - Nasa Takes Shape - 65 - Renewing the Quest for the Military Space Mission - 68 - The Air Force Seeks to Consolidate Its Position - 8o


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