By William Roy Shelton
Cape Canaveral used to be the emblem of our country's access into the distance age. This ebook tells the pre astronaut tale of this historical release pad. The illustrations are good performed and really complement the textual content.
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We were less successful. fired, In ten were more than successful, five 50 per cent successful; four one re- which sometimes entire Central Florida to forty miles com- than 50 per cent, and had started serious rocketry some how looked, we four years later than the Russians, and no matter bad the explosions above Cape Canaveral were making progress of ficially reflected in all The Army had a sort that would be bene- our missile programs to follow. set the baUistic pace with its reliable short-range Redstone rocket, which from the begin- ning roared up from the Cape with punctual dependability.
For data-recording purposes, of synchronizing time at of a second was needed, all a method stations to thousandths so a "time generator" was invented which takes a signal from the Bureau of Standards and "generates" time over the submarine 30 HOW ROCKETS ROSE FROM THE WILDERNESS Bulldozers clearing ground at the cable in precise fractions of seconds. or "reduce" all this was designed And to analyze data swiftly a special called Florida Cape computer Automatic Computer — FLAG for short. FLAG now occupies an entire room new Technical Research Laboratory and is finely built it has an electronic memory for 4096 in the so words.
No American age of space who Effie's pasture who didn't Florida, and from the New Mexico, above EgUn Air Force Base, desert valley of White Sands. the time the isolated, palmetto-studded triangle work had Cape has been came of the already been accompUshed. But the American proving virtually the sole someday will much into the picture, ground for the major rockets and it pound watch the captured V-l's and V-2's and of Cape Canaveral early Aunt Vikings fired from early By a mile of the after that didn't feel his blood Nell blasted up for over who didn't stand in and shake Goddard's hand in 1926, first flight as dawn reporter can hope to detail the join Kitty am convinced I Hawk as a national monument.