LIQUID HYDROGEN AS A PROPULSION FUEL,1945-1959

 

Part I : 1945 - 1950

3. Hydrogen-Oxygen for a Navy Satellite

 

 

[31] The Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics became interested in liquid hydrogen as a rocket fuel in the second half of 1945 in connection with its early satellite proposals. Unlike the Wright Field contract with Ohio State University, which was research-oriented with no specific application in mind, the Navy interest was, from first to last, linked directly to its proposal to use a single-stage rocket to boost a satellite into orbit. For this reason, the effort is best viewed within the broader context of the Navy's early interest in missiles and satellites.


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