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1902 Chronology

1902 January 2 - .
  • Birth of Georgi Maksimiliyanovich Malenkov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Malenkov. Russian politician. First Chairman of Special Committee 2 1946-1947. Oversaw missile program..

1902 January 4 - .
  • Birth of John A McCone - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: McCone. American manager, director of the Central Intelligence Agency 1961-1965, during initial exploitation of satellite reconnaisance systems..

1902 January 24 - .
  • Birth of Oskar Morgenstern - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Morgenstern. German-American economist, came to the United States in 1925, and worked at Princeton after 1938. Founded Mathematica, which provided economic analyses to government, notoriously the study that found the shuttle cheaper than expendable LVs..

1902 January 26 - .
  • Birth of Laurence C Craigie - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Craigie. American test pilot. First American to fly a jet aircraft, the XP-59. After WW2 he directed Air Force research and development programs. USAF deputy chief of staff for development, 1951-1954. Retired 1955 after a heart attack..

1902 January 27 - .
  • Goddard multistage guns - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. In an article rejected by Popular Science News, Goddard proposes staged nested cannons to achieve high velocities..

1902 February 4 - .
  • Birth of Charles A Lindbergh - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lindbergh. American pioneering aviator, first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1927. Appointed to senior government committees on aerospace development. Worked with Guggenheim to support Goddard's rocket development in Roswell in 1930s..

1902 February 16 - .
  • Birth of Vyecheslav Aleksandrovich Malyshev - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Malyshev, Vyecheslav. Russian politician. Minister of Medium Machine Building 1953-1955. First manager of the Soviet defence industry..

1902 February 18 - .
  • Birth of Friedrich Boenisch - . Nation: Germany, Russia. Related Persons: Boenisch. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the Soviet Union, worked on rocket engine development in Glushko's design bureau from 1947 to 1952. Worked in Manufacturing; Dept. 61/Shop 55..

1902 March 2 - .
  • Birth of Albert Utsch - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Utsch. German-American design engineer for McDonnell on the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft..

1902 May 11 - .
  • Birth of Kirill Semenovich Moskalenko - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Moskalenko, Kirill. Russian officer. Commander·in-Chief of the Strategic Missile Forces 1960-1962. Succeeded Nedelin..

1902 May 12 - .
  • Birth of John Bruce Medaris - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Medaris. American US Army officer, commanded Army Ballistic Missile Agency in the 1950's during development of Redstone, Jupiter, and Saturn I..

1902 July 6 - .
  • Birth of Eduard Martin Fischel - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Fischel. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter. German expert in guided missiles during WW2. As of January 1947, working at Fort Bliss, Texas. Died at Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany..

1902 July 22 - .
  • Birth of Merwin Duncan Collins - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Collins, Duncan. American engineer, son of a Pasadena street railway conductor, became head of Structural Design for the Atlas missile, who translated Charlie Bossart's weight-saving ideas and aims into practical and producible hardware designs..

1902 August 10 - .
  • Birth of Alfred Grevesmuehl - . Nation: Germany, Russia. Related Persons: Grevesmuehl. German scientist in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the Soviet Union, worked on rocket engine development in Glushko's design bureau from 1947 to 1952. Director of Manufacturing; Dept. 61/Shop 55..

1902 August 16 - .
  • Birth of Crawford H Greenewalt - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Greenewalt. American businessman. President of duPont from 1948. Chaired committee in 1959-1960 that established national space objectives for NASA (which did not include any short-term ambitious manned programs)..

1902 September 8 - .
  • Birth of Joseph Kaplan - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kaplan. Hungarian-American geophysicist, heavily involved in efforts in the 1950s to launch the first satellite, served as the chair of the US National Committee for the International Geophysical Year, 1953-1963..

1902 September 28 - .
  • Birth of Vladimir Mikhailovich Myasishchev - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Myasishchev bureau. Soviet Chief Designer 1951-1960 of OKB-23. Developed innovative M-4, M-50 bombers, Buran cruise missiles, and VKA spaceplane. Bureau merged with Chelomei, 1960. Later Director of TsAGI. Regained his own design bureau just before his death..

1902 October 31 - .
  • Birth of Holger N Toftoy - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Toftoy. American Army officer, expert in ordnance, responsible for transferring von Braun's rocket technology to the US in 1945. Commanded Huntsville 1954-1956. Held other rockt development posts until retirement in 1960..

1902 November 9 - .
  • Birth of Mitrofan Ivanovich Nedelin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Nedelin. Russian officer. Deputy Minister of Defence 1955-1959. First Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Missile Forces 1959-1964. Died in the Nedelin catastrophe..


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