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1915 Chronology

1915 January 18 - .
  • Birth of Boris Viktorovich Raushenbakh - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Raushenbakh. Russian engineer. Department Chief 1960-1973 of Korolev design bureau. Specialised in guidance systems..

1915 February 12 - .
  • Birth of Adolf Karl Thiel - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Thiel, Adolf. German-American 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 Palos Verdes Estates, California..

1915 February 21 - .
  • Birth of Hugo H Woerdemann - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Woerdemann. German-American engineer in WW2. Member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter, arrived in America under Project Paperclip on 1945.11.16 aboard the Argentina from La Havre. Died at Temecula, Riverside, California..

1915 March 3 - .
  • National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) founded. - . Nation: USA.

1915 March 10 - .
  • Birth of Johann Klein - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Klein. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1915 March 19 - .
  • Birth of Norman H Horowitz - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Horowitz, Norman. American biologist, at Caltech from 1940, worked at JPL on the Viking Mars lander program..

1915 March 29 - .
  • Birth of William Bergen - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bergen. American Chief Designer. Oversaw the development of the Viking and Titan rockets at Martin. After the Apollo fire, hired by North American to get Apollo to the moon. Stayed on during design of the Space Shuttle and B-1 bomber..

1915 April 24 - .
  • Birth of George W Hoover - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hoover, George. American naval officer and early space enthusiast, who, at ONR, became a driving force behind the Skyhook, D-558-1, and a supporter of von Braun's Project Orbiter..

1915 May 9 - .
  • Birth of Helmut Max Arthur Zolke - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Zolke. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1915 May 16 - .
  • Birth of Albert E Schuler - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Schuler. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1915 May 23 - .
  • Birth of James A Chamberlin - . Nation: Canada. Related Persons: Chamberlin. Canadian-American engineer. Lead at Avro for fighters, 1945-1959. Lead positions at NASA, 1959-1970. Conceived modular design for Gemini and pushed its use for lunar mission. At McDonnell-Douglas 1970-1981; headed their shuttle bid..

1915 May 30 - .
  • Birth of Jerome B Wiesner - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wiesner. American scientist. Physicist, gadfly, science advisor to Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy; opposed human spaceflight, the Apollo program, and the lunar orbit rendezvous method of lunar landing..

1915 Summer - .
  • First Goddard rocket tests. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard.

    While teaching at Clark University, Goddard made many tests with existing rockets in 1915-1916 to determine their efficiencies, which were found to be very low (2%). Redesigned rockets were then tested, using black and smokeless powders. Goddard managed to achieve a 16.7% efficiency with a DeLaval nozzle. By mid-summer 1915, improved nozzles were achieving efficiencies of 40% and jet velocities of 6730 ft/sec.


1915 June 16 - .
  • Birth of Jack Ridley - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ridley. American test pilot. Technical lead for pioneering rocketplanes at Edwards AFB 1946-1956. Killed in transport aircraft crash, 1957..

1915 June 28 - .
  • Birth of Charles Stuart 'Charlie' Ames - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ames, Charles. American engineer, son of an iron works machinist, Project Engineer on the MX-774 and early Atlas programs. He was remembered as rock-solid, smart, practical, able to obtain the best designs by trading off inter-departmental concepts..

1915 July 15 - .
  • Birth of Harrison Allen Storms - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Storms. American Chief Designer who led development of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn S-II at North American. Earlier he had led the company to dominance in high-speed flight, with the X-15, F-108, and B-70. Scapegoated for the the Apollo fire..

1915 August 3 - .
  • Birth of Ernst Geissler - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Geissler. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1915 August 23 - .
  • Birth of Travis L Maloy - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Maloy. American engineer. Manager of flight test and launch operations for the Atlas..

1915 August 25 - .
  • Birth of Seymour S Kety - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kety. American physician, chair of NASA's bioscience advisory committee in 1959..

1915 November 27 - .
  • Birth of Thomas G Lanphier - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lanphier. American manager, as pilot in WW2, one of the group that shot down Yamamoto in 1943. Secretary of the Air Force, 1949-1950; VP at Convair,1951-1960, at Raytheon from 1962..


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