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1917 Chronology

1917 January 5 - .
  • Goddard receives grant for rocket research - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Goddard receives US$ 5,000 Hodgkins Fund grant from Smithsonian, allowing him to continue development of the cartridge rocket..

1917 January 18 - .
  • Birth of Vasili Pavlovich Mishin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Mishin. Soviet Chief Designer, superseding Korolev, 1966-1974. Led the bureau in the flight test stages of the L1 and N1-L3 manned lunar programs, the Soyuz, and the Salyut space station. Replaced by Glushko after failures in all of these programs..

1917 February 16 - .
  • Birth of Werner Karl Dahm - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Dahm. German-American aerodynamicist, worked at Peenemuende on A9/A10, A7, A4b, and Wasserfall winged missiles. Post-war completed studies, joined von Braun team in US as Head of Aerodynamics Analysis Branch, Aeroballistics Division, Huntsville..

1917 March 2 - .
  • Birth of Willis H Shapley - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Shapley. American manager, served at NASA 1965-1975 and 1987-1988..

1917 March 24 - .
  • Birth of Krafft Arnold Ehricke - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Ehricke. Visionary German-American engineer. Protege of Thiel at Peenemuende; early concepts for nuclear and Lox/LH2 engines. Left von Braun team, developed Centaur at Convair 1956-1964. Prolific output of advanced concepts, but poor program manager..

1917 May 19 - .
  • Goddard proposes sonar to US Navy - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. The Navy advises they are not interested in the device..

1917 June 19 - .
  • Goddard develops bazooka - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard. Goddard receives $ 20,000 from US Army Signal Corps for rocket development. Together with his assistant Clarence N Hickman he develops a prototype of the World War II bazooka at the Mount Wilson Observatory in California..

1917 June 25 - .
  • Birth of Petr Aleksandrovich Tyurin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Tyurin, Petr. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer 1953-1981 of KB Arsenal. Specialised in L3 components and later performed EORSAT work..

1917 June 30 - .
  • Birth of Sergei Petrovich Izotov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Izotov. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer and General Designer 1960-1983 of OKB- 117. Although predominately an aircraft turbine engine designer, he also developed the engines for Chelomei's UR-100 missile and LK-700 manned lunar lander..

1917 July 10 - .
  • Birth of Robert W Kamm - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Kamm. American aerodynamicist, at NASA 1939-1946, 1959-1968. Served in NASA California management positions..

1917 August 26 - .
  • Birth of Alfred Klippel - . Nation: Germany, Russia. Related Persons: Klippel. 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 Electrical Circuits; Shop 55..

1917 August 30 - .
  • Birth of Philip M Prophett - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Prophett. American engineer. Convair chief test pilot; took Atlas ICBM base activation through its most critical phase..

1917 September 8 - .
  • Birth of Hans Joachim Oskar Fichtner - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Fichtner. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1917 September 9 - .
  • Birth of Ralph E Ulmer - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ulmer. American engineer, at NASA 1938-1973, budget officer and program analyst..

1917 September 13 - .
  • Birth of Merton E Davies - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Davies. American scientist, worked for Douglas 1940-1948 and then RAND. Conceptual work on reconnaisance satellites led to the Corona program. Involved at JPL in early Mars imaging missions, establishing the reference systems for other planets..

1917 September 23 - .
  • Birth of Robert B Young - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Young, Robert. American engineer. Key manager at Aerojet, working there from the 1940's, responsible for the rocket engines for the Titan, the Apollo SPS, and Shuttle OMS..

1917 October 19 - .
  • Birth of Josef Martin Michel - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Michel, Josef. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1917 October 23 - .
  • Birth of Mikhail Grigoryev - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Grigoryev. Russian officer. First Commander of Plesetsk 1957-1962..

1917 November 2 - .
  • Mount Wilson 100-Inch Telescope First Light - . Nation: USA.

1917 November 7 - .
  • October Revolution - . Nation: Russia. In October Revolution, Bolsheviks seize power in armed coup d'état led by Lenin and Trotsky. Kerensky flees. U.S. declares war on Austria-Hungary .

1917 December 15 - .
  • Birth of William E 'Bill' Zisch - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Zisch. American business manager of Aerojet, 1942-1966. No college degree or scientific training, but he led Aerojet from five employees to $700 million annual sales of JATO, Polaris, Aerobee, Delta, Titan, Apollo SPS, M-1 and Nerva rocket engines..


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