Monday, June 04, 2012

The Space Industry's Prospects, 1959

FORTUNE magazine's view

Terrific article surveying the U.S.  Space Industry and its prospects.  I had read copiously on this era without coming across this article or the ARPA maneuverable manned spacecraft idea it mentions.  Some projections were overly optimistic, but this is an excellent source for understanding the mindset of the day: the view from industry is oft overlooked in favor of government sources.  (Although corporate sources can be hard to find: companies have a terrible record at keeping hold of their "old stuff."  I called around Daimler-Chrysler in 2003-4 without finding anyone who even knew one of their divisions had built stages for Saturn V.)

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