By David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert
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Bossart's team persevered with their innovative experiments involving swiveling engines, internal fuel storage and tank design, and various means of separating the nose-cone warhead as a solution to the formidable reentry problem . All would prove important in designing the Atlas ICBM in the early 1950s . Meanwhile, in the late 1940s the outlook for the long-range guided missile project appeared bleak . Ballistic Missiles Receive New Life The first serious signs of a change in attitude toward research and development in general and guided missiles in particular appeared in 1949 .
Ridenour devoted most of his chapter to the satellites' scientific role in supplying important data unaffected by atmospheric conditions . As an aid to research, the satellite could facilitate the study of cosmic rays and provide precise gravitational measurements, as well as considerable astronomical data . Moreover, instrumented satellites could furnish important bio-astronomical information for medical scientists concerned with life in an acceleration-free environment. Despite Ridenour's coverage of "passive" defensive military functions, he briefly raised the possibility of using satellites as offensive weapons.
In doing so, missiles and satellites received new attention . Larger defense budget outlays and successful testing of thermonuclear devices offered the promise of a feasible ballistic missile and space booster. A number of government officials and Air Force officers who shared Arnold's legacy acted as catalysts for change by creating new organizational structures and promoting greater awareness of spaceflight opportunities . They faced strong opposition every step of the way. Yet on the eve of Sputnik, their considerable efforts helped bring the Air Force and the nation to threshold of space .
Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership by David N. Spires, Rick W Sturdevant, Richard S Eckert