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Rand Corp. completed missile feasibility studies begun in 1949, which confirmed the military practicability of long-range rocket weapons. References: 17 .
346-2 flights continued in October 1950 with Russian pilot P I Kasmin at the controls.
Photography research. Launched at 1236 local time. Reached 91.3 km.
The First Symposium on Space Flight was held at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Participants included Wernher von Braun, Joseph Kaplan, Heinz Haber, Willy Ley, Oscar Schachter, and Fred L. Whipple. Among the topics discussed were an orbiting astronomical observatory, problems of survival in space, circumlunar flight, a manned orbiting space station, and the question of sovereignty in outer space.
Temperature, winds research. Launched at 2100 local time. Reached 80.5 km.
Temperature, winds research. Launched at 2130 local time. Reached 85.6 km.
The first Lark missile launched by Air Force from Cape Canaveral, the last of the three missiles launched in 1950 at the LRPG. References: 17 .
Army contracted with Douglas Aircraft for design, development, fabrication, and flight testing of rocket having Honest John specifications. References: 17 .
Launched 16:02 local time. Reached 8.1 km. Carried No upper atmospheric research experiments. Technology flight for Naval Research Lab.
Composition research. Launched at 0630 local time. Reached 80.2 km.
Airglow research. Launched at 0929 local time. Reached 91.8 km.
Ionosphere; solar radiation; pressure-temperature; earth photography research. Launched at 1018 local time. Reached 175 km.
Council of Soviet Ministers (SM) Decree 'On adoption of the R-1 into armaments' was issued. The missile was accepted for service, with the first operational unit the 92nd brigade (BON RVGK) at Kapustin Yar. References: 474 .
The first field R-1 unit was formed - the 23th brigade (BON RUGK). Each brigade was equipped with six launchers. In January 1951 the 23rd deployed to Kamishin in Volgograd oblast. In August 1958 they were transferred to the Land Forces. The number of units fielded were small, reflecting the long delay in getting the R-1 into production. The field equipment was designed to also be used for R-2 missiles, which quickly replaced the R-1 in the field units.
A sea launched variant of the R-1, probably similar to the German 'Pruefstand VII' submarine-towed, pod-launched project, was also studied from 1949 to 1950, but not proceeded with.
Council of Soviet Ministers (SM) Decree 'On themes N1, N2, and N3 in the ballistic missile program.' was issued. References: 474 .
Decree 947-712 'On transfer or OKB-456 from the Ministry of Aviation Industry to the Ministry of Armaments' was issued. References: 474 .
Temperature, winds research. Launched at 2106 local time. Reached 83.9 km.
Temperature, winds research. Launched at 1004 local time. Failure.
Temperature, winds research. Launched at 0210 local time. Reached 77.8 km.
Pressure, temperature research. Launched at 1126 local time. Reached 108.2 km.
Upper-air pressure, density and composition; solar radiation; ionosphere research. Fin tore loose. Launched at 0004 local time. Reached 64.8 km.
Composition research. Launched at 1152 local time. Reached 81.9 km.
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