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Before the Russians launched Sputnik I in October 1957, the U.S. had already established a serious satellite program under the auspices of the Navy - Project Vanguard. The Vanguard team had proceeded in a steady, workmanlike manner, with only the normal setbacks that any new rocket suffers. Sputnik I changed all that, and in the fantastic glare of publicity following the Soviet launching came orders from Washington the U.S. must get a satellite of its own into orbit - and soon. Under extraordinary pressure, the Vanguard team labored to a point near total exhaustion, in the face of what seemed insurmountable delays, frustrations, and difficulties, to December 6, 1957. Few people will forget the disheartening picture of that first rocket exploding on the launching pad, the rocket that was supposed to be the U.S.'s answer to the Soviets. At the time, it seemed that the Vanguard program was a failure; but Kurt Stehling, in this fascinatingly detailed book, shows why such failures are routine in the making of any rocket. The number of things that can go wrong is large - and they usually do go wrong, until a rocket has had many trial launchings. In retrospect, how, Project Vanguard has been a success, and this book shows how and why the Vanguard is now known as having been one of the most sophisticated of U.S. rocket launch vehicles. On March 17, 1958, Vanguard 1 became the second artificial satellite successfully placed in Earth orbit by the United States. It was the first solar-powered satellite. Just 152 mm (6 in) in diameter and weighing just 1.4 kg (3 lb.), Vanguard 1 was described by then-Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev as, "The grapefruit satellite." Vanguard 1 is the oldest artificial satellite still in space, as Vanguard's predecessors, Sputnik 1, Sputnik 2, and Explorer 1, have decayed from orbit.
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Stehling was a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he earned his master’s degree in astrophysics. He also studied astrophysics at Princeton University after the World War II.
Stehling served in the Canadian Army during World War II.
In 1955, Stehling went to work on the American space program with the group that eventually became NASA. He helped develop the Vanguard space rocket and several satellite projects until 1970.
In 1970 he became a scientist emeritus at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and served on a presidential task force on how to expand our food sources from the sea. At NOAA, he did research in satellite remote sensing, undersea research and lighter-than-air vehicle technology. After he retired, he continued as a NOAA consultant. He lectured internationally about U.S. space and ocean programs.
His writings include Project Vanguard (1961), Skyhooks (1962), Lasers and Their Applications (1966) and Computers and You (1972). He also contributed articles to such periodicals as Smithsonian, Air and Space, Popular Mechanics and Scientific American. Stehling is the featured balloonist in the movie To Fly, an attraction at the National Air and Space Museum.
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