The development of Soviet rocket engines (For strategic missiles)
A first-hand account of developments in the Soviet rocket industry is presented. The organization and leadership of the rocket and missile industry are traced from its beginning in the 1920s. The development of the Glushko Experimental Design Bureau, where the majority of Soviet rocket engines were created, is related. The evolution of Soviet rocket engines is traced in regard to both their technical improvement and their application in missiles and space vehicles. Improved Glushko engines and specialized Isaev and Kosberg engines are discussed. The difficulties faced by the Soviet missile and space program, such as the pre-Sputnik failures, the oscillation problem of 1965/1966, which exposed a weakness in Soviet ICBM missiles, and the Nedelin disaster of 1960, which cost the lives of more than 200 scientists and engineers, as well as the Commander-in-Chief of the Strategic Rocket Forces, Marshall Nedelin, are examined. 122 refs.
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- 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; MISSILES; ROCKET ENGINES; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; USSR; COOLANTS; DESIGN; FAILURES; HISTORICAL ASPECTS; LAUNCHING; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; ASIA; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; ENGINES; EUROPE 450000* -- Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense