SP-4302 Adventures in Research: A History of Ames Research Center 1940-1965

 

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Moffet Field on May 21, 1940. City of Mountain View (upper left). Beginning of NACA construction. Flight research building in foreground. Existing Army buildings at left.

Moffet Field on May 21, 1940. City of Mountain View (upper left). Beginning of NACA construction. Flight research building in foreground. Existing Army buildings at left.

 

Ames Research Center on December 14, 1965.

Ames Research Center on December 14, 1965.

 

 

Foreword
Part I
INITIATIONS: 1936 - 1945
 
PREFACE
 
1. THE NATION's AERONAUTICAL RESEARCH AGENCY.
 
2. PORTENTS AND REQUIREMENTS OF AVIATION.
NACA Warning
Aggression Rampant
Westover Report
Special Committee on Future Research Facilities
 
3. PRESSURES FOR EXPANSION OF RESEARCH.
House Committee Turndown
Senate Committee Turndown
Senate Approval
Joint Committee Turndown
The Need Grows
 
4. THE TIDE TURNS.
Lindbergh Committee
The Strategy and the Victory
Site Selection
Dr. Ames Retires
Engine Research Laboratory
 
5. THE BEGINNINGS OF A LABORATORY.
Moffett Field
Site Problems
Initial Staffing
The Naming
 
6. PLANS AND PREPARATIONS.
Facility Selection
Initial Organization
First Research
 

7. DlSRUPTIONS OF WAR.

War Comes
Distribution of Research Information
Military Liaison and Industry Relations
Moffett Field Reverts to Navy
Organizing for Research
Manpower Problems: The Army-Navy-NACA Plan
 
8. FACILITIES DESIGN.
First Tunnels
12-Foot Low-Turbulence Pressure Tunnel
Supersonic Tunnels.
 
9. THE ICE RESEARCH STORY.
 
10. FLIGHT RESEARCH.
Handling Qualities from Wind-Tunnel Tests
Airplane Drag in Flight and Wind Tunnel
Critical Airloads
Aileron Flutter
 
11. THE 7-BY-1O's IN ACTION.
Slipstream Effects.
New Engines: New Problems
 
12. 16-FOOT TUNNEL FILLS URGENT NEED.
Choking
Dive Control
P-51 Studies
Other Development Tests
Wings for Jet Bombers
 
13. THE 40-BY-80 BEGINS OPERATIONS.
 
14. MEN AND THEORY.
 
15. WARTIME REVIEW.
 
Part II
A NEW WORLD OF SPEED: 1946 - 1958
1946-1949
 
1. THE ENVIRONMENT.
 
2. PEOPLE AND EVENTS.
 
3. FACILITIES.
Wind Tunnels and Other Con
Transonic Techniques
Wonderful Unitary Plan
 
4. RESEARCH.
Its Nature
Basic Configurations and Airflows
Inlets
Dynamic Stability and Loads
Flight Research
Aerodynamic Heating.
 
1950-1953
 
5. THE ENVIRONMENT.
 
6. PEOPLE AND EVENTS.
 
7. FAClLITlES.
Supersonic Wind Tunnels
Transonic Wind Tunnels
Unitary Plan Facility
Guns and Gun Tunnels
Use of Gases Other Than Air
Computing Facilities
 
8. RESEARCH.
Pattern
Basic Configurations and Airflows
Propellers and Inlets
Dynamic Stability and Loads
Flight Research
Boundary Layer, Skin Friction, and Aerodynamic Heating
Ballistic Missile Problem
 
 
1954-1957
9. THE ENVlRONMENT.
 
10. PEOPLE AND EVENTS.
 
11. FACILITIES.
Continuous-Flow Wind Tunnels
Guns and Ballistic Ranges
Atmosphere-Entry Simulator
Shock-Tunnel Applications
Simulation Problems
3.5-Foot Tunnel
Arc-Jet
Computing Facilities
 
12. RESEARCH.
Pattern
Basic Configurations and Airflows
Propellers and Inlets
Dynamic Stability and Loads
Flight Research
Boundary Layer, Skin Friction, and Aerodynamic Heating
Ballistic and Boost-Glide Vehicles
 
 
1958
 
13. THE ENVlRONMENT.
 
14. PEOPLE AND EVENTS.
 
15. FACILITIES.
Ranges and Shock Tunnels
Heat or Helium
Aerophysics Facility
Computing Facilities.
 
16. RESEARCH.
Pattern
Basic Configurations and Airflows
Inlets
Stability
Flight Research
Boundary Layer, Skin Friction, and Aerodynamic Heating
Ballistic Missiles and Spacecraft
 
17. THE LEGACY FROM NACA.
 
 
Part III
THE LEAP TO SPACE: 1959 - 1965
1959-1962
 
 
1. THE ENVIRONMENT.
Space Act
Transfers
New Centers
NASA Organization and Growth
External Relations
Nature of NASA Research
Influence on Ames
 
2. PEOPLE AND EVENTS.
Early Changes
Later Developments
Formation of Life-Sciences Activity
Manpower Problems
Dissemination of Information
 
3. FACILITIES.
Completions
Hypervelocity Free-Flight Facilities
Impact Range
Gun Development
Ablation Research Requirements
Arc-Jet Development
Gasdynamics Laboratory
Flight Simulators
Digital Computer Facilities
 
4. RESEARCH.
Pattern
Aircraft Configurations and Airflows
Aircraft Flight Studies
V/STOL Studies
Pilot Adaptation to Flight Environment
Dynamic Loads and Materials
Spacecraft Configurations and Airflows
Spacecraft Flight Studies
Aerodynamic Heating: Physics and Chemistry
Impact Physics and Meteors
Space Physics
 
5. SPACE PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
 
1963-1965
 
6. THE ENVlRONMENT.
 
7. PEOPLE AND EVENTS.
Early Organizational Changes
Transfers and Organizational Repercussions
Other Late Developments
Manpower Shortage and Contracting
 
8. FACILITIES.
Service Facilities
Wind Tunnels and Wind-Tunnel Techniques
Guns, Ranges, and Arc Tunnels
Space Environmental Research Facility
Structural Dynamics Laboratory
Biological Research Facilities
Flight Simulators
Long-Path Gas Cell
Capital Growth
 
9. RESEARCH.
Pattern
Aircraft Design Studies
Dynamic Loads and Materials
Spacecraft Configurations and Airflows
Spacecraft Flight Studies
Mission Studies
Aerodynamic Heating, Ablation, and Radiation
Impact Physics and Meteors
Space and Planetary Physics
Biological Effects of Space Environment
Evolution and Detection of Extraterrestrial Life
 
10. PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND OTHER TECHNICAL ACTIVITIES.
Airborne Research Projects
Project Pioneer
Project Biosatellite
Technology Utilization
 
11. A CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP.
 
EPILOGUE.
 
Appendices and References
 
APPENDIX A - GROWTH OF AMES RESEARCH CENTER.
APPENDIX B - MAJOR HONORS AND AWARDS.
APPENDIX C - LIST OF REFERENCES (PRODUCT DISPLAY).
INDEX.


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